Mizoram seeks Center’s assistance for displaced people of Manipur – aabtak24


Imphal, Jun 28, 2023, IANS

Imphal, June 28 (IANS) Mizoram government has asked the Union government to release funds for the relief of displaced people of Manipur who have migrate to the state following the outbreak of ethnic violence.

The union government is yet to respond to the request of the state.

There are roughly around 12, 200 displaced people in Mizoram. The state government has sought Rs. 10 crore from the union government for their relief.

Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga has written two letters to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on May 16 and May 23 and sought financial support of Rs 10 crore to provide relief to the refugees.

Mizoram Home Commissioner cum Secretary H. Lalengmawia said that a delegation from the state led by Tourism Minister Robert Romawia recently met the officials of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) including Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla and requested them to release the central fund to provide relief to the displaced people.

“The response of the MHA officials’ was positive. But we are yet to receive any financial support. We are expecting fund from the MHA,” said Lalengmawia, who was also part of the delegation.

The displaced people of Manipur belong to Kuki-Hmar-Mizo-Zomi ethnic group, who shared close ethnicity with the Mizo people.

The government has set up 35 relief camps in 11 districts of Mizoram while the majority of the people are staying in the rented accommodations or with relatives.

Kolasib district, which borders southern Assam, currently hosts the highest number of displaced people at 4,350 followed by Aizawl district with 4,050 and Saitual district with 3,000 people.

After the military takeover in Myanmar in February 2021, thousands of Myanmarese also took shelter in Mizoram. There are around 35,000 Myanmarese in the state.

Meanwhile, 7,000 tribals have also settled in Mizoram after the troubles broke out in Chittagong Hill Tracts of southeast Bangladesh.


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