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Government’s amendment of the municipalities act by changing the word

Goa : Leader of opposition Digambar Kamat said the government’s amendment of the municipalities act by changing the word ‘population’ with voters is “ultra-virus”.“Delimitation is always based on population according to the Census and not on voters,” he told presspersons . Reservation of wards for ST, SC and OBC should also be based on the population in those wards and not on voters he said. “The municipality act states that there should be a sizeable concentration of a population of that caste or class for it to be reserved. This again has to be based on population and not on voters,” he said.

Citing the example of a ward in Sanguem where 99 percent of its population is Muslim, he said the ward has been reserved for OBC. “In Mormugao council there is not a single ward in wards 1-9. In Margao they three wards in housing board  wards 23, 24 and 25 are all reserved for ladies. There has to be a criteria for reservation. I have been CM and never remember this happening. Whatever criteria is applied should be applicable across the state to all municipal councils,” he said.

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