`State has the right to regulate oil and gas'
Naga communities say the state is trying to gain control over the vast reserves of oil and gas trapped under their land. In an interview to Down
ToEarth, Chief Minister T R ZELIANG responds to allegations against himself and the state Community leaders say the state has misused Article 371-A to subvert their rights and exploit oil resources. The special Article safeguards the rights of Naga people as per their customary laws and governs transfer of land and its resources. No Central law can impinge upon these rights without the approval of the state Assembly. So, the Nagaland government has the right to regulate oil and gas by formulating its own Nagaland Petroleum and Natural Gas Rules. There is no question of misusing Article 371-A or subverting communities' rights by formulating the rules. It was prepared after