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33% women’s quota in local bodies won’t harm ga customs: galand CM

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  10 Dec 2016 12:00 AM GMT

Kohima, Dec 9: galand Chief Minister T.R. Zeliang on Friday said implementation of 33 per cent reservation for women in local urban bodies of the state will not affect ga customary practices in the state. “Thirty-three per cent reservation for women in the local urban bodies will not affect the ga customary practices, as even in wards and colonies of urban areas, traditiol ga practices can be enforced and maintained by respective wards/ colony councils,” said Zeliang. The Chief Minister was speaking at the Silver Jubilee celebration of Mangkolemba township and the iugural programme of Mangkolemba Town Council in Mokokchung in galand. According to some civil societies of galand, 33 per cent reservation for women in the local urban bodies would impact adversely the ga customary laws. “If we say that men and women are equal and that women do not need reservation of seats, why is it that we have not had a single woman legislator in the Assembly for so many decades,” asked Zeliang. He further said: “The government has resolved to implement what was decided in 2001 and 2006, when the galand Municipal Act was passed and amended later to incorporate 33 per cent reservation for women instead of waiting for the court verdict.” Apprehensions that reservation of 33 per cent of the seats in local urban bodies would infringe on Article 371A and on ga customary and traditiol practices are not true, he said. “gas will continue to follow the galand Village Councils Act and reservation of 25 per cent of funds of the Village Development Boards for women is being implemented for more than 15 years or so,” Zeliang said. (IANS)

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