In India, democracy embodies the fundamental values of freedom, acceptability, equality, and inclusivity. It goes beyond just being a structural framework; it represents the spirit of equality that is deeply ingrained in our ethos.
I am deeply honored to have been invited to India's new Parliament on this historic day. The passage of the "Nari Shakti Vandan Act" in the Rajya Sabha is a cause for celebration. This landmark legislation, passed with a majority, is set to boost the active participation of women in every sector of our nation, harnessing their strength and potential.
The special session of Parliament witnessed women from across the political spectrum coming together to support this vital legislation. The 'Nari Shakti Vandan Adhiniyam' proposes a 33% reservation for women in both the Sabha and state legislative assemblies. However, its implementation will occur after the next delimitation exercise, likely to take place after the first census following 2026.
The Women Reservation Bill is a significant stride towards empowering women in India. It is designed to ensure gender equality and promote women's representation in decision-making bodies. After 26 years of anticipation, this bill is on the verge of becoming a reality. Let us rally behind this pivotal legislation and work collaboratively to build a more inclusive and equitable society.
We extend our heartfelt gratitude to our Honorable Prime Minister, Shri. Narendra Modi ji, for his unwavering support and leadership in making this transformative change a possibility.