Jaipur (Rajasthan): In a significant development, the Rajasthan cabinet has approved removal of minimum education criteria for local body polls.
According to reports, the state cabinet has approved two amendment bills, the Rajasthan Panchayati Raj (Amendment) Bill, 2019 and the Rajasthan Municipalities (Amendment) Bill, 2019 for such purpose.
These amendments were effected to end the minimum educational qualification condition for candidates contesting the local body polls in the state.
A statement said both the bills will be introduced in the assembly in the present session. The former Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje had introduced an education criteria in 2015 during her tenure that required a candidate to pass Class X for contesting municipal, zila parishad or panchayat samiti elections.
According to reports, the state cabinet has also decided to ask the state public service commission to extend the date of the Rajasthan Administrative Service (RAS) main examination. The government took the decision after Rajasthan Administrative Service( RAS) aspirants demanded extension of the examination date.