Mizoram has a very bright opportunity to develop itself and earn the distinction of being a ‘Bamboo State’ of the India. The high level of production of bamboo in the State can turn out to be a major source of not only for furniture but also paper to the rest of the country. This was opined by Dr. Jitendra Singh, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) after meeting Lal Thanhawla, Chief Minister of the State in New Delhi.
This could not only help generate revenue for the State but also create job opportunities for youth outside the Mizoram. In this regard, the Centre has already initiated an effort to activate the Bamboo Development Board.
Another major issue confronting Mizoram, Dr Singh said, is that of connectivity. From April this year, the first ever direct flight from Delhi to Dimapur in Nagaland was started and now on the same lines, he is persuading the Aviation Ministry and the different private airlines to start, if not daily, at least biweekly or tri-weekly direct flights between Delhi and Aizawl in Mizoram, he said.
Referring to important contribution made by the people of Mizoram in other cities of the country, Dr. Jitendra Singh said, it is not widely known that Mizoram has a high literacy rate of over 92 percent, next only to Kerala, and some of the academicians from Mizoram are occupying important positions in the teaching faculty of reputed colleges and universities in the rest of the country.
The Chief Minister, Lal Thanhawla brought to the notice of Dr. Singh, two of his priority projects involving construction of community halls in and around the capital city of Aizawl. To this, the DoNER Minister immediately responded and assured the him that these projects will be taken up on priority.