The Haryana Assembly Wednesday passed two Bills making it mandatory for those contesting the polls for urban local bodies to have a minimum educational qualification. In January, gram panchayat elections were held in the state with similar conditions for candidates.
The Haryana Municipal (Amendment) Bill, 2016 and Haryana Municipal Corporation (Amendment) Bill, 2016 were unanimously passed during the ongoing budget session on Wednesday.
The Bills were moved by Minister for Urban Local Bodies Kavita Jain. As per the amendments, the minimum educational qualification for a candidate of the general category would be Class X. In case of women candidates or those belonging to the Scheduled Caste category, the minimum qualification would be Class VIII, while for women of the Scheduled Caste category, it would be Class V.
Further, the candidate should not have been convicted or have charges framed against him/her by a court in a criminal case for an offence punishable with imprisonment for not less than 10 years. There should be no pending arrears of electricity bills against the candidate.
In the recently held panchayat polls, where a minimum educational qualification was mandatory, many first timers got elected instead of the family members of those who traditionally held the posts.