Manipur’s ZOMI renews its demand for the creation of Zoland Territorial Council
Part of: GS Prelims and GS-I – Tribal issues & GS-II – Constitution
- Manipur’s Zomi ethnic group has renewed its demand for the creation of Zoland Territorial Council (ZTC) under the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution, a self-administered zone on the lines of the Bodoland Territorial Council in Assam.
Important value additions
- The Zou people or Zomi are an indigenous community living along the frontier of India and Burma.
- They are a sub-group of the Zo people (Mizo-Kuki-Chin).
- In India, they live with and are similar in language and habits to the Paite and the Simte peoples.
- In India, the Zou are officially recognized as one of the 33 indigenous peoples within the state of Manipur, and are one of the Scheduled tribes.
- According to the 2001 Census, the Zou/Jou population in Manipur is around 20,000, less than 3% of the total population.
- The community is concentrated in Churachandpur and Chandel districts of Manipur.