Odisha to raise women’s quota in urban bodies

PTI Bhubaneswar | Updated on March 12, 2018 Published on July 13, 2012

In a bid to further empower women, the Odisha government today decided to raise their quota to 50 per cent in Urban Local Bodies.

“Our government has decided to enhance the representation of women in ULBs from the present level of 33 per cent to 50 per cent,” the Chief Minister Mr Naveen Patnaik told reporters here.

Saying that the decision would have a “far reaching” effect, Mr Patnaik claimed that the state government and the ruling BJD were committed to the welfare of women in Odisha.

The state government’s decision to raise the women’s quota to 50 per cent in ULBs came after it provided 50 per cent reservation for female candidates in the three-tier panchayat elections held early this year.

The decision assumed significance as it came ahead of ensuing ULB polls for municipal corporations, municipalities and notified area councils (NAC) scheduled to be held in 2013 and the general elections slated for 2014.

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Published on July 13, 2012
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