Aizawl: Mizoram Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla on Thursday said Mizoram is one of the most peaceful states in the country. He was addressing a function to mark the inauguration of memorial stone erected in memory of Mizo National Front (MNF) rebels, who returned to Mizoram after peace accord was signed in 1986. The event was roganised by Peace Accord MNF Returnees’ Association (PAMRA).
Unveiling the memorial stone at Lammual or Assam Rifles ground here, Lal Thanhawla spoke about how a 20-year long insurgency had affected Mizoram economically, politically and socially.
He expressed delight about the peace accord signed in 1986 which paved way for peace in the state.
Mizoram have been ravaged by insurgency for long 20 years.
Lal Thanhawla said that Mizoram is now considered to be one of the most peaceful states in India as there is no more insurgent group operating in the state.
He asked the people to value the contribution of those who stepped out to defend Mizoram and said that it would be worthwhile to give due attention to the rebels, who have returned to the state to lead normal life.
The Chief Minister said that Mizoram has began to witness the fruits of the Mizo peace accord and for this the state economy has registered a rapid growth since recent years.
He said that massive efforts have been taken to have commercial links between Mizoram and South East Asian states.
Lal Thanhawla added that border trade centre between Mizoram and Myanmar has been established and the same would also be established with neihbouring Bangladesh.
He called upon people to extend support to the state government in its effort to bring economic development and establish peace in the state.
He was accompanied by horticulture minister PC Lal Thanliana, who graced the occasion as guest of honour, Revenue Minister R. Romawia and Cooperation Minister Vanlalawmpuii Chawngthu.
The Mizoram Peace Accord was signed between the government of India and Mizo National Front (MNF) on June 30, 1986, ending two decades of insurgency, after which the state became the 23rd Indian state on February 20, 1987.
Mizoram was a part of Assam until 1972, when it was carved out as a Union Territory.