Aizawl (Mizoram), June 14: Dissimilar to his neighboring states Arunachal Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh Mizoram Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla is not just for keeping the India-Myanmar open but also asks the Center to return to the furthest reaches of 60 km on either side for visa-free movement rather than the present 16 km.
Mizoram CM Lal Thanhawla said “We do not know about our neighboring states. But for us here in Mizoram, owing to our close ethnic ties, we would be happy if the earlier practice which was 60 km free zone and period of stay up 60 days instead of 72 hours should be restored”.
In his presentation on Monday T Aizwal, CM said “We do not know about our neighboring states. But for us here in Mizoram, owing to our close ethnic ties, we would be happy if the earlier practice that is 60 km free zone and period of stay up 60 days instead of 72 hours are restored”.
Under the Free Movement Regime, the administrations of India and Myanmar allow entry of people living within 16 km of the border with permits yet without a visa under specific conditions. Residents of both sides can halt in the other nation for three days, inside 16 km on either side.
Expressing the view CM Lal Thanhawla said “Keeping in view our strong traditional and close ethnic ties with the people in our border, which is the Chin Hills of Myanmar, the government of Mizoram is not in favor of fencing along the Indo-Myanmar border”. He further added saying “Rather, India can take advantage of the traditional ties and foster its budding engagement with Myanmar by building up trade and business opportunities as part of its Act East Policy”.
CM Lal Thanhawla does not need a fence along the Bangladesh border either. "We are losing valuable land as our kin are not permitted to keep cultivating outside the fence. Additionally, since our limits with Myanmar and Bangladesh are separated by natural rivers, fencing is not an answer on the grounds that the landscape is steep and unfriendly”.
Mizoram will define rules for usage of the Free Movement Regime and has set up four assigned intersection crossing points for gathering entry fees.