The Commissioner-cum-secretary, Panchayati Raj, Deoranjan Kumar Singh has asked all the district collectors to complete the process of delimitation of wards and reservation of seats by August 19 as per the provisions of the Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) Act and Rules.
The delimitation process should be completed in Gram Panchayats (GPs), Panchayat Samitis (PSs) and Zilla Parishads (ZPs) in each constituency, including reservation of seats and offices of the GP and PS chairpersons, and submit the final list to the State Election Commission (SEC) by August 23.
In a letter to all district collectors, Singh has mentioned that the entire process will be completed by September 15.
Notably, the delimitation of wards and reservation of seats would be made as per the 2011 Census.
As per the provisions of Panchayat (Extension to Scheduled Areas) Act and Panchayat laws, there will be 27 percent reservation of seats of GP ward members for Backward Class of Citizens (BCC) in each GP in the non-scheduled areas while reservation of seats and offices will be made for ST category in the Scheduled areas.
As per the Panchayat laws, reservation for women will also be made after arranging the ward/GP/ constituencies in Odia alphabetical order.