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Mizoram committed to socio-economic development: Zoramthanga
 AIZAWL, Aug 16 - Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga said on Thursday that his Government was committed to the successful implementation of the Socio-Economic Development Policy (SEDP) which, he said, would be the flagship programme of the Government.

 In his first Independence Day address after becoming the Chief Minister of the State for the third term, Zoramthanga said the SEDP was aimed at accelerating progress in key sectors and transforming Mizoram into a welfare State by achieving self-sufficiency in food items, improving social life, bringing happiness and peace to the people.

“The policy will focus on increasing the Gross State Domestic Product of Mizoram, improving economic condition of the general public, creating employment opportunities and favourable business environment and bringing in sustainable development. Further, creation of basic infrastructure is an important objective as it is the basis of development,” Zoramthanga said.

The Chief Minister said cultivation and processing of bamboo is one of the most important components of the SEDP. “For this purpose, two kinds of bamboo, Brandisii and Latifloras, are now ready to be cultivated. These bamboos are evergreen with erect culms more than 50 foot tall and the woody culms are 15-20 inches in diameter. Tissue culture of these bamboos is in process and soon these will be ready to be cultivated in all parts of Mizoram.”

“The Government is making an effort for construction of the Bamboo Link Road and seed cultivation. In fact for this purpose, the State Government will seek funds from the Centre and also utilise the SEDP budget for implementation,” he said.

Zoramthanga, who also holds the Finance portfolio, has allocated Rs 750 crore for the implementation of the SEDP in the State annual budget for 2019-20. The Chief Minister also paid tribute to Darthawma, the lone surviving member of the Indian National Army from Mizoram, who died last month. He appealed to the new generation to pay reverence to the brave freedom fighters.

I-Day at refugee camps: The Independence Day was celebrated at all 16 non-residential special training centres in the six relief camps housing Bru refugees in Tripura on Thursday. Officials from Mamit district and child protection staff attended the celebrations.

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