Kohima: The Nagaland government has said that the guidelines to implement the Register of Indigenous Inhabitants of Nagaland (RIIN), a localised version of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) being updated in neighbouring Assam would be framed only after consultation with civil society groups and traditional tribal bodies.
“The government with a view to streamline the system of issue of Indigenous Inhabitant Certificates and also to maintain a record of such indigenous inhabitants had issued a Notification on 29th June, 2019 for carrying out an exercise for Register of Indigenous Inhabitants of Nagaland (RIIN),” said home commissioner R Ramakrishnan through a press release on Thursday.
“Towards this, there have been views, opinions and concerns expressed by various sections including the civil societies and tribal hohos. The concerns and observations expressed by different sections is a welcome development, as such type of approach is the basis of any democratic society,” the statement said.
“The state government is of the clear opinion that the present exercises are new initiatives and need consultations and deliberations with participation from all sections and stakeholders. The guidelines for implementation of the policies are still at an early stage of formulation and will be finalised after extensive consultations are carried out,” it added.
“Towards this end, the state government will hold consultative meets with all sections and stakeholders so that the exercise so carried out are in everybody’s interest and protects the rights of all citizens,” the statement further said.
Earlier, the Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) had recommended that for the successful implementation of the Inner Line Permit (ILP) through the RIIN, the exercise in the entire villages of Nagaland should be restricted to non-locals who may have taken citizenship in the villages, including the towns/district headquarters/sub-divisional headquarters of Nagaland with the base year as on December 1, 1963.
“The registry should not create inconvenience to the general aborigine Nagas of Nagaland. Every village authority has the record of who are aborigine Nagas of Nagaland and who are not. Therefore, the federation feels that the present exercise can be reduced to check the background of indigenous inhabitants of Nagaland who have come before December 1, 1963 and those who came after December 1, 1963,” it added.
The federation further urged the state to reduce the task of the exercise by addressing the issues of indigenous inhabitants of Nagaland who came to the state before and after the set date “so that proper policies can be framed to deal with the category of inhabitants of Nagaland who came after December 1, 1963″.