Mizoram Governor Nirbhay Sharma on Tuesday praised the civil society and NGOs for making it one of the most peaceful states in the country."People of the state, civil society and NGOs must get appreciation for this success," the governor said after unfurling the national flag at the Assam Rifles Ground here on the occasion of Republic Day.He said the Mizoram government was determined to continue its flagship programme - the New Land Use Policy (NLUP) - and had decided to extend the programme for another five years."The NLUP has made good progress in uplifting the economy of the state, stopping 'jhum cultivation' (slash and burn method of farming), providing sustainable means of livelihood to the people and stable farming," Sharma said.He said the Mizoram economy grew at 8.45 percent, more than the all India average.
The governor said construction of the 60 MW Tuirial Hydro Electric Project was in full swing and the project was expected to be commissioned this year. Three more small power plants were expected to be completed by next year, he said.Mizoram is also trying to achieve the number one position in literacy percentage in the country, he said.