Kamalanagar, 15 March 2017: Chakma Autonomous District Council Budget Session 2017-18 is underway which started on 15/3/2017.
The first sitting witnessed one starred question and two unstarred questions. The first question put by Dg. H. Amaresh Chakma, MDC addressed to the Executive Member i/c Forest & Environment Dg. Susen Chakma enquired regarding the appointment of Mahalder for collection of broom stick for 2016 and revenue proceeds thereof.
Dg. Rajiv Kr. And Dg. Shantana Devi were alloted the Mahalder for broom stick collection in the Tegha and Toijong valley respectively at a bidding price of Rs.11.86 Lakh and Rs.45.22 Lakh. So far it has fetched a revenue of Rs.28.71 Lakh, as per reply given by the EM.
The second question by Dg. H. Amaresh Chakma enquired if mode of payment of salary on monthly basis to CADC employees have been changed. Dg. Kali Kumar Tongchangya in reply said that the change in mode of payment of salary have been affected with the introduction of sanction of salary on monthly installment basis by the state government.
The third question was asked with regards to old age pensioners. The reply enlightened that all the old age persons in CADC are yet to be covered under the scheme of old age pensions due to paucity of fund.
The first sitting also tabled an amendment bill titled “CADC (Salaries, Allowances and Pension of members) (Fourth Amendment) Rules, 2017 seeking to enhance the Family Pension of ex-MDCs by 5% at a simple interest annually. The amendment bill was passed in the second sitting held on 17/3/2017.
In the second sitting Dg. H. Amaresh Chakma came heavily upon the CADC authority for the loss being incurred with the Kamalanagar Town Bus service. The CEM on the other hand while countering stated that the bus service has been introduced for public service and not for making profit. The bus service since it was introduced in August 2016 is running for a monthly cost of Rs.5,393/-.
The CADC authority was also criticized for not tabling the cases of dissolution of village councils for discussion in the session despite being clearly instructed under Para 26(3) of the CADC Village Council Act 2003. The Village council of Kurbalovasora and Borapansury-I were dissolved during 2015-16 and 2016-17 respectively.