The new Congress government of Rajasthan has decided that there will be direct elections for mayors and chairpersons in urban municipal bodies.
The scheme under the previous Vasundhara Raje government had been discontinued.
The earlier had initially been introduced by the Ashok Gehlot government of 2008-2013.
The Congress government’s first cabinet meeting held on Saturday also approved to do away with the minimum education qualification required to contest panchayat and urban bodies’ elections.
It was said that the education criteria was introduced by the previous Vasundhra Raje-led government, which stipulated that for contesting the zila parishad or panchayat samiti polls, a contestant must have a minimum qualification of secondary education (Class X).
Likewise, to contest the sarpanch elections, an aspirant from the general category must have passed Class VIII and a SC/ST aspirant must have passed Class V.