Mizoram is all set become India’s first Bamboo State. Addressing the media in Aizawl, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), Dr Jitendra Singh said the Central Government is committed to develop Mizoram as the Bamboo State of India as the State is blessed with very high production of bamboo.
He said that the State’s bamboo can be turned into a major source for not only furniture but also paper supply in the rest of the country. This can not only help generate revenue for the State, but also create opportunities for youth outside, he said, adding that he had already initiated an effort to reinforce Bamboo Development Board of India In this regard.
Not forgetting to take a swipe at the Opposition, Singh also alleged that the successive governments had neglected Mizoram’s vast potential and that this was an opportunity for the people of the State to ensure adequate implementation of various ‘pro-poor Central schemes’ initiated by the Narendra Modi government.
‘The local municipal bodies’ election scheduled on 26th November is a perfect opportunity for the people of Mizoram to show their support for the Modi government and its initiatives for public welfare,’ he remarked.
Referring to the rising cases of cancer in the State, the Central Minister said, at the initiative of the DoNER Ministry, very soon an advance cancer care facility will be set up in collaboration with other advanced institutes of the country.
Singh also rued the fact that despite having a high literacy rate and many scholars from Mizoram occupying places of honour in reputed institutes outside, the State Government has failed to improve the standard of educational institutes, thereby leading to a brain drain.