Mizoram Home Minister R Lalzirliana on Thursday said a special session of the State Assembly would be convened next month to facilitate passage of the proposed Sinlung Hills Council bill, 2018, news agency PTI reported.
“The government is committed to resolve the Hmar problems and establish a strong and reliable council to fulfill the political aspirations of the Hmar people in Mizoram,” the home minister also was reported as saying while addressing the “Hmar Martyrs’ Day” in Manipur’s Churachandpur district on Wednesday.
On 2 April, Mizoram government and the underground outfit Hmar People’s Convention (Democratic) signed a peace accord to end over three-decade-old insurgency for political autonomy for the Hmar ethnic tribe. The Memorandum of Settlement envisaged for setting up of Singlung Hills Council under a State Act with more power and autonomy.
Following the MoS, a total of 114 Hmar rebels surrendered their arms and returned to the mainstream at a homecoming ceremony organized by the Mizoram government on 13th April.
The Hmar ethnic people of Mizoram already enjoy Sinlung Hills Development Council (SHDC) which was also achieved after signing a peace agreement in 1994.