Government of Mizoram
Budget Speech: 1989-90
By Pu Lal Thanhawla
Sir, With your permission, I rise to present before
the August House the Supplementary Demands for the year 1988-89 and
the Budget Estimates for 1989-90.
This is the first Budget of my new Ministry which
has been voted to power in the General Election held in January, 1989,
which was smooth, free and fair. I am exceedingly grateful to God
for having chosen us to serve the people once again. I take this opportunity
to convey my thanks to the people of Mizoram for their support and
confidence reposed in us; and I would like to assure them that my
Ministry will leave no stone unturned to fulfill the commitments made
to the people. I also take this opportunity to thank all the officials
from top to bottom for their able and efficient conduct of the entire
election process. My Ministry aims at improving the living conditions
of the poor and the weaker section. For this, the programmes under
the New Land Use Policy and Housing Scheme will be taken up in a big
way and this is reflected in the budget.
Before I take up the Revised Estimates of 1988-1989,
I would like to briefly give the financial position that obtained
in 1987-1988. The financial year 1987-1988 opened with a surplus balance
of Rs.58.70 crores. However, the year ended with a deficit of Rs.53.41
crores. While I would not like to go into the details of how this
happened during the time of the previous Government, the fact remains
effect in 1988-89 as well. Inspite of our efforts to control expenditure,
and increase revenue during the short time available to us and inspite
of additional Central Assistance of Rs.20.00 crores, I am afraid,
the year 1988-89 will end in deficit.
In 1988-89, there has also been shortfall in Domestic
Revenue Receipts. The domestic Revenue Receipts estimated in Budget
Estimates 1988-89 were Rs.16.48 crores, but the Revised Estimates
show that there will be a shortfall of Rs.5.78 crores.The main reasons
for shortfall are :-
1) Non-renewal of retail licence for IMFL; and
2) Less realization from Lotteries.
For 1989-90, the Annual Plan Outlay will be Rs.102.00
crores as against Rs.85.00 crores in 1988-89, showing an increase
of 20% I like to mention here that this is the highest percentage
increase for any State in the Country. I would like to place on record
my gratitude to the Planning Commission for granting this increase
so that we can fulfill amongst others our commitments to the people
under the New Land Use Policy.
The anticipated domestic revenue receipts for 1989-90
is Rs.12.28 crores as against the Revised Estimate of Rs.10.70 crores
in 1988-89. We will take all required steps to maximize the Revenue
Receipts from all sources. We must remember that as a State wer must
raise our own resources for which all Revenue Earning Departments
will have to make earnest efforts.
The financial provisios at a glance of 1989-90
are as follows:-
Estimate for 1989-90
Revenue Accounts (Gross) Rs.251.16
Capital Accounts (Gross)
Rs. 92.00 crores
For Centrally Sponsored Schemes and B.R.T.F. only
token provisions have been given in the absence of confirmed figures
from Government of India.
I shall now briefly review the progress and achievements
of various Departments in the current year and the programmes envisaged
for the next year:
- AGRICULTURE DEPARTMENT:
The original Annual Plan Outlay was Rs.426.00 lakhs
for 1988-89. However, this Government gives topmost importance to
the New Land Use Policy to benefit the rural poor, for which additional
Rs.57.00 lakhs have been provided in the supplementary Budget in current
year, and additional Rs.2.00 crores next year, over and above the
normal Plan allocation.
During the current year, the Department developed
2000 hectares of flat land for foodgrains cultivation. The area under
Irrigation is being increased by 585 hectares with the help of 15
Minor Irrigation Projects. For Vegetable Development 200 individual
water tanks are being constructed. 75% Watershed Management works
at Darlak for land Development have been completed. 920 families of
small and marginal farmers were assisted during 1988-89.
During 1989-90 giving due importance to our New Land
Use Policy it is proposed to bring new areas under cultivation, including
2700 hectares in Chhimtuipui District. This will bring additional
production of 4050 tonnes of rice annually. 14 Minor Irrigatio Projects
will be completed and 18 new Projects will be taken up.
