Don’t implement RIIN now: NVCO

Don’t implement RIIN now: NVCO
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Dimapur, July 16: The Nagaland Voluntary Consumers’ Organization (NVCO) has appealed to the State Government not to implement Register of Indigenous Inhabitants of Nagaland (RIIN) at this stage, saying it would dilute the rights of Naga indigenous inhabitants of Nagaland.
“If the State Government is truly serious in protecting the rights of Naga indigenous inhabitants of Nagaland then first of all effectively implement the existing laws and do not jump by way of short cut such as RIIN which is bringing more problem and finally it would dilute the rights of Naga indigenous inhabitants of Nagaland,” NVCO said in a statement issued through its press & media cell.
According to NVCO, priority should be to first check the fake/false certificates of indigenous inhabitants of Nagaland already issued by the competent authority, allow the present system of issuing indigenous inhabitant certificate, effectively implement and enforce the Inner Line Regulation(ILR) of the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation(BEFR), 1873 in the entire state of Nagaland, protect the rights of the Naga indigenous inhabitants of Nagaland as provided under Article 371(A) of the Constitution of India.
The NVCO said the special provision provided to the Naga indigenous inhabitants of Nagaland under Article 371 A of Indian Constitution is highly recognized as nowhere in the world indigenous people have such special protection. “One of the provisions of Article 371A of Indian constitution is ownership of land. The land is the solid part of the earth’s surface. The entire surface of the earth crust within the territory of Nagaland should be owned by the Naga Indigenous and not by the Non-Indigenous Inhabitants of Nagaland (The Nagaland and Revenue Regulation Amendment Act, 1978). The Nagas of Nagaland can never allow any agency or policy to dilute the Article 371 A of Indian Constitution,” it said.
The NVCO also asked the State Government to admit that a lot of Indigenous Inhabitants of Nagaland certificates have been issued wrongly, and the State agencies have miserably failed in checking non-indigenous inhabitants of Nagaland in owning land within the territory of Nagaland and has also failed in the implementation of Inner Line Regulation to the extent that today non-Nagas and illegal Bangladeshi immigrants almost control the markets in the State. (Page News Service)