Aizawl, Jan 13: It is thankful that worry people are having because of the overstated financial problem teaches the lesson of economical use of money, CM Lal Thanhawla said today in the High Level Meeting on Financial Resources at his office Cabinet Room.
The government indeed has financial problem, but not as much as it is said, CM said, adding, money is there to spend as per necessity. The CM-led meeting reviewed the financial condition of the Mizoram government and discussed how the available fund may be utilized in the most equitable manner.
The meeting studied how NITI Aayog has changed the system of allocation of fund for each state and the allocation of fund by 14th Finance Commission and also how the State government may receive fund. The meeting acknowledged that with the initiative of Finance Minister Lalsawta the debt of the government has also much decreased and the problem in K-Deposit has also lessened.
It was mentioned that the condition of Mizoram is among those in a better condition in comparison to other States. The High Level Meeting underlined the need to invest the money available with the government in the best manner. Regarding market of the farmers’ produces in the State, the meeting discussed the viability of cooperation between the government and the individual farmers.
As for the reason for high price of the vegetables produced in the State, the meeting pointed to the high expense in reaching the market, therefore it underlined the need of more link roads. It also underlined the need of selective cultivation so as to have export quality produces.
Won’t allow division of Mizoram on ethnic lines says Lal Thanhawla
Aizawl, Jan 13: Mizoram Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla on Tuesday said they will never allow division of Mizoram on communal or ethnic lines as long as Congress is in power. He said this during the inauguration of the Congress Bhavan for the current year.
Addressing party workers at the Congress Bhavan, Lal Thanhawla said there was a mistake in an official press statement in connection with the proposal of official meeting as regard development of backward areas in the state.
The official statement according to Lal Thanhawla, stated that government officials along with officials of autonomous district councils held a meeting under the leadership of Planning Board vice chairman to evolve projects for drawing more development fund under NITI Aayog to develop sixth schedule areas in the North East region. The meeting proposed to evolve certain projects for all round development of Sialkal area, Sinlung Hills Development and Reang Development area accordingly which attention would be given to social development like road transport, public health, education and public employment. “A fund earmarked for development of people living in remote areas was mistakenly projected as for Reang Development Area development fund which was snowballed into controversy. However, there is no proposal for setting up Reang (Bru) Development area,” he said.
Lal Thanhawla said that the Congress Government would never take steps towards further division of the state on ethnic lines and regretted for some vested interest group twisting the matter (mistaken statement) for political advantage. “I would like to inform the people of Mizoram that we would never allow Mizoram to be divided on communal or ethnic lines as long as we rule,” he said.
“We are against ethnic politics and all political parties and student leaders should be careful not to flare up ethnic feelings,” he added.
Meanwhile, the largest civil organisation YMA and Mizo Zirlai Pawl have said that they strongly felt disappointment over the appearance of Reang Development Area in official statement as the matter is of serious concern. “Though the government has made corrigendum, the YMA find it difficult to remain calm over the statement,” CYMA general secretary Lalhmachhuana said.