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Final rejig for Cuttack wards

Cuttack, Sept. 3: The state government has notified the final list of delimited wards of the municipal corporation, making some changes in the proposal sent by the civic body.

“The government has changed the reservation status of seven of the 59 wards. But, it has made no changes to the boundaries redrawn in case of the seven wards for creation of five new wards,” mayor Saumendra Ghose told The Telegraph today.

According to the notification, a copy of which is with The Telegraph, only 18 of the 59 wards have been left unreserved.

While 30 wards have been reserved for women candidates, 17 are reserved for general category women candidates, eight for backward class women candidates, four for scheduled caste women and one for scheduled tribe women. Besides, eight are reserved for backward class members and three for scheduled caste members.

The notification has made changes in the reservation status of the seven wards.

While ward No. 7, reserved for general category women, has now been reserved for backward class women, ward No. 50, reserved for backward class members, has been reserved for general category women.

Similarly, ward No. 36, 40 and 59, reserved for backward class women, have now been reserved for backward class members and ward No. 15 and 19 for backward class members instead of backward class women.

The five new wards have been created by division of ward No. 1, 2, 3, 21, 22, 52 and 53. “After taking into consideration the suggestions received regarding delimitation, the state government issued the final delimitation notification on August 31,” the mayor said.