Cabinet approves 50% quota for women in Panchayats

The Cabinet on Thursday approved the proposal for enhancing reservation for women in Panchayats from the present 33 percent to 50 percent.

New Delhi: The Cabinet on Thursday approved the proposal for enhancing reservation for women in Panchayats from the present 33 percent to 50 percent with the provision being applicable to all seats filled through direct election,
office of chairpersons and of offices reserved for SC/ST.

"The Cabinet approved the proposal for moving an
official amendment to the Constitution (One Hundred and Tenth
Amendment) Bill, 2009 for enhancing reservation for women in
Panchayats at all tiers from 1/3 to at least 50 percent,"
Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni told
reporters.

The Amendment Bill, which was introduced in Lok Sabha
on November 26, 2009, will incorporate one change suggested by
the Standing Committee on Rural Development that the word
"rural" be added before the word "population" wherever it
occurs in the draft legislation.

The intention behind adding "rural" before "population"
is to reflect appropriate demographic representation of
categories of population for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled
Tribes for whom reservation is made.

The provision of reserving half the seats for women in
Panchayats will apply to the total number of seats filled by
direct election, offices of chairpersons and seats and offices
of chairpersons reserved for SCs and STs.

PTI

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