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Crucial RIIN consultative meeting on Apr 16


Kohima, April 15: The State Government is expected to take a call on the controversial Register of Indigenous Inhabitants of Nagaland (RIIN) after consultation with tribal organizations on Friday (April 16)

The RIIN, which was proposed by the State Government two years back, could not be taken off till date after fractured opinions emerged among the tribal organizations and civil society groups.
Even among the political parties, there is no consensus. But amidst these differences in opinion, a section of people, mostly from Dimapur, has demanded the State Government to start the exercise to filter non-indigenous inhabitants of the State.
However, the State government has been in no hurry, as it seeks to avoid the possibility of complications, and also to avoid blame game in the future.
The State Government has invited all apex tribal organizations for Friday’s consultative meeting, but not to the group of people who have been protesting against the government’s failure to introduce the RIIN.
The government is likely to take a decision before the issue is taken to the State Assembly for further discussion and pass it as an Act.
The opposition Naga People’s Front (NPF) said RIIN was government’s “sponsored proposed bill” and they have to table in the Assembly if it is to be passed as an Act. Except for the Congress, which has castigated the Government for delaying the exercise, other political parties have adopted a cautious approach to the issue.
Earlier, the Government had set up a 3-member Commission on RIIN, headed by retired Chief Secretary Banuo Z Jamir. The Commission has already submitted its report to the Government after meeting cross sections of people.
The purpose of the RIIN is also to regularise unaccounted number of people, who have been here in the State for decades.
There are some organisations who have insisted that this exercise be carried out after the signing of peace agreement with the Naga militant groups. On the other hand another group of people wanted RIIN be implemented at the earliest. Thus there was a clear visibility of politics been played with RIIN.

Meanwhile, the DIPR reported that the meeting will be held at the State Banquet Hall, CM’s residential complex in Kohima at 10 am. The meeting will deliberate on the proper modalities and systems to achieve the objective of RIIN, it stated.
Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio will deliver the keynote address at the meeting. Short speeches will delivered by Leader of Opposition TR Zeliang, Deputy Chief Minister Y Patton and Minister for Planning & Coordination & Land Revenue, Neiba Kronu. Tribal Hohos & Civil Society Organizations will also share their views and suggestions at the meeting, it informed.
(Page News Service)