Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga Credit: Twitter image

Guwahati: The Rights and Risks Analysis Group (RRAG), a Delhi-based think tank and rights-based group has urged Union Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi to reject funding of proposed projects worth Rs 35 crore in Mizoram under the Pradhan Mantri Jan Vikas Karyakram (PMJVK) exclusively meant for the minorities.

On January 12, Mizoram chief minister Zoramthanga requested the minister for for financing the construction of two high schools, one higher secondary school, one primary school and one mini football stadium in his Aizawl East constituency.

Writing to the ministry, RRAG Director, Suhas Chakma highlighted that in context of Mizoram, Christians are identified as the majority, whereas Buddhists and other non-Christian religious groups have been identified as minorities.

Chakma said, based on these principles, and the guidelines for implementation of PMJVK, the Ministry of Minority Affairs identified only certain areas/ towns of two districts of Mizoram – Mamit (West Phaileng and Zawlnuam) and Lawngtlai (West Bunghmun, Lungsen, Chawngte, Lawngtlai and Bungtlang South) with substantial minority population for implementation of the PMJVK during remaining period of 14th Finance Commission i.e. 2019-20.

Therefore, as per the guidelines of PMJVK, the projects in Aizawl East constituency as sought by CM Zoramthanga are not eligible as they are not identified as areas with substantial minority populations by the Ministry of Minority Affairs itself, said the Director of RRAG.

Further, he requested Naqvi to advise the Mizoram government to hold consultations with the Government of the Chakma Autonomous District Council (CADC) and re-submit these projects for implementation at Chawngte, Headquarters of the CADC under Lawngtlai district which has substantial minority Buddhist populations.

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