Government of Mizoram
Budget Speech: 2003-2004
By Pu Zoramthanga
Mr. Speaker Sir,
I rise with your permission to present the Supplementary
Demand for the year 2002-2003, Vote on Account for the months of April,
May, June & July, 2003 and the Budget Estimates for the fiscal
2. I would like to inform this august House that
due to non-finalisation of the Annual Plan for 2003-04, I am constrained
to present a budget which is interim in nature and which will be retained
at the level of the Annual Plan size of 2002-03. Therefore, I am seeking
Vote on Account for the first four months of 2003-04 to facilitate
financial transactions of Government departments will be seeking the
approval of this august House for the full budget for the year 2003-04
when the Annual Plan Outlay is finalised by the Planning Commission
3. Honourable Members are all aware that the state
has been under financial stress throughout the year. Nevertheless,
I would like to share with you the financial burden that has been
shouldered by the state during the financial year 2002-03 which commenced
with an opening deficit of Rs.118. 74 crore. Due to the poor
economic background of the majority of the population, the Government
has been unable to impose new taxes and enhance various user charges
to a substantial level, which would, in turn have a positive impact
on our finances. On the other hand, the Government could not deny
its employees their entitlements like enhancement of Dearness Allowance
and revision of wages, which have further increased the burden
of the state exchequer.
4. It is a matter of satisfaction that in
spite of these financial constraints, we have had a fairly uneventful
financial year due to the efficient financial management of our
state as compared to other North Eastern States who have had to resort
to various drastic economy measures. The release of Rs.48.42 crore
by the Central Government as Special Central Assistance for meeting
our Non-Plan liabilities was like succour for our state and went a
long way in relieving the financial crisis.
5. I am happy to inform this august House that in
pursuance of the recommendation of the Medium Term Fiscal Reforms
Committee, the State Government has approved the Special Voluntary
Retirement Schemes for Government Drivers, Handymen and Despatch Riders
likely to be rendered surplus on implementation of the Scheme of Privatisation
of Government Vehicles. There commendations of the Committee for Identification
of Government Vehicles for Disposal has also been accepted by the
Government. The Central Government had already permitted the State
Government to avail Market Loan of Rs.70.00 crore for implementing
the Voluntary Retirement Scheme and this fund had been remitted into
our account. It is the priority of the state to implement these schemes
in right earnest in the coming year, as this will immensely reduce
Government expenditure especially under the Non-Plan sector.
6. Though our fiscal future looks bleak, it is heartening
that the Central Government has shown its concern and willingness
to lend a helping hand in our endeavours to improve the financial
situation of the state. To this end, the Central Government has set
up a special committee of a 'Group of Officers to study the financial
problems of North Eastern States and suggest possible solutions'.
This Group has met several times and I am optimistic that their recommendations
will playa positive role in improving the State's economy.
7. The Debt Swap Programme envisaged by the Central
Government to alleviate our increasing debt burden has also been initiated
and it is expected that this will also help in solving our financial
8. Honourable Members will be happy to learn that
the Mizoram Intodelhna Project, a self sufficiency project for Mizoram
is currently being implemented in various selected -villages and it
is hoped that this will do wonders for the economic well being of
the rural population.
9. We are all aware of the. Necessity of developing
our own source of power to accelerate the development of the state.
It has therefore been the priority of the state to achieve this end.
I am proud to inform you that the 80MW Bairabi Hydro Electric Project
has been approved by the Government of India and all necessary environmental
and forest clearance and survey has been completed and actual work
is expected to begin shortly. The 12MW Serlui 'B' Hydel Project has
also been approved and the work will soon be started.
10. Before I highlight the achievements and programmes
of various Departments, let us briefly take a view of the Revised
Budget Estimates and the Budget Estimates for the year 2002-03 and
11. As stated earlier, we started this fiscal year
with a deficit of Rs.118. 74 crore against the projected deficit of
Rs.163.68 crore. This improvement in the opening deficit is mainly
due to the concerted efforts of the Government in curtailing expenditure
and sound financial management. However, while we welcomed the increased
devolution from the Central Government under Non Lapsable Central
Pool of Resources and Centrally Sponsored Schemes, the Government
could not avoid various increases in Government expenditure like enhancement
of the Dearness Allowances of its employees and also upward revision
of wages of its casual labourers. All these factors working together
have resulted in a tremendous increase in the Revised Estimates for
the year 2002-03.Therefore, the current fiscal year is expected to
close with a deficit of Rs.169.61 crore against the original estimates
of Rs.166.76 crore.
12. The State Annual Plan outlay for 2003-04 has
not yet been finalised by the Planning Commission of India and Honourable
Members are aware of our budget's heavy dependence on devolution of
fund from the Centre. Therefore, all estimates are temporary and subject
to change when the plan size is finalised as the quantum of fund from
the Centre cannot be accurately predicted. However, it is anticipated
that the year 2003-04 will close with a deficit of Rs.266.38 crore.
The main reason for this substantial deterioration in the estimated
closing deficit of 2003-04 from that of the year 2002-03 is due to
reduction in Central devolution in respect of grants-in-aid.
13. Honourable Members will notice that the Demand
for Grants for 2003-04 and Revised Estimates for 2002-03 are being
presented in two books unlike other years. This is due to a change
in the classification of various Object Heads of Account by Government
of India, which has necessitated the bifurcation of the Revised Estimates
and Budget Estimates in separate books. The Revised Estimates of 2002-03
have been projected as per the normal classification whereas we have
adopted the new classification in the Budget Estimates for 2003-04.
