No report of essential commodities crisis in state due to economic blockade by Assam: Mizoram govt


Mizoram Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Minister K Lalrinliana said, there is no report of a crisis of essential commodities in the state thus far despite the "economic blockade" staged by the people of Assam's Barak Valley.

The state government has earlier facilitated the transportation of oil, cooking gas and other items, including rice, from two other neighbouring states, the minister said.

Apart from Assam, Mizoram shares inter-state borders with Manipur (95 km) and Tripura (66 km).

Minister K Lalrinliana said that the state government has begun transporting petrol and diesel from Tripura from Wednesday, adding that the state government has reached an agreement with authorities of the Food Corporation of India (FCI) in Tripura to transport rice to the state.

'As of now, we have sufficient rice stocks for at least three months. Other essential commodities are also coming in and some traders from Tripura have already entered Mizoram,' he said.

Mizoram government is currently in talks with the Manipur government to facilitate the transportation of essential commodities, especially LPG and fuels.

The minister said that the state government is making massive efforts to ensure that people don't face a crisis of essential commodities.

Earlier on Wednesday, the Mizoram government wrote to the Union Home Ministry requesting to take urgent action to get the neighbouring state Assam to immediately lift the road blockade for the movement of goods and passengers to Mizoram.

(Edited by Aparmita Das)

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