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Dg. Supreme Raj Chakma Sworn in as Executive Member of the 11th CADC

Kamalanagar, 21 May 2024: Dg. Supreme Raj Chakma, MDC, has been officially sworn in as an Executive Member of the 11th Chakma Autonomous District Council in a ceremony held today at the Arts & Culture Hall, Kamalanagar. His appointment, recommended by the Chief Executive Member of CADC, was approved by the Governor of Mizoram on May 7, 2024.

Pi B. Malsawmtluangi, MCS, Additional Deputy Commissioner of Lawngtlai, administered the Oath of Office and Secrecy in the presence of CADC councilors, officials and other dignitaries.

Dg. Supreme Raj Chakma was elected as an MDC from the 3-Chhotapansury Constituency on Indian National Congress (INC) party ticket in the CADC General Election, 2023, and later joined the MNF party. This marked his successful debut in electoral politics. He holds a law degree from University of Delhi, and had been a practicing lawyer before joining politics.

The Chief Executive Member & MLA, Mizoram, Dg. Rasik Mohan Chakma, addressing the gathering, warmly congratulated the newly sworn-in Executive Member and expressed confidence in his capabilities. He emphasized the significance of this momentous day, noting that his swearing-in completes the 11th Executive Committee of CADC which also coincides with current Executive Committeeโ€™s successful completion of one year in office.

Reflecting on the various challenges faced, he commended the present Executive Committee for its commitment to good governance. He firmly asserted that the Executive Committee bears no blame for any shortcomings and highlighted its marked improvement over previous administrations. He expressed his commitment to uphold this standard and sought the support of all stakeholders to continue serving the people with dedication.

He also expressed concern over certain elements within the Chakma society propagating negativity driven by hatred, and emphasized the need to discard such detrimental mindsets for the brighter future of the community.

CADC Budget (2024-2025) presented in the Second sitting of Budget Session

Kamalanagar, 10th April, 2024: In the second sitting of the ongoing Budget Session of the 11th Chakma Autonomous District Council held today, the house leader and Chief Executive Member, Dg. Rasik Mohan Chakma, presented the second Budget of the 11th Chakma Autonomous District Council for the fiscal year 2024-2025. The budget will be discussed and voted on April 16th, 2024.

The Supplementary Demand for Grants, 2023-24 & Re-appropriation of Local Receipts Fund, 2022-23 and Demand for Grants, 2023-24 (Budget Estimate) has been presented before the house for the discussion and approval of the members. The Supplementary Demand for Grants for the fiscal year 2023-24 is for an amount of Rs. 2656.86 lakhs against salary under Normal Grants-in-Aid.

The Local Receipts for the fiscal year 2023-2024 was for an amount of 147.24 lakhs against a target of Rs. 159.75 lakhs. The CEM attributed the shortfall of Rs.12.51 lakhs to the non-production of bricks, meagre collection of fees from markets, poor receipt of rent from buildings. He asserted that much emphasis shall be given to fulfil the budgetary target of revenue collection for this fiscal year. Therefore, he proposed the Accounts on the Expenditure of Local Receipts for the fiscal year 2023-24 to be re-appropriated and presented department-wise for information and approval of the house.

The house leader in his speech informed that unlike the budgetary allocation of previous financial years, this year the State government has not specified Salary and Non-Salary separately, other than Village Council Remuneration which is 67.36 lakhs against the salary head and Rs.77.98 lakhs against the non-salary head.  The salary requirement and normal Grants-in-Aid is estimated to be Rs.19793.49 lakhs. The Account of Receipts and Expenditure shows a deficit of Rs.5418 lakhs, which he said is expected to be covered up with supplementary demands for grants from the State government. He expressed optimism that the state government will allocate the required fund in due course of time.

He also highlighted some notable achievements accomplished by the CADC during the fiscal year 2023-24 despite acute financial constraints, such as constructions of Revenue Circle offices, installations of Integrated Land Records Management System, Publication of text books on moral education, publication of Changmha text books for Classes-I to VIII, CADC calendars and Choice of the people charts, repairing of school buildings, purchase and distributions of text books, school uniforms to pre-primary students, conduct of common examination for classes-IV and Class-VIII, financial assistance to piggery, poultry, duckery, goat rearing, cattle farming to 666 families under Normal Grants-in-Aid. In concluding his Budget Speech, the house leader thanked all the members of the house and presented the Supplementary Demand for Grants, 2023-24 & Reappropriation of Local Receipts Fund, 2023-24 and Demands for Grants, (Budget Estimate), 2024-2025 before the house for consideration and approval. With no other businesses remaining to be transacted, the sitting was adjourned.

CADC enacts legislation to regulate cremation and burial practices

Kamalanagar, 9th March, 2024: The first sitting of the Budget Session, 2024-2025, of the 11th Chakma Autonomous District Council, which was held today saw the successful passage of two Bills: The Chakma Autonomous District Council (Constitution, Conduct of Business, etc.) (Seventh Amendment) Rules, 2024, and The Chakma Autonomous District Council (Management and Control of Cremation and Burial Grounds) Bill, 2024.

The first Bill, presented by the house leader and Chief Executive Member, Dg. Rasik Mohan Chakma, proposed several amendments to the CADC (CCB etc.) Rules, 2002, for effective functioning of the CADC. One of the notable provisions was the introduction of a new Chakma version of Oath of Affirmation to be made by members as well as Oath of Secrecy for Executive Members of CADC.

The second Bill, The Chakma Autonomous District Council (Management and Control of Cremation and Burial Grounds) Bill, 2024, was introduced by the house leader on behalf of Dg. Lakkhan Chakma, Executive Member, i/c LAD, CADC. The Bill seeks to regulate the cremation and burial of dead bodies and ensure proper management and control of common cremation sites in each village. Introducing the Bill, the house leader highlighted the age-old traditional practice among Chakmas of having common cremation grounds in villages, and how