The Haryana State Employment of Local Candidates Act, 2020, applies to jobs offering a maximum gross monthly salary or wages of Rs 30,000 and it came into effect on Saturday.
The BJP has urged the SEC to ensure due representation of OBCs, SCs and STs in three-tier panchayat bodies before announcing dates for the polls.
Meanwhile, the Opposition political parties demanded postponement of the polls citing the third wave of the pandemic and lack of reservation for ST and OBC candidates.
The last date of receipt of objection and suggestions by the district magistrates on delimitation of wards and reservation of seats is January 12 while notification will be issued on January 13.
Provisions have also been made in Odisha Gram Panchayat Act, 1964 and Panchayat Samiti Act, 1959 for reservation of seats for STs.
The government said that the panel recommendation viewed family income as a "feasible criterion" and a threshold of Rs 8 lakh of annual family income seemed reasonable for determining EWS.
The Opposition BJP and Congress urged the state government to ensure 27 pc reservation for the OBCs first and then proceed with the election.
The BJD said Odisha government had no option but to abide by the Supreme Court ruling on the OBC reservation issue.
The ZP president post has been kept reserved for ST candidate in Nabarangpur, Mayurbhanj and Sundargarh, reserved for ST woman in Kandhamal, Koraput, Malkangiri and Rayagada.
Asking Pradhan to introspect on the Centre’s commitment for the welfare of the OBCs, BJD secretary (organisation) Pranab Prakash Das said that the BJP is scared of panchayat polls in MP.
BJP says it was a conspiracy of the BJD govt not to provide reservation to the OBCs
The state government had earlier planned to issue the election notification on Dec 27 to ensure that the panchayat election process is completed before the tenure of all the PRIs ends on Mar 10, 2022.
The court directed there will be no OBC reservation in local body elections in Maharashtra for want of OBC data in the state.
Meanwhile, the Housing and Urban Development department has sought objection and suggestions within 10 days on the draft ward delimitation and reservation of seats.
On the arguments of the petitioners that Ward No. 19 was reserved for the woman category in 2013 and 2021 amounts to a repetition of reservation, the court said that this contention is unacceptable.