Speech of Shri Pu P. R. Kyndiah, Governor of Mizoram before the Second Mizoram Legislative State Legislative Assembly on 12th March, 1993
Hon’ble Speaker and Hon’ble Members of the House,
It is both a pleasure and a privilege to welcome you to this budget session. I extend to you all my heartiest greetings and express the hope that the next financial year will see our State make progress in all directions.
2. This is my first occasion to address this august House and I sincerely hope that the mature deliberations and the collective wisdom of this House will ensure all-round growth and development of the people. The State Government under the able leadership of the Chief Minister, Pu Lal Thanhawla has resulted in the initiation of a number of constructive programmes, which will show results in the coming years. Under the pragmatic guidance of the Members, my Government will strive to attain greater heights in the time to come.
3. Our country has been undergoing trying times. Communal and fundamentalist forces raised their ugly heads to disturb peace and harmony. We congratulate the Union Government for demonstrating its firm determination to combat these retrograde forces to preserve and protect the secular fabric of our nation. We also commend the Union Budget for its progressive approach in providing relief and succour to the common man. The Budget also provides fresh impetus for new industrial undertakings to be located in the North Eastern region. The relief proposed on units for generation and distribution of power should also provide a stimulus to new investments in the North Eastern region.
4. I am happy to state that the law and order situation in Mizoram continues to remain peaceful. We are committed to finding a peaceful solution to the problems of the Hmar People’s Convention. The talks have progressed satisfactorily and we are hopeful for an early settlement to the vexed problem.
5. The State has been experiencing financial difficulties for some time now and it is making concerned efforts to bring about stability in the financial management of the State through mobilization of maximum resources and judicious utilization of the available resources. The recommendations of the Rangarajan Committee do not suggest durable solutions to our financial problems. Apart from the non-plan gaps, servicing of the central loans is a cause for worry. We are also trying to project our requirements before the Tenth Finance Commission which is to make recommendations of the financial arrangements to meet the requirements of the States for the period 1995-2000. I am hopeful that my Government would be able to convince the Commission of our case and unique position.
6. During the year 1992-93, the North Eastern Council had allotted Rs.692 lakhs to Mizoram for different schemes. For the coming year we expect that the Council will take into consideration our requirements for rapid development of the region as well as our need for augmenting the infrastructural facilities. I am hopeful of a major increase in our allocation by the North Eastern Council, over the sum earmarked for 1992-93.
7. The State Capital Project has been a long-standing demand of Mizoram after it became a State. The committee constituted by the Government of India had visited Mizoram and has recommended Rs.25.57 crores for the construction of Secretariat Complex, Raj Bhavan, Legislative Assembly, some departmental accommodation and improvement of infrastructure. The expenditure on this project will have to be in addition to the normal State Budget, and I am hopeful that this is just the first phase of the project.
8. My Government has been according top priority to rural electrification. In our effort to electrify all the villages in the shortest time possible, the Government has succeeded in providing electricity to 517 villages. The State has so far been meeting part of its power demand through mini and micro hydel projects. Recognizing the need for greater power generation, the construction of Serlui ‘B’ Project is being started. We are also making efforts to obtain early clearance for the 60 MW Tuirial Hydro Electric Project. The investigation of Tuivai Hydel Project (210 MW) has been completed and the matter will be pursued for its early clearance. The proposed Chhimtuipui Hydel Project is also under active consideration.
9. The State Industrial Policy attaches high importance to development of food-processing and allied industries. The Government has opened up a Mizoram Emporium at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi to expose our products at the national level. I am hopeful that we will take full advantage of the incentives offered by the Union Budget to give a further fillip to the development of software and electronic Projects in the State.
10. In order to join the national mainstream of development, it is very important that there should be increased inter-action between the North Eastern region and the rest of the country. My Government is fully aware of the constraints of communication and airlink, being faced by the people of this State. We are pursuing the proposals for construction of a modern airport at Lengpui and for enhanced allocation for maintenance,improvement and upgradation of the Tuirial Airport. We also proposed to persuade the Civil Aviation Ministry to increase the frequency of the Vayudoot services and to make Silchar a nodal point for servicing North Eastern capitals like Aizawl, Dimapur, Shillong and Imphal.
11. India is on the threshold of integrating itself with the global economy and my Government lays emphasis on ensuring social justice and on safeguarding the interests of the people in the midst of the on-going structural adjustment process always bearing in mind the need to preserve and promote the distinctive culture of our people.
12. I have no doubt that the honourable Members of this august Assembly will appreciate the steps that have been taken by the Government and will deliberate with wisdom to take Mizoram further on the path of progress and prosperity. It will always be our endeavour to provide a better standard of living to the poor and the under-privileged and better quality of life for our people in general. I am hopeful that your discussions will be constructive and meaningful with the progress of the State and its people being upper most in your minds.
Ka lawm e.