Which state has become first to fix minimum educational qualification for panchayat polls?
Rajasthan state legislative assembly passed the Panchayati Raj Amendment Bill 2015 fixing minimum educational qualifications for contesting Panchayat polls in the state. With this Rajasthan becomes the only state to have mandatory minimum educational qualifications to contest for Panchayat polls. The two amendments to the Bill stipulates minimum educational qualifications and construction of toilets in their homes as mandatory for contesting polls to the panchayati raj institutions in the state. Candidates contesting Zila Parishad and Panchayat Samiti polls will have to be Class X pass and those contesting Sarpanch elections will have to be Class VIII pass and in Scheduled Areas the eligibility has been fixed at Class V pass.