New Delhi: Clearing the clouds of doubt over the Women’s Reservation Bill, which is stuck in political quagmire, President Pratibha Patil has struck a positive note mentioning the government’s all-out efforts to make pitch for passing the Bill. 

She said, “The government is coordinating with all political parties to pave way for Women’s Reservation Bill, pending for consensus in the Lok Sabha for over a year.”

The Bill granting 33 per cent reservation for women in the Lok Sabha and state assemblies was passed by the Rajya Sabha in March 2010.

The matter related to the Women’s Reservation Bill surfaced during the meeting with a group of women parliamentarians in Mongolia.

“The Mongolians also want quota for women in Parliament. We are working out for a consensus on the Bill with all political parties,” Patil told reporters on her way back to New Delhi after a week-long tour to South Korea and Mongolia

“The Mongolians believe that if the Bill comes into being in India, they will also ask their government to do the same,” she said.
Expressing happiness over the meetings with political leaderships in Mongolia, she said, "There is a need of confidence building measures among the people of both the nations.”
She said, “During the discussion it was expressed that there should be more exchange of women delegations between the two countries.”
Mongolia has 50.5 percent female population compared to 48.5 percent in India whereas about 80 percent Mongolian women work in social and other sectors. The President stressed on the need for women’s empowerment in India.

(JPN/Bureau)