Tuesday, September 22, 2009

MIZORAM STATE RANKING 2009 REVIEW

MIZORAM STATE RANKING 2009 REVIEW

According to India today Sept 28th Special Issue.

2004 - 3

2005 - 4

2006 – 5

2007 – 5 Review

2008- 1 Review

2009 – 4 ( One observation that I have made here is that in last year’s India Today Issue, they had mentioned Mizoram was No.1 among the small states, whereas in this year’s edition it mentions that last year’s ranking was 4th. I have my own doubts how reliable this ranking is and doubts remain wheather rankings can be manipulated due to some interest.)

MIZORAM AGRICULTURE – 6TH

The Ranking for Agriculture was 6th in 2004,8th in 2005, 6th in 2006 and 8th in 2007 ,7th in 2008, The ranking this year is 6th.

Mizoram Agriculture Website

From what information that I have, Mizoram is also affected by the Drought due to less rain but effects of Mautam (Bamboo Flowering) has lessened so agricultural inputs could be much better than before.

MIZORAM PRIMARY HEALTH – 3rd

The Ranking for Health in Mizoram for 2004 and 2005 was 1st but 6th in 2006 and 5th in 2007 & 2008 but 3rd in 2009

Mizoram Health Department Website

It has been a relief for the Mizo people that the Government has changed in Mizoram. There had been a lot of controversy and allegations of Corruption again the former Health Minister. Efforts are being made to make right the mistakes that have been done in the past ten years, however Hygiene awareness in strong among the mizo’s on account of their high literacy, more access to drinking water and low infant mortality rates could have helped Mizoram in it’s ranking but Mizoram as a state still does not have it’s own Medical College.

MIZORAM INVESTMENT ENVIRONMENT – 8th

The ranking for Investmentin 2004 was 1st, 3rd in 2005, 7th in 2006 and 6th in 2007, 1st in 2008 & 8th in 2009.

I would say that Mizoram’s ranking of 8th is more realistic with no worthwhile Investment being made by any corporate sector but I still find it hard to believe Mizoram was ranked No. 1 in 2008 above Goa & Delhi, States with Multi National Corporates.

Mizoram Investment Promotion Website


MIZORAM PRIMARY EDUCATION – 3rd

From 2004 -2006 Mizoram has consistently ranked 2nd but in 2007 it has ranked first, but has gone down to 2nd in 2008, the ranking has further reduced to 3rd now in 2009. Mizoram now tops Literacy level in the whole country with 82.9% literacy, 83 per cent of children over 10 years of age have completed their education. But sadly enough there’s very bad scope for good quality education in Mizoram at higher level's as it does not even have a single Engineering, Dental or Medical College in the whole state. Rote learning in quite popular in Mizoram, there is a need for quality education instead of mass literacy that Mizoram has.

On a brighter note, NIT (National Institute of Technology) and IIMC ( Indian Institute of Mass Communication) are scheduled to be opened in Mizoram as it has been approved by the Central Government, this would be a big boon for the youth in Mizoram, However the need for a Medical College persist.

Mizoram School Education Website

Mizoram Government Press Release on Mizoram being First in Primary Education

MIZORAM INFRASTRUCTURE – 3rd

In terms of Infrastructure, Mizoram has consistently ranked 4th from 2004 till 2008, this year it’s ranking has improved to 3rd position. The ranking could have improved because the World Bank Road connecting Aizawl to Lunglei through Thenzawl is scheduled to be opened this year, the quality of construction and road is much better than PWD roads and is also a shorter route reducing travel time by atleast 3 hours.

Another observation that I made during a trip to Mizoram was that PMGSY (Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana) was being actually implemented and pucca roads as well as metal roads were being constructed connecting villages which were cut off from the Main road. The quality of road is another matter but as a friend from Assam had mentioned to me, in Mizoram you actually build the roads, so that’s good improvement I guess.

Mizoram Rural Development Website - Mizorural

MIZORAM CONSUMER MARKET - 4TH

Again a consistent 5th from 2004 till 2008 , it’s ranking has climbed to 4th this year. Basically a parameter for measuring Per capita ownership of TV, 2 wheeler. Telephone. On the whole, per capita ownership of consumer material is high in Mizoram. According to Times of India 89% of the population is believed to have mobile telephones. Vehicle ownership is also high, one of the major problems that Aizawl is having is traffic jams caused due to increased vehicular traffic and also due to the narrow roads. Mizoram maybe a good consumer market due to high fashion sense among them but deposits in Banks taken as an average may not be very high.

MIZORAM LAW AND ORDER – 2nd

2nd Consistently from 2004 to 2006 but has fallen to 4th had gone up to 1st in 2008, again 2nd in 2009. The lower ranking could be on account of higher inmates in jail on account of Prohibition in Mizoram however Mizoram as a state is relatively peaceful with no Insurgency activities within the state.

Mizoram also has the highest strength of policement with 358 cops per lakh/ population. Most criminal cases are easily solved because of the small population as well as community policing. Kidnapping, Murder and rape occur but not very often.

Home Department Website

Mizoram Police Department Website

MACRO ECONOMY - 4TH

A very consistent ranking of 5th from 2004 till 2007 had gone up to 4th in 2008, the ranking comes down to 5th again 2009. – basically measuring urbanization and GDP of state. The ranking could be attributed to increase in Urbanization which stands at 51%, 4th in India. The increased rate of Urbanization was due to forced migration of people during Insurgency period of Mizoram National Front, a separatist group. The Indian Govt Forced people to live together for easier Administration. The increased rate of urbanization has helped the state as acess to Infrastructure is easier as well as more jobs available due to specialization of skills.



OTHER DATA

Mizoram Per Capita Income – Rs 27,733 - Highest in Northeast India ( Rs 22,207 According to Sampark.nic.in)

Mizoram Sex Ratio -892 ( 935 in 2001 as in Census India)

Mizoram Human Development Index - 0.548, 7th in India & highest in Northeast India according to UNDP India.

Mizoram Poverty ratio - 9.5% (Most of the northeastern states have ratio of 20% and higher) Poverty ratio of Assam is used for Mizoram -16.5%, in most cases by the Planning commission.)