A sub-committee of the Punjab Government led by Congress party chief Sunil Jakhar has decided that a proposal to give 50% reservation to women councilors among office-bearers of civic bodies was not practical. It has decided to go by the existing formula under which women and scheduled castes get 5% reservation, with another 2% quota for backward classes, Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh had mooted the proposal on women reservation.
“It would not have been practically possible, as it requires changes in the Punjab Municipal Act 1911 that governs the functioning of the civic bodies in Punjab, including the elections of office-bearers,” said a member of the committee.
Ahead of the 2017 state polls, the Congress manifesto had promised 50% reservation for women in civic bodies and village panchayats.
In the polls held for civic bodies on February 14, 2021, 2,302 wards went for polls out of which 1,151 women were elected, with the wards reserved for them.
The committee members also reached a conclusion that bringing women to the forefront, at the grassroots level, especially in an election year would not be politically beneficial.