Punjab government is fixing the minimum education qualifications to act in the Panchayat polls. Punjab Panchayats and Tripat Rajinder Singh Bajwa, Rural Development Department Minister has called for “Punjab Panchayati Raj Amendment Bill”. The aim of this bill is to provide the mandatory educational qualifications for panches and sarpanches for participating in Panchayat election in Punjab.
Bajwa mentioned about 50% of Panchayat members are illiterate among 12,500 in Punjab, “They clear proposals and documents without knowing the content and it the start of the corruption. And in the end its members and sarpanches part to bear the brunt as they are the signatories.”
He said, “When the world is going digital and education becoming the need of the hour, the focus was fast shifting to villages.”
Rajindra Singh Bajwa proposed a similar amendment like neighbouring Haryana, that Punjab call out the mandatory education qualification for the Panchayat election candidate. For general candidates matriculation (class 10) is necessary and for woman candidate, class VIII pass and for the SC category it should be class V pass.
Bajwa Said, “The issue will be thoroughly discussed in the Cabinet and among MLAs. We will also seek a feedback from the people and take a nod from the Chief Minister before proceeding further.”
The minimum education qualification is mandatory for a panch, Sarpanch, Block Samiti and Zila Paishad members.