AIZAWL, March 13 - Mizoram Governor Lt General Nirbhay Sharma (retired) today said that the state was progressing in various sectors with the government’s New Land Use Policy (NLUP) contributing to the decline of jhum area by 31.3 per cent in six years.In his customary gubernatorial address in the state Assembly on the first day of the budget session, Sharma said that his government has taken the bold initiative of implementing the New Economic Development Policy (NEDP) for which a total amount of Rs 1,027 crore had been invested during 2016-17.
“The policy does not comprise simply distributing fund to all departments as allocation of fund is based on preparation of viable projects which will strengthen the economy, employ sectoral inter-linkages and perpetuate a growth-friendly regulatory environment and improve the ease of doing business in the state,” he said.
The NLUP Project, originally designed for five years, continues till today. In addition to the central funds, the state government had allotted more than Rs 140 crore for continuation of NLUP under NEDP-NLUP Convergence Scheme with emphasis on agriculture link road, he said. Under the convergence scheme, a total number of 16,000 NLUP beneficiaries are being given assistance of Rs one lakh each in addition to 1,500 beneficiaries covered during 2016-17 under various sectors of the NLUP line departments, he said. – PTI