PANAJI: Chief Minister Pramod Sawant today said that no notification has come from the centre asking us to pass the Women Reservation Bill in urgency.
“No notification has come from the centre asking us to pass the Women Reservation Bill in urgency…let the delimitation and other procedures be completed and when we will have our own session (Goa assembly session) we will pass the Women Reservation Bill,” said Sawant
He further said that in case if a proposal comes from centre asking us to pass the Bill fast, we will have a session and pass the bill.
Sawant had welcomed the women’s reservation bill and said that as per provision 13 seats will be reserved for women in state’s legislative assembly.
“I welcome the Women Reservation Bill. It is the first time that women are getting ‘Sanman’ (of reservation) by the BJP government under the leadership of Narendra Modi. I congratulate him,” Sawant had said.
Speaking about the reservation for Goa assembly, he said that 13 seats will be reserved for women in Goa.
Goa has 40 members in the state legislative assembly.
“It will help women for their representation in Lok Sabha and assembly,” Sawant said.
Meanwhile, Congress in Goa has called the bill another ‘Jumla’ by the BJP government.
Congress leader Girish Chodankar has said that ‘Women Reservation’ should not become another ‘Jumla’ like ‘crediting 15 lakhs in account of every citizen’, which was a failed promise of the saffron party.
He said that BJP is trying to divert attention from public issues by bringing Women’s Reservation Bill, which according to him has no clarity about its implementation.
“Government should declare the 2011 caste census and conduct a fresh census immediately, so the Bahujan Samaj gets justice in reservation,” Chodankar said.