Aizawl, Jun 20 : Mizo National Front, the largest and oldest regional party in Mizoram, on Tuesday unveiled a “brand new” economic policy codenamed SEDP (socio-economic development programme), ahead of the state assembly polls scheduled for November this year.
“The SEDP basically aims to make Mizoram economically self-sufficient in agriculture and power,” MNF president and former chief minister Zoramthanga said as he unveiled the policy at Vanapa Hall here today.
Zoramthanga admitted to have incorporated certain points from the ‘Six Basic Needs’, the 30-year-old policy of the Brig T Sailo’s party Mizoram People’s Conference (MPC) which remained unfulfilled.
“The SEDP has been drafted taking into consideration certain points in the Garden Colony (of the MPC), the New Land Use Policy (of the Congress) and the Mizoram Intodelhna Programme (of the MNF) which are yet to be fulfilled,” Zoramthanga said, and made it clear that the SEDP is just a part of the MNF’s policies and programmes.
“There are a lot more regarding administrative reforms, power decentralisation, demarcation of district boundary, land holding system, information technology, e-governance, public sector undertaking, cooperative movement, eradication of corruption, health care, etc in the MNF’s policies and programmes,” Zoramthanga added.
According to MNF vice-president and chairman of the policy drafting committee Dr R Lalthangliana, the other objectives of the party included re-unification of Mizo ethnic tribes scattered across the region and redrawing the boundary.
The MNF had ruled in the state for two consecutive terms from 1998 till 2003.It now has two MLAs after the demise of its legislator B Lalthlengliana in April this year.