Govt unveils rules for reservation of DDC seats

Govt unveils rules for reservation of DDC seats

3-point roster system to guide allocation of seats for women; SC, ST seats to be reserved on parameters of population

Nasir Azam

Srinagar, Nov 11: Setting the stage for election for chairpersons of district development councils in Jammu & Kashmir, the administration of J&K Union Territory on Monday unveiled rules for reservation of these seats.

According to a notification issued by the department of Rural Development & Panchayati Raj-1989, one third of the total number of seats for the offices of chairperson of district development council shall be reserved for women.

The allocation of seats of chairperson to be reserved for women shall be made on a three -point roster system after arranging them alphabetically.

As per the roster, the first and second seat shall be open while the third seat shall be reserved for women.

According to the rules, the offices of chairpersons of the district development councils shall be reserved for the scheduled castes and scheduled Tribes and shall bear, as nearly as may be, the same proportion to the total number of such offices in the district development councils as the population of scheduled caste in the Union Territory or of the scheduled tribes in the Union Territory bears to the total population of the Union Territory by applying the principles of mathematic round off with the part fraction of 0.5 and above be rounded off to 1 and part fraction below 0.5 being ignored for the each district Development council separately.

“The number of seats of chairpersons to be reserved for scheduled castes and scheduled Tribes shall be allotted to different district development councils on the basis of population of scheduled castes and scheduled Tribes in such district development councils in the descending order, i.e. from amongst all the district development councils in the Union Territory, the district development council having the largest population of scheduled tribe shall be allotted to the scheduled tribes category and the district development council having the largest population of the scheduled castes population shall be allowed to scheduled castes category,” reads the rules.

Going by the rules, the State Election Commission will soon issue an order for reservation of offices of chairpersons of DCCs in accordance with these rules—(KNO)

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