UN team visits Mizoram

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Aizawl, Dec 19 (UNI) UNESCAP(UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and Pacific) and SARDEG(South Asian Regional Development Gateway) officials have arrived at this northeastern town to initiate a poverty alleviation programme in Mizoram.

On the request of the Mizoram government's high level working group, the UN team arrived here last evening.

The team members comprised Regional Advisor on Poverty Reduction in UNESCAP Dr Amitiva Mukherji, CEO and Chairman of SARDEG Dr Baharul Islam and SARDEG Technical Adviser Atique Rehman Barbhuiya.

They had a meeting with I&PR Minister and Chairman of the high level working committee R Lalthangliana and chief secretary Haukhum Hauzel and various department officials on their arrival.

Briefing their initiatives in more than 60 Asia Pacific countries including India, Amitava Mukherji expressed his enthusiasm to launch their mission - 'poverty reduction' here in Mizoram. He expressed serious concern over the conditions of majority of the people in India, when compared to those of the developed countries. He, however, appereciated its emerging situation and expressed his expectation on Mizoram to come to the forefront in this development trend.

The Mizoram government has constituted a high power inter departmental committee on international cooperation under the chairmanship of chief minister Zoramthanga to seek foreign assistances in the fields of education, sports and employment opportunities.

Moreover, a high level working group on international cooperation under the chairmanship of I&PR minister R Lalthangliana has been initiated to do the needful in negotiating matters like education, youth welfare and sports, health and medical education and different projects so as to invite as many foreign helps as possible. As a follow up programme of the working group's activities, a World Bank-sponsored SARDEG's delegates had earlier studied Mizoram.

The UN team is scheduled to meet the Governor, acting chief minister, speaker and legislators besides departmental officials this afternoon.


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