The Congress plans to rake up the issue of education eligibility criteria for contesting panchayat polls in a major way ahead of the elections that are scheduled to be held in January and February 2015.
State Congress president Sachin Pilot has slammed the Raje government for introducing the education criteria for those wishing to contest panchayat polls. Pilot said the government had passed the order in a hurry and half the rural population was being denied the opportunity to contest polls.
“We will take up this matter in a big way as it is related to the rights of the people. Law should be same for all,” he told reporters.
The government, through an ordinance, has made mandatory for those contesting elections for sarpanch in tribal areas to be Class 5 passout, while in other areas they have to be Class 8 pass. For panchayat samiti and zila parishad members, the minimum education qualification is Class 10 pass.
“It is good to talk of educated people coming into politics... On the one hand the government has shut down 17,000 schools and on the other they have introduced the education criteria for contesting polls,” Pilot said.
He pointed out that 23 BJP MLAs and 2 MPs have not cleared Class 10.