Dimapur, July 27: With an objective for studying, examining and recommending and advising into all issues relating to the Register of Indigenous Inhabitants of Nagaland (RIIN), the Government of Nagaland has constituted a Commission under the Chairmanship of Banuo Z Jamir, IAS (Retd).
The members of the Commission are Banuo Z Jamir, IAS (Retd)-chairman; T Kiheto Sema, IAS (Retd) and C Shingwang Konyak as Members.
Justice Zelre Angami (Retd) would function as the Advisor of the Commission. Home Commissioner Nagaland would be ex-officio Member Secretary of the Commission and Commissioner, Nagaland and Secretary, Law & Justice would be ex-officio members of the Commission.
According to a notification issued by Chief Secretary Nagaland, the support in the form of manpower/logistics/funds for smooth functioning of the Commission would be provided by the Home Department of Nagaland.
The terms of Reference of the Commission would be as: (i) eligibility criteria to be an Indigenous Inhabitant (ii) Authority to authenticate claims of being Indigenous (iii) place of registration as Indigenous Inhabitants (iv) Basis of claims of being indigenous (v) nature of documents that will be acceptable as proof for being indigenous and (vi) any other issue relating to implementation of RIIN including the manner in which the exercise is to be carried out.
The Commission would chalk out the modalities for carrying out its work in the manner it deems fit.
The Commission would have access to all records and documents that may be relevant to the subject and shall also be free to associate any Government official or any person as it may deem fit for successful completion of the task assigned to it.
The Commission would submit its report within three months from the date of its constitution.
It may be mentioned that the state Government has issued notification on June 29 for creation of Register of Indigenous Inhabitants of Nagaland (RIIN). The government has also held two consultative meetings with various tribal bodies, civil society groups and representatives of various communities in the state.
(Page News Service)