Cut-off year for ILP non-negotiable — JCPI
Dimapur, Feb. 12 (EMN): The Joint Committee for Prevention of Illegal Immigrants (JCPI) has reaffirmed its stand on December 1, 1963, as the cut-off date and year for determining the indigenous inhabitants of Nagaland, stating that it is “non-negotiable”.
The JCPI issued a press release informing that it had decided in its on February 12 to ‘reiterate that there cannot be a separate cut-off year for Inner Line Permit (ILP) enforcement in the state including Dimapur”.
“The state government should immediately implement the new ILP guidelines in total and build the necessary infrastructure to put ILP mechanism in place for effective enforcement with proper standard operating procedures as per the notification,” read the press release.
It went on to inform that a meeting, involving all tribal apex bodies and leading mass-based CSOs, will be held at 11 am on February 18 at Saramati Hotel to discuss the next plan of action, as its deadline of January 31 for submission of Banuo’s Commission report on the Register of Indigenous Inhabitants of Nagaland (RIIN) has been ignored.
It may be mentioned that the JCPI had earlier refuted the statement made by Governor RN Ravi during the NLA session on January 17 that ‘as Dimapur sub-division was constituted as a tribal belt only on November 21 in 1979, a distinction has been made where the non-indigenous people who settled prior to this date will not require ILP’.