Empowerment
Vice President : End low representation to
women in Parliament and legislatures

Thesynergyonline News Bureau

NEW DELHI,FEBRUARY 23 : The Vice President, Mr M. Venkaiah Naidu today called for ending low representation to women in Parliament and legislatures and called upon all political parties to reach a consensus on providing reservation to them.

Vice President calls for ending low representation to women in Parliament and legislatures
Calls upon

political parties to reach a

consensus on providing

reservation to them

Vice President calls for ending low representation to women in Parliament and legislatures

Appealing to the people to elect their representatives on the basis of 4Cs— Character, Conduct, Calibre and Capacity,"unfortunately, another set of 4Cs—cash, caste, criminality and community—is trying to hold politics hostage to its vicious interests and needs to be completely eliminated for India's democracy to flourish and become a role model for other nations,"

says Vice President

says Vice President
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Calls for consensual approach
Postal stamp release

in memory of late Mrs Eashwari Bai

Releasing a postal stamp brought out in memory of late Mrs Eashwari Bai, educationist, social reformer and a former MLA, the Vice President paid rich tributes to her. Mrs Eashwari Bai's contributions to the political and social spheres are truly laudable and left a deep imprint on the public mind, he added. He said that Mrs Eashwari Bai had been the voice of the people as an Opposition leader. She constantly advocated the cause of Children, NGOs, Teachers, Agricultural labourers, and the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes, he added.

Mr Naidu said that although the 17th Lok Sabha has the highest number of 78 women members, they account only for 14 per cent of the total number.

Pointing out that reservations for women in the local bodies have politically empowered lakhs of women in the country, he said introducing reservation for women in Parliament and legislatures needs urgent attention and consensus of all political parties.

Expressing his anguish over the increasing disruptions instead of meaningful discussions and debates in legislatures and Parliament, Mr Naiducalled upon all parliamentarians and other public representatives to raise the standards of debate in every forum.

mantra for a healthy democracy

to discuss, debate and decide and not disrupt,

Observing that the mantra for a healthy democracy is to discuss, debate and decide and not disrupt, the Vice President said that frequent disruption of Parliament and legislatures was tantamount to disrespecting the people's mandate. "Agree to disagree and be tolerant of the mandate of the people", he added.

Mr Naidu emphasized that it is the responsibility of both the ruling and opposition parties to ensure the effective functioning of our legislatures.

The Vice President also urged all political parties to adopt a consensual approach on matters of national importance like the country's security, eliminating corruption and ensuring social justice. He said that there should be consensus on reforms to accelerate development, eliminate delays, diversions and dilutions in delivery of schemes and reaching out benefits to the needy.

'All political parties must speak in one voice

on empowering people, promoting transparency and accountability'

Similarly, all political parties must speak in one voice on empowering people, promoting transparency and accountability in the system", he added.

The Vice President also urged all political parties to evolve a code of conduct for their members, particularly public representatives.

Appealing to the people to elect their representatives on the basis of 4Cs—Character, Conduct, Calibre and Capacity, he said "unfortunately, another set of 4Cs—cash, caste, criminality and community—is trying to hold politics hostage to its vicious interests and needs to be completely eliminated for India's democracy to flourish and become a role model for other nations".

Mr Naidu opined that for a healthy democracy, the Government and opposition should respect each other. He also appealed to the youth to enter politics with a missionary zeal to serve the needy and poor in the society.

Himachal Pradesh Governor, Mr BandaruDattatreya, Telangana Home Minister,Mr Md. Mahood Ali, Chairperson, Easwhari Bai Memorial Trust,Mrs Geeta Reddy, Chief Postmaster General, Mr S Rajendra Kumar, Prof. Shanta Sinha, Chairperson, NCPCR and former minister K Jana Reddy and other noticeables were present on the occasion.

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