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Centre yet to sanction funds for IDPs in Mizoram

Shelters for IDPs from Manipur and refugees from Myanmar in Mizoram are constructed by local people

Aizawl: The central government is yet to sanction fund sought by Mizoram government for providing humanitarian assistance to over 12,000 internally displaced people (IDPs) from Manipur who are taking shelter in the state even after 80 days.

State home department officials told Zoram Chronicle on Saturday that Chief Minister Zoramthanga on May 16 asked the centre to provide Rs 5 crore as interim relief for the IDPs, and again asked for Rs 10 crore on May 23 after massive upsurge in the number of IDPs taking shelter in the state.

A team of officials headed by state Tourism Minister Robert Romawia Royte met Union Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla on June 16 in Delhi asking the Ministry of Home Affairs to expedite release of fund meant for the IDPs.

While Bhalla reportedly gave them assurance, no help has come from the centre till date and Zoramthanga also said that he had spoken to the Union Home Secretary recently about the issue.

Meanwhile, the state finance department has allocated Rs 5 crore for the Manipur IDPs as interim relief. While the admistrative approval and expenditure sanction have already been obtained, the state home department is collecting the expenditure already incurred by the deputy commissioners’ offices so that the fund can be released expeditiously to all the DCs.

Local people, civil societies, student bodies and churches in the state have been providing relief to them as food and other relief materials are running out.

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Zoram Chronicle