Aizwal, Mar 14 (PTI) Mizoram Governor Nirbhay Sharma today said that the flagship programme, the New Land Use Policy (NLUP), has increased rice production and reduced jhum cultivation in the state.

“Implementation of the NLUP has resulted in reduction of jhum area, which reflects a shift towards permanent cultivation,” Sharma said addressing the state legislature on the first day of the Budget session.

The Governor said that New Economic Development Policy (NEDP), a comprehensive growth policy, is also on in full swing.

“The NEDP aims at providing bold, practical, effective and comprehensive strategies to push the economy to a high growth path,” he said, adding that “Rs 250 crore has been earmarked for the current fiscal for implementation of the policy and another Rs 27 crore was expected to be converged with the NLUP.

Regarding trade with neighbouring countries, the Governor said that the Centre has given assurance for the development of Rih-Tiddim road in Myanmar to improve connectivity with the border of that country.

“A plot of land measuring 9 acres has already been earmarked for the construction of integrated check post at Bangladesh border in Kawrpuichhuah village,” Sharma said on border trade ties with that country.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.