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Implement reservation in all municipalities: NMA
Published on 4 Jun. 2011 12:25 AM IST
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The action committee on women reservation of the Naga mothers’ association (NMA) has written to the state chief minister Neiphiu Rio demanding 33% women reservation be implemented in all municipalities within one month by holding “long awaited” elections.
The committee also conveyed to chief minister hat it has resolved that Naga women would be forced to seek justice by taking own course of action if government failed to implement the Nagaland Municipal Amendment Act in toto.
In a memorandum to the chief minister, the action committee members comprising of NMA president Abeiu Meru, advisor Rosemary Dzuvichu ENWO president Manlei Konyak, ENWO representative Yuma Konyak and NWHD secretary Liangsi Newmai said they reiterate and stood by representations and demands from various tribe women bodies submitted to the government on implementation of the 33% reservation for women in all civic bodies in accordance with the Nagaland Municipal Act Amendment 2006.
The committee reminded that the Amended Act was passed unanimously by all the legislators in 2006, who they believed had the best interest of women at heart.
“Thus, 81 seats have been identified as reserved for women by the government’s own notification. However, it is highly questionable that till date, the state government has failed to implement the Amended Act and protect the Constitutional rights of women,” the NMA panel asserted.
The committee maintained that “various excuses” given by state government on non implementation of women reservation such as “not wanting to disturb the ongoing Naga peace process” was not tenable, adding recent by-election conducted in the state proved it. They also pointed out that Reservation for women in municipalities got nothing to do with customary laws or practices or even Article 371 A.
“The Constitutional rights of equality for women, as citizens, are enshrined in the Constitution of India and therefore cannot be superseded or denied,” they claimed.
The committee on women reservation alleged that state government blatantly ignored demands and voices of women on implementation of the 33% women reservation and has seriously violated the constitutional rights of women in the state. Declaring that 33 % reservation of seats has become their fundamental right, the NMA committee said hence any proposal or move for reducing the percentage of reserved seats for women was “non negotiable.”

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