Article 371-A: Special Provisions for Nagaland

Article 371A makes special provision with respect to the State of Nagaland to protect the Nagas.

Notwithstanding anything in this Constitution, no Act of Parliament in respect of-

  1. religious or social practices of the Nagas,
  2. Naga customary law and procedure,
  3. administration of civil and criminal justice involving decisions according to Naga customary law,
  4. ownership and transfer of land and its resources,

shall apply to the State of Nagaland unless the Legislative Assembly of Nagaland by a resolution so decides;

The Governor of Nagaland shall have special responsibility with respect to law and order in the State of Nagaland for so long as in his opinion internal disturbances occurring in the Naga Hills-Tuensang Area immediately before the formation of that State continue therein or in any part thereof and in the discharge of his functions in relation thereto the Governor shall, after consulting the Council of Ministers, exercise his individual judgment as to the action to be taken.

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