The Government of Nagaland on Tuesday told the Supreme Court that they have agreed to implement 33 per cent reservation for women in civic bodies.
A bench of Justice S K Kaul and Justice M Sundresh was told by the state government about the taken in this regard at a consultative meeting held on March 9 where all the stakeholders were present.
“A resolution was passed affirmed by the chief minister and the others that we should go ahead with the 74th amendment giving reservation of 33 per cent to women”
–the state counsel told the bench.
The Apex court said that with this there is no impediment in holding of elections providing reservations for women.
The state election commission has submitted that summary revision process has already been initiated and it would take 2 months said the in the bench while directing that it will inform apprise about the schedule of elections on the next date of hearing that is in July.
The Nagaland government was warned by the Apex court over the delay to enforce reservations for women in the state’s urban local bodies, stating that it was an important aspect of gender equality.
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The Court had taken due note of the grievance made by the state election commission about State Government is not responding to its request regarding changes in legislation to adopt the electoral rolls of Parliament in the assembly election for use in local body elections.
The State Election Commission told the apex court that official letter to provide requisite additional fields in existing rolls to enable ward-wise segregation of voters was not responded
Supreme Court was hearing a plea filed by the People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) and others seeking to hold the elections for all municipalities and town councils in Nagaland under the section 23 A of Nagaland Municipal (First Amendment) Act, 2006