Mizoram Leads North-East’s Drive for Development

Published By : Admin | April 12, 2024 | 18:36 IST

“During one of my earlier visits to Mizoram, I had promised to work for ‘Transformation by Transportation’. Since then, a revolution has happened across sectors.”
- PM Modi

Over the past decade, Mizoram has witnessed significant development under the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The state, nestled in the serene Northeast of India, has experienced remarkable progress across various sectors, ranging from welfare initiatives to infrastructural advancements. Let's delve into the transformative changes that have unfolded in Mizoram over the last ten years.

Under the flagship schemes of the Modi government, Mizoram has seen substantial improvements in welfare measures. The government provides free food grains to 80 crore people under PM Garib Kalyan Yojana. Over 6.8 lakh individuals from the state benefit from this massive outreach. Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, which aims at providing Housing for All, has sanctioned over 69,000 houses in Mizoram. The Jal Jeevan Mission, on the other hand, has ensured tap water connections to around 1.24 lakh households, marking a significant stride towards water accessibility. It is noteworthy that Mizoram has achieved coverage of 100% rural households under the Mission as against a nominal coverage (6.9%) in 2019.

Moreover, initiatives like Swachh Bharat Mission have led to the construction of nearly 60,000 toilets, concretising a culture of sanitation and hygiene. The implementation of Ayushman Bharat has benefitted over 5.3 lakh individuals, ensuring access to quality healthcare along with availability of affordable medicines via 12 functional Jan Aushadhi Kendras. Additionally, schemes like PM Ujjwala Yojana have provided nearly 36,000 beneficiaries with LPG connections, enhancing cooking facilities and safety.

The central government has also extended substantial support to annadatas in the country. PM KISAN is one such pioneering initiative. Today over 77,000 farmers in Mizoram benefit from this scheme. In terms of financial inclusion, over 3.7 lakh Jan Dhan accounts have been opened in the state, out of which 53% are women-owned.

Prime Minister Modi's focus on youth empowerment and employment generation is evident in Mizoram's developmental landscape. The approval of the Uttar Poorva Transformative Industrialisation Scheme, 2024 (UNNATI – 2024), underscores the government's commitment to fostering industries and creating job opportunities in the North East Region.

Furthermore, schemes like PM Mudra Yojana and Standup India have facilitated financial assistance to aspiring entrepreneurs, with a significant portion benefitting individuals from marginalised communities. While over Rs. 2,100 crore have been sanctioned under PM Mudra Yojana with over 1.3 lakh beneficiaries, Rs. 141 crore have been allocated to 589 entrepreneurs under Standup India (95% of these beneficiaries belong to the SC/ST category).

The PM SVANidhi scheme has empowered over 2,100 street vendors, particularly women, by providing them with necessary support for their businesses.

In the spirit of national development and cooperative federalism, PM Modi’s government has ended the historical neglect that the North East region has faced at the hands of previous governments. Mizoram has witnessed a substantial increase in central transfers and grants-in-aid under the Modi government. Tax devolution has surged by over 590%, reflecting the government's commitment to equitable distribution of resources. Grants-in-aid have also increased by over 81%. Since FY 2020-21, over Rs. 1,400 crore have been provided as 50-year interest free loans to Mizoram (till 27 Feb 2024) as part of the special assistance package in the wake of Covid-19 pandemic.

Moreover, the state has emerged as a significant beneficiary in the GST regime, recording impressive revenue growth rates. This reflects the success of tax reforms in bolstering fiscal stability and promoting economic growth in Mizoram.

In addition, infrastructure development has been a cornerstone of Mizoram's progress in the last 10 years. The completion of the 60 MW Tuirial Hydro Power project under the Modi government is a key example here.

Further, Aizawl's selection under the Smart Cities Mission and development of Aibawk as a RURBAN cluster exemplify the government's commitment towards modernisation of infrastructure.

Additionally, significant investments have been made in roadways and railways, enhancing connectivity within the state and beyond while also facilitating economic growth and regional integration.

Under the Bharatmala Pariyojana, development of 593 km of National Highway corridors with a tentative total capital cost of over Rs. 11,000 crore has been approved for the state. Mizoram has been connected with the Borad Gauge network of Indian Railways at Bairabi for passenger train services back in 2016. The Bairabi-Sairang Rail Line Project (51.38 km) for Capital Rail Connectivity to Mizoram is underway and will bring a major boost to connectivity on completion. Sairang Railway Station (Aizawl) is also being redeveloped under the Amrit Bharat Station Scheme.

In terms of airways, two new air routes have been operationalised in the state under UDAN, the Regional Connectivity Scheme. Lengpui airport in the state has been covered under Krishi Udan Scheme to assist farmers in transporting their produce.

Moreover, the development of modern infra and extended connectivity has benefitted the tourism industry in the state. To complement this, over Rs. 150 crore have been sanctioned for the development of Thenzawl & South Zone and Eco-Adventure Circuit under the Swadesh Darshan Scheme. Over Rs. 40 crore have also been provided for development of infrastructure for tourism under the PRASHAD scheme of the central government.

The developmental journey of Mizoram under Prime Minister Narendra Modi's leadership is a testament to the government's unwavering commitment to inclusive growth and sustainable development. From welfare initiatives to infrastructural advancements, the transformative changes witnessed in Mizoram over the past decade lay a strong foundation for a prosperous and vibrant future. As the state continues on its path of progress, guided by visionary leadership and collective efforts, it is poised to realise its full potential and emerge as a shining beacon of development in the Northeast region of India.

