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"Women's Reservation Bill to pass in Goa Assembly after directions from Centre," says CM Pramod Sawant

Panaji: Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Tuesday said that the Women's Reservation Bill will pass in the Goa legislative assembly only after receiving directions for the proposal from the Government of India.
"The Women's Reservation Bill has already been passed in the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha. There are currently no directions to pass the bills in the Goa legislative assembly. However, if the government of India sends us a proposal to pass the bill, then we will hold a special session and pass the bill," Sawant told ANI.
Earlier in the day, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant and Director General of Police Jaspal Singh attended a solemn function to mark the death anniversary of the late Dr T. B. Cunha at his memorial in Azad Maidan, Panaji.
"The Hon’ble Chief Minister of Goa paid homage to Late Shri TB Cunha, one of the great exponents of Goa's freedom struggle on his death anniversary," posted DIG Goa on X.
Earlier on September 23, CM Sawant said that 13 seats will be reserved in the Goa legislative assembly for women as per the provisions of the Nari Shakti Vandan Adhiniyam (Women’s Reservation Bill).
The draft legislation, which was passed by an overwhelming majority in both Houses, provides for a 33 per cent reservation for women not just in the Parliament but also in state legislative bodies.
Union Law Minister Arjun Ram Meghwal introduced the Bill in the first sitting of the Lok Sabha in the new Parliament building, during the Special Session that was convened recently. The Bill was named Nari Shakti Vandan Adhiniyam.
On September 21 (Thursday), the Parliament passed the historic draft legislation, with the Rajya Sabha clearing it unanimously.
A total of 214 members in the Upper House, voted in support of the Bill and none voted against it. The members welcomed the passing of the Bill by thumping their desks.BJP members raised slogans hailing Prime Minister Narendra Modi and greeted him after the legislation was passed.
Marking a giant leap in the empowerment of one-half of the country's population, chants of 'Modi Modi' were raised by women MPs as they took turns to thank Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the passage of the draft legislation.
Women members from both Houses of Parliament, including PT Usha, and Union Ministers Meenakashi Lekhi and Smriti Irani, were all smiles as they presented a bouquet to Prime Minister Modi on the historic passage of the Bill in Parliament.
Lok Sabha passed the Bill on Wednesday in the Parliament's Special Session with 454 members voting in favour of the legislation and two against it.
Earlier Rajya Sabha passed the Women's Reservation Bill in 2010 during the Congress-led UPA government but it could not be taken up in the Lok Sabha.
The new Women's Reservation Bill was passed during the Special Session of Parliament which began on Monday. The two Houses were later adjourned sine die.

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