Aizawl: Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga on Tuesday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to appoint a chief secretary who knows the working standard of Mizo language, an official statement said.

CM Zoramthanga, who is currently in the national capital, called on the Prime Minister and both discussed a wide range of issues, including the appointment of Chief Secretary and Myanmar refugees, the statement said.

The chief minister urged the Prime Minister to consider the state government’s request to appoint a Chief Secretary who has the knowledge of the working standard of Mizo language to be more effective and efficient.

The Prime Minister, on his part, assured the chief minister that he will take up the matter with other leaders and officials, the statement said.

Renu Sharma, an AGMUT cadre IAS officer of the 1988 batch, was appointed the chief secretary of Mizoram by the Centre on October 28 to take charge from November 1. The same day, the Mizoram government had ordered J.C. Ramthanga to take charge as chief secretary from November 1 until further orders. Sharma assumed her office on November 2.

On October 29, CM Zoramthanga had written to Home Minister Amit Shah, urging him to modify the Centre’s order of appointing Sharma as the chief secretary of the state and instead appoint a person who knows the Mizo language.  

He had said that he requested his additional chief secretary Ramthanga to replace incumbent Lalnunmawia Chuaungo after his retirement on October 31. In the letter, the chief minister had pointed out that none of the cabinet ministers understand Hindi and some even have problems understanding English.

“The Mizo people by and large, do not understand Hindi, and none of my Cabinet Ministers understand Hindi, some of them even have problems with the English language. With such a background, a Chief Secretary without the knowledge of a working standard Mizo language will never be an effective and efficient Chief Secretary,” Zoramthanga had said in the letter.

During his meeting with Modi on Tuesday, the Mizoram chief minister urged the former to provide assistance to Myanmar nationals, who fled their country following the military coup in February, the official statement said.

He urged the Prime Minister to take measures to ensure that Mizoram has a separate cadre of IAS and other all India service officers, and also to provide housing assistance to ex-cadres of Mizo National Front (MNF), who came overground after the signing of the Mizo peace accord in 1986, it said.

With regards to the construction of bamboo link roads, which Zoramthanga has put up before Modi, the latter said he would instruct the Union Finance Minister to make head of account for sanctioning of fund for the purpose, the statement added.

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