NTC, KIN support call to enact RIIN in ensuing NLA session
Dimapur, Feb. 7 (EMN): The Nagaland Tribes Council (NTC) has affirmed the stance taken by the Joint Committee on Prevention of Illegal Immigrants (JCPI) on its demands for the enactment of Register of Indigenous Inhabitants of Nagaland (RIIN). In a statement issued on Sunday, NTC has urged the state government to enforce December 12, 1963 as the cut off year to ‘qualify indigenous inhabitant of Nagaland within the entire jurisdiction without any reservation.’
“BEER/ILP 1873 and RIIN are synonymous and therefore there cannot be any different date, year and place in the state for its implementation other than already notified,” it read.
“The state govt. has been delegated with the power and therefore, it is the bounden duty of the state govt. to enforce the 1-12-1963 as the cut-off year in the state of Nagaland in letter and in spirit. Without prejudice to anyone it is the only yardstick to properly ascertain the Indigenous Inhabitant of Nagaland and to prevent from any form of exploitation to its people at any given time,” the statement read.
It further urged the state government to enact RIIN in the ensuing Assembly slated to be held on Feb. 12.
In a similar statement, Kuki Inpi Nagaland (KIN) has also drawn the attention of the government of Nagaland with regard to the demand made by JCPI on RIIN.
“It is clear in the eyes of all indigenous people of Nagaland that enactment of Register of Indigenous Inhabitants of Nagaland (RIIN) into an Act is the need of the hour to safeguard Nagaland from all Illegal Immigrants. There is no need of further elaboration on how Illegal Immigrants have taken over Tripura from the indigenous people,” it said.
It added that the Banuo Commission report on RIIN should be tabled in the forthcoming Assembly session “to safeguard the land and its people with December 1, 1963 as the cut off year”.