Monday, January 30, 2023

AWUMT asks govt to declare CGWA notice unconstitutional

Drawing attention to the Central Ground Water Authority (CGWA) notice on mandatory permission for groundwater withdrawal, the All Ward Union Mokokchung Town (AWUMT) has demanded that the state government “declare the order unconstitutional and, therefore, null and void.”
AWUMT president Limanungsang and general secretary Jongpongtemjen stated that CGWA order was in total contravention of the traditional Naga customary procedures, social practices and ownership of land and its resources. It said that the order directly infringes upon the constitutional provisions of Article 371 (A) that safeguards the Naga way of life.
Further, AWUMT pointed out that the Dimapur Urban Council Chairmen Federation, Association of Kohima Municipal Wards Panchayat, AWUMT and Naga civil society organizations have long been demanding review and amendment of the Nagaland Municipal Act (NMA) 2001 by deleting various sections of the Act that infringed upon the constitutional rights of the Nagas– Art. 371(A).
AWUMT pointed out that Sec. 215-220 of the NMA 2001 pertaining to tube wells, wells, springs and other water-course infringed upon Art. 371 (A).
Meanwhile, AWUMT has directed all the residents of Mokokchung town not to honour CGWA public notice.

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