AIZAWL: Days after the ministry of home affairs asked four northeastern states including Mizoram to take appropriate action to prevent a possible influx of people from coup-hit Myanmar into India, CM Zoramthanga on Thursday said that he is sending a delegation to Delhi to request the Centre to change India’s foreign policy on Myanmar and not to send the refugees back.
Stating that the Central government should be more open to Myanmarese people, the CM said that once the refugees from the military-ruled country come to Mizoram, they should be provided with food and shelter on humanitarian grounds. “I believe that the Indian government should be more open to Myanmarese people. I have told this to PM Modi. I am sending my delegation to Delhi to discuss this. We will request the government to change the foreign policy to accept the Myanmar refugees and not to send them back. The exodus of refugees increasing. I do not know the exact number. But we have to sympathise with them,” Zoramthanga said.
“I have expressed my views to home minister Amit Shah and told him that those people who came from Myanmar are our brothers and sisters. We have family ties with most of them. And once they came to Mizoram, we have to give them food and shelter from the humanitarian point of view. We want Myanmar to be a democratic government and not a military government,” he said.
The MHA had on March 13 written a letter to the states asking them to take appropriate action as per law to check illegal influx from Myanmar