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April 12, 2024

“Delhi has the good fortune to get an opportunity of keeping the flag of nations' prestige flying high.”
- PM Narendra Modi as Delhi prepared to host the G20 Summit

The last ten years of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government have set in motion the creation of a New India—from rural to urban, from water to electricity, from houses to health, from education to employment, from castes to classes—a comprehensive plan bringing growth and prosperity to each doorstep.

The National Capital Territory of Delhi has emerged as a pivotal part of this dynamic developmental momentum spearheaded by PM Modi throughout this transformative decade.

The city has been at the heart of the infrastructural shift that has given a dedicated facelift to the entire nation. Today infrastructural marvels like Atal Setu, Chenab Bridge, Statue of Unity, and Zojila Tunnel dot India’s ever-evolving landscape.

With its focus on revamping transportation networks, upgrading urban amenities, and expanding digital infrastructure, the Modi government has launched an array of transformative initiatives. From railways, highways to airports, these initiatives have been key in galvanising inclusive and sustainable development across the length and breadth of the country.

The impressive expansion of the metro rail network has revolutionised urban commuting in India. From a mere 5 cities in 2014, the metro rail network now serves 21 cities across the nation—expanding from 248 km in 2014 to 945 km by 2024, with 919 km of lines under construction in 26 additional cities.

The Union Cabinet has recently approved two new corridors of Delhi Metro Phase-IV—Lajpat Nagar to Saket G-Block and Inderlok to Indraprastha. Both the lines have a combined length of over 20 kms with a project cost of over Rs. 8,000 crore (funding being sourced from the Union Govt, Govt of Delhi, and international agencies). The Inderlok- Indraprastha line will play a significant role in enhancing connectivity to the Bahadurgarh region of Haryana. Additionally, India’s first Namo Bharat train, operating on the Delhi-Meerut Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) corridor further underlines the Modi government’s commitment to enhancing regional connectivity and upgrading its transportation infrastructure.

Further, the Bharatmala Pariyojana envisages improved logistics efficiency and connectivity via the development of nearly 35,000 km of National Highway corridors. 25 greenfield high-speed corridors have been planned under the plan out of which four intersect with Delhi’s growing infra capacity: Delhi-Mumbai Expressway, Delhi-Amritsar-Katra Expressway, Delhi-Saharanpur-Dehradun Expressway, and the Urban Extension Road-II. The total project length sanctioned for Delhi is 203 km with an allocation of over Rs. 18,000 crore.

Over the past decade, the Modi government has consistently dedicated efforts towards augmenting capacity and decongestion of airports. After the IGI Airport Delhi became the first airport in the country to have four runways and an elevated taxiway, the expanded state-of-the-art Terminal 1 has also been inaugurated recently. In addition, the upcoming Noida International Airport (Jewar) shall further contribute to decongestion of the Delhi airport which is serving millions of passengers annually.

Besides, the inauguration of the New Parliament has further added civilisational yet modern connotations to the city’s landscape. Inauguration of the Yashobhoomi (India International Convention & Expo Centre) has given Delhi India’s largest convention and exhibition centre, offering a mixed purpose tourism experience. Along with Yashobhoomi, the Bharat Mandapam, a world-class convention and exhibition centre, showcases India to the world.

In terms of welfare, the Modi government has launched several schemes benefitting people hitherto on the margins of growth and development. Women’s safety in Delhi has been a key concern. To address the same, the Modi government strengthened the Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, 2013 by increasing the quantum of punishment for rape, including capital punishment for rape of a girlchild below the age of 12.

The Union Home Ministry established a separate Women Safety Division back in 2018. One-stop centers, Sakhi Niwas, Safe City Project, Nirbhaya Fund, SHe-Box, Investigation Tracking System for Sexual Offences, and Cri-MAC (Crime Multi-Agency Center) among others are significant additions in the government’s campaign towards women safety.

In addition, Swachh Bharat Mission, PM Ujjwala Yojana, PM Matru Vandana Yojana, and Beti Bachao Beti Padhao have further led to the empowerment of Nari Shakti in India.

As India becomes the 3rd largest startup ecosystem in the world, Delhi is also contributing significantly towards this development. Today over 13,000 DPIIT-recognised startups are functioning in Delhi even as the government is promoting self-employment through PM MUDRA Yojana with over 2.3 lakh loans sanctioned worth over Rs. 3,000 crore for FY2023-24 (as on 26.01.2024).

PM SVANidhi, which provides collateral free loans to street vendors, is supporting over 1.67 lakh beneficiaries in Delhi. Further, under the Aatmanirbhar Bharat Rozgar Yojana, launched in 2020 to incentivise employers for creation of new employment and restoration of loss of employment during Covid-19 pandemic, over 2.2 lakh employees benefitted in Delhi.

Further, nearly 30,000 houses have been sanctioned and completed in Delhi under PM Awas Yojana (Urban).

Air pollution has been a recurring problem for the people of Delhi. Conscious of this reality, the central government has launched the National Clean Air Programme as a national level strategy to reduce air pollution level across the country.

The Modi government's tenure over the last decade has brought about a remarkable transformation in Delhi across various fronts. From infrastructure development to governance reforms, from education to employment, the government's initiatives have left an indelible mark on the capital city. As Delhi continues on its journey of progress and development, the contributions of the Modi government are set to shape its future trajectory for years to come.