RIIN issue attracts various reactions across Nagaland

DIMAPUR, JUL 15 (NPN) | Publish Date: 7/15/2019 11:45:05 AM IST

 Non-Nagas be considered only as permanent residents, says CGBU

Chakhroma GBs Union has taken serious note by the state government for Register of Indigenous Inhabitants of Nagaland(RIIN) that would also include non-Nagas who had settled in Nagaland prior to 1963.
CGBU president Thepfukedo Kuotsu and general secretary Atso Gwizan in a statement expressed apprehension that if RIIN was not properly implemented then it could become a bane rather than a boon and  could seriously intrude into the rights and privileges of indigenous Nagas of Nagaland.
They also said if non-Nagas were included in RIIN,then even non-Nagas would become indigenous inhabitants of Nagaland, which would also grant the right to own landed properties and  entitle them to privileges otherwise reserved only for Nagas.
Further, CGBU said the government’s policy to implement ILP on the basis of RIIN was “absurd” and would pose serious threat to “preservation of our unique identity.” CGBU therefore said if RIIN was to be implemented, then indigenous status be  granted only to  “Nagas of Nagaland who are Nagas by blood”. However, CGBU said it would instead prefer that RIIN be  kept in abeyance if it was “likely to create problems to the indigenous people of Nagaland.”  
Keep RIIN in abeyance, says Zeliangrong Baudi (N)
Zeliangrond Baudi-Nagaland (ZB-N) has recalled how the proposal for the Register of Indigenous Inhabitants of Nagaland(RIIN) came into being after the endorsement by the Joint Committee on Prevention of Illegal Immigrants(JCPI) and hohos for implementation of ILP to cover Dimapur and entire Nagaland. 
ZB (N) president C.R. Zeliang and secretary Aluibe Iheilung pointed out that the issue was also discussed and unanimously passed for introduction of ILP in the Assembly during the recently concluded budget session.
Subsequently a committee was formed under the home commissioner to look into the issue and submit its recommendations. ZB(N) said the report was submitted but since over a month, nothing was heard of it. Instead of tabling the report it said the state government issued a notification of a policy which it was unaware called RIIN. It said this was done without consultation with stakeholders and leading to negative impact on the government and raising demands of public debate on the issue. In response, ZB(N) said the government convened a consultative meeting of all tribal hohos on July 17 where some tribal hohos like Zeliangrong Baudi was not invited for reasons best known to the government. ZB(N) accused the government of trying to divide Nagas particularly the Zeliangrongs as a people by diverting from the main issue of implementation of ILP in Dimapur to RIIN.
In such a situation, ZB(N) felt that RIIN be kept in abeyance till proper modalities or guidelines were worked out for implementation and instead focus on strict implementation of ILP in Dimapur. ZB (N) also suggested that while working on modalities for RIIN, there should be partial consideration on the government notification of 1977 which made 1963 as the cut-off date to either 1971 or 1981 because till 1964 there was underground movement under NNC which totally opposed Indian census and electoral roll enumeration in Nagaland which led to many genuine names being excluded in the 1961 census and 1963 electoral roll.


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