Nagas Indigenous Registration Plan sees mixed reaction

KOHIMA: The government's decision to establish a registry of indigenous inhabitants has provoked a mixed response from civil societies, political parties and tribal bodies in the state, some of which welcome the measure and others seek clarity in the modus operandi .

According to a notice issued by Local Commissioner R Ramakrishnan on Saturday, the exercise to prepare the Nagaland Register of Indigenous Inhabitants (RIIN) will begin on July 10 and is scheduled to be completed in 60 days.

The list will be drawn up after an extensive study of the list of indigenous inhabitants at the community and neighborhood levels, according to official records, under the supervision of the district administration, he said.

Merentoshi R Jamir, the spokesman for the ruling National Democratic People's Party (NDPP), said his party fully supports the government's action. However, the Popular Front of the Naga opposition (NPF) did not approve the way in which the government led by Neiphiu Rio issued the notification and sought clarity on the status of the eligible inhabitants.

Among the civil societies, the Joint Committee for the Prevention of Illegal Immigrants (JCPI), formed under the aegis of the Nagaland Tribes Council, supported the government's decision and said that the RIIN should include the names of only those who were nagas of blood.