The Nagaland government on April 16, 2021, informed that it has decided to set up a joint consultative committee for the preparation of the Register of Indigenous Inhabitants of Nagaland (RIIN), which would be the state’s version of the National Register of Citizens (NRC).
According to a government statement, RIIN is an exercise to find those citizens who have settled in Nagaland before December 1, 1963- the day when it became the 16th full-fledged state of India.
The goal of RIIN is to prevent the issuance of indigenous inhabitant certificates to ineligible persons and to keep up the record of indigenous inhabitants, the statement added. It further added that once the process is completed, only those persons will be issued the indigenous inhabitant certificates whose names are included in the RIIN. It may be mentioned here that the Nagaland government has been trying to revive the RIIN exercise, which was launched in July 2019.
As said earlier, the primary objective of this exercise to prevent outsiders from obtaining fake indigenous certificates for seeking jobs and benefits of government schemes.
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