Haridwar: The councilor had a third child and the membership of the municipality member gone

Amidst the intensifying debate on population control law in the country, Uttarakhand has terminated the membership of elected public representatives after the birth of a third child

Haridwar: The councilor had a third child and the membership of the municipality member gone

Amidst the intensifying debate on population control law in the country, Uttarakhand has come to the fore regarding the termination of membership of elected public representatives after the birth of a third child. The Urban Development Department has removed Neeta Panchal, a member of ward number four from Laksar Municipality, on this basis. The condition of a maximum of two children is applicable for public representatives of local bodies and village panchayats in the state. The said mandate has been in force since July 2, 2002. Due to this, such persons cannot contest elections in municipal bodies and panchayats in the state, who have had their third child after this cut-off date. Meanwhile, Neeta Panchal, a member of Ward Four from Laksar Municipality, became a mother for the third time after being elected in 2018.

On this, the complaint of violation of the condition of election against him reached the District Magistrate, Haridwar. The DM got the investigation done through SDM Luxor and Municipality EO, in which the complaint was found to be correct. The Urban Development Department terminated the membership of Neeta Panchal based on the report of DM Haridwar. Secretary Urban Development Shailesh Bagauli issued its orders on Tuesday. For the first time in the current tenure of the civic bodies, the Urban Development Department has removed an elected representative from the post. However, in the case of wrong caste certificates, possession of government land, some public representatives have been removed in the past. Neeta Panchal has been elected councilor on a BJP ticket for the second time in a row.

Condition of two children

During the first elected ND Tiwari government of the state, the condition of maximum two children was implemented to contest elections in civic bodies and panchayats. Due to this condition, such people cannot participate in Panchayat elections in the state, whose third child is born after July 2002. After this, the BJP government, while amending the Panchayati Raj Act in 2018, has also implemented the condition of minimum education in it.