BCs to get 34% quota in pan­chayat polls: Ju­pally


Pan­chayat raj min­is­ter Ju­pally Kr­ishna Rao on Thursday said reser­va­tions for the forth­com­ing pan­chayat elec­tions will be fi­nalised by June 25. He said the elec­tions would be held as sched­uled in July and dis­missed re­ports that they could be post­poned.

Ad­dress­ing a press con­fer­ence in Sec­re­tariat, Mr Rao said 34 per cent reser­va­tions would be given to the Back­ward Classes as it was in 2013. Enu­mer­a­tion of BC vot­ers had been com­pleted in all dis­tricts.

Mr Rao said SCs and STs com­mu­ni­ties will be given reser­va­tions in pro­por­tion to their pop­u­la­tion at 20 per cent and six per cent re­spec­tively. He said 1,170 pan­chay­ats with 100 per cent ST pop­u­la­tion would be re­served for the com­mu­nity, be­sides an­other 1,300 pan­chay­ats which are lo­cated in sched­uled ar­eas.

He said half the seats in all cat­e­gories would be re­served for women.

Reser­va­tions for wards will be de­ter­mined by tak­ing the vil­lage as a unit and for the sarpanch elec­tions by tak­ing the man­dal as a unit.

The min­is­ter stated that the gov­ern­ment would hold three months of train­ing classes for the newly elected sarpanches and ward mem­bers to cre­ate aware­ness on the Pan­chayat Raj Act, brought by the TS gov­ern­ment in March this year.

Mr Rao dis­trib­uted tablet PCs for a few women self help groups through the Stree Nidhi Bank. He said tablets would be dis­trib­uted to all 18,000 SHGs in the state in phases.

“Tablet PCs will en­able women SHGs to con­duct vil­lage or­gan­i­sa­tional pro­grammes in a faster and trans­par­ent man­ner. They can also ap­ply for the Stree Nidhi bank loans on­line,” Mr Rao added.

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