JCC, NTAC remind CM on amending NM Act

DIMAPUR, SEP 5 (NPN) | Publish Date: 9/5/2018 12:29:01 PM IST

Joint Co-ordination Committee (JCC) and the Nagaland Tribes Action Committee (NTAC) have appealed to the state chief minister to take urgent steps for Amendment/Repeal of the Nagaland Municipal (NM) Act, 2001 at the earliest before holding the urban local bodies (ULB) election. 

In a representation addressed to the chief minister, JCC acting convenor, Vekhosayi Nyekha, and NTAC, Kohima convenor, KT Vilie, said most of the demands have been fulfilled including revocation of the resolution taken on November 24, 2016 by the NLA in connection with ULB election. However, they said the most important demand for Amendment/Repeal of the NM Act, 2001 has not been fulfilled till date. 

On the contrary, JCC and NTAC said the present government has appointed a cabinet sub-committee to examine the 33% women reservation issue instead of taking steps for Amendment/Repeal of the NM Act, 2001.

In this regard, the JCC and NTAC reminded the chief minister that several representations have been submitted in the past for Amendment/Repeal of the NM Act, 2001. 

Pointing out that examining the issue on women reservation was only a part to the NM Act, 2001, the JCC and NTAC said instead of piece-meal exercise wasting precious public money and time, it would be more appropriate and reasonable to examine and overhaul the entire Act, which they said would do away the loopholes in the existing Act including the women reservation issue.

Further, the two committees reminded the chief minister of the resolution No.3 adopted at co-ordination meeting of all tribal apex bodies of the state with JCC and NTAC held at APO Hall, Kohima on February 7, 2017, wherein it was resolved that “The ULB election in Nagaland state cannot be held until and unless amendments are made in the Nagaland Municipal Act, 2001 by safeguarding the powers conferred under Article 371-A of the Constitution of India.” 

They said holding of ULB election in the state was the need of the hour, but maintained that fulfilling the wishes and demands of the larger interest of the public was more important in a democratic state. 

They expressed hope that the chief minister would not undermine the will of the people.

Appointment of JIC member

DIMAPUR, SEP 5 (NPN): Pertaining to the setting up of a Judicial Inquiry Commission (JIC) to probe into the firing incident in Dimapur on January 31, 2017, the JCC and NTAC said that in spite of the long lapse of time, the JIC was yet to submit its report. 

They said it was learnt that one of the members of the JIC has resigned and the commission was not in a position to proceed with the inquiry due to lack of quorum. The commission has said to have written to the government for appointment of a member in the commission, but no appointment has been made till date, they claimed.

Further, JCC and NTAC said the period of completion of the inquiry has also expired, but the government it appeared to have not passed any order extending the time for completion of the inquiry.

The two committees have, therefore, requested the government to appoint a member in the commission and pass an appropriate order extending the time along with a stipulated date for early completion of the inquiry. 


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