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DIMAPUR, July 22 - The working committee of Naga National Political Groups (NNPGs) on Monday said the citizenship of the Nagas is �totally vested within the village authority� and no one without certification of origin from any village or parent village can be enrolled into the records of the Nagaland Govt.

�It is a clear piece of customary law and procedure that any Naga living in Nagaland without ancestral lineage from any parent village within Nagaland boundaries cannot be a citizen of Nagaland, including those from Naga territories outside the present Nagaland,� the media cell of the working committee of NNPGs, comprising seven Naga armed groups, said in a release.

The committee said this while expressing its views on the Nagaland Government�s decision to implement the Register of Indigenous Inhabitants of Nagaland (RIIN).

It also said the State Government must delve into the preamble of the Naga peace process before embarking on the register. The committee stressed that the State Government must peruse the agreed position drawn between NNPGs and the Government of India and said the Council of Ministers cannot evade or escape from their collective responsibility and accountability to the Nagas.

It reminded that the Government of India had recognised the historical and political rights of the Nagas along with Naga customary practices and procedures and the right to self-determine their future.

�All these entries together with others in the agreement drawn on November 17, 2017 reinstate the �sovereign rights� enjoyed by the Nagas at the time India became an independent nation,� it said.

�The village has the decisive power on what laws to be applied and what should not. Every village is a constituent of their respective country as per their original identity as a �tribe.� There is no unwanted or unrecognised Naga who do not belong to a village within the political boundaries of Nagaland and there is no �urban Nagas�,� the committee said.

According to the committee, even Naga women marrying non-Nagas and outsiders, including their offsprings, will not have the right to have Naga identity of Nagaland. It added non-Nagas or Nagas who are not from Nagaland cannot own any piece of land in Nagaland and shall not be enlisted as bonafide inhabitants of Nagaland.

The committee asked the State Government to take cognisance of the underlying principles of Naga customary laws, practices and procedures of the Nagas in this matter.

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NNPGs dictates terms to Nagaland Govt on RIIN

DIMAPUR, July 22 - The working committee of Naga National Political Groups (NNPGs) on Monday said the citizenship of the Nagas is �totally vested within the village authority� and no one without certification of origin from any village or parent village can be enrolled into the records of the Nagaland Govt.

�It is a clear piece of customary law and procedure that any Naga living in Nagaland without ancestral lineage from any parent village within Nagaland boundaries cannot be a citizen of Nagaland, including those from Naga territories outside the present Nagaland,� the media cell of the working committee of NNPGs, comprising seven Naga armed groups, said in a release.

The committee said this while expressing its views on the Nagaland Government�s decision to implement the Register of Indigenous Inhabitants of Nagaland (RIIN).

It also said the State Government must delve into the preamble of the Naga peace process before embarking on the register. The committee stressed that the State Government must peruse the agreed position drawn between NNPGs and the Government of India and said the Council of Ministers cannot evade or escape from their collective responsibility and accountability to the Nagas.

It reminded that the Government of India had recognised the historical and political rights of the Nagas along with Naga customary practices and procedures and the right to self-determine their future.

�All these entries together with others in the agreement drawn on November 17, 2017 reinstate the �sovereign rights� enjoyed by the Nagas at the time India became an independent nation,� it said.

�The village has the decisive power on what laws to be applied and what should not. Every village is a constituent of their respective country as per their original identity as a �tribe.� There is no unwanted or unrecognised Naga who do not belong to a village within the political boundaries of Nagaland and there is no �urban Nagas�,� the committee said.

According to the committee, even Naga women marrying non-Nagas and outsiders, including their offsprings, will not have the right to have Naga identity of Nagaland. It added non-Nagas or Nagas who are not from Nagaland cannot own any piece of land in Nagaland and shall not be enlisted as bonafide inhabitants of Nagaland.

The committee asked the State Government to take cognisance of the underlying principles of Naga customary laws, practices and procedures of the Nagas in this matter.

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