IMPHAL, August 28 NNN : The United Naga Council (UNC) has decided that no land in ‘Naga areas’ would be allowed to be used for development projects or exploitation of natural resources by Government agencies or companies without the free, prior and informed consent of the land owners, the respective tribe council and the United Naga Council.
This decision was taken in the ‘presidential council meeting’ of the UNC yesterday at Mao Gate.
“We reiterate that the Naga people are not against development of infrastructure or facilities in Naga areas. But no objection certificates have been obtained from simple minded villagers surreptitiously through back doors without their informed consent, as in the case of seismic survey for oil and natural gas,” the UNC said today.
The Naga body in a press release alleged that the development aggression through mega projects have sowed seeds of discord among the people and our traditional ownership of land have been disrespected. Such mischief will not be allowed henceforth and the tribe councils will closely monitor such devious attempts in their respective jurisdictions, it asserted.
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