Aizawl (zoramobserver.com): Peace Accord MNF Returnees Association (PAMRA), an association of the former underground Mizo National Front (MNF) militants will celebrate Remna Run Day or the anniversary of returning home from underground after laying down arms.
PAMRA president B. Zorampara told a press conference here today that the 31st anniversary of Remna Run Day will be celebrated on August 2 in all district headquarters across the state. He said that the association will celebrate the anniversary of Remna Run Day for the first time, 30 years after coming to over ground. The grand celebration will be held in Aizawl under the aegis of PAMRA general headquarters, he said.
Zorampara also expressed grievances towards Mizoram government for not solving the demands of the association.
Demanding the state government to fully implement the Mizo peace accord signed in 1986, Zorampara said any government that came to rule in Mizoram from 1986 to till date have not paid sincere effort to fulfill their demands.
He demanded that ex-gratia should be paid to the kin of all those killed during the 20-year long disturbance triggered by the declaration of independence from the Indian Union by the MNF in March, 1966.
Alleging that Mizoram government is not keen on providing housing assistance to the returnees, he said that the state government is completely depending on the central government for housing assistance from the central department and is reluctant to submit housing assistance proposal at the centre.
“We are very hurt by the government indifference to meet our needs and demands,” Zorampara said.
He said that the association has been patiently waiting for the government to fully implement the Mizo peace accord and added that if the government is reluctant to implement the peace accord, they will take rigorous step to fulfill their demands.
Though the Mizo Accord was inked on June 30, 1986, the former underground personnel said, many of the terms and conditions of the peace agreement were yet to be fulfilled by the Centre.
Of the 572 MNF cadres who came over ground due to the accord, 151 people have died since 1986 to till date, according to Zorampara.
The Mizoram Accord was signed between the MNF and the Government of India on June 30, 1986, ending 20 years long insurgency and unrest in Mizoram.
The official document entitled Mizoram Accord, 1986, Memorandum of Settlement was the landmark that restored peace and harmony in the state. The signatories were Laldenga, leader of the movement, R. D Pradhan, Home Secretary, and Lalkhama, Chief Secretary.