Guwahati: In view of the historic Mizo peace accord day, Mass voluntary blood donation camps were held across Mizoram on Tuesday under the aegis of Mizo National Youth Front (MNYF).
Amid the Coronavirus induced lockdown, no official function that could be held to celebrate the 34th anniversary of 'Remna Ni' or historic 'Mizo peace accord' between the central government and the erstwhile underground MNF this year. Instead, mass voluntary blood donation camps were held in Lunglei, Lawngtlai, Siaha, Champhai, and Serchhip apart from Mizo Hnam Run or MNF office in Aizawl, during which 264 units of blood were donated.
As per sources, Health minister Dr R Lalthangliana, transport minister T J Lalnuntluanga, legislators Z R Thiamsanga, and Lalrinsanga and other Mizoram leaders also visited the blood donation camp at the Mizo Hnam Run. Mizoram chief minister and Mizo National Front (MNF) president Zoramthanga on Monday had said that 'Remna Ni' is one of the most successful accords ever signed, not only in the country but in the world. Zoramthanga also stated that the peace accord was endowed to the Mizos by the almighty, although it was not up to the satisfaction of either the MNF or the Centre/
It is to be mentioned that Mizoram became the 23rd state of India in 1987 after the Mizo National Front (MNF) signed the peace accord with the Centre, ending a two-decade-long insurgency. The movement was basically due to lack of support from the government during the great famine (called Mautam) in Mizoram in the late 1950s. Political insurgency and social unrest ensued in the next decades.
After a number of negotiations, the document titled Mizoram Accord, 1986: Memorandum of Settlement was finally signed on 30 June 1986. It was signed by Laldenga for MNF, R.D. Pradhan, Home Secretary, Government of India, and Lalkhama, Chief Secretary, Government of Mizoram. It is remarked as the most and only successful peace agreement in India after its independence from the British Empire in 1947.