Plan to raise women quota to 50% in panchayat deferred
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Last Updated: Thursday, August 20, 2009, 18:11
  
New Delhi: The Union Cabinet on Thursday deferred a proposal to increase reservation for women to 50 per cent in panchayats.

The proposal, listed for consideration at the Cabinet meeting today, was deferred, Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni told reporters here.

The proposal was to amend Article 243(d) of the Constitution, which provides for one-third reservation for women in panchayats, and increase it to 50 per cent.

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

She had said that 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.

The states which have already implemented 50 per cent reservation for women in panchayati raj institutions are Bihar, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh.

While Rajasthan has announced implementation of the proposal in the next panchayat election in 2010, Kerala declared yesterday that it would implement it.

Bureau Report


First Published: Thursday, August 20, 2009, 18:11


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