State Govt right on RIIN, says JCPI

State Govt right on RIIN, says JCPI
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Wants Dimapur to be declared ‘ILP zone’

Dimapur, August 12: The JCPI today said that the Government of Nagaland has the legitimacy and authority to amend the existing laws and to make new laws through legislation or to issue new notification or modify existing notifications in the interest of the State.
Stating that the Government has taken the decision to undertake the exercise of Registration of the Indigenous Inhabitants of Nagaland (RIIN) by its Notification dated 29.6.2019 and conducted a consultative meeting with all political parties, tribal hohos and concerned CSOs at Kohima on July 17 in which majority officially endorsed the decision of the State Government, the JCPI said the State Government is bound by its own decision and of the endorsement of the apex tribe hohos.
“Therefore, the State Government has the full legal and moral authority to implement ILP and RIIN in the State,” it said.
The JCPI further said the State Government cannot fool the people by simply adopting a Cabinet resolution to implement ILP in Dimapur.
While the RIIN exercise is underway headed by Banuo Z. Jamir, the JCPI demanded that the State Government “announce” the declaration of Dimapur as ILP zone and begin its pre-implementation exercise from now so that by the time the RIIN exercise is done and over by September, the full and official implementation of ILP in Dimapur and elsewhere will begin without delay.
It said the opposition to RIIN by some defunct organizations should not give the Government the excuse to delay announcement of implementation of ILP in Dimapur, adding, “If this happens, the people will take to the streets to protect the integrity of the State at any cost.”
It stated at the moment it seems the State Government is running scared of un-mandated and faceless organizations rather than protecting the demographic position of the State.
“The JCPI knows that RIIN is indispensable for effective implementation of ILP in Nagaland and the Govt. of Nagaland cannot afford to be bogged down by the voices of busybodies and their negative posturing. Whoever stands for BEFR of 1873 must welcome RIIN,” a press release issued by JCPI convener, K Ghokheto Chophy and secretary, Tia Longchar stated.
Stating that establishing the identity of indigenous inhabitants is a basic necessity which should have been done since the inception of statehood, the JCPI said though the present exercise of RIIN has been taken up after many collateral damages, yet, it is never too late and all the stakeholders irrespective of political party, ethnicity or organizational affiliation must unequivocally support the identification process which is to provide basic statistics for the purpose of protecting the indigenous inhabitants of the land and for effective implementation of Government programmes and policies and also to enforce the law of the land.
The JCPI further said none should confuse the general public on RIIN.
It said the cut-off date of 1st December 1963 is only for the purpose of identifying non-Nagas and Nagas from other states who may be qualified to be called indigenous inhabitant of Nagaland, otherwise Nagas (and Kacharis, Kukis, Garos, Mikirs) of Nagaland are indigenous to the State and the cut-off criterion does not apply.
“Similarly, on the pressure from certain quarters to set the cut-off date as 1977, the JCPI will be on warpath if this is even mooted by the Government. At a time when the status of J&K has been downgraded, only traitors will be ranting against RIIN,” it stated. (Page News Service)