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Panel on 33% women quota
Correspondent KOHIMA, SEPT 11 (NPN):
Published on 12 Sep. 2008 12:49 AM IST
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State Cabinet has decided to send a delegation led by Urban Development minister Dr. Shurhozelie to Mokokchung to talk to leaders of four villages of Mokokchung and Ward leaders with regard to 33% reservation of seats for women in the forth coming Mokokchung Municipal Council (MMC) election. Replying to Congress MLA Apok Jamir who raised the issue during zero hour, the chief minister said the delegation would try to hammer out a solution with the contending parties. However, it the issue was not resolved, Rio said “than we have to go by the Parliament Act.” To another starred question raised by Apok Jamir, Urban Development minister Dr. Shurhozelie in his written reply said the State government had received a memorandum from the four villages - Ungma, Mokokchung, Kensa and Chuchuyimlang - with regard to reservation of seat for women in the forth coming MMC election. The minister said that as per Article 243 T of the Constitution of India as well as the Nagaland Municipal (First Amendment) Act, 2006, election to the MMC would be held incorporating 33% reservation of seat for women. The State government had conveyed to DC Mokokchung to explain the government’s position to the people of Mokokchung, Shurhozelie said and added that reservation for women was not an infringement of Article 371 A of Indian constitution. Congress K L Chishi also raised the issue of 33% reservation for women in the Municipal Councils and said the Women’s Reservation Bill was yet to be passed by Parliament but the Nagaland government was making haste to introduce the Bill in the state. He reminded that the state was well protected with Constitutional provision under Rule 371 (A), through which no rule introduced by the Centre can be applicable to the state unless it was adopted by a resolution in the Assembly. In reply, Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio said his government was all for protecting the weaker sex. He also suggested that the Speaker convene an all-party meeting to discuss the 33% reservation issue before its implementation. The chief minister further assured the House that in future, select committees of Assembly would look into all acts of Parliament before they were adopted by Nagaland.

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