Aizawl, Feb 9: Mizoram Governor Lt General Nirbhay Sharma has summoned the Seventh Legislative Assembly of the state to meet for its eight session on and from 15 March onwards. The Budget Session would be the first session of the year, Assembly Secretariat officials said here. The Governor would address the session on the first day, the officials said, adding the detailed programme would be chalked out at the meeting of the Business Advisory Committee (BAC) chaired by Speaker Hiphei, scheduled to he held on Monday next.
Meanwhile, Finance Minister Lalsawta said that he intended to present a regular state annual budget for 2016-17 even as the plan size was yet to be known.
“After abolition of the Planning Commission which was replaced by the NITI Aayog, the states have never been allocated annual plan outlay by the Centre compelling us to prepare budgets without knowing the plan size,” Lalsawta said.
He was forced to seek vote-on-account for two times during the current fiscal covering more than half-a-year due to absence of plan fund allocation and also absence of clarity on the sharing pattern of fund between the Centre and the state on centrally sponsored schemes, the minister said.