14. I shall now briefly review the performance and
tentative programmes of various Departments. Tentative programmes
are subject to change after finalisation of the Annual Plan size for
15.1. Agriculture Department: During
2002-03, the Department undertook construction of 136.36 Km of Agricultural
Potential Area Connectivity link roads from main roads and villages
to different Wet Rice Cultivation (WRC) areas to facilitate easy transport
of agricultural produces and movement of farm machineries at an estimated
cost of Rs.129.43 lakhs. In keeping with the State's objectives of
achieving self-sufficiency in production of foodgrains, we have recently
launched the Mizoram Intodelhna Project wherein 21812 families will
be assisted at the rate of Rs.75001- per family during 2002-03.
So far, 9366 families have been assisted at the rate of Rs.40001-
per family as 1st installment. As many as fifty awareness campaigns,
exhibitions and seminars were conducted. Land development in 237.50
hectares for Wet Rice Cultivation (WRC) at an estimated cost of Rs.80.00
lakhs was taken up. Under Minor Irrigation, five Minor Irrigation
projects are currently under construction under the assistance of
Accelerated Irrigation Benefit Programme (AIBP) and Seven Minor Irrigation
projects were taken up and completed with the assistance of NABARD.
15.2 During 2003-04, the Department proposes to continue
the Mizoram Intodelhna Project by assisting a further 25,000 families.
Besides completing its on-going Minor Irrigation projects, the department
proposes to take up construction of twelve Minor Irrigation Projects
with loan assistance under RIDF-IX from NABARD and the Accelerated
Irrigation Benefit Programme (AIBP). It is also proposed to continue
the on-going programmes of land development for Wet Rice Cultivation,
terracing on hill slopes and Potential Area Connectivity. Cultivation
of high yielding varieties of crops is also proposed to be continued.
16.1. Horticulture Department: During
2002-03, 36 Km of Horticulture link roads for Potential Area Connectivity
in rural areas was undertaken with the active participation of the
villagers. With a view to achieving higher productivity, 2000 Horticulture
tools and implements were purchased and distributed at 50% subsidy
to needy farmers. Awareness campaigns, exhibitions and seminars were
conducted in all Horticulture Divisions and Sub-Divisions in the state.
Office buildings, godowns and quarters were constructed at Lunglei,
Saiha, Haulawng, Ngopa, N. Vanlaiphai, Reiek, Thingfal and Tuidam.
170 tonnes of potato seed tubers (Kufri Joyti) were distributed to
farmers in various places.
16.2 During 2003-04, it is proposed to further build
up Horticulture Infrastructure in the Divisions, Sub-Divisions and
Circle headquarters. Rs.10.00 lakhs has been earmarked for providing
HDPE pipes to small farmers to ensure irrigation of crops during the
dry season. Construction of 500 hectares of Horticulture Potential
Area Connectivity roads is also proposed to be taken up. The Department
also proposes to make organic manures, bio-fertilizers, P.P. Chemicals
and equipments easily accessible to the farmers.
17.1. Power & Electricity Department: During
the year 2002-03, construction of 132KV sub-stations at Baktawng and
upgradation of EHV/Sub Station at Saitual were undertaken. Construction
of 22.92 MW Bairabi Thermal Project funded under Non Lapsable Central
Pool of Resources was also started. The much awaited necessary environmental
clearance, completion of survey and consultant works for the 80 MW
Bairabi Hydro Electric Project have been obtained and all out efforts
will be made to take up the work as early as possible.
17.2 During 2003-04, the Department proposes to complete
the on-going works of construction of 132 KV Jines at Saitual to Darlawn,
Khawzawl to Lungdar 'E' and Khawzawl to Ngopa. Augmentation and upgradation
of Sub-stations at Darlawn, Khawzawl and Ngopa are in the pipeline.
The Bairabi Thermal Power Plant is also slated for completion by October,
2003. The ongoing works of 12 MW Serlui 'B' Hydel Project, 3MW Maicham
Phase-II, 500 KW Lamsial Micro Hydel Project, 3MW Kau-Tlabung small
Hydel Project and 3MW Tuipang MHEP are also proposed to be continued.
Systems I Improvement at Diltlang, Sangau, Chawngte and Thenzawl are
also proposed to be taken up. These initiatives are a clear I indication
of the State Government's commitment to alleviating the power deficiency
problem in the state.
18.1. Industries Department: During 2002-2003,
the Bamboo Development Agency was made functional and significant
progress has been made for setting up of a Joint Venture Bamboo Processing
Industrial Unit at Sairang. Share Capital contribution was given to
various corporations/Boards like MIFCO, ZOHANDCO, ZIDCO and ZENICS.
To generate employment and promote economic development, grant-in-aid
was disbursed to various rural artisans, handloom weavers and craftsmen.
Training on handloom, crafts, EDP, PMRY, electronics and Information
Technology, Electrical and engineering trades as well as food processing
were imparted. 2.5 lakh tea seedlings were distributed to various
tea planters allover the state. Maintenance and augmentation of' several
Community Information Centres were undertaken.
19.1 Public Health Engineering Department:
The Department has taken up various schemes under the Urban
Water Supply Programme at New Kawnpui, Serchhip Vengthar, Kolasib,
Ramhlun North(Aizawl) and Khawzawl. The newly created Champhai WATSAN
Division was inaugurated on 14.8.2002. During this fiscal year, the
Bilkhawthlir and North Chhimluang (Composite) Water Supply Scheme,
Ratu (Pumping) Water Supply Scheme and the Composite Vairengte I Water
Supply Scheme were commissioned. It is proposed to cover all the targeted
180 habitations under the Rural Water Supply Programme.
19.2. During 2003-04, it is proposed to cover 130
habitations for completion of ongoing works under Rural Water Supply
Programme and Rural Sanitation. Completion of the Bilkhawthlir and
North Chhimluang Water Supply Scheme is proposed. The composite North
Kawnpui Water Supply Scheme is proposed to be continued and the Greater
Mamit Water Supply Scheme and Kawrthah Water Supply Scheme I will
be started during this year.
