Shri M Venkaiah Naidu, Vice President of India delivered a speech at the Special Session of the Mizoram Legislative Assembly today. The Vice President is currently on a two- day visit to Mizoram. 

The Vice President of India opened his 30 minute speech with a Mizo greeting "Chibai" and congratulated the Mizoram Legislative Assembly on the completion of 50 years. He expressed his respect for Mizoram in maintaining peaceful election and political environment for the past decades and upholding the democratic ideals of the country. He also expressed his admiration for the impressive collective efforts of the state, the NGOs and rhe churches in the fight against Covid-19. "I am happy to note that Mizoram has been able to fight the pandemic effectively due to the untiring efforts of communities and churches... This unique model based on ‘Tlawmngaihna’ – the Mizo code of ethics and life as the guiding principle has been the mantra of Mizoram’s fight against the pandemic," he added. 

The Vice President also addressed  the issue of women's representation the state Legislative Assemblies in the North East. “While the Assemblies of Mizoram and Nagaland do not have any women Members, it ranged from two in case of Manipur to five in the Tripura Legislative Assembly. Of the total 498 Members in the eight Legislative Assemblies of the region, there are only 20 women Members constituting only 4%. There is a strong case for involving more women Members in the law making in the region; even in the Parliament women constitutes only about 11%”, he added.

The speech ended with a call to "work as Team India" and strive for goals which will bring about positive transformation in the region and the country as a whole.