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Government of India
Ministry of Panchayati Raj
24-August-2012 17:16 IST
Women Participation in PRIs

The Minister of Panchayati Raj Shri V. Kishore Chandra Deo has said that a Study on Elected Women Representatives (EWRs) in Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) commissioned by this Ministry and published in April, 2008 has indicated in its findings that political participation of women in Panchayats has empowered them and resulted in enhancement of their self confidence. The Ministry of Panchayati Raj (MoPR) provides assistance to States for the Capacity Building and Training of EWRs to enable them to be effective. MoPR has written to all States/UTs that officers/secretaries of Panchayats who allow relatives to attend Panchayat meetings instead of office bearers should be proceeded against departmentally.

Replying to a question in Lok Sabha today, Shri Deo said, the Constitution mandates reservations for Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Women in seats and offices of chairperson of Panchayats. Specific legislations regarding Panchayats are enacted by States. The Union government has no proposal to bring any law for reservation of the posts of Vice – Presidents of Panchayats.