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Aizawl: The Mizoram government is taking efforts to detect unauthorised villages across the state, local administration minister K Lalrinliana said on Wednesday.

Lalrinliana informed the state assembly that district-level screening committees have been formed to conduct inspection and identification of illegal villages. “The screening committees will submit reports and suggestions to the state government,” he said.

Lalrinliana also said that the state government will amend the existing village councils’ rules so that unauthorised villages are easily detected and controlled.

Earlier on March 15, the minister had also informed the state assembly that there were 25 illegal villages being established by illegal immigrants from Bangladesh. Of these, 16 were set up in Lunglei district, four in Aizawl district, three in Champhai district and two in Mamit district bordering Tripura, he had said.

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The state assembly had also passed ‘The Mizoram Maintenance of Household Register Bill, 2019’ in March to detect foreigners. The Bill is yet to get the governor’s assent.

On May 28, the state government had served an eviction order to an alleged illegal village inhabited by the Chakma community in south Mizoram’s Lunglei district.

The government in its order had asked residents of Tuichawngchhuah village to vacate their village within three months from the date of issue of order, failing which they will be fined Rs 100 per day after expiry of the deadline.

Tuichawngchhuah is a village predominantly inhabited by the Chakma community, which is located under the jurisdiction of Tuichawng village council in Lungsen block of south Mizoram’s Lunglei district.

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