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Zoramthanga flags Manipur violence in his I Day speech

Aizawl: Mizoram chief minister Zoramthanga on Tuesday highlighted the ethnic violence in neighbouring Manipur in his Independence Day speech.

“The entire country has been deeply pained by the violent ethnic conflict which erupted in our neighbouring state of Manipur on 4th May, 2023. The series of unfortunate and deplorable incidents which have unfolded since then, have deeply aggrieved the entire Mizo society,” Zoramthanga said after he unfurled the Tricolour during the celebrations of 77th India Independence Day at Lammual in Aizawl.

Zoramthanga added that his government has kept a close watch since the start of political and ethnic turmoil in Manipur and has taken a number of steps for the safety and security of Mizos who were stuck in Imphal, particularly students of various disciplines.

“The State Government also took up relief and rehabilitation measures immediately for the internally displaced from Manipur, who have sought shelter in our state,” he said.

According to official records, about 12,509 internally displaced persons since then have arrived in Mizoram (as on July 18, 2023). Relief camps have been set up in Aizawl and some districts to house the displaced people. More than 2388.50 quintals of foodgrain has been distributed to those affected. It is heartening to witness how the civil society, NGOs, church bodies and individuals have contributed immensely both in cash and in kind. 

Zoramthanga also pointed out that the state government has allocated Rs. 5 crore for their relief and rehabilitation. Besides, we have requested the Central Government to sanction at least Rs. 10 crore for providing bare necessities to these displaced people from Manipur who are seeking refuge in Mizoram.

He also mentioned that Mizoram government spent more than Rs. 36 lakh to airlift and evacuate 264 residents of Mizoram, who were still residing in Imphal in the initial days of the violence. 

Zoramthanga further stated that Mizoram, along with the rest of the nation, is on a steady path of progress.

“In the last four and half years, we faced many challenges, but with the unwavering support and strong cooperation from all sections of the society, we have been able to overcome most hurdles. Despite the crippling effects of the pandemic on all sectors, we have strived hard to make notable achievements to bring favourable changes in the lives of our people,” he said.

Zoramthanga took pride in the country currently holding the Presidency of the prestigious G-20 and to make India’s Presidency a stellar success, various meetings and events are being organised in different cities during this year. 

“Mizoram was privileged to host a G-20, B-20 (Business-20) Conference on 2nd March, 2023 themed – ‘India Initiatives in the North East – Conference on opportunities for multilateral business partnerships in urban planning, infrastructure, bamboo, startups, skill development, nursing and paramedics’, where delegates from over 17 countries participated. We are hopeful that this Conference will help foster and create economic partnerships that will enhance Mizoram’s progress,” Zoramthanga said.

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