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Modi to visit his Lok Sabha constituency Varanasi on Sunday

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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Sunday visit his Lok Sabha constituency Varanasi and launch a scheme aimed at strengthening power transmission in urban areas.

Officials said Modi will first visit Jharkhand and lay the foundation stone of an agriculture research centre in Barhi area of Hazaribagh district.

Modi will visit Varanasi in the afternoon and launch the Integrated Power Development Scheme (IPDS), a programme of the power ministry aimed at strengthening transmission and distribution networks in the urban areas.

IPDS is part of a ministry initiative to supply uninterrupted power to the people, officials said.

They said that IPDS was announced in the 2014-15 budget and aims at strengthening the sub-transmission network, metering, information technology application and customer care services.

The central government was committed to provide budgetary support of Rs.45,800 crore for IPDS, they said.

An amount of Rs 1,067 crore has been sanctioned under IPDS for Uttar Pradesh of which Rs 572 crore is for Varanasi.

The project envisages converting overhead lines into underground cables in the areas around the temples and ghats in Varanasi city.

The scheme includes upgrading electrical assets at sub-centres, capacity enhancement and renewal of the old sub-stations.

It also includes installing roof-top solar panels in government buildings.

During his visit to Varanasi, Modi will review the progress of work on four-laning the ring road in the city and will also inaugurate a trauma centre at Banaras Hindu University. He will also address a public rally.

(IANS)

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Women Representation in Lok Sabha as Low as 12 Percent

None of the political parties could implement the promise and the number of women MPs was not even able to reach one-fourth members in the House.

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Since the beginning in 1952, there had been no female Speaker in the House until the 15th Lok Sabha. Pixabay

Slogans of various political parties about empowering Indian women in politics seem to have remained just lip service, if one goes by the statistics.

The case in point is that in the outgoing 16th Lok Sabha, there were only 66 women members out of the total House strength of 543, which makes it just 12 per cent.

This is the situation 67 years after the first general elections.

Had the long-pending legislative proposal to provide 33 per cent reservation for women in the Lok Sabha been passed, it could have ensured at least 179 female members in the Lower House of Parliament.

In the first Lok Sabha formed in 1952, there were 24 women. The number did not change in the second Lok Sabha formed in 1957.

The number increased when the third Lok Sabha (1962-67) was formed with 37 women, according to data available on the Lok Sabha website.

There was a decrease in the numbers in the fourth, fifth and sixth Lok Sabha where 33, 28 and 21 women were elected respectively.

The number again increased to 32 women in the seventh Lok Sabha (1980-84) and in the eighth (1984-89) with 45 women members being elected.

When the Lok Saha was elected in 1989 for the ninth time, the number of women dropped to 28.

Since then, there has been a minor but constant increase in the number of females.

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The number again increased to 32 women in the seventh Lok Sabha (1980-84) and in the eighth (1984-89) with 45 women members being elected. 
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The 10th Lok Sabha (1991-96) had 42 female members and the 11th was one less.

The 12th had 44 female MPs, while the 13th and 14th saw equal numbers at 52 females of the total 543 members.

The 15th Lok Sabha (2009-14) saw a major increase: it touched 64 females — about 12 per cent of the total House strength.

The 16th – the outgoing – Lok Sabha had 66 female MPs, two more than the previous term.

Since the beginning in 1952, there had been no female Speaker in the House until the 15th Lok Sabha.

Congress’ Meira Kumar was elected unopposed as the first woman Speaker of Lok Sabha in 2009 and served till 2014. Then, Sumitra Mahajan of BJP became the second female to preside over the 16th Lok Sabha.

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The Congress made the pledge in its manifestos in 2019, 2014 and 2009. – wikimedia commons

The political parties have been promising 33 per cent reservation to females in legislatures a number of times.

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The Congress made the pledge in its manifestos in 2019, 2014 and 2009. The BJP too made the promise in 2014 and now. The Communist Party of India-Marxist also promised the reservation in its manifestos in 1999, 2009 and 2019.

But none of the political parties could implement the promise and the number of women MPs was not even able to reach one-fourth members in the House. (IANS)