Nagaland Government has issued notification for setting up of Register of Indigenous Inhabitants of Nagaland (RIIN) to prepare a list of all indigenous inhabitants of the state. It will begin on July 10, 2019 and will be completed within 60 days. It will be Nagaland’s own of version of citizen's register similar to National Register of Citizens (NRC) which is in process of updation in Assam.
About Register of Indigenous Inhabitants of Nagaland (RIIN)
- It is aimed at preparing master list of all indigenous peoples in the state and checking issuance of fake Indigenous Inhabitant Certificate (IIC) to ineligible persons.
- Methodology: It will be prepared through extensive survey of residents in every village and ward in the state and will be based on existing official records,
- The survey will take into account whether indigenous inhabitant is residing in his/her permanent residence or has moved elsewhere. Aadhar numbers, wherever applicable, will be also recorded.
- Once data of all residents is compiled, provisional lists of indigenous inhabitants will be published and authenticated by village and ward authorities.
- Final List: Once process is complete, final list will be prepared on or before December 10, 2019. All indigenous inhabitants will be issued indigenous inhabitant certificates (IICs) and their existing IICs will become invalid.
- Thereafter, no fresh IICs will be issued once process is over and only newborns of indigenous inhabitants will be given said certificate and their names updated in RIIN.
- Bodies involved: It will be monitored by Home Commissioner and will be prepared under the supervision of each district administration. All district deputy commissioners have been instructed to constitute teams that will conduct exercise and inform all villages and tribal councils. The officials will adjudicate on claims and objections based on official records and evidence produced.
- Timeline: The lists will be published in villages and wards, and websites of each district by September 11, 2019. A period of 30 das will be given to file claims and objections. The RIIN will be updated every five years.
National Register of Citizens (NRC)
In Assam, the process to identify and weed out illegal immigrants is being done by updating NRC, which was first prepared in 1951. Only those people who were included in 1951 NRC or were part of subsequent voter lists till March 1971 and their direct descendants are being included in the list. The final draft of NRC released in July 2018 had excluded 40 lakh of total 3.23 crore applicants. Another 1 lakh names were excluded in June 2018 after inaccuracies were found in their records. The final list, which is being monitored by the Supreme Court, will be published on July 31, 2019.