Border dispute: Assam imposes economic ban, Mizoram now ordering expensive items from these states

Guwahati: Mizoram Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Minister K Lalrinaliana on Friday said that an "economic blockade" by the people of Assam's Barak Valley will not affect the supply of essential commodities in Mizoram as badly as before. Because the state government has started ordering other items like oil, cooking gas (LPG), and rice from two other neighboring states.

Apart from Assam, Mizoram also borders Manipur (95 km) and Tripura (66 km). Lalriniana said the state government has started ordering petrol and diesel from Tripura from Wednesday itself. He said on Thursday that, 'Some oil tankers from Tripura may come to Aizawl on Friday. We will send four trucks and seven oil tankers to Agartala on Friday to bring LPG from Agartala.' He said the Mizoram government has tied up with Tripura's Food Corporation of India (FCI) officials under which rice will be sent to the state from there.

Lalrinliana explained, 'We currently have enough rice reserves for at least three months. Other essential commodities are also being brought in and some traders from Tripura have come to Mizoram.' He said that the state government is in talks with the Manipur government to supply essential commodities, especially LPG and fuel. Mizoram is currently under lockdown due to coronavirus.

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