Gandhinagar: Gujarat government has on Wednesday
approved the proposal to increase reservation of women seats
in panchayats and urban local bodies from one third to 50 per
"The state cabinet today approved it and now a bill in
this regard will be brought in the next session of the
assembly in December," state government spokesperson and
health minister Jaynarayan Vyas said.
The state government has decided to bring the bill
following Union Government`s move to amend the Constitution in
order to enhance women`s representations in panchayats and
urban local bodies.
In last October, the Inion cabinet had also approved a
proposal to amend the Constitution to increase the reservation
of women in the urban local bodies from 33 per cent to 50 per
cent in the country.
Prior to that, similar proposal for enhancing women`s
reservation in the Panchayati Raj institutions was approved by
the Union cabinet.
It may be noted that Gujarat will have elections for
the panchayats and urban local bodies - municipalities and
municipal corporations in 2010.