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Aizawl: Accusing Mizoram chief minister Zoramthanga of suffering from bamboo syndrome virus, the youth wing of opposition Congress on Thursday slammed the chief minister for his alleged unproductive bamboo policy.

A statement issued by the youth wing said the chief minister’s bamboo policy had proved a major failure during the previous Mizo National Front (MNF) government.

‚ÄúDuring his previous government, Zoramthanga had promised to develop Mizoram through bamboo cultivation and transform the state into Switzerland of the East. But his policy was a major disaster as crores of money were wasted due to which he became public mockery,‚ÄĚ the youth Congress said in a statement.

Earlier, Zoramthanga had said that he was hopeful to augment the state’s economy and solve insurgency problem in Northeast through bamboo plantation.

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He said that Mizoram has a vast track of land suitable for bamboo plantation. Though Zoramthanga was obsessed with bamboo plantation, none of his party leaders were interested, the youth Congress said.

The youth wing asked the chief minister to focus on road infrastructure, industries, paper mills, power and water supply to develop the state instead of focusing on bamboo industry.

It further said that the chief minister should plan for systematic or scientific cultivation of bamboo by sending experts to study bamboo plantation outside the state if he is determined to carry forward his bamboo policy.

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