Pillai said the state government has carried out commendable work on different fronts despite constraints and challenges posed by the pandemic. File image
Pillai said the state government has carried out commendable work on different fronts despite constraints and challenges posed by the pandemic. PC: file image Credit: Twitter

Aizawl: Mizoram governor P.S. Sreedharan Pillai on Tuesday said the state government accords highest priority to achieving self-sufficiency, especially in food grains.

Delivering his customary address at the first sitting of the ongoing budget session, Pillai said the state has seen steady progress through implementation of Centrally Sponsored Scheme (CSS) and state flagship programme – the Socio-Economic Development Policy (SEDP).

He said that oil palm cultivation area has increased to 26,531 hectares by the end of 2020, which accounts for 2.34 per cent increase.

He said the mission of organic value chain development for promotion of organic farming in Mizoram has covered 13,000 hectares of land, involving 14,104 farmers.

The Centrally-sponsored scheme of Agricultural Technology Management Agency (ATMA) is currently in operation in all the districts; the Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY) covers 1,349 beneficiaries in eight districts at present, while the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) has seen disbursement of Rs 97.72 crore until December 2020, he said.

Keeping in view the great potential for horticultural development in Mizoram, the state government has initiated several schemes to provide adequate opportunities for increased production as well as more gainful employment to the rural population.

Pillai also said that Mizoram tops in Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 10 and also ranked second in both SDG 2 and 7.

Under Jal Jeevan Mission, as many as 40,479 out of the total number of 1,26,827 rural households have been provided with functional house tap connections and during fiscal year 2020-2021 (till December 2020), a total of 15,400 rural households and 114 villages were provided with functional hose tap connections.

Pillai said that the state government encourages private entrepreneurs for setting up of viable industrial units with locally available raw materials.

The Mizoram Market Regulation (Promotion & Facilitation Ordinance, 2020) for fixation of steady price of vegetables, meat and cereals will be implemented very soon, he said.

He said the National Bamboo Mission has allocated Rs 4.75 crore towards establishment of four processing units for value addition of bamboo, three bamboo waste management units, four units of handicraft or cottage industry, four furniture making units and five incense stick making units.

According to the governor, the Ministry of Panchayati Raj has approved the Annual Action Plan of Mizoram for the year 2020-2021, amounting to Rs 13.585 crore.

A total amount of Rs 93 crore was sanctioned for 834 Village Councils in Mizoram, he said.

Under MGNREGA, a total of 2,11,555 households have been issued job cards in Mizoram and all active job card holders have been provided 96 days of unskilled wage employment till January this year.

Pillai said that Mizoram was the first state in the country to grant an industry status to sports in June last year.

He said that several sports infrastructure projects are being carried out in the state at present.

He added that the state government also gives priority to tourism development and several projects are being taken up despite the outbreak of COVID-19.

The state government is also making massive efforts to fight the increasing drug menace in the state.

In 2020, the excise and narcotics department arrested 1,492 people and 1,596 cases were registered for trading in illicit liquor and drug trafficking, the governor said. 

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