Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Convention of consultations as governance

Staff Reporter

On March 9, the state government that includes all elected members under the new combination- United Democratic Alliance (UDA)- will hold “consultations” with various tribe organisations and CSOs to deliberate on Naga Peace Process and 33% seat reservation for women in election to Urban Local Bodies (ULBs).
It may be recalled that the government has dropped two issues to be discussed— Nagaland Liquor Total Prohibition (NLTP) Act, 1989 and Armed Forces (Special) Powers Act- from the list. The two were among the four listed for consultations as per the notification issued earlier on March 2.
Government sources however, explained that owing to time constraint, the two have been dropped for future consultations.
Several public leaders who spoke to Nagaland Post, expressed surprise at the inclusion of Naga Peace Process for consultations. They said after the regional party came to power (NPF/DAN) the Naga political issue had been deliberated, discussed and debated at length at various fora for several years.
The leaders said that the government should have come out with whatever specific issue it wanted to discuss with regard to the Naga political issue since a series of consultations were held both among the legislators, the assembly and wide public consultations up to the signing of the Framework Agreement on August 3, 2015 and the Agreed Position on November 17, 2017 and even after that.
It may be also recalled that the most recent public consultation was on October 15, 2020 held at the CM’s banquet hall over the Naga political issue in the light of the rider on solution with flag and constitution.
The 33% women quota in election to Urban Local Bodies has been as controversial over the assertion that Article 371A insulated the state over the mandatory 74th Amendment (Clause IV) of the subject.
As in the past, it is likely that committees may be formed to take the matter for further deliberations.