CADC Budget, 2019-20 passed; Monsoon Session prorogued

Kamalanagar, 21 August, 2019: Chakma Autonomous District Council’s Budget for the current financial year for an amount of Rs.95,28,98,000/- was passed today after discussion and voting.

93% of the budget figure accounts for payment of salary of employees and the rest is for administrative cost and some minor developmental works. The budget has allocated a larger share of its non-salary components towards school education. Admission fees for school children have been stopped and admission made free. Funds have been allocated for repairing schools, providing school furniture and free text books to students in full set. The budget has retained the MDC Local Area Development fund of Rs.5 Lakh per MDC constituency. There is a deficit of Rs. Rs.11,49,23,000/- against salary for which representation for additional fund to the state government has been submitted.

Rs.6,78,02,260/- was contributed to the Employees’ Pension Contributory Fund out of normal Grant-in-Aid, State Finance Commission Grants Fund, 2018-19 by the present Executive Committee.

The CADC Land and Revenue Rule, 2019 which was introduced in the first sitting of the Session held on 16/8/2019 was discussed and passed by a majority vote in today’s sitting. 15 Members voted in favour, while 7 Members voted against. The bill mover Dg. Rasik Mohan Chakma, CEM, CADC stated that because of absence of a rule till date the revenue administration has fared badly in respect of revenue generation out of land taxes and maintenance of land records. The Land and Revenue Act 2002 which was gazetted 16 years back mandates that rules shall be made to carry out the provisions of the Act.

Today’s sitting also discussed and passed the CADC Biological Diversity Rule 2019 which was introduced in the second sitting of the Monsoon Session.

The sitting answered seven unstarred questions put by the Members of the opposition bench during the Question Hours.

The Monsoon Session concluded with today’s sitting. The Session in all has passed two bills and one official resolution and answered 32 questions put by Members of the opposition bench.