Ludhiana (Amarpreet Singh Makkar) : The ward delimitation for upcoming Municipal Corporation (MC) elections is on final stage and the final nod will be given in couple of days. The number of wards has been increased to 95 from 75 and fifty percent wards were reserved for ladies. However the ward delimitation will be finalized in a meeting before this weekend but the member of ward delimitation committee confirmed that the odd number wards were reserved for the ladies. The ward number 1, 3, 5 and odd number till 95 will be reserved for women and rest of the wards was open for males. Out of 95, 14 wards will be reserved for Schedule caste (SC) and two wards were reserved for Backward class (BC).At present only 33 percent wards were reserved for women in MC. Senior Congress leader Ishwarjot Singh Cheema who is member of ward delimitation committee said that the numbers of wards were increased to 95 and fifty percent wards were reserved for ladies. He also confirmed that odd number wards were reserved for ladies. The aim is to empower women and give them equal representation to men in civic bodies, he added. Cheema added that the ward delimitation will be finalised in next few days and MC elections will be held in December first week. According to ward delimitation committee report, the wards were divided on the basis of population.In every ward the population will be less than fifteen thousand. At present there are 75 wards and in some wards the population is two thousand or in some wars twenty nine thousand residents lives. Now they have divided the wards of basis of population and in every ward the population will be fifteen thousand. The survey was started in May and for this the MC has hired staff through outsourcing company. However the proposal to include villages in outskirts of city in MC limit was passed in General House meeting but it the outskirts area was not included in the survey due to shortage of time. The term of MC house was over in September and the elections were already delayed.
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