It is my last blog entry from Maraland. It has been a wonderful time since November, 2009 when I came to this wonderful place as Deputy Commissioner. On 1st June, 2012 the Govt of Mizoram has posted me in the Secretariat which I am going to join very soon. The journey which started in 2009 is finally getting over. For an IAS officer, the first district charge is like the first love. It is more truer for me... I was so much involved in different affairs that how this time has passed I could not gauge.
This journey had many moments of triumph and failure, of enthusiasm and cynicism, of child like curiosity and a grown up like maturity.... It was a mix of everything. The visits to villages, their love and care, their demands and our plans, its unforgettable. Governance is like a flowing river, we can not say that this is the last stage of development, likewise, only last day we were having discussions over next plan, various schemes, improvement of hospitals etc.... Suddenly I got this news which was a big surprise and shows the confidence which the Government is reposing in me.
It was the wish of the Almighty that I should serve this place and that's why sufficient time, opportunity and resources were put at our disposal and we were commanded to perform our best. Challenges were huge.... in every sector we were among the bottom..be it agriculture or education or connectivity or health..... Today at least with the grace of God and with proper team work, we can proudly say that Saiha is among the better districts of Mizoram although we can not change the geography but we can change our conditions which we did.
I still recall with a sense of pride of various achievements which we had accomplished... be it Lodaw road, Kaoao birdge, Turmeric Processing plant in Khopai, Micro Hydro Power Plants, improvement of hospital infrastructure, improvement of town roads, several other structures like Halls, Play grounds, VC Court Buildings.. I am particularly proud of students who continued to excel in their endeavor, our MBSE HSLC results have improved, in MPSC examinations our students are getting selected.... Although it looks small but these are quite significant and shows a missionary zeal which our students are having and a positive approach to handle these despite of several handicaps which they have because of remoteness.
Several matters/initiatives which I wanted to take up, could not do much like improving agricultural productivity and modernisation of agricultural sector, development of cottage industry, skill development of our youth, construction of a auditorium, indoor stadium, district park etc.... I feel we could have done better.. but perhaps time was not ripe.
A bright future is ahead for Maraland and I am sure the people will be able to take the calling of the time and not only grab the opportunity but also create a niche for themselves. Kaladan Multimodal Project, NTPC Hydro Power Plant etc are going to play a vital role in shaping the destiny of this place. Look East Policy holds great opportunity when the trade route etc will be opened up. The river Kolodyne surrounding which this culture has developed will take the place to a new height and I wish I should be able to witness it.
Long Live Maraland, Mara Culture and All the beautiful people living in this area which I had the opportunity to serve for such a long time.
Ma Pha Sy