<b>XIII LOK SABHA DEBATES, <i> Session II (Winter Session) </i> </b>
XIII LOK SABHA DEBATES, Session II (Winter Session) Friday, December 10, 1999/Agrahayana 19, 1921 (Saka )

Title: Regarding Women Reservation Bill.

SHRI PRIYA RANJAN DASMUNSI :(RAIGANJ): What about the Women's Reservation Bill? When is it coming up before the House? Women Members say that parties should take up this issue. When will the Women's Reservation Bill come? It is not being given priority. I urge upon the Government to say what is their priority on Women's Reservation Bill. In the President's Address priority was fixed on Lokpal Bill, Electoral Reforms Bill and Women's Reservation Bill.


MR. DEPUTY-SPEAKER: I am on my legs. Please listen to me. Shri Rudy, please do not be rude to me. He has given the details of the statement for the next week and as usual, as you all know, Submissions must have been made by Members. There are as many as ten Members who have given Submissions to include their items for the next week. I will call those Members who have given the Submissions. If you stand up like this, it will be disturbing.

SHRI PRIYA RANJAN DASMUNSI : When are you counting the Zero Hour? Submissions are taken up after the Zero Hour. ...(Interruptions)

MR. DEPUTY-SPEAKER: I am on my legs. Will you resume your seat? I will not allow you to speak. Things are to be moved according to the procedure laid down by this House. I am only conducting the business of the House. He has made the statement as per the programme. If you have to make any suggestion, you will have to make it according to rules. You will have to give notice for Submissions to include the items for the next week. That is what I said. Ten Members have given notices for making their Submissions. I think it is very clear now.

SHRI PRIYA RANJAN DASMUNSI : With all respect to you, Submissions which they feel are important are made by Members as per the established tradition of the House. But, Members of the Treasury Benches have assured the nation in the Address of the President that the priority of the Government is to bring the Women's Reservation Bill. The second week of the current session gets over today. But the Government is not coming forward with a statement as to when they are likely to introduce the Bill. Is it that they depend on the Submissions of the Members?

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MR. DEPUTY-SPEAKER: I will not allow this. Shri Mandal, please resume your seat. It is still not clear. I have said that only for the next week the programme has been announced.

SHRI MADHAVRAO SCINDIA (GUNA): Mr. Deputy-Speaker Sir, this is a very important point. This issue of women's reservation and empowering women has been agitating the minds of the people for a very long time. The Government also, as my colleague has pointed out, has mentioned in the President's Address that this is going to be one of the priority items on its agenda. At least the Minister can tell us as to what is the intention of the Government. He can clarify the Government's position. Is he going to bring it in this session?

MR. DEPUTY-SPEAKER: You are a senior Member. For the next week items are going to be included. You could have given the items.

SHRI MADHAVRAO SCINDIA : At least he can give us some idea about it. We would like to know this from the Government.

MR. DEPUTY-SPEAKER: You could have suggested this in the Business Advisory Committee meeting. In the Submissions also it is not there.


SHRI MADHAVRAO SCINDIA : This is a very very important issue. At least the Government should tell us this much.

MR. DEPUTY-SPEAKER: Please do not make it a Zero Hour now.

SHRI MADHAVRAO SCINDIA : As far as the Women's Reservation Bill is concerned, what is the intention of the Government. Please let us know about this. Are they going to make the speech of the Rashtrapati meaningless? They say something, but what are they doing? They are making it absolutely meaningless. They have put it in the speech of the Rashtrapati. They must come up with what they have mentioned there.

SHRI RAJIV PRATAP RUDY : I would strongly object to it. Our Submissions are waiting. If they wanted their Submission to be included in the business of the House, they should have got up early, given a notice, so that it could have been included and they could have presented it. How can it go on like this?

SHRI MADHAVRAO SCINDIA : We should know what they are going to do with the Women's Reservation Bill. Please do not make the speech of the Rashtrapati meaningless. After all, you are giving priority to certain areas. Let us know your intentions.

MR. DEPUTY-SPEAKER: The Minister wants to say something.


MR. DEPUTY-SPEAKER: No. I have given the floor to Shri Pramod Mahajan.

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MR. DEPUTY-SPEAKER: I am not allowing this. I am not going to make this as a Zero Hour. Please resume your seat.

SHRI SUDIP BANDYOPADHYAY (CALCUTTA NORTH WEST): We, Members of the Trinamool Congress, are also for the introduction of the Women's Reservation Bill in this session.

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DR. S. VENUGOPAL (ADILABAD): From TDP also we would urge upon the Government to introduce the Women's Reservation Bill in the current session itself.

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