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Mizoram to dole out Rs 5 crore for Manipur’s IDPs amid Centre’s silence

Photo: Manipur’s IDPs lodged in makeshift relief camp at Tuirial Airfield Veng, on the eastern outskirts of Aizawl

Aizawl: Mizoram’s Finance Department is taking proactive measures to provide humanitarian aid and relief to internally displaced people (IDPs) from Manipur who have sought shelter in Mizoram, according to officials from the state’s Home Department. 

On Saturday, officials revealed that arrangements were being made to sanction Rs 5 crore from the state exchequer for this purpose, while the state Chief Minister Zoramthanga’s request for Rs 10 crore remains pending with the central government.

The Executive Committee on Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from Manipur is also seeking donations from various entities, including legislators, corporators, government officials, State Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs), Autonomous District Councils, Central Public Sector Undertakings (CPSU), Central Government offices, banks, and financial institutions. A dedicated bank account number has been circulated to facilitate contributions.

Officials explained that due to the violent situation in Manipur since May, members of the tribal community have fled to Mizoram to seek safety. Presently, over 12,000 individuals have found refuge within the state. “The state government is committed to ensuring that our fellow brothers do not go hungry or remain homeless and has taken immediate measures to provide relief,” stated the officials.

To address the immediate needs of the displaced population, the state’s Food, Civil Supplies, and Consumer Affairs Department has already distributed 2,388.50 quintals of rice. Moreover, deputy commissioners have visited relief camps within their jurisdiction to provide food and other essential items to the best of their abilities, the officials said. 

Additionally, local and village leaders, civil societies, churches, and individual citizens have extended their support by offering various forms of humanitarian assistance, effectively preventing the IDPs from experiencing starvation, they added.

However, financial constraints faced by the state government, coupled with the prolonged silence from the central government regarding the appeal for funds to aid the IDPs, have left the Executive Committee on internally displaced persons from Manipur, led by Home Secretary H Lalengmawia, with no choice but to seek donations, emphasized the officials.

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