Aizawl, Oct 6: The autumn session of the 7th Mizoram Legislative Assembly begins today with paying rich tribute to former President APJ Abdul Kalam who died in Shillong on Juy 27.
Members from all parties in the house of the state legislature recalled the great services rendered by Kalam to the country both as a scientist and as the president and observed a minute of silence in memory of the late president who was popularly known as people’s president and the missile man of India. Recollecting the great contribution and services rendered by Kalam to Mizoram, Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla in his obituary reference said the late president visited the state in 2005 and addressed the assembly house during which he had made several suggestions which were of worth following.
Kalam suggested the use of 2,600 hectares of fallow land to produce more cash crops and fruits at low expense. Some of the crops which he suggested could be consecutively cultivated for long 50 years while some fruits could become ripen within 2 years. “The president’s suggestion has given a bright future for Mizoram”, Lal Thanhawla said. The late president also suggested effective exploitation of bamboo, the state’s largest natural resource which would cover as much as Rs 30 crores out of which Mizoram would earn 10 crores annually.
Other suggestions included cultivation of yams, ginger, oranges, pineapples and papayas, boosting the growing of Anthurium flower, and setting up of nursing colleges in the state.
Kalam during his visit also abolished Balu (sand) Mahal System in Sairang accordingly which the ownership of sand was given to the village, Lal Thanhawla added.
Leader of the Opposition and former Lok Sabha MP Vanlalzawma meanwhile recalled how he had the “privilege” of accompanying APJ Abdul Kalam during a presidential tour of Singapore, the Phillipines and South Korea back in 2006.
He said that Kalam had even the passion for medicine and healthcare as a scientist, adding he was the only president to have visited Mizoram more than once during his tenure.
In the first sitting of autumn session of the state assembly, Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla laid on the table of the august house a copy of “The Twenty Third Annual Report 2013 – 2014 of Mizoram Public Service Commission” and “The Mizoram Poisons (Concentrated Acid & Corrosive Substances) Possession and Sale Rules, 2015”. “The Mizoram Municipalities (Fourth Amendment) Bill, 2015 was also introduced by UD & PA Minister Zodintluanga.