New Delhi: Mizoram chief minister Zoramthanga called on Union minister of state for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), Jitendra Singh in New Delhi on Monday to discuss development projects and reiterate the state government’s demand for a separate civil service cadre.
The chief minister also discussed the issue of 10% financial assistance through non-exempt ministries and urged upon the central government to devise a mechanism for dispensing the unspent balance. Dr Singh informed that the matter has already been taken up with finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman. The FM has assured that the matter would be looked into and a solution would be worked out, a government release issued on Tuesday said.
The chief minister also took up the state’s request for a separate civil service cadre for the state. Presently there is no separate cadre and civil servants are categorised under the Arunachal Pradesh-Goa-Mizoram and Union Territories (AGMUT) cadre. Dr Singh said, he has asked the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) to examine the implications and feasibility of this request, and added that, meanwhile, the newly created union territories of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh were also likely to become a part of AGMUT, a government statement said.
Dr Singh also expressed satisfaction over the recently established citrus fruit park in Lingoi, which is perhaps the first of its kind in the Indian subcontinent and has been set up with Israeli collaboration. He also referred to the visit to the state by prime minister Narendra Modi, during which he launched important power projects and handed over the first lot of documents of the venture fund started by the DoNER ministry for the region’s start-ups.
The minister also said that Modi government had accorded the highest priority to peripheral and small states of Northeast like Mizoram. This was evident from the fact that soon after the second term of the Modi government began in May one of the first tours undertaken by home minister Amit Shah was to Aizawal, where he launched the North East Handicraft Fair representing all the eight states of the region.