There may be only a month left earlier than the five-year time period of municipal our bodies in Bihar expires, however uncertainty looms over contemporary elections because the state authorities has didn’t provoke any steps to fulfil the “triple take a look at standards” laid down by Supreme Courtroom final yr for provisioning reservations for different backward lessons (OBCs) in city native our bodies by forming a devoted fee for the aim.

Bihar’s city improvement division (UDD), which is wanting into the matter, nonetheless doesn’t have a transparent image on how and when the triple take a look at standards could be met.

“We’re taking authorized view on the matter and take a choice primarily based on that,” mentioned particular secretary (UDD) Satish Kumar Singh. Reminded that the time period of majority of municipal our bodies would come to an finish by mid-June which would require contemporary elections, Singh mentioned there was nonetheless time.

Throughout the finances session of the state legislature in March this yr, deputy chief minister and concrete improvement minister Tarkishore Prasad had mentioned authorities was searching for a authorized view on the SC order concerning triple take a look at standards and guaranteed the Home that municipal polls could be held well timed.

On March 4, 2021, the highest courtroom had laid down the triple take a look at standards, which stipulated organising a devoted fee to “conduct rigourous empirical research to establish the character and implications of backwardness of native our bodies, suggest proportion of reservation for OBCs native physique clever” and make sure the complete reservation doesn’t exceed 50%, together with for scheduled castes and tribes.

The SC reiterated its place as late as on Could 10, 2022, and mentioned if the train can’t be accomplished earlier than the difficulty of the election programme by the State Election Fee (SEC) , the seats (besides reserved for scheduled castes and scheduled tribes), should be notified as for normal class.

In the meantime, SEC has began the train for delimitation of wards of newly constituted municipal our bodies and upgraded municipal our bodies and likewise preparation of voters’ checklist ward clever.

SEC officers mentioned the delimitation train could be accomplished by June 2 whereas preparation of ward-wise voters’ checklist could be accomplished by June 23 when ultimate draft could be revealed.

“There are just a few municipal our bodies the place formalities of notification and re-notification are pending with the UDD. If that’s delayed, it’ll take us extra time to finish delimitation,” mentioned an SEC official.

State election commissioner Deepak Prasad couldn’t be contacted for his remark.




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