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Congress strives for consensus on women's bill
The Samajwadi Party (SP) and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) said Sunday they will convey their strong opposition to the women's reservation bill at Monday's all-party meeting called by Finance ..... Read Full
New Delhi: An amendment bill to provide 50 per cent reservation to women in Panchayats in Jharkhand and to bring the present law in conformity with the Constitution was introduced in the Lok Sabha yesterday. Since the state is under President's rule, Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister C P Joshi introduced the Jharkhand Panchayat Raj (Amendment) Bill, 2010.
The amendment bill was required for aligning the provisions of the Jharkhand Panchayat Raj Act, 2001 with the constitutional provisions and also for providing not less than 50 per cent reservation of seats and offices of chairpersons in the Panchayats in favour of women, the bill read. The bill will replace an Ordinance issued by the Jharkhand Governor in April this year to amend the Act.
The Ordinance was issued as the state Assembly was not in session. But later, President's rule was imposed on the state, making it necessary to table the bill in Parliament.
Elections to panchayats in Jharkhand could not be held so far due to various reasons, including pendency of certain litigations. The Jharkhand High Court had recently declared as unconstitutional certain clauses of the Panchayats (Extension to the Scheduled Areas) Act, 1996 and those of the Jharkhand Panchayat Raj Act, 2001 relating to reservation policy.
Following protracted legal battle which also included appeals in the Supreme Court, the Centre decided to amend certain provisions of the Jharkhand Panchayat Raj Act, 2001 to bring it in conformity with certain provisions of the Constitution.
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