Nagaland

Kohima, July 1, 2019:

Nagaland’s Home Commissioner R. Ramakrishnan has issued a notification for setting up of the Register of Indigenous Inhabitants of Nagaland (RIIN), which is Nagaland variant of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) that is being prepared in neighboring state Assam. It is to be mentioned that on 29 June, Inside Northeast was the first media house to report that such a step was being considered by the Government of Nagaland.

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Nagaland’s RIIN process will begin from 10 July, less than a month before the publication of the final draft NRC.

The Nagaland Government has announced that designated teams will fan out to cover each village and urban ward from July 10.

The RIIN will be prepared after an extensive survey with the help of a village-wise and ward-wise list of indigenous people.

The RIIN will be integrated with the online system for Inner-Line Permit, a temporary document non-inhabitants are required to possess for entry into and travel in Nagaland.

As per the sources, the main objective of the ‘RIIN’ is to prevent the issuance of fake indegenous inhabitants’ certificates, officials said.

The list will be prepared in a period of 60 days starting from July 10, 2019 onwards by designated teams from each village and ward, comprising an SDO/ EAC, as the Chairman, a BDO/UDO as member, headmasters of Govt high schools (to be nominated by DEOs), two GBs nominated by the Deputy Commissioner, and two GPS/GMS/GHS teachers nominated by the DEO as members.

According to sources, the designated teams will go on house-to-house surveys to make a list of inhabitants and will check the actual family members in the household.

Each family member will be listed in the village of their original residence and mention will be made if the concerned member is actually residing in the town or Kohima/Dimapur/elsewhere.

The permanent and present residences will be listed separately. AADHAR numbers (wherever available) will also be recorded.

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