Women to head over half of Kerala local bodies

Saturday, Oct 3, 2015,16:10 IST By Metrovaartha A A A

Thiruvananthapuram | Women will come to the helm of affairs in more than half of the local bodies in Kerala after the elections scheduled for next month. Kerala is among the few states in the country where 50 per cent of seats in local bodies are reserved for women. 

According to a release issued by the State Election Commission, out of the 941 grama panchayats in the state, 417 would be headed by women in general category, 46 by women in Scheduled Caste category and eight by Scheduled Tribes category.
In the case of 152 block panchayats, 67 of them were reserved for women, eight for Scheduled Casr women and two for Scheduled Tribe women. Of the 14 district panchayats in Kerala, seven of them would be headed by women in general category and one by SC woman.
The Commission already announced that three out of six municipal corporations would be headed by women. In the case of 87 municipal councils, 44 of them would be headed by women and three of them by women in the SC category.