Infrastructure could support Look East Policy :Zoramthanga

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New Delhi, Dec 19 (UNI) Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga today said the major issue confronting the state is the famine-like situation due to bamboo flowering that causes increase in pests and rodents trigerring large scale damage to food crops.

Speaking at the 54th National Development Council meeting here, the Chief Minister said the grain production which is likely to fall far below the 50 per cent mark has caused a huge jolt to productivity in the agriculture sector, especially rice production.

Drawing the attention of the Centre to the difficult terrain and strategic situation of the state, he said the biggest constraint in the northeast region has been the poor state of infrastructure, in particular roads, railways and power.

''Infrastructure and connectivity could support the Look East Policy and provide an impetus to trade with neighbouring countries. As the success of the eagerly awaited LE Policy lies on this, a big push in this regard is needed if the state is to receive more fruit from the policy,'' he said.

He further stated that Mizoram required more attention for increasing its per capita income. In order to achieve the growth at the national level, the states need special attention which automatically calls for more intervention of the Central Government, he added.

He urged the Centre to develop a means for maximum utilisation of the resources within the state. Tourism sector should be developed taking the entire Northeast as one unit he said adding there should be easier access to tourist destination in Mizoram through air, road, rail and waterway.

UNI

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