2.RURAL DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT:
With the Plan Outlay of Rs.90.00 lakhs for 1988-89,
construction of 81 playgrounds, 168 Community Halls and 19 Kms of
Jeep Roads, have been taken up to provide employment to the economically
weaker sections in rural areas. The New Housing Schemes for Rural
poor is being implemented by providing GCI sheets for roofing purposes
to a large number of poor families, for which additional Rs.2.00 crores
is given in the current year and Rs.1.70 crores in the next year.
In the current year, the Department continued to
promote plantation crops, besides other activities. In 1989-90, importance
will be given for implementation of the New Land Use Policy. The Department
aims to develop 861 hectares of Agricultural land by terracing and
530 hectares of lands for Plantation. 573 Jhumia families will be
assisted under terracing Schemes and 380 fresh families under plantation
4. FISHERIES DEPARTMENT:
In 1988-89, 21 lakhs of fish seeds have been supplied
to the private pisciculturists at 50% subsidized rate and 676 private
pisciculturists have been selected for giving financial assistance
for construction and improvement of fish ponds. 5.00 lakhs fish seeds
have been produced from the Departmental farms.
During 1989-90 construction of Fish seed farm at
Ngengpui in Chhimtuipui District will be completed and about 400 acres
of additional water area will be brought under fish culture. Fish
farmers training will be conducted at a number of places.
New Fish seed farm will be set up at Zawlnuam. It
is also proposed to strengthen the Fisheries organisation by setting
up a separate Directorate of Fisheries by re-organising the present
organization to accelerate the pace of Fishery development in the
5. A.H. & VETERINARY DEPARTMENT:
During 1988-89, this Department opened 3 new Rural
Animal Health Centres and 3 Dispensaries. Rs.27.97 lakhs was utilized
for Cattle, Piggery and Sheep and Goat development covering 774 families.
Aizawl town Milk supply was also strengthened. 100 families have been
assisted with Bank loan for Piggery.
The Department also set up 63 Biogas Plants and opened
a School of Veterinary Science with an intake of 20 pupils for the
During the year 1989-90 two new Divisional Offices
will be established at Kolasib and Champhai. 106 Biogas Plants will
be set up. Assistance will be given to selected families under the
New Land Use Policy.
6. SERICULTURE DEPARTMENT:
In 1989-90, besides continuing with the on going
schemes, special emphasis will be given for production of seeds Cocoons
in the Government owned Sericulture farms and to extend infrastructure
facilities for commercial production to Sericulture Department.
7. LOCAL ADMINISTRATION DEPARTMENT:
The Plan provision in 1988-89 was Rs. 136.00 lakhs.
The main achievements in 1988-89 are as follows:-
1) A Beginner’s Swimming Pool at Lawibual was completed.
2) Housing Loans to 1507 house-holds have been given.
3) For the upliftment of Riang (Bru) community, three
Riang Villages are being resettled.
4) Physical survey of Thenzawl and Hnahthial towns
have been completed and the development Plan preparation of Champhai,
Khawzawl and Bairabi towns is being finalized.
5) Socio-Economic survey of Serchhip, Thenzawl and
Lawngtlai have been completed. Under Special problem scheme, 450 Village
Council House have been constructed.
In 1989-90, it is proposed to take up the following
1500 house-holds will be given Housing Loan and 400
House-holds will be given Septic and Water Tank Loan. Market sheds
will be constructed at 20 selected villages. Basic facilities like
dust-bin, urinals etc. will be constructed as a measure of environmental
improvement. Park and recreational place will be constructed around
the Swimming Pool at Lawibual. 75 Community Halls will be provided
with GCI Sheets. 12 Villages will be given assistance under re-settlement
and Rehabilitation Scheme. Socio-Economic survey of Aizawl, Saiha
and Bilkhawthlir will be taken up and physical development Plan preparation
of Lunglei, Kolaib, Thenzawl, Serchhip and Hnahthial towns will also
be taken up.
