Mizoram chief minister Zoramthanga
Mizoram chief minister Zoramthanga|EastMojo image | file

Mizoram unlikely to present regular budget in upcoming session

CM Zoramthanga to present interim budget by seeking vote on account due to ensuing Lok Sabha polls and formation of new govt in state

Henry L Khojol

Aizawl: The Mizoram government will not present a regular budget in the upcoming budget session to be held from March 12, an assembly secretariat official said on Tuesday.

The official said that chief minister Zoramthanga, who also holds the finance portfolio, will seek vote on account for four months.

He said that the state government is not in a position to present regular budget because of the upcoming Lok Sabha polls and that the Mizo National Front (MNF)-led government has been newly formed.

As per the detailed programmed chalked out at the meeting of Business Advisory Committee (BAC) led by its chairman and assembly speaker Lalrinliana Sailo, the vote on account will be presented in the house in its sixth sitting of the budget session on March 19, the official also said.

Sailo had also earlier told reporters that the government will present interim budget by seeking vote on account like it has been done at the Centre, when a new government is formed. He had also said that the government is not in a position to present full budget due to upcoming Lok Sabha polls.

The budget session will commence from March 12 and continue for nine days till March 20.

State governor Kummanam Rajasekharan will deliver his customary gubernatorial address on the first day of the session.

Although the Bill has not entered till date, the prohibition bill is likely to be tabled during the nine-day session, to replace the existing the Mizoram Liquor (Prohibition & Control) Act, 2014 and impose ban on sales of alcohol.

Excise minister Dr K Beichhua on Sunday said that drafting of the prohibition bill is under process and is on the verge of completion. Experts in the state’s law department are currently working on revision of the bill, he had said.

Imposition of prohibition on sale of alcohol through a new legislation was one of the poll plank of the ruling MNF before the state assembly polls held on November 28 last year.