NSF asks state govt to restrict RIIN to non-locals

DIMAPUR, JUL 9 (NPN) | Publish Date: 7/9/2019 11:35:19 AM IST

While welcoming the decision of the State government to start Register of Indigenous Inhabitants of Nagaland (RIIN), Naga Students Federation (NSF) stressed that there were several underlying questions and practical issues that needed to be addressed before beginning the exercise.

In a press note, NSF  president Ninoto Awomi and general secretary Liremo R Kikon suggested that the RIIN, to become helpful in the implementation of ILP, should be restricted to “non-locals” who might have taken citizenship in villages, towns, district and sub-divisional headquarters with December 1, 1963 as the base year. NSF also said it felt that the entire exercise should not inconvenience the aborigine Nagas of Nagaland. 

NSF further pointed that as every village authority had records of who were the aboriginal Nagas and who was not, it proposed that the exercise could be reduced to checking the background of indigenous inhabitants of Nagaland who had come before December 1, 1963 and those who came post that date. NSF pointed out that there were other issues like non-Nagas being married to Nagas and orphans being adopted and raised in orphanages whose parents were unknown, besides non-local orphans being adopted by Nagas whose real parents were unknown.

NSF urged the State government to reduce the task of RIIN exercise by addressing the issues of indigenous inhabitants of Nagaland who had come before December 1, 1963 and other inhabitants who came post that date, so that proper policies could be framed to deal with those who had come after the cut-off date.

Appealing for implementation of ILP at the earliest by limiting the present RIIN exercise to the targeted group, NSF declared that it was ever ready to give full support to the State government in this regard. However, it added that the government should first review its policy before beginning the RIIN exercise.

NSF said more consultation was required before beginning the process of its implementation.



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