Haryana Government has decided to fix a minimum educational qualification for aspirant of contesting urban local bodies (ULB) elections in the state on the lines of panchayat polls.
Decision in this regard was taken by state cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar in Chandigarh.
- Minimum educational qualification for male candidates would be matriculation while for females it would be middle pass.
- Male belonging to scheduled caste should be middle pass and in case of women belonging to scheduled caste must be primary pass.
- Candidates should have functional toilet at home and they should not be defaulter of cooperative bank loans and electricity department.
In this regard, state legislature is going to amend section 13 A of Haryana Municipal Act, 1973 and section 8 of Haryana Municipal Corporation Act, 1994.
Earlier government has amended the Panchayati Raj Act to set minimum educational qualification for candidates to contest panchayat polls. The decision was challenged in the Supreme Court, but the apex court had pronounced decision in favour of State government.