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PM Modi’s address in RS on importance of Women’s Reservation Bill

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday addressed the Rajya Sabha on the first day of parliamentary proceedings in the new Parliament building. ANI

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday addressed the Rajya Sabha on the first day of parliamentary proceedings in the new Parliament building and said that that the long-pending Women’s Reservation Bill, will eventually “pave way for women’s empowerment” in the country in the future.
Calling it a historic day, PM Modi urged all the members present in the Upper House to help the Union government to pass the bill in both houses of Parliament. The prime minister in his address in the Rajya Sabha said, “We have introduced the Nari Shakti Vandana Bill in Lok Sabha, it will come into Rajya Sabha…I request all to pass this bill unanimously.”
“We have to work intelligently and not based on numbers,” the PM said and added that, “The Rajya Sabha indeed shows the power of our country’s federal structure.”
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Addressing the Upper House, the Prime Minister recalled his address in the Lok Sabha and expressed gratitude towards the Chair for the opportunity to address the Rajya Sabha on this special occasion.
PM Modi quoted Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan and pointed out that the Parliament is not just a legislative body but a deliberative body. He said that it is always a pleasure to hear quality debates which take place in the Rajya Sabha. The new Parliament, he said, is not just a new building but it is also a beacon of hope for a new beginning. “At the dawn of Amrit Kaal, this new building will infuse new energy into 140 crore Indians,” he said.
In his address PM Modi pointed out that the country had issues to deal with that have been pending for decades and were considered monumental. “Touching upon such issues was considered a huge mistake from the political standpoint”, the Prime Minister said as he mentioned that the government took major strides in this direction even though they did not have the required numbers in the Rajya Sabha.
“The dignity of the Rajya Sabha was upheld not because of sheer numbers in the house but due to the dexterity and understanding of its members,” he added.
Underscoring the Rajya Sabha’s role as House of the States, the Prime Minister said that in the time of emphasis on cooperative federalism, the country has moved forward with great cooperation on many critical matters and had displayed the power of cooperative federalism.
Referring once again to the Nari Shakti Vandana Bill that was presented in the Lok Sabha earlier, the Prime Minister said that when people talk about the ease of life, the first claim of that ease belongs to women. He said that the participation of women is being ensured in many sectors. “Potential of women should get opportunities. The time of ‘ifs and buts’ in their lives is over,” he said once again urging members to pass the bill unanimously.
He pointed out that the bill was first introduced in 1996 and numerous discussions took place during former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s tenure, but the bill could not become a law due to the lack of numbers.
The Prime Minister concluded his address by urging the members of the Rajya Sabha to support the bill unanimously so that its power and outreach are amplified to the fullest.

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