Haryana Assembly on 7 September 2015 passed the Haryana Panchayati Raj (Amendment) Bill, 2015. The Bill seeks to amend the Haryana Panchayati Raj Act, 1994 and fixes matriculation as minimum educational qualification for elections to Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs).
With this, Haryana became the second state after Rajasthan to fix educational and other qualifications for the candidates contesting Panchayat elections.
Highlights of the Bill
• It makes it mandatory for the candidates to have functional toilets.
• It fixes, matriculation as essential qualification for general candidates contesting the Panchayat elections.
• The qualification for the women (general) and Scheduled caste candidate will be middle standard or class 8th.
• It provides that persons against whom charges have been framed by the competent court for grave criminal offences punishable by not less than 10 years of imprisonment will not be allowed to contest the elections till they are acquitted by the court.
• Defaulters of cooperative loans will be debarred from contesting the elections to Panchayati Raj Institutions.
The bill was rolled on the floor of the Assembly by the state’s Agriculture Minister OP Dhankar.
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When: 7 September 2015