Bill on removing edu guidelines for elections passed

  • | Tuesday | 12th February, 2019

Jaipur: Rajasthan assembly on Monday passed the Rajasthan Panchayati Raj (amendment) Bill 2019 and Rajasthan Municipalities (amendment) Bill 2019 by a voice vote removing the provision of educational qualifications to contest elections to the grassroots level bodies.Deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot, who is the rural development and panchayati raj minister, moved the Rajasthan Panchayati Raj (amendment) Bill in the House, while UDH minister Shanti Dhariwal moved the Rajasthan Municipalities (amendment) Bill 2019 amid uproar by the Opposition BJP in the well of the House on the Congress government’s failure to waive farm loans. Therefore, it was proposed to be deleted, he said.UDH minister moved the Rajasthan Municipal (amendment) Bill 2019 to delete the provision of clause (f) of Section 21 on the same ground of unreasonable restrictions to elect a member of the municipality.Dhariwal said there were no such restrictions on MLAs and MPs and it is a discriminatory provision. The Congress had promised farm loan waiver within 10 days of coming to power.Pilot said, the Rajasthan Panchayati Raj Act 1994, Section 19, clauses (r), (s), (t) provides for educational qualification for a member of the zilla parishad, panchayat samiti and for sarpanch of a gram panchayat puts unreasonable restrictions on the right of the voters to contest election at the grassroots level. He also pointed out that many veterans like former Rajasthan chief minister and vice president of India Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, former president of India Giani Zail Singh were not matriculate but held high positions to nullify the criteria stipulated by the previous government.The education criteria were introduced by the previous Vasundhara Raje-led government, which stipulated that for contesting the zilla parishad or panchayat samiti polls, a contestant must have a minimum qualification of secondary education (Class X).To contest the sarpanch elections, an aspirant from the general category must have passed Class VIII and a SC/ST aspirant must have passed Class V.

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