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High Court directs Labour Department, UVC to maintain status quo on land dispute

Nagaland News

DIMAPUR, NOVEMBER 30: The Kohima Bench of Gauhati High Court has directed the State’s Labour Department and the Unity Village Council at Dimapur to maintain status quo on a land dispute between the two parties, until the next hearing in 4 weeks’ time.

The order was issued by Justice Kakheto Sema on Tuesday. The case pertains to a petition filed by Unity Village Council, represented by its Chairman, Hetoka Awomi and Secretary I Abenjang, against the State of Nagaland, represented by the Commissioner of Nagaland, Labour Commissioner, Deputy Commissioner of Dimapur and EAC (Sadar) Dimapur.
As per Court document, the petitioners are claiming that the Labour Department had approached the Sugar Mill Village Council, presently Unity Village Council, for allotment of land to establish a Labour Welfare Centre for imparting free training in knitting, tailoring and embroidery trades.
The petitioners, accordingly, allotted the land to the Department after which the Labour Welfare Centre started functioning in the petitioners’ village in the year 1987, it stated.
“It is the case of the petitioners that the petitioners’ Village Council had issued a permit bearing Patta No. 351/1993 to the Labour Welfare Centre for running the said Centre. It is further the case of the petitioners that the Deputy Commissioner of Dimapur, on the application made by the Labour Department, has issued the Land Holding Certificate dated 24.06.2016 to the Labour Welfare Centre without the knowledge and intimation to the petitioners village.
“Furthermore, the Extra Assistant Commissioner (Sadar)/Assistant to the Deputy Commissioner, Dimapur had issued the order dated 20.11.2021 deciding the right of the land in question in favour of the Labour Welfare Centre”, it stated.
In his order, Justice Sema directed to issue notice to the respondents, returnable within 4 weeks.

“In the interim, the status quo of the land as on date shall be maintained till the next returnable date,” he said.
(Page News Service)