Article 371A – Nagaland – UPSC Prelims

  • Article 371A of the Constitution states that no act of Parliament would apply to the state of Nagaland on the following matters:
    • Religious or social practices of Nagas
    • Naga customary law and procedure
    • Administration of civil or criminal justice involving decisions according to Naga customary law and
    • Ownership and transfer of land and its resources.
  • Exception: The Legislative Assembly of Nagaland must pass a resolution for an act to be applicable to the state.
  • Special Responsibilities: The Governor of Nagaland has special responsibility for law and order in the state. But this responsibility will extend as long as internal disturbances caused by the hostile Nagas continue. In the discharge of this responsibility, the Governor, after consulting the Council of Ministers should exercise his individual judgment and his decision is final.
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