Nagaland to have land laws soon: Kronu

Nagaland to have land laws soon: Kronu
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Kohima, February 15: Nagaland’s Minister for Planning and Coordination and Land Revenue, Neiba Kronu today informed the State Assembly that the Land Revenue Department has drafted the Nagaland Land Laws which is with the Law & Justice Department for vetting.
Clarifying concerns expressed by opposition leader T R Zeliang on the inability of the people of the State to avail loan by mortgaging land in banks, Kronu said Nagaland is still using the Assam Land Laws of 1876, which was amended in 1978 and 2002.
“We should have our own land laws so that our lands can be mortgaged and after that even if confiscated by the bank it can be sold to only indigenous people,” he said.
He informed that the Land Revenue Department has already held several meetings and has drafted the land laws, which is presently under the consideration of Law & Justice Department for vetting.
Stating that land laws are also required by the Government for “Right of Way,” Kronu said problems have been faced from landowners and villages while carrying out developmental works, especially concerning roads.
“Once the land law is brought about, the Government will have absolute authority of Right of Way,” he said.
In order to have outer ring roads in Kohima and Dimapur to ease the traffic, such land laws is required, he said, and assured that the Land Laws Bill will be brought to the House during the next session.
Assembly adjourned sine die
The budget session of Nagaland Legislative Assembly for the fiscal 2020-21 was adjourned sine die today.
In his closing remarks, Speaker Sharingain Longkumer highlighted that during the session starting on January 17 last, apart from the Governor R N Ravi’s address, and the ratification of the 126th Constitution Amendment Bill, 2019 on January 17, the House had several other important businesses, including his election as the Speaker of the House.
Besides passing five important Bills, including the two Finance Bills, the House took up two subjects for discussion under Rule 50 – Citizenship Amendment Act 2019 and under Rule 54 statement of Chief Minister on SARFAESI Act 2002 respectively.
During the discussions, 40 members took active part, he said. 41 starred and 8 unstarred questions were answered.
Adjourning the House sine-die, the Speaker expressed gratitude to all sections of the House in particular to the Leader of the House, and the Leader of the Opposition. He also expressed gratitude to all the Ministers and the Members for their full co-operation and support in running the House very smoothly during the session.
“We have had a very constructive session,” he added. (Page News Service)