Aizawl: Hundreds of Mizos living in Jampui hills in Tripura-Mizoram border today took out a procession under the aegis of Jampui Mizo Convention (MC) demanding the creation of ‘Jampui Autonomous Region(Regional Council)’ for the economically backward Mizos in Tripura.
The procession held between Behliangchhip and BDO Office, Vanghmun was joined by hundreds of people with a number of motor vehicles, bikes and scooters. The procession was aimed at drawing the attention of the Tripura government towards their demands, according to Jampui Mizo Convention president Lalramzauha Sailo, who headed the procession.
Sailo said the procession was a protest against the discrimination and negligence meted out to the Mizos by the Tripura government over their demands which have been placed before the state government earlier. He alleged that the state government did not pay sincere concern to the plight of Mizo tribals living in Jampui hills near the border with Mizoram.
“The Mizos in Jampui area demand the creation of a create separate ‘Jampui Autonomous Region(Regional Council)’ for the economically and educationally backward Mizo community in Jampui hills,” said the memorandum submitted to Tripura Chief Minsiter Manik Sarkar through Vanghmun BDO.
The memorandum also demanded inclusion of Mizo subject in the syllabus of Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) for language alternative subject and introduction of Mizo language as a language subject in Tripura University.
Among others, the demands also include demarcation of Jampui hills revenue mouza and place according to village wise traditional boundary, demarcation of land allotted under Forest Rights Act in Jampui hills, division of Hmunpui ADC into two, compensation to orange growers of Jampui hills, immediate resumption and speedy construction of National Highway 44-B between Kanchanpur and Chhimluang via Jampui hills and inclusion of Mizo programme in Tripura Doordarshan television programme.