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Mizoram govt employees donate Rs 81.37 lakh for IDPs from Manipur

Manipur’s IDPs in a transit camp in Mizoram (file photo)

Aizawl: Apart from Rs 5 crore released by the Finance department, Mizoram government employees donated Rs. 81,37,271 towards providing humanitarian assistance to over 12,000 internally displaced people of Manipur taking shelter in Mizoram, state home commissioner H. Lalengmawia said on Tuesday.

Lalengmawia, who is also chairman of the Executive Committee on IDPs of Manipur in Mizoram, said that the total expenditure already incurred by the deputy commissioners of all 11 districts and the state Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs department is already over Rs. 1.10 crore since the IDPs began entering the state from Manipur during early May following ethnic violence in the neighbouring state.

He said that expenses already incurred by deputy commissioners’ offices will be disbursed to the respective districts immediately while expenditures incurred on foodstuff will be reimbursed to the Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs department expeditiously.

District administrations mainly made expenses on construction of relief camps, provision of food, water and medicines as well as medical treatments, he said.

“We have instructed all the deputy commissioners to submit detailed reports on additional expenses incurred to the state home department expeditiously,” the home commissioner said.

Acknowledging the acute water supply problems being faced by the IDPs lodged at a relief camp in Falkland neighbourhood of Aizawl, the committee agreed to purchase two 3,000 litre capacity water tanks while it was also decided to shift around 50 families from Assam border Bilkhawthlir town in Kolasib district to a Basic Services to Urban Poor (BSUP) building in Aizawl. 

Shifting of the IDPs in Bilkhawthlir is necessitated as they are lodged in a rented private warehouse on a monthly basis.

The committee expressed gratitude to the general public, civil society organisations and the different church denominations and different donours who helped the IDPs.

Mizoram government and the people could not turn a blind eye on the IDPs as they are the kindred brothers and sisters of the people of the state, the committee said.

With a number of IDPs returning to their native towns and villages

in Manipur, the number of Manipur IDPs taking shelter in Mizoram, which once rose to 12,883 has come down to 12,464 as of 5 pm on Tuesday, state home department officials said.

While 9,932 IDPs have joined their relatives and friends or living in rented houses, 2,532 people have been lodged in 34 relief camps, the officials added.

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