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BMC says no to 50 pc quota for women groups

Women may soon get a 33 per cent reservation in governance, but women's self-help groups will have to wait longer for a quota in pay-and-park contracts.

mumbai Updated: Mar 10, 2010 01:16 IST
Sujit Mahamulkar

Women may soon get a 33 per cent reservation in governance, but women's self-help groups will have to wait longer for a quota in pay-and-park contracts.

The Congress walked out of the general body meeting when their demand that the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) reserve 50 per cent of pay and park contracts for women self-help groups was struck down.

Opposition leader, Rajhans Singh, raised the demand on general body meeting on Tuesday but Additional Municipal Commissioner, Anil Diggikar, ruled it out. “There will be 25 per cent reservations for women self-help groups and 25 per cent for unemployed youth,” Diggikar said.

The Opposition was unhappy with the reply. Mayor Shraddha Jadhav supported the Opposition’s demand. She has called for a group leaders’ meeting on Thursday. “We will force the civic administration to reserve 50 per cent contracts for women self-help groups while awarding these contracts,” Jadhav said.