The Young Mizo Association (YMA) on Wednesday urged Governor Hari Babu Kambhampati to take measures to ensure that the Centre provide assistance to Myanmar nationals taking shelter in the state.

Thousands of Myanmar nationals from Chin state fled their homes and have taken refuge in different parts of Mizoram following the military coup in February.

During a meeting with Kambhampati, the central executive committee leaders of the YMA, the largest civil society organisation of Mizoram, led by its president Vanlalruata, expressed disappointment over the Centre’s apathy towards the plights of Myanmar nationals.

The YMA central executive committee (CYMA) leaders urged the Mizoram Governor to visit some of the refugee camps in the border districts to witness the ground situation so that he can appraise the Centre on the need for providing assistance to the displaced Myanmarese.

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The leaders also requested the Governor to impress upon the central government to accord more importance to Mizoram citing its remote location.

They also sought his assistance for the inclusion of the Mizo language under the 8th schedule.

Six Mizoram districts – Champhai, Lawngtlai, Siaha, Saitual, Hnahthial and Serchhip share a 510-km international border with Myanmar’s Chin state.

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Mizoram chief minister Zoramthanga has written to the Centre several times seeking monetary assistance and asylum for the Myanmar nationals, who fled their country due to humanitarian crisis.

Earlier, the Mizoram government also sent delegations to Delhi seeking assistance for the Myanmar nationals.

However, the Centre is yet to give any response.

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