Thursday, September 29, 2022

Declare CGWA notice ‘unconstitutional’: Kohima Village Council to govt

Kohima Village Council (KVC) has demanded that the state government declare as “unconstitutional and not acceptable” the CGWA’s public notice, which notified the public to obtain its permission for groundwater withdrawal.
In a press release, KVC chairman Helievi-o Solo and general secretary Vizonyü Kelio pointed out that when Nagaland attained statehood on December 1, 1963, a special provision was given to the Nagas under Article 371(A).
KVC stated that Article 371 (A) section (a) (i-iv) “clearly specify and safeguard the birth right of the Nagas with regard to Naga customary laws, land and its resources.”
However, KVC stated that the CGWA’s public notice was in total contravention of Article 371 (A).
Further, KVC demanded that the state government delete Article 215-220 of the Nagaland Municipal Act (NMA) 2001, which it said were also in total contravention of Article 371 (A).
Meanwhile, KVC demanded that the state government immediately delete section 120(1) (A) of part IV chapter 1 “A tax on land and buildings” along with relevant sections that appear in NMA 2001 “because this part of the act is detrimental to the Naga society and directly infringes Article 371 (A) of the Indian constitution.”

SourceNPN