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Govt to implement 33% women quota: Rio

Chief Minister of Nagaland Neiphiu Rio today said that the state government of Nagaland will go ahead with the order of the Gauhati High Court to implement the 33 % Reservation for Women and as per the enactment of the law in Nagaland Assembly in the coming civic elections scheduled in April next. There is opposition from certain quarters concerning implementation of the reservation but the state government will go ahead with it, the chief minister said.
In an informal interaction with journalists at the Kohima local ground this afternoon the chief minister said the state government has had consultations on the women reservation policy. The government has decided to implement the Reservation Act and the order of the High Court to implement the Act in the coming municipal and town council elections. The municipal elections are to be held sometime in the month of April.
The date and schedule of the municipal election will be decided by the Election Commissioner of Nagaland, it was informed. He said that the government of Nagaland is aware of opposition from certain sections of the state concerning implementation of women reservation. However, the chief minister assured, the state government will go ahead with its decision.
On factional bloodshed
On the law and order front, the chief minister has ‘nothing to say.’ Neiphiu Rio has claimed that the state government “is trying its best to maintain the law and order” in Nagaland to ‘stop all kinds of violence and to bring unity among all sections of the Naga society.’ When queried about the recent factional killings following the split of former NSCN (Khaplang) into NSCN (Khaplang) and GPRN/NSCN (Khole-Kitovi) groups, the chief minister said that it is their internal problem and ‘we have nothing to say on this issue.’
Rio asserted that ‘no government, be it in Kohima or Delhi’ can stop violence of the underground groups or anti-social elements. Still, he said, the Nagaland government is trying its best to ‘stop, prevent and check all kinds of violence.’ The underground groups are not heeding to the cries of the people for which hostilities and bloodshed continue in various areas of the state, he said. “Our plea is to unite the people,” he said.
Further, Neiphiu Rio said the government is opposing the National Counter Terrorism Centre to be set up throughout the country from March one next. The chief minister said that the black law, the Armed Forces Special Power Act (AFSPA), is already there (‘which is bad’). He said the AFSPA is ‘bad’ and it should be removed from the country or apply it throughout the country. When an existing law such as the AFSPA is there, implementing another is not applicable, he said.
“It is very bad and we are supporting those states who are opposing this”. Rio said that the centre does not understand the AFSPA, ‘because they don’t suffer, for which they are going to implement another law.’ “Why should we be quite? That is wrong and it will disturb the federal structure of the country,” he added.

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