Sunday, October 25, 2009

Jaipur: Madam Mayor

From the Times of India:
A lottery draw by the directorate of local bodies on Saturday decided that Jaipur along with Kota and Udaipur will have women mayors.

There are 184 urban local bodies (ULBs) in the state which will have a mayor or municipal chairman as their elected chiefs. Out of these 184 posts, 87 have been reserved for women following the 50% quota guidelines.

Besides, 38 posts of mayor/chairman of municipal councils have been reserved for other backward classes (OBCs), out of which 18 have been reserved for women.

In fact, between 1999 and 2004, Jaipur has had two women as mayors. Nirmala Verma took over as the mayor in 1999 and after her demise in 2002, Sheel Dhavai took over. However, both these mayors belonged to the OBC category.

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