Bill Summary

The Government of Union Territories (Amendment) Bill, 2023  

  • The Government of Union Territories (Amendment) Bill, 2023 was introduced in Lok Sabha on December 12, 2023.  The Bill amends the Government of Union Territories Act, 1963.  The Act provides for establishing Legislative Assemblies and constitution of Councils of Ministers for certain Union Territories.

  • Reservation for women:  The Bill reserves one-third of all elected seats in the Puducherry Legislative Assembly for women.  This will also apply to the seats reserved for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes in the Assembly.

  • Commencement of reservation:  The reservation will be effective once the census conducted after the commencement of this Bill has been published.  Based on the census, delimitation will be undertaken to reserve seats for women.  The reservation will be provided for 15 years.  However, it will continue till such date as determined by a law made by Parliament.

  • Rotation of seats:  Seats reserved for women will be rotated after each delimitation, as determined by a law made by Parliament. 


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