Women to get 50% reservation in MCD: Delhi CM
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Last Updated: Thursday, April 21, 2011, 23:31
New Delhi: Notwithstanding opposition from a section within Congress on the proposed split of MCD, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit is trying to push the proposal on the plank of giving more representation to women by reserving 50 per cent seats to them in the civic agency.

Addressing a seminar at DPCC, Dikshit announced that 50 per cent seats will be reserved for women in the new set up of MCD which will provide an excellent opportunity to the fair sex to be part of the decision-making process.

The city government has taken an in-principle decision to split the civic agency into five smaller bodies ahead of next year's municipal polls. The government also wants to increase the number of wards from the current 272 to 408.

The proposal to split the MCD has been severely criticised by a section of Congress and several Congress leaders, at a meeting in DPCC on Tuesday openly slammed her for not holding consultation within the party before taking such an important decision.

However, unfazed by the criticism, Dikshit had said she will go ahead with the proposal.

Noting that increased representation of women in civic bodies will result in an improvement in civic facilities, Dikshit said it will also enhance status of women as well as their confidence level.

"The new set up of MCD will provide opportunity to young and aspiring women to work on responsible position," she said addressing the seminar on 'Role of Women in the forthcoming MCD elections'.

Exhorting women activists of the party to get ready to contest the elections, she asked them to work hard to ensure that there is no shortage of eligible women contestants for the upcoming polls.

"The women representatives will also be able to contribute their part in making Delhi a world-class city," she said.

Giving account of various schemes to ensure welfare of women, Dikshit said the Government has decided to set up a Women Technological University in Delhi.

Rajya Sabha members Chaudhary Virendra Singh, Mohsina Kidwai and Prabha Thakur were among those present on the occasion.


First Published: Thursday, April 21, 2011, 23:31

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