Press Release – 16 Aug 2011

Kamalanagar, 16th August: NLUP, the pro-poor people programme of the current Congress Government is finally taking shape in the Chakma areas of CADC in sync with the rest of the state. The Congress has pivoted their last election campaign around this pet programme. Having been voted to power with a thumping majority, it seems the Government is keened on delivering their promise.

Last Friday the 13th, a District Level Workshop on implementation of NLUP was conducted at Kamalanagar. The occasion was graced by the Hon’ble MOS Shri Nihar Kanti Chakma, the local MLA Shri Nirupam Chakma and Shri K K Tongchongya, CEM, CADC. Resource persons and officials from various line departments of the State Government such as the Fishery Department, Environment & Forest Department, Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Department, Agriculture Department, Soil & Water Conservation Department and Horticulture Department took their turns to enlighten the village representatives from around CADC. The exercise is to be only a part of the long process of capacity building of the beneficiaries before actual assistance is being doled out. As per scheme of things at least one more training is required to be undergone by the beneficiaries. The training would be trade specific one has selected for. The eligible beneficiaries would have to pass the training for getting selected. In interaction with the Jt. Director, Agriculture Department, govt. of Mizoram and Technical Adviser NLUP it was learnt that approximately nine thousands families have been identified eligible for assistance under NLUP in CADC. Out of these 75% would be covered under the Programme for assistance, highest in whole of Mizoram. Each beneficiary would not get less than Rupees one lakh depending upon the trade. Flow of funds would be in installments. Performance of the preceding installment would determine the release of the next installment.