Women’s group opposes edu criteria for panchayat polls

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Jaipur
  • Updated: Dec 23, 2014 14:10 IST

The Mahila Panch Sarpanch Sangthan of Rajasthan has opposed the newly introduced education qualification criteria for contesting panchayat elections. The sangthan said in a press statement the “drastic measure” comes in effect only days prior to the announcement for the panchayat elections.

Introducing a disqualification measure of this nature goes against the basic principles enshrined in the Constitution. It also violates fundamental rights guaranteed to every citizen of this country, the association said.

In a democratic country, introducing selective disqualification measures such as two child norm and minimum education requirement is hindering inclusive participation of all in grassroots development, it said.

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