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Municipal bodies oppose Govt. decision to form advisory council to ULBs

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KOHIMA, NOVEMBER 21: The three municipal bodies in Nagaland ~ Dimapur, Kohima and Mokokchung ~ have rejected the decision of the Government of Nagaland for nomination of advisory councils in the urban local bodies (ULBs).
The decision of the three municipal associations ~ Dimapur Urban Council Chairmen Federation (DUCCF), Association of Kohima Municipal Wards Panchayat (AKMWP) and All Ward Union Mokokchung Town (AWUMT) ~ was taken during the first meeting of the municipal bodies held at Kohima on Sunday.


This was informed to media persons during a press conference held at Hotel 2K here, the sessional chairman and president AKMWP Thejao Sekhose along with AWUMT president Limanungsang and DUCCF president Tsenthungo Nyamo.
He said the three units under the respective municipalities came together today and thoroughly discussed the Government notification issued through the Department of Urban Development.
Adopting 2-point resolutions, the meeting decided not to accept the November 18, 2021 notification issued by the Government of Nagaland for nomination of ULB advisory council, said Sekhose.
The meeting also urged the State Government to hold ULB elections at the earliest with due rectification and amendment of the Nagaland Municipal Act 2001, wherever it infringed the Article 371(A) of the India Constitution.
The Government should keep in abeyance the formation of an advisory council to the ULBs and instead conduct the ULB elections at the earliest without any bias by hearing the voice of the people, said Sekhose.
The State Government should seriously look into the matter so that Article 371(A) is not infringed by the Nagaland Municipal Act, he said.
Asked the reason for rejecting the Government notification, Sekhose said “we are not against the decision of the Government because it is not necessary to form the advisory council… because at this juncture the Government is directly linked up with the grassroots level (organizations)
“We found that some chapters of the Municipal Act 2001 infringed the Article 371(A) of the Constitution, so we want the Government to rectify all those clauses and conduct the municipal elections at the earliest”, he said.


Asked to highlight some of the chapters infringing the Article 371(A), Sekhose said, “Government knows better the chapters infringing the Article 371(A).
On a query about their action if the Government goes ahead with the formation of an advisory council, Sekhose expressed optimism that the Government would not do so.
Government is for the people and by the people and we are fully hopeful that the Government will not go ahead with the formation of an advisory council, said Sekhose, adding that the Government should listen to the voice of the people.
(Page News Service)

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