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SP and JMM Leaders: Women’s Reservation Bill Irrelevant Without Space for SC/ST/OBC Quota

<p>The Union Cabinet has given its approval to the long-awaited and much-delayed women’s reservation bill, despite rumors that it would be submitted during the current special session of Parliament and would guarantee 33% of the seats in the Lok Sabha and state legislatures for women.<img decoding=”async” class=”alignnone wp-image-190498″ src=”https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/theindiaprint.com-4-underrated-ios-17-features-voice-cloning-a-better-dualsim-experience-and-more-ne.png” alt=”theindiaprint.com 4 underrated ios 17 features voice cloning a better dualsim experience and more ne” width=”1457″ height=”623″ srcset=”https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/theindiaprint.com-4-underrated-ios-17-features-voice-cloning-a-better-dualsim-experience-and-more-ne.png 617w, https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/theindiaprint.com-4-underrated-ios-17-features-voice-cloning-a-better-dualsim-experience-and-more-ne-150×64.png 150w” sizes=”(max-width: 1457px) 100vw, 1457px” title=”SP and JMM Leaders: Women's Reservation Bill Irrelevant Without Space for SC/ST/OBC Quota 9″></p>
<p>At least four political parties, including the Samajwadi Party (SP), Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), Bahujan Samajwadi Party (BSP), and Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM), have called for the inclusion of the Scheduled Class (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST), and Other Backward Classes in the landmark legislation amid the credit battle between the ruling BJP and the opposition Congress over it. At the time this report was published, the political parties had not had access to the draft legislation.</p>
<p>Mahua Manjhi, a JMM MP, said in an interview with News18 that the objective of reservations fails if women from the underclass are not taken into account.</p>
<p>“Any quota for women mostly helps higher caste women since they are wealthier or are the spouses of strong men. Women from the ST, SC, and OBC categories are those who are left behind. It would be much better if the measure included a clause granting these ladies reservations, she added.</p>
<p>Manjhi, who formerly served as head of the Jharkhand State Commission for Women, continued by saying that although the JMM is not advocating for a specific share for women who belong to the SC, ST, or OBC groups, it does want these women to be listed individually for “empowerment in the true sense.”</p>
<p>She used the 2017 Jharkhand property registration initiative, which enabled women to register a property with only Rs. 1, as an example. Manjhi said that while the program was intended for women from underprivileged backgrounds and families, upper-class ladies with money ended up being the true winners.</p>
<p>Since they lack funding and resources, the goal was to help women at the local level, but this never materialized. Similarly, if a reserve law does not benefit women from underdeveloped areas, what use is it? People at the bottom would not get any benefits, and others with more money will take them away from them, she said News18.</p>
<p>The JMM chief said that the party hails from a tribal state and that its major objective is to promote tribals.</p>
<p>“Reservations are made for the abandoned. Women from wealthy and educated backgrounds already have an advantage. Those who are left behind will always remain behind if reservations are not made. Because of this, we believe the SC/ST/OBC reserve should exist, and as a female MP and female leader, I stand by this, she said.</p>
<p>Manjhi’s remarks were mirrored by SP’s Juhie Singh, who said that any kind of reservation is useless without include Dalits and members of underprivileged groups.</p>
<p>“Any empowerment should start with Dalits and members of underdeveloped communities. She told News18 that Netaji, the late Mulayam Singh Yadav, “always thought that if the reservation did not include women from the lower castes and classes, they would not have any opportunity to enter Parliament.</p>
<p>Singh continued by saying that after receiving the text of the law, the Samajwadi Party will review it and determine how to proceed. “Our stance has always been that women from backward classes, minorities, and Dalits should be given space and reservations. It would encourage women from all castes to speak out, said Singh.</p>
<p>The SP leader said, “Women already have fewer opportunities in politics, and even those opportunities go to women from a specific section.” “Hand-holding is for those who need assistance. We must make sure that our ladies have enough room to step forth and command attention. The purpose of the reservation provisions in the Constitution and the reserve granted to women in municipal governments was to advance them. In the women’s reservation bill, SP supports the notion of reservations for the SC, ST, and OBC populations, the speaker said.</p>
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