Now women will have 50 percent reservation in Panchayati Raj Institutes in Haryana
Chandigarh, November 6:
The Haryana Vidhan Sabha today passed The Haryana Panchayati Raj (Second Amendment) Bill, 2020 to further to amend the Haryana Panchayati Raj Act, 1994.
On Friday an amendment in 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 be 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 Panches of Gram Panchayat and 50 percent of posts of Panches 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. 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.
The Haryana Vidhan Sabha also passed the Haryana Panchayati Raj (Second Amendment) Bill, 2020 with the provision of Right to Recall was also tabled. With the enactment of this bill, the villagers have got the right to remove a sarpanch, even before his or her tenure is over, who fails to perform. There is a possibility of revolutionary change in the matter of rural development by the sarpanch after the implementation of this new rule.
Deputy Chief Minister, Mr. Dushyant Chautala said that the dream of ‘Right to Recall’ was seen by the former Deputy Prime Minister of the country, Chaudhary Devi Lal. Regarding the provision of ‘Right to Recall’, the Deputy CM said that the Development & Panchayats Department often received complaints that the sarpanch is acting against the public sentiments. Every year hundreds of such complaints are made right from the block level to district level and state headquarters.
He said that to remove the sarpanch, 33 percent of the voters of the village will give a complaint of no confidence in writing to the concerned officer. This proposal will go to the Block Development and Panchayat Officer and CEO. After this, a meeting of Gram Sabha will be called and discussion will be held for two hours. A secret ballot will be held immediately after this meeting and if 67 percent of the villagers vote against the sarpanch, the sarpanch will be relieved of his duties. A motion of no confidence can be evoked under this rule only after the sarpanch has completed one year in office.
Haryana Deputy Chief Minister, Mr. Dushyant Chautala also told that for the first time in the election of Gram Panchayat, the BC (A) class will get the benefit of eight percent reservation in Panchayat elections. The Deputy CM said that with the implementation of this rule, people belonging to BC (A) class will get more representation in Panchayati Raj Institutions.
Haryana Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal said that today is a historic day for the people of Haryana. The Haryana Vidhan Sabha today passed a bill to ensure 50 per cent reservation for women in all the three levels of Panchayati Raj Institutions in Gram Panchayats. Furthermore, eight percent reservation to BC (A) class people in Panchayat Samitis and District Councils and in the Panchayat Samitis and District Councils has also been passed. ( India News Front )