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Q1. According to the Supreme Court, only those having “minimum” educational qualifications will be eligible to contest panchayat elections in Haryana. Critically analyze this statement in light of recent Supreme Court verdict in the Haryana Panchayati Raj (Amendment) Act 2015. (200 words)

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  • Osho Korde

    The “minimum” education required for eligibility to contest in a panchayat election is completion of matriculation in case of general candidates; completion of Class 8 for a woman candidate or a candidate belonging to Scheduled Caste; and completion of Class 5 pass for a Scheduled Caste woman candidate contesting for the post of ‘Panch’.
    The law leaves 68 per cent of the Scheduled Caste women and 41 per cent of the Scheduled Caste men in Haryana ineligible to contest panchayat elections. The judgment may become a rallying point for other States also to amend their laws in the same fashion.
    • It is criticized to be against the constitution as educational requirements is against the spirit of right to equality under article 14-16
    • As justice is assured by the preamble in social, economic and political sphere of person this law hinders the justice for the excluded candidates like charged criminals, non-payment of electricity bill, education, etc.
    However, this law is valid as per art 243f which allows the state to pass any law.