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Opposition to women quota
Correspondent: Mokokchung, 30 Jul 2008
Published on 31 Jul. 2008 2:16 AM IST
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All Ward Union, a body comprising of chairmen of different wards under Mokokchung town has strongly opposed the proposed amendment of the Nagaland Municipal Act 2006-07, relating to 33 percent reservation of municipal seats for women and appealed the chief minister not to accept the amendment.
A public meeting held Wednesday here at Town Hall under the aegis of All Ward Union, to discuss on the forthcoming Mokokchung Municipal Council (MMC) election slated for October this year, came out with a resolution to oppose the proposed amendment of Nagaland Municipal Act 2006-07 relating to reservation of municipal seats for women.
Later, a representation addressed to the chief minister, a copy of which was made available to the press, stated that the creation of Nagaland State was an exception from other states and that Article 371 (A) of the Constitution of India provided special constitutional provisions recognizing Naga customary laws and procedures.
The representation also made mention of the Village Area Act, which provides similar provisions for protecting customs and traditional practices. “The Municipal Council Act of 33 percent reservation of seats for Women infringes upon the said customary practices,” the representation said.
It also suggested that representation of women in the municipal councils be adjusted in the nominated seats under Section 21 (4) of the Nagaland Municipal Act, as in the case of the VDB, which has a minimum of two women representative.
The representation also sought assurance from the chief minister within a month.

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