Reservation for Other Backward Castes (OBCs) in Panchayat elections

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF PANCHAYATI RAJ 

LOK SABHA

UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 5310
ANSWERED ON 05.04.2022

RESERVATION FOR OBCS IN PANCHAYAT ELECTIONS

5310.  SHRI RAJA AMARESHWARA NAIK
           DR. JAYANTA KUMAR ROY
           SHRIMATI SANGEETA KUMARI SINGH DEO
           SHRI RAJVEER SINGH (RAJU BHAIYA)
           DR. SUKANTA MAJUMDAR
           SHRI VINOD KUMAR SONKAR
           SHRI BHOLA SINGH

Will the Minister of PANCHAYATI RAJ be pleased to state:

(a) whether there is provision for reservation for Other Backward Castes (OBCs) in Panchayat elections and if so, the details thereof;

RESERVATION FOR OBCS IN PANCHAYAT ELECTIONS

(b) whether the Government is taking any steps to restore this provision which was stayed in State panchayat elections and if so, the details thereof; and

(c) the steps being taken by the Government in this regard?

ANSWER
THE MINISTER OF STATE FOR PANCHAYATI RAJ 

(SHRI KAPIL MORESHWAR PATIL)

(a) to (c) Panchayat, being “Local Government”, is a State subject and part of State List of Seventh Schedule of Constitution of India. Accordingly, Panchayats are set up and operate through the respective State Panchayati Raj Acts and all matters relating to Panchayats including reservation for Other Backward Castes (OBCs) in Panchayat elections come within the purview of States. Further, Article 243D (6) of Part IX of the Constitution of India provides that nothing in this Part shall prevent Legislature of a State from making any provision for reservation of seats in any Panchayat or offices of Chairpersons in Panchayats at any level in favour of backward class of citizens.


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