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Panchayat polls’ notification likely in January

Hyderabad, Dec.28 (PMI): In the wake of High Court directive, the State Election Commission has speeded up the process to hold panchayat elections in Telangana at the earliest. 
The Commission was preparing for the polls and will issue a notification in January first week to conduct the polls for 12,000 village panchayats. The State government has sent to the Collectors of all the districts the details of reservations for SC, ST, BC and women in the panchayats for sarpanches and ward members. 
Accordingly, the district administration has geared up for the polls in panchayats and awaiting a notification from the Election Commission. Followed by the High Court directive, the State government issued an ordinance to follow only 50 per cent reservations. As a result, the BCs quota got reduced by 11 per cent from 34 per cent in the last elections to about 23 per cent now and giving chance to the Opposition to protest. 
The EC and the district administration are focusing on finalizing reservations to the SC, ST, BC and women at Mandal level and the women will get 50 per cent reserved seats which will be finalized on lottery basis in a couple of days. The State Election Commission is likely to release a notification soon for election schedule, reservations and so on. On  completion, the list of reservations will be sent to the Chief Secretary and Panchayat Raj Principal Secretary followed by gazette publication at district level. Interestingly, the scheduled areas and tribal villages have no problem of reservations with 100 per cent allotted to them. (PMI)

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