Maharashtra govt comes out in support of women's bill

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Mumbai, Jun 28 (UNI) The Maharashtra government today came out in support of the bill to be tabled by the Union government to reserve 33 per cent of the seats for women in Parliament and state assemblies.

The additional chief secretary of the General Administration Department Satish Tripati informed this when a parliamentary committee, which is on a visit to the city, under the chairmanship of Dr E M Sudarshan Nacchiyapan met the state government officials.

The parliamentary committee comprised of Bal Apte, Sardar Tarlochan Singh, Brindra Karat, Dr N S V Chintan, S K Kharvetan, A Krishnaswami, Dr C Krishnan, Shailendra Kumar, Varkala Radhakrishnan, Adv T Satidevi and Tejasvani Gowda, while the state government was represented by Principal Secretary of the Law Department M N Gilani, Secretary of Women and Child Development Department Dr Vijay Singh, Chief Election Officer of Maharashtra Debashish Chakarvarty and senior officials.

Dr Vijay Singh told the delegation that at present the number of women MPs and MLAs is as good as negligible and this bill would be a big step in giving representation to women in governance.

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