MP slams Mizoram govt over forest fires

 MP slams Mizoram govt over forest fires

15 April 2009

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India — Mizoram government was today criticised by state&aposs lone Rajya Sabha member Lalhmingliana of opposition Mizo National Front (MNF) for not taking effective precautionary measures to check forest fires in the past two months.

Lalhmingliana, who had represented the Parliament on issues of global warming and climate change in international conferences, told reporters that the forest fires not only destroyed valuable farm land, but also contributed to global warming and climate change.

” Everybody knows that&aposMautam’, which resulted in the mass death of bamboo in the forest, could have triggered the unprecedented forest fire, but the state government failed to take precautionary measures,”he alleged.

Incentives should be given to villagers so that they can take precautionary measures and also put out the forest fire.

He also slammed the Congress government for financial mismanagement saying that the recent procurement of 17 big cars and the same number of supporting cars cost the public exchequer more than Rs 200 lakh.

“The Mizoram government, purchased such vehicles two years ago and there is no justification to purchase brand new cars after such a short gap,”he said.

He also said that the government&aposs decision to provide salaries, perks and other facilities to the six parliamentary secretaries at par with the ministers of state was also waste of public money.

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