Govt. to push amendments for increasing reservation for women in Panchayats to 50 per cent 

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New Delhi, Feb 4 – The government today said that it will push amendments for increasing to 50 per cent the reservation for women in Panchayats from 33 percent in the coming Budget session of Parliament.

Speaking at a National Workshop here on ‘Implementation of PESA Act, Union Minister of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Birender Singh said, though some States had provided 50 per cent reservation to women in Panchayats, but through the Constitutional Amendment, it will be implemented in the whole country.

He also expressed hope that all Political Parties will extend support in the passage of the amendment. The Minister also informed that it will also bring about changes in law to reserve the ward for women for two terms of five year each from the existing single term so that they can undertake developmental activities in a continued fashion.