`Govt to take action against people indulging in extortion`

Mizoram Home Minister R Lalzirliana today said that the state government would take stringent action against people indulging in extortion in the name of voluntary organisations and NGOs collecting donations.

Last Updated: Jul 08, 2010, 18:46 PM IST

Aizawl: Mizoram Home Minister R Lalzirliana
today said that the state government would take stringent
action against people indulging in extortion in the name of
voluntary organisations and NGOs collecting donations.

Addressing a meeting of major NGOs and voluntary
organisations here, Lalzirliana said that "with too many
people who refused to work hard and tried to earn a living by
extorting money from businessmen including non-tribals, the
peaceful atmosphere in the state has been in peril."

Expressing great concern over the increasing extortion in
the state, he said, "the rampant extortion by and in the name
of NGOs not only threatened peace, but also brought a bad name
to our society and religion."

The Home Minister told the NGO leaders that such people
might call it `donation` but it is sheer extortion and is an
offence as per the law.

"It is an offence, a crime, so the government cannot be a
mute spectator," he said that the law would be enforced by the
government against the offenders, however, powerful they might
be.

The meting was attended by Parliamentary Secretary for
Home Lalrinmawia Ralte, Home Secretary Lalmalsawma and leaders
of the Young Mizo Association (YMA), Mizo Hmeichhe Insuihkhawm
Pawl (MHIP) or Mizo Women federation, Mizoram Upa Pawl (MUP)
of Mizoram Elders association, Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP) or Mizo
Students association and the Mizoram Educated Welfare
Association (MEWA).

PTI