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  • UPSC World

    31 August 2022 at 8:19 PM

    • Sarpanch pati is an elected member’s relative (mostly husband) of elected women who run the office in place of them.

    Issues with ‘Sarpanch Pati’:

    • Most of the women’s sarpanches do not attend meetings that take place at the district/block/village.
    • Defeats the purpose of reservation for women in Panchayat
    • Study says, more than 80 per cent of women sarpanches are proxy sarpanches even today.
    • Punjab had implemented a 50 per cent reservation for women in Panchayati Raj institutions.

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