Odisha Assembly passes women`s reservation bill

Last Updated: Thursday, September 6, 2012 - 22:38

Bhubaneswar: The bill providing 50 per cent reservation for women in urban local bodies in Odisha was passed by the state assembly on Thursday.

Opposition Congress and BJP raised a din and did not participate in the proceedings in the passage of the bill.

The house had debated the Odisha Right to Public Service Bill, 2012 last night but there was no discussion on two other bills - The Odisha Municipal Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2012 which provides for women`s reservation and Odisha Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Backward Classes (Regulation of Issuance and Verification of Caste Certificates) Bill, 2011.

All three bills were passed during the day.

Speaker Pradip Kumar Amat announced passage of the bills surrounded by marshals who prevented the angry Congress MLAs from capturing the podium.

"In the welfare state, providing services in time is the sine qua non of good giovernance. Thus, it is felt expedient to make law casting an obligation under every public functionary to render service to the citizens within a stipulated time," said Housing and Urban Development Minister Raghunath Mohanty on behalf of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.

Describing Odisha Municipal Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2012 as historic, he said provisions would now be made for reserving 50 per cent seats reserved for women in urban local body polls. Earlier, the state had made provision of 50 percent reservation for women in three tier panchayat bodies.

With allegations of fake caste certificates coming to
the fore regularly, Odisha Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Backward Classes (Regulation of Issuance and Verification of) Caste Certificates Bill, 2011 was brought and passed in the assembly during the day, said SC, ST Development Minister LB Himirika.

The bill provides for issuance and verification of caste certificates by the competent authority, he said adding it also made provision for smooth and speedy disposal of fake caste certificate cases.

The Act would serve as a deterrent for use of fake caste certificate and offence in respect to it has been made cognizable and non-bailable, he added.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, September 6, 2012 - 22:38

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