AIZAWL: Mizoram Chief Minister Lalduhoma has declared a series of stringent austerity measures aimed at improving the state’s financial condition.
Addressing the assembly session on December 12, the chief minister highlighted the need for fiscal responsibility and urged legislators to play a leading role in implementing these initiatives for the greater benefit of the people.
Lalduhoma disclosed that certain facilities previously enjoyed by legislators would be discontinued under the new measures introduced by the ZPM (Zoram People’s Movement) government.
Notably, salaries and allowances for Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs) will not see an increase, adhering to the existing pay structure where they receive Rs 1.50 lakh per month, according to officials.
Highlighting the importance of healthy competition among legislators, the chief minister encouraged members of the House to actively contribute to the development of their respective constituencies.
Lalduhoma stressed the need for cooperative efforts to ensure the overall progress of Mizoram.
Furthermore, Lalduhoma assured that the government would provide support to all elected members, regardless of their party affiliation, to promote equal development across all constituencies.
This commitment aligns with the government’s vision to foster a more inclusive and equitable development process.
In a departure from past practices, the chief minister revealed that comprehensive reports detailing the progress of development projects executed by relevant departments in all assembly constituencies would be provided to all MLAs.
This move is expected to enhance transparency and accountability in governance, allowing legislators to have a more informed and active role in the development initiatives within their regions.
Upon assuming office as the 14th Chief Minister of the state on December 9, Lalduhoma had acknowledged the formidable financial challenges facing Mizoram.
Citing a prior warning from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), he had committed to implementing stringent austerity measures to address the economic situation.
Lalduhoma had called upon the public to refrain from inviting Ministers and Members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs) as chief guests at various events, emphasising the government’s dedication to fiscal responsibility.
In a bid to enhance transparency, the Chief Minister announced several initiatives, including the installation of complaint and suggestion boxes in all government departments.
Additionally, he had expressed a commitment to strengthening the Lokayukta and transferring corruption cases from the previous government to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for thorough investigation.