9 more OBC, 6 less ST in polls of 11 municipalities

GOANEWS DESK, PANAJI | 24 September 2015 19:35 IST

The Other Backward Classes have gained while Scheduled Tribes have lost in the new reservation policy adopted for the elections of 11 municipalities, scheduled on 25 October.

With six more reserved seats than in the civic polls held in 2010, Goa government today fixed a quota of 46 seats for SC/ST and the OBC, by issuing a long-awaited notification today.

A major highlight is that the SC, for the first time, will have three seats, 1 woman SC in Mapusa and 2 in Mormugao and Pernem.

The OBC quota has gone up by 9 seats while the ST quota has gone down by 6 seats, a major blow indeed.

With 31 seats also reserved for women in both the elections, the total number of reserved seats is 77, out of total 159 seats in 11 municipalities

Women’s quota for the ST has reduced from 2 to 1, as 1 seat here has now been reserved for the SC.

In OBC category, however, there would be now 5 more women councillors – from 11 to 16.

In a general category, the SC will have 2 seats for the first time while the number of ST councillors has reduced from 11 to 6 – five less.

The OBC councillors would however be increased by 4 more seats, from 16 to 20.

ELECTION YEAR

SC

ST

OBC

WOMEN

GENERAL

WOMEN

GENERAL

WOMEN

GENERAL

2010

0

0

2

11

11

16

2015

1

2

1

6

16

20

 

More OBC women in Margao & Mormugao

Margao and Mormugao municipalities have lost one representation each of ST woman this time. Instead, Quepem will have a ST woman councillor this time.

Similarly, Margao will have two ST councillors in general category this time, unlike only one ST councillors in 2010 elections.

Mormugao has however lost its sole ST councillor also in the general category, besides a woman ST.

In terms of giving representation to OBC women, both Margao and Mormugao have gained tremendously, by having 3 councillors each instead of only one each in 2010.

 

The general category OBC remains the same – only 3 – in both these big municipalities, having 25 seats each.

Loss to ST

At least four municipalities will not have a single ST candidate this time – Canacona, Pernem, Bicholim and Valpoi.

But Pernem rightfully has a SC candidate this time since it has a large number of SC community in this municipality of northern border. This municipality had to import a ST candidate last time since Pernem does not have a single ST settler.

The ST representation in Mapusa has been shifted from general category to a woman councillor.

OBC gains

The real gainer however is OBC, with its quota increased from 19.5 % to 27% this time.

Besides more women OBC councillors in Margao and Mormugao, Cuncolim will also have additional OBC woman councillor this time, making it 2.

 The real gain for OBC councillors however is in Deputy Chief Minister Francis D’Souza’s (holding urban development) Mapusa municipality. The OBC quota in general category has been doubled here – from 2 to 4.

Similar is the case of Bicholim, where one more OBC candidate can contest now.

The rest 82 seats are open for all.

WARD-WISE RESERVED QUOTA

Council

Women

Women

General

QUOTA (SC/ST/OBC)

SC

ST

OBC

SC

ST

OBC

Margao

1, 6, 12,18, 21

-

-

3, 9, 15

-

4, 7

11, 14, 24

8

Mormugao

5, 7, 14, 16, 24

-

-

2, 18, 20

23

-

4, 12, 17

7

Mapusa

8, 11, 14, 16

20

-

5

-

-

2, 4, 15, 19

6

Curchorem

2, 9, 14

-

-

12

-

6

5, 13

4

Quepem

4

-

7

1

-

9

10

4

Cuncolim

10, 11

-

-

4, 8

-

1

5

4

Canacona

6, 8

-

-

2

-

-

10

2

Pernem

4, 8

-

-

2

9

-

10

3

Bicholim

2, 5, 10

-

-

4

-

-

8, 9

3

Sanguem

2, 6

-

-

4

-

7

3

3

Valpoi

5, 6

-

-

9

-

-

4

2

TOTAL

31

1

1

16

2

6

20

 

 

 

 

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