Odisha Govt to move SC against HC order over ULB reservation


Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Government has decided to move the Supreme Court against the Orissa High Court order regarding reservation of seats in different urban local bodies (ULBs).

“The state government will move the Supreme Court against the High Court order on the reservation of seats in urban local body elections within a week,” director, municipal administration, Sangramjit Nayak, told the media on Wednesday.

The Orissa High Court has asked the state government not to exceed 50 per cent reservation of seats for the scheduled castes (SC), scheduled tribes (ST) and other backward classes (OBC) in the non-scheduled areas for the forthcoming ULB polls.

It had also asked the State government to limit the reservation of seats for Other Backward Classes (OBC) to not more than 11 per cent as against 27 per cent earlier.

However, the court noticed the violation of the order when the reservation quota for OBC was more than 50 per cent in 50-55 ULBs.

It may be mentioned here that elections in several ULBs in the State are due this year.

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