20.1. Health & Family Welfare DeDartment
: During 2002-03, much importance has been attached to providing
better medical facilities for the general population and therefore
various schemes for upgradation and establishment of Public Health
Centres, Community Health Centres and Sub Centres at various places
allover the state under Pradhan Mantri Gramodaya Yojana were initiated.
Ongoing works of construction of Community Health Centre at Thenzawl
and Mamit were completed. Construction of Public Health Centres at
Phullen, Bungtlang South, Phuldungsei and Kanhmun were also started
and are well in progress. Proposals for upgradation of various hospitals
at Champhai, Saiha and Lawngtlai were initiated as also construction
of multi-storeyed building at Civil Hospital, Lunglei. Ongoing works
of construction of Outdoor Patient Department, CT Scan building and
mortuary at Civil Hospital, Aizawl and upgradation of Serchhip Hospital
were continued. Under the Eleventh Finance Commission awards, five
Chief Medical Officers' quarters at Champhai, Serchhip, Kolasib, Mamit
and Lawngtlai were completed and construction of Regional Diagnostic
Centres at Champhai and Lunglei are in progress.
20.2. The long awaited CT Scan machine was installed
at the Civil Hospital, Aizawl. Besides, various medical equipments
and instruments like sterilizer, Ultra Sound Machine, Upper G.I. Endoscope,
orthopaedic instruments, dental chair and unit and dental X-ray machines
as well as five I 300 MA X-ray machines were purchased for various
Hospitals around the State.
20.3. During 2003-2004, it is proposed to continue
the ongoing projects of upgradation of Public Health Centres and establishment
of five new Sub Centres. Continuation and completion of ongoing construction
of Community Health Centres and Public Health Centres at various locations
are also on the agenda. With a view to modernising and updating the
two Regional Diagnostic Centres at Champhai and Lunglei, various medical
equipments like Electro Encephalogram (EEG) Mode Machines, Ultra Sound
Machine, ECG Machine,Chemical Pathology laboratory equipments, Brachytherapy
unit and operation theatre equipments as well as maternal and child
health equipments are proposed to be procured. The Government is distressed
at the high rate of cancer related deaths. Therefore an Oncology Wing
to facilitate early detection of cancer under the Cancer Control Programme
is proposed to be set up for which the necessary equipments are being
21.1. Public Works Department: Construction
of the ongoing Aizawl-Reiek-West Lungdar Road and Rawpuichhip-Buarpui
Road undertaken with financial assistance from NABARD were continued,
and re-surfacing of town roads within Aizawl, Lunglei and Saiha was
taken up. Under World Bank funded projects improvement and Iupgradation
of Aizawl- Thenzawl-Buangpui Road, rehabilitation and maintenance
of Kawlkulh-Ngopa- Tuivai road, Lungsen-Chawngte Road and Khawzawl-Biate
and Chekkawn-North Vanlaiphai road were taken up. Under Pradhan Mantri
Gramoday Sadak Yojana scheme, 29 road schemes were taken up and proposals
for construction of 14 roads covering a total length of 184.98 km
has been proposed and submitted to Government of India for approval.
Zamuang-Hriphaw Road and construction of bridges on River Tuivai and
River Phaite were taken up under NEC schemes. Construction of nine
roads and one bridge duly approved by the NEC is also I in the pipeline.
Under Economic and Inter-State Road schemes, works on construction
of single lane girder bridge over River Tuichang on Hnahthial -Thingsai
Road and a single girder bridge over River Tlawng on Aibawk-Darlung
Road have been started. Infrastructure building at various places-within
the construction of a new Mizoram House at Vasant Vihar, New Delhi
are also taken up. 745 running metres of drainage system at essential
places within Lunglei and Saiha was completed.
22.1 Food & Civil Supplies Department:
During 2002-03, the Department constructed two supply godowns at Saiphai
and North Hlimen, two staff quarters at Mualthuam North and one check
gate-cum-Area Inspector Office at Vairengte. During the year, in pursuance
of its primary duties of ensuring availability of food grains, the
Department distributed 2446 Metric Tonne of APL rice, 2022 Metric
Tonne of BPL rice and 368 Metric Tonne of AAY rice per month. The
Midday Meal Scheme of Supplying rice to Primary School students, free
of cost, was successfully implemented and 3369.89 Metric Tonne of
rice was distributed. 1212 Metric Tonne of rice Was also distributed
at BPL rate under the Special scheme for scheduled tribe hostellers
(Naranikentans).The Legal Metrology (Weights and Measures) purchased
20 sets of verification tools to ensure accuracy while checking the
quality and quantity of Petroleum products. Vigorous inspections were
carried out regularly during the year and 23377 weights & measures
were verified, 40200 LPG Cylinders Were checked and 1188 tank lorries
Carrying Petroleum products checked.
22.2 During 2003-04, the Department proposes to
construct/renovate five Supply 90downs and four staff quarters
at various places around the state.
2 3. Social Welfare Department : Social Welfare
has been implementing programmes for the upliftment of women and children,
the aged, the disabled, maintenance of correctional institutions in
the field of social defence as Well as support to voluntary organisations.
Some important and notable achievements during 2002-03 include application
and release of fund for construction of 200 Anganwadi Centres under
Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS), enhancement of rate of
honorarium given to Anganwadi workers and helpers. In respect of welfare
of handicapped, the National Programme for Rehabilitation of persons
with disabilities is being implemented for which multipurpose rehabilitation
workers and community based rehabilitation workers have been appointed
in the block and village levels. Women Empowerment Programme has also
been given new impetus with the approval of a Centrally Sponsored
Swayamsidha Scheme, which will address the socio-economic upliftment
of women. Further, 200 bedridden severely handicapped persons were
given disability pension during 2002-03. 515 persons were also given
financial assistance for starting business like poultry, piggery,
etc. and 14 physically and socially handicapped persons were given
prosthetic aids. These programmes are proposed to be continued in
the coming financial year. 75 addicts are being treated and rehabilitated
at the De-addiction-cum-Rehabilitation Centre at Sethawn. Women Welfare
is also amongst the agenda of the Department and 531 destitute widows
of the state were given assistance in kind and in cash. The Women's
Commission established by the Department continues to Work I for the
welfare and safeguard of women.
