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Mon, 30 Mar 2020

Northeast Today

‘ Economic Development Programme will transform Mizoram ’

‘ Economic Development Programme will transform Mizoram ’
February 18
10:48 2020

NET Bureau

The government’s flagship programme Special Economic Development Programme (SEDP) aims to transform Mizoram into a welfare state, Governor PS Sreedharan Pillai said on Monday.

In his address to the Assembly Budget Session, Pillai said, “Various sectors which will assure our continued growth have been incorporated under SEDP, which aims at accelerating progress in these key sectors and transforming Mizoram into a welfare state.”
He said 14 Boards comprising ministers, MLAs, experts and officials have been created, and 25 departments have been distributed under these Boards for supervision and monitoring of SEDP projects. “Our emphasis has always been and will continue to be on agriculture and allied sectors, where majority of the population is engaged today,” he said.

The Governor said that during the first year in office, the government managed to achieve 14.82 per cent economic growth, which he said was one of the best in the country.

“My government’s objective remains to be economically self-sufficient and self-reliant, by ushering in agricultural and infrastructural growth, profitable industrial activities, especially through the use of our abundant bamboo and other domestic resources,” he said.

Chief Minister Zoramthanga, who holds the finance portfolio, will present the annual budget on Wednesday. Officials said that 433 starred and 240 unstarred questions have been submitted for discussion during the Session. Four government bills, 57 private resolutions and one official resolution have been submitted to be tabled.

Source: The Assam Tribune

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