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‘RIIN exercise should be restricted to non-locals’

Dimapur, July 9: The Naga Students Federation (NSF) has suggested that the exercise for Registry of Indigenous Inhabitants of Nagaland (RIIN) to be carried out by the State Government should be restricted to non-locals who may have taken citizenship in villages, towns/district headquarters/sub-divisional headquarters of Nagaland with the base year as on 1st December, 1963.
In a statement, NSF president Ninoto Awomi and general secretary Liremo R. Kikon were of the opinion that the exercise 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 1st December, 1963 and those who came after 1st December, 1963,” it said.
There are other issues of non-Nagas married to Nagas and also orphans adopted and raised in orphanages whose parents are unknown, including non-local orphans adopted by Nagas whose real parents are unknown, it said.
The federation urged the State Government to reduce the task of present exercise by addressing the issues of indigenous inhabitants of Nagaland who have come before 1st December, 1963 and other inhabitants who came after 1st December, 1963, so that proper policies can be framed to deal with the category of inhabitants of Nagaland who came after 1st December, 1963.
The NSF was also of the view that the ILP implementation should be done at the earliest by reducing the present RIIN exercise to be carried out strictly for the target group. Extending full support to the State Government for the RIIN exercise, it, however, felt that the State Government should review its policy before implementation as stated.
Stating that the State Government is initiating the present exercise with good intention, it said there are several underlying questions and practical issues which is yet to be addressed before the exercise takes place. The federation said more consultation is required before the implementation process begins.
(Page News Service)

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