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Governor assures women; Women press for 33% reservation in Municipal bodies

Representatives of Naga women leaders from different tribal units of Nagaland posing with Governor, K. Sankaranarayanan at Raj Bhawan after submitting a memorandum on Tuesday. (DIPR)
Correspondent KOHIMA, AUG 19 (NPN):
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Published on 20 Aug. 2008 1:07 AM IST
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Governor K Sankaranarayanan has reportedly assured a large delegation of Naga women leaders led by Nagaland State Women Commission (NSWC) on 33 percent reservation of seats for women in the town and municipal councils. Addressing the women leaders who called on him Tuesday at the Raj Bhavan, the Governor said the Amendment of the Municipal Act 2006 had been passed by the Nagaland State Assembly in keeping with Article 371 (A) of the Constitution of India. Sankaranarayanan opined that the constitutional amendment was applicable all over India including the North East states, and assured the women leaders that he would honour the Constitution. Earlier, NSWC along with Naga women leaders cutting across tribal and party lines submitted a three-point memorandum on Implementation of Amendment of Nagaland Municipal Act 2006, to the Governor. The memorandum signed by 170 women leaders representing different tribal units of Nagaland, NGOs, hohos and political parties, pointed out that the Amendment of the Municipal Act 2006 had been passed by the Nagaland State Assembly in keeping with Article 371 (A) of the Constitution of India, “these legislatures deeming fit and proper in the Naga context.” Extending strong support to the government in passing the said Act, the women leaders demanded the Government of Nagaland to implement the Act in all towns and municipal councils of the State, as per the notification issued on December 2006, regarding reservation of wards for women, The representatives of Naga women also reiterated that they would stand by the Amendment of the Act, and protest any move to revoke the Act whatsoever. The women further expressed confidence that the Governor would protect the constitutional and fundamental right of Naga women, and also ensure that the amendment of the Nagaland Municipal Act of 2006 was strictly implemented immediately in all municipal and town councils of Nagaland. The delegation consisting of around 200 women leaders was led NSWC chairperson Sano Vamuzo and members Abeni TCK and Ellen Konyak.

 
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