20 first-time MLAs elected to Mizoram Assembly  Credit: File image

Aizawl: The interim budget session of Mizoram state assembly began on Tuesday with the newly appointed governor Prof Jagdish Mukhi delivering his maiden gubernatorial address.

Mukhi said that the state government will embark on a fresh developmnt path as per the new flagship programme, Socio-Economic Development Policy (SEDP), which will accelerate progress and growth in all key sectors.

“The objective of the policy is to transform Mizoram into a truly welfare state which is self-reliant. The government strives to bring about inclusive and sustainable development, and transparent and participatory governance,” he said.

He said that an apex body will soon be constituted for coordination of all development works and 14 committees have been notified, which were tasked with prioritizing and formulating action plans for development works in their respective sectors.

“The SEDP, unlike earlier programme of the previous governments, will not be given as doles but as a hand-holding support on the viability of projects and feasibility of livelihood and income generation,” Mukhi said.

In his address to the first sitting of the session, which will conclude on March 20, Mukhi said the government is committed to usher agriculture and infrastructure growth and bring about industrial development, especially through the use of bamboo resources as well as empower youths through skill development and entrepreneurship programmes and sports.

He said that the government accords top priority to maintenance of law and order and stringent measures will be taken to protect state borders.

Citing that the MNF government has vowed to “safeguard the interests of its people”, he said measure will be taken for maintenance of Mizoram Household Register to safeguard the interest of citizens of the state.

Mukhi stated that the state government is committed to bring about educational reforms, self- reliant in power and energy, improvement of urban and rural lives, preservation and promotion of Mizo identity, tradition and values, expansion and strengthening of healthcare facilities and improvement of road infrastructures across the state, among others.

Giving a brief summary of major achievements by the state government, he said a total of 786 km of Protect Area Connectivity has been constructed so far and 10 numbers of formation cutting of roads as well as 20 numbers of blacktopped roads with a total length of 139 km have been completed during 2018-19.

There are 102 ongoing road projects with a total length of 1,770 km, besides 27 permanent bridges and 62 public buildings, he said.

He added that Mizoram has become the first among Northeastern states to have successfully completed implementation of SAUBHAGYA scheme with a target of 25,755 households electrification.

He said that the government is taking massive effort to eradicate menace of drug abuse and make Mizoram the cleanest state in the country.

Pointing out that the MNF led state government is committed to its pre-poll promises of banning alcohol, Mukhi said a prohibition bill to replace the existing liquor law will be tabled during the session.

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