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NSWC action plan on municipal quota
Published on 19 Aug. 2008 1:22 AM IST
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Nagaland State Women Commission (NSWC) has adopted certain action plans including submitting a three-point memorandum to the State government, relating to 33% reservation of seats for women in municipal bodies. NSWC, which convened a joint meeting comprising of women leaders representing different tribal units, NGOs and political parties, Monday to discuss the objection raised by various bodies against 33% reservation of seats for women in the forthcoming Mokokchung Municipal Council (MMC) election, also resolved to appeal both the Governor and chief minister for implementation of the Nagaland Municipal Act 2005 in letter and in spirit. Further, the commission requested every Naga tribal women hoho to issue statements through the print media about their respective stand on the right of women to hold public offices as enshrined in the law. NSWC also informed that it would spearhead the initiative for interactive sessions between representatives of Naga women hohos and civil societies of Mokokchung, on the provisions of the relevant Municipal Act and its implications vis-avis the provision of Article 371 (A) of the Indian Constitution. Meanwhile, the commission is likely to meet Governor K Sankaranarayanan Tuesday. Plea to governor DIMAPUR, AUG 18 (NPN): Against the backdrop of strong objection raised by various groups against 33 % reservation of seats for women in the forthcoming Mokokchung Municipal Council (MMC), expert member on empowerment of NE women, National Commission for Women (NCW), Rosemary Dzuvichu, has said it was the bounden duty of the State Government to protect the rights of women and ensure that the amendment of the Nagaland Municipal Act 2005 was implemented in true spirit. Mrs. Dzuvichu in a representation to Governor K Sankaranarayanan said the landmark legislation for women in Nagaland, guaranteed their active participation and visibility in urban decision making bodies with 33 % reservation of seats. She also reminded that the 73rd and 74th amendment to the Constitution of India had provided 33% reservation for women in local governance at all three levels of urban and rural bodies all over the country, including the North eastern region. Mrs. Dzuvichu however said it was highly questionable and unfortunate that the State government had failed to implement the reservation of seats for women in municipal councils, including the Kohima Municipal Council, till date. She also said the government should challenge the petition filed by some councilors against reservation of seats for women, since it was contrary to amendment of the Nagaland Municipal Act 2005. She further said the objection against seats for women raised serious questions of gender discrimination vis a vis certain customary practices of Nagas. “That, any consideration for the revocation of a landmark legislation for empowering women and bringing gender equity in the state by the Government, will now be a violation of a constitutional rights of women in Nagaland, as in keeping with Article 371 (A),” she added.

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