Central Nagaland Tribes Council (CNTC) has joined various tribal hohos and mass-based civil societies to oppose 33 % women reservation in the election to urban local bodies (ULBs), stating that the implementation of women’s reservations was in violation of the Naga customary law and rights enshrined in the Article 371 A.
In a press statement CNTC demanded that the state government to roll back its decision to implement 33% women reservation seats in the civic polls.
It argued that women are doing better than their male counterpart in many fields and sphere but once reservation policy is implemented in the state, the special protection accorded to the people of Nagaland under Article 371 A would be diluted.
Further it said that the issue needed wider, proper and lengthier deliberations otherwise the tribal customary laws and practices that are welded to Article 371A would be trampled.
It also said that state cabinet’s decision 2016 to implement 33% women reservation in the election to urban local bodies was invalid, since the Assembly resolution of 2012 cannot be superseded by a cabinet decision.
The Central Nagaland Tribes Council said, “Despite knowing the legal impediments that surrounds the issue, the state government’s eagerness to implement the 33% women reservation in the ULB was a clear indication of the hypocrisy and autocratic policy of our politicians”.
The council reiterated that it would continue to oppose the move, since government is trying to appease some small section of the people in the guise of gender equality.
On Lotha Hoho PIL on oil issue, CNTC asked the state government to redraft the ground modalities and procedures on the Oil and Natural Gas drilling rights.
It affirmed that no governmental or non-governmental body have the right to impose any policy which was against the will and wishes of the people, as Nagas of Nagaland have been bestowed with the Article 371A of the Indian constitution.
Rather, it demanded that any activities executed by the government should be beneficial to the Lotha people (genuine landowners) and people of Nagaland state and not to some vested individuals. Therefore, it demanded that the state government to reset the terms and conditions at the earliest possible time which will be beneficial to the Lothas in particular and Nagas of Nagaland in general.