unacademy 14th January 2019 Important Editorial Discussion(Let the Grassroots Breathe) Presented By: Prabhakar Jha
previous government in 2015 which required candidates contesting the Zila Parishad and Panchayat Samiti elections to have passed Class 10 and those contesting Sarpanch elections to have passed Class 8. Supreme Court in Rajbala v. the State of Haryana upheld the validity of the amendments to the Haryana Panchayati Raj Act. Background Justice J. Chelameswar, the court held that prescription of educational qualification was justifiable for better administration decision of the Rajasthan government has once again revived
it unduly restricts a citizen's right to contest elections After all, such restrictions do not exist for those or Assembly elections. In fact, in the present Lok Sabha, 13% of MPs are Denying the right to contest effectively restricts the right of a citizen to vote for a candidate of her choice share higher than those of women MPs. contesting elections is problematic in multiple ways- Central programme like the Swachh Bharat Mission gets precedence over the need for disenfranchises the more marginal sections of society: women, Dalits and poor These restrictions reveal that State governments and courts do not value local governments for their representative character approach goes against the very objective of the 73rd and 74th Amendments
Need for Minimum Education Qualification In Rajbala case, the Apex court held that prescription of educational qualification is relevant for "better administration of the panchayats". . The Bench consisting of Justice Chelameswar and A.M.Sapre held that both the rights namely "Right to Vote" and "Right to Contest" are not fundamental Rights but only constitutional rights of the citizen. So, the minimum qualification for contesting election can be impose. . WIth minimum education qualification, there is a reduction in the chances of getting mislead by other people. . Setting educational criteria would motivate society to be literate. . A well-educated man is considered as the resource for the development of the country. And if the leaders of the human resource are ill literate then there would be no proper guidelines for human resource.
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