Legitimate rights of non-Nagas not to be affected by ILP, RIIN
Kohima, January 18: Nagaland Governor RN Ravi on Friday said that with the whole of Nagaland coming under the purview of Inner Line Permit (ILP), the State remains exempted from the application of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).
In his maiden address on the first day of the 5th session of the 13th Nagaland Legislative Assembly here, Ravi said the State Government had brought to the notice of the Union Government the special status being enjoyed by Nagaland under Article 371A, and this in conjunction with the Inner Line Permit (ILP) regime under the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation (BEFR) 1873 that is in force in the State did not provide any ground for applicability of CAB 2019 in Nagaland.
The Governor admitted that CAA has generated serious apprehensions among the people of the possible grave adverse impact on the existence of the indigenous people of the State. Also there were concerns raised on the possibility of the indigenous people getting demographically overwhelmed and seriously marginalised by people from outside because of the CAA, he said while allaying also such fears. He also appreciated the Union Government for exempting Nagaland from the purview of CAA.
On the extension of Inner Line Permit (ILP) regime to Dimapur on December 9 last year, Ravi said enforcing ILP in Dimapur area and implementing RIIN in the State will regularise non-Nagas who have been here before the cut off year and their legitimate rights and interests will not be affected.
He said as Dimapur sub-division was constituted as a tribal belt only on November 21, 1979, a distinction has been made between those non-indigenous people who settled in Dimapur before the mentioned date and year and they will not require ILP, but those who have entered after the cut off year would need to apply and obtain ILP.
“My government will, however, like to assure everyone, especially the non-indigenous persons settled in Dimapur that extension of the ILP regime shall not adversely affect their legitimate rights and interests as citizens of the country in any manner whatsoever,” he asserted.
He said efforts are being made to ensure that the process of identification of those who may not require ILP and those who will have to apply for ILP is done in a non-discriminatory and transparent manner.
On Register of Indigenous Inhabitants of Nagaland (RIIN), Ravi said the creation of this by clearly identifying the indigenous people of the state as well as those non-indigenous people who have permanently settled will also help in proper and effective implementation of the ILP regime. He said protection and safeguarding of the rights and identity of the indigenous people of the state has always remained at the forefront of the State Government.
He added that RIIN exercise would envisage identification and making a master list of all the indigenous inhabitants of Nagaland and the creation of RIIN will prevent the issuance of false indigenous certificates to non-eligible persons and that way would properly and effectively protect the rights and entitlements that are due only to the indigenous people.
“We are confident that with the support of all the stakeholders we will be in a position to soon, initiate and complete the exercise of RIIN,” he said.
‘Solution very close’
Ravi appealed to neighbouring states to show highest level of understanding and extend all possible cooperation so that the Naga peace process, which has now reached a crucial juncture, concludes in a successful manner in the interest of enduring peace and stability in the region. He said People’s Democratic Alliance (PDA) government has always considered early settlement of Naga political issue as its top agenda and added that settlement could be now “very close to it”.
“The negotiations which were going on for the past many years between the Government of India and the Naga political groups have been successfully concluded. My government conveys its deepest appreciation to all the stakeholders for exhibiting utmost sincerity, foresightedness and a spirit of understanding in helping create a conducive atmosphere for conclusion of the talks in a positive manner,” the Governor told the Assembly. He said it was imperative that all unite for an early settlement and cautioned that if Naga people failed this time, then they would be missing a golden opportunity.
Law & Order
On law and order, the Governor said in spite of challenges, the law and order machinery has been delivering and performing well on various parameters and this has been recognised where the state was awarded the best performing state among small states for law and order for the year 2019 by the India Today Group “State of States” survey 2019 for the second consecutive year. (Page News Service)