The said organisations are of the categorical opinion that the UPA regime must not use the lack of unanimity as a ruse to postpone the introduction of the reservation bill in Lok Sabha, which is unfortunately what has been happening for fourteen long years. Those opposed to the existing bill had never given any indication of having altered their stand. These organisations have also reiterated their earlier position that any other issue pertaining to the bill may be addressed separately. They said the women of this country will not tolerate or accept any delay on the pretence of building a consensus.
Therefore these organisations have demanded that the government make good on its public commitment to the bill by introducing it as soon as the Lok Sabha reconvenes and by ensuring its passage.
The signatories to the statement were Ms Sudha Sundararaman (AIDWA), Ms Annie Raja (NFIW), Dr Jyotsna Chatterjee (JWP), Dr Mary John (CWDS), Dr Mohini Giri (GOS), Ms Gomti Nayar (AIWC), Ms Sugra Mehdi (MWF), Ms Vimal Thorat (AIDMAM), Dr Beulah Shekhar (YWCA) and Kusum Sehgal (SMS). (INN)
Source: People’s Democracy dated 11-04-2010