24.1. Soil & Water Conservation: During
2002-03, the Department undertook the Works of water conservation
by constructing 30 water harvesting tanks, maintaining 221 hectares
of plantation and growing 40 lakhs of coffee seedlings. Under
land reclamation and development, the department spent Rs.24.00 lakhs
for maintenance of 700 hectares Coffee and Large Cardamom plantations.
106 hectares of land was prepared for extension of Coffee and
Large Cardamom plantations as well as 16 hectares for terrace
construction. Rs.22.00 lakhs was expended for maintenance of the existing
271 buildings in various Soil Conservation Centres.
24.2. During 2003-04, the Department proposes to
continue its works of land reclamation and development to construct
20 hectares terraces and expansion of 200 hectares of plantations.
It is proposed to construct 30 water-harvesting tanks and raise 20
lakhs coffee seedlings. Maintenance of 221 hectares of cash crop plantations
is also proposed.
25.1. Transport Department: Under Road Transport,
six accident victims were awarded compensation under Motor I Accident
Claims Tribunal (MACT). Acquisition of five Bus chasis and two oil
tankers is under consideration.
25.2. Under Motor Vehicle Wing, the continuing scheme
of construction of District Transport Officer's (DTOs) office at Kolasib,
District Transport Officer's quarters at Saiha, Laybye at Vairengte
check gate and its extension have been completed. The proposal for
introduction of Information Technology in District Transport Officers'
offices at various I places is also under examination.
25.3. The Department's programme and target for 2003-04
includes purchase of five buses, machines and equipments and upgradation
of Mizoram State Transport Bus stations. Under Motor Vehicle Wing,
it is also proposed to construct District Transport Officers' staff
quarters at Champhai and Kolasib and an Inspection Office at Zemabawk.
26.1. Tourism Department: During 2002-03,
the Department, recognising the necessity to market Tourism products
of the state in other parts of the country and abroad, participated
in ITB Berlin 2002 and World Travel Mart in London, Travel and Trade
Fair at Bangalore and Chennai, ITM Fair and ITF at New Delhi. With
a view to attracting tourists, Thalfavang Kut was also celebrated.
Construction of Tourist Lodges at Sangau and Darzo, Highway Restaurant
at South Tawipui and Tourist Cottage at Lawngtlai were undertaken.
48,000 copies of tourist information paraphernalia were printed.
26.2. During 2003-04, it is proposed to construct
Tourist Homes at Lunglei and Berawtlang, Lodges and Cottages at Vawmbuk,
Saipum, Mamit and at Thingdawl, Kolasib and Rungdil. Construction
of wayside amenities at West Phaileng is also envisaged. It is also
proposed to celebrate Chapchar Kut and Thalfavang Kut during 2004.
In its continuing endeavour to promote tourism in the state, the department
proposes to participate in Tourism Trade Fairs at the National level
and also conduct study tours to Israel and Asia.
2 7. 1. Local Administration Department:
Composite cash loan was given to 2416 Government employees
during 2002-03 and housing loan was also given to 606
families. High Mast lights Were installed at Durtlang
Hospital complex, Aizawl, Kolasib Diakkawn and Khawzawl.
700 metres of R.C.C. footpaths and pavements were constructed
in various places around the state. 131 Villages Were
given assistance for construction of cemetery sheds and construction
of internal roads. Under Urban Poverty Alleviation Scheme (SJSRY),
training was given to 163 tailors, 17 beauticians, 7 offset
machine operators, 3 handloom Workers, 2 carpenters and barber during
27.2. During 2003-04, the Department proposes to
assist 2548 State Government employees for building houses and 606
families for public housing. It is proposed to install a High Mast
light at Ramhlun. 225 running metres of RCC footpath Will also be
constructed during this fiscal Year.
28.1. Trade & Commerce Department: The
works of the Department during 2002-03 included maintenance, repair
and renovation of New Market buildings, disposal of market garbage,
construction of godown at Kanhmun, bazar shed at Tlabung and garbage
bins in various markets at Aizawi. During he Year, Millennium Market
Was also renovated. A new District Office Was also set up at Champhai.
28.2. The programme of the Department during 2003-04
include Setting up of District offices at Vairengte, Mamit and Serchhip
and ensuring grading and quality Control and extending assistance
to public undertakings.
29.1. Higher & Technical Education Department:
In order to develop and augment Collegiate education, 67 guest
lecturers Were engaged and 48 government lecturers and 55 deficit
College lecturers Were promoted to higher grades as per University
Grants Commission norms. The competitive entrance examination for
selection of candidates against 183 seats reserved for Mizoram for
further studies in Engineering and Medical Colleges was conducted.
Four private colleges were amalgamated into two colleges and were
upgraded to deficit grants-in-aid system. One more private
college was upgraded and provincialisation of one deficit college
is expected during this fiscal year as a clear indication of the State's
commitment to improving college education. Financial assistance was
given to a large number of students of various categories as Post-Matric
Scholarship, Post-Matric Merit Scholarship, and cash incentives for
passing Civil Services Examinations conducted by the Union Pubic Service
Commission (UPSC), Mizoram Research Fellowship and Stipend/Book Grants.
Site preparation for establishment of Government Residential Science
College at Mualpui, Aizawl was also initiated.