My Government gives priority to Housing for the poor
families who cannot afford to have a tin roofed house. Hundreds of
families will be given grants-in-aid, for this purpose. Normal housing
schemes for the poor will also continue.
8. FOREST DEPARTMENT:
During 1989-90 seven Forest Divisions are proposed
to be created. Construction of Office complex at Aizawl and 47 numbers
of various buildings and abut 20 Kilometres of Forest roads are also
proposed to be taken up. Further, Plantation areas under various schemes
are programmed to be created during 1989-90 as follows :-
- Production Forestry 4450
- Rural Fuelwood Plantation 2500
- Operation Soil Watch
Forest resource survey field operation is also proposed
to be completed. About 2000 families in Mizoram will be benefited
under the New Land Use Policy through Plantation.
9. TOURISM DEPARTMENT:
The Tourism Department is now running 3 Tourist Lodges
at Aizawl, Kolasib and Saitual. Bung Bangalow and Paikhai Bangalow
taken over from PWD have been renovated and developed for Picnic Spot.
A Highway Restaurant at Thingdawl was constructed. Construction of
highway Restaurant at Chhiahtlang and Tourist Lodge at Champhai are
nearing completion. Tourist Lodge-cum-Highway Restaurant at Vairengte
and low cost accommodation for youth group and tourists called ‘Yetri-Niwas’
at Luangmual are also under construction.
During 1989-90 it is proposed to take up construction
of a Tourist Lodge at Lunglei, Highway Restaurant at Hnahthial, Kawlkulh
and on the bank of Tuitlawk river in Chhimtuipui District, a Tourist
Centre at Hmuifang hill top and a view point a South Hlimen.
10. HEALTH & FAMILY WELFARE DEPARTMENT:
With a Plan Outlay of Rs.342.00 lakhs in 1988-89,
the Department has undertaken construction of 12 new Sub-Centres,
3 new PHCs at Khawhai, Bukpui and Kawrtethawveng and upgradation of
Lawngtlai PHC into 30 bedded. Upgradation work of Hnahthial PHC into
30 bedded have also started.
11. HOME DEPARTMENT:
Law and Order situation has been well under control.
It is the endeavour of the State to re-organise the police into a
full-fledged state Police Force. The 2nd Battalion of MAP
which was functioning only with 2 companies has been strengthened
by raising the remaining 4 companies. A proposal has also been submitted
to the Ninth Finance Commission for raising the 3rd Battalion.
A Fire Station at Aizawl is being constructed at
a cost of Rs.1.12 crores. Construction of Fire Stations at Kolasib
and Saiha is also under progress.
One new Police station and 11 outposts have been
opened during 1988-89. A Narcotics Cell and Forensic Laboratory Unit
have also been sanctioned. Housing for the Police personnel has also
received due attention. The construction of 93 Housing units has been
taken up in 1988-89. The pay anomalies of Police personnel have also
In 1989-90, it is proposed to strengthen the Police
Organisation and also provide more housing facilities to the Staff.
Action is being taken to initiate vocational training
courses at Central Jails at Aizawl .Two Sub-Jails-one at Kolasib and
the other at Champhai at the cost of Rs.66 lakhs and 40 lakhs respectively
have been taken up for construction.
(c) Home Guards :
A site has been selected for establishment of Central
Training Institute for Home Guards at Sesawng at a cost of Rs.1 crore.
The wages of the Home Guards have been raised from Rs.25 to Rs.32
per day. A scheme for re-organisation of Home Guards by increasing
the present strength of 746 to 2200 has been sent to Government of
India and approval is awaited.
12. EXCISE DEPARTMENT:
The Department seized sizeable quantities of intoxicating
and narcotic drugs and also destroyed illegal cultivation of opium
Poppy covering 33 acres of land within the areas of Lungpuk and Khengkhawng
villages and 35 bighas of land within the areas of Vapar and Siata
villages. A new office at Saiha to be headed by a Superindent of Excise
will be opened during 1989-90.
13. TAXATION DEPARTMENT:
To improve revenue collection the Department has
taken measures for enhancement of the existing rates of taxes by Legislation
and enactment of the Mizoram Passengers and Goods Taxation Act, 1988.
