Cab defers decision on RIIN, new appointments

Cab defers decision on RIIN, new appointments
Neiphiu Rio (NP)
Correspondent KOHIMA, APR 7 (NPN) | Publish Date: 4/7/2021 12:47:05 PM IST

 Nod for separate HC; defers decision on NIDA demand

State cabinet has decided to hold wider consultations with various apex tribal bodies over demand to implement the Register of Indigenous Inhabitants of Nagaland (RIIN). 

According to sources, the cabinet will then issue a notification on RIIN after consultations. This was decided at a cabinet meeting held at the State Civil Secretariat here Wednesday where various other issues were also discussed.

It may be noted that the Joint Committee for Prevention of Illegal Immigrants (JCPI) on February 2 urged upon chief minister Neiphiu Rio for passing a legislation to make RIIN an Act during the last assembly session. The demand also drew wide support from various apex tribal bodies and civil society organizations. Following a crucial consultative meeting with apex tribal bodies and CSOs on March 12, JCPI said it had decided to make public representation to the State government to demand immediate action on the Banuo Commission’s report and pass an ordinance within March 31 to implement RIIN, with December 1, 1963 as cut-off date and year. Peace rallies were also held in several districts to press upon the state government to implement RIIN.

With the expiry of the deadline and asserting that the demand was “non-negotiable”, JCPI called upon all tribal apex hohos to attend a consultative meeting for the next course of action. JCPI was yet to inform about the venue, date and time of the meeting.

Shifting of DC’s office: The cabinet also decided, that a team of ministers would meet with Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) over shifting of DC office from Dimapur to new complex at Chümuokedima. Various CSOs of Dimapur have opposed the shifting of the DC’s office to the new complex at Chümoukdima.

NIDA demand deferred: The cabinet also deferred any decision over the demand of Nagaland In-service Doctors’ Association (NIDA) for enhancing retirement age of government doctors from 60 to 65. The cabinet deferred a decision as it was holding consultation with the Naga Students Federation (NSF) as per the earlier cabinet decision. The state cabinet has therefore, decided to take a call only after consultation was concluded.

 Ban of appointments: On the issue on ban of fresh appointments, the cabinet decided to collect data within two weeks from various departments about the essential posts that needed to be filled up. After the process was completed, the cabinet decided to take up the issue again for further discussion. 

Proposal for separate HC approved: The cabinet also approved the proposal of having separate High Court in the State. 

Sources said the State government would take up the matter with Government of India in this regard 

New courses in polytechnics: The cabinet meeting approved change of courses in government polytechnics in Mon, Wokha and Peren. Though mining, electrical and electronics engineering courses were approved earlier, due to less number of students enrolling for these courses, it was proposed that the existing courses be replaced with new ones that were in demand.

Hence, the cabinet meeting approved introduction of civil engineering, architect and interior designing courses to replace the existing three courses approved earlier. Sources said that civil engineering would be introduced at Aboi Polytechnic in Mon, architecture and interior designing would be introduced in Wokha and Peren polytechnics respectively. 

Decision on medical lodge in Shillong deferred: The cabinet deferred the matter of shifting the location of medical lodge for patients from Nagaland seeking treatment at NEIGRIHMS in Shillong. 

Sources said the State government had bought a plot of land in Mawdiangdiang locality of Shillong for Naga patients going for treatment at NEIGRIHMS. But a proposal for change of location of the proposed lodge had come from the Government of Meghalaya. The matter was discussed but the matter was deferred.

No refugees from Myanmar so far: Rio

Directed officials to deal with refugees, if any, with human feelings- CM
Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio on Wednesday informed that there has been no report of any movement of refugees from Myanmar entering Nagaland following the military coup in February 1, 2021.
He however said that the respective heads of the districts bordering Myanmar have been directed to deal with the refugees with “human feelings” and on humanitarian grounds, in case any of them cross over the border to seek refuge.
Speaking to a section of the media after a cabinet meeting held here at the Civil Secretariat, Rio said the government had also discussed about the Myanmar issue.  He admitted that some people crossed the international border for medical purposes, purchase of essential commodities and wedding, etc, stating that they were allowed to enter and then were sent back accordingly.
However, he categorically stated that there was no inflow of refugees from Myanmar.
Rio said deputy commissioners and administrative officers have been instructed 

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