29.2. During 2003-04, the Department proposes to
continue its programme for developing college education and assisting
students of all categories. It is also proposed to set up various
infrastructures within and outside the State. During the year, it
is proposed to take up construction of Directorate of Technical Education
Building at Chaltlang, Mizoram Women's Polytechnic Building, Lunglei
and Women's Polytechnic Building at Durtlang under World Bank assistance.
30.1. School Education Department: During
the year 2002-03, the department in its endeavor to eradicate
illiteracy, prepared and obtained the approval of Government
of India for taking up a project aptly named 'The Eradication
of Residual Illiteracy'. 209 in-service teachers underwent a one-year
training course at College of Teachers Education (CTE) and
District Institute of Educational Training (DIET). The department
reconstructed and renovated various Elementary, Secondary and
Higher Secondary School buildings with fund received from Non
lapsable Pool of Central Resources. Under Sarva Shiksha
Abhiyan (SSA), fund has been received from Government of India for
pre-project activities and this has been Completed in all eight
Revenue Districts. Importance will also be given to
universalisation of elementary education through community
ownership of the school system. Six Primary School buildings were
constructed under Eleventh Finance Commission awards. With a
view to educating and familiarizing our youth in Information
Technology (IT), 140 computers were installed in High
Schools allover the state.
30.2. During 2003-04, it is proposed to construct
13 Primary School buildings, 30 Middle School buildings under Pradhan
Mantri Gramodaya Yojona (PMGY). It is also envisaged to supply stationery
materials to 878 primary schools and 575 middle schools. Free school
uniforms will also be given to 17490 students.
31.1. Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Department:
During 2002-03, the main thrust of the Department was in the
maintenance, improvement and upgradation of the existing infrastructure
for improving livestock health, prevention and control of animal and
poultry diseases as also to give easy access to foundation stock for
local farmers. The department has also taken up two major projects
in the Mobilisation and Development of Animal Feed and Fodder Resources
(MODAFER) and Development of Sustainable Base for Pig Production (DESBAPP).
50 tonne per day capacity animal feed plant and fodder development
was established under MODAFER. Under DESBAPP, establishment of piggery
village and base pig breeding farm were undertaken. Establishment
of 5000 litres per day capacity dairy plant was initiated at Kolasib.
Various District Vety Officers' offices and Vety Dispensary buildings
and Rural Animal Health Centres were constructed. 600 piggery farmers
were provided with feeding materials and 25 sheep/goat rearing families
and hill cattle rearing families were given financial assistance.
200 Bio-gas plants were installed.
31.2. Construction of a dairy plant building and
induction I of 200 cows on 50% subsidy was taken up at Kolasib. The
Department is also distributing wholesome pasteurised milk within
31.3. During 2003-04, the department proposes to
construct Officers' quarters, Vety Hospital, Vety Surgeons' quarters,
Vety Assistant Surgeons' quarters, staff quarters and Rural Animal
Health Centres in some selected locations. 50% chick and breeding
boar subsidy as well as assistance to cattle rearing families and
Milk Producers Co-operative Society will also be continued.
32.1. Rural Development Department: Under
Border Area Development Programme, the Department continued its objectives
of strengthening Rural Infrastructure by constructing truck and jeep
roads, community halls, playgrounds, pavilions, bridges and School
buildings. Under Pradhan Mantri Gramodaya Yojona, with a view to providing
housing to the rural poor and creating durable infrastructure where
such facilities are not available, 1230 rural families were assisted
and 2150 new houses were constructed for the rural poor. Under Mizoram
Intodelhna Project, a scheme intended to bring about self sufficiency
in food by adopting permanent system of farming was launched. Rs.6.814
lakh man-days were generated thereby ensuring employment and creation
of durable community assets. Under lAY, 479 new houses were constructed
and 246 houses were upgraded. 88 Self Help Groups were formed during
the year under SGSY successfully paving the way for self-employment.
33.1. Fisheries Department: The Department,
with a view to enhancing fish production in the state, covered 163
hectares of water area for fish culture. 118.46 lakhs fish seeds were
distributed to private pisciculturists at 50% subsidy. 639 fish farmers
were also given training. The three ice plants and two cold storages
at Bawngkawn, Kolasib and Bilkhawthlir produced 130 Metric Tone of
ice blocks. To ensure self-sufficiency in fish seed and to curtail
purchase of fish seeds from outside the state, four fish seed farms
were constructed at Pajak, Lengpui, Zawlnuam and Zobawk. Construction
of an additional three farms is also nearing completion and it is
anticipated that operationalisation of these farms will entail production
of around two crore fish seeds per year. 10 lakhs fish seeds were
produced in the existing eight Departmental farms.
33.2. During 2003-04, the main thrust will be to
boost fish production by bringing in 340 hectares of additional water
area under Pisciculture. It is also targeted to impart training to
1000 fish farmers.
34.1. Police Department: Different
type of quarters and barracks with a capacity to accommodate 50 police
personnel with their families were constructed during the year. Three
police stations and five women police rest room-cum-toilet were constructed
and various sophisticated and modern equipment were acquired for the
Forensic Science Laboratory. Under Fire Service, one building and
several staff quarters were constructed. One Fire Tender was also
34.2. During 2003-04, the department plans to construct
different types of quarters, barracks and residential buildings. Construction
of four Fire Sub-Station buildings and quarters is also proposed.
The department also proposes to continue its programme of strengthening
and modernising police administration in addition to providing adequate
housing for its personnel.
35.1. Printing & Stationery Department:
During 2002- 03, the Printing & Stationery Department,
continuing its endeavour to modernise the Government Press at Aizawl,
installed one 40KV A three phased stabilizer and 10KV A Uninterruptible
Power Supply in order to curtail delay in printing of urgent government
publications. Stepping into the computer age, the Department has fully
computerised the payroll of the Directorate and has started the process
of computerisation of service records and stock inventory. One Gestener
copy printer (A-3) with computer interface and three computers were
35.2. During 2003-04, the Department proposes to
acquire a Web offset with numbering unit and image setter. Creation
of a Departmental website is envisaged during 2003- 04.
