Hmar body demands quick implementation of 1994 accord

AIZAWL, MARCH 18 (NNN): Sinlung Hills Accord Implementation Demand Committee (SHAIDC), a Sakawrdai based organisation fighting for the implementation of the Hmar accord, on Wednesday asked the state government of Mizoram to immediately implement the peace accord signed between the Mizoram government and erstwhile Hmar People’s Covention (HPC) in July 1994.

Speaking to reporters at a press conference here, SHAIDC general secretary Lalparkunga said it had filed a petition with the Aizawl bench of Gauhati High Court in May 2016 over the non-implementation of clause 5.1 and 5.3 of the 1994 peace accord. He also said that the High Court had on February 21 issued an order asking the state government to file affidavit on implementation of the clauses within for weeks.

The next hearing was scheduled for April 30.

“We strongly appeal the state government to implement the peace accord on a full fledged form without making lame excuses like it had done before,” he said.

He then said that the 1994 peace accord was superseded by the state government when it signed accord with the "splinter group" Hmar People’s Convention (Democratic)  on April 2, 2018.

“The court order justify that the Hmar accord in 1994 is legally valid. We are of the opinion that the state government has the obligation to clear its old due that is the 1994 accord before it clear new dues (2018 accord,” Lalparkunga also said.

Meanwhile, Mizoram chief secretary Lalnunmawia said that the government had partly implemented the peace accord though full implementation is under process.

He also said that there are certain clauses of the accord that need time to be implemented and the state government is making effort to implement them fully.

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