Mizoram can become key transit for trade with Myanmar, Bangladesh: PM Modi
Mizoram will go to polls early next year and Prime MInister Narendra Modi’s visit is expected to boost BJP’s aim of coming to power in the state for the first time.Updated: Dec 16, 2017 13:02 IST
Mizoram, which shares boundaries with Bangladesh and Myanmar, can benefit from Centre’s Act East policy, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said at Aizwal on Saturday.
Addressing a public meeting in the Mizoram capital during his first visit to the state since assuming office, Modi reiterated his government’s commitment for overall development of the state and the entire northeast region.
“As a gateway to South East Asia, Mizoram stands to gain immensely from union government’s Act East policy. It can emerge as a key transit point for trade with Myanmar and Bangladesh,” he said.
The PM also dedicated the 60MW Tuirial hydro power project to the nation.
Besides power generation, the project, which makes Mizoram the third power surplus state in the region after Tripura and Sikkim, will also boost water navigation, pisciculture, tourism and water supply.
Mizoram will go to polls early next year and Modi’s visit is expected to boost Bharatiya’s Janata Party’s aim of coming to power in the state for the first time, by dislodging the ruling Congress government.
“The high literacy rate, scenic beauty and availability of large English speaking population of Mizoram makes as perfect blend to develop the state as a model tourist destination,” the PM said while informing about sanctioning of two tourism projects worth Rs 194 crores for the state.
Setting up of a venture capital fund worth Rs 100 crore for start-ups in the region, 100% central funding for development project in NE and rail connectivity to all state capitals in the region were other issues covered by Modi in his 38-minute speech.
1 Nov, 2011—26, Jan, 2016: Congress—Chief Minister Nabam Tuki
26, Jan, 2016—19, Feb, 2016: President’s Rule
19, Feb, 2016-13, July, 2016: People’s Party of Arunachal—CM Kalikho Pul
13, Jul, 2016-17, Jul,2017: Congress- CM Nabam Tuki
17, Juy, 2017-16, Sept, 2017—Congress—CM Pema Khandu
16, Sept, 2016-31, Dec, 2016—People’s Party of Arunachal-CM Pema Khandu
31, Dec, 2016—Till Now—Bharatiya Janata Party—CM Pema Khandu
17, May, 2001-24, May 2016—Congress—CM Tarun Gogoi
24, May, 2016—Till Now—BJP—CM Sarbananda Sonowal
11, March, 1998—Till Now---CPI (M)-CM Manik Sarkar
11, Dec, 2008-Till Now—Congress—CM Lal Thanhawla
20, April, 2010—Till Now—Congress--CM Mukul Sangma
7, March, 2002-14, March, 2017: Congress—CM O Ibobi Singh
15, March, 2017—Till Now—BJP—CM N Biren Singh
12, March, 2008—24, May, 2014—Naga People’s Front—CM Neiphiu Rio
24, May, 2014—22, Feb, 2017—Naga People’s Front—CM TR Zeliang
22, Feb, 2017—19, July, 2017—Naga People’s Front—CM S Leizietsu
19, July, 2017—Till Now—Naga People’s Front—CM TR Zeliang
12, Dec, 1994—Till Now—Sikkim Democratic Front—CM PK Chamling
(Note: 1. BJP is in power at present in Assam, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh
2: Four states—Nagaland, Mizoram, Tripura and Meghalaya—are going to polls early next year)
First Published: Dec 16, 2017 12:19 IST