14. ELECTION DEPARTMENT:
General Election to the Legislative Assembly of Mizoram
1989 was conducted smoothly and special revision of electoral rolls
is being taken up.
15. LABOUR & EMPLOYMENT DEPARTMENT:
Training has been imparted in the Industrial Training
Institute to Craftsmen in 10 selected trades such as Electrician,
Wiremen, Motor Mechanic,Fitter, Welder, Stenographer (English), Cutting
and Tailoring, Electronics, Carpentry and Confectionary. A women’s
Hostel with capacity of 20 seats has also been constructed. Under
the apprenticeship training scheme, clerical apprentices and ITI passed
trainees were imparted vocational training by attaching them to various
16.LAND AND REVENUE DEPARTMENT:
For up-dating of Land records it is intended to set
up infrastructures of Technical Staff including Officers to undertake
Large Scale Cadastral Survey. 21 nos. of inservice personnel have
been sent to undergo training for Survey Training. Large Scale Cadastral
Survey of 600 hectares has also been made during this year.
During 1989-90 it is proposed to send 30 inservice
and local candidates to undergo training in various courses. Cadastral
Survey of 900 hectares under Long Term Scheme and 600 hectares under
Short Term Scheme will also be carried out.
17. EDUCATION DEPARTMENT:
During 1988-89 the new curriculum which is the corner
stone for implementation of National Policy on Education has been
fanalised for Mizoram. The Scheme for trifurcation of Education Department
With the primary objectives of universalization of
elementary education and implementing the schemes of operation Blackboard,
43 Primary School Teachers were appointed for strengthening single
teacher schools and with the State Upgradation funds, 144 Primary
Schools buildings were constructed. 14 private Middle Schools, 3 private
High Schools and 2 Private Colleges were placed under deficit grants-in-aid,
Aizawl, Serchhip and Champhai Colleges were provincialised. A special
Hindi School, the first of its kind in Mizoram was opened for improvement
of Hindi Education in the State.
During 1989-90 it is proposed to recruit 50 new Primary
School teachers for strengthening of Primary Education and 14 private
Middle Schools would also be placed under deficit grants-in-aid.
18. ECONOMICS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT:
The Department functions as the coordinating agency
at State Level and liaise with the Centre in statistical matters.
Besides, this department is a nodal agency for all statistical information
and to render technical guidance to all statistical cells in various
departments in order to ensure timely availability of reliable information
and vital statistics required by the Government to formulate plan
policy and for other purposes.
19. PRINTING AND STATIONERY DEPARTMENT:
During this year a Stationery Depot and Administrative
Buildings at Luangmual and Depot building at Saihs have been completed.
The Construction works of Government Press production Centre at Lunglei
have also been started. To increase the efficiency and capacity of
the Depot a Linotype casting machines from U.K.and Stabilizers for
the press were procured 7 technical persons of the Department are
imparted professional in-service training at Faridabad and Gauhati.
20. INDUSTRIES DEPARTMENT:
An Industrial Growth Centre at Luangmual, a Mini
Industrial Estates, Cottage and Village Industries, electronics industries
etc. and a Handloom and Handicraft Development Corporation and a Rural
Industrial Development Centre have been established.
In 1989-90 an Agro Industrial Development Corporation
in proposed to be set up. Besides the Mizoram Electronic Development
Corporation is being established.
The first Mizoram Industrial Fair was organized at
Aizawl in December, 1988 where sales of the local industrial products
to the tune of Rs.60.33 lakhs were effected.
Ground Water has been explored at Thenzawl by tube
wells and dug wells. During 1989-90, ground water exploration will
be intensified and assistance in the form of Loans and grants-in-aid
will be given to selected families under the New Land Use Policy.
Zoram Industrial Development Corporation Ltd. has
given loans to 135 persons for acquiring MARUTI CARS to be utilized
as Local Taxi, Self Employment, Loans to 10 Ex-Service-men, and Industrial
Loans to 98 entrepreneurs. The Mizoram Khadi and Village Industries
Boards has taken up 20 different schemes for promotion of village
Industries during this year and 379 Village Industries will be assisted.
