Tuesday, March 16, 2010

[ZESTCaste] Parties seek quota within quota



Parties seek quota within quota

Express News ServiceFirst Published : 16 Mar 2010 05:52:00 AM ISTLast
Updated : 16 Mar 2010 08:58:14 AM IST

BHUBANESWAR: Political activists and social justice forces, opposing
the Women Reservation Bill, today staged a peaceful dharna at lower
PMG and submitted a memorandum to President Pratibha Patil through
Governor MC Bhandare.

In a joint memorandum to the President, Samajwadi Party, Jharkhand
Mukti Morcha, Rashtriya Janata Dal, Republican Party of India, Utkal
Yadav Mahasabha, Social Justice Front, Orissa Dalit Kalyan Parishad
and National Union of Backward Classes have demanded reservation for
Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, other backward classes (OBCs) and
minorities women in the Bill.

While due care has been taken for representation of SC, ST and OBC
women in the three-tier panchayati raj institutions, there should not
be any objection from any quarter to extend the facility to these
categories of women in the Assembly and the Lok Sabha, the highest
policy-making body in the country, the memorandum said.

While the average women representation in Parliament world over is 19
per cent, it is only 11 per cent in India (61 women in the Lok Sabha
having a total strength of 543) despite the fact that the women
population of the country is 48 per cent of the total population. The
presence of women representatives from SC, ST and OBC is negligible.

Even conservative countries like Pakistan and Bangladesh have better
women representation in their Parliament. Pakistan has 76 women
representatives in a house of 342 members while in Bangladesh their
number is 65 in a house of 345 members.

General secretary of the State unit of the Samajwadi Party Rabi Behera
told this paper that the social justice forces will obstruct the
passing of the Bill both in and outside Parliament and create a public
movement on the issue.

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