KOHIMA: Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio on Wednesday urged the Nagas to work more to learn more and said that the business community and shops are being taken up by non-Nagas coming from outside the State.
Addressing a village and ward adoption committee programme under the Kohima District Planning and Development Board, the Chief Minister urged the Nagas to work hard and to know more to launch businesses to deal with the unemployment problem in the State.
Emphasizing on the Permanent Residence of Indigenous People (RIN) certificate, Rio said that the real responsibility lies with the grass-roots level bodies like Village Council and the nearest administrative officer who would be certifying the person for issue of Indigenous Certificate from the Deputy Commissioner's office.
He, therefore, said that the ownership is with the Village Council to give the right certification of the person to avoid any penalties and the administrative officers should be aware of the amendment of the Village Council and Tribal Council Act and guide the district people.
Stating that unity is the need of the hour for the State to survive as a community, Rio said that after a thorough study in 2006, the Government logo was changed from Ashok Chakra to Mithun as 'the unity Government of Nagaland' since the Government of India is recognizing the uniqueness of Nagas.
Therefore, keeping in line with this, Rio said that the Hornbill Festival is a celebration of State Day where all the cultural troupes of the Naga tribes come together to participate in the celebration.
He said that it is a festival of cultural extravaganza to revive, protect and preserve the richness and uniqueness of the Naga heritage and over the years the festival has become a unique platform for tourists from around the world to witness the cultural diversity not only of the Nagas, but also the other States of North-East India. (IANS)