Government of Mizoram
Budget Speech: 1984-85
By Pu Lalhmingthanga
Mr. Speaker, Sir,
I rise to present before the Assembly the Supplementary
Demands for the year 1983-84 and Budget Estimates for the year 1984-85.
This is going to be the last Annual Budget presented by the present
Ministry. I would, therefore, like to thank the Speaker and all the
members for the cooperation and help rendered during the last four
years of this Ministry. The implementations of the Developmental Programmes
and Schemes and Administrative Organisation have been improving every
year. There has been all round improvement in the activities of Finance
Department as also those of other Departments in regard to financial
administration. While the Annual Plan outlays have also been growing
every year, I would like to particularly point out the substantial
growth of non-plan provisions from the Government of India which are
mostly of recurring nature during the last two years through the efforts
of various Departments principally those of Finance Department. The
over all performances and the achievements in terms of financial expenditure
and concrete physical achievements have further improved. I am now
presenting the Budgetary provisions for 1983-84, Revised Estimates
1983-84 and Budget Estimates for 1984-85 which are as follows :-
(Rupees in lakhs)
Revenue Accounts 6997.13
The above figures indicates that the provisions
for Revised Estimates 1983-84 have been signigicantly higher than
the Budget Estimates. The gross difference is about Rs.24.36crores.
The main reasons for this big increase in R.E. are given below:-
a) Non-Plan Rs.
b) Plan Rs.
c) N.E.C.Plan Rs.
d) Central Plan/CSS Rs.
e) Border Roads Works Rs.
The approved Plan outlay for 1984-85 is Rs.40crores.
Of this amount a small portion is to be raised by us in the form of
additional resources during the current year over and above our existing
resources. This additional resources to be mobilized during 1984-85
will include Animal Control and Taxation Act, implementation of Sanitation
Rules, Taxes on Street light, latrine and drainage, house taxes, trade
tax, implementation of Excise Act, mobilization to be done by Transport
Department, Forest Department and Soil Conservation Department which
are expected to be at least Rs.59lakhs which will be significantly
larger as compared to those of the past years.
The total outlay for N.E.C.schemes in Mizoram for
1984-85 is Rs.440lakhs which is almost double of the provision at
R.E. stage during the current year which is Rs.227.92 lakhs. The total
provision in respect of the Central Plan and Centrally Sponsored Schemes
is Rs.96.52 lakhs against the financial allocation of Rs.1340.14 lakhs
during the current year. The reason of smaller provision for B.E.
1984-85 is due to non-receipt of allocations for some of the schemes
for the next year.
I would now like to briefly mention the achievements
of various Departments during current year and the programmes for
the coming year.
Government of Mizoram have given emphasis on the
importance of Agriculture Department as the bulk of the population
are taking out their livelihood from this sector. There are four Agricultural
districts, nine sub-divisions and forty six circles in existence during
the year under review. Instead of construction of small irrigation
channels attached to individual farmers with temporary structures
as in the previous years, the Department has taken up bigger irrigation
projects in fewer numbers with cement concrete work and brick-lining
for cumulative benefits of a group of farmers by bearing full cost
of such irrigation projects by the Department. Altogether 31irrigation
projects have been taken up during 1983-84. Permanent dams and channels
will be constructed so as to create durable assets. In case of land
reclamation, the Deptt. is working with 50% of fund for development
of individual plots of land without distribution cash to individual
cultivators. 900 hectares of land have been reclaimed during 1983-84
and estimates for the remaining areas have been finalized, which will
spread over 39 projects. With a view to improving horticulture and
commercial crops, seeds and seedlings of various plans like orange,
pineapple, arecunut, coconut, cardamom, lentils, etc. have been supplied
to the selected cultivators.
