"We need to increase the numbers of women representation in legislatures, civic bodies and everywhere," Kumar said at the inauguration of a seminar on the occasion of golden jubilee celebration of Tripura Assembly.

"We also need to create an environment so that women can participate proportionately and share their rights," she said.

There are 61 women MPs in the Parliament which is the highest number ever, but it constitutes only 11 percent of the total MPs, she said.

At the same time there are only five women MLAs in the 60-member assembly in Tripura, which is the highest ever number, but constitutes only 8 percent of the total MLAs, Kumar added.

Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar said, "The judiciary is now giving verdicts on many occasions which actually are the matters of legislature. It might seem well, but in the long run it is not good for Parliamentary democracy."

"The democracy would be at stake if such situation could not be won over," he said. "We need to go for self introspection why people are losing interests about what is happening inside assemblies or in Parliament,” he added.

Among others, Tripura Assembly Speaker RC Nath and Leader of the Opposition, Sudip Roy Burman spoke in the seminar. Tripura got 30-member Legislative Assembly on July 1, 1963 by converting the Tripura Territorial Council by an act of the Parliament.

It became a full fledged state on January 21, 1972 under the North Eastern Region (Reorganisation) Act, 1971.


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