New Delhi [India], September 22 (ANI): Union Minister for Education, Dharmendra Pradhan on Friday termed the passage of the Women's Reservation Bill as a "milestone" in the 21st century and said it would be "referred to" in other democratic countries of the world.
Terming the bill as an "achievement for the country, the minister for education called on Opposition leaders to "stop taking credit" for passage of the bill.
"This is an achievement for the country...The subject is not to take special credit, the subject is to understand the needs of society...The subject is to make a decision...This bill would be a milestone in the 21st century in the world...Its reference would be taken in other democracies of the world," the Union Minister told ANI.
The Upper House, on Thursday, passed the Women's reservation bill, which provides 33 per cent reservation for women in the Lok Sabha as well as the state legislative assemblies, unanimously with 214 members voting in support and none against.
Following the passage of the bill in Parliament, chants of 'Modi Modi' were raised by women MPs as they took turns to thank Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the passage of the bill.
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.
Later, both the Houses of Parliament were adjourned sine die. Earlier, on Wednesday, the Bill passed the legislative test in the Lok Sabha as it was passed by a brute majority of 454 votes in favour and just 2 against. (ANI)