Women’s Reservation Bill
The Constitution (108th Amendment) Bill, commonly known as the Women’s Reservation Bill
- Aims for reserving 33% of the seats in the Lok Sabha and all state legislative assemblies for women.
- The Rajya Sabha had passed the bill on March 9, 2010, but it is still pending before the Lok Sabha.
- The Bill’s journey, however, began on September 12, 1996 – when it was introduced in the Lok Sabha by the United Front government of H.D. Deve Gowda.
- As per the draft, the seats were to be reserved for women on a rotation basis and would be determined by draw of lots, in such a way that a seat would be reserved only once in three consecutive general elections.
- Reservation of seats for women would cease to exist 15 years after the commencement of the amendment Act.
- Thereafter, the Bill lapsed and was reintroduced – in 1999, in 2002 and 2003.