Rajasthan cabinet approves the removal of education criteria for local body polls
The Rajasthan cabinet approved two amendments bills - Rajasthan Panchayati Raj (Amendment) Bill, 2019, and the Rajasthan Municipalities (Amendment) Bill, 2019 - to end the minimum educational qualification condition for contesting the local body elections in the state.
The next step is now presenting both the bill in the state assembly in the present session, according to an official statement.
The education criteria were introduced by the previous Vasundhara Raje-led BJP government in 2015. Under this norm, a candidate had to pass Class X for contesting municipal, Zila Parishad or Panchayat Samiti elections. However, a candidate contesting for the post of a sarpanch is required to have passed Class VIII or Class V in tribal-reserved areas.
In wake of agitation by the Rajasthan Administrative Service (RAS) aspirants over extension of the examination date, the cabinet has also decided to ask the state public service commission to extend the date of the main examination.