Withdraw notification on RIIN: NMA

DIMAPUR, JUL 16 (NPN) | Publish Date: 7/16/2019 11:13:37 AM IST

Naga Mothers’ Association (NMA) has expressed deep concern over the state government notification with regard to setting up Register of Indigenous Inhabitants of Nagaland (RIIN) and demanded that government notification be withdrawn and public consultation be held without any preconditions recognising the rights of Indigenous people to determine what was best for the people.

In a statement, NMA maintained that it had supported the stand of many other public organisations for extension of ILP to Dimapur to check illegal immigrants/migrants into the state. 
The Naga mothers, however, expressed surprise that while successive committees set up the state government recommended the extension of the ILP to Dimapur and foothill areas, the state government has not implemented those recommendations till date and instead issued a notification “for almost a census like exercise in the form of RIIN.” It stated that backlash of Assam’s NRC needed to be taken into perspective so a larger awareness and public discourse and sensitisation were done before RIIN was undertaken. It also stressed the need to hold a larger discussion within the State Legislature as well as with various stakeholders before an immediate implementation of such massive exercise.
NMA stated that they were equally concerned for the future and protection of the rights of younger generation, but not at the cost of stifling public discourse and consultations, which, it maintained, was the inherent right of Indigenous People of the state. 
Further, NMA has demanded the extension and implementation of the ILP at the earliest to Dimapur and foothill areas. NMA maintained that pressures from the Central Government for early implementation, be it in the form of NRC or RIIN, should not override the age old democratic process of consultations, both at the state and grassroots levels for such policies, in the interest of Indigenous People of the state.


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