Hyderabad: Based on the population ratio, 34 per cent of seats in local body elections will be reserved for Backward Classes (BCs), Panchayat Raj and Rural Development Minister Jupally Krishna Rao announced here on Thursday.
Speaking to the media after a review meeting with department officials on the ensuing Gram Panchayat elections in the State, the Minister said the reservation process would be completed before June 25 and rosters will be published. He said 20 per cent seats for SCs and 6 per cent for STs would also be reserved for the Panchayat Raj elections.
“The department has identified 1,170 panchayats with 100 per cent ST population and these seats will be exclusively reserved for STs,” he said, adding that government was planning to reserve another 1,300 seats for STs based on their population. He also said 50 per cent seats will be reserved for women in all categories for GP elections.
“The State government is committed to conduct GP elections as per schedule and is completing all necessary arrangements,” Rao said. The BC voters’ enumeration process was underway and it will be completed soon, he said.
On the reservation system, the Minister said sarpanch rosters will be decided taking mandal as a unit, while for ward members, reservations will be finalized based on village as a unit. He said the department has been on the job for the past four months to ensure smooth conduct of local body elections across the State.
He said for the convenience of the people and to provide basic facilities to villagers, the State government increased the number of Panchayats and elections will be conducted in these newly constituted GPs as per the amended Panchayat Raj Act. The Minister also said that three months training would be conducted for newly elected village representatives to explain their duties and responsibilities according to the recently amended PR Act.
Panchayat Raj Principal Secretary Vikas Raj and MLA A Venkateshwar Reddy participated in the press conference.