Haryana clears Bill on right to recall panchayat member

Amendment Bill, 2020, also gives 50% reservation to women in rural bodies

November 07, 2020 01:01 am | Updated 01:01 am IST

Chief Minister Manohar Lal speaking on the second day of the Haryana Assembly session in Chandigarh on Friday.

Chief Minister Manohar Lal speaking on the second day of the Haryana Assembly session in Chandigarh on Friday.

The Haryana Assembly on Friday passed a Bill which provides the right to recall members of Panchayati Raj institutions to those who elected them and gives women 50% reservation in these rural bodies.

The Bill also proposed 8% reservation to the “more disadvantaged” among the Backward Classes.

The Bill allows the recall of village sarpanches and members of the block-level panchayat samitis and district-level zila parishads if they fail to perform.

Deputy Chief Minister Dushyant Chautala tabled the Haryana Panchayati Raj (Second Amendment) Bill, 2020, in the House on the concluding day of the Vidhan Sabha session. With the enactment of the Bill, people in rural areas will get the right to remove a sarpanch or members of the two bodies even before their tenure is over.

According to a statement of objectives, the amendment is aimed at increasing their accountability to the voters. Mr. Chautala said to recall a sarpanch and members of the two bodies, 50% members of a ward or gram sabha have to give in writing that they want to initiate proceedings. This will be followed by a secret ballot, in which their recall will require two-third members voting against them.

The Bill is also aimed at enhancing participation of women in the three-tier panchayati raj system and allows 50% reservation to them in gram panchayats, panchayat samitis and zila parishads, according to the statement said. The Bill also allows reservation to the Backward Classes Category (A), the “more disadvantaged” among the group.

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