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Nagaland to Come Up with New Law Protecting Indigenous people and Culture

  by NEWSNER , 2021-04-19 15:16:51

Nagaland to Come Up with New Law Protecting Indigenous people and Culture

The Nagaland government in consultation with all the stakeholders would prepare a Register of Indigenous Inhabitants of Nagaland (RIIN) to guard the indigenous people and their traditional life and culture, officials said on Saturday.


Addressing a consultative meeting with the Civil Society Organisations (CSO) and Tribal Hohos on RIIN late on Friday, Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio said that the state has the legitimate right to formulate its laws and regulations for the interest and protection of its citizens.


He said that the identification of indigenous people among the Nagas of Nagaland isn't a drag thanks to the involvement of the village councils, but identification of indigenous Nagas in other states may be a problem, citing the samples of Sikkim, Tripura and Assam where, he said, the indigenous people have now become a minority in their states.


The Chief Minister said that every tribe shall have its village, and regional and tribal councils to affect the problems about violating customary laws and usages. He added that such councils are legal and mandated by the Constitution by an Act.


Opposition leader T.R. Zeliang in his speech highlighted the progress and current position of the Naga political issue after the recent meeting with Union Home Minister Amit Shah.


He said that Shah in his meeting with the Chief Minister, opposition leader, ministers and advisors had said that there can't be any compromise on the difficulty of the constitution and therefore the flag.


Zeliang had told the house Minister that "unless the Naga political issue is solved, the Naga society can't move ahead for progress and development".


Nagaland Deputy Chief Minister Yanthungo Patton said that the RIIN will aim to strengthen the whole process for the issuance of indigenous inhabitant certificates to guard the rights and privileges of the indigenous inhabitants of the state.


To undertake the works of preparing the RIIN, a joint consultative committee headed by the Nagaland Home Commissioner was formed within the consultative meeting.


The meeting also decided to constitute sub-committees at the district level with the Deputy Commissioners because of the convenors.


According to officials, the most purpose of RIIN is to spot the citizens who settled in Nagaland before December 1, 1963, the day the mountainous region became a full-fledged state. Once the method is completed, persons whose names are included within the RIIN would be issued indigenous inhabitant certificates.


Of Nagaland's two million population, over 86 per cent are tribals from 16 major tribes and several other sub-tribes.


All the tribes have their festivals which they hold sacrosanct and need compulsory participation. Nagas and other tribes celebrate their distinct seasonal festivals with a pageantry of colour and a feast of music.


Each tribe in Nagaland has its dialect. There are about 60 different spoken dialects that belong to the Tibeto-Burman family of languages and dialects. These dialects haven't any script of their own.


Tribes speak to every other in Nagamese, an amalgamation of varied other dialects.


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