Anandapur: Reservation of chairperson’s post for scheduled tribe (ST) women in Anandapur municipality has triggered discontentment among aspirants of various political parties as there would be direct election for the civic body chief posts this year.
Opposing the quota for the post, Ramakant Behera, a resident of ward no-5, has sent his complaint to the state urban development authority.
In the complaint, Behera stated that the state government had published the seat reservation list for all civic bodies January 15, 2022. The chairperson post of Anandapur municipality has been reserved for ST women.
Behera sought to know the basis on which the post has been reserved for ST women. In 2013, the post of the municipality was reserved for STs. While the post was unreserved in 2008, it was reserved for women in 2003.
The civic body comprises 16 wards with a population of over 25,000.
Since the ST population is 5 per cent less than the general population, it has been alleged that people of other categories have been ignored in the electioneering process.
People from various quarters have demanded to leave the post unreserved.