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Land resource resolution
Correspondent KOHIMA, JUL 26 (NPN):
Published on 27 Jul. 2010 1:10 AM IST
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Nagaland Legislative Assembly today passed the Nagaland Ownership and Transfer of Land and its Resources in respect of Minerals including Petroleum and Natural Gas Resolution, 2010 which was moved by chief minister Neiphiu Rio on Saturday.
The resolution was passed unanimously through voice vote followed by a thumping round of applause from both the treasury and opposition benches, after the amendment motion moved by opposition member and former chief minister K. L. Chishi was unanimously adopted.
The resolution stated that no Act of Parliament in respect of ownership and transfer of land and its resources which includes minerals, petroleum and natural gas etc shall be applied to the State of Nagaland and the state shall make appropriate modalities to apply and enforce in the state. It also state that the ownership of land and its resources lies with the Naga people and therefore, the State of Nagaland representing the people shall have the jurisdiction in regulation and development over minerals including petroleum and natural gas in terms of usage and shall have the control on the matter of exploration and development in the State, which will include acquisition of mineral bearing areas, fixation of land compensation rates, landowner’s share in the benefits or royalty arising out of extraction of the minerals. Moreover, fresh modalities would be framed by the state of Nagaland on petroleum and natural gas exploration and development.
The resolution was moved in view of the special provision provided to the state under the constitution of India to the state in regard to ownership and transfer of land and its resources, in relation to the applicability of the Act of Parliament.
and it has become necessary for the state to regulate by Law, the ownership and transfer of land and its resources.

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