Mizoram Statehood Day was celebrated in all the district headquarters of the state with full vigour and enthusiasm. A public holiday was declared on this day. Chief Minister Zoramthanga greeted and wished the people on the occasion of Statehood Day. He urged them to celebrate in their own respective places as no official function could be held to mark the occasion following the Covid-19 norms.
Zoramthanga in his message conveyed, “I wish that on this day the people of Mizoram will remember how the state with all special protection comes into being and how much we have harvested advantages before getting the statehood. Therefore, on this 35th Anniversary of Statehood, I convey my best wishes and greetings to the people of Mizoram”.
President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and other important leaders also greeted Mizoram on the Statehood Day. Addressing the main celebration at Vanapa Hall, Mizoram Governor PS Sreedharan Pillai paid tributes to those leaders who were instrumental to the attainment of Mizoram Statehood. He said that the signing of the historic Mizo Peace Accord on June 30, 1986 remains a beacon of hope for the world that peace can be attained and sustained if the people and leaders choose it above violence and sincerely work hard towards keeping it. Calling upon the State Government and the people, he said that efforts should be taken to refrain from depending solely on the central funding. He also expressed happiness that the state government has a clear-cut plan and vision to become a self-reliant and welfare state. Mizoram is blessed abundantly on many fronts. He said, “We need to urgently unleash our untapped potentials, be it in terms of horticulture, handloom and handicrafts, human resource and tourism, among others. After we achieved statehood in 1987, our continued aim has been to attain a self-reliant and self-respected Mizoram”.
While urging the citizens of Mizoram to re-dedicate themselves for the development of the state, the Governor reminded government officials of their responsibilities and urged them to work their best for the people.
Pillai informed that the Centre has been giving utmost concern to the development of the Northeast for which 10 per cent of the Union budget is allocated for the region. He also urged the churches and NGOs to back the State Government in combating the growing cases of AIDS and cancer on a war-footing.
Perched on the southernmost tip of the North Eastern region, Mizoram occupies an area of great strategic importance. It is flanked by Bangladesh on the west and Myanmar on the east of south sharing a total of 722 km international boundary with the two countries.