Non-invitation for RIIN meet irks DPON, KTCN

DIMAPUR, JUL 14 (NPN) | Publish Date: 7/15/2019 4:50:17 AM IST

Dimasa Public Organization Nagaland (DPON) and Kachari Tribal Council Nagaland have expressed  shock and dismay for not inviting them to take part in the July 17 consultative meeting on the exercise of creation of Register of Indigenous Inhabitant (RIIN).

DPON:  In a statement, DPON president K. Naben said they were pained to note that Kuki and Kachari tribes were not invited for the meeting. DPON said it failed to understand the reason behind such exclusion of the two indigenous tribes. It said authority ignored the fact the Kukis and Kacharis existed in their own traditional land in the state from time immemorial.

In this regard, DPON sought clarification as to whether the two tribes are counted as indigenous in the state.

KTCN: Kachari Tribal Council Nagaland (KTCN) stated that the exclusion of Kacharis from the list of invitees have hurt the sentiments of the community.

In a press note, KTCN president Ramesh Hasnu reminded that Kacharis, despite being small in number, was one of the 16 recognized and indigenous tribes of Nagaland.

Needless to mention, KTCN said Kacharis were equal partners in the formation of Nagaland State for the reason of which late Deblal Mech was one of the Interim Committee members of our state. 

KTCN said it was constraint to point out that in the first ever Assembly Election of Nagaland held in 1964 late Govinda Paira and late Deblal Mech were elected from Dimapur constituencies.

Therefore, KTCN expressed shock as to how Kacharis were ignored and “treated step motherly when we have our own ancestral lands in Dimapur.” 

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