MNF wants Mizoram to make self-sufficient in food production

Aizawl: The Mizo National Front (MNF) has announced that it will not forge alliance with any party this time. However, the leadership of the opposition party in Mizoram expressed confidence that it will form the next government in the state with at least 30 seats in the 40-member assembly.

“We won’t forge alliance with any party this time as we are very much confident that MNF will form the next government in Mizoram by winning over 30 seats,” said, Liansuama, former minister and adviser of MNF, while talking to EastMojo on Wednesday.

The party has already decided to field candidates in all the 40 constituencies of Mizoram, election for which will be held on November 28. The results will be declared on December 11.

Elaborating on its agendas, the MNF said that integration of Mizo people living in various parts of India, Myanmar and Bangladesh will be top priority for the party if it comes to power after assembly polls on November 28.

Reiterating its commitment to strengthen the Panchayati Raj system of the state, the party has also decided to concentrate on decentralisation of power.

“We will also try to work on eradication of poverty and try to make Mizoram self-sufficient in the production of food grains. Creating employment opportunities for youths and cultural rejuvenation are also some of the top agendas of the party this election,” he added.

Expressing serious concern over the increasing number of barren land in the state, former minister and national core committee member of MNF H Rammawi said that to make Mizoram self-sufficient in food production, the people must use the barren land for cultivation. “Role of the government machinery to help the farmers will be a must in the days to come,” Rammawi said, adding: “We will also plan to improve the communication system in Mizoram.”

Referring to the development in Himachal Pradesh, he said: “We should follow that state’s model in Mizoram. Our products should be market driven. Then only we will be able to strengthen our economy.”

Stressing on the need of adopting rain water harvesting programme to sort out the water scarcity problem in Mizoram, the MNF leadership has categorically announced to impose ban on selling and production of liquor in the state. “If voted to power, we will impose blanket ban on the sale and production of liquor in Mizoram, if voted to power. Liquor is our enemy number one. We can’t promote this in our state. It will spoil our society as far as human resources are concerned,” Liansuama added.

Considering immigration as a regional and national problem for northeast and India as a whole, the MNF leadership also urged the government of India to take initiative to solve the immigration issue at the earliest.

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