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Protective constitutional provision obstructing development

A constitutional provision that guarantees protective rights to the Nagas has turned out to be a stumbling block for the development process in Nagaland, an advisor to the state government said on Saturday. Landowners do not allow development activities in their land without compensation, but seek government help for damages caused by natural disasters, Dr Neikiesalie Nicky Kire, also an MLA, said at a programme here. Using the provisions of Article 371(A), landowners do not allow the government to carry on with development activities in their land and seek higher rates of compensation, said Kire, an advisor to the state s rural development department. Art 371(A) deals with special provisions with respect to Nagaland. It states that no act of Parliament with respect to religious or social practices of the Nagas, Naga customary law and procedure, administration of civil and criminal justice involving decisions according to Naga customary law, ownership and transfer ..


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