Mizoram Governor Vakkom B Purushothaman today said that the gross domestic product (GDP) of the state has grown by 9.57 per cent during 2011-2012 against the national economic growth rate of 8.8 per cent.
In his customary gubernatorial address after unfurling the tri-colour at the function to celebrate Republic Day at Assam Rifles ground here, Purushothaman said that the per capita income has also increased from Rs 30,488 in 2007-08 to Rs 50,021 in 2011-2012.
Attributing the improvement in the state economy to the flagship programme — New Land Use Police or NLUP, he said that the implementation of the programme, aimed at transforming the economy from environmentally practice of jhumming to a more sustainable system, was on the right track.
“Out of the five-year target of 1.2 lakh beneficiary families, 90,139 families have been covered,” he said, adding that the remaining 29,861 families were also currently being selected under the NLUP.
He also said that there has been 16 per cent increase in the estimated production of rice during 2012—2013 and the area under jhum cultivation has declined by 17 per cent during the same period.
Briefly highlighting the achievements and programmes of the Government, Purushothaman said that the state made good progress in power, roads, buildings, bridges, health, education and sports sectors.
He congratulated the law enforcement agencies, NGOs, churches, media and the general public for maintenance of peace and tranquillity in the state.