AIZAWL, Feb 26: The Chakmas have threatened to launch agitation against the National Building Construction Corporation Ltd (NBCC) by blocking roads and fencing works if the NBCC fails to abide by the agreement signed with the aggrieved Chakma tribals at Silsury village in Mamit district of Mizoram, stated a press release. According to the terms of the agreement NBCC promised to release the second phase of compensation to the families affected by the ongoing India-Bangladesh border fencing project on or before March 15 2008. The Agreement was reached between the Compensation Demand Committee, Silsury and BR Sharma, Additional General Manager (Engineering), NBCC, Mizoram.
“The second phase of compensation should have been paid much earlier. But the NBCC has been willfully delaying compensation for its own gain at the cost of the affected families who are very poor” stated president of the Committee Maya Ranjan Chakma.
“There is no reason as to why there should be such resentment against the Border Fencing Project if the quality of lives of the displaced peoples who gave their lands for the national interest were to improve. Our concerns are valid and deserve recognition from the Governments of India and Mizoram and the NBCC,” Chakma stated further.
The Government of India has been constructing fencing along the 318 km-long India-Bangladesh border stretch in Mizoram which will displace 5,790 Chakmatribal families consisting of 35,438 persons from 49 villages. The NBCC has been fencing the major portion of the border.