Wednesday, June 7, 2023

CNWA welcomes repeal of NM Act

Differing with the stand of a section of the Naga women that raised objection to the decision of repealing the Nagaland Municipal Act, 2001, the Central Nagaland Women Association (CNWA) lauded the decision pointing out that the NM Act infringed upon the rights of the Nagas.
In a statement through its information and publicity secretary Angelina Ngullie, CNWA said the association “supports the significant decision, bearing in mind that the taxes on land and building were clearly in violation of Article 371A of the Indian Constitution.”
While urging the government to expedite the process of the enactment of the new Municipal Act, CNWA was of the view that consultations and deliberations should be held with various stakeholders. It also appealed to the government for conducting elections to the Urban Local Bodies at the earliest for the benefit of the society.
Meanwhile, the association lauded the Nagaland Legislative Assembly (NLA) and chief minister Neiphiu Rio for repealing the NM Act, 2001. It may be mentioned that Nagaland Assembly on the last day of the recently concluded first session of the 14th NLA unanimously resolved to repeal the Nagaland Municipal Act 2001 “in toto” after a thorough discussion by the members. After through deliberation, the house deemed that ULB election cannot be conducted unless the NM Act 2001 was repealed.
Following the resolution passed by the Assembly, the State Election Commission (SEC) Thursday notified the cancellation of the May 16 elections to urban local bodies. SEC on March 9, 2023 notified general election to civic bodies in Nagaland along with 33% reservation of seats for women.


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