DIMAPUR, FEBRUARY 2: The Joint Committee for Prevention of Illegal Immigrants (JCPI) has warned that it would launch various democratic means of protest in Nagaland if the Register of Indigenous Inhabitants of Nagaland (RIIN) Act is not passed with December 1, 1963 as the cut-off date.
This was contained in an open letter to the Chief Minister, copies of which were made available to the press on Tuesday.
The committee expressed hope that the State Government will enact the report of Banuo’s Commission on RIIN into an Act during the coming NLA session set to begin from February 12.
“To register the indigenous Inhabitant of the State of Nagaland is of the outmost importance for its citizens as this is the basis and system that identify, regulate, and entitle each citizen under the appropriate provisions to be enjoyed under the State. As BERF Act 1873/ILP and RIIN are synonymous, it is of the strong opinion of JCPI, as the spearheading committee of apex tribal bodies and CSOs, the cut-off year of 1-12-1963 should be same in both the cases,” it stated.
According to the committee, it is yet to receive an “official copy” of the Banou’s Commission report before it becomes an Act.
The JCPI reminded the Chief Minister that it had submitted an ultimatum February 24, 2020 “but with the onset of the pandemic, everything was kept in abeyance”. (Page News Service)