RIIN exercise: JCPI submits inputs for terms of reference

DIMAPUR, SEP 28 (NPN) | Publish Date: 9/28/2019 11:20:13 AM IST

Joint Committee on Prevention of Illegal Immigrants (JCPI) has submitted to the Commission on RIIN the inputs related to the terms of reference, which it has prepared after exhaustive study and deliberations within the JCPI and with tribal leaders. 

JCPI convenor K Ghokheto Chophy and secretary Tia Longchar pointed out that if the BEFR 1873 in its original form was implemented in Dimapur (and in the hill districts) in letter and in spirit not even a single non-Indigenous person could set up business in the state let alone buy properties and live permanently in ILP notified Nagaland. 

The committee has, therefore, asserted that the Commission would have to take decision with regard to the lakhs of non-indigenous people in the state, with thousands having bought land and buildings worth in 100s if not 1000s of Crores of Rupees especially in Dimapur area in total violation of the Nagaland Land and Revenue (Amendment) Act 1978. 

JCPI has also demanded the Commission to enumerate the non-Indigenous residents of the state appropriately under various categories so that illegal immigrants would be identified and deported by the government through the ILP mechanism. 

It said the task of the Commission was not simply the exercise of identifying and enumerating indigenous inhabitants.

Besides, the JCPI has highlighted some broad aspects with regard to RIIN.

The committee insisted that the cut-off year to determine the indigenous status of a person should be December 1, 1963.

Concerning its position on “native Naga” or “Nagas by Blood”, the JCPI said it should be studied in all seriousness by the Commission. 

On the question of “Who is a Naga”, which about to be decided by the Commission, the JCPI said it expected the Commission to avoid any sort of controversy on the subject. “The legal definition of ‘Who is a Naga’ is not acceptable – whether through customary law by way of conferring of so-called ‘Citizenship’ or through procurement of legal documents. The one and the only definition of ‘Who is a Naga’ is someone who is born of true indigenous Naga parents,” JCPI affirmed.

Further, the committee has asserted that under no circumstances should the GBs of Dimapur Sadar/urban area be empanelled by the district administration for assistance in the RIIN exercise. 

It stated that Dimapur urban was a very crucial and sensitive area having lakhs of citizens with doubtful citizenship. JCPI said the urban GBs have been accused of flagrantly issuing important documents allowing those citizens with doubtful citizenship to procure birth certificates, trade licenses, indigenous certificates, driving licenses, etc., in the process, all crucial documents in establishing the individual as an Indian citizen. 

Therefore, JCPI said the demand to debar the GBs was “non-negotiable.” If at all assistance was required, JCPI said the Dimapur Urban Colony Chairman Federation (DUCCF) representing 75 plus colonies of urban Dimapur could be enrolled for the exercise. 


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