Aizawl: Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu said on Thursday that Mizoram will soon serve as an important gateway for Southeast Asian (SEA) economies and become a pivot in the development and growth of the northern region. -East thanks to Kaladan’s ambitious bilateral multimodal transit transport project. (KMMTTP).
“Under the Indian government’s new Act East policy, Mizoram is expected to take center stage as it will serve as a very important gateway for Southeast Asian economies into the region as well as into the country. . I am confident that in the years to come, Mizoram will become a hub for the growth and development of the region through the important Kaladan multimodal project,” said the Vice President during the last session of the budget session. of State.
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He said the KMMTTP, when completed, will transform the economy of not only Mizoram but the entire North East region and help accelerate economic growth and development.
Citing that peace brings prosperity and development, Naidu said the signing of the historic Mizo Peace Accord in 1986, which ended more than two decades of turmoil and conflict in Mizoram, ushered in peace and progress in the state.
The peace agreement served as an example on which similar peace agreements became a reality in other parts of the North East region, he said.
“Today, Mizoram is not only considered one of the most peaceful states in the country, but has embarked on the development journey with rare seriousness,” he said.
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“Even though Mizoram has started late in the development process compared to other states in the North East, I am extremely pleased to see the rapid progress made by this important state towards socio-economic development with the completion of several projects infrastructure,” he said. adding that this type of transformation is clear evidence of resurgence.
Naidu, who arrived in Aizawl on Wednesday for a two-day visit, said the state improved its ranking in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) index from 21st position in 2019-2020 to 12th position in 2020-21.
He said that Mizoram is rich in natural resources and these resources and so pleasant must be exploited in all possible ways to make sustainable development.
The state also has great potential for small industries based on bamboo and wood products, agro-industry, handicrafts and handicrafts, as well as medicinal and aromatic plants, he said. declared.
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The Vice President said that sustainable agricultural practices should be promoted and encouraged as agriculture, which is the main occupation of Mizoram, is essential to bring global prosperity and to achieve food security.
The state also has great potential to develop horticulture and floriculture and orchids and anthuriums, for example, can not only generate additional income for farmers but also make Mizoram a favorite tourist destination, he said. -he declares.
Naidu appreciated the state government’s flagship program – Socio-Economic Development Policy (SEDP),
which aims to foster inclusive and people-centred socio-economic development.
He commended the state government for undertaking several infrastructure developments and said that the construction of a broad gauge railway line between Bairabi and Sairang near Aizawl which will link the rest of the country through Assam, when completed, will open new avenues of growth and usher in a new era of progress and development.
Naidu also said that the NDA government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi is prioritizing the development of the North East region.
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He pointed out that Rs 600 crore has been allocated in the Union Budget 2022-2023 for construction of Aizawl Bypass Road and Bamboo Link Roads in different parts of Mizoram under the Prime Minister’s Development Initiative for the North East (PM-DevINE). .
Naidu expressed satisfaction with the way Mizoram has deepened the country’s democratic roots through peaceful electoral processes, gracious leadership of legislators in the Assembly, and sustained and inclusive development efforts over the past five decades.
“I commend you all for setting a high benchmark that other state legislatures and even Parliament can emulate,” he said.
He said that the full involvement of the people gave an extraordinary boost to the political process, as a result of which the state witnessed the restoration of peace and order.
The Vice President also commended the collective efforts of the Mizoram government, Mizo communities, churches and NGOs in their fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
Despite being the worst state affected by COVID-19, Mizoram was able to fight the pandemic because “‘Tlawmngaihna’, Mizo’s code of ethics and life, served as the guiding principle and mantra to the state against the pandemic,” he said.
Naidu was welcomed by representatives of several organizations and institutions in the evening.
He will leave for Sikkim on Friday.