36.1. Environment & Forest Department:
During 2002-2003, priority has been assigned to the implementation
of various programmes and schemes in the conservation, protection
and development of forests and wildlife. Afforestation of 10980 hectares
through fifteen Forest Development Agencies covering 230 Village Forest
Committees and Economic Development Committees was completed. Plantations
covering 7630 hectares were maintained under NDFP, IAEP and ASTRP
projects/schemes. Under Infrastructure Development Scheme, 82 buildings
like offices, staff quarters and forest rest houses were constructed.
490km of protected areas like Wildlife sanctuaries and National Parks
were surveyed and demarcated. One new zoo at Aizawl-Sairang road near
Police Training Centre is under construction and Development and Eco-development
activities were undertaken in two National Parks and three Wildlife
Sanctuaries. 203 families were given assistance for development of
bamboo plantation. Creation and construction of one Bamboo Setum and
hardening unit for I bamboo seedlings was completed. Revenue to the
tune of Rs.170 lakhs was collected during the year for bamboo, sand,
non-wood forest produce and fishery mahal and permits.
36.2. During 2003-04, it is proposed to continue
maintenance of 7500 hectares of older plantations. It is also proposed
to establish one tissue culture laboratory and Bamboo Setum including
rising of bamboo plantation. An additional 10980 hectares is targeted
for afforestation under the National Afforestation Programme.
37.1. Sericulture Department: Mizoram
being richly endowed with ideal conditions for breeding of silkworm
varieties, the performance of the Sericulture Department during 2002-2003
has been very satisfactory. Bearing testimony to this, 2.10 lakh silkworm
seeds were produced, 45 Metric Tonne of cocoon (green) and 1.70 Metric
Tonne of raw silk were produced. 350 farmers were trained and 40 lakh
Mulberry cuttings were supplied to various new plantations covering
an area of 1418 acres.
37.2. During 2003-04, it is proposed to cover an
additional area of 650 acres and build up Sericulture infrastructure.
A special project for sericulture development has been approved by
the Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India for the Chakma,
Lai and Mara Autonomous District Councils. Phase of the project will
cover 200 hectares in each of the three Autonomous District Councils.
38.1 Economics & Statistics Department:
During 2002-2003, the Department published Statistical Handbook 2002,
Block Statistics 2001, Census of Government employees 2001 and completed
the Agriculture Census Survey. Socio-Economic Survey 2002 was also
published. The 58th round of National Sample Survey as well as computerized
tabulation of statistical data was completed. The Department has left
no I stone unturned to ensure that no birth or death goes unregistered.
100% Registration of Births and Deaths by the year 2010 is envisaged
by the Government of India and I am happy to inform you that our state
is amongst the forerunners in the race toward this goal.
39.1. Law & Juduicial Department: During
2002-2003, Works for construction of District Court BUilding at AizaWI,
Judicial Officer's Quarters at Lunglei, construction of four quarters
for Senior Judges, six quarters for Junior Judges and one bungalow
for District and Session's Judge Was initiated. An exclusive court
building for Consumer Dispute Redressal State CommisSion and District
Forum Was completed.
39.2 During 2003-2004, it is envisaged to Continue
strengthening and building up of infrastructure through, construction
of Court Buildings and quarters at various places around the state.
40. 1. The Information & Public Relations
The Information & Public Relations
Department has been disseminating information about the
activities of the State Government through media agencies
both in and outside the State. It has sponsored tours
for members of the Press in order to equip them
with first hand knowledge of the developmental activities
of the Country as a whole. To enhance public awareness,
community information items like televisions and radios were
distributed. One of the most notable achievements of the Department
is the live telecast of all the deliberations of the Legislative Assembly.
In fact, it is a matter of pride that this very Budget Session is
being telecast live by two of the pioneer local cable TV operators
-the LPS Vision and the Skylinks.
I 41.1 Labour & Employment Department :
During 2002-2003, construction of office building at Champhai will
commence. 200 persons were given training in fourteen vocational trades
and stipend and book grant was granted to each trainee. The Department
has also assisted various Non Government Organisations in order to
provide assistance to unemployed youth of the State.
41.2. During 2003-2004, the Department proposes to
complete construction of the Champhai Office building and continue
its training programme at Industrial Training Institute.
42.1. Prisons Deoartment : During 2002-2003,
five staff quarters, one administrative building at District Jail,
Champhai and two workshop buildings at Central Jail, Aizawl and District
Jail, Champhai were completed. Keenly aware of the necessity of reliable
security and the importance of ensuring good water supply to the inmates,
works for improving the security fencing at District Jails, Lunglei
and Saiha and improvement of water supply system at Central Jail,
Aizawl, Saiha and Champhai were undertaken.
42.2. During 2003-2004, it is proposed to construct
staff quarters, administrative buildings, female wards, male prisoners'
barracks and workshops at various District Jails in the State.
43.1. Administrative Training Institute: The
Administrative Training Institute striving to achieve its main objectives
of providing in-service training for all categories of State Government
Employees including the Autonomous Bodies/Corporations conducted thirty
training courses for a total of 628 participants of which 280 were
Gazetted Officers and 348 were Non Gazetted. Computer Training Courses
for fifteen trainees at a time was commenced from June 2002. A Training
Course in Mizo Short-hand was also introduced.
43.2. During 2003-2004, it is the agenda of the Institute
to conduct 36 normal training courses in different disciplines for
in-service government officials. Training in Computers and Mizo Short-hand
is also proposed to be continued. A separate establishment is to be
set up for imparting training on Disaster Management.
