Economy

Cabinet okays 50% reservation for women in panchayats

PTI New Delhi | Updated on July 21, 2011 Published on July 21, 2011

The Cabinet today approved the proposal for enhancing reservation for women in Panchayats from the present 33 per cent to 50 per cent with the provision being applicable to all seats filled through direct election, office of chairpersons and of offices reserved for SC/ST.

"The Cabinet approved the proposal for moving an official amendment to the Constitution (One Hundred and Tenth Amendment) Bill, 2009 for enhancing reservation for women in Panchayats at all tiers from one-third to at least 50 per cent," the Information and Broadcasting Minister, Ms Ambika Soni, told reporters.

The Amendment Bill, which was introduced in Lok Sabha on November 26, 2009, will incorporate one change suggested by the Standing Committee on Rural Development that the word "rural” be added before the word “population” wherever it occurs in the draft legislation.

The intention behind adding “rural” before “population” is to reflect appropriate demographic representation of categories of population for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes for whom reservation is made.

The provision of reserving half the seats for women in panchayats will apply to the total number of seats filled by direct election, offices of chairpersons and seats and offices of chairpersons reserved for SCs and STs.

Published on July 21, 2011
This article is closed for comments.
Please Email the Editor