Way back in the 1960s when the then Lushai Hills district of Assam was at the peak of insurgency and the security forces burnt down villages by the dozen to teach the insurgents a lesson,hundreds of Mizos were rendered homeless for long. But today,Mizoram (the state that Lushai Hills finally became) is not just an island of peace,but also a state that does not have a single homeless person.
The Census figures indicate Mizoram does not have homeless people, said Mizoram Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla in Aizawl on Monday. Out of the 2,21,077 households in our state,65.8 per cent live in their own houses while 31.8 per cent reside in rented accommodation,with 2.4 per cent living in staff quarters, he said.
The CM,however,admitted that 2.8 per cent of people in the state do live in houses marked as dilapidated. Most of the houses (62.3 per cent) have been categorised good while 34.9 per cent are liveable,he pointed out.
Also,the countrys most literate state after Kerala,Mizoram scores a high roughly 93.4 per cent in sanitation,says the Census 2011 data.
As many as 2,03,185 of the states 2,21,077 families possess latrines within their premises,while 3,342 families (1.5 per cent) use public latrines. The state,however,has 14,550 persons roughly 5.5 per cent who do defecate in the open.
Compared to this,Meghalaya which boasts of Mawllynnong being the cleanest village in Asia has a disappointing one-third of its population (34.3 per cent of its 538,299 households) defecating in the open.