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Aizawal, Sept 18: Union Minister of State for Development of North East Region (DoNER) BL Verma highlighted the significant progress made in Mizoram with the implementation of 103 projects worth approximately Rs 544 crore over the past decade. He shared these details during an event in Aizawl, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi virtually launched the PM Vishwakarma scheme.

The projects in Mizoram received approval and funding through the North Eastern Council (NEC). Additionally, during the fiscal year 2021-22, four road projects were sanctioned under the North East Special Infrastructure Development Scheme (NESIDS).

Verma emphasized that the state of Mizoram has received financial support for various initiatives, including the construction of the Aizawl by-pass road and bamboo link roads through PM DeVINE. Furthermore, local artisans and business owners have benefited from schemes like PMEGP (Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Programme) and SFURTI (Scheme of Fund for Regeneration of Traditional Industries).

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One of the notable aspects of the development efforts in Mizoram is the integration of traditional artisans and craftsmen into the mainstream. The government, under the ‘PM Vishwakarma’ scheme, is committed to uplifting these skilled individuals. Initially, local artisans and craftsmen will receive Rs 1 lakh to enhance their skills, and further support will be extended based on their performance.

In his address, Minister BL Verma urged the state government and all stakeholders to collaborate closely with the central government to ensure the successful implementation of the ‘PM Vishwakarma’ scheme. This initiative is poised to make a significant impact by empowering local artisans and enhancing their contributions to Mizoram’s development.

The event took place at Vanapa Hall and witnessed the participation of various dignitaries, including state Rural Development Minister Lalruatkima, Planning and Programme Implementation Secretary Lalmalsawma Pachuau, Commerce and Industries Secretary R. Lalramnghaka, Joint Secretary of the Ministry of DoNER Angahuman Dey, and several other senior officials. It marked a significant milestone in Mizoram’s journey towards inclusive growth and economic empowerment of its artisans and craftsmen.