Govt nod to more quota for women in civic bodies
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Last Updated: Thursday, October 22, 2009, 20:58
New Delhi: The Government today approved enhancing of reservation for women in urban local bodies from one third to fifty per cent.

This provision will apply to the total number of seats to be filled by direct election, offices of chairpersons and seats and offices of chairpersons reserved for SCs and STs.

Increased representation of women is likely to yield significant benefits in terms of higher priority to women's issues in critical areas of urban governance and service delivery such as water supply, sanitation, education and health, Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni told reporters after a meeting of the Union Cabinet.

The Ministry of Urban development will move a Bill for amendment to an article of the Constitution to this effect in the next session of Parliament.

The proposed amendment will cover all states and Union Territories.

Earlier, the Union Cabinet had approved a proposal to increase reservation for women to 50 per cent in Panchayats.

President Pratibha Patil, in her address to the joint sitting of Parliament on June 4, had said a Constitutional amendment would be brought in to provide 50 per cent quota for women in Panchayats and urban local bodies.

She had said, since women suffer multiple deprivations of class, caste and gender, enhancing reservation in Panchayats and urban local bodies would lead to more women entering the public sphere.

Bureau Report

First Published: Thursday, October 22, 2009, 20:58

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