Aizawl: Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla on Monday launched two new schemes under state’s flagship programme New Land Use Policy (NLUP). The two schemes were “Rain Garden and Mei Sipai,” which aims at conservation of forest and the other being “ Chief Minister’s Special Package (Medical Care),” which is the first of its kind in the state to provide medical assistance to the economically poor families.Launching the new programmes, Lal Thanhawla affirmed that his government will keep on making new programmes to meet the need of the people.
Citing that Mizoram has been economically ravaged by 20 years long insurgency, the chief minister said that his government has been taking effort to provide sustainable development and stable trade to the economically poor families through the NLUP.
He expressed happiness for the launch of medical care and Rain Garden and Mei Sipai scheme under NLUP to assist the economically backward families and protect environment.
Stating that Mizoram is among Indian states that has the highest incident of forest fire, Lal Thanhawla urged the people to take effort for prevention of forest fire.
He expressed hope that the newly launched medical care scheme would benefit many people.
Citing that the general health of the people is an important parameter of a developing country, the chief minister said that people should stay healthy and physically fit in order to become a developed state.
He also urged the denizens to maintain healthy life and abstain from tobacco.
Rs 295 lakh of Chief Minister’s special package was disbursed to 15 hospitals on the occasion. Apart from this, five elderly people, who have attained above 80 years of age were also felicitated in view of the International Day of Older Persons.
Chief Minister’s Special Package (Medical Care) would be cover those poor families, who are not covered by the state’s healthcare scheme and various schemes implemented by the central government such as RSBY and Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana.
It would be implemented in Aizawl Civil Hospital, Medical College Hospital, (Referral Hospital) at Falkawn, all district hospitals and selected private hospitals like Synod Hospital, Durtlang; Adventist Hospital, Aizawl; Christian Hospital, Serkawn; Lairam Christian Medical Centre & Hospital, Lawngtlai, and Christian Hospital (BCM), Lawngtlai.
The scheme will cover those beneficiaries belonging to economically poor families, who have no entitlement and work under state government and organization or company. Rs 20,000 has been fixed for upper limit at a time.
Rain Garden and Mei Sipai is a scheme that aims at conservation of forest area and protection of environment.
Under this scheme a total of 2,100 sq km has been identified as water catchment area which need special protection.
Fire men or army would be constituted in every village, who would shoulder the responsibility of preventing forest fire with the help of village authorities and forest protection committee under this scheme.