Haryana Government Passes Panchayati Raj Bill: Despite of strong opposition and walkouts from the opposition parties the Haryana Government passed the Panchayat Raj Bill in state assembly on Monday.
The Panchayati Raj Bill 2015, which stipulates the minimum educational qualification for contesting in Panchayati elections had been passed by the Haryana Government amid strong opposition,protest and walk outs from opposition parties.
The Haryana Government has passed the Haryana’s Panchayati Raj (Amendment) Bill, 2015 on the concluding day of its monsoon session after a strong debate over an hour among the opposition leaders.
The Bill also laid down other conditions including making it mandatory for the candidates to have functional toilets apart from the minimum qualification issue.
According to the new bill a candidate should complete his matriculation as essential qualification for general candidates while the qualification for the women (general) and Scheduled Caste candidate will be middle standard (VIII) in order to contest in elections. woman of SC category should be a fifth pass for contesting in elections of Panchayat.
The other important conditions that were laid down in the bill include panchayati raj institutions (PRIs) should not be not chargesheeted by a court for a grave criminal offence, should not figure on the cooperative loan defaulters list and must have a functional toilet at their home, should have cleared their electricity bills.
A petition had been filed in the Punjab and Haryana High Court against the Ordinance in which it was proposed to set the criteria of educational qualification for those contesting in the elections to the Panchayati Raj institutions.
But the opposition parties were against the bill prescribing minimum qualifications.
Congress MLA Karan Singh Dalal said if the qualification is fixed, then it must be first implemented in case of MP’s MLA’s who live in luxurious houses and pelt stones on others. He also moved an amendment bill seeking removal of amendments.
Leader of the Opposition in the assembly Abhay Singh Chautala giving the example of educationally backward Mewat district where villagers were marrying educated girls from far-off places like Hyderabad to put them as proxy candidates in elections.
INLD MLA from Ferozepur Jhirka, Naseem Ahmed said that educational criteria should not be implemented in Mewat which had 89% school drop-out rate.