NTC urges Govt to revoke NSDZ

NTC urges Govt to revoke NSDZ
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‘Enforce ILP all over Nagaland’

Dimapur, May 3: The Nagaland Tribes Council (NTC) has appealed to the PDA Government to revoke the Nagaland Special Development Zone (NSDZ) without further delay.
In a representation to the Chief Minister of Nagaland, the NTC said the NSDZ, which was adopted by the DAN Government in March 2014, will become free zone for anyone from any race, own any amount of land and pursue any business without restriction.
“The whole intention of NSDZ is to curve out the plain sector of Nagaland State for outsiders for permanent settlement. Such decision is anti-state and suicidal for the present and posterity with the laid down theme, as and when NSDZ is implemented, non-indigenous people from outside Nagaland will virtually overwhelm the earmarked area which consequently will be the base for intrusion of unauthorized citizens to take control of Nagaland. This proposed zone will therefore do more harm than good to Nagaland,” it stated.
Land & Revenue
The NTC also urged the State Government to implement Government notification No. LAW-213/78 dated Kohima, the 30th of September, 1978 in letter and in spirit in order to protect the inherent right of indigenous people, its land and properties and safe guard the indigenous people of the State from external exploitations.
The “Nagaland Land and Revenue Regulation (Amendment) Act 1978” which received the assent of the Governor on the 29th of September, 1978 amended the Assam Land and Revenue Regulation, 1886 and extended to the whole of Nagaland State to protect and preserve the land that belongs to the indigenous and vulnerable people of the state.
The NTC said the Nagaland Village and Tribal Councils Act, 1978 had also categorically empowered the Village Council to be the custodian of landed properties vide Section 15, Sub-Section (1) (g) which read “no transfer of immovable properties shall be effected without the consent of the Village Council. Written record of this shall be maintained by the Village Council”.
Taking note of the new concept mooted by the present Government to conduct cadastral survey in the entire territory of the State to enable financial institution to mortgage immovable assets to obtain loan for entrepreneurial purposes, the NTC while welcoming new initiative to strengthen and regulate land related laws to serve the interest of the citizens, maintained that the State already had necessary laws to serve the contention as stated.
The NTC pointed out that the Nagaland Land and Revenue Regulation (Amendment) Act, 2002 has covered the concerns raised by the present Government, where it stated that “Providing that nothing contained in this chapter or in the rules made thereafter shall affect any transfer by way of a mortgage in favour of any nationalized bank.” The Act clearly stated that “Provided further that such nationalized banks, Cooperative Societies or other financing institutions shall not transfer any land to a person other than the indigenous inhabitants of the State of Nagaland except with the previous sanction of the state Government or an authority appointed in this behalf.”
By another notification, the State Government had appointed the Commissioner, Nagaland as an authority to sanction transfer of land to such Nationalized Banks/Cooperative Societies or financial institutions, it said.
The NTC urged the Government to implement the law in letter and in spirit, and called upon the Government to send necessary instructions to the concerned Deputy Commissioners, revenue officers and village authorities to strictly adhere to the law and protect our land and properties.
Intanki National Park
The NTC expressed concern over the rampant encroachments of Ntangki National Park and urged the State Government not to remain helpless spectator to these destructive activities but rise to protect the National Park without delay.
“It is a known fact that there have been rampant encroachments on the area of this invaluable asset of ours. Also there has been devastation of forest by private individuals in connivance with all type of elements,” it said while informing that although it had reported the matter to the Union Ministry of Forest and Environment and sought immediate intervention there has been no immediate responds.
BEFR Act
The NTC also urged the Government of the day to take necessary steps to enforce Inner Line Regulation system all over the State.
NTC informed that it had submitted a representation to the State Government in August 2016 to bring Dimapur areas under the purview of ILP as Dimapur is inalienable part of Nagaland and the entire State jurisdiction is a tribal belt and equally vulnerable.
Disturb Area Act
The Nagaland Tribes Council (NTC) also questioned the wisdom of Government of India as to how ceasefires entered into and political dialogue continued when its legal weapons such as AFSPA and all anti-terror laws are forced on the people giving the armed forces special powers to search, raid and arrest without a warrant, causing untold hardship and putting law and order in peril as though it is a terrorist infested State.
“In other words, olive branches were offered to peace loving Naga political groups on one hand whereas war has been waged against all those who are in ceasefire. Peace and war are never of the same, and the two cannot go together,” it said.
“If peace is to be given a place, war has to pave the way. Similarly, if GOI is at all honest and sincere at ceasefire and dialogue, the Disturb Area Act, an action of suppression, cannot be imposed on Nagaland any longer.”
The NTC urged the State Government to take immediate steps and impress upon GoI to revoke extension of ‘terrorism tag’ of Disturb Area Act in the entire State of Nagaland.
Uniform Civil Code
The NTC further requested the State of Nagaland to promptly take up the Uniform Civil Code (UCC) matter with the Union Law Commission and to the appropriate authority to exclude Nagaland from the purview of UCC so that the inalienable provision of Art. 371 A of the Constitution of India remain undisturbed.
NTC stated that Nagas way of life since time immemorial is quite distinct from the people in mainland India, and Uniform Civil Code, if introduced, “we shall be subjected to alien culture and social practices by compulsion under the law.”
(Page News Service)