Panchayat: Haryana Cabinet Approves Draft BC Subclass Quota Ordinance

Haryana’s cabinet on Thursday approved a draft order to amend the state’s Panchayati Raj Act 1994 to give proportional representation in panchayati raj institutions to a subset of the backward classes. The decision was taken at a Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Manohar lal Khattar.

“In accordance with the amendment, the seat of the panch in each gram panchayat shall be reserved for the backward class (A), in the same proportion of the total number of seats as half the percentage of their population to the total population of that Gram Sabha Region In case the decimal value is 0.5 or more, it will be rounded up to the next whole number,” Khattar said during a media briefing after the cabinet meeting.

No less than 78 groups belong to the backward class category, of which more than 70 belong to the Block-A or BC(A) subcategory.

“Each gram panchayat must have at least one panch belonging to BC(A) if its population is 2% or more of the total population of the Gram Sabha region. Eight percent of the total number of sarpanch offices in a block and rounded up to the next whole number in case the decimal value is 0.5 or more will be reserved for BC(A),” he added.

Explaining this further, the CM said: “Membership shall be reserved for BC(A) in each Panchayat Samiti and zila Parishad in proportion to half of the percentage of their population out of the total Panchayat Samiti population and Zila Parishad area, respectively”.

“The reservation of seats for BC(A) will be up to the same proportion as half of the percentage of their population in the respective Gram Panchayat, Panchayat Samiti and Zila Parishad, but subject to the outer limit of 50% in aggregate in favor of the Scheduled Castes and the BC(A)s combined. For the purpose of reservation, the population of the Backward Classes sub-category shall be drawn from the Family Data Repository established under the provisions of the Haryana Parivar Pehchan Act, 2021” , added Khattar.

Other cabinet decisions

Cabinet also approved the sanction of cash credit/working capital limit of Rs 500 crore from Haryana State Industrial & Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd (HSIIDC) for land acquisition, to effect payment of enhanced compensation former landowners and develop infrastructure. for the development of industrial zones against the guarantee security of the Government of Haryana. “The Ministry of Finance accepts State Government Guarantee for the use of Credit Limit/WCL of Rs 500 crore at 6% per annum from SBI for land acquisition, infrastructure development and carries out the payment of enhanced land compensation to former landowners by charging a government guarantee fee of 2% for a period of 10 years,” an official spokesperson said.