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Cabinet meet: UIC, women quota
Correspondent KOHIMA, DEC 15(NPN):
Published on 16 Dec. 2009 1:05 AM IST
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The State Cabinet which is scheduled to meet on Wednesday is likely to decide on the implementation of multipurpose Unique Identity Card and also on the contentious issue of 33% reservation for women in various Town and Municipal Councils. It may be recalled that the state government had issued a notification reserving 33% of the elective seats for women. According to a source, the agenda listed for the cabinet meeting Wednesday includes discussion on implementation of Unique Identity Card in the state as directed by the PMO and also reservation of 33% seats for women in various Towns and Municipal Council,elections of which are due sometime in the early part of 2010. The agenda also includes various service matters as usual, it was learnt. It may be mentioned that State Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio on Monday disclosed that he had received a letter from the Prime Minister of India Manmohan Singh directing the state government to constitute a committee comprising of the Chief Secretary to implement the multi-purpose Unique Identity Card in the state. In this regard, the state cabinet is scheduled to discuss the matter in depth before taking a decision. However, on the issue of elections, the All Nagaland Municipal and Town Council Forum (ANMTCF) in a representation to the state chief minister, had earlier urged the state government to withhold elections to the Municipal and Town Councils until such time the various anomalies in the implementation of the Nagaland Municipal Act 2001 were brought to a tangible conclusion. The ANMTCF also said it was totally opposed to the implementation of 33% reservation for women in the Town and Municipal council. The ANMTCF opined that the issue of 33 percent reservation for women as notified, would not only create more confusion but also divide the councils and committees. The ANMTCF also stressed on the need for proper restructuring of the Municipal and Town Councils and urged that an empowered, Nagaland Municipal Act 2001 needs to be perused, reviewed and implemented in all its feasible and practicable sense.

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