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Rio favours 33% quota for women
Correspondent Kohima, Feb 14 (NPN):
Published on 15 Feb. 2009 12:47 AM IST
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Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio said he was personally in support of 33% for women but said the state government alone could not decide on the matter. “I as an individual will be the happiest person if the reservation bill is passed in Parliament and implemented in our state, but at this juncture the state government cannot do anything as the bill has been lying in Rajya Sabha and there are divergent views on the quota issue in Nagaland,” Rio said. “We are yet to arrive at a consensus, so the matter needs more consultations,” he said. Rio said this while reacting to the resolution adopted by the consultative meeting on the Women Reservation Bill, 2008 organized by the Nagaland State Women Commission at ATI conference hall on Friday. Addressing the silver jubilee celebrations of the Naga Mothers’ Association at ATI hall on Saturday, Rio also allayed the notion that all men were against women on the reservation issue and asserted that many men were behind women on the matter. Stating that there can be further discussions and consultations on the issue, he assured that the DAN government would not be biased towards it. Explaining that men and women were equal, he said God had created them with different assignments, and not as competitors but to supplement each other. He noted that the reservation for women in civic bodies in other parts of the country was implemented as the status of women there was very bad. “But in most cases, it was not successful due to many reasons,” he added. Meanwhile, the Nagaland State Women Commission in its memorandum, a copy of which was made available to Nagaland Post, to be submitted to the chief minister containing its two-point resolution adopted during the consultation on the Women Reservation Bill, 2008 on Friday stated that “the Naga women have unanimously voted in favour of the Reservation for Women Bill 2008 and the reservation of seats for women as per the Nagaland Municipal Council (Amendment) Act 2006 be implemented at the earliest, in all towns in Nagaland”. The memorandum jointly signed by NSWC chairperson Sano Vamuzo and its other two members Ellen Konyak and Abeni TCK also expressed confidence that the voices of the Naga women will be seriously taken into account and conveyed the unanimous decision to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Women Reservation Bill, 2008. The consultative meeting organized by the NSWC was attended by women organizations of all tribes of Nagaland, Naga Mothers’ Association, women leaders of different political parties and other women activists of the state.

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