Legislators question Govt over constituting JCC on RIIN

Correspondent KOHIMA, APR 20 (NPN) | Publish Date: 4/20/2021 12:27:07 PM IST

Even as the consultative meet convened by the State government recently decided to constitute a Joint Consultative Committee (JCC) on Register of Indigenous Inhabitants of Nagaland (RIIN), serious questions have been raised on the government’s credibility and its overall ability in running the affairs of the State.

The government had said that the decision to constitute JCC was to have an in-depth and wider consultations and “direct communication” before implementing RIIN in the State. Opposition legislator Imkong L Imchen blasted the government for what he called the “usual way of governance wherein consultations or shifting responsibilities to civil society organisations (CSOs)” had become an excuse to buy time.

Imchen accused the government of being scared to take any decision and hence was buying time to mislead the people, so as not to expose its own incompetency in handling the affairs of the State. Some legislators from the ruling coalition too expressed displeasure over forming committees after committees after holding repeated consultations.

One legislator who refused to be identified remarked that while it was good to take into confidence the people, but admitted that giving too much leverage to CSOs only showed the weakness of the government, stressing that sometimes the government has to take strong decision for the people. Stating they did not see copy of the Banuo Z Jamir commission’s report on RIIN, they said had it been given to tribal hohos prior to the consultative meet, the outcome would have been more fruitful.

Another MLA commented that while keeping mass-based organisations informed in the guise of transparent government was good, this should not be done on all matters as taking everything to the CSOs could lead to conflicting public opinions. However, another legislator felt that it was better that the public was made fully aware about RIIN before its implementation else, implementing without making them understand about its merits and demerits could lead to chaos.  

He demanded that Banuo commission’s report should be made available in public domain so that there was no misunderstanding among the citizens.

Another MLA remarked that CSOs and tribal hohos should understand why they were being given importance and that they should not take advantage of this. He admitted that the government could be questioned over holding repeated consultations, yet as there was no time to keep arguing with each other time and again, he said the government decided to take the tribal hohos on board this time, which, according to him, should be taken positively.  

Meanwhile, the 60 elected members of Nagaland Legislative Assembly are scheduled to meet on the issue RIIN at Dimapur on April 26.


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