Aizawl (Mizonews.Net): UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi today visited Mizoram and addressed a public meeting at the 3rd MAP Ground in Mualpui herein the state capital Aizawl.
Gandhi launched the Food Security Scheme for Mizoram and also the 4th Phase of the Mizoram Government flagship programme NLUP. She also laid the foundation stone for construction of Sainik School in Chhingchhip.
Greeting the people of Mizoram, Gandhi said: “Mizoram holds a good place in my heart.”
She complimented the Mizos who “are hardworking and industrious, and they proved that varied cultures exists in India.”
Stating that education is the foundation for the ensuring a good future for the younger generation she said, “The youths are to be addressed on their several needs.”
The UPA chairperson thanked the Chhingchhip VCP, Lalchungnunga Sailo and 42 families who provided their land free of cost for Sainik School. She also expressed her hope that the school would be a useful one in imparting quality education to the students.
Along with development, it is required to ensure that no one suffers and die in lack of food for which the Food Security Bill is passed, and it is thankful that the ones who need it will avail the provision, said the UPA Chairperson.
The Congress president also said that the progress brought by the NLUP is also being benefited by large number of families in the state, and the Mizoram government “is successful in improving the financial condition.”
She also lauded the formation of Ethics Committee which will watch over corruption and unethical activities, adding, in working together with RTI, it will be possible to bring about transparent and righteous governance in the state.
Mentioning that to enhance sufficiency in power, the Tuivai Hydel Project which will be capable of producing 210 Megawatt has also been approved by the central government.
Gandhi said there is also a plan to undertake similar kind of project on 7 rivers in the state.
“Development works will be carried out but not at the cost of natural resources and wildlife. The initiatives of the UPA government for better ties with neighboring countries will benefit Mizoram economically,” she said.
Gandhi also complimented the state “maintaining peace and tranquility” and for “carrying out development works successfully.”
“On this ground Mizoram has set a good example for other states and the central government will continue to work for economic upliftment of Mizoram,” she added.
Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla also expressed the government’s commitment in creating a transparent government with committed bureaucracy, stressing that creating livelihood security though the revamped New Land Use Programme, public health and education are important areas of development during the last four years. “All targeted 1.2 lakh beneficiaries of the NLUP have been covered under the programme, to which additional 15,000 families would be added with the 4th phase,” he said.
The UPA Chairperson and Congress leader Sonia Gandhi was accompanied by Congress leaders Ambika Soni and Luizinho Faleiro.