The Annual Plan 1984-85 with an approved outlay
of Rs.218 lakhs for agriculture and Rs.75 lakhs for minor irrigation
envisages production of rice to the level of 49,000 M.T. by double-cropping
with fertilizers and high yielding variety of paddy seeds. More areas
will be covered by cultivation of wheat and maize as these crops have
vast potential in Mizoram. Vegetable development will also be intensified
in urban areas where ready local markets are available. Apart from
distribution of vegetables seeds, distribution of vegetable packets
for kitchen gardens and raising of seedlings are envisaged. With the
progress of land reclamation, larger number of farmers have become
interested in mechanization for which 40 Tractors and 50 power tillers
are kept for distribution through bank financing supported by seed
money. A number of cane and maize crushers and oil expellers are also
to be distributed to deserving cultivators on 50% subsidy.
SOIL CONSERVATION DEPARTMENT:
The Department has taken up cash crop plantations
for demonstration and supply of planting materials for settlement
of jhumia families. In respect of plantations of coffee, rubber and
large cardamom, the Department has exceeded its target of 290 hectares
by 9 hectares. Since jhumming causes heavy soil erosion in hilly terrains
like Mizoram, the main objective is on terrace and permanent wet rice
cultivators and cash crop plantations.
Various schemes covered in the previous year will
be continued during 1984-85 with particular emphasis on permanent
settlement. For this purpose, a physical target of 862 hectares has
been laid down in respect of terracing for the benefit of 862 families
and 461 hectares of cash crop plantations for 461 families.
Activities in fishery development are concentrated
towards Pisciculture in private sectors.During this year seven fishery
demonstration farms are maintained. 24 fish ponds covering 29 acres
of water area have been taken up under composite fish culture in 7
villages, namely Vairengte, Bilkhawthlir, Buhchang, Chawnpui, Phaisen,
Kolasib and Lengpui. 459 private Pisciculturists have been given subsidy
in cash for construction and improvement of fish ponds. 7.63 lakhs
of major-carp fish seeds have been supplied to private Pisciculturists
at 50% subsidized rate.
With the annual plan outlay of Rs.22 lakhs during
1984-85, priority will be given to completion of fish seed farms which
are now under construction. It is proposed to start production of
fish seeds, to the maximum extent possible from these farms to meet
local requirements. The targets for production of fish during 1984-85
is 2000 M.T. as against the estimated production of 1700 M.T. during
A.H. & VETERINARY DEPARTMENT :
With the current years plan provision of Rs.119
lakhs the Deptt. of A.H & Veterinary has opened a new sub-divisional
headquarters at Chawngte and action is in hand for opening another
sub-divisional headquarters at Tlabung. Three dispensaries and five
Rural Animal Health Centres also have been opened. 130 cows of high
yielding varieties have been distributed and 40 families identified
for assistance under hill Cattle Farming Colony. The hatchery at Selesih
produced 25,000 chicks and the eggs produced from this farm played
a vital role in supply of fresh eggs to Aizawl Town. A new duck farm
has been started at Thenzawl and another one is being started at Mampui.
Bio-gas development is another activity undertaken by the Department
with the achievement of 50 units against the target of 39 during this
During the year 1984-85, the Department’s annual
Plan provision is Rs.128 lakhs which will be utilized for expansion
and improvement of the existing establishments and continuation of
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT:
The Department have an Annual Plan provision of
Rs.36.73 lakhs during 1983-84 out of which Rs.24 lakhs has been utilized
for completion of Vanapa Hall.The remaining budget provision has been
utilized for social education, rural health and rural communication
such as construction of play-grounds, indoor stadia, suspension bridges,
Village approach roads and purchase of musical instruments, sports
goods and utensils for distribution to deserving organisatiions at
50% subsidy. With the amount of Rs.160 lakhs sanctioned for I.R.D.P.
by Government of India, 4035 families have been assisted upto January,
1984 including 418 youths who have received training under TRYSEM
for a period of six months in 16 different trades and 690 trainees
undergoing training. More beneficiaries are being given assistance
during the current year.
With an outlay of Rs.60 lakhs during 1984-85 on-going
schemes along with rural development carried out during the previous
year will be continued. More attention will be given to deserving
voluntary organizations who are undergoing construction of Community
Halls and Playgrounds.
