Sunday, March 7, 2010

Odisha Government provides 50% reservation to women in Panchayat Raj Institutions

It’s really a very nice gift for the women on International Women’s Day  that, the Odisha  State Government today approved a proposal to increase reservation for women to 50 percent  in panchayats.  
President Pratibha Patil's announcement of the 100-days agenda of the government in June had mentioned the intent to provide fifty percent reservation for women in Panchayats.
Article 243(D) of the Constitution to enhance reservation for women in panchayats at all tiers from the current one-third to at least 50 per cent. The 73rd and 74th Constitutional Amendments have accorded Indian women a scope for political representation.
At present, out of the total elected representatives of panchayats, approximately 28.1 lakhs, 36.87 per cent are women. With the proposed constitutional amendment, the number of elected women representatives is expected to rise to more than 14 lakhs.
According to the agenda panchayat samiti chairman would be work as the deputy chairman of the block level advisory committees of the Food and Supplies department.
States like Bihar, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh have already implemented 50 per cent quota for women in the panchayati raj institutions.


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