Govt mulls bill for 50% quota for women in panchayati raj institutions: Birender Singh

New Delhi: The government is mulling to introduce a bill to effect 50 per cent reservation for women in the panchayati raj institutions, Union minister Chaudhary Birender Singh said on Tuesday.

Speaking at a gathering in Baroda village here, the Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister said if the bill is passed, 50 per cent of the seats in PRIs across the country would be reserved for women.

He said the central government has devised a plan as per which funds would be released to panchayats depending on the population of village under them.

Each village would be released Rs 465 per person, he said.

Singh also sought sensitising the people towards judicious use of water saying if Third World War ever happens it could be because of lack of water.