Aizawl: Apprehensive of social and economic assimilation by outsiders, Mizoram Tipper Association (MTA), an umbrella body of all tipper truck drivers and owners in the state on Monday served an ultimatum to all outsider trucks manned by non-tribal to stop running and put a halt on transporting local goods within Mizoram from July.
The association also threatened to stage protest and block outside truckers if they continue to enter Mizoram and do local works after the deadline.
Speaking to reporters at a press conference here on Monday, MTA president C Lalzarmawia said many local truck owners and drivers were rendered jobless owing to an increase in the number of trucks from outside.
He said that the local people are facing impending assimilation from outside as the number of non-tibal owned trucks keeps increasing in the state.
According to the leader, about 50 commercial vehicles (trucks) owned by non-tribal, who were outsiders have been registered in Mizoram in violation of The Central Motor Vehicle Rules 1989 as of now and asked the state government as to how these vehicles got registration in the state.
He said that no commercial vehicles are allowed to get registration outside their domicile state or without valid documents supporting their domicile, according to The Central Motor Vehicle Rules 1989.
He alleged that all these non-tribal truck owners violated the Eastern Bengal Frontier Regulation 1873 and performed works beyond the subjects permitted by their Inner Line Permit (ILP).
C Lalzarmawia said that about 100 trucks from outside Mizoram are currently operating in the state and they constituted almost 90% of trucks ferrying local goods and materials in the state.
He alleged that non-tribal are trying to assimilate the Mizos by manipulating market at their area and fixing separate rates of construction materials like baked bricks and sand for local residents and Mizoram’s residents.
“Whereas 1 cubic metre of sand is available at Rs 600 for local residents (non-tribal) at Bhaga bazaar in Assam, the same quantity is sold at Rs 800 to Mizoram residents,” he alleged.
He asked the state government to immediately repair road between between Bairabi and Zamuang to enable local truckers to transport sand from Langkaih area on the Mizoram-Assam border.
The leader also appealed to all outsiders truckers to stop entering Mizoram and ferry local goods within the state from July.