Press Release – July 2011

Kamalanagar, July: Shri K K Tongchangya, Chief Executive Member, Chakma Autonomous District Council and President, Chakma District Congress Committee, while unveiling a banner on the Developmental Works of the Government, highlighted the various achievements made across Chakma Autonomous District Council since assuming power in 2008. He termed the scale of success as phenomenal with its imprint in every villages around CADC, notwithstanding the huge burden of debt, to the tune of Crores, inherited from the previous MNF led Government. He was hopeful of compounding the pace of development within the time left before the next general election.

While addressing the gathering he exulted in the fact that it is they who brought dignity to the Office of the Village Councils with the erection of Village Court Buildings in every village except those of Kamalanagar area, which are at various stages of completion.

Projects to bring in infrastructural revolution in CADC are being pursued under the Ministry of DoNER. So far, a many a ten DPRs have been submitted, out of which Modernization of Kamalanagar Town (Rs.24 Crores), construction of Judicial Buildings (6 Crores) and construction of Kamalanagar College (Rs.3 Crores) have been retained by the Ministry.

13th FC awarded a sum of Rs.11.00 Crores in the current financial year for the construction of a new Secretariat Building and a Session Hall against which 1st Installment have already been released.

Rest Houses at various important locations are being expanded and new constructions are also taken up. The vertical extension of Chakma House at Aizawl got completed with a capacity to accommodate as many as 50 guests at a time. Chakma Rest House at Lunglei got renovated and Rest House at Kamalanagar was added one more story. Aizawl being the capital city have had always registered the highest flow of guests and accordingly construction of a four storied Annex Building to the Chakma House has been taken up to meet the ever increasing demand for accommodation. Lawngtlai, the District Headquarter has always cried for one and in the interest of the public one is being contemplated. These apart, Rest Houses within CADC at Borapansury and New Joganasury are about to be completed.

To preserve and showcase the Chakma culture and tradition, Cultural Hall cum Museum at the heart of Kamalanagar town is under construction at an estimated cost of Rs.5 Crores.

Longpuighat-Kukurduleya Road, connecting the two valleys of CADC, is being constructed, under NLCPR, at an estimated cost of Rs.17 Crores. 20 KM of formation cutting has been completed and permanent works are already in progress.

Since taking over from the previous Governement yearly earmark of fund under Plan Sector has jumped up from 25.00 lacs to Rs.1.00 Crores. Payment of salaries, in due time, to the CADC employees is being steadily stabilized. Towards streamlining the administration and setting right the distribution of manpower, a Committee has been constituted to review the CADC staffing pattern. A standing Counsel has been appointed to give legal advice to CADC.

Mr. Tongchangya dismissed all allegations of gross fund misuse in the Chakma Autonomous District Council area, made by Rasik Mohan Chakma, President, Chakma District Mizo National Front, in the Aizawl Dailies and stated them to be absolutely baseless and politically motivated with an eye on the forthcoming MDC general election to be held during the early 2013.

He said, “It seems all is not well within the CDMNF. I suspect the President is losing his grip over his own colleagues? First, it was an MNF affiliated MDC casting his vote in favour of a congress candidate in the election of the Deputy Chairman, held last year. Now it is the President himself making allegation of corruption charges against one of his own best performers, Sri Hiranand Tongchangya, a MNF MDC, who has consistently won for two consecutive terms under the MNF party. I wonder what he is waiting for, without initiating actions against the offenders. This obviously suggests CDMNF is ailing. Under the given circumstances it is quite natural for someone to behave as desperate, making baseless allegations”.

“The mega construction of the CADC Cultural Hall cum Museum, instead of being appreciated, has turned out to be a sore eye for the President. It seems he senses a threat in the good work done by the Congress led Government in the Chakma District area. Otherwise, why would he purposely distort fact, as only 50% has been released to the contractor out of the sanctioned amount of Rs.338.68 lacs on the basis of the work done so far? As for the issue of diversion of fund meant for payment of pay arrears (read salary arrears) of 2009-2010, would have been best explained by him. Reason? The said pay arrears accrued during his tenure due to his inefficiency. While we took over from them, we inherited a shortfall in payment of salary to Non-plan employees under CADC, against one and half months. We carried the burden till 2009-2010, when an attempt was made to rationalize the pay but unfortunately, due to misunderstanding, the funds were allocated under Plan Sector and hence could not be executed for the purpose sanctioned. Therefore, the reason to seek for diversion of the amount for the construction of the Cultural Hall and we were obliged under L/No.G28012/3/2010-DCA of 30th March 2011, duly signed by Under Secretary to Govt. of Mizoram, DCA. His dubious intentions to mislead the public can be read from this account”, the CEM said.

He added, “Since 2008-09 fiscal, funds allocated against maintenance and black topping of Kamalanagar town road are Rs.20 lacs (BRGF-2008-09), Rs.26.10 lacs (BRGF-2010-11) and 15 lacs (A/P-2010-11), thus grossing to Rs.61.10 lacs against his claim of 103.8 lacs. Is it to fool the public by inflating the amount to almost double the actual figure sanctioned? He should have also accounted for the 2 Crores sanctioned during 2006-2007 & 2007-2008 under RSVY during his tenure, for the construction of internal roads in Kamalanagar (150 lacs) and in Borapansury (50 lacs), to facilitate a comparative study of works done under the two terms. As for improvement works in respect of internal Kamalanagar Town roads, our share is far from over, which had to be stopped due to onset of an early monsoon and our stock of 164.04 qtl. of Bitumex and Bitumen at Kamalanagar-III will speak of our intention”.

He expressed his shock, “I am surprised, why Rasik Mohan Chakma cannot rejoice at the budgetary increase of fund allocation in the Agriculture-Sector under CADC. How can it be a point of contention for him? It would not surprise us if he makes a point against misappropriation of funds sanctioned under various heads to the Agriculture Department, CADC. I would rather openly take pride in the fact that we managed to convince the authorities in the state to make provision for increased fund allocation in the Agriculture-Sector, given the fact that 95% of our population are agrarian. It was this 95% who have mandated us to power and it is our bounded duty to facilitate their capacity to generate income in tune to their vocation”.

“Encroachment of Govt. land has been rampant during his term. Paskora Memorial P/S, a private school, established at BPS-I, in memory of his grandfather, was constructed in a Govt. owned teak plantation. Lands allotted for EM quarters at K/Nagar-II were also privatized but we salvaged them after coming to power. Even the official plot of land at Randhakpur, allotted for AH & Vety Department was not spared.”

“The kind of gross irregularities witnessed during his tenure could be inferred from the way he violated financial norms while handling the release of 1st Installment amounting to Rs.398 lacs, against the construction of Parva-Siminasora Road, under NLCPR. Opening of tenders and release of the whole sanctioned amount to the contractor were essayed on the same day, which too without the security measure of Bank Guarantee from the contractor.”