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Sun, 26 May 2019

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Nagaland Governor Calls Special Assembly Session to Discuss 33% Women Reservation

Nagaland Governor Calls Special Assembly Session to Discuss 33% Women Reservation
August 24
13:26 2016

Nagaland Governor PB Acharya has called a special session of the Nagaland Assembly on Friday to discuss the 33 per cent reservation for women in civic polls. The special session was called amidst stiff opposition from some organisations, including the Naga Hoho over the reservation quota, a matter which has been pending for several years.

The Nagaland government recently announced to implement 33 per cent reservation for women in civic bodies polls following a directive from the Supreme Court. The Naga Mothers’ Association (NMA) has been fighting for the reservation for several years. The state government had offered 25 per cent nomination to women in urban bodies but the NMA rejected it and demanded that 33 per cent be implemented and elections be held at the earliest. Naga Hoho said it was pre-mature to implement 33 per cent reservation in the state.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister T.R. Zeliang has said that the cabinet will hold urban body elections under the Nagaland Municipal Act, 2001, with 33 per cent reservation for women and added that the state government will soon issue a notification to hold elections to municipal and town councils. The Congress has welcomed the government’s decision to go ahead with the reservation policy. The Eastern Nagaland People’s Organisation (ENPO) has also welcomed the state government’s decision.

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