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Mizoram allocates Rs 5 crore for Manipur’s IDPs

IDPs from Manipur at a relief camp in Aizawl (File photo)

Aizawl: Mizoram government has accorded administrative approval and expenditure sanction for Rs. 5 crore allocated by the state Finance department to be used as humanitarian assistance and relief for over 12,000 internally displaced people of Manipur taking shelter in the state.

A senior state home department official told Zoram Chronicle that detailed usage of the fund is being worked out while the deputy commissioners of Assam border Kolasib, Manipur border Aizawl and Saitual districts, which have maximum IDPs taking shelter in their respective districts would be first covered.

The state government is also waiting for allocation of fund for the IDPs since May 23 when state Chief Minister Zoramthanga asked for fund from the central government amounting to Rs 10 crore for the purpose.

The centre is still keeping silence on the pleas of the state government till date.

The official said that requirements of all the 11 districts have been sought from the deputy commissioners in accordance with the number of IDPs taking shelter in their respective districts.

Executive Committee on IDPs of Manipur in Mizoram, constituted by the state government, has also been asking for donations from ministers, legislators, government officers, employees of state-owned corporations and autonomous district councils as well as central government officials and employees of banks/financial institutions having offices in the state.

While over 2,700 IDPs of Manipur are lodged in 37 relief camps, almost 10,000 IDPs are living with their relatives and friends or in rented houses at present.

Deputy Commissioners doled out meagre amounts of fund under their discretion to help the IDPs while many people were barely managing with donations from the local people, civil societies and churches.

Political parties, civil societies like the Young Mizo Association (YMA) apex body of the Mizos, and student organisations have also sent relief materials and medicines to ethnic clashes hit Lamka and other districts in Manipur hills adjoining Mizoram.

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