UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi today formally launched the Food Security Scheme at a public rally in Aizawl for the state and said it would cater to the needs of lakhs of poor people in the country.
The scheme would ensure that lakhs of malnourished and hungry people would now be able to avail food at an extremely low price in the country, Mrs Gandhi told the public rally.
The AICC President lauded the Lal Thanhawla-led Congress government in the state for successfully running the administration in the past five years and urged the people to vote for the party in the ensuing assembly elections.
"Your concern would be pursued and your voices heard," she said.
She also laid the foundation of the Sainik School to be constructed at Chhingchhip village in Serchhip district and inaugurated the fourth phase of the New Land Use Policy (NLUP), the flagship programme of the ruling Congress in the state.
Meanwhile, young members of the opposition Mizo National Front (MNF) wore 'Pawndums' (black shawls) to register their protest alleging that central leaders visited the state only during election campaigns and not in trying times.
In his address, Mizoram Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla appealed to Mrs Gandhi to provide financial help to the state so that hydrocarbon deposits could be extracted.
"If the hydrocarbon deposits in Mizoram and other north eastern states are tapped, it would help the country lessen its import from outside," he said.
He also asked the UPA chairperson for financial assistance for the establishment of a medical college in the state.