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RIIN needed for ILP in Dimapur: CS

RIIN needed for ILP in Dimapur: CS
Temjen Toy (File)
Correspondent KOHIMA, AUG 12 (NPN) | Publish Date: 8/12/2019 11:34:07 AM IST

In a bid to clear some confusions regarding extension of Inner Line Permit (ILP) in Dimapur district, state chief secretary Temjen Toy reiterated that this would largely depend on the exercise for Registration of Indigenous Inhabitants (RIIN) and exuded confidence that it would be in the interest of the people. 

Interacting with media persons at his official residence Monday afternoon, Toy opined that had ILP been implemented in Dimapur district after it was declared as a tribal belt in 1979, then the present issues would not have arisen.

Toy also informed that enumeration for RIIN had not started but that the process would begin only after the Banuo Z. Jamir Commission submits its report after which, there would be further consultations with all stake holders for soliciting their views and suggestions.  Enunciating the difference between RIIN and ILP as being separate exercises, Toy said the Commission for RIIN held its first round of consultations and was yet to submit its report. He reiterated that this did not mean that exercise for preparation of RIIN was on hold as it was a “continuous process.”

He said that though Dimapur district has been declared a tribal belt since 1979, many non-Nagas had come and settled in Dimapur, purchased land and made the place their home. Therefore, he said implementing ILP after 40 years was not an easy task.

On the other hand, Toy pointed out that even though a person may be a domicile of Nagaland for more than one hundred years, it still did not qualify that person to be indigenous but that the domicile status ought not to be disturbed but protected. 

He also said when the Abhishek Singh Committee report on ILP had recommended RIIN as a pre-requisite, the cabinet realised that the exercise should have been done much earlier as the government had wrongly accepted all people living in Nagaland as indigenous. Consequently, the government deemed it necessary to conduct the exercise in order to identify indigenous inhabitants of the state and therefore notified for preparation of RIIN, he said.

Toy also admitted that issuing indigenous certificates in the past by various district administrations including himself when he was deputy commissioner, was a mistake since was no fool-proof system which led non-indigenous individuals being issued certificates. He said that in the past, indigenous certificates were issued to non-Nagas who took advantage of the loop hole in the system and this led to a need to identify genuine indigenous inhabitants.

Toy also disclosed that at the consultative meeting, many suggestions were put forth and the government was examining each of them to ascertain which would be most effective and practical but that the government would not like to make any comment since the Commission for RIIN was still on the job.  He also assured all stake holders including tribal hohos and village councils that they would be taken into confidence as RIIN was to be a one-time exercise and also error-free.

“Many organisations want ILP to be implemented in Dimapur, for which there should be a basis how to go about. But it is not available at the moment. And unless proper mechanism is worked out, things will remain the same,” he cautioned.

Toy also explained that though Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulations, 1873 provided having ILP, it did not mention anything how to go about and there were no governing rules for ILP. He added that preparations were now underway to make the entire ILP system IT-enabled for effective implementation and with least inconvenience. He also said that an IT-based system would reduce human interference so as to prevent misuse of ILP.

Principal Secretary, Home, Abhijit Sinha, who was also present affirmed that RIIN will not affect nor discriminate any genuine citizen. It will not harass those applying for ILP, Sinha said. 

 

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