Punjab cabinet approves increase in women quota in local bodies from 33% to 50%
The amendment will make women eligible to become members of more gram panchayats, panchayat samitis, zila parishads, municipal corporations, municipal councils and nagar panchayats.punjab Updated: Jun 14, 2017 12:35 IST
A day before the budget session of the Punjab assembly, the state cabinet on Tuesday gave clearance to increase reservation for women in panchayati raj institutions (PRIs) and urban local bodies (ULBs) from 33% to 50%.
The decision was taken in a meeting of the council of ministers, presided over by chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh.
The increase in women quota in PRIs and ULBs was a pre-poll promise of the Congress.
The Bill to amend the Panchayati Raj Act, 1994, the Punjab Municipal Act, 1911 and the Punjab Municipal Corporation Act, 1976 will be placed before the Punjab Vidhan Sabha during the budget session, beginning Wednesday, said a chief minister’s office spokesperson.
The amendment will make women eligible to become members of more gram panchayats, panchayat samitis, zila parishads, municipal corporations, municipal councils and nagar panchayats.
The cabinet also decided to exempt the mega food parks being set up in the state from the provisions of the Punjab Apartment and Property Regulation Act (PAPRA). This will save them from from lengthy procedures for taking mandatory clearances.
It also decided to seek the Centre’s approval to swap high-cost market loans taken by the state government with new low-cost loans. It will improve the state’s financial position and provide opportunities to spend money on development works in the state.
OTHER BILLS ON THE AGENDA
• The Khalsa University (Repeal) Bill, 2017 will also be brought in the House in the budget session. The cabinet had last month passed an ordinance to scrap the university to preserve the heritage of the century-old Khalsa College, Amritsar
• A draft of State Goods and Services Tax Bill to be put before the House. The state government plans to bring in changes in the Act for recovering rural development fund
• A Bill on the appointment of administrators to the market committees and the amendment to the Punjab Agricultural Produce Markets Act
STRAP Bill to amend the relevant Acts will be brought in Vidhan Sabha during the budget session, beginning today