The Department has plan provision of Rs.40 lakhs
for 1983-84. During this period, 5 new service societies, 3 LAMPS,
5 Industrial societies and 5 fishery societies have been organized
which are the targets laid down for the year.
With similar budget provision for the year 1984-85,
the Department will continue to organize more credit Co-operatives,
marketing and Consumer societies, industrial, labour, farming, handloom
and fishery societies.
FOREST DEPARTMENT :
With the financial plan allocation of Rs.185 lakhs
during 1983-84, the Deptt. have implemented 14,200 hectares of plantations,
2000 roadside plantation of trees and 40,290 nursery beds in 75 nurseries.
Boundary line cutting of 200 kms., demarcation of about 300 kms. for
reserved forests, field data collection for 800 kms. and inner line
forest boundary cutting of 20 kms. have been done. Under forestry
education, 22 Foresters and 53 Forest-Guards passed out from the Forest
Education Research Institute during 1983. From December, 1983, the
Deptt. is now headed by the Chief Conservator of Forests.
During 1984-85, the Department will continue to
maintain 26,739 hectares of old plantations together with another
15,000 hectares for which preliminary works have been done during
An amount of Rs.209 lakhs is provided in the Annual
Plan of 1983-84. Under 20 point programme, the targets of 2,000 enrolment
of 9-14 age group and 1,400 in non-formal and adult education programme
have been fully achieved. 533 Pre-Primary School Teachers have been
absorbed as Government Primary Teachers during 1983-84. 17 Primary
Schools and 9 Middle Schools have been opened in addition to the existing
803 Primary Schools and 360 Middle Schools.
Bunghmun and Mimbung High Schools located in the
back-ward area of Mizoram have been upgraded to deficit status. Five
new High Schools have also been opened in addition to the existing
141 High Schools.
Notable achievements have also been made in the
field of sports, physical education and youth adventure. Mizoram High
School team reached semi-final in the first Sub-junior hockey tournament.
Aizawl High School team won the Runner-up trophy in the Subroto Mukherjee
Cup Football tournament held at New Delhi. Most notably, Mizoram School
team became the champion in badminton in the Mini-National School
games meet held at Nagpur. Four teachers attended youth adventure
course held at Himalayan Mountaineering Institute at Darjeeling and
one of them stood first.
Under science promotion scheme, training in methodology
and fundamental concepts in science and mathematics were given to
117 Middle and Primary School teachers. 36 High School teachers were
also given four months intensive training course in science and mathematics.
The annual plan allocation of Rs.290.35 lakhs for
1984-85 will be utilized for improvement of various schemes under
the Department including construction of building for Museum for which
Rs.1.00 lakh has been earmarked for the initial stage.
The Department is dealing with elections to the
Lok Sabha and Mizoram Legislative Assembly. Intensive revision of
electoral rolls have been started from January, 1983 . The general
election to Mizoram Legislative Assembly is scheduled to be held in
the early part of 1984.
A sum of Rs.12,50,000/- is estimated for the next
year’s budget which includes Rs.10,00,000/- for introduction of photography-identify
cards to voters. This scheme will be introduced in Mizoram as soon
as the approval of Election Commission of India is received.
ECONOMICS & STATISTICS DEPARTMENT:
The national Sample survey has completed 38th round
survey in the whole of Mizoram and collected employment and unemployment
data.The Department has also been conducting family living survey
in urban areas. Upto –date rainfall data for Mizoram is also available.
As against the allocated budget of Rs.14.93 lakhs
during 1983-84, the budget estimate for 1984-85 is Rs.18.19 lakhs.
The following publications have been brought out during 1983.
1) Quarterly Progress Report.
2) Quarterly Price Bulletin
3) Annual Census of Govt. employees, 1982
DISTRICT COUNCIL AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT:
The District Council are given grants-in-aid to meet
administrative expenses and also for execution of Plan schemes on
rural communication, Sanitation, Water supply and Forests. The administrative
expenses are met under non –plan.
