BANGALORE: Sugrama, a federation of elected women representatives, has urged the State Government to reserve 50 per cent of the seats for women during the gram panchayat elections scheduled to be held in 2010. Sugrama president M. Renuka said that of the 28.1 lakh elected representatives across the country, only 36.87 per cent were women. She said that Uttarakhand, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh had already implemented 50 per cent quota for women in gram panchayats. “We urge the State Government to amend the Act suitably to extend the terms of presidents and vice-presidents to five years from the present 30 months, and grant two consecutive terms for elected women representatives for effective governance,” she added. — Staff Reporter

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