Three-day winter session of the Mizoram Legislative Assembly was today adjourned sine die by the Speaker Hiphei. The session, which commenced from Tuesday was the 14th session of the seventh State legislative assembly.
Three government bills and one amendment bill were passed by the legislature during the course of the session while the Mizoram Urban Areas Rent Control Bill, 2017 was referred to the select committee today. Tributes were paid to the three former legislators - Zakhu Hlychho, F Lalzuala and Col Lalchungnunga who died recently.
Meanwhile, Mizoram identified 14,632 HIV positives between October 1990 and March 2017, State health minister Lal Thanzara informed the State legislature today. Among the States, Mizoram has the second highest number of people living with HIV/AIDS. The State has a population of over 10 lakh. In a written reply to queries from Dr K Beichhua and Lalruatkima of the opposition Mizo National Front (MNF), Lal Thanzara said 3,24,542 blood tests were conducted during the period. He said the most number of HIV infections were through sex, followed by sharing of syringe and needle by intravenous drug users. Most of the HIV positives were between 25 and 34 years of age, he added
In the meanwhile, Mizoram has received Rs 102.02 crore from the Centre for setting up its first and only medical college, State Health Minister Lal Thanzara told the assembly today. Replying to questions from Lalruatkima of the Mizo National Front(MNF), he said that the state's matching share of Rs 11.34 crore was also received for the purpose. He said that the college, which is to be named as Mizoram Institute of Medical Education and Research (MIMER), would have 100 seats and the classes would begin after approcal by Medical Council of India.