Aizawl: The central executive committee of Young Mizo Association (YMA), the largest civil society organisation in Mizoram, on Wednesday urged the state governor Hari Babu Kambhampati to take measures to ensure that the Centre provide assistance to Myanmar nationals, who are taking shelter in the state.

Thousands of Myanmar nationals from Chin state fled their homes and have taken refuge in different parts of Mizoram following the military coup in February.

During a meeting with Kambhampati, leaders of CYMA led by its president Vanlalruata expressed disappointment over the Centre’s apathy towards the plight of the Myanmar nationals.

The YMA leaders urged the governor to visit some of the refugee camps in the border districts of Mizoram to witness the ground situation so that he can appraise the Centre on the need for providing assistance to the displaced Myanmarese.

The YMA leaders also requested the governor to impress upon the central government to accord more importance to Mizoram, citing its remote location. They also sought his assistance for the inclusion of Mizo language under the 8th schedule.

Six Mizoram districts – Champhai, Lawngtlai, Siaha, Saitual, Hnahthial and Serchhip share a 510-km international border with Myanmar’s Chin state.

In the past, Chief Minister Zoramthanga has written to the Centre several times seeking monetary assistance and asylum for the Myanmar nationals, who fled their country due to the humanitarian crisis.

Earlier, the Mizoram government had also sent delegations to Delhi, seeking assistance for the Myanmar nationals. However, the Centre is yet to give a response. 

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