Admin reserves 33% DDC chief seats for women

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The J&K administration has notified new rules reserving 33 percent seats of District Development Council chairpersons for women, whereas the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe will have reservation as per their population.

The new rules were notified under Jammu and Kashmir District Development Council (Reservation of Offices of Chairpersons) Rules, 2021.

In a notification issued by the Department of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, the Article 243D of the constitution provides for reservation of officers of Chairperson at each level of Panchayat including District Development Council for the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Women.

Under this Article the offices of Chairperson reserved for the SC and ST in Panchayat at each level shall bear, as nearly as may be, the same proportion to the total number of such offices in the Panchayats at each level as the population of the SCs or the STs bears to the population of the State, reads the notification.

“Not less than one-third of the total number of offices of Chairpersons in the Panchayats at each level shall be reserved for women, and the number of offices reserved in each Panchayat shall be allotted by rotation to different Panchayats at each level,” reads the notification. 

The notification says that as soon as possible, after the declaration of results of the elected members of the DDC, the Election Authority shall issue an order for reservation of offices of chairpersons of the District Development Councils in accordance with the provisions of these rules.

It further says that the offices of chairpersons of the DDC shall be reserved for the SC and ST under the same proportion to the total number of such offices in the District Development Councils as the population of Scheduled Castes in the Union Territory or of the ST in the Union Territory bears to the total population.

The one-third of the total number of seats for the offices of Chairperson of DDC shall be reserved for women in the manner prescribed.

“Rotation of reserved offices of chairpersons of the DDC, the offices of chairpersons of the DDC under rule 2 shall be rotated in such a manner that as far as may be practicable, the territorial constituencies reserved for SC, ST and women in the previous elections shall not be reserved for SC, ST and women in the subsequent elections,” it says.

For the allotment of seats to be reserved and the number of seats of chairpersons to be reserved for SC and ST as provided in rule 2 shall be allotted to different DDCs on the basis of their population in such DDCs in the descending order, i.e. from amongst all the DDCs in the Union Territory, the District Development Council having the largest population of STs shall be allotted to the ST category and the DDC having the largest population of the SC population shall be allotted to SC category.

The allocation of seats of chairperson to be reserved for women shall be made on a three point roster system after arranging them alphabetically. The roster point shall be taken as open, open and women. 

The notification was issued following amendment was notified by the Department of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj in J&K Panchayat Raj Rules, 1996.