Kohima, October 16: The Commission on the Register of Indigenous Inhabitants of Nagaland (RIIN) today held an interactive meeting with the political parties in the State.
Political parties like BJP, Congress, NPF, NDPP, JD(U), RJD, NPP, NCP, AAP, among others, attended the meeting convened by the commission headed by chairman, Banuo Z. Jamir, retired Chief Secretary. The other two members are C. Shingwang Konyak and K. Inaka Assumi. Home Commissioner, Abhijit Sinha is the member secretary of the commission.
Today’s meeting discussed about eligibility to be an indigenous inhabitant of Nagaland state, the cut-off date and year, authority to authenticate claims of being indigenous, matters regarding status of persons married to outside own tribe/community and status of off-spring from such marriages, place of registration as indigenous inhabitants, status of adopted persons, status of orphans and unknown parentage and status of such persons who through incorrect procedure have been issued indigenous inhabitant certificates in the past and as a consequences of which they and their children have availed benefits admissible only to indigenous inhabitants.
The RIIN has become a contentious issue among Naga political groups and civil organizations. Even political parties have failed to reach a consensus on the implementation of RIIN.
On July 14, out of the blue the State Government issued a notification on RIIN but after much objection from various quarters the Government decided to constitute a commission to look into the nitty-gritty and submit a report after meeting cross section of people. (Page News Service)