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28 July 2014

YMA To Conduct Headcount of Chakmas

Aizawl, Jul 28 : Young Mizo Association (YMA) will soon conduct a census of the Chakma community living in Mizoram.

Vanlalruata, general secretary of the central committee of the YMA, said the census would be conducted in the Chakma Autonomous District Council (CADC) areas and also in other parts of the state.

He said efforts would be made to ensure that Mizos were able to own land inside the CADC. "It is extremely unfair that the sons of the soil are barred from owning land in CADC," the YMA leader said.

Earlier a study on the Chakmas was conducted to find out about the growth of the Chakma population in the state.

Their rise in population in Mizoram has been attributed to the displacement of a large number of people from the community after construction of the Kaptai Dam in Chittagong Hill Tracts in the erstwhile East Pakistan between 1957 and 1962. A large number of Chakma refugees were also sent to Arunachal Pradesh. More Chakmas came to the state after the Centre created the CADC in 1972 without consulting the people or leaders of Mizoram.

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