New Delhi: The Chief Minister of Mizoram, Zoramthanga, called on Union Minister of State (I/C) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), Jitendra Singh in New Delhi today and discussed development projects and IAS cadre issues related to the State.
Zoramthanga took up with Jitendra Singh the issue of 10% financial assistance through non-exempt Ministries and urged for the creation of a mechanism to dispense unspent balance.
Singh informed Zoramthanga that he had already taken up the issue with Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, who has assured that she will look into this and find a way out. He informed the Chief Minister that he has also put before the Finance Minister some feasible options to address this issue.
The Chief Minister also took up with Singh the request to have a separate IAS/Civil Services cadre for the State of Mizoram, which is presently a part of the AGMUT cadre, to which Singh responded he has asked the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) to undertake an exercise to study the implications and feasibility of this request, adding that, meanwhile, two more Union Territories viz, Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh are also likely to become a part of the AGMUT cadre.
Singh also expressed satisfaction over the recently established ‘Citrus Fruit Park’ in Lingoi, which is perhaps the first of its kind in the Indian subcontinent and has been set up with Israeli collaboration. He also referred to the visit to the State by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during which he launched important Power Projects and also handed over the first lot of documents of the Venture Fund started by the DoNER Ministry for Start-Ups.
Singh said the highest priority given by the Modi Government to peripheral and small States of the Northeast, like Mizoram, is evident from the fact that soon after the second term of the Government began, one of the first tours undertaken by Home Minister Amit Shah was to Aizawal, where he launched the North East Handicraft Fair representing all eight States of the region.