Aizawl: Presbyterian Church of India, Mizoram Synod has disbursed over Rs. 94 lakh as humanitarian assistance to internally displaced people (IDPs) of Manipur, both in Manipur and Mizoram, sources in the church said on Tuesday.
The Mizoram Synod had donated Rs 65 lakh to Tangphai (Vaiphei) Presbytery for rebuilding 100 houses torched or destroyed in the Manipur violence which commenced from May 3 and continuing till date.
Though Manipur has a separate Synod called Manipur Synod, Tangphai (Vaiphei) Presbytery is under the Mizoram Synod.
Mizoram Synod also donated Rs 2 lakh for IDPs in Tangphai area who are not lodged in the relief camps as humanitarian aid for purchase of food.
Indigenous Tribal Leaders’ Forum (ITLF), the conglomerate of Kuki-Zo tribal community organisations, was also given Rs. 5 lakh to be utilised in accordance with the requirements of the forum.
The church had also donated Rs 22 lakh for the IDPs taking shelter in different parts of Mizoram.
With 11 more people entering Mizoram from Manipur during the last 24 hours, the number of Manipur IDPs taking shelter in the state rose to 12,622 as of 5 pm on Tuesday, state home officials said.
The officials said that while 9,843 IDPs joined their relatives and friends or live in rented houses, 2,779 people are lodged in 38 relief camps.
Meanwhile, two Members of Parliament representing Mizoram C. Lalrosanga (Lok Sabha) and K. Vanlalvena (Rajya Sabha) met Union Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla on Tuesday at the latter’s office in Delhi and urged the central government to allocate fund for humanitarian assistance to the Manipur IDPs in the state.
The two MPs apprised Bhalla about the urgency of providing relief and humanitarian aid to the IDPs and urged him to expedite the allocation of fund.
The centre is yet to allocate fund for the Manipur IDPs taking shelter in Mizoram even after a lapse of more than 80 days the state Chief Minister Zoramthanga sought Rs 10 crore from the central government.
A large number of the IDPs, especially living in the relief camps, are facing the stark reality of starvation even as the district administrations, local people, civil societies and churches continued to provide relief.
Members to join National Protest
Presbyterian Church of India, Mizoram Synod appealed to its members to join the National Protest Day in their respective local churches on August 10.
A circular issued by the Presbyterian Church (Mizoram Synod), the largest church in the Christian-dominated state, on Tuesday said that National Protest Day will be organised across the country in protest against the Presidential proclamation barring Muslim and Christian Dalits from being recognised as ‘scheduled caste’.
The church appealed to all the members to offer mass prayers on the morning of August 10 as an observance of the National Protest Day.
The Mizoram Synod’s circular said that the church received appeals from the Dalit and Tribal/Adivasi Concerns, the National Council of Churches in India, Catholic Bishops Conference of India and the National Dalit Council of Christians in this regard.
The circular pointed out the proclamation of the President of India in 1950 that the Dalits who are Muslims and Christians cannot be regarded as Scheduled Tribes and the proclamation violates article 14, 15, 16 and 25 of the Indian Constitution.
The infamous Presidential (Scheduled Caste) Order 1950 was signed on August 10, 1950 by the then President of India which says “No person who professes a religion other than Hinduism shall be deemed to be a member of the scheduled caste” which was later amended to include Sikhs (1956) and Buddhists (1990) in the Scheduled Caste net.