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Centre yet to sanction fund sought for Manipur IDPs in Mizoram

Aizawl: The central government is yet to sanction Rs 10 crore sought by Mizoram government for providing assistance to internally displaced people (IDP) of Manipur taking shelter in Mizoram due to violent ethnic clashes even after 6 months, state home department officials said on Friday.

The officials said that there are almost 12,000 IDPs from Manipur taking shelter across the state who have been facing immense hardships due to paucity of funds.

State chief minister Zoramthanga had asked for Rs 5 crore as humanitarian aid to the IDPs on May 16, and again for Rs 10 crore on May 23 as the number of IDPs swollen day by day, the officials said.

“Ministry of Home Affairs sought expenditure incurred by the state government for looking after the IDPs during the latter part of September including expenses on food, other essential items including medicines and shelter. The reply was given on September 21 calculating the expenses for 6 months,” one official said.

He, however, said that the MHA continued to keep silence even after almost 2 months.

The state government disbursed Rs 5 crore from its exchequer for the purpose to the Executive Committee on IDPs of Myanmar in Mizoram while the committee also received over Rs 81 lakh from donations by government employees.

“We are struggling to look after the IDPs with the paltry sum as the central government continued to ignore their plights till date,” he added.

While majority of the IDPs joined their relatives and friends in Mizoram, a large number of them are being lodged in relief camps barely surviving on the small funds doled out by the respective district administrations as well as donations from the civil societies, church denominations and individuals. 

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