44.1. Land Revenue & Settlement Department:
During 2002-2003, to ensure better and safer custody
of important land records, construction of one record room-cum-staff
quarter was taken up. House site Plans for 2000 plots and Cadastral
survey of seven villages was completed. Summary survey of agricultural
land in 18 Rural Development Blocks was undertaken and completed.
Under the Development Project Survey (Bamboo Plantation) nine villages
44.2. The Department proposes to construct six record
rooms/quarters and prepare house site plans in 4000 plots. Cadastral
survey of five major towns and aerial cadastral survey covering 1000
sq. km. is in the pipeline. Revision of Summary Survey of Agricultural
land is also proposed to be continued in 18 Rural Development Blocks.
45.1. Co-operation Department: During
2002-2003, financial assistance in the form of Managerial subsidy,
transport subsidy and purchase of raw materials was given to the MCAB,
MUCO Bank, MULCO, MAHCO, MAFF, MIZOFED, WOMEN FED, Co-operative Union
and also to primary level Co-operative Societies. 30 lakh litres of
fresh milk, 1700 quintals of compound feeds and 330 Metric Tonnes
of fertilisers were purchased and distributed. Rs.4261.73 lakh and
Rs.25.49 lakh as demand loan was advanced through the MCAB and MUCO
Bank Ltd. respectively. 13 Training Courses were conducted for 113
participants by the Co-operative Union. A Junior Co-operative Training
Centre for imparting training to Co-operative Officers and Society
Members was constructed at Luangmual.
45.2. During 2003-2004, it is proposed to strengthen
the Co-operative Credit movement in Mizoram for Socio-economic upliftment
of productive societies, private artisans and farmers. To this end,
it is proposed to assist 50 selected primary societies and 10 state
level Co-operative Societies in the form of managerial subsidy, transport
subsidy and for purchase of raw materials.
46.1. Sports & Youth Services Department:
Fourteen projects for construction of outdoors and indoor
stadium, basketball courts at various localities were taken up. In
its aim to promote and encourage our talented youth, 143 sports persons
given cash awards. The State was proud to participate in and organise
various sports programmes like Subroto Mukherjee Cup Football Tournament,
Nehru Hockey Tournament, National Games, Inter Department Sports,
and Republic Day and Independence Day tournaments. Several of our
youth participated in the 20th World Scouts Jamboree at Thailand and
the SAF-SAARC friendship camp at Maldive Islands. My congratulations
go to the Mizoram Football Team for winning the Sub Junior Subroto
Football Tournament and also to Ms.K.Lalnunsiami, Gold Medallist in
the Women's boxing category at the National Games, 2002 held at Hyderabad.
46.2. In order to ensure active participation and
exploitation of the talents of our younger generation, the Sports
Department proposes to give cash incentive awards to 160 sports persons
and participate in various major sports events around the country.
It is also planned to further promote sports I by conducting coaching
camps as well as tournaments.
47 District Council Affairs Department:
47.1. Chakma Autonomous District Council:
87 hectares of land was developed manually. Bouldering of Kamalanagar
and Borapansury Town roads was completed.The ongoing construction
of CADC Rest House at Kamalanagar was completed. 800 km of inter village
paths was maintained. A Teachers' Inn at Kamalanagar and Bazar shed
were constructed along with 20 rain water harvesting tanks 37 km of
jeep road from Kamalanagar to Ajasora and 30 bridges and culverts
47.2. Lai Autonomous District Council: During
2002- 2003, 40 families were given financial assistance for Minor
Irrigation, 60 horticulturist families were also assisted.
47.3. Recognising the need to address the overwhelming
water scarcity problem, 20 RCC water tanks and 26-rain water harvesting
tanks were constructed. Construction of one bazar shed and 760 running
metres of masonry steps and side drains were undertaken. Several quarters
were constructed and 32 km of jeep/truck roads were successfully maintained.
47.4. Mara Autonomous District Council: 600
km of village internal roads were constructed and maintained during
2002-2003. 580 bundles of GCI sheets were distributed to poor families.
233 families were given cash crop seedlings and 50,000 fish seeds
were released at Pala Lake to promote fish culture. Six Bazar sheds
were constructed at major villages and eight Primary School buildings
48.1. Taxation Department: In addition
to administering and implementing various taxes, the Taxation Department,
during 2002-2003, constructed new sales tax check gate with counter
fencing, various quarters and two duty posts at Vairengte. Computerisation
of the administration in the context of Value Added Tax (VAT) introduction
in the state is being pursued and a Departmental web-site to enable
interaction between the Government and the tax payers particularly
for exchange of information relating to tax matters is being created.
48.2. During the year, Rs.2084.19 lakh has been collected
by the Department as on 31.1.2003 as against their target of Rs.1585.00
lakh. The Department deserves to be lauded for its outstanding performance.
48.3. During 2003-2004, the process of computerization
of tax administration is scheduled to be completed. With a view to
adopting the policy for introduction of VAT in the country as a whole
in lieu of the traditional sales tax regime, concrete I steps like
drafting the bill for switching over to VAT system in I Mizoram which
has been initiated and will be completed during 2003-04.
49.1. Planning & Programme Implementation
Department : Besides its normal works of Plan Formulation,
evaluation and monitoring of State Plan, NEC Schemes and Centrally
Sponsored Schemes, the Department is looking after the Science and
Technology Cell and it is envisaged to continue setting up of the
Natural Resources Information System (NRIS project) to cover Lunglei,
Saiha and Lawngtlai Districts during 2002-2003. Environmental studies
of Aizawl city using remote sensing and GIS were also taken up. In
collaboration with the National Council of Science Museums, a Sub-Regional
Science Centre was established at Berawtlang, Aizawl for providing
recreational and educational facilities.
