CM presents tax-free Mizoram budget

Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga on Thursday presented a tax-free budget for 2019-20, laying emphasis on implementation of the Socio- Economic Development Policy (SEDP) and creation of three new districts.

Presenting the Rs 10,692.30 crore budget in Mizo language, Zoramthanga, who also holds the finance portfolio, allocated a token provision of Rs 750 crore for the SEDP.

The SEDP, a flagship programme of the Mizo National Front (MNF) government, aims at accelerating progress in key sectors and transforming Mizoram into a welfare state.

The chief minister allocated Rs 50 crore under the SEDP for recruitment of doctors and nurses in the health department to ease an acute manpower shortage.

Implementation of the MNF's 2008 announcement of the creation of Hnahthial, Khawzawl and Saitual districts was another top priority of his government, he said.

Zoramthanga said the Congress, during its 10-year-long rule, had not implemented the decision of the MNF government in 2008.

"I allocated Rs 450 lakh for construction of deputy commissioners' offices in the three districts and Rs 195 lakh each for construction of district superintendents of police offices," he said.

An additional Rs 855 lakh was allotted for the initial establishment expenses of the new districts, Zoramthanga said.