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Panel views split Mizos
- NGO takes tough stand

Aizawl, Nov. 21: The recommendations of the T. Gupta Commission on administrative reforms recommending greater autonomy to the district councils have created a split among the affected communities in Mizoram.

The Central Young Mizo Association (CYMA), a prominent NGO, resolved to oppose these recommendations on the grounds that they were virtually creating a state within a state and heralding the Balkanisation of the state along ethnic lines.

However, the communities that consider themselves as beneficiaries of these proposals in the Lai and Mara autonomous district councils see the CYMA’s opposition as a regressive move to repress their fundamental rights to grow politically.

“We are not against any clan or tribe as we are all Zo people; we want all to grow and develop equally,” CYMA president T. Sangkunga said. He termed the commission’s advice for changing the designation of the ADCs to territorial councils with more powers as a political power play to divide the state along communal lines. Gupta recommended that all the departments of government be transferred to the councils along with a share of the state budget.

Sangkunga pointed out that the district councils were already being given so much money, which was all going towards the pay of council workers with little left for development of the areas.

He said the Congress or MNF would not oppose the “divisive” Gupta recommendations and so it fell upon the CYMA to do so.

Denying the charges hurled by the Central Young Lai Association, Mara Thyutli Py and Central Young Chakma Association, the Mizo association said it is not “communal”.

The other organisations have asked the CYMA to withdraw its resolution and support their district councils in getting more powers.

In a press note, they avowed that their intention was not to dismantle Mizoram or the “Mizo” entity but rather to strengthen it.

The NGO also stressed that Mizoram would not be able to bear the continued proliferation of community-based political parties or students unions and asked that people be content with the existing larger parties and all-Mizoram students’ unions.


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