Haryana Assembly Passes Bills for Compulsory Educational Criteria for Urban Local Bodies’ Elections [ Current Affairs ]

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About compulsory educational criteria Bill: The Haryana Legislative Assembly has consistently passed two bills to make compulsory minimum educational qualification criteria for the urban local bodies’ election (ULBs). These bills are

(I) The Haryana Municipal (Amendment) Bill, 2016.

(II) Haryana Municipal Corporation (Amendment) Bill, 2016.

  • These bill pursues to modify the amend Section 13 A of the Haryana Municipal Act, 1973 and Section 8 of the Haryana Municipal Corporation Act, 1994 respectively.
  • Features of Haryana Municipal (Amendment) Bill, 2016:
  • Minimum educational qualification would be Class X that means matriculation for a candidate who is opposing ULBs election in the general category.
  • Female candidate from open category and a male candidate from Scheduled Caste (SC) will be required to be at least 8th standard pass.
  • Minimum educational qualification for SC women candidates will be 5th standard pass.
  • Candidate should not be imprisoned nor have charges enclosed against him in a criminal case by a court for a crime punishable with imprisonment for not less than 10 years.
  • There should be no incomplete debts of electricity bills against the candidate contesting the elections to ULBs.
  • Candidates must have a serviceable toilet at their residence.
  • These amendment bills were planned on the defenses of Haryana Panchayati Raj (Amendment) Act, 2015 which also had agreed similar mandatory educational qualifications for contesting candidates in Panchayati Raj elections in the state.

- Published on: April 4, 2016