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Article 371(A) a hindrance to development: Nicky Kire


Kohima, May 25: Nagaland Advisor for Rural Development, MLA Dr Neikiesalie Nicky Kire said that Article 371(A) of the Constitution of India that guarantees protective rights to the Nagas has become a stumbling block to the development process of the State.
“Using the provisions of the Article 371(A), landowners don’t allow government to carry on with developmental activities in their land and seek for higher rates of compensations,” Dr Kire said during the silver jubilee celebrations of Yimchungrü Union Kohima at NBCC Convention Hall here Saturday.
The Advisor also lamented that while landowners don’t allow developmental activities in their land without land compensations but they want that the government should look after any damages caused by natural disaster.
He opined that if Nagas want to protect their land through Article 371(A), they should also take care of the damages caused to their personal properties instead of blaming the government for everything.
Developmental activities is for the general welfare of the public and landowners should not bring in Article 371(A) as a stumbling block for development and progress, Dr Kire said, while calling upon Nagas to be farsighted.
Meanwhile, the Advisor while stating that jobs in government sector have reached a saturation point, called upon the educated Naga youths to equip themselves to face the challenges of competition.
Maintaining that no job is too low, he asked them to give serious thought in pursuing skill education, which would make them self employable instead of acquiring only bookish knowledge.
He also encouraged them to take up sports as a profession as it has become one of the biggest industry and lucrative avenue for self sustenance. “Youths should work hard in order to achieve the designed goal,” Dr Kire added.
Further, the MLA maintained that Kohima as the capital of the State is not of the Angami people but resembles a mini Nagaland with all the Naga tribes migrating for employment and job while it also is like mini India with people from other parts of country working here.
In this, he stressed on the need for better unity among the Nagas by not isolating themselves to their own tribes but having better understanding and coordination with other tribes.
Advisor for SCERT, Information & Public Relations and Village Guards, MLA Toshi Wungtung, pioneer of YUK K Mukamchim and ENPUK president David Thingchum also exhorted the gathering.
Prayer seeking jubilee blessing was led by Pastor of Yimchungrü Baptist Church Kohima, Longri Nungti while invocation and benediction were pronounced by Rev Hopong Kips, Pastor Faith Harvest Church and Associate Pastor (Women) Rachel respectively.
The occasion was marked presentation of folk songs and jubilee feast. (Page News Service)