Voters’ interface programme in Dimapur

Voters’ interface programme in Dimapur
Organisers and representatives of political parties on Tuesday. (NP)
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, APR 2 (NPN) | Publish Date: 4/2/2019 12:45:44 PM IST
With Lok Sabha election approaching and parties getting ready, a civil society initiative – “Voters’ Voice: An Interface” – was held at DBIdI Hall, Don Bosco School here on Tuesday. It was organised by CAN Youth, Path Finders and supported by Social Actions for New Alternatives (SANA) - India.
Key issues that impact the process of development of the State and its people like the peace process, roads and infrastructure, law and order, education, quality medical benefits for all, human trafficking, participation of women in decision making, youth and unemployment, rights of persons with disabilities, Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) and electoral reforms were taken up for discussion during the interface.
NPCC general secretary Capt GK Zhimomi, NPF central’s legal cell co-convener Vimeno Nakhro and election agent for Independent candidate Dr Chingo Walim Konyak were present on the occasion and responded to the queries. The programme was attended by representatives from YouthNet, ChildLine, Peace Channel, Naga Council, NLSF, EDSYO, Education department, NEISSR, NWHD, DNSU, Pro Rural, DABA, etc.  When asked about women reservation and participation of women in policy making, Zhimomi claimed that Congress had always supported women reservation and confirmed that it would back the 33% women reservation. Though there would be endless debates on this, this would be the stand of Congress at the end of the day, he added.  
Supporting involvement of women in decision making process, Nakhro said NPF was working on the matter. When it comes to the 33% women reservation, she opined that all women were not equal, some needed it and some did not. But as a whole, she believed that the 33% women reservation should be imposed.
Commenting that Nagas gave equal opportunities to all, Chingo called for implementing women reservation, while keeping in mind the essence of equal opportunities for all at the same time. Regarding CAB and implementation of Inner Line Permit (ILP) in Dimapur, both Nakhro and Zhimomi remarked that it was not very much a practical idea, although both claimed that their respective parties were in favour of implementing it. 
Nakhro alleged that the present NDA government was not solving the Naga political issue, but rather adding more confusion to it, while Zhimomi reminded and pointed out to the gathering that there was no connection whatsoever between ILP, CAB and Article 371(A).  
When asked about their targets for bringing about change in the fields of education and unemployment, Zhimomi commented that unemployment had hit an all-time high not only in Nagaland, but across the country, adding it would be very difficult for any political party to solve the problem. However, he pointed out that Nagas had very good human resources and by utilising them in correct manner, he felt that the State would not face much of a problem. Regarding improvement of educational system, primarily government institutions, he opined that one main reason for government schools not producing good results was proxy teachers. He said village councils could play a vital role in checking it.
On his part, Dr Chingo promised to work towards removal of corruption, if elected. Referring to the ongoing Naga peace process, he said it should have been concluded by and the Naga political issue resolved.
Meanwhile, when asked why NDPP and NPP did not show up at the event, the organisers explained that they had reached out to all political parties and got confirmation regarding their participation through their workers. It was learned that though NPP’s Lok Sabha candidate Hayithung Tungoe and NDPP spokesperson Merentoshi Jamir had confirmed their participation, they did not turn up.
The moderator for the event was Path Finders’ founder Vitono Gugu Haralu. Welcome address was delivered by SANA – India executive director Bidhayak Das, while CAN Youth chief functionary Jenpu Rongmei gave vote of thanks.

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