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Correspondent Kisama, Oct 8 (NPN):
Published on 9 Oct. 2010 1:38 PM IST
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The day-long Consultative Meeting with policy makers, tribal hohos, NGOs and intellectuals organized by the state government to deliberate on three crucial issues: ownership of land and its resources, Municipal Election and Women Reservation concluded without much headway here today.
After marathon deliberation and debate which started with the inaugural session starting from 9.30 am, the sessions concluded at l 6.30 pm.
Soon after the inaugural function, the house was divided into two groups – one to deliberate on the Ownership of land and its resources while the other groups were to deliberate on Municipal election and Women Reservations.
Art 371(A)
With regard to the assembly resolution passed on July 26 on ownership of land & its resources to activate the provisions of Article 371(A), the meeting today opined that it would be better if the state government provide more opportunities to the various NGOs/Hohos/Stakeholders to deliberate and finalise modalities.
Civic polls
On the contentious issue of Municipal election and Women Reservations, the consultative meet agreed that Women empowerment and Gender Equity were paramount for the development of the society and should be accorded importance.
On holding of elections to civic bodies, the house felt democratic process should be upheld and at the same time, felt there was need to review such laws and rules for the formation of the Urban Local Bodies(ULBs) taking into account the traditional and customary practices of the people.
Women’s quota
On 33% reservation for women, opinion in the house was divided. Males from various organizations felt that one third seats in the Urban Local Bodies for women should be on the basis of nominations and not election. This was not accepted by the women group present. The house therefore mooted creation of one more extra seat for women in the ULBs in the ratio of one seat for women for every two seats for men and suggested the government to examine the suggestion.
Furthermore, it also recommended that the issue be referred to the district level for further discussions and to be inclusive of women groups, before the consultative process comes to a logical conclusion. However, it was felt that such meetings should be fixed well ahead with prior information disseminated so that all sections of the society could come prepared.
Meanwhile representatives of the seven tribal bodies clarified they issued the press statement that appeared on Friday as they were wrongly informed that the meet was expected to endorse the government’s July 26 assembly resolutions. They admitted that their response due to miscommunication.

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