AGARTALA, Sept 18 – Expressing concern over ‘less representation’ of women in the Lok Sabha and Assemblies, Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar on Wednesday laid emphasis on increase in the number of women MPs and MLAs.
Speaking at a programme to mark the golden jubilee celebration of Tripura Assembly at Town Hall here, the Speaker said Lok Sabha has only 61 women MPs ( 11 per cent) while there are five women MLAs in the Tripura House which is only eight per cent.
“There must be efforts to increase the number of women MPs and MLAs as equality is the essence of parliamentary democracy. There must be efforts to put an end to gender discrimination”, she asserted.
Kumar, in her brief speech, was full of praise for the women voters of Tripura for participating in the electoral process in heavy numbers. “Of the total women voters, an average of 93 per cent had exercised their democratic right in the last Assembly elections. This shows the high democratic values among women in the State”, she mentioned.
Making an emphatic call for change of mindset, the Speaker said, “People have lot of expectation from MPs and MLAs. They must deliver to meet the aspirations of the people by participating in the discussions and debates in the two Houses”.
Referring to the recent action taken against some members of the Lok Saha for disrupting the proceedings in the House, Kumar said the Section 374 of Lok Sabha Rules and Proceedings should be used only sparingly. “The use of Section 374 of Lok Sabha Rules and Proceedings should not be used frequently. It should be used only when it appears inevitable”, she said.
Chief Minister Manik Sarkar, opposition leader Sudip Roy Barman and Assembly Speaker Ramendra Chandra Debnath also addressed the programme. In his speech, Sarkar gave a brief history of Tripura’s journey from monarchy to parliamentary democracy.