Lalduhoma says will work on reviving fiscal health

ZPM leader takes oath as Mizoram Chief Minister along with 11 others
Lalduhoma sworn in as the chief minister of Mizoram on Friday | X
Lalduhoma sworn in as the chief minister of Mizoram on Friday | X

GUWAHATI:  Zoram People’s Movement (ZPM) stalwart Lalduhoma was on Friday sworn in as the chief minister of Mizoram. Eleven others from the five-year-old party took oath as ministers – seven as cabinet ministers and four as ministers of state. The state, which has 40 Assembly seats, can have a maximum of 12 ministers, including the CM. 

The oath of office and secrecy was administered by Governor Hari Babu Kambhampati. Former chief ministers Zoramthanga and Lal Thanhawla, all elected members of Mizo National Front (MNF), BJP and Congress were among the dignitaries present.

This is the first non-Congress and non-MNF government in Mizoram since it attained statehood in February 1987 – 15 years after it was created as a Union Territory in 1972.

The cabinet ministers are K Sapdanga, Vanlalhlana, C Lalsawivunga, Lalthansanga, Dr Vanlalthlana, PC Vanlalruata and Lalrinpuii. F Rodingliana, B Lalchhanzova, Prof Lalnilawma and Lalnghinglova Hmar took oath as ministers of state. 

Sapdanga, the deputy leader of ZPM legislature party, is the new home minister. Lalrinpuii, who was allocated some key portfolios including health and tourism, became the state’s first woman cabinet minister. 

Soon after his swearing-in, Lalduhoma spelt out the priorities of his government for the next 100 days. The welfare of farmers will be on top.

“Our government will buy ginger, turmeric, chilli and broomsticks from the farmers,” Lalduhoma, a former Indian Police Service officer who was former PM Indira Gandhi’s security in-charge, said.

Another top priority of the ZPM government would be to get the state out of the adverse financial position. He said the government would declare the next financial year as a “year of consolidation”. Panels would be set up to monitor the progress of these projects. 

First woman cabinet minister
Lalrinpuii, who was allocated some key portfolios, including health and tourism, became the state’s first woman cabinet minister. The other cabinet ministers are K Sapdanga, Vanlalhlana, C Lalsawivunga, Lalthansanga, Dr Vanlalthlana and PC Vanlalruata.

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