Kohima: Nagaland State Commission for Women (NSCW) has said that it was dismayed over recent state assembly resolution which rejected 33 per cent reservation of seats for women in municipal bodies.
In a statement here, NSCWC said it was at a loss for words on hearing the outright rejection of 33 per cent quota for women in the civic bodies.
In a joint statement commission chairperson Sano Vamuzo and members Abeni TCK and Ellen Konyak said since women constitute half of the population, all important decisions that impact the larger population should first be studied in its entirety.
Only then decisions can be made with better understanding and comprehension so as to enhance greater harmony in society, they said.
It stated that all along the NSCW had been anticipating "a wise and matured response" from the people's representatives in the matter.
The resolution, adopted by the assembly unanimously, said that the 74th constitutional amendment which entails 33 per cent quota for women in urban local bodies was against the Naga customary laws and practices, hence the provision is not applicable under the Article 371 (A) of the constitution, a special provision for Nagaland.
Meanwhile, Joint Action Committee on Women Reservation supported by Naga Mothers Association (NMA) and other women organizations decided to stage a protest rallies against the assembly resolution at Kohima and other district headquarters towns tomorrow.