Staff Correspondent

Chitradurga: The district unit of Sugrama, an association of elected gram panchayat members in the State, has demanded that the Government reserve 50 per cent of the seats for women in gram panchayats across the State.

Speaking to presspersons here on Monday, Bagur Gram Panchayat member president Varalakshmi said that following the precedent set by several north Indian States, which had enacted laws to provide 50 per cent reservation for women in gram panchayats, the State Government should also follow in their footsteps. She also demanded that the Government extend the term of the office-bearers of gram panchayats from five to ten years. “This will help elected representatives of the reserved category to development projects and complete them. Changing office-bearers every five years will hamper development, especially the implementation of policies formulated for the welfare of backward communities,” she said. The members also demanded an extension of term for panchayat presidents to five years in order to ensure implementation of formulated projects.