21. DISTRICT COUNCILS:
The District Councils undertook construction of 70
kms Jeepable Road in 1988-89. 936 selected families were given grants-in-aid
for Animal Husbandry Schemes. As a measure of Social Welfare 340 physically
handicapped persons were given assistance.
22. SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT:
A Social- Economic Programme for Destitute women
was taken up to rehabilitate destitute women. For welfare of the handicapped,
three Training cum-production Centres were maintained with an intake
capacity of 30 persons each for males and females at Aizawl and Lunglei.
174 persons were given prosthetic Aids and 1884 poor and destitute
were given assistance. The target for establishing correctional Children’s
Court and Remand Home in the three Districts was achieved.
In 1989-90 a sum of Rs.52 lakhs is allocated under
Plan which is proposed to be utilized for economic rehabilitation
of handicapped and destitute. 372 handicapped students are proposed
to be given stipend.
Voluntary organization in the interior places are
given grants-in-aid for purchase of essential material required by
them for effective voluntary welfare services in their respective
23. RELIEF & REHABILITATION DEPARTMENT:
Rs.2.60 crores was given as housing assistance to
581 MNF Returnees. About 300 MNF returnees have been accommodated
in Government Service in various Departments. Contract works have
been given to 260 MNF Returnees. A sum of Rs.2.00 crores has been
given to the next of kin of persons killed or permanently disabled
persons during the period of insurgency. A sum of Rs.121.82 lakhs
was utilized for famine relief during this year.
24. POWER & ELECTRICITY DEPARTMENT:
In the current year Diesel Generation sets totaling
6.3 Megawatts have been commissioned and installed. Two units of 350
Kilowatts in Khawiva and one unit of 100 Kilowatts in Tuirivang have
already been commissioned. Construction of three new Mini Hydel Projects
namely Maicham (2 MW).Tuipui (0.5MW) and Tuisumpui (0.45 MW) has also
been taken up. 132 KV Sub-Station at Aizawl connecting Mizoram with
the North Eastern Grid has been commissioned. This has enable Mizoram
to draw additional grid power upto 6 MW which meets the partial requirement
of Aizawl and is also supplied to Lunglei through the 132 KV Aizawl-Lunglei
line. Works are in progress to augment the Aizawl Sub-Station to draw
more grid power from the Central Sector Projects and commission the
132 KV system upto Lunglei. In order to transmit and distribute grid
power to important load centers in the State. Construction of 132
KV Zemabawk-W.Phaileng lines has been taken up.
During 1989-90 construction of four new 132 KV lines
connecting Lungdar ‘E’ Marpara, Lungsen and Lawngtlai will be taken
up. In 1989-90 electrification of 65 Villages is proposed to be taken
up. Generation of energy through non-conventional sources has also
been taken up. In the current year wind electric generators have been
installed at Hmuifang and Reiek Electrification of Wind generator
will be taken up during 1989-90.
25. SPORTS & YOUTH SERVICES DEPARTMENT:
During 1988-89 construction of 3 Nos. of Sports Complexes,
3 Open Stadiums, 16 Indoor Stadiums, one Swimming Pool and 35 Playfields
were taken up. 2 Indoor Stadiums, 5 Play fields and 2 Tennis Courts,
3 Volley Ball Courts, 2 Badminton Courts and 2 Table Tennis Halls
were completed. Freedom 40 Run, Marathon, races, tournaments in various
sports disciplines and Youth activities were organized.
During 1989-90 it is proposed to strengthen the existing
Directorate and to promote various Sports.
26. INFORMATION AND PUBLIC RELATIONS DEPARTMENT:
The Department has distributed 98 T.V. Sets to different
Villages in Mizoram and an Information Centre is proposed to be opened
in New Delhi.
A publicity campaign against Drugs Abuse was held
in December, 1988 and Posters and Stickers were distributed to the
general public. Short documentaries on development activities in Mizoram
have been produced with the assistance of Doordarshan.
