Now, 50 pc reservation for women in TN local bodies

In a significant development in empowering women in the state, the Tamil Nadu government has increased the reservation cap for women from the present 33 per cent to 50 per cent in the local bodies.

The Tamil Nadu Municipal Laws (Amendment) Act, 2016, which was passed in the House, at present, relates to the urban local bodies providing reservation of one-third of the total number of seats and offices for women in Municipal Corporations, Municipalities and Town Panchayats. 

“The government has considered it necessary to increase the percentage of reservation for women from one-third of the total number of seats and offices to one-half, so as to promote empowerment and to facilitate participation of women in urban development,” it said.

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