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Wed, 26 Feb 2020

Northeast Today

JCPI objects to Ravi’s mention of cut-off date for non-indigenous people

JCPI objects to Ravi’s mention of cut-off date for non-indigenous people
January 23
09:10 2020

NET Bureau

Joint Committee for Prevention of Illegal Immigrants (JCPI) has made strong objection to some of the statements made by Nagaland Governor RN Ravi during his maiden address on the first day of Nagaland Legislative Assembly session held on January 17.

In a statement by its convener K Ghokheto Chopi and secretary Tia Longchar, the committee asserted that the mention of November 21, 1979 as cut-off date and year for making a distinction among non-indigenous people who had settled in Dimapur was unacceptable and premature as the three-member commission headed by Banuo Z Jamir was yet to officially submit its report.

JCPI made it very clear that it would 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.

Referring to the meeting with all tribal apex bodies and civil society organisations on December 18, 2019 that decided to reject Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) for all time to come, the committee said the House also passed a resolution against two cut-off dates and years with regards to coverage of ILP under Dimapur as BEFR 1873 naturally came into effect with the creation of Nagaland on December 1, 1963 and that it would be non-negotiable.

Demands RIIN panel report: The committee said another resolution was the ultimatum served to the government to publish final report of Banuo Z Jamir-led commission by January 31, 2020 and the final notification to be issued latest by February 29, 2020.

Alleging that domicile certificates and certifications of non-Naga indigenous had been thoroughly misused and sold to other Indian citizens willing to pay certain a price tag, JCPI said this itself exposed the nexus within the government and unscrupulous elements taking undue advantage of lacunae in the system up.

For this, the committee demanded an immediate and total halt, while called for revamping to strengthen ILP implementation all over the State, if it had to be made effective and transparent.

Source: The Nagaland Post

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