instruments of law and order remain totally unresponsive. he Governor of Nagaland in his letter to the CM has claimed that the constitutionally established State government was being challenged on a day-to-day basis by armed gangs who question the integrity and sovereignty of the nation, while the
Powers of Governor of Nagaland
The Governor has claimed that he can no longer abstain from the Constitutional obligations for law and order in the state under Article 371 A(1)(b). He proposed that important functions such as the transfer and posting of officials be done with his approval and that he would periodically review the situation and if required, issue necessary directions.
He elaborated that the situation has deteriorated to such an extent that the armed miscreants appoint their own dealers for every commodity from salt to construction materials coming into the state. They decide and levy illegal taxes on every item. They run syndicates for contrabands including alcoholic drinks which they help smuggle into the state. The steady slide of Nagaland in all parameters – road connectivity, health and education infrastructures and livelihood are attributed to siphoning off a large chunk of government funds meant for development.
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.
If any question arises whether any matter is or is not a matter as respects which the Governor is under this sub clause required to act in the exercise of his individual judgment, the decision of the Governor in his discretion shall be final, and the validity of anything done by the Governor shall not be called in question on the ground that he ought or ought not to have acted in the exercise of his individual judgment:
If the President on receipt of a report from the Governor or otherwise is satisfied that it is no longer necessary for the Governor to have special responsibility with respect to law and order in the State of Nagaland, he may by order direct that the Governor shall cease to have such responsibility with effect from such date as may be specified in the order.