State to reserve 50 per cent seats for women in ULBs

Bhubaneswar: Ahead of ensuing 2013 Urban Local Body (ULB) polls for municipal corporations, Municipalities and notified area councils (NAC), the state government today decided to raise their quota from 33 per cent to 50 per cent in ULBs.

"Our govenment has decided to enhance the representation of women in ULBs from the present level of 33 per cent to 50 per cent," Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik told reporters here.

Saying that the decision would have a "far reaching" effect, Patnaik claimed that the state government and the ruling BJD were committed to the welfare of women in Odisha.

The state government`s decision followed after it provided 50 per cent reservation for female candidates in the three-tier panchayat elections held early this year.

The decision assumed significance as it came ahead of ensuing ULB polls and the general elections slated for 2014.