KOHIMA, AUGUST 3: Nagaland Government is clear on implementations of Register of Indigenous Inhabitants of Nagaland (RIIN) but the process has been delayed because of the ongoing discussions with the civil society organizations, said Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio.
Replying to Opposition leader TR Zeliang and MLA Kuzholuzo Nienu’s queries in the Assembly today, Rio said the State Government is serious on implementation of RIIN and would be presenting the Bano Commission’s report in the Assembly for discussion after proper consultations with the tribal bodies and civil societies.
Nagaland has so many different categories of people but the indigenous Nagas would not be deprived of the rights while the Garos, Kacharis, Kukis, Mikhirs (Karbis) will also get their identity, he said.
Nagas won’t have any problem if RIIN is implemented as the indigenous certificate issued by the respective village councils of their native village will prove one’s identity, he said.
“But we may have to give non-Naga indigenous certificates to those non-Naga inhabitants who have come before statehood and residential certificate or domicile to those coming for business and investment in the State”, he said.
On Zeliang’s query if the Government had some hidden agenda in not providing the Bano Commission’s report, Rio said that the Government was not hiding the report but it has been given to the tribal organizations for discussion and once proper deliberations with them is held , it would be laid in the Assembly.
Earlier, replying to Nienu’s query, Deputy Chief Minister, Y Patton said the GoN decided on creation of RIIN with an objective to prevent issuance of fake indigenous inhabitant certificates.
However, due to the view, opinions and concerns expressed over the RIIN exercise by various sections of Civil society and tribal bodies on RIIN, the Government constituted a Commission on RIIN with Banuo Z Jamir as Chairperson, along with two other members, with the objective of studying, examining, recommending and advising all issues relating to RIIN, he said.
The Commission on RIIN has submitted its report and thereby a consultative meeting of all the Tribal Hohos and Organisations on the proper modalities and system to achieve the objective of RIIN was held on April 16 this year, he said.
It was decided to constitute a State-level joint consultative Committee with Home Commissioner as Convenor and representatives of CNTC, ENPO and the non-Naga Scheduled Tribes of the State as Members, he said.
In the districts, a District level sub-committee with DC as Convenor and the respective tribal hohos of the district as members has been constituted for holding further deliberations with various stake-holders on the issues pertaining to RIIN, he said.
Presently the Committees are holding deliberations on the recommendations of the Report and other issues pertaining to RIIN, said Patton.
(Page News Service)