AIZAWL, April 24 - Speaking at the third governing council meeting of NITI Aayog in New Delhi today, Mizoram Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla has proposed inter-State air connectivity for the Northeastern region.
�At least the State capitals of the Northeastern States may be connected with small aircrafts or helicopters. This would be beneficial not only for us but also for our national leaders,� he said.
Lauding the GST and Digital India scheme, Lal Thanhawla stressed the need to adequately address internet connectivity for effective implementation. �Owing to the topography and hilly terrain, laying of optical fibre cables is also a big challenge. Hence, we suggest the use of power transmission poles instead of laying cables underground,� he said.
Lal Thanhawla believed that decentralisation of telecom sector would go a long way in improving connectivity. �Bharat Net programme should be judiciously expedited keeping the terrain and other logistics in mind for the Northeastern States,� he said.
Mizoram CM also suggested that regarding the scheme of Doubling Farmers� Income by 2020, a region-specific scheme under the Second Green Revolution using modern technologies may be framed by the Government of India with due involvement of the stakeholders.
While continuing the various anti-poverty schemes, the poverty index should be finalised at the earliest, he said.
Lal Thanhawla emphasised that rationalisation of Centrally Sponsored Schemes needs a revision regarding core of the core, core and optional schemes as it is very difficult for the Northeastern States to contribute a high matching State shares of 80:20. �For Northeastern States, more than 10 per cent matching share is very difficult to meet,� he added.