Kamalanagar, 29 April, 2021: Amidst worsening Covid pandemic situation and with restriction on movement in place the 50th Chakma Autonomous District Council Day was observed today in the premises of CADC Secretariat, Kamalanagar while enforcing protocols for containment of the spread of the disease.
The celebration has been toned-down to a modest scale due to Covid and Dg. Durjya Dhan Chakma, CEM, CADC graced the occasion as its Chief Guest.
The programme was attended by the MDCs and employees of CADC who gathered maintaining social distance and putting on mask.
Homage was paid to the former Chakma leaders Dg. Krista Mohan Chakma, Dg. Baneshwar Chakma, Dg. Atul Chandra Chakma, Dg. Hari Krishto Chakma, Dg. Media Chakma and Dg. Satyo Priyo Dewan who have led the movement for autonomy of the Chakmas in Mizoram.
Dg. Durjya Dhan Chakma, CEM, CADC speaking expressed gratitude to Dr. B.R. Ambedkar because of whose effort the Sixth Schedule has found a place in the Constitution to provide space for self-determination of the tribal people like the Chakmas while adding, “Today, because of the CADC the Chakmas have an opportunity for political aspiration and to safeguard and promote their cultural identity.”
He has also remembered Dg. Sneha Kumar Chakma for his contribution to the Chakma community during both pre and post independent time while saying, “It’s a matter of immense pride for the Chakmas that he was member of the All India Excluded Areas Sub-Committee of the Constituent Assembly of India for CHT.”.
While emphasizing the need for transparency in governance he said, “Since assuming office of CEM I have been making every effort to bring in transparency in the functioning of CADC under my leadership by making available information pertaining to developmental measures being taken through social media.”
He stated that the appointment of Dg. Rasik Mohan Chakma and Dg. Buddhalila Chakma as Adviser to CEM, Administration and Political Affairs respectively, has been a step towards utilizing the services of the best minds of the senior leaders in the service of the welfare of the people.
He highlighted the recent effort being taken by CADC in the fight against recent surge in covid cases within CADC citing relief being provided to residents of Borkalak and Semeisury village by bearing the cost of their civil supply ration, setting up Covid Care Centre at Kamalanagar and offering food to Covid patients hailing from CADC lodged at CCC, Lawngtlai.