Kohima, April 16: A consultative meeting of the Nagaland Government with tribal bodies and civil societies of the State has come up with a Joint Consultative Committee (JCC) to work on implementation of Register of Indigenous Inhabitants of Nagaland (RIIN) after thoroughly studying the Banuo Z Jamir commission’s report.
The marathon meeting which lasted for more than three hours was held at the State Banquet Hall in the Chief Minister’s official residence here.
Briefing media persons at the Civil Secretariat here, Government spokesperson and Advisor Mmhonlumo Kikon said the meeting had fruitful deliberation on implementation of RIIN and decided to have the JCC.
It will be headed by the Home Commissioner and Commissioner Nagaland as member secretary with members drawn from Central Nagaland Tribes Council (CNTC), Eastern Nagaland People’s Organization (ENPO) and Tenyimi Peoples’ Organization (TPO).
Kikon informed that the committee can co-opt new members from the Nagaland Garo Tribal Council and Kuki Inpi Nagaland and other non-Naga organizations.
He said that during the meeting the tribal bodies and civil society organizations were of the view that they need to given the Banuo Z Jamir Commission’s report on RIIN submitted to the Government in October 2020 to study it in detail and make necessary recommendations to be laid in the State Assembly for legislation.
The JCC will henceforth function for all purpose of RIIN at the State level while in the district level the committee will be headed by respective Deputy Commissioner with members from the different tribal bodies, he said.
The official notification will be out soon, he said.
The tribal hohos present have endorsed today’s JCC and now they will be part of any further decision in the future, he said adding that RIIN is a sensitive issue and needs to be handled carefully, lest the government face litigations.
The tribal bodies are being engaged and they will be involved in the final shaping of RIIN, he said.
Government spokesperson and Minister Neiba Kronu said that in the consultative meeting the Government apprised the tribal bodies with the gist of Banuo Commission report but it has also been decided that the entire report would given to them so that they study and come back with their tribes views and suggestions on implementation of RIIN.
He also said that such gathering of tribal hobos and civil societies can’t meet very often and taking advantage of today’s meeting the Government also briefed them on the ongoing Naga political issue, land reforms and Urban Local Bodies.
Elaborating on land reforms in the State, he said the Government is contemplating to bring new land laws and such reforms involve the tribal hohos (organizations) as land in Nagaland belongs to the people.
ENPO president Sashi Naga and general secretary Manlan Phom coming out of the meeting agreed that the Banuo Commission on RIIN had held discussions with the respective tribal bodies and submitted its report to the Government.
However, Sashi Naga said that since they have not seen the final report it was difficult to arrive at any conclusion in today’s meeting.
Therefore, all the tribal bodies and the civil societies present in the meeting have sought for the report.
“We will study the report and come with additions and omissions if necessary,” he said.
Opposition Leader T R Zeliang who also attended the meeting refused to comment anything on RIIN, saying the Chief Minister who is also the Leader of the House had stated on the floor of the Assembly that as and when the Commission on RIIN headed by former Chief Secretary Banuo Z Jamir brings out the report, he will table it on the floor of the House for “further consultation and to even amend some notifications or even give a fresh notification for corrections.
“So far the report has not been brought out or seen by anyone, so I will not comment on this issue,” he said.
Nonetheless, Zeliang told the Government, at the moment, to focus on the implementation of ILP in toto, which was amended in the Assembly. Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, Deputy CM Yanthungo Patton, cabinet ministers, legislators from both ruling and opposition as well as senior bureaucrats and Deputy Commissioners of all the district were present in the meeting.
The tribal bodies attending the consultative meet were Angami Public Organization, Ao Senden, Chakhesang Public Organization, Chang Khulei Setsang, Kachari Tribal Council Nagaland, Karbi (Mikir) Union, Nagaland, Konyak Union, Khiamniungan Tribal Council, Kuki Inpi (Nagaland); Lotha Hoho, Nagaland Garo Tribal Council, Phom Peoples’ Council, Pochury Hoho, Rengma Hoho, Sumi Hoho, United Sangtam Likhum Pumji, Yimchunger Tribal Council, Zeliang People Organization, CNTC, ENPO and TPO.
(Page News Service)