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Govt-public consultative meet on October 8
Published on 30 Sep. 2010 12:42 AM IST
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Nagaland government has planned a consultative meet with the civil societies, the tribal hohos, women group, stakeholders, policy makers and public leaders on October 8 at 9:30 am at Naga Heritage Village, Kisama.
According to chief secretary, Lalthara the consultative meet would focus on issues of vital importance for the people of the state, where one of the main issues pertained to land and its use. As the state embarked on the path of rapid development, Lalthara said, it was important that the society resolve the divergent interest of the landowners and those of the public at large. He said that a related issue to be discussed was the desirability of regulating the continuing private interest even after the land was taken over by the government for public purpose.
The other major area in focus would be the elections to the urban local bodies and reservation of women in urban local bodies. The chief secretary said that the election to urban local bodies being a relatively recent phenomenon occupied to village councils, the legal and institutional framework for constitution, continuation and dissolution of the elected local bodies needed to be harmonized with the constitutional provisions. In the light of mandatory constitutional provisions for women reservation in urban local bodies, Lalthara said that a consensus needed to be evolved on reservation for women in these local bodies.
The chief secretary said since these issues were being debated in various forums without a consensus, that the state government felt the a to call a consultative meet to make a sincere effort to evolve a broad consensus on all these issues.
The meet would have an inaugural session followed by two parallel technical sessions, one relating to ownership of land and its resources and right of the government to regulate the public use, and the other relating to urban local bodies elections and reservations for women. There would be presentations and discussion on the specific issues in presence of resource persons drawn from a cross section of the society during the technical sessions. It was informed that the meet would be rounded off by a valedictory session.
While the inaugural session would be graced by the chief minister as the chief guest, the valedictory session was likely to be graced by home minister, Imkong Imchen.

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