Consultative meet gives thumbs up to RIIN

Consultative meet gives thumbs up to RIIN
Rio addresing the consultative meet, Wednesday. (DIPR)
DIMAPUR, JUL 17 (NPN) | Publish Date: 7/17/2019 11:52:41 AM IST

The consultative meeting of civil society organisations (CSOs), tribal hohos, NGOs, senior citizens and legislators with State government representatives held at the State Banquet Hall, Kohima on Wednesday unanimously resolved to support and extend cooperation to the State government in implementation of the proposed Register of Indigenous Inhabitants of Nagaland (RIIN).

According to a government statement, the meeting also resolved that the process of enumeration for implementing RIIN would be carried out only after consultations with all stake holders and after the final modalities/guidelines were agreed upon.

Chaired by chief secretary Temjen Toy, the meeting was attended by Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio and his cabinet colleagues, speaker, deputy Speaker, deputy chief minister Y Patton and members of Nagaland Legislative Assembly, senior state government officials and office bearers and representatives of Angami Public Organisation, Ao Senden, Chakhesang Public Organisation, Chang Kulei Setsang, Konyak Union, Khiamniungan Tribal Council, Lotha Hoho, Phom People Council, Pochury Hoho, Rengma Hoho, Sumi Hoho, Western Sumi Hoho, United Sangtam Likhum Pumji, Yimchunger Tribal Council, Zeliang People’s Council, Eastern Nagaland People’s Organisation, Nagaland Tribes Council, Central Nagaland Tribes Council, Naga Mothers’ Association, Eastern Nagaland Women’s Organisation, Naga Students’ Federation, Eastern Naga Students’ Federation, Nagaland GBs’ Federation, Naga Council Dimapur, Joint Committee on Prevention of Illegal Immigrants and Senior Citizens Association of Nagaland.

After the introductory remarks by Patton, Rio called upon all tribal hohos and CSOs to cooperate with the government in this endeavour. 

He said the government alone would not be able to carry out the task and thus urged all concerned to be part of this exercise by way of engaging themselves with the common people at the grassroots level. 

And as suggested by the tribal hohos and CSOs, the chief minister said the government would also reconsider the timeframe and work out the modalities with the help of the stakeholders.

In the meeting, the tribal hohos and CSOs were given an opportunity to express their thoughts and suggestions for effective implementation of RIIN, the statement claimed. 

While all the tribal hohos and CSOs present endorsed the decision of the State Government for creation of RIIN and desired to support the initiative, they, however, asked the government to give sufficient time to have further discussions on the matter and suggested the necessity to work out clear and practical modalities while carrying out the RIIN exercise. 

Naga Hoho and NSF failed to attend the meeting, while mediapersons were not allowed inside the State banquet hall, saying it was a closed-door meeting.


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