Consultative meeting on RIIN with non-Naga communities held
Dimapur, July 20: Nagaland Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio today said that a proper system is required for protection and security of the legal citizens of the state.
“Our intention is to protect the legal Indian citizens and not to harass them,” Rio said during a consultative meeting with various tribal bodies/stakeholders on the exercise for creation of the Register of Indigenous Inhabitants of Nagaland (RIIN), at Rhododendron Hall Chumukedima, Dimapur.
In the meeting, Chief Minister Nagaland, Neiphiu Rio expressed his gratitude to the representatives of various communities stating that this was the first time that the State Government and Non Naga Community have come together to discuss about RIIN.
Rio further observed that unless a system is put in place to check illegal immigrants, Dimapur the commercial hub of Nagaland would be in shambles and would not be livable later.
He felt that the proposed RIIN would give protection to the genuine people and communities of the state who are permanent settlers in the state of Nagaland.
On the issue of ILP, Rio said that under 16 Point Agreement clause 16, even Indian citizens needs ILP. In the Northeast, tribal people, Government servants (both central and state) with their immediate family members, students pursuing their education are exempted, he explained.
Rio called upon the Non Naga Community of Nagaland to join hands and work together to make Nagaland a vibrant and peaceful state.
Deputy Chief Minister Nagaland, Y Patton in his address spelled out that the objective of creating RIIN was basically to prevent issuance of false Indigenous Inhabitant Certificates and to have a complete record of the same for the state of Nagaland.
RIIN would be the master list of all Indigenous Inhabitants and it has been planned to be prepared after an extensive survey by involving all concern under the overall supervision of the District Administration, Patton informed.
It would be ensured that the entire exercise for RIIN is carried out in everybody’s interest so that the right of each and every citizen is protected, the Deputy CM said.
The State Government assures every citizen that no community would be discriminated against and no decision concerning the exercise for creation of RIIN would be taken in haste, he maintained.
Chief Secretary Nagaland, Temjen Toy said that RIIN or ILP will be an ongoing process where views and opinions of every stakeholder would be taken on board so that no community feels discriminated.
He informed that a committee has been set up where issues pertaining to RIIN would be addressed and examined by the committee after serious study.
After thorough deliberations, doubts and apprehensions of various communities about RIIN was cleared, who also extended their support.
Among others, representatives from Assamese Samaj Dimapur, Agarwal Samaj Dimapur, Brahmin Samaj Dimapur, Bengali Samaj Dimapur, Bihari Samaj Dimapur, Nagaland Bhojpuri Samaj Dimapur, Nagaland Gorkha Association Kohima, Gurudwara Sriguru Singh Sabha Dimapur, S.D.Jain Samaj Dimapur, Maheshwari Samaj Dimapur, Meitei Samaj Dimapur, Muslim Council Dimapur, Oswal Samaj Dimapur, Chumukedima Hindu society attended the consultative meeting. (Page News Service)