Haryana clears Bill on right to recall panchayat member

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News:Haryana Assembly has passed the Haryana Panchayati Raj (Second Amendment) Bill, 2020 with the aim to increase the accountability of Panchayats to voters.

 

Facts:

 

Key Highlights of the Bill:

  • Right to Recall: The bill provides for the right to recall members of Panchayati Raj institutions to those who elected them.
    • Procedure: To recall a sarpanch and members of the two bodies, 50% members of a ward or gram sabha have to give in writing that they want to initiate proceedings.
    • This will be followed by a secret ballot in which their recall will require two-third members voting against them.
  • Women Reservation: The bill gives women 50% reservation in these rural bodies.
  • OBC Reservation: It also provides for the 8% reservation to the “more disadvantaged” among the Backward Classes.

 

Additional Facts:

  • Right to Recall – It is a process through which the electorate has the power to remove the elected officials before the expiry of their usual terms.