Aizawl: The Mizoram government on Monday constituted the interim council of Sinlung Hills.
A notification issued by additional secretary in the state home department Lalbiakzama said that the government has pleased to constitute Sinlung Hills Council for an interim period of six months with immediate effect.
Formation of Sinlung Hills Council (SHC) is the result of peace accord signed by the Mizoram government and Hmar People’s Convention (Democratic) on April 2.
The interim council will be headed by former HPC (D) spokesperson Lalthalien as Chief Executive Member (CEM), while former HPC(D) working chairman Lathanglian aka LT Hmar will be the chairman, the notification said.
The group’s deputy army chief Lalbiaknunga has been appointed as deputy chairman of the interim council. Apart from them, the interim council will have four Executive Members (EMs) and five members.
The Deputy Commissioner of Aizawl district Dr. A Muthamma has been tasked to convene the first meeting of the interim council within 30 days from the date of issue of the notification and shall administer the oath of affirmation to each member in the first sitting.
After a series of talks beginning from 10 August, 2016, the Mizoram government and HPC(D) signed Memorandum of Settlement (MoS) on April 2, which ended more than 20 years insurgency in northeastern Mizoram.
As per the agreement, the existing Sinlung Hills Development Council (SHDC), which came into existence in 1997 as a result of peace accord between the state government and the erstwhile Hmar People’s Convention (HPC) was accorded more autonomy and was re-christened as Sinlung Hills Council.
On 13 April, 102 HPC (D) cadres and 12 leaders including the group chairman H.Zosangbera surrendered to the state government along with their weapons during the homecoming ceremony at Central Training Institute (CTI) at Sesawng village near Aizawl.