The two child norm and educational qualification criteria has rendered 75 percent of existing Panchayat members disqualified.
The two child norm and the minimum Educational Qualification criteria in the three tier Panchayati raj institutions is all set to change the face of the rural leadership in Uttarakhand.
According to a rough estimate almost 75 percent of the existing members of village Panchayats, Block Panchayats and district Panchayats have become ineligible to contest this time. A new and young leadership is likely to emerge from the elections this time.
Interestingly enough, the existing Panchayat representatives and those who are interested in the Panchayat politics have now started looking for options among the younger lot in their families.
The youngsters many of whom are studying in colleges or are preparing for the competitive examinations have started looking at the forthcoming Panchayat elections with interests. “The advantage with these youngsters is that apart from being educationally qualified, they are unmarried which makes them ideal candidates for Panchayat elections,’’ said Surendra Singh Rawat of Devrajkhal in Pauri district. Understanding the situation that things are relatively easy for them in absence of experienced leaders of rural areas, many youngsters have decided to take a plunge in panchayat elections this time. On social media platforms they have become suddenly became very active.
Table showing the number of elected representatives for three tier panchayat raj system in Uttarakhand
|SN||District||Gram Panchayats||Member Village Panchayats||Member Block Panchayat||District panchayat members|
|2||Udham Singh Nagar||376||3940||273||35|
Robin Singh Rawat of Satpuli in Pauri said, “I am at present doing a diploma course in Hotel Management from Dehradun. Many of my friends are now planning to contest panchayat elections. Politics is a good profession.’’ Amendra Bisht, a district panchayat member from Jaunpur in Tehri district said the amendments in the Panchayati raj act has paved the way for change in the rural politics and a young leadership would emerge after the election.
After amendment in the Panchayati Raj act, a two child norm has been enforced for contesting the election.
Apart from it a minimum educational qualification clause has also been added. According to it the minimum educational qualification for contesting elections in for general category ( Male) has been kept class X while for the general category females and candidates belonging to SC and ST categories ( males) the minimum educational qualification is class VIII.
Process of Panchayat election starts
Panchayati raj department has released the process of reservations in the panchayat bodies. As per the programme, the last date of interim publications of reservations is August 17. On these proposals, the objections can be placed on 19 and 20 August. Similarly on August 24, these objections would be disposed of by respective district magistrates on August 21 and 22. Final publication of reservation proposals would be done on August 24 and these proposals would be sent to directorate on August 26. The proposals of reservations would be sent to state election commission on August 27.
More than 65000 panchayat representatives in 12 districts of Uttarakhand would be elected in three tier Panchayati raj system. The term of Panchayats in all the districts of Uttarakhand barring Haridwar ended in July this year after which the state government has appointed administrators in the Panchayats.
Saturday, 17 August 2019 | PNS | Dehradun
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