Madras HC units apart over 50% ladies quota in Chennai Company


MADRAS HIGH Courtroom on Tuesday put aside a authorities order offering over and above 50% reservation for girls in elections within the Better Chennai Company. The order got here on a petition difficult the validity of a 2019 order from the state authorities.

The petition filed by R Parthiban was about amendments introduced in by the federal government in 2016 to the municipal legal guidelines, together with the Chennai Metropolis Company Act, to offer 50% reservation to ladies in native physique elections. Later, in 2019, a Authorities Order on this regard was issued reserving 16 seats of the Chennai Company for Scheduled Castes, 16 for Scheduled Caste ladies and 89 for girls on the whole class.

The primary bench of Performing Chief Justice Munishwar Nath Bhandari and Justice P D Audikesavalu, which handed the order, additionally directed the state election fee to limit reservation of seats for girls within the city native our bodies to 50% as mandated in legislation.

The petitioner identified that 105 of the 200 seats within the Chennai Company have been allotted to ladies. He argued that the allocation was unconstitutional and a discrimination towards males.

The petitioner stated a phrase – “not lower than 50%” – within the legislation was getting used to allocate reservation for girls past 50%.

“Of the 200 seats, 105 seats have been reserved for girls each in SC and common class. However as per the 50% reservation for girls coverage, solely 84 seats ought to have been allotted on the whole class. However flouting the norm, extra seats have been allotted discriminating males,” the petitioner stated.

The 2016 determination of the state authorities to extend the quantum of reservation for girls in native our bodies, from round 33% to 50%, and the delimitation train of wards of the native our bodies within the current years, have performed a key position in rising the ladies illustration in Tamil Nadu’s rural native our bodies alone – from about 40,000 seats in 2011 to over 62,000 now.


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