NPF not to attend consultative meet on RIIN

NPF not to attend consultative meet on RIIN

Asks Govt to first revoke RIIN notification

Dimapur, July 16: The NPF Legislature Party will not attend the July 17 consultative meeting on Registry of Indigenous Inhabitants of Nagaland (RIIN) called by the PDA Government on the contention that the very purpose of consultation was defeated the same day the State Government notified that the RIIN process would be undertaken and completed within 3 months.
“If the Government is serious about consultation with public organizations, civil societies and political parties, it should immediately cancel/revoke all Notifications/Orders for implementation and first issue invitation for a threadbare deliberation on the matter.
“Otherwise, the NPF Legislature Party will not be party to some damage-control and image-saving exercise in the form of a ‘Consultative Meet’ as was done in the case of CAB where only after three Cabinet decisions supporting the CAB, a consultative meeting was convened at Chumukedima,” said MLA & spokesman, NPF Legislature Party, Imkong L Imchen in a press release.
The decision to abstain from attending the consultative meet was taken at a meeting of NPF legislators today in Dimapur.
Condemning what it alleged is the indifferent attitude of the PDA Government in dealing with sensitive issues including the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) and RIIN, the NPF Legislature Party questioned the tendency of  the Government to invite public organizations and civil societies for consultations only after adopting resolutions and issuing Government notification(s).
“This irresponsible attitude of the PDA Government in dealing with stakeholders is nothing short of sheer disregard and insult to the sentiments and opinions of the people,” it alleged.
The release also supported the statement made by NPF president Dr Shurhozelie Liezietsu that the enumeration process prepared by Government functionaries cannot be accurate and wholly reliable without the contribution of village councils and GBs of respective villages including the students community.
ILP: At the same time, the NPF Legislature Party asked the PDA Government to deliver on its promise to implement ILP in Dimapur District instead of diverting the attention of the people with RIIN. “When the looming threat is from the burgeoning population of IBIs, there is no logical explanation as to why the Government desires to invest time and energy on RIIN instead of ILP,” it said.
The release also expressed disappointment with the treatment meted out to the party by merely equating NPF Legislature Party, the principal opposition legislature party in the State, to that of a civil society even in matters of utmost State importance. (Page News Service)