RIIN Is a Separate Exercise But Has To Be Continuous Process

Temjen Toy has clarified that Register of Indigenous Inhabitants of Nagaland (RIIN) is a separate exercise and a continuous process. In an interaction with media persons at his official residence in Kohima today, the Chief Secretary said RIIN exercise will not be put on hold however it will be a onetime exercise which needs to be done in a systematic manner.

He also clarified that RIIN once conducted will differentiate the actual indigenous inhabitants, non-Naga domicile residents and those requiring Inner Line Permit, ILP. He said that non-Naga citizens who are settled in the state before 1963 and also domiciles of Dimapur, who settled before declaring the then Dimapur sub-division under Kohima district as tribal belt in 1979 will not be affected during the exercise.

He, however asserted that enumeration process under RIIN will commence only after taking into confidence all the stake holders on the recommendations of Banuo Z Jamir led RIIN commission. Expressing that ILP should have been put into force in Dimapur after the 1979 order declaring it as a tribal belt, Toy, however said the present government accepting the submissions of the tribal bodies and civil societies has decided to extend ILP to Dimapur.

But, he said ILP implementation will largely depend on the process of RIIN, which will bring about a robust system to check issuance of ILP. Toy also said that the state government is working to make ILP system IT enabled to maintain proper records of entry and exit of non-Nagas into the state.

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