State

Govt forms 3-member commission to chalk out modalities for RIIN exercise

DIMAPUR, JUL 27 (NPN) | Publish Date: 7/27/2019 11:12:10 AM IST

With an objective for studying, examining and recommending and advising into all issues relating to Register of Indigenous Inhabitants of Nagaland (RIIN), the state government has constituted a three-member commission under the chairmanship of former chief secretayr, Banuo Z Jamir (Retd) IAS.

Other members of the commission include T Kiheto Sema, IAS (Retd) and C Shingwang Konyak with Justice Zelre Angami (Retd) as advisor to the commission.

A home department notification stated that Home commissioner Nagaland would be ex-officio member secretary of the commission while commissioner, Nagaland and Secretary, law & justice would be ex-officio members of the commission. 

The notification stated that support in the form of manpower/logistics/funds for smooth functioning of the commission would be provided by the home department of Nagaland. 

The terms of reference of the commission, in relation to Para 3 above, would be as follows: eligibility criteria to be an indigenous inhabitant, authority to authenticate claims of being indigenous, place of registration as indigenous inhabitants, basis of claims of being indigenous, nature of documents that will be acceptable as proof for being indigenous, any other issue relating to implementation of RIIN including the manner in which the exercise is to be carried out.

The commission, which would submit its report within three months, has been asked to chalk out modalities for carrying out its work in the matter it deems fit.

The commission has been given access to all records and documents that may be relevant to the subject and shall also be free to associate any government official or any person as it may deem fit for successful completion of the task assigned to it.

State government issued notification dated June 29 for creation of RIIN. Subsequently, views, opinions and concerns have been expressed by various sections of civil society and tribal bodies of Nagaland on a number of matters pertaining to the exercise for RIIN. 

Several pertinent issues concerning Register of Indigenous Inhabitants of Nagaland were also raised in the two consultative meetings held by the government with various tribal bodies, civil society groups and representatives of various communities of the state.

According to a June 29 government notification, the Register of Indigenous Inhabitants of Nagaland (RIIN) will help identify the citizens who settled in Nagaland prior to December 1, 1963, the day it became a full-fledged state. 

State chief minister Neiphiu Rio, during a meeting with representatives of the non-Naga communities on July 20, said RIIN would provide protection to genuine citizens who are permanent settlers of Nagaland and non-Nagas will not be harassed during preparation of the list of indigenous citizens.

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