IVR voiced out against Aadhaar and land encroachment

Dimapur, May 28 (MExN): Maintianing that the identity card issued to the villagers by the “competent authority” like the Commissioner office of Dimapur or elsewhere, is ample enough, the IVR council has unanimously decided not to take Aadhaar Card as compulsory but as an “individual choice.”


Hence, “To obtain a Aadhaar Card from another department of government is not required at all,” a Industrial Village Razhuphe (IVR) council general session unanimously adopted on May 23 arguing that even the Supreme Court of India has given its verdict that “Aadhaar Card is not mandatory.”


The resolutions of meeting issued to press by the IVR chairman-cum-head GB, TL Angami and Secretary, Keneingulie, further stated that, the session also resolved that the entire land within the IVR falls under the traditional land of Angami village (Chumukedima) and the area was acquired from the village by its Chairman TL Angami in 1968 according to the Naga Customary practices.


Thus, after strongly discussing the issue of land occupied by various departments “by force” it also resolved to approach the Government from any established court for appropriate action. Further, it decided that the Council will not allow any department for further occupation of land without “proper acquisition of land according to law.”


Regarding the land allotted by the village to more than 50 former Naga Political Groups (NPGs) cadres under the Government of India rehabilitation policy, the council stated that the NIDC has destroyed most of the their “makeshift shelters without any authority” leading to great hardship for them. In this context, the IVR Council has unanimously resolved to “give full protection” to the allotted land and decided to approach the right authority to save them from “encroachers.”


While the state government has generously allotted a Government Primary School to IVR and the council has reserved a land for the same, it argued that, “To the dismay of the villagers, the CRPF has forcefully occupied the said area which is yet to be vacated.” The council, thus, decided to approach local district administration to “demarcate and vacate” the said area as early as possible to enable early construction of the school.