Govt urges Governor to issue fresh ordinance

No plans to defer panchayat polls: CM

The move comes a day after the State Cabinet decided to withdraw the Karnataka Panchayat Raj (Amendment) Ordinance 2010 capping reservation in the panchayat bodies at 50 per cent.

According to the ordinance promulgated on October 4 this quota was to be achieved by keeping the reservation for SC/STs intact and reducing the number of seats reserved for OBCs. A direct consequence of the amendment was that the number of seats reserved in various Zilla Panchayats for BC(A) category came down from 268 ( reserved for elections held in 2005 ) to 180 (for the elections scheduled to be held this year).

'No political motive'

Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa speaking to mediapersons in Haveri, said the reservation was fixed in pursuance of the Supreme Court direction.

"It was decided to promulgate a new ordinance as Leader of Opposition and several others expressed apprehension over causing injustice to the backward classes. There is no political motive behind withdrawing the earlier ordinance," he said. Yeddyurappa added that there was no plan to defer the panchayat poll.

Financial institution

Speaking at a function to distribute sarees for Bhagyalakshmi beneficiaries in Haveri, chief minister declared that a financial institution exclusively for the women with the objective of strengthening self help groups in villages. He said the final blue print would be ready after the Cabinet clears the proposal.

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