No RIIN, first check fake certificates & implement ILP: NVCO

DIMAPUR, JUL 16 (NPN) | Publish Date: 7/16/2019 11:27:11 AM IST

The much-publicised Register of Indigenous Inhabitants of Nagaland (RIIN) is likely to run into rough weather with several organisations now expressing their reservations on it.

Latest to join the bandwagon is Nagaland Voluntary Consumers’ Organisation (NVCO), which on Tuesday appealed to the State government not to implement RIIN at this stage. Instead, the body called for giving priority in first checking the fake/false certificates of indigenous inhabitants of Nagaland already issued by competent authorities, allowed the present system of issuing indigenous inhabitant certificates, effectively implement and enforce Inner Line Regulation (ILR) of the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation (BEFR), 1873 in the entire State and protect rights of Naga indigenous inhabitants of Nagaland as provided under Article 371(A) of the Constitution of India.

Pointing out that one of the provisions of Article 371(A) was ownership of land, the organisation asserted that land within the territory of Nagaland should be owned by indigenous Nagas, and not by non-indigenous inhabitants. 

Declaring that the Nagas of Nagaland would never allow any agency or policy to dilute Article 371(A), NVCO said if the State government was really serious in protecting the rights of indigenous Naga inhabitants of Nagaland, then it should first effectively implement the existing laws and not jump by way of short cut like RIIN that would bring more problems and dilute the rights of indigenous Naga inhabitants of Nagaland. The organisation demanded that the State government must admit the fact that a lot of certificates of indigenous inhabitants of Nagaland had been issued wrongly. It cited a case where a young Muslim student of Dimapur, and whose parents were also Muslim, secured an ST certificate and certificate of Naga indigenous inhabitants of Nagaland, before approaching the court seeking MBBS seat meant for indigenous Naga inhabitants of Nagaland.  It further asked the government to admit that the State agencies had miserably failed in preventing the non-indigenous inhabitants of Nagaland from owning land in Nagaland, besides failing to implement ILR of BEFR, 1873 to such an extent that today the non-Nagas and illegal Bangladeshi immigrants almost controlled the markets in the State.

Advocate and NVCO president Kezhokhoto Savi said when the International Day of World’s Indigenous People was celebrated on August 9 every year to recognise and protect rights of the indigenous people in the world, special provision provided to Naga indigenous inhabitants of Nagaland under Article 371 (A) of Indian constitution always found mention as nowhere in the world such special protection was given to indigenous people. This was stated in a press release by press & media cell of NVCO.



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