Mizoram GSDP grew 11% in 11th plan period compared to country's 7.8%: Governor

Dec 17 2013, 19:13 IST
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Vakkom Purushothaman said state's Gross Domestic Product grew 11% during the 11th Plan period (Reuters) Vakkom Purushothaman said state's Gross Domestic Product grew 11% during the 11th Plan period (Reuters)
SummaryGovernor also said government is moving ahead with it's target of achieving 100% literacy

Mizoram Governor Vakkom Purushothaman on Tuesday said the state's Gross Domestic Product grew 11% during the 11th Plan period compared to the country's 7.8% growth.

Addressing the seventh Mizoram Legislative Assembly, Purushothaman, a Congress veteran from Kerala, attributed this high growth to the state government's New Land Use Policy.

The Governor added the government is moving ahead with it's target of achieving 100% literacy by continuing with special literacy drives in Lunglei and Lawngtlai districts. With a 91.33% literacy rate, Mizoram is currently the second most literate state in India after Kerala, and hosts India's two most literate districts - Serchhip with 90.76% and Aizawl with 90.50% literacy rates.

Touching upon one of the Congress' major poll planks ahead of it's massive win in the just-concluded assembly polls, the Governor also said as many as "206 corruption-related cases have been drawn up among which 110 have been disposed of through departmental proceedings", adding the Vigilance Department and the Anti-Corruption Bureau are working towards ensuring a more transparent government.

He also stressed on planned energy security for the state, explaining Rs 340 crores has already been procured through viability gap funding for the 210 MW Tuivai Hydro-Electricity Project. The total estimated cost of the project, India's first VGF and PPP mode hydro power project, stands at Rs 1750 crores.

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