Haryana to have 50% seats reserved for women in Panchayati Raj institutions

Some good news for women comes from Haryana! The BJP-led Haryana government is expected to introduce a new bill that will reserve 50% seats for women in Panchayati Raj institutions.

Haryana’s Deputy Chief Minister Dushyant Chautala said that the government is making all the efforts to encourage women’s participation in the nation-building activities. He said that participation in the Panchayati Raj institutions will open new horizons for the women of the state.

During a media conference on making Haryana a preferred destination for industrial investment, Chautala said, “To give 50 percent reservation to women in Panchayats, we will bring in a Bill in the next Vidhan Sabha session”.

Dushyant Chautala further said that a two-wheeler will be given to 100 women who have done outstanding work in villages. The beneficiaries will include 30 women sarpanches, 10 Zila Parishad members, 20 Block Samitis’ members besides 40 other women associated with PRIs.

Chautala also announced that the government will soon amend the relevant law to provide for opening up of non-cultivable tracts of land of over 500 acres under any Gram Panchayat for industrial development.

In a recent state Cabinet meeting, the Haryana government has already cleared a proposal for bringing an ordinance to reserve 75 percent of private-sector jobs in Haryana for local candidates. The government also gave the approval to amend the Industrial Disputes Act, 1947, and the Factories Act, 1948 to provide for some relief to industries and factories amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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