Lucknow: Making sixth amendment in the Uttar Pradesh Nagar Nigam and Nagar Palika Rules (preparation and revision of electoral rolls) 1994, the state government has decided to make reservation of wards under Urban Local Bodies on rotational basis. The notification for issuing new directives was released on Thursday late night.

The state government had brought the concept of ward reservation with the introduction of Nagar Nigam and Nagar Palika Rules 1994. Through that notification, more than 12000 wards under 630 Urban Local Body (13 Nagar Nigam, 114 Nagar Palika Parishad and 423 Nagar Panchayats) were included.

Despite five amendments made in the rules, the reservation of wards was not on the rotation basis like that of Mayor and Chairman. The wards which were reserved on the basis of caste continued to remain in the same category. The changes were made only in the caste specific women wards.

Special Secretary Urban Development Vipin Kumar Dwivedi informed that taking cognizance of the petition filed by Zakir Ali Ansari, the Allahabad High Court gave order to bring changes in the Nagar Nigam rules.

As per the directives issued by the court, an advertisement was given in newspapers on September 26. The notification for the latest amendments has been forwarded to the State Election Commission and Director Local Body.

JPN/Bureau