Nagaland Government Starts Process to Prepare List of Indigenous Inhabitants

The Nagaland government started a process of preparing a register of all indigenous inhabitants of the state.

Chief Secretary Temjen Toy on Wednesday (July 10) told PTI that the Register of Indigenous Inhabitants of Nagaland, RIIN will help identify indigenous inhabitants who settled in Nagaland prior to December 1, 1963, the day it became a full-fledged state.

He said the RIIN will prevent people from acquiring fake indigenous inhabitant certificates. Saying that currently such certificate is being issued randomly, he said RIIN is to ensure efficiency and streamline the entire process, while also providing accurate data of the indigenous inhabitants in the state.

As per the government notification only those whose names figure in the RIIN will be issued indigenous inhabitant certificates and all other certificates would become invalid after the preparation of the final register.

The Chief Secretary said the list will be prepared by an extensive house-to-house survey, based on official records, under the supervision of the district administration.

He said the entire process will be advantageous for the Nagas as the government will be holding constant consultations with all stake holders in this matter.

Toy said the process has began for which various teams have been set up at the village and ward levels but the house to house enumeration will commence only after the final review meeting of the different committees to be held at the Chief Secretary’s level.

News Source: PTI