Gangtok, Sep 19 (UNI) With a view to empowering women and ensuring their role in decision-making at the grassroots level, 350 seats out of total 888 wards have been reserved for them in the ensuing Panchayat elections.
Official sources said here today that it was a legislative measure by the Sikkim government to give 40 per cent reservation to women in the Panchayat body.
The rural body election is proposed on October 26 this year.
There are 161 Gram Panchayat Units (GPU) in the state - 40 in East Sikkim, 53 in West Sikkim, 45 in South Sikkim and 19 in North Sikkim.
As per the notification of the state rural management department, women in South and West Sikkim have been given 106 seats each while 96 seats and 42 seats have been reserved for women in East Sikkim and North Sikkim respectively.
Similarly, 38 seats have been reserved for women in the 93 Zilla Panchayat seats in the forthcoming Panchayat elections.
Scheduled Tribes in the state have been given 44.49 per cent reservation out of total 396 seats while the Scheduled Caste community received 5.85 per cent reservation with 52 seats.
After giving reservation to Most Backward Classes and Other Backward classes, only 22 seats remained unreserved for general category in the Panchayat elections.