AIZAWL, AUG 16: Along with the rest of the country, Mizoram on Wednesday celebrated India’s 72nd Independence Day with gaiety and enthusiasm amid tight security.
Independence day functions were held in all district headquarters and important towns of the state in the august presence of ministers and important officials.
Addressing the grand celebration at Lammual (Assam Rifle ground) here, Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla after unfurling the national tri-colour, paid rich tributes to the freedom fighters and the leaders of the freedom struggle and called upon the citizenry to rededicate themselves to fulfil the dreams and aspirations of the founders of the nation.
He asked the people to recall the country’s struggle to attain independence from the British and its long enduring journey to emerge as a strong powerful nation, and to salute the pioneer leaders and all the brave patriots who had sacrificed their lives for the freedom and future of the country.
Highlighting the various achievements made by the state government over the past few years, Lal Thanhawla said, “Ten years ago, we took the bold initiative of introducing the New Land Use Programme(NLUP) with a vision to achieve high inclusive economic growth and development within few years. The successful implementation of NLUP since 2011 and introduction of NEDP in 2016 have significant impact on the state’s socio-economic scenario. Today, Mizoram is one of the highest growing economies among the states in India, along with Gujarat, Jharkhand and Tripura, that recorded above 8% growth rate during the last four years.”
He said that Mizoram ranks first among the small states, and second among all states in Health Index prepared by World Bank Group and NITI Aayog.
He added that Mizoram has the second highest literacy percentage in the country.
He also talked extensively about various infrastructure development progresses and also in the service sector, and how various projects under New Economic Development Policy (NEDP) is bringing about positive changes.
The Chief Minister emphasised the importance of capitalising on the rich human resource of the state, and how the government is paving the way for a brighter future for the bright and talented youths of the state in the fields of academics and sports.
He also expressed delight as the state inaugurated its first Medical College on 7 August.
The Chief Minister appealed to the people of Mizoram to extend their sincere support and co-operation to the development schemes and welfare programmes of both the central and state governments.
During the I-Day celebration, the Chief Minister also distributed awards and prizes to individuals in recognition of their distinguished services.
Lalbiakthanga Khiangte, DIG Northern Range and PC Lalchhuanawma, Director, Fire & Emergency Services were given President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service, while Police Medal for Meritorious Service was awarded to PC Lallianthanga, SP (Wireless), Vanlaltluanga Parte, Inspector, Aizawl DEF; Laldawngliana, Inspector, Aizawl DEF; Rodingliana Chawngthu, SP CID; K. Lalremsanga, C.O. 3rd Battalion MAP and Lalsanglura, Principal, Police Training School.
S.I. Zangura Khiangte, 2nd IR Battalion and Constable H. Lalrindika, Traffic were awarded with Governor’s Gold Medal. Governor’s Silver Medal was given to Inspector H.S. LalmuanShriia, Lunglei DEF and Inspector F. Vanlalkima, 2nd Bn. MAP.
The prestigious State Award for Teachers was given to G.S. Zaithantluanga, Headmaster, Govt. Diakkawn High School, Kolasib; Lalpiangthara, Headmaster, Govt. Chaltlang Middle School, Aizawl and H. Lalrinchhana, Headmaster, Govt. Tlungvel Primary School –II, Tlungvel
It was also announced at the function that H. Ramthlengliana, SP Traffic was selected to be awarded with President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service while Lalringdika, SP Serchhip and PB. Singha, Inspector of Police, Vaivakawn Station were selected for Police Medal for Meritorious Service. Lalrinmawia, Driver Special Grade, Fire & Emergency Services Department was also selected to receive Fire Service Medal for Meritorious Service.
At least 30 contingents including 4 band parties took part at the I-Day celebration in Aizawl. Among the 7 Armed contingents, 46th Assam Rifles bagged the first prize, second prize by 34 TriShrira State Rifles and Mizoram Home Guards won the third prize.
Among the 5 Unarmed Contingents, the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Prize Winners were 20th Mizo Independent Company NCC; Aizawl North College NCC and 1 Mizo Air Squadron NCC respectively.
Of the 14 School contingents, Home Mission Higher Secondary School won the first prize, while St. Joseph’s Higher Secondary School was declared winner of second prize and Greenland Higher Secondary School bagged the third prize.