Tribal bodies and civil societies in Nagaland
agreed in principle to support the state’s initiative to create a register of indigenous inhabitants after a meeting convened by the Neiphiu Rio government resolved to make public the policies of preparing it.
The Nagaland government has started the process of preparing the Register of Indigenous Inhabitants (RIIN) of the north-eastern state from July 10.
“The consultative meeting, chaired by Chief Secretary Temjen Toy, resolved that the government will make public the policies and modalities for implementing the RIIN and only after all the stakeholders and the indigenous Naga public agree to it, the enumeration will commence,” said one of the stakeholders who attended the meeting.
Among those who attended the July 17 meeting were Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, state ministers, legislators, members of tribal bodies and civil society organizations. Media, however, was not allowed.
After the deliberation, which went on for two hours, the tribal bodies and civil societies decided to support the RIIN in principle, Naga Students’ Federation president Ninoto Awomi, who attended the meeting, said.
The meeting was held in the wake of opposition from several quarters, including the insurgent group NSCN(IM) which has been holding peace talks with the government.
Legislators from the ruling NDPP and the BJP attended the meeting while the opposition NPF abstained from it, demanding that the government scrap the notification issued for the RIIN if it wants to hold a consultative meeting.
Representatives of major tribal bodies and civil society organizations such as the Eastern Nagaland Peoples’ Organisation, the Naga Mothers Association, the Naga Students’ Federation, the Eastern Nagaland Students Federation, Eastern Nagaland Women Organisation were present at the meeting.
State Home Commissioner R. Ramakhrishnan had issued a notification stating that the RIIN exercise would start from July 10 and would be concluded within 60 days.