RIIN: 4 tribes to abstain July 20 meeting

DIMAPUR, JUL 18 (NPN) | Publish Date: 7/18/2019 11:45:02 AM IST

Peeved at not being invited to the July 17 consultative meeting on Register of Indigenous Inhabitants of Nagaland (RIIN), the Kachari Tribal Council Nagaland (KTCN), Kuki Inpi Nagaland (KIN), Nagaland Garo Tribal Council (NGTC), Karbi Union Nagaland (KUN) have separately announced their decision not to attend the second consultative meeting convened by the state government at the Rhododendron Hall, Police Mess, Chumukedima, Dimapur on July 20, 2019.

In a press release, KTCN president R Hasnu said that the council at an emergency meeting held on July 18, 2019 decided not to attend the proposed meeting. KTCN said its members felt that Kacharis were deliberately left out of the said meeting “demeaning the indigenous status and the very existence of Kachari people in the state.”
The council said the members also felt that it would be a futile exercise to deliberate on the subject when all relevant resolutions had already been adopted in the first meeting and made public.
NGTC: Expressing displeasure over not being invited to the July 17 consultative meeting, the Nagaland Garo Tribal Council (NGTC) said it was “baseless” to attend the proposed meeting as they have already been excluded from the “imperative and decisive” consultative meeting. 
In a press release, NGTC secretary Karampal G Momin termed as “very unfortunate” and said that despite the fact that Garo tribe was being one of the recognised tribes the community was found no mention in the list of tribes of Nagaland that were invited to the July 17 meeting.
NGTC asserted that Garo tribe of Nagaland were at present socially, economically and politically backwards in comparison with other tribes of Nagaland. It said Garos have been deprived of rights and neglected for many years in almost every field. “We are also an integral part of the Naga society and have every right to enjoy like our brothers,” NGTC stated.
KIN: Kuki Inpi Nagaland (KIP) announced that they have decided to abstain from attending the proposed meeting as the issue has already been deliberated and decisions taken in the first consultative meeting.
In a press release, KIN president LL Kuki highlighted the political and social participation of the Kuki people since the inception of the Naga political movement and stated that historical records were undeniable and cannot be distorted.
KIN stated that it did not have any problem with the RIIN exercise, but expressed its desire for a wide range coverage and consultation with all 16 recognised tribes of Nagaland to have proper and constructive implementation of RIIN.
Further, alleging exclusion of KIN in all major issues pertaining to state political matters, the KIN accused the state government of discrimination towards the indigenous people. The organisation has therefore appealed to the government and all right thinking citizens to have a spirit of justice and equality to all the recognised tribes of Nagaland for a better tomorrow.
KUN: Karbi Union Nagaland (KUN) stated that indigenous Karbi tribe had been “very much a part of the process of evolution of Nagaland as a state” and therefore non-invitation of the community to the meeting on the matter of great concern had deeply hurt the sentiment of the community.
In a press release, KUN president Moia Rongpi and general secretary Samuel Rongpi, said the union has therefore decided not to attend the July 20 consultative meeting.


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