AIZAWL, March 12 - Mizoram will continue on its path of lasting peace, economic prosperity and all-round development, Mizoram Governor Prof Jagdish Mukhi said while addressing the first day of the Budget Session of the Mizoram Assembly today.
The Governor said his Government would soon embark on a �fresh development path� when the Government introduces its flagship programme, Socio-Economic Development Policy (SEDP), which aims to expedite progress in key sectors.
�SEDP will accelerate progress and growth in all key sectors where the State has tremendous potential. The objective of the policy is to transform Mizoram into a truly welfare State which is self-reliant, and its development both inclusive and sustainable and where governance is transparent and participatory.�
�In this respect, SEDP puts forward a holistic approach for political and administrative policy, economic development policy and social development policy,� he said.
An apex body will soon be constituted for the coordination of all development works in Mizoram, Mukhi said. The Zoramthanga-led Government has also formed committees to look after major projects in the socio-economic sector, he said.
�The SEDP, unlike earlier programmes of the erstwhile State governments, will not be given as doles to the beneficiaries. It would provide assistance or hand-holding support for income generation and livelihood,� Mukhi stated.
Noting that the State Government has vowed to �safeguard the interests of its people�, he said the Mizoram Maintenance of Household Registration Bill, 2019, which was approved by the Cabinet last week, would ensure only �bona fide Indian citizens� receive benefits of State-run schemes.
In keeping with its poll promise, the Mizo National Front (MNF) will also take measures to reimpose total prohibition on the sale of liquor, the Governor said. Total prohibition was first imposed in the Christian-majority State in 1997. However, the erstwhile Lal Thanhawla-led Congress Government replaced it with the Mizoram Liquor (Control and Prohibition) Act, 2014, allowing controlled sale of liquor from early 2015.