- The Assam Assembly on Thursday passed two bills to reserve 50 per cent seats for women.
- Such seats will be allotted by rotation to different constituencies of the municipality every 10 years.
- Reservation is done as per amendment in Assam Municipal Act, 1956
The Assam Assembly on Thursday passed two bills to reserve 50 per cent seats for women in the state’s municipal constituencies for 10 years.
The Assam Municipalities (Third Amendment) Bill, 2021 proposes that 50 per cent of the total number of seats to be filled by direct election, including seats reserved for women belonging to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, in any municipality shall be reserved for women. ,
As per the amendment to the Assam Municipal Act, 1956, such seats shall be allotted by rotation to different constituencies in a municipality every 10 years.
Urban Development Minister Ashok Singhal said, “The move to give reservation to a ward for 10 years will encourage women to participate in the democratic process of elections and enable them to bring stability in the schemes implemented by the urban local bodies.” ” ,
The assembly also passed the Guwahati Municipal Corporation (Amendment) Bill, 2021, which extends the period of women’s reservation to 10 years in direct election of their councillors.
The amendment to the Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) Act, 1969, also seeks to introduce stringent penal provisions for violations committed under the Act as most of the penal provisions no longer serve as deterrents for violators.
It also seeks to empower the Government to increase the number of wards of the GMC required by publication in the Official Gazette. In another amendment bill introduced by Singhal, it has been proposed that the state government may appoint a chief engineer of the Guwahati Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) from the rank of superintendent engineer (civil) of any department under it. is not down.
Earlier, only officers below the rank of Superintending Engineer of State PWD were not eligible for appointment as Chief Engineer of GMDA. Singhal said the Guwahati Metropolitan Development Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2021, which was also passed by the assembly, expands the scope for election of a suitable candidate for the chief engineer of the GMDA.
The Assembly also passed the Assam Excise (Amendment) Bill, 2021 during the winter session of the House.