Mizoram unlikely to face economic crisis due to COVID-19: CM

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Mizoram unlikely to face economic crisis due to COVID-19: CM
Aizawl, Apr 23 () Mizoram Chief MinisterZoramthanga has said that the state would not face anyeconomic crisis in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, ifthe natural resources are used effectively.

In a video message, the chief minister said the stategovernment, churches and NGOs are making collective efforts tocombat the COVID-19 crisis.

"We have vast fallow land and an abundant supply ofnatural resources. If these resources are used effectively,the state is unlikely to face economic crisis," he said.

There is an uncertainty in the world economy and noone knows what will happen in future, the chief minister said.

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People have donated nearly Rs 5 crore so far to theChief Minister's Relief Fund (CMRF) to aid the government'seffort to tackle the coronavirus crisis.

He said the health department was given more than Rs100 core so far from the state's fund to fight against theCOVID-19 outbreak.

Around Rs 2.5 crore was disbursed to rehabilitationcentres, NGOs and village task forces to help people fromother states, who are now stranded in Mizoram due to thelockdown, Zoramthanga said in his message on Wednesday.

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He also said the state government is providing shelterand food to migrant workers who are now stuck in the state.

Over Rs 1.56 crore was given to various Mizo welfareassociations to assist the residents of Mizoram, who arecurrently stranded outside the state due to the nationwidelockdown.

He called for more collective efforts from the peopleand urged them to contribute to the CMRF.

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"We should refrain from blaming each other in ourfight against the dreaded virus. We continue with ourcollective efforts with renewed vigour and will overcome someday," he added. CORBDC BDC
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