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33 pc reservation for women in Naga civic polls

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DIMAPUR, Aug 12 - Nagaland Cabinet has decided to hold elections to urban local bodies in the State with 33 per cent reservation for women. This was decided at a Cabinet meeting held at Nagaland Chief Minister�s Office in Kohima on Wednesday, an official release said today.

The Cabinet, after thorough deliberation, decided that elections shall be conducted to municipal and urban local bodies/town councils as per provisions of Nagaland Municipal Act, 2001. It also decided to strengthen the Municipal Cadre in the State and directed that the Department of Municipal Affairs should work out their minimum manpower requirements and send fresh proposal after following the laid down procedures.

Nagaland Chief Minister TR Zeliang on Thursday announced the decision of the Cabinet to go ahead with the elections to the urban local bodies/town councils under Nagaland Municipal Act, 2001 by granting 33 per cent reservation for women.

Addressing the State level watershed conference in Kohima, Zeliang said the government would soon notify the dates for the election. Pointing out that the apex tribal organisations in the State were against reservation for women, he said, �We should allow the womenfolk to participate in the municipal councils and see the outcome of their participation and if things go well, the reservation may be increased.

The Cabinet decision came as a major relief for the Naga Mothers Association (NMA) which had been pressing hard on the State Government to implement 33 per cent reservation for women in the urban civic body polls.

Zeliang said NMA�s Joint Action Committee on Women Reservation was fighting in the Supreme Court for 33 pc reservation for women, which led to withholding of the elections to the urban local bodies. The Supreme Court, in a landmark judgment, on April 5 �revived� the 2011 ruling of the Single Bench of Gauhati High Court at Kohima which had ruled in favour of Joint Action Committee on Women Reservation and directed the State Government to hold elections to local bodies with implementation of 33 pc reservation.

The Cabinet also decided that there was no need for a separate Municipal Commissionerate in the State and directed that the matter be taken up for review before the Gauhati High Court through the Advocate General.

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33 pc reservation for women in Naga civic polls

DIMAPUR, Aug 12 - Nagaland Cabinet has decided to hold elections to urban local bodies in the State with 33 per cent reservation for women. This was decided at a Cabinet meeting held at Nagaland Chief Minister�s Office in Kohima on Wednesday, an official release said today.

The Cabinet, after thorough deliberation, decided that elections shall be conducted to municipal and urban local bodies/town councils as per provisions of Nagaland Municipal Act, 2001. It also decided to strengthen the Municipal Cadre in the State and directed that the Department of Municipal Affairs should work out their minimum manpower requirements and send fresh proposal after following the laid down procedures.

Nagaland Chief Minister TR Zeliang on Thursday announced the decision of the Cabinet to go ahead with the elections to the urban local bodies/town councils under Nagaland Municipal Act, 2001 by granting 33 per cent reservation for women.

Addressing the State level watershed conference in Kohima, Zeliang said the government would soon notify the dates for the election. Pointing out that the apex tribal organisations in the State were against reservation for women, he said, �We should allow the womenfolk to participate in the municipal councils and see the outcome of their participation and if things go well, the reservation may be increased.

The Cabinet decision came as a major relief for the Naga Mothers Association (NMA) which had been pressing hard on the State Government to implement 33 per cent reservation for women in the urban civic body polls.

Zeliang said NMA�s Joint Action Committee on Women Reservation was fighting in the Supreme Court for 33 pc reservation for women, which led to withholding of the elections to the urban local bodies. The Supreme Court, in a landmark judgment, on April 5 �revived� the 2011 ruling of the Single Bench of Gauhati High Court at Kohima which had ruled in favour of Joint Action Committee on Women Reservation and directed the State Government to hold elections to local bodies with implementation of 33 pc reservation.

The Cabinet also decided that there was no need for a separate Municipal Commissionerate in the State and directed that the matter be taken up for review before the Gauhati High Court through the Advocate General.

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