Mizoram sports minister Robert Romawia Royte Credit: File image

Aizawl: Mizoram sports minister and Mizo National Front (MNF) adviser Robert Romawia Royte on Friday said Mizoram as well as the state assembly has special provision under the Constitution of India to protect and safeguard the Mizo people, their religion and customary laws.

Addressing a meeting at Mizo Hnam Run or MNF office here on Friday, Royte claimed that Article 371G which is enshrined in the constitution according to the 53rd Constitutional amendment act, 2007 was the by-product of MNF movement.

He said that article 371G gives special provision to the state of Mizoram according to which no act of president in respect of religious or social practices of the Mizos, Mizo customary laws and procedures, administration of civil and criminal justice involving decisions according to Mizo customary law, and ownership and transfer of land, shall apply to the state of Mizoram unless the state legislature by a resolution so decides.

He said that the Mizoram legislative assembly has special autonomy to either reject or adopt any act passed by the parliament in respect of Mizoram

Unlike other political parties, said Royte, the MNF was established to include and bring all Mizo tribes under its ambit. He said that the present government headed by chief minister Zoramthanga knew no international boundary as far as unification of Mizo communities is concerned and special allocation would be made in the state’s budget for unification of all Mizo tribes living in different parts of the country and the globe.

Royte said that the state government has allocated Rs 86,000 lakh for implementation of its flagship programme, Socio-Economic Development Programme (SEDP), for upliftment of farmers and bringing infrastructural development in the state.

He said that laying of artificial turf at Saitaul and Hnathial football ground will soon be resumed and new artificial turfs will also be laid at Khawzawl, Mualvum and Zemabawk play grounds due to efforts made the state government.

“The government will also organise state-level games, which will be a milestone in the sports history of Mizoram and Rs 150 lakh has been allocated for this purpose,” he said.

Royte, who also holds tourism portfolio, said the Centre has recently sanctioned Rs 270 lakh for promotion of games and sports in the state. He also expressed happiness for the cabinet’s decision to have Institute of Hotel Management (IHM) operational from this year.

The institution, when functional, will have 120 seats of which 30 per cent would be reserved for local students, while 70 per cent would be filled based on joint common entrance test, he said.

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