A parliamentary watchdog on Monday finalised the Constitution (Seventeenth Amendment) Bill, 2018 aiming at increasing the term of the reserved seat lawmakers for 25 years from the first session of the 11th parliament.
The decision was taken during a meeting of the parliamentary standing committee on law ministry at the Parliament Secretariat with its chairman Abdul Matin Khasru in the chair. Committee members, including Law Minister Anisul Huq, Tajul Islam Chowdhury, Shamsul Haque Tuku, Talukder Mohammad Yunus, Ziaul Haque Mridha, Safura Begum and Amatul Kibria Keya Chowdhury attended the meeting.Emerging from the meeting, the committee chairman told reporters that the body finalised the bill without brining any change in the sections of the bill.
It was learnt that the bill is expected to be passed during the upcoming budget session.
Earlier, the law minister placed the bill before the House, which had sent the bill to the committee, asking it to report back within 30 days.
According to the Article 65 (3) of the constitution, 50 seats will be reserved exclusively for women in parliament for 10 years from the first meeting of parliament after the one that passed the 14th constitutional amendment in 2004.