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JCPI objects to Governor’s statement on RIIN cut-off date

DIMAPUR, JANUARY 21 (MExN): The Joint Committee for Pervention of Illegal Immigrants (JCPI) today objected to some of the statements reportedly made by the Nagaland Governor, RN Ravi in his maiden address on the first day of the 5th Nagaland Legislative Assembly held on January 17. 

A press release from the JCPI Convenor, K Ghokheto Chopi and Secretary, Tia Longchar said that “the mention of November 21, 1979 as the date and year to make a distinction between those non- indigenous people settled in Dimapur is unacceptable and premature.” 

It reminded that the Banuo Commission is yet to officially submit its report and said that the JCPI will not compromise with any other date other than December 1, 1963 as the cut-off date and year for the list of indigenous inhabitants in the state of Nagaland.

The JCPI meanwhile informed that its meeting with all tribal apex bodies and civil society organizations on December 18, 2019 had decided to “reject the very concept of CAA for all times to come.” “The House passed a resolution against two cut-off dates and years with regards to the coverage of ILP under Dimapur as BEFR 1873 naturally comes into effect with the creation of statehood on 1st December, 1963 and that it would be non-negotiable,” the JCPI said.

The meeting also resolved to serve an ultimatum to the Government to submit the final report on the RIIN Commission before January 31 and that the final notification be issued latest by February 29.

It further stated that domicile certificates and the certification of Non-Naga indigenous people have been “thoroughly misused and sold to any Indian citizen willing to pay certain price tag.” 

 “This itself exposes the nexus within the government and unscrupulous elements taking undue advantage of lacunae in the government system and set-up; for which there is an  immediate  need for a total halt and revamp, to strengthen the ILP implementation all over the State of Nagaland if it has to be effective and transparent,” the JCPI added. 

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