27. ACCOUNTS & TREASURIES DEPARTMENT:
During 1988-89, posts for three Sub-Treasuries,one
each at Serchhip, Aizawl and Mamit have been created. Construction
of Sub-Treasury building and Staff Quarters have been started at Serchhip.
The department audited 59 Offices and Institutions and conducted surprise
check of cash balances of 12 Offices.
During the current year there were 1167 new subscribers
to G.P.F. in various departments bringing the total enrolment to 24,353
Nos.An intensive campaign has been started for early settlement of
28. TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT:
Town Bus facilities to the School Children in Aizawl
Town and free travel facilities in Mizoram State Transport Buses for
physically disabled persons have been provided. The Department expects
to earn revenue of Rs.163.00 lakhs during current year as against
Rs.130.00 lakhs during 1987-88.
Construction of additional two floors of the Bus
terminal buildings at Aizawl is almost completed and a Central Workshop
Building is in progress. To encourage public transport operation permits
were issued for local taxi, 21 town buses, 24 bazar buses and 4 Night
Buses. The revenue receipts on accounts of taxes on Vehicles has improved
and Rs.38.05 lakhs has already been earned by the Motor Vehicles Wing
Upto January, 1989 as against Rs.35.74 lakhs during 1987-88.
In 1989-90, 24 Old Buses will be replaced, construction
of Central Workshop Building will be completed and land for the Mizoram
State Transport Bus Station at Silchar will be purchased and Bus Stations
at Kolasib, Champhai and Saiha along with a few Staff Quarters will
29. PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT:
During 1988-89, 145 Kilometres of formation cutting,
11 km soling, metalling and black topping and 160 culverts were completed.
A bridge over Teirei River on Kolasib – Zamuang Road has also been
The following important buildings have also been
constructed during this year:
1) Printing & Stationery Building at Saiha.
2) District Jail Complex at Aizawl.
3) 48 Bedded Boys Hostel under NEHU.
4) SCERT Building at Chaltlang.
5) Extension of 26 Bedded T.B. Hospital at Zemabawk.
6) Planning Department Building Phase I at Aizawl.
7) Inspection Bungalows at W.Phaileng, Tuipuibari
8) 25 numbers of Staff Quarters at Sialsuk, N.Vanlaiphai,
Tlabung and P.T.C., Lungverh.
The works on the following buildings projects were
1) Office Building for Chief Engineer, P.W.D.
2) Police Station Building at Aizawl.
3) Directorate of Prison at Aizawl.
4) Printing & Stationery Building at Lunglei.
5) 24 Types I and 16 Types II quarters for Police
6) 25 numbers for P.W.D. Staff Quarters at Zemabawk.
During 1989-90 the following are the targets under
Roads and Bridges :-
1) Formation Cutting 65 kms.
2) Culverts & Minor Bridges 150 kms.
3) Improvement/Widening 85 kms.
4) Black Topping 132 kms.
5) Soling and Metalling 176 kms.
Further, construction of residential and non-residential
buildings will also be taken up.
30. PUBLIC HEALTH ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT:
During this year 50 Rural Water Supply Schemes and
14 tube-well have been commissioned. The Greater Aizawl Water. Supply
Schemes Phase-I has also been commissioned. In 1989-90, inter-connection
of Greater Aizawl Water Supply Schemes Phase I from Tuikhuahtlang
to Laipuitlang will be made to enable-supply of Water to Northern
Parts of Aizawl Town. The Greater Lunglei Water Supply Scheme costing
Rs.14.20 crores will also be taken up. The Department will also continue
implementation of Rural Water Supply Schemes and tube wells in various
31. FOOD AND CIVIL SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT:
The Department has continued to procure and supply
essential commodities to the Public. Thirty new Fair-Price Shops have
been opened during 1988-89, raising the total number of Fair-Price
Shop to 776. The monthly quota of rice has been increased from 6500
tonnes to 7500 tonnes from November, 1988.
