State govt set to implement RIIN

DIMAPUR, JUN 29 (NPN) | Publish Date: 6/29/2019 11:30:52 AM IST

 RIIN to check issuance of fake Indigenous Inhabitant Certificates

As reported in Nagaland Post on June 6 about setting up of Register of Indigenous Inhabitants of Nagaland (RIIN), the Home commissioner, R. Ramakrishnan through a notification informed that the RIIN will be prepared in a period of 60 days with effect from July 10, 2019 by designating teams for each village and ward (urban area). RIIN will be the master list of all Indigenous Inhabitants of Nagaland.

RIIN, which is being implemented to prevent issuance of fake Indigenous Inhabitant Certificates, will be prepared with an extensive survey, with the help of village wise and ward wise list of Indigenous Inhabitants based on official records. This will be prepared under the supervision of district administration.

As per the notification, the team will be led by an SDC(C)/EAC as chairman and members-- BDO/UDO, Hd. Master of GHS- to be nominated by DEO, two GBs nominated by DC, two GPS/GMS/GHS teachers nominated by DEO.

State government has directed all deputy commissioners to ensure that the teams are constituted by name within 7 days of publication of this notification and that the information about the teams are made public and also communicated to the village council chairmen, VDB secretaries, ward authorities, tribal hohos, Church authorities, NGOs and general public.

The designated teams will carry out house-to-house visit to and make a list of indigenous inhabitants actually residing in the household. Each family member will be listed in the village of their original residence and mention will be made if the concerned member is actually residing in town or Kohima or Dimapur or elsewhere. 

The format for making the list will mention “Permanent Residence and Present Residence” separately, while Aadhaar numbers, wherever available, will also be recorded.

Adequate publicity about the survey of Indigenous Inhabitants will be made at district level and state level by Home department in association with DIPR. Further, the list of Indigenous Inhabitants will be published in the respective villages and wards which will then be authenticated by village and ward authorities under the supervision of the district administration. Each list will then be signed by the concerned teams as also the village and ward authorities.

The provisional lists prepared by the teams will then be published in the villages and wards and also on the websites of the district and the state government on September 11, 2019. A period of 30 days (on or before October 10, 2019) will be given for any claims and objection after the publication of the provisional lists. 

The respective DCs will then adjudicate on the claims and objections-- based on official records and evidence produced, and after giving an opportunity of being heard, the list of indigenous inhabitants will be finalized and each indigenous inhabitants will be issued a unique ID. Opportunity will also be given to the person against whose name an objection has been made.

Orders will be passed by the DCs in each case which will be as per the existing laws and rules of the government. The process will be completed in a period of two months i.e. on or before December 10, 2019.

Accordingly, the final list of Indigenous Inhabitants-- RIIN will be created and copies of the same will be placed in the respective villages, wards, districts and at state level.

Electronic copies will also be placed in the Digital Locker at State Data Centre and a mechanism of electronic and SMS based authentication of Indigenous Inhabitant Certificates will be built. This will be done as part of the Online System of Inner Line Permits. Every indigenous inhabitant of Nagaland, whose names are included in the RIIN will also be issued bracoded and numbered Indigenous Inhabitants Certificates.

Once the process is complete, all genuine indigenous Inhabitants will be issued certificates with Unique ID and notified by the Register of Indigenous Inhabitants of Nagaland. 

All existing Indigenous Inhabitant Certificates issued by any authority earlier will become invalid.

The entire exercise of the setting up of RIIN will be monitored by Commissioner, Nagaland to ensure time bound implementation of the survey and finalization of RIIN.

In addition, the state government, will designate nodal officers in the rank of secretary and above for each district, who will monitor implementation of the entire plan of survey and setting up the guidelines. 

The nodal officers will be required to visit the districts allotted to them at least once per month. Their role will be to monitor the implementation and will not interfere in the adjudication process, which will be solely the responsibility of the DCs. 

The nodal officers will submit monthly reports of their visits, meetings etc. to the Permanent Committee before 20th of each month.

The exercise will also be reviewed and monitored by the chief secretary every month. Thereafter, no fresh Indigenous Inhabitants Certificates will be issued, except for new born-- children born to Indigenous Inhabitants of Nagaland, for whom a mechanism will be built to issue Indigenous Inhabitants Certificates along with Birth Certificates and simultaneous updating of the RIIN database, with due intimation to the authorities concerned.

This will be done as a feature to be incorporated in the ‘Online System of ILPs’ which will have a component for RIIN as well. The RIIN database will be updated with latest photographs and other details, every 5 years.

After completion of all formalities, there will be a complete ban on issue of fresh Indigenous Inhabitants Certificates. However, in case of anyone left out from the RIIN, he/she will need to file an application before the Home Commissioner, who will verify and take necessary action for updating in the RIIN, if needed.

The notification stated that a ‘Permanent Committee’ under the Home department will monitor the entire exercise of creation of the RIIN and its implementation of the same.

Meanwhile, the Home commissioner has warned that any deputy commissioner or any other officer/authority that issues any Indigenous Inhabitant Certificate in violation of these guidelines will attract disciplinary action.

In this regard, all concerned have been directed to comply with the guidelines and complete the exercise of setting up of RIIN in a time bound manner.

It may be mentioned that the decision to setup the RIIN was based on the recommendations of the Committee on Inner Line Permit report headed by Abhisek Singh (IAS), submitted to the state cabinet on February 15, 2019.

Accordingly, the state cabinet of February 15, deliberated on the issue and also decided to extend the ILP regime in the entire State including Dimapur. The Committee’s recommendations were approved and the decision to frame regulations for implementation of committee’s report undertaken.


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