Aizawl, June 16 (Mizonews.Net): The largest NGO in Mizoram, Young Mizo Association (YMA), observed its 78th anniversary on Saturday, with its various branches engaged in various kinds of activities like carrying out cleanliness drive, helping poor families by way of constructing houses for them, besides celebration with games and sports, music and varied cultural programmes.
The YMA Day observation was marked launching cleanliness campaign by most of the Branches, other Branches on voluntary blood donation, while some others on constructing houses for the poor, while some other celebrated the Day with games and sports and some other Branches observed it as their Branch foundation day.
In his message on YMA Day, Central YMA President T Sang-lauded the YMA members for the steps they used to take in time of catastrophes. Also speaking on YMA year theme, he said that the shops and other services of illegal non-Mizo traders in the state are ceased, and also that due to the participation of YMA in Electoral Roll hearing, the increase in the roll is at normal rate.
The YMA President also said it is thankful that other communities like Chakma, Tuikuk etc., who enters the State in seeking NLUP and 100 day jobs are not included in the Electoral Roll. He also said that many non-Mizos who stay in Aizawl without I.LP were send back or fined.
Moreover, the YMA President mentions that as part of YMA initiatives for Mizo integration, the programmes of some ethic-based organizations for procession and other activities were let cancelled through the steps taken by Central & Sub-Headquarters YMA.
Central YMA President further mentions that a cleansing drive has been carried out at Rangvamual and Phunchawng localities settled liquor sellers and foreigners.
The President also said that in recent times people who becomes richer indulging in illegal drugs selling are purchasing plots in Aizawl at high prices, in the wake of which if go on neglecting, such people will overtake us, the YMA President said, adding CYMA is taking steps in this regard.
Young Mizo Association initially called Young Lushai Association was formed in June 15, 1935; its name changed into YMA later on October 7, 1947. Founding leaders of YMA (YLA) were: President Rev. L.Evans (Pu Niara), Vice President Mrs. K.Hugh (Pi Zaii), Secretary Pu Ch Pasena, Assistant Secretary Pu Vankhama and Treasurer Rev. Edwards (Zorema Pa).
YMA, which is an All India Organisation has its Branches outside Mizoram in states like Manipur, Assam, Nagaland, Meghalaya and Tripura. It is registered under Societies Registration Act (Act XXI of 1860) vide Rgdn. No. SR4 of 1977. At present, YMA comprises 792 Branches, 46 Groups, 5 Sub-Hqrs. with 3, 88,146 members (as per report in last Conference).