Mizoram home minister Lalchamliana participating in a programme organised by Assam Rifles Credit: EastMojo Image

Aizawl: Mizoram home minister Lalchamliana has praised Assam Rifles for their outstanding service in serving the Mizo community and protecting the state borders.

The home minister’s comment came a month after a spar between the state home department and the paramilitary force over the alleged violation of Covid-19 protocols.

Participating in the ceremonial bamboo plantation being organised by Assam Rifles at Lammual (Assam Rifles ground) here to commemorate the birth anniversary of the father of the nation, Lalchamliana said the Assam Rifles has served the Mizo community in various ways for more than 100 years now.

“I hope that they continue serving and helping and be friendly with the Mizoram community in times to come,” he said.

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The home minister thanked the country’s oldest paramilitary force for organising bamboo plantation drive as a mark of commemoration of Gandhi Jayanti.

He said that the event will add to the rich biodiversity and ecological balance of the state.

Paying rich tribute to the father of the nation, Lalchamliana said that Gandhiji was not only a dedicated believer of selfless service for humanity but was also a great lover of nature and its diversity.

“He always emphasized the symbiotic relation between nature and human beings; and his theory of non-violence was equally applicable to nature and all its forms,” he said.

He said that the state government has been taking up, as one of its top important programmes, by converging two schemes – state’s flagship programme Socio Economic Development Policy (SEDP) and National Bamboo Mission (NBM).

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At least 213 beneficiaries were selected for bamboo plantation, who were provided with 81,000 secondary hardened tissue culture bamboo plantlets under the scheme, he said.

According to him, the state government allocated Rs 131 lakh for bamboo development and a total outlay of Rs 350 lakh was also received under NBM-Centrally Sponsored Scheme (CSR) during the fiscal 201-20.

The North Eastern Council (NEC) has also allocated Rs 1,300 lakh for development of bamboo in Mizoram during financial year 2020-2021 for which sanction order is awaited, he said.

“The government has a high hope to lift the economy of the state from bamboo and to promote sustainability and consistent farm income based on promotion of bamboo cultivation and bamboo related activities,” he added.

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To commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, a series of events is being organised by Assam Rifles starting Thursday.

Assam Rifles has planted over 7 lakh bamboo saplings in three months this year.

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