AIZAWL,  June  22: Barely three months after launching an agitation against the opening  of Vishal Mega Mart  in Aizawl, Mizoram Merchant Association  (MIMA)  today said that it strongly opposes the plan for opening another “non-Mizo run” mega shopping mall here. A statement issued by the merchant body said that some non-tribal  traders  backed  by Mizos have been making efforts to open Bazar  India  outlet at Chaltlang locality here. The   MIMA  said  that  the opening of Bazar India outlet can be a big threat as it may lead to an economic assimilation of the Mizos.

MIMA leaders today met Mizoram Home Minister R Lalzirliana and asked him to take appropriate steps in this regard. They further asked the Home Minister not to issue a two-year validity of Inner Line Permit to non-tribals to run business in Mizoram unless such business is beyond the “capability of the natives”.  They  also  asked him to send a team to Arunachal  Pradesh  to  assess Trading Regulation Act enforced there. The Home Minister assured MIMA leaders that he wouldtake up  the matter with  the Home Department officials. The  apex  student  body  in Mizoram, Mizo  Zirlai Pawl (MZP) had  also opposed  the opening of Vishal Mega Mart in Aizawl alleging that it was an  attempt by non-tribals  to run illegal trade in Mizoram.

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