Is one out of 13 good enough?

UPA-II will complete 500 days in about a week. The government had, through the president’s address to Parliament in June 2009, announced a 100-day agenda. That address also mentioned several bills on the task list. What progress have the bills that were proposed made?

The following eight bills were part of the 100-day agenda: Three bills related to reservation for women in Parliament, state assemblies, panchayats, and municipalities; two bills to establish national councils on health and on higher education; an amendment to the Right to Information Act; a food security bill; and the Public Services Bill. Of these, one has been passed by the Rajya Sabha and is pending in the Lok Sabha, and two have been introduced in Parliament.

The bill to provide 33 per cent reservation for women in Parliament and state assemblies was passed by the Rajya Sabha on March 9. Even though a large part of the budget session and the whole monsoon session has been held since then, the bill was not taken up for discussion in the Lok Sabha. Two other bills have been introduced, which seek to increase the reservation for women in panchayats and municipalities from 33 to 50 percent