Punjab Cabinet approves enhanced reservation for women in rotation for top Panchayat, Zila Parishad posts

Chandigarh, Oct 17 (UNI) The Punjab Cabinet on Wednesday decided to extend the enhanced 50 per cent reservation for women in the matter of rotation for the office of Panchayat Sarpanch, as well as Chairperson of Panchayat Samitis and Zila Parishad.

The ordinance shall be submitted to the Punjab Governor within seven days of Cabinet approval, an official spokesperson said after the meeting.

The state government, led by Capt Amarinder Singh, had enhanced reservation for women in these bodies from 33 to 50 per cent last year. The cabinet has now okayed amendment to “The Punjab Panchayati Raj Act 1994” and “The Punjab Reservation for Office of Sarpanches and Gram Panchayats and Chairmen and Vice Chairmen of Panchayat Samitis and Zila Parishad Rules, 1994”. 

As per the ordinance, the principle of rotation for the purpose of reservation of offices under sections 12, 102 and 106 of ‘The Punjab Panchayati Raj Act, 1994’, would commence from the first election to be held after commencement of the Act.
Following the publication of census, the number of directly elected members/chairmen and vice chairmen of Panchayat Samitis and rotation for reservation of seats and offices for different categories will be determined on the basis of population of panchayat samiti area at the census, and rotation of seats and offices will be made at the time of every general election.

This rotation would be subject to condition that determination of number of seats and offices will not affect existing composition of the Panchayat Samitis until the expiry of term of office of elected members then in office.

After the commencement of Act 12 of 2017, the first reservation for the offices of Chairmen/Vice Chairmen of the Zila Parishads and Panchayat Samitis would be made in accordance with the provision of Rule 4 and 5. In the subsequent elections, all newly created constituencies would be bunched together at the end of unreserved constituencies of last roster. In accordance with the principle of rotation reservation in subsequent elections will start from first non-reserved constituency in this roster in the order Scheduled Caste-Scheduled Caste Women-Women. The remaining constituencies would be unreserved.