Kohima, August 12: Nagaland Chief Secretary, Temjen Toy has reiterated that Register of Indigenous Inhabitants of Nagaland (RIIN) will strengthen the implementation of Inner Line Permit (ILP) in the State, especially in Dimapur district.
Interacting with media persons at his official residence here today, the Chief Secretary said the State Government in line with the recommendations of Abhishek committee on extension of ILP to Dimapur district found it necessary to conduct the exercise of identifying the indigenous inhabitants of the State, and therefore notified creation of RIIN.
Extension of ILP has also been the demand of several Naga tribal organizations and student bodies taking into consideration the influx of illegal immigrants, he said.
Toy said a robust IT enabled ILP system is required to be in place to check such influx which threatens the very existence of the indigenous inhabitants.
Stating that ILP should have been put into force in Dimapur after the 1979 order declaring it a tribal belt, Toy, however, said the present Government accepting the submissions of the tribal bodies and civil societies decided to extend ILP to Dimapur.
Toy said that creation of RIIN before implementation of ILP is a must. He said following demands from Naga tribal bodies and civil society organizations asking for formulation of proper modalities for RIIN, the Government has constituted RIIN commission headed by Banuo Z Jamir.
He said that the RIIN is an ongoing process and it has not been put on hold, except for enumeration process, which will commence only after consensus is achieved on Banuo Z Jamir Commission recommendations, which will be submitted next month.
RIIN will be a one-time exercise but there will be continuity in the entry as the family members of those entered in this exercise will be added as and when needed, he said.
He also asserted that rights and properties including land of non-Naga inhabitants of Nagaland before statehood, December 1, 1963 and those before declaration of then Dimapur sub-division under Kohima as a ‘tribal belt’ in 1979 will have to be protected.
Toy affirmed that RIIN will first identify the Naga indigenous inhabitants of the State and than other non-Nagas who have settled in Dimapur before 1979 and those settled in other parts of the State before December 1, 1963, the year of Nagaland statehood.
The non-Nagas cannot be taken as indigenous inhabitants but they will have to be considered as domicile or permanent residents of the State as they have been in the State for such long durations.
Differentiating all this people will help enforce Inner Line Permit (ILP) for different categories of people while the authorities will be able to introduce IT-enabled ILP to have proper records and data of ILP holder’s entry and exit into the State.
He also affirmed that the Banuo Z Jamir commission on RIIN will also recommend the cut of dates, thereafter it will be taken for deliberation with the general public.
RIIN will be implemented only after all the stakeholders arrive at a consensus through proper discussions, the Chief Secretary assured.
The CS sought cooperation from the people for effective implementation of RIIN and ILP.
Principal Secretary, Home, Abhijit Sinha, who was present during the interaction said RIIN will not affect nor discriminate any genuine citizen. It will not harass those applying for ILP on separate conditions, he added. (Page News Service)