In the Budget Estimate of 1983-84, a sum of Rs.60.31
lakhs was provided and in the revised estimate the amount has been
raised to Rs.82.42 lakhs. In respect of Plan shemes, Rs.20 lakhs has
been provided for 1983-84 and the amount earmarked for 1984-85 is
Rs.21 lakhs. Certain amount of Plan allocation has been set aside
under the new head "Promotion of Arts and Culture" for the
three District Councils.
GENERAL ADMINISTRATION DEPARTMENT:
Proposal for reorganization of District administration
with a view to improve District and lower level administrative machineries
has been actively pursued. It is very likely that a final shape could
be brought about in the coming year.
Mizoram has been included in the airmap of India
from November, 1983 by connecting Tuirial airstrip with Silchar and
Calcutta by Vayudoot air service.
A new building for Mizoram House at New Delhi has
been constructed and occupied from January this year.
INFORMATION, PUBLIC RELATIONS & TOURISM DEPARTMENT:
The Department has an annual Plan provision of Rs.16
lakhs during 1983-84. Under cultural programme, 22 folk dancers were
sent to Kuler to participate in the International Folk Dance festival.
25 members of cultural troupes participated in the Republic Day celebration
of 1984 in New Delhi. In addition to this, 44 community listening
sets have been distributed in different farflung areas and maintains
12 Information Centres. A multi-media publicity campaign was organized
at 10 places and achievements of various departments were explained
to the people. Tourist lodges are under construction at Aizawl and
Kolasib for visitors and when these are completed Mizoram will be
brought into the tourist map of India. Tourist Development Corporation
has also sanctioned Rs.6 lakhs initially for construction of youth
Hostel at Zemabawk.
With the plan allotment of Rs.18 lakhs during 1984-85,
the Department will continue to look after various schemes already
Under large and medium industries, there are 8 projects
undertaken by the Department. Some of this projects, namely Ginger
Oil and Oleoresin plant, fruit preservation and food processing factory
and Ginger dehydration Plant are n ow half way through. A sum of Rs.50.25
lakhs have already been spent on them. Under small scale industries,
61 new entrepreneurs have been given loan and also machineries on
hire purchase basis. 128 small artisans have also been given loans
for starting cottage industry during 1983-84.
In sericulture sector, cocoon production has gone
up from 2,400 kgs to 48,000 kgs and seed production from 65,000 to
4,56,000 number. Number of private rearers have also gone up from
1,000 to 3,5000. One Experimental Geologist has been newly appointed
and 2400 sq. km. Geological mapping has been completed in collaboration
with Geological Survey of India.
There are 600 registered small scale industrial
Units till December, 1983. The Deaprtment has Spent Rs.309.50 lakhs
during 6th Five Year Plan and Rs.180.40 lakhs has been earmarked for
LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT DEPARTMENT:
The Plan outlay during 1983-84 is Rs.8.50 lakhs.
Besides maintaining on-going schemes, the Department introduced Cutting
and Tailoring trade of one year course with an intake of 16 trainees
at I.T.I. Aizawl. Apprenticeship training scheme for 20 I.T.I. passed
out trainees in engineering trades has also been introduced. The most
notable achievement had been strengthening of I.T.I. Aizawl to meet
the increasing demand of manpower in industrial enterprises as well
as for self employment.
During 1984-85, the approved Plan outlay is Rs.10.10
lakhs. Besides continuing on-going schemes, 15 trainees from I.T.I.
will be sent outside Mizoram for training in various trades for which
there is no training facility in Mizoram.
LOCAL ADMINISTRATION DEPARTMENT:
With financial target of Rs.62.30 lakhs during the
year defunct village councils, as a result of grouping of villages,
have been restored. Housing loan under the scheme of economically
weaker sections of rural area have been given to 20 families. There
are 234 beneficiaries under the Water tank/ Septic tank loan schemes.
Provisions for granting material aid in the form of G.C.I. sheet roofing
of Community Halls has been made. Construction of steps, breast walls
and drains have been carried out in town areas.
During 1984-85, on-going schemes will be continued
with total financial budget of Rs.116.69 lakhs.
