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Assistance to victims of ethnic violence
Correspondent IMPHAL, JUL 17:
Published on 17 Jul. 2010 11:12 PM IST
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Manipur government provided rehabilitation package amounting to Rs 50.80 lakhs to 508 families who were victims of ethnic clashes in Senapati and Ukhrul district during the year 2009.
Another Rs.3.64 lakh was also provided to around 800 Zeme refugees who had taken shelter in the relief camps in Tousem sub-division of Tamenglong district during the year, an official source said Saturday.
According to an official source from the directorate of Relief and Rehabilitation, a total of 508 families displaced during the ethnic clash (Naga-Kuki clash of 1990s) were given financial assistance at the rate of Rs 10,000 per family for rehabilitation in two districts of Senapati and Ukhrul.
In addition to it, a sum of Rs 15,11, 089 was also spent in the maintenance of relief camps for non-Manipuris at Moreh, Tamenglong, Dharmasala, Thangal Bazar, Imphal, the source added.
Further, Rs 10 lakh was spent as payment of ex-gratia/relief to victims who got killed or injured at the hands of the undergrounds and security forces.
It may be mentioned that hundreds of Zemes from Haflong, Assam were affected during the conflict between the Dimasas and the Zeme Nagas in North Cachar Hills district of Assam following series of attacks to the Zemes by burning down their houses by armed militants of Dimasas which started around March of 2009 and went on till June of the same year. An approximately 140 houses of six Zeme Naga villages were burnt down during the clash and around 800 villagers took shelter at various relief camps opened at Tousem area of Manipur
Meanwhile, state government had instructed the directorate for formulating a vocational training programme for the surrendered underground cadres under the revised rehabilitation package of the central government, the source said.

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