Aizawl (ZoramObserver.com): Mizoram planning and programme implementation minister Lalsawta said that the Mizoram government is aiming at bringing exodus from subsistence economy and therefor enter market economy through New Economic Development Policy(NEDP).
“The NEDP is a comprehensive growth strategy for Mizoram which aims at bringing about a sea change in the way priorities are placed in matters of economic development and governance so as to ensure that the state fully capitalizes on the new opportunities placed before it,” Lalsawta said while addressing a workshop on NEDP in Aizawl today.
Lalsawta, who graced the workshop as chief guest said that the NEDP being a comprehensive growth strategy for Mizoram would covered different sectors including health, education, industry, water supply, roads, power, sports and agriculture, among others.
He said that the policy aims at providing bold, practical and effective strategies to push economy to a high growth path by enhancing productivity, creating employment opportunities, improving public finance, improving business environment and improving public service delivery in a sustainable manner.
Under NEDP, several policy agenda like administrative reforms, land reforms, climate change, power sector reform, skill development, reform in public financial management and solving Aizawl traffic jam are included, he said.
He said that the NEDP is a policy to help the state exit from subsistence economy and hence enter market economy.
According to the planning minister, the NEDP is a flagship policy aiming at providing assistance to those who really work hard to achieve development.
He said that the government will provide common requirement to people especially link roads, technical and technological assistance to increase their products and godowns or market yards and cold storage including market linkage for maintenance of their products.
Unlike NLUP, no beneficiaries would be assisted with direct financial assistance under NEDP, he added.
Organised by planning department, one day workshop on NEDP was held at I&PR auditorium for journalist.
Many journalists and important officials including state planning board vice chairman H. Liansailova and planning secretary Dr. C. Vanlalramsanga and MJA president Vanlalrema Vantawl attended the workshop.
During the financial year 2016-17, a sum of Rs. 277 crore was allocated for the implementation of NEDP and Rs. 750 crore for 2017-18 fiscal.