PC member visits Mizoram

AIZAWL, Dec 13 – Planning Commission (North East in- charge) BK Chaturvedi has urged the Government of Mizoram to encourage private-public partnership (PPP) in the State while taking up projects. The Planning Commission member also urged the State Government to be open to investments by the business houses in the State while taking up projects.

Chaturvedi is touring the State and met high ranking officials of the State Government here yesterday. The meeting was chaired by State chief secretary Van Hela Pachuau and was attended by PL Thanga, member-secretary of the State Planning Board, secretaries, commissioners and directors of various departments including representatives from the three Autonomous District Councils.

Addressing the gathering of officers he emphasised that New Land Use Policy (NLUP) should aim at developing economic regeneration of the people and not at consumption regeneration. He outlined that important sectors such as agriculture, irrigation, roads, power and electricty, health and education can be the thrust areas for development of Mizoram and have the potential to take the growth rate of the State to nine or 10 per cent in the near future.

Chaturvedi urged the officers to explore private-public partnerships (PPP) in areas such as power, health and education and asked them to think of convergence in development projects wherever possible and be open to private investments in the State as they can accelerate the rate of economic development