Two-child norm in District & Block Panchayat polls
No relief from High Court
The High Court of Uttarakhand has refused to order a stay on the provision barring those with more than two children from contesting the election to the posts of District Panchayat members and Block Panchayat members. The high court division bench of chief justice Ramesh Ranganathan and justice Alok Kumar Verma has directed the State Government and the State Election Commission to file their reply in the court within four weeks. With this development, those with more than two children will not be able to contest the Panchayat polls for posts in District Panchayat and Block Development Committees.
Former district Panchayat chairman of Almora, Mohan Singh Mehra and others had filed a petition in the high court stating that the State Government had declared those with more than two children ineligible to contest elections to posts in District and Block Panchayats. The petitioners had stated that the state government was implementing this notification from back-date and that no grace period had been given in this instance. The petitioners had also stated that the high court had allowed those with two children to contest the Gram Panchayat election while setting July 25 as the cut-off date stating that only those with more than two children after this date would be ineligible to contest the polls. Similarly, this should also be allowed for those wanting to contest in the district and block Panchayat elections. However, the high court refused to provide any relief to the petitioners and sought the replies of the State Government and State Election Commission within four weeks.
Thursday, 26 September 2019 | PNS | Nainital