Aizawl (zoramobserver.com): The largest civil organization in Mizoram, Young Mizo Association (YMA) today celebrated its 82nd Rising Day all over the state marking it as a day for community and philanthropic service.
The organization branches across the state organised their own programmes the whole day during which members village undertook their priorities as in some places cleaning their villages, streets, constructing poor people’s houses and distribution of money to poor people and patients in the hospitals were taken up.
YMA being well known for its philanthropic and social service, many members here in the state capital Aizawl took out social work cleaning streets, cemetery and constructing poor houses. In some localities and villages, sports events and special function were held as part of the celebration. While in some villages and localities in Aizawl, the day was observed by planting trees by YMA members.
The YMA rising day has been declared holiday by the state government and this year it is observed as ‘dry day’ to mark the sanctity of the day.
Central YMA president Lalbiakzuala extended greeting to all the members on the occasion of YMA day and asked them to utilize the day as helping others and serving the nation.
Parliamentary Secretary Joseph Lalhlimpuia, who graced the celebration of YMA rising day at Ramthar locality in Lunglei while hailing the association as a gift bestowed by God upon Mizo people, he said it is the organisation that usher in unity and worth trusting for the needy and the down trodden. “It is most fortunate that God has provided us with an association like YMA and it is the organization that bring not only unity but also worth relying on for the needy and the poor,” he said.
He also donated 50,000 out of MLA fund to Ramthar Veng YMA branch for construction ofYMA run or inn.
The Young Mizo Association (YMA) is the largest and most comprehensive non-profit, secular and nongovernmental organisation of the Mizo people. It was established on 15 June 1935, originally as the Young Lushai Association (YLA), which was later replaced with the “Young Mizo Association” in 1947. It was initiated by the Welsh Christian missionaries who understood the need of cultural conservation of the Mizo tribe, who were under pressure of political and social modernization.
The association is administered by a central committee (Central YMA), headquartered at Aizawl, and under which there are 5 sub-headquarters, 47 groups and 805 branches, which covers all of Mizoram and some parts of Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura. At present, YMA has total membership of about 4,04,722.
The association aims at good use of leisure, development of the Mizo society, revere Christian ethics and imposes commitments to its members of Self-discipline and righteousness, good management of family, just and truthfulness, tolerance, politeness, chivalry and usefulness, social commitment, respect for religion, preservation of culture, abstinence from liquor and drugs.