Source: News Bharati English15 Jul 2016 14:47:41

Aizawl, July 15: To boost the state’s economy and livelihood of the people, the Mizoram government on Wednesday came up with the New Economic Development Policy (NEDP) of Rs. 270 crore. Mizoram Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla announcing the decision said that the NEDP would execute from this current financial year (2016-17) aiming to lead Mizoram from a subsistence-based economy to a market-based economy and Rs 270 crore has been sanctioned to carry out the policy.In his address, Thanhawla also said that the success of Mizoram government’s flagship programme, New Land Use Policy (NLUP), has given birth to this new policy and added that the NLUP has brought a number of visible changes and has generated sustainable means of livelihoods and opened new avenues for the people.

According to news agency, North East Today, the Mizoram government in 2010 launched the Rs 2,873-crore NLUP to give financial assistance to over 125,000 families and provide them training for permanent settled farming instead of ‘jhum’ cultivation.

The chief minister also stated that a memorandum of understanding (MoU) was recently signed between the Mizoram government and the Tata Trust wherein the latter would contribute Rs 18 crore for promoting livelihood activities to supplement the NLUP programme. An additional Rs 2.30 crore has already been provided by Tata Trust for supportive dairy intervention programme (SDIP) in Mizoram.

Thanhawla said that the NEDP had earned praise from various societies and the people have a lot of hope and aspiration from the new policy. The Mizoram government would also launch Chief Minister’s Rural Housing Scheme to improve habitations of the economically weaker sections of the society in rural areas. The meeting also stressed upon the need to develop private-public partnerships with interested individuals or groups for adding value addition to various agricultural, horticultural and other produce.