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50% RESERVATION FOR WOMEN IN MUNICIPAL CORPORATIONS AWAITS CLEARANCE FROM STATE ASSEMBLY

womenNMMC, it seems, has nearly missed the opportunity to be first civic body to have 50 per cent women public representatives. Even as local politicos anticipated reservation for women in 50 per cent of wards in the city for the 2010 civic polls, the State Election Commission has denied of receiving any instruction in this regard from Centre or Maharashtra Government. The State Election Commission is said to have not received any instruction so far from central or state government about reservation for women in 50 per cent of wards in the city for the 2010 civic polls. Although proposal related to 50 per cent women quota in local bodies has been approved, the bill is still pending in Parliament and only after it is passed by the House, the quota will be implemented. However, few city corporators said that the reservation will be implemented in Navi Mumbai during the forthcoming election itself as they are hoping that the bill will be passed in state Assembly during winter session, to be held before January. Once it is passed in the Assembly, a government regulation (GR) in this regard will be issued in a fortnight’s period and the quota will be implemented. Some politicos are hopeful the reservation will be in force soon and have already started lobbying for tickets for themselves as well as their wives.

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