Nagaland: Right over resources

Nagaland Assembly had reached consensus to uphold the right of Nagas on ownership of land and its resources as enshrined in Article 371(A) of the Constitution. Earlier, uninon government had rejected its floating the Nagaland Petroleum and Natural Gas Rules 2012.

In this rule, one provision to was charge as permit on Nagaland state from petroleum companies. The complete Nagaland Petroleum and Natural Gas Rules 2012 can be read here

Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio and Congress Legislature Party leader Tokheho Yepthomi supported by other members in the 60-member House took part in the special discussions maintaining that they would continue to fight for the rights of Nagas, but without confrontation with the Centre.

Rio said that the state did not want to have any confrontation with the Centre, but would seek its cooperation. He said that two points of the 16-Point Agreement signed between the Centre and the Naga People’s Convention which gave special status to the Naga people, had not been implemented and now the Central Government through the MHA and Ministry of Petroleum was putting Article 371 (A) into question.

This, the Chief Minister said, Nagas could not accept and therefore it was necessary that the Assembly send a Naga delegation to talk to the Centre and Union Ministries to clear constitutional provisions granted to the people.

Source: Assam Tribune

This claim over rights of its own land may open floodgates of similar demands from other North Eastern states, specially Assam.

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