Aizawl: The Mizoram government has sought special category status, seeking plan assistance for the state from the Centre.
CM Zoramthanga on Tuesday said that he met with officials of the visiting 15th Finance Commission here on Monday night during which he asked the finance commission chairman NK Singh to give financial assistance to Mizoram under special category status.
According to the Mizo peace accord signed in 1986, it has been mentioned that Mizoram has to be given special category status based on the features of the state which include hilly and difficult terrain, low population density or the presence of sizeable tribal population, strategic location along international borders, economic and infrastructural backwardness and non-viable nature of State finances, the chief minister said.
He said that Mizoram did not receive any assistance as special category under 14th Finance Commission. “On the request of the finance commission, I sent the clause of Mizo peace accord which mention about Mizoram as to be kept under special category status. I hope the finance commission will give us assistance as special category,” Zoramthanga said while addressing a poll campaign kickoff here on Tuesday.
As part of its visit to the different states across the country before submitting its recommendation, the 15th Finance Commission team led by its chairman N K Singh arrived here on Monday and held meeting with state chief secretary Lalnunmawia Chuaungo and senior state government officials in the evening.
During the meeting the Mizoram government submitted a memorandum demanding Rs 94,647.33 crore for the state, an official released said on Tuesday.
Of the Rs 94,647.33 crore financial proposal, the state government has asked for award of Rs 57,737.38 crore for pre-devolution revenue status, Rs 17,357.90 crore for meeting requirements under capital expenditure and Rs 5,779 crore for maintenance of state assets, the release said
The financial proposals submitted also included Rs 1,283.70 crore for implementation of seventh Central pay commission for the state government employee.
Among others, the memorandum also demanded Rs 1,000 crore for State Disaster Relief Fund and State Disaster Mitigation Fund, Rs 2,292.39 crore for local bodies such as village councils, urban local bodies, 3 Autonomous District Councils and Sinlung Hills Council, Rs. 1,450 crore for forest maintenance and Rs 7,746.96 crore for state specific needs, the release said.
Singh informed the meeting that connectivity, improving access, tourism, strengthening social infrastructure and urbanization amongst others are key areas of focus. He further said that the Commission has taken serious note of all suggestions made by the state government and that it will give serious note while making recommendations.
Singh was accompanied by members AN Jha, Ashok Lahiri, and member secretary Arvind Mehta.
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