Kohima: Nagaland Legislative Assembly (NLA) on Friday ratified the Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty-Sixth Amendment) Bill, 2019, which was introduced in Lok Sabha on December 9 last year by the Union minister of Law and Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad.
The Bill, which amends provisions related to reservation of seats for Scheduled Tribes (STs) and Schedule Castes (SCs), was unanimously adopted by the House during the fifth session of the 13th NLA.
Prior to the adoption of the resolution, chief minister Neiphiu Rio explained that the Amendment was made in regard to Article 334 which pertains to period of reservation of seats for SCs and STs and representation of the Anglo-Indian community by nomination in the House of the People (Lok Sabha) and the Legislative Assemblies of state.
This provision which has been provided for a period of 70 years since the enactment of the Constitution, will expire on January 25 this year. The Bill seeks to extend the reservation for SCs and STs by another 10 years till January 25, 2030.
“Nagaland is a direct beneficiary of this provision and that 59 out of the 60 seats are reserved for Scheduled Tribes of Nagaland,” said Rio in support of the Bill. He also said that in regard to the unreserved seat from Dimapur, it can be discussed in the later years.
Governor of Nagaland RN Ravi addressed the Assembly session. The motion of Thanks was moved by KT Sukhalu, MLA, and seconded by H Haiying, MLA. Deputy Speaker and Speaker-in-charge Sharingain Longkumer adjourned the session till 9:30 am on February 7.
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