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UN aid for Mizoram scheme

Silchar, Aug. 18: The United Nations has proposed to grant Rs 25 crore to Mizoram for a rural development project, the NLUP, either as an outright grant or as long-term loans with a lower rate of interest.

The UNO have been impressed at the success of the scheme which aimed at replacing jhum cultivation with terrace tilling, horticulture and an array of trading activity for better living conditions for the Mizos.

Speaking to reporters yesterday in Aizawl, the chairman of the NLUP implementation board, J.H. Rothuama, said a team of the UN, which visited Mizoram recently, had agreed to fund this innovative and job-oriented rural scheme.

This project, which started in June 2009 under the aegis of chief minister Lal Thanhawla with the phased central grant of Rs 2,526 crore, is likely to spill over to the 13th annual plan.