On Wednesday, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi backed the women’s reservation bill but said it was “incomplete” without a quota for women from Other Backwards Classes, adding that the legislation could be implemented immediately without the need for a census or delimitation.
Gandhi addressed the topic of a caste census during the Bill’s debate in the Lok Sabha. “I believe it is critical that a large portion of India’s population, particularly women, have access to this reservation.” And it is not included in this law.”
“There are two other things that strike me as odd. One is the notion that you will need a fresh census to enact this bill. The second is that you need a fresh delimitation in order to apply this Bill. It is, in my opinion, fairly easy. This Bill may be implemented today by granting women 33% of the seats in the Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha,” stated the Wayanad MP.
“Another issue from which the government likes to divert attention is the caste census.” For some reason, and I’m not sure what it is, the BJP attempts to create a fresh distraction whenever the Opposition raises the issue of a caste census so that the OBC community and the people of India look the other way,” the Congress legislator added.
Gandhi cited the small number of OBCs holding crucial positions in the country’s institutions, such as the fact that only three of the Government of India’s 90 secretaries are from the community. “Who are the most important people in India’s government?” The people who shape how our country is run. Of course, there are the Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha, but beyond that, the Government of India’s 90 secretaries manage the core of the government. And I wondered how many of the 90 persons belonged to the OBC community. And the answer surprised and crushed me—only three of the 90 are from the OBC. These OBC secretaries manage barely 5% of the country’s budget—out of the country’s Rs 44 lakh crore budget, they control only Rs 2.47 lakh crore,” he said, adding that it was an insult to the OBC community that needed to be rectified urgently.
He also mentioned Tuesday’s debate in the new Parliament about the transfer of power that occurred when India gained independence. He claimed that India’s President, who is both a woman and a tribal, “should have been visible” during the transition from the old to the new Parliament.
“I support the bill for women’s reservations.” Yesterday, I was listening to the debate when the Sengol problem came up, and there was a discussion on the Sengol and a brief talk about the transfer of authority from the British to the people of India. Before turning over authority to the people of India, the British questioned the independence movement’s leadership, “To whom are we going to transfer power?” Our independence fighters’ revolutionary response was to hand over power to the people of India. We became a country that granted women the right to vote from the beginning. This was considered groundbreaking at the time. We also gave each and every neighbourhood a vote. The vote served as a mechanism for power transition. ”It was intended to transfer power to the people of India progressively,” he explained.
“The Panchayati Raj, which gave women reservation and allowed them to enter India’s political system on a large scale, was a huge step forward in the transfer of power to women in India.” This is yet another step. It’s a significant step. “I’m sure everyone in this room, from the Treasury benches to the Opposition, agrees that this is a very important step for the country’s women,” Gandhi continued.