Chief Minister of Mizoram, Zoramthanga calling on the Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region (I/C), Prime Minister’s Office, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh, in New Delhi on January 16, 2019.
Chief Minister of Mizoram, Zoramthanga calling on the Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region (I/C), Prime Minister’s Office, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh, in New Delhi on January 16, 2019.

Mizoram dials DONER, MOT for fast tracking development projects in the state

The Chief Minister of Mizoram, Pu Zoramthanga, on his first visit to the national capital since being sworn in to office last month, called on the Union Minister for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), Jitendra Singh on 16 January 2019. They discussed issues related to the development projects in the state, including roads and other infrastructure sectors besides bamboo cultivation, the state’s major revenue resource.

Zoramthanga urged Jitendra Singh to expedite stalled development projects particularly road connectivity to remote areas. The DoNER Minister said the State Government can make use of the North East Road Sector Development Scheme (NERSDS) for laying the network of inter-State highways, State Highways and other rural roads.

Alphons Kannanthanam

The Minister of Tourism, Mizoram, Robert Romawia Royte calling on the Minister of State for Tourism (I/C), Alphons Kannanthanam, in New Delhi on January 16, 2019.

Jitendra Singh assured there would be no budgetary constraint in the funds release and asked the Chief Minister to ensure submission of Utilisation Certificates (UCs) in respect of funds already released to the State Government through DoNER Ministry and the North-Eastern Council (NEC). Jitendra Singh said the State Government is yet to spend around Rs.225 crores allocated to the State for the current Financial Year even as we have already entered into the last quarter. Besides, the State is entitled to an additional Rs.40 crore for the current FY, he added. The DoNER Minister stressed that the new State Government must submit timely UCs so that development works can pick pace.

The Mizoram Chief Minister underlined the huge potential for bamboo export to Bangladesh and Myanmar and urged  Jitendra Singh to facilitate the opening of border trade. The DoNER Minister said the State Government should make use of the National Bamboo Mission (NBM) approved by the Union Cabinet headed by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi last year.

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