50% posts reserved for Women in Haryana Panchayats

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50 percent reservation for women in Zilla Parishad, Block committee, Panchayats implemented, Dushyant Chautala got the bill passed.

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Chandigarh: November 6 was a historic day for the women of Haryana. A new chapter was written in the Haryana Vidhan Sabha on Friday which will be remembered for many centuries. A proposal to amend the Haryana Panchayati Raj Act was brought to the Assembly, which was passed by the honorable members. Now, women will have 50 percent share in the panchayat elections in Haryana. Seats will be reserved for women and men on the basis of even-odd numbers. The village where a woman sarpanch will be elected, in the next scheme, the village will have a male sarpanch. On passing this bill, Deputy Chief Minister, Mr. Dushyant Chautala congratulated the women of the state and said that this Bill will infuse confidence and empower women in the state.

Giving information about the Bill, Deputy Chief Minister, Mr. Dushyant Chautala said that this rule will be applicable in future elections to Panchayati Raj Institutions i.e. Zilla Parishad, Block Panchayat Samiti and Gram Panchayats. He informed that each village would be given codes based on even-odd numbers. For the first time, sarpanch will be a woman in even-numbered villages and next time, woman sarpanch will elected in odd number village. In this manner, five out of every ten years, every village of Haryana will have a woman sarpanch. This rule will also be applicable on reserved posts and posts will be reserved on the basis of even-odd numbers in them also. Not only this, the same process will be maintained in respect of Panchayats of Gram Panchayat and 50 percent of Panchayat posts will be for women.

Deputy Chief Minister said that this system will extend beyond the Gram Panchayats and will also be applicable in the Zilla Parishad and Block Panchayat Samiti. The odd-even formula will also be adopted for the posts of District Council and Block Committee members and chairman. After this significant change in the Panchayati Raj Act, 50 percent participation of women in the Panchayati Raj system of Haryana will be ensured. For this arrangement, separate seats will be considered for reserved seats for scheduled classes and for other seats and women reservation will be implemented in those groups.

Deputy Chief Minister, Mr. Dushyant Chautala said that this Bill is going to be a boon for women from rural areas of Haryana. The women of rural areas elected in Panchayati Raj institutions will not only be the voice of their village but will also establish new dimensions of development.

Big step towards women empowerment – Naina Chautala

JJP MLA, Mrs. Naina Chautala expressed gratitude to the Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal and Deputy Chief Minister, Mr. Dushyant Chautala, while calling it a big step towards women empowerment. She also thanked all the MLAs who rendered their support to pass the Bill. Mrs. Naina Chautala said that by ensuring 50 percent participation of woman in Panchayats, not only will the image of Gram panchayats change but women will also contribute significantly in development of the village. She said that she is the creator of the universe, describing the woman as the mother of life.


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