The Western Sumi Hoho, WSH has asked the state government that a proper study of all the 16 recognized tribes settled in different districts must be done before implementing the modalities of Register of Indigenous Inhabitants of Nagaland, RIIN so as to avoid any misunderstandings.
WSH in a statement said the 16 recognized tribes of Nagaland should not be made mandatory to bring their indigenous certificates from their native villages as reported in media as these tribes are already recognized and indigenous inhabitants of the state. Maintaining that a community settled anywhere in Nagaland post 1963 is still a bonafide Nagaland citizen in that particular area, WSH said there should not be any question of acquiring certificates from their ancestral villages.
WSH said any step detrimental to these settlers from own state should be avoided to prevent unpleasant repercussions. The Hoho appealed the state government to seriously study history and facts in order to avoid any negative ramification during the process.