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Young Mizo Association (YMA)
INTRODUCTION: Young Mizo Association (YMA) is a non-political,
Voluntary organization, established on the 15th June 1935 at
Aizawl, Mizoram. The first Office Bearers of the organization
||Rev Lewis Evans ( Pu Niara)
||Miss Katie Hughs ( Pi Zaii)
||Pu Pasena & Pu Vankhuma
||Rev David Edwards (Zorama Pa)
LEGAL STATUS: YMA is an all-India organization with Branches at
Mizoram, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura. It is
registered under the Societies Act (Act XXI of 1960)
PRESENT SET-UP: Enrolment of YMA members numbered over 2.5 lakh,
as on 1.1.1999. YMA has 702 Branches spread all over Mizoram and
in the states of Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura.
There are 50 Group YMA, which are formed by a number of Branches
clubbed together. These Group YMA are formed keeping in view
convenience of communication, administration and falling under a
compact area, and sharing a common cultural and social features.
Sub-Headquarters YMA is established at Lunglei. To co-ordinate
the Sub-Headquarters, Group and Branch YMA, there is an apex
body called 'Central YMA' with Headquarter at Aizawl, the
capital of Mizoram. There are sixteen employees and four
Research Scholars under the Central YMA
ACTIVITIES and ACHIEVEMENT: Brief description of the activities
and achievement of YMA are as follows :-
PUBLICATION: Since its inception, YMA has published a number of
leaflets, brochures and books on various issues and topics for
the purpose of education, awareness and campaigns. A separate
sub-committee have been created to oversee the publication ands
documentation of the various activities and achievement of YMA.
- Opening and running of the Adult Education Centres all over the
state of Mizoram. YMA has been the chief architect in bringing
the literacy rate of Mizoram over 96%, highest in the country.
- Afforestation of the state 'Green Mizoram' Project has been
taken up by YMA since 1974. Tree plantation programme is taken
up by the YMA Branches during the month of June every year since
Construction of houses for the rural poor. In this, there are
two types of construction - the first is that if somebody in a
village cannot construct his/her own house, members of YMA and
the community would help them constructing their house. The
other is the houses constructed by YMA on its own or community
land. These houses are being maintain by the YMA members and
used for accommodating the poor and needy families on a
- Conservation of Mizo Culture and heritage.
- Cleanliness drive and campaign on Health and Sanitation.
- Opening and running of more than 250 Public Libraries all over
- Campaign against the evils of drugs and alcohol.
- Construction of more than 2500 Public Latrines and Urinals in
almost all the towns and villages of Mizoram.
- Organising mass participation programmes of Sports, Social and
- Setting up of Youth Development and Training Centre Zawlbuk Ram)
at Thingsulthliah for the youth of the country.
- A highly notable achievement of YMA has been in co-ordinating
all the political parties of Mizoram for a free and fair
election, peaceful atmosphere and lowering of the election
expenditures in the State Assembly and MP Elections.
A monthly journal called 'YMA CHANCHINBU' with over 10,000
copies is being published in Mizo language since October, 1973.
And a newsletter 'YMA NEWS' is also published in English.
SPECIAL PROGRAMMES: Amongst the programmes and activities of
YMA, the special one has always been, since its inception,
helping the poor and the needy. Most important among them is
during the occurrence of death in the community. YMA members
would make all arrangement in the house so as to accommodate the
relatives and friends. They would normally spent a minimum of
three days and nights consoling the relatives of the dead.
Digging of the graves and burying of the body are done by
members of YMA on a voluntary basis - in consonant with the
custom and tradition of the Mizos. Most of the YMA Branches have
utensils, P.A Set, benches, parachute and other necessary tools
and equipment to be used in times of death, wedding, festivals
The current special programme taken up by YMA is regarding
AIDS/HIV. Awareness campaign, seminars, publication and
distribution of brochure and leaflets about the dreaded disease
is taken up throughout the length and breath of the state and
among all the youth.
AWARDS AND REWARDS: For various activities and achievement, YMA
has been conferred the following Awards :
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- Indira Priyadarshini Vrikshamitra Award' 1986 by the Government
- 'Excellence Service Award ' by the Government of Mizoram for the
three consecutive year of 1988-90.
- 'Indira Gandhi Paryavaran Puruskar' 1993 by the Government of
The General Secretary
YMA Road, Aizawl - 796 001
Tel : 0389-322869/326973