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Withdraw AFSPA, appoint women DBs: NMA
Published on 26 Oct. 2009 12:57 AM IST
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Among its many other demands, the Naga Mothers’ Association (NMA) strongly reiterated the demand that the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) be withdrawn as it had brought only “human sufferings” ever since it was legislated and wherever it was imposed. The NMA also observed that women have been seriously discriminated in the present administrative system in the villages in all matters of dispute and therefore demanded that women DBs be appointed in all the villages. These demands were part of the resolutions and recommendations which the NMA adopted as follow-ups for present and future courses of action, during its 9th general assembly held at Peren from October 21 to 23. The NMA through its outgoing president, Khesheli Chishi recommended that additional provisions be included in the Nagaland Village Council Acts, to create provisions for inclusion of women in various decision making processes. It also demanded that all economical resources, such as VDB and other such schemes in all villages be utilized judiciously and that women’s share be used by the women themselves according to their needs. The Naga mothers felt that certain provisions of the customary laws that dealt with cases of rapes should be amended to suit the present situation which it said have become “very alarming.” Re-emphasizing that the future of the younger generation depended on quality education, the NMA urged the government to provide all necessary infrastructure and resources judiciously. The NMA urged all Naga women to be more health conscious and be aware of all kinds of diseases particularly HIV and AIDS, to create a healthier society. In this regard, it appealed the government to provide all basic necessities in all the Primary Health Centers (PHC), including infrastructure, man power and resources. Various units of the NMA were asked to be more vigilant of any negligence on the part of the implementing agencies and take up matters whenever or wherever it might be deemed necessary. Expressing concern on the mushrooming of duplications of Naga cultural and traditional costumes and attires, the Naga mothers also urged all its units to preserve the originality of their respective traditional costumes and attires and immediately start documentation of the same heritage for the coming and future generations. It appreciated the initiatives of some of its units who have documented the compositions and preparation of various indigenous Naga cuisines and encouraged all other units to document the same for preservation and promotion of their respective tribe’s traditional cuisine too. The NMA said it continued to support the peace process and re-iterated its commitment and affirmation that the Nagas would remain as one family and urges all Naga women to be vigorously more active in peace works. Meanwhile, the NMA expressed sincere gratitude to all who have contributed in different ways and means towards the successful completion of its general assembly. It particularly thanked all the officials and staff of Peren district administration, the deputy commissioner, the superintendent of police, Peren Town Committee, lady wives and lady officials of Peren district public leaders and bureaucrats and others. The NMA also thanked the state chief secretary, the participants of the various sessions and events and all the delegates of the participating units for their support and active co-operation. (List of new NMA team on page 3 )

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