During 1989-90, the department propose to strengthen
the inspection and control over the distribution of Food-grains and
the other essential commodities. For this purpose, additional staff
will be appointed.
Weight and Measure Wing:
An Inspector’s Office-cum-Laboratory has been constructed
at Chawngte, Rs.28,824 has been collected by way of stamping and verification
fees. In 1989-90, it is proposed to strengthen the organization by
creating required posts and also through purchase of necessary equipments.
It is also proposed to construct Vehicles Tank Caliberation Centre
at Vairengte for verification of Oil Tankers.
32. CO-OPERATION DEPARTMENT:
There are at present 685 Cooperative Societies in
Mizoram. During 1988-89, a new urban cooperative Bank was established,
similarly, a number of primary cooperative Societies for fruit growing
and marketing, and for piggery have been established. The Registrar’s
Office Complex is nearing completion and will be ready by April, 1989.
During the next year, a Training Centre for Managers,
Staff and Cooperators is proposed to be organized. Which will be run
by the Cooperative Union of Mizoram. The Assistance of NCDC will also
be availed of in larger measures in the coming year.
33. PLANNING AND PROGRAMME IMPLEMENTATION DEPARTMENT:
The Planning Department looks after Planning formulation,
coordination, evaluation and monitoring of Plans Schemes. The Science
Technology and Environment Council also comes under this Department.
The Plan Outlay for Science Technology and Environment was Rs.18 lakhs
for 1988-89. This will be increased to Rs.27 lakhs in 1989-90 for
promotion of various Science and Technology activities in Mizoram.
34. TRADE AND COMMERCE DEPARTMENT:
This is a newly created department. During 1989-90
the department is proposed to be strengthened for taking up various
activities including promotion of Agriculture Marketing the ensure
adequate price for the farmers. The matter regarding Border Trade
with Bangladesh and Burma will also be pursued with the Government
35. ADMINISTRATIVE TRAINING INSTITUTE:
During 1988-89, the Administrative Training Institute
organized various training programmes for the staff including:
1) In-Service Training Programme for Superintendents.
2) Foundational Training Course for Assistants.
3) In-Service Training Programme for Assistants.
4) English Stenography Training Course and
5) In-Service and Foundational Training Programmes
for Taxation Officers.
The Government proposes to lay great stress on proper
training of officers and Staff in the coming year. For this purpose,
it is proposed to create three posts of Consultants, and various Training
Programmes will be undertaken.
36. INSTITUTIONAL FINANCE AND SMALL SAVINGS:
This is a wing of the Finance Department, to promote
the habit of savings among the people of Mizoram and to help the banking
development in Mizoram , this Directorate has been established. The
Cell gives assistance to the banks in opening of branches and in promoting
The total net collections of National Savings during
1987-88 was Rs.51 lakhs. The target fixed for 1988-89 was Rs.1 crore
which has been attained. Target fro 1989-90 is fixed at Rs.1.6 crores.
During 1988-89, 11 new bank branches were opened
by the Mizoram Rural Bank. Two branches of State Bank of India are
going to be opened shortly. During 1989-90, 27 more bank branches
are targeted to be opened in Mizoram and the banking activities expanded.
I have briefly reviewed the activities and achievements
of various Departments for 1988-89 and their programmes for 1989-90.
I am sure that the opinions to be expressed by the Hon’ble Members
during discussion of this budget would be immensely helpful to the
Government. The documents I am presenting before the House can be
utilized by the Hon’ble Members as the basis for giving their valued
suggestions for improvement in the workings of various Departments
of the Government at the time when general discussions are taken up.
To ensure the success of our programmes all of us have to make constant
effort so that we are able to fulfill the basic needs of the people.
Before concluding my speech I would like to put on
record my appreciation of the commendable work done by all the officials
of Finance Department for the pains they have taken in getting the
budget documents ready within a very limited period, I should also
thank all categories of officials of the Printing & Stationery
Department for their relentless efforts and hard work to print the
budget documents in time.
With these words, Sir, I beg to present the Supplementary
Demands for 1988-89 and the Budget Estimates for 1989-90 before this
august House for approval.