State tourism minister Robert Romawia Royte 

Aizawl: The Mizoram government is making massive efforts to promote the historic Mizo peace accord signed between the erstwhile underground Mizo National Front (MNF) and the Union government in June 1986.

Speaking to reporters, state tourism minister Robert Romawia Royte said his department is making efforts to roll out the peace accord in order to promote it and honour the Mizo heroes, who fought “independence” from the Union of India.

He also said that the government has allocated Rs 40 lakh under the ‘Peace Pays’ project in an effort to popularise the Mizo Accord.

According to the minister, the government will organise ‘Meet The Heroes: Peace Pays’ conference as part of the first phase of the ‘Peace Pays’ project on Thursday.

Royte further said that those Mizo heroes, who walked to China from Arakan in Myanmar during the ‘independence’ movement, will be honoured during the conference.

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Up to 144 members of China delegation and their relatives would be invited for the event during which 73 survivors of the delegation will be honoured along with relatives of the deceased members, he added.

The event will be held at Vanapa Hall where chief minister Zoramthanga will be the chief guest and deputy chief minister Tawnluia will be the guest of honour. After official function, a dinner will be organised at tourist lodge in Aizawl’s Chaltlang in honour of the delegation, said Royte.

The tourism minister also said that the state government is also planning to organise ‘Christmas festival’ apart from Anthurium festival to promote tourism in the state.

Royte was accompanied by tourism commissioner Esther Lalruatkimi, tourism director Saitluanga and officials of information and public relation department.

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