“Mizoram is one of the most peaceful states in India and also moving ahead for a steady progress, development, special infrastructure expansion,” Lal Thanhawla said after unfurling the national flag at the Assam Rifles Ground here.
“This year is the 30th anniversary of the signing of the memorandum of settlement, known as the ‘Mizoram Peace Accord’. In the last 30 years much has been achieved, yet there is still more to be done,” he said.
A tripartite agreement was signed between the Centre, the Mizoram government and the erstwhile militant outfit Mizo National Front (MNF) in 1986, ending a two-decade (1966 to 1986) long insurgency in the northeastern state.
The 70th Independence Day was observed across Mizoram with diverse programmes, including sports, cultural events and public gatherings.
The Chief Minister said that rice production was increased in Mizoram from 60,647 tonnes during 2014-15 to 62,089 tonnes during 2015-16, an increase of 2.29 per cent.
Area under oil palm cultivation increased from 20,377 hectares in 2014-15 to 23,358 hectares during 2015-16, which is an increase of 14.63 per cent.
Lal Thanhawla said that