50.1. Parliamentarv Affairs Department: During
the current fiscal year, 20 Ex-MDC/MRC members were granted pension
and 47 Ex-members were also granted family pension. 50.2. During 2003-2004,
the Department proposes to continue granting pension and family pension
to these Ex-MDC/MRC members.
51.1. Election Department: During
the year 2002- 2003, special revision of a summary nature of Electoral
Rolls with 1.1.03 as the qualifying date was conducted and completed
satisfactorily. Electors Photo Identify Card (EPIC) Scheme was also
51.2. During 2003-2004, it is anticipated to conduct
the elections to the Fifth Mizoram Legislative Assembly.
52.1. Art & Culture Department:
During the year, the Department organised various cultural
programmes, competitions, seminars, symposiums and art exhibitions
to promote the Mizo Culture. It also participated in various inter
state Cultural Meets. Prominent among these activities is the organisation
and participation in 15 Inter State Cultural exchange programmes,
celebration of Thalfavang Kut 2002 and Chapchar Kut 2003. With a view
to ensuring that the youth of today be kept aware of their rich cultural
heritage, a Zawlbuk and Mizo Lal In were renovated at Cultural Centre,
Falkawn. Several ancient monoliths and landmarks were protected and
preserved under the Heritage Protection Scheme. In order to promote
national integration while simultaneously preserving the Mizo Culture,
150 children participated in the Republic Day dance parade at New
Delhi at the initiative of the Department under North East Zone Cultural
Committee (NEZCC) sponsorship. 20 cultural Non Government Organisations
were given cultural costumes and musical instruments during the year.
52.2. During 2003-2004, the Department proposes to
organise Cultural meets at 12 interior places in the state and I continue
its programme of promoting awareness and appreciation of the Mizo
53.1. Relief & Rehabilitation Department:
Realising the importance of equipping the state and its people
with knowledge as well as materials for dealing with any unforeseen
natural calamities, the Department during 2002-2003 conducted awareness
campaigns through local newspapers and magazines and regular distribution
of pamphlets and advertisements. Besides procuring and storing relief
materials, 21,740 silpaulines were distributed free of cost to prevent
damage of dwelling houses by landslides. Ex-gratia was also given
to victims of natural calamities.
54.1. General Administration Department: During
the year 2002-2003, action was initiated for undertaking works for
Upgradation of Standards of District Administration under Eleventh
Finance Commission grants. Eight computer education school buildings
were also constructed in all the District Headquarters. Under Aviation
Wing, improvement of aviation fuel station for refueling of aircraft
at Lengpui Airport was undertaken. Two Airforce Recruitment Rallies
were conducted and nine Mizo candidates were selected to join the
Indian Air Force. The Lengpui Airport Terminal building was
inaugurated on 23 .3.03.
54.2. During 2003-2004, it is proposed to complete
the projects under Upgradation of Standards of District Administration
and procure as many as 400 computer sets with peripherals under the
Computer Education Programme for school children. The Lengpui Airport
improvement project funded by the North Eastern Council is
also proposed to be taken up.
55.1. Excise Department: As a result of the
untiring efforts of the Excise Department, 712 drug traffickers and
abusers were arrested as concern for the increasing menace
of drug trafficking and abuse assumed alarming proportions. In its
efforts to ensure a clean and healthy society, 3240 persons
I were apprehended for contravention of the Prohibition Law.
56.1. Mizoram Home Guard: During 2002-2003,
114 Home Guard Volunteers completed their basic and advance course
of Home Guards and Civil Defence subjects at Central Training Institute,
Sesawng. Refresher course for 110 volunteers was also conducted. A
three months basic and advanced training was conducted for 86 trainees
from the Excise Department at Central Training Institute, Sesawng.
57.1. Finance Department: Under Accounts &
Treasuries Department, 531 fresh cases of pension and family pension,
181 cases of revision of pension and family pension, 112 Deposit Linked
Insurance Schemes (DLI) cases were settled and 575 cases were authorised
for final payment of Group Insurance Scheme along with 670 cases of
General Provident Fund. Pay of 1766 State Government employees were
fixed as per the 5th Pay Commission's Recommendation and approved.
57.2. During 2003-2004, it is proposed to begin disbursement
to civil and military pensioners in the Aizawl I North Treasury for
the convenience of pensioners.
57.3. Under Institutional Finance & Small Savings,
Rs.14.83 crore was the net collection of Small Savings Fund as on
January, 2003 against the target of Rs.15.00 crore. I am delighted
to inform you that we are likely to achieve this target. The Mizoram
Protection of Interest of Depositors (in financial establishments)
was legislated on 18.2.2002 purely in the interest of the general
public who are investing in financial institutions. I 57.4. Rs.5.50
crore was collected by the Mizoram State Lottery as on 18.2.2003.
Efforts are on to increase the quantum of revenue with the introduction
of Online Lottery in the State. Because of the sound financial management
of the Department and inspite of severe financial drawbacks the state
could conclude this financial year without any untoward financial
57.5. With a view to restoring fiscal balance, I
am committed to ensuring effective compliance of the existing economy
measures already in place. I am aware that this is an uphill task
and can only be accomplished with the active and wholehearted co-operation
of all concerned. I invite all the Honorable members to join me in
58.1. It is a matter of pride that in addition to
being one of the most peaceful states in the country, Mizoram is spearheading
the peace process in the North Eastern region. Let us take advantage
of this peaceful scenario and work I towards ushering in a new era
of prosperity and development.
58.2. Before I conclude, I wish -to thank the Honorable
members for giving me a patient hearing. I would also like to thank
the officers and staff of the Finance Department with whose untiring
support and dedication this Budget has been prepared. With these words,
I commend the Supplementary Demands for 2002-2003 and Vote on Account
for the first four months of 2003-2004 for consideration and approval
of the House.