Kamalanagar, 16 April, 2021: Chakma Autonomous District Council Budget for the fiscal year 2021-2022 which was presented for an amount of Rs.13,483.12 Lakhs in the third sitting of the Session on 12th April was discussed and passed today. The sitting also passed the Supplementary Demand for Grants 2020-2021 and the Reappropriation of Local Receipt Fund 2020-2021.
House Leader and CEM, CADC Dg. Durjya Dhan Chakma who presented the Budget said that for support to livelihood of the poor, provision for financial assistance to 666 families to take up piggery, poultry and goatary have been provided despite allocation under non-salary being not enough.
The local revenue target having fallen short by about Rs.9 lakhs in the previous year he has said that the Covid-19 pandemic with lockdown for several months have affected the target. He has expressed hope to ramp-up the revenue collection in the current fiscal year with the brick-kiln going on production mode soon.
Fund provision for improvement of the school education in the Budget have been given priority, he said.
The deficit in the Budget he said is largely due to revision of the salary of the councilors and demand for additional not being provided at the end of outgoing fiscal year. The demand for additional have been carried to the current budget which has translated into deficit.
In trying to explain the limitation of budgeting of CADC Dg. Kali Kumar Tongchangya, Vice-Chairman Planning, said that the Budget need to be prepared within the limit of fund allocated by the state government while stating that this year the budget figure has remained same as previous year. He further added that CADC can enhance its budgeting by improving the local revenue collection.
Dg. Buddha Lila Chakma, MDC proposed for inclusion of provision for financial assistance to handicapped person in the budget. He has urged the House leader to pursue the Mizoram government for uniformity in allocation of budget amount among the three ADCs of Mizoram while arguing that the size of administration is the same and population almost equal. He expressed hope in the leadership of Pu Zoramthanga that rectification will be affected if brought to his notice of the anomaly.
He further added that the number of employees of CADC is almost half of both LADC and MADC despite the administrative setup and size being identical.
The Session came to conclusion with the sitting.