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Govt’s decision to set education criteria important, says Raje

Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje on Friday said her government’s decision of fixing minimum educational qualification criteria for candidates contesting local body polls was important as Panchayat Raj institutions handle a lot of money for development work.

“The High Court has declined to intervene in government’s decision of prescribing minimum education qualifications for candidates contesting local body polls. I know that this will make lot of waves... people would ask why not same criteria for MPs and MLAs but that is not in my hand,” Raje said?

“As far as PRIs are concerned, a lot of money passes through them for development work. It it is very important if you are handling that kind of money to know what you are signing and talking about.

“Since they are so closely linked with development, it is important to place some of the basic regulations in place,” Raje said.

“This will make the development idea percolate down to the bottom,” the CM said.

Over 52 pc voting in first phase of panchayat polls
Over 52 per cent of 1.17 crore electors cast their votes in the first phase of panchayat polls in Rajasthan which ended peacefully. So far around 52 per cent of voters used their franchise to elect 402 ward members of Zila Parishad, and 2,260 members on Panchayat Samiti seats in the first phase, RSEC, Ram Lubhaya said.

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