The Department has a total budget provision of Rs.58
lakhs during 1983-84. During this year 1952 house passes and 525 agricultural
land passes have been issued. A sum of Rs.26,11,389/- have also been
collected as land revenue. Total number of Land Settlement Certificates
issued for non-agricultural lands is 1,449 and 19 for Agricultural
lands. Due to lack of technical personnel to headway could be made
in survey operation of agricultural and non-agricultural lands. In
order to overcome this problem, 10 stipendiary candidates and 4 in-service
personnel will be sent for survey training in the coming year over
and about 2 in-service and 3 stipendiary trainees now receiving training
in survey schools.
With the proposed total budget provision of Rs.74.32
lakhs during 1984-85, efforts will be made for updating of land records
by setting up Record Cell for land records besides sending of trainees
in survey institutes.
PRINTING & STATIONERY DEPARTMENT:
The total budget provision of the Department during
1983-84 is Rs.98.80 lakhs. With the acquisition of sophisticated machines,
the Govt. Press has been able to print important Govt. Publications
such as Annual Administrative Reports, Mizoram Gazette, Electoral
Rolls, Budget Books, etc. Mizoram has become the first in the North
Eastern States to produce coloured calendar from its own Press. The
aim is to have self contained printing press by the end of the 6th
Five Year Plan. Supply of stationery articles and standard forms commonly
used in Government offices has been centralized under this Department.
Stationery and Forms Depots have been opened at Aizawl and Lunglei.
With total budget provision of Rs.132 laksh during
1984-85 another depot will be opened at Saiha besides construction
of buildings in all districts for Forms and Stationery depots. Attempt
will also be made to print educational text books in the Government
Press. Thus, the department is not only expanding its overall capacity
of manpower, machinery and depots but is going ahead with modernization
programme with the proposal of installing Polymer Plate making, Photo
Processing Camera and Off-Set during 1984-85.
Department also proposed to establish a Hand-made
Paper Mill of the Capacity of 50-60 M.T. per annum near Serlui ‘A’
at the estimated cost of Rs.12.50 lakhs during 1984-85 for which only
Rs.5.00 lakhs have been provided in the B.E. 1984-85.
POWERS & ELECTRICITY DEPARTMENT:
The Annual Plan outlay for 1983-84 is Rs.505 lakhs.
About 6.60 MW generating capacity will be added thereby raising the
total installed capacity to about 13 MW by the end of 1983-84. Works
for improvement of existing 66 KV Dullabcherra-Aizawl line including
construction of 66 KV Sub-stations at Vairengte, Kolasib and Aizawl
is in progress. The works are expected to be completed shortly and
charge the line at 66 KV which will enable drawal of additional 4
MW grid power over the existing 3 MW. Inverstigation of 3 Micro Hydel
Projects is in progress. Central Water commission has also taken up
investigation of Serlui-B and Tuirial. It is expected to achieve the
target of electrification of 30 villages during 1983-84.
The approved outlay of 1984-85 is Rs.552 lakhs.
It is proposed to augment diesel power generation by 0.25 MW each
at Champhai, Biate and Lunglei. 22 villages are proposed to be eledtrified
during 1984-85 raising the number of electrified villages to 150 out
of the total 737 villages. Central Water Commission has also agreed
to take up investigation of 4 new Micro Hydel Project. The Department
will investigate 4 new Micro Hydel Projects during 1984-85.
Construction of 132 K.V. lines from Zemabawk to
Lunglei with 66 K.V. sub-stations at Chhiahtlang Hrangchalkawn etc.,
is in good progress. Serlui ‘A’ Micro Hydel Project is now nearing
completion. Another Mycro Hydel Project is being started at Khuaiva
PUBLIC HEALTH ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT:
The target for the year 1983-84 for which an allotment
of Rs.400 lakhs have been provided is to complete 31 Rural Water Supply
schemes out of which 29 are under the State Plan and 2 under the Centrally
sponsored Scheme for Accelerated Rural water Supply programme. Upto
December, 1983, 14 Schemes have been completed and the remaining 17
are expected to be completed during1984-85.
The existing Aizawl Water Supply Augmentation Scheme
costing Rs.158 lakhs has been revised to a much bigger scheme at an
estimated cost of Rs.443.58 lakhs. Tender for Civil, Mechanical and
Electrical works has already been called for. The work for Service/
Storage and Zonal Reservoirs are at various stages of construction
and the whole scheme is targeted for completion during 1985.
Under the State Plan, Rs.460 lakhs will be available
for water supply and sanitation during 1984-85. With this provision,
38 projects has been fixed tentatively for completion.
SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT:
A total outlay of Rs.28 lakhs have been allocated
during 1983-84. Aizawl district was bifurcated into two districts
for the purpose of Social Welfare administration. One new I.C.D.S.
Project has been opened at Sangau-Tuipang C.D. Block in addition to
the 2 Projects opened during 1982-83. Five Recreation-cum-Libraries
have been opened for children below 14 years at Darlawn, Chhinga Veng,
Electric Veng, Ramhlun and Vaivakawn. A sum of Rs.1.40 lakhs has been
provided as assistance to various orphanage covering 204 children
inmates. Assistance has also been given to the only Blind School run
by Salvation Army at Kolasib. 303 units of voluntary welfare organizations
have been provided with grants-in-aid during the year with total expenditure
of Rs.1 lakh.
In view of drastic cut in the Annual Plan provision
proposed by the Department from Rs.48 lakhs to Rs.30 lakhs for 1984-85,
no new schemes will be undertaken and the existing ones will be continued
as far as practicable. It is apprehended that even certain schemes
may have to be discontinued due to financial stringency.
SUPPLY & TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT:
During 1983, the Department purchased 51,877 MT
of rice and 4,568 MT of wheat against the target of 70,000 MT of rice
and also 3,262 MT of rice of levy sugar on Govt. account. The other
essential commodities procured are 5,238 MT of wheat for Mill quota,
840 MT of Salt, 1,024 MT of rapeseed oil and 5,129 MT of cement. Air-dropping
of 400 MT of rice was carried out in 25 centres. 175 new Fair Price
shops have been opened making a total number of Fair Price Shops to
TRANSPORT WING :
The Annual Plan 1983-84 provides Rs.62 lakhs for
road transport. Mizoram State Transport has taken up a number of new
routes with increased frequencies of Bus Services to meet the growing
requirement of the traveling public. With the acquisition of 4 new
Deluxe Buses, daily Deluxe Bus service has been started in Aizawl-Silchar
route and every alternate day in Aizawl-Lunglei route from the later
part of December, 1983. The construction of Terminal-cum-Booking Office
at Aizawl is in progress. Due to various precautionary measures taken
up by the Department, the number of accidents has been reduced to
a minimum. The first phase of work relating to Central Workshop at
Lungdingram Durtlang has been started.
In order to encourage private operators and also
to generate more employment opportunities, 35 Bus permits have been
issued in 35 different routes. Steps have also been taken to increase
the number of town buses to meet the increasing requirement.
WEIGHTS AND MEASURES:
The Plan outlay for 1984-85 is Rs.4 lakhs and under
non-plan, Rs.4.13 lakhs is provided. During the year, various weights
and measures instruments numbering 13,340 have been verified, adjusted
and stamped and Rs.16,839.00 collected as fees. 36 cases have been
filed in the Court for violation of Weights and Measures Act and Rules.
The Plan outlay for 1984-85 is Rs.4 lakhs. With
a view to ensure more vigorous enforcement of the Act and Rules throughout
Mizoram, it is proposed to open Sub-Divisional Offices at Kolasib,
Champhai and Mamit.
Mizoram Police Service Rules have been finally approved
and notified. Fresh recruitment in Mizoram Police Services as also
promotion of Officers are now being made under the said Rules. In
keeping with law and order requirement, MRP has been reorganized with
365 additional manpower. 280 posts which were created for raising
of the 2nd MAP has also been filled. Six more Police Stations are
being opened at Bairabi, Khawzawl, Kanghmun, Sangau, Lungsen and Vervek.
It is proposed to open another 11 Police Stations in the outlying
areas for which sanction from Government of India is awaited.
Steps have been taken to repair and renovate the
existing Jail buildings which are very old and for this purpose a
proposal has been sent to Government of India for sanction of Rs.39
lakhs. The construction of Bungtlang Jail at an estimated cost of
Rs.1.16 crores is now in rapid progress.
A scheme for reorganization of Home Guards raising
the strength from 646 to 1100 and introduction of Civil Defence has
been sent to Government of India for approval. A full time Commandant
General of Home Guards has been posted and steps are underway to separate
Home Guards from the Police.
With a view to meet the requirements of different
Major Departments, all the 5 sanctioned posts of Deputy Director of
Accounts have been filled up besides creation of additional posts
in the Directorate of Accounts and Treasuries to cope with the additional
workload. Over and above G.P.F. accounts of the employees of Government
Mizoram taken over from the Accountant General, Shillong from 1st
April, 1983, 300 new accounts have since been allotted. As many as
363 old pending pension cases were taken over from A.G., Shillong
from 1st January, 1983 and 120 persons have been authorized with payment
of pensionary benefits.
In 1978-79, fund available for Housing Loan was
Rs.48 lakhs which extended benefit to 176 persons whereas in the current
year, Rs.166.60 lakhs has been made available which will benefit 858
persons. This increase is as a result of good repayment by the loanees.
The subject "Excise and Taxation" have
been allocated to Finance Department since July, 1983. With a limited
fund provision of Rs.12.20 lakhs for State Excise and Rs.7 lakhs for
Taxation, two district offices of Superintendent of Taxes have been
established at Aizawl and Lunglei. The revenue earned by the Excise
Wing during the year upto December, 1983 is Rs.12,01,166/- and that
of Taxation Wing is Rs.10,34,134/-. The Excise Wing is taking effective
steps in curbing sale of narcotic drugs and the enforcement staff
had destroyed illicit cultivation of opium poppy covering an area
of 131 acres of land within Mizoram side of Burma border.
HEALTH & FAMILY WELFARE DEPARTMENT:
With the Annual Plan allocation of Rs.160.00 lakhs
during 1983-84, a great deal of progress have been made. The base
floor of Aizawl Civil Hospital has been expanded which has facilitated
provision of 40 additional beds and a Ayurvedic dispensary and a Physiotherapy
unit opened in the said hospital during the year. A 30 bedded Hospital
and a 20 bedded leprosy Hospital have also been opened at Tlabung.
10 bedded Primary Health Centres have also been opened at Mamit, Khawzawl
and Lungsen. Construction of 10 bedded Primary Health Centrea and
Sub-Health Centrea are nearing completion at Rabung, Sakawrdai, Phuldungsei,
Vahai and Bunghmun. Sub-Health Centres with 10 beds each have also
been opened at Aibawk, Bungzung, Ngentiang, Bualpui (NG) and N.E.
With the Plan provision of Rs.200.00 lakhs during
1984-85, completion of incomplete buildings and upgradation of some
of the Primary Health Centres and Sub-Health Centres will be taken
up while expansion and improvement of existing hospitals will also
continue. Efforts will also be continued to build up technical manpower.
PERSONNEL & ADMINISTRATIVE REFORMS DEPARTMENT:
An Internal Study Unit has been created and started
functioning during 1983-84 in the Department. This Unit has completed
work study of one Department and submitted its report and recommendations.
The Unit is presently doing work study in other Departments of the
Secretarial. Apart from this, all proposals for creation and upgradation
of posts on the basis of work-load, job requirements, nature of duties
etc. are examined by this Unit which is manned by two Junior Analysts.
PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT:
With an outlay of Rs.706 for Roads & Bridges
during 1983-84, the Deptt. constructed 118 minor bridges and culverts,
7 suspension bridges and 15 semi permanent bridges including one Bailey
bridge. Survey of 24 kms. formation cutting of 74.76 kms. and widening
and improvement of 49.50 kms. have been completed including pavement
work of 59.80 kms. The construction of suspension bridge over Tuivai
river on Phullen- Phuaibuang road connects the north eastern region
of villages Phuaibuang, Khawlian, Daido and Vangkawt.
Tuirial airfield abandoned for the last 10 years
has been restored after extensive repair and necessary building construction
done and is now fit for Vayudoot air link services. According to the
figure of 1981 census 736 villages are to be connected by appropriate
communications. 137 Villages have been connected by road communications
upto 1982 and 16 more villages are being connected during 1983-84.
An outlay of Rs.55 lakhs has been provide for public
works during 1983-84. With this provision, it is expected to complete
the construction of Mizoram House at Delhi by the end of 1984. Mizoram
House at Calcutta is also under construction and the ground floor
will be available by the end of March,1984. Construction of 4 type
1 quarters within the compound of Mizoram Circuit House at Silchar
will also be completed during this year.
Aizawl capital project has been cleared for an expenditure
of Rs.19.66 crores and Rs.145 lakhs allotted during the current year
for improvement of approach road and site preparation of priority
buildings. Preparation of Master Plan has been entrusted to the Town
& Country Planning Organistion of Govt. of India and a team consisting
of 3 members visited Aizawl in January this year.
Construction of Vanapa Hall, basement floor of Aizawl
Civil Hospital, 50 bedded hospital at Saiha, terminal buildings a
Tuirial airfield and 5 dispensary buildings have been completed during
1983-84. The following works of other Deptts. will be completed by
the end of March, 1984 :-
1) Sainik Rest House at Aizawl.
2) Tourist Lodge at Kolasib.
3) Directorate building of Agriculture Deptt.
4) Bus stations at Lawngtlai and West Phaileng.
5) Levelling of Petrol depot at Vairengt.
6) Dispensary at Bualpui
During 1984-85 expenditure of Rs.200 lakhs have been
approved by Planning Commission for Aizawl Capital project and work
will be taken up immediately. Construction of Circuit House at Lawngtlai,
a 30 metres span bridge over Chawngte river on Aizawl-Thenzawl road
and a 35 metres bridge at Daplui on Aizawl-Mamit-Khumarghat road are
expected to be completed during 1984-85.
Sir, I would like to express the gratitude of this
government for the sympathetic attitude shown by the Government of
India in allocating substantial funds for the Development of Mizoram.
The mobilization of existing resources and the additional resources
to be mobilized during the year are our responsibility and I would
like to appeal to the concerned Departments to spare no efforts in
achieving the assigned tasks.
I would also like to appeal to the Members, officers
and staff of this Government and the general public for their full
co-operation, as in the past, to ensure that the provisions of fund
are carefully, frugally and effectively utilized and that there is
no waste or leakage of fund anywhere. Emphasis of this Ministry has
been to provide basic needs of the public as far as possible and I
would, therefore, request the co-operation of all to see that the
Govt.programmes are implemented in such a way as to benefit the poor
and the common people to the greatest extent possible. I would also
expect the good wishes and co-operation of all to help the Govt. in
implementing the programmes, projects and schemes expeditiously and
It is also my appeal to the Members to render their
help to the Govt. by giving wholesome criticisms, suggestions, recommendations
and guidance in strengthening the administration and implementation
of various programmes. The officers and staff are requested to realize
their key-roles in proper and regular utilization of fund, judicious
and economic use of all available resources. I would particularly
appeal to them to always follow the principle of financial discipline
and also to give maximum attention and efforts in getting their requirements
of funds from the Govt. of India wherever such cases arise.
I would like to conclude in expressing my appreciation
to the officers and staff who had been working very hard in the preparation
of the Budget Documents which are presented to the House today. The
Governmen Press also deserves special praise and appreciation for
Printing at a short notice most of the Budget documents this year
in spite of their limited resources and capacity.
With your permission, Sir, I present the Supplementary
Demands for 1983-84 and Budget Estimates for 1984-85 before the House
for favour of consideration and approval.