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J&K cabinet clears Panchayati Raj amendments

The Jammu and Kashmir cabinet has approved amendments in the state's Panchayati Raj Act to incorporate provisions of the 73rd Amendment, which grants reservation to Scheduled Castes (SCs), Scheduled Tribes (STs) and women in panchayats.

india Updated: Feb 09, 2014 21:17 IST

The Jammu and Kashmir cabinet has approved amendments in the state's Panchayati Raj Act to incorporate provisions of the 73rd Amendment, which grants reservation to Scheduled Castes (SCs), Scheduled Tribes (STs) and women in panchayats.


In a meeting chaired by chief minister Omar Abdullah on Saturday evening, the cabinet also approved the Jammu and Kashmir Ombudsman for Panchayats Bill, which will now be introduced in the state legislature.

The amendments in the Panchayati Raj Act provide for the election of the chairman and vice-chairman of a district planning and development board by the members of the board, and election of the chairman of a block development council by sarpanches and panches of the block. The other important provision is for reservation of SC and STs according to their population in a constituency and 33% for women.

The amendment also provides for reduction in the age of candidates for contesting elections for the posts of panches and sarpanches from 25 to 21 years. At present, the reservations were available only at panch's election and not above.