Indian state to reserve 50% of its seats for women in local bodies
Summary taken from Newsonair 10.03.11
The cabinet of the Indian state of Maharashtra has approved a proposal to reserve 50 per cent of seats for women in local self-government bodies.
Speaking to reporters after the cabinet meeting held in Mumbai on Wednesday, Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan said that a bill will be introduced in the ensuing budget session of the state legislature.
The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) , a coalition partner in the Congress-led State Government, had already proposed an increase in the quota for women in local bodies from 33 to 50 per cent.
NCP chief and Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar had recently asked his party activists to pursue the demand vigorously.