Maharashtra to introduce 50% quota for women in local bodies
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Last Updated: Tuesday, March 08, 2011, 13:11
Mumbai: The Maharshtra government will soon introduce a Bill in the Assembly that will provide 50 per cent reservation to women in local bodies, Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan said on Tuesday.

"We will introduce the Bill of giving 50 per cent reservation to women in local government bodies in the ensuing Budget Session of the state legislature," Chavan said while interacting with a group of women journalists on the International Women's Day.

The Centre has already taken a decision to give 50 per cent quota to women and the state government will abide by it, Chavan said.

On 33 per cent reservation for women in Assemblies and the Parliament, Chavan said, "We are trying our best to pass the Bill in the Lok Sabha. It has been already approved in Rajya Sabha when I was the Parliamentary Affairs Minister."

Congress ally NCP had already proposed to increase the quota for women in local bodies from 33 to 50 per cent.

In a party meeting held here last month, NCP chief and Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar asked his ministers to meet the CM and make the demand.

Chavan who has completed four months in office said he was settled in his new job and expressed confidence that he would deliver with his current team of ministers.

"There is a huge difference between functioning of national and state politics, but I am used to working hard," he said.


First Published: Tuesday, March 08, 2011, 13:11

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