Aizawl: Mizoram Merchants’ Association (MIMA), an umbrella body of all merchants in the state, has appealed indigenous land owners not to let out their buildings and shops to traders from “outside”.
The traders’ association conducted a drive in Aizawl on Saturday inspecting business shops run by outsiders. It submitted written appeals to all native landlords not to lend their buildings or rooms to outsiders for commercial purposes.
MIMA president PC Laldinthara said the campaign was launched in order to save the indigenous people from being assimilated by outsiders.
He said that the association has been working relentlessly in the larger interest of the people to protect the state. He said the people in general and the merchants in particular are now conscious about the vulnerability of the state and have respected the appeal not to hike prices at times of strike or bandhs (shutdowns).
Laldinthara urged the state government to enforce the Inner Line Permit (ILP) in stricter manner. He also called for collective efforts from political parties, NGOs and the people to protect the state. The MIMA president further appealed traders not to hike prices of commodities due to roadblocks.
The National Highway-54 via Sairang or Mualkhang, which is the life line of the state, has been blocked for almost a month due to a massive landslide.
During the drive, about 20 shops run by outsiders in Aizawl were inspected. The drive will be resumed next week.