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YMA mulls over conduct of village registration in Chakma areas

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YMA mulls over conduct of village registration in Chakma areas

Aizawl (zoramobserver.com): Mizoram’s largest civil organisation, the Young Mizo Association (YMA) mulled over conducting of village registration in Chakma dominated areas in Mizoram.

The meeting of the central executive committee of the YMA in Aizawl on Wednesday decided to undertake village population registration in Chakma areas on its own if the state government does not take any concrete steps in this regard, a statement issued by the association said.

Earlier, the YMA had tried to conduct census of Chakma population in Mizoram to detect illegal migrants or foreigners. However, the proposed Chakma census was put on hold as the state government assured the association that it was contemplating to do the same.

The meeting of the central executive committee of the YMA has decided to go ahead with the proposed village population registration,  if the state government has not taken any initiative, without coordinating with the government, the statement also said.

There has been apprehension in Mizoram that the influx of illegal Chakma migrants from Bangladesh has been rapidly increasing.

Being apprehensive of the alarming growth of Chakma population due to influx of illegal immigrants from neighbouring Bangladesh, Mizoram’s apex student body, the Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP) took the issue with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh during the latter’s visit to Mizoram on June 12 this year and asked the union minister to check the growing influx.

In a memorandum submitted to the Union Home Minister, the MZP said that one of the biggest problems of Mizoram is related to the influx of  illegal Chakma immigrants.

“The population of Chakma, who are not indigenous people of Mizoram has increased from a mere 198 in the first ever census in 1901 to 80,000 in 1991 census. Within a span of 90 years they have multiplied it by 44004% and this increase is not possible by way of normal human reproduction,” the memorandum said.

Going by historical records, the MZP also said that Chakmas have never lived in Mizoram and have never been considered as indigenous people of the Mizoram.

As the abnormal growth of Chakma population in Mizoram strongly indicates illegal immigrants from neighbouring Bangladesh, the MZP urged Singh to take it seriously and intervene to solve the problem.

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Co-Editor, Zoramobserver.com. Mr. Khojol is a journalist based in Aizawl, Mizoram. He writes for various national and regional media houses. In his free time, he can be caught reading books and watching movies.

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