The Central Nagaland Women Association (CNWA) on Friday expressed its appreciation to the Nagaland Legislative Assembly and Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio for repealing the Nagaland Municipal Act 2001.
The Women’s group with its headquarters in Dimapur stated that it supports the ‘significant decision’ to repeal the Act that infringed upon the rights of the Nagas.
‘… the taxes on land and building were clearly in violation of Article 371A of the Indian Constitution’, CNWA added.
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It also said called for expediting the process of the enactment of a new NMA ‘with consultations and deliberations with the various stakeholders involved.’
CNWA also appealed for conducting the ULB elections at the earliest.
The press statement from CNWA came days after the Naga Mothers’ Association stated that Naga women supported the Nagaland Municipal Act 2001 and first amendment providing 33% reservation for women, adding that it took cognizance of the silence of the two history maker women MLAs in the Assembly
The NLA had earlier on 28 March 2023 resolved and adopted a resolution to unanimously repeal the Nagaland Municipal Act 2001 in toto, following which, the State Election Commission cancelled the election to the Urban Local Body (ULB).
It may be mentioned that the much-anticipated election to the Urban Local Bodies (ULB) comprising of three municipal councils and 36 town councils in Nagaland was scheduled to be conducted on 16 May with 33% women reservation for the first time.
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