50% reservation for women will bring gender equality: Jayant

Last Updated: Tuesday, April 12, 2011 - 11:03

Mumbai: Maharashtra Rural Development
Minister Jayant Patil on Tuesday said the women`s reservation bill
for 50 per cent seats in panchayat samitis and zilla parishads
will pave the way to bring women on par with their
male counterparts in the decision making process at the
grassroot level.
Speaking on the bill to amend the Bombay Village
Panchayats Act 1958 and the Maharashtra Zilla Parishads and
Panchayat Samiti`s Act 1961 in the Legislative Assembly,
Patil described the move to provide 50 per cent reservation
for women as "historic" and a milestone in the state`s
history.

He said Maharashtra was the first state to introduce 33
per cent reservation for women in the local bodies in the
early 1990s when Sharad Pawar was the Chief Minister.
Patil said the passage of the bill will enable women`s
reservation in seats as members of village panchayats and of
panchayat samitis, as councillors in zilla parishads and also
as in offices of Sarpanch and president of zilla parishad and
chairman of panchayat samitis.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, April 12, 2011 - 11:03

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