Chandigarh, June 15: Keeping all the promises in mind made by Congress in Punjab during the election campaigns, the state government has approved the enhancement of women’s reservation to 50 percent in all civic bodies. Notably, Punjab cabinet has approved an increase in women reservation in Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) and Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) from 33 percent to 50 percent.
However, the decision comes ahead of the Budget session of the Vidhan Sabha. The decision to this effect was taken by the Cabinet in a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh at Punjab Bhawan. The bill is aimed at empowering women in rural areas by entitling more women to hold positions of power as members of gram panchayats, panchayat samitis and zila parishads.
Due to increase in the reservation, 50% of wards of all municipal corporations, councils and nagar panchayats will also be reserved for women. The representation of women in the offices of sarpanches of gram panchayats, chairperson panchayats samitis/zila parishads, besides mayors of municipal corporations and presidents of municipal councils/nagar panchayats will also be enhanced accordingly.
Meanwhile, the Cabinet also gave the nod for the Khalsa University (Repeal) Ordinance, 2017 to be presented to the House for enactment. The decision has been taken to preserve the glorious heritage and rich legacy of over century old prestigious Khalsa College.
The Congress government led by Captain Amarinder Singh is slowly and steadily completing all the promises made by the party during election campaigns. Providing food in cheap rates, stringent action against drugs Nexus, new industrial policy are amongst important decisions taken by Punjab Government.