Aizawl, Jul 9: Mizoram Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla today urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to include DoNER minister Paban Singh Ghatowar for faster development of Northeast, official sources said here today.

The Chief Minister was meeting the Prime Minister inNew Delhitoday informing him of the needs of his state, and also thanking him for all the things that Mizoram has been receiving from his government.

Highlighting the backwardness ofNortheast Indiacompared to the rest of the country, Lal Thanhawla suggested that the current DoNER minister Paban Singh Ghatowar, who is from the Northeast, be made a Union cabinet minister to ensure faster development for the region.

He also proposed inclusion of the lone Lok Sabha MP from Mizoram C L Ruala, who he termed as a seasoned politician since the time of Mizo district council before 1972, as Union minister.

Lal Thanhawla informed the Prime Minister of the additional requirement of fund for resumption of the derailed repatriation of Bru refugees from Tripura, which the PM promised to look into.

Lal Thanhawla also gave a progress report on his government’s flagship project the New Land Use Policy (NLUP), which, the official statement reported, impressed the Prime Minister.

Singh also okayed the Chief Minister’s request to lay a foundation stone for the state’s first sainik school in the latter part of the year. (UNI)



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