Aizawl: Mizoram’s apex student organization the Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP) has demanded restructuring of scheduled tribes list in the state.
In its federal council held on Friday, the student body resolved to take measure to ensure that the existing tribe list is reviewed and restructured, MZP president L. Ramdinliana Renthlei told EastMojo. He said that many indigenous Mizo tribes are missed in the existing list, which was prepared in 1950s when Mizoram was part of Assam.
According to Renthlei, the apex student body also resolved to take measure to detect foreigners in Mizoram and to ensure that they are deported from the state. He said that the state has been facing influx crisis of illegal immigrants from neighbouring countries over decades.
On March 18, the state legislature had passed ‘The Mizoram Maintenance of Household Register Bill, 2019’ to detect foreigners.
During its federal council, the MZP also passed a resolution to take measures for inclusion of more lessons on Mizo tribes, their tradition and folktales in curriculum under Mizoram Board of Secondary Education.
Among others, the student body also resolved to take measure to ensure that good service is provided to customers by various telecom companies operating in the state and to have well-defined posting and transfer of teacher rules by the state government.
Addressing the council, which was attended by more than 100 representatives from across Mizoram and outside the state, Renthlei said the student body has been taking relentless effort to reform education system in the state.
Expressing disappointment over shortage of teachers in the state, he said that no governments in the state are keen on rationalization of teachers to solve the perennial problem of faculty crunch.
Citing about the state’s technical entrance rules, Renthlei said the MZP is firm on its stance that no communities other than the indigenous Mizos should be included under Category-I as indigenous people of the state in The Mizoram(Selection of Candidates for Higher Technical courses) rules.
He said that the student body would continue to oppose any move to include non-indigenous people under category-I.
Renthlei also blamed the state government for allegedly not giving due attention to resolve inter-state border dispute with Assam. He said that Chief Minister Zoramthanga and Home Minister Lalchamliana paid a deaf ear to the repeated appeals by the student body to pay a visit to Zophai area near Bairabi town along the Mizoram-Assam border.
Border dispute erupted in March 2018, when MZP functionaries attempted to construct a resting shed at Zophai area leaving many students injured in police clash.