Newmai News Network
Aizawl | March 13
Mizoram Governor Lt. Gen. Nirbhay Sharma on Tuesday said massive efforts are on to enable Mizoram to emerge as the “Cleanest State in India and our cities, towns and villages as the cleanest habitation by 2019”. He was addressing the first sitting of the fifteenth session of state legislative assembly.
Giving a brief summary of major achievements and vision of the state government in his customary gubernatorial address in the state assembly, Sharma said that the state is progressing in various sectors and as total project cost of Rs. 698.17 crore is being invested for various infrastructures.
Sharma said that his government has taken the bold initiative of implementing the New Economic Development Policy (NEDP) for which a total amount of Rs 1,027 crore had been invested during the fiscal 2016-17.
“Through vigorous implementation of several centrally sponsored schemes and the state’s flagship programme of NLUP and NEDP there have been notable achievements in the agriculture and allied sectors and NLUP has been a substantial contributor in the decline of jhum area by 31.37% during the last six years,” he said
The Government also said that during the fiscal 2017-2018, an amount of Rs.9,855.00 lakh has been allocated to Agriculture department under NEDP for implementing various key growth drivers, and construction of link roads and Agriculture Growth Centre.
Highlighting about the remarkable developments in the power sector, the Governor said Tuirial Hydro Electric Project is expected to be completed within the financial year of 2017-2018. The Government of Mizoram has also signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with North Eastern Electric Power Corporation (NEEPCO) for execution of 210 MW Tuivai Hydro Electric Project, he added
Sharma then said that government gave top priority to implementation of Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin) and four districts namely Aizawl, Champhai, Kolasib and Serchhip districts have been officially declared as ‘Open Defecation Free (ODF)’ districts, while Siaha and Mamit districts are awaiting final verification, and the remaining two districts Lunglei and Lawngtlai districts are also expected to become ODF by this month.
With a view to provide affordable and accessible health care to all, the government also taken a number of measures to improve and expand health care service, by improving and strengthening healthcare facilities and key infrastructures, he said.
The Governor said Mizoram has been regarded nationwide as the best performing state of RUSA in N.E. India and one of the best performers in all India and under this scheme new construction of 21 Colleges, Auditorium & Classrooms and Seminar Hall have been completed. He said that the state government has introduced English as a medium of instruction from Class VI onwards from the academic session of 2017-18.
Maintenance of law and order being the top priority of the state, Sharma said during 2017-208 23 illegal arms, 289 explosives, fake currency notes worth Rs 70.43 lakh, 10.554 kgs of heroin worth Rs. 3799.44 lakh and several drugs worth over Rs 896.48 were seized.
Finance minister Lalsawta will present annual budget on Thursday.