Maha govt for 50% seats for women in local polls

Maharashtra CM Prithviraj Chavan said that his govt would reserve 50 percent of seats for women in the forthcoming elections to the local bodies.

Last Updated: Sep 26, 2011, 19:36 PM IST

Pune: Maharashtra Chief Minister
Prithviraj Chavan today said that his government would reserve
50 percent of seats for women in the forthcoming elections to
the local self government bodies.

"Maharashtra is the first state to increase women`s
quota from 33 per cent to 50 to empower women in a
revolutionary decision," Chavan said while addressing a
convention, organised to chalk out a strategy for the polls,
of the Congress workers from western Maharashtra.
It was important to select right candidates and train
women to take up the responsibility of good governance in
Panchayats, Zilla Parishads and municipalities, he said.
The elections are scheduled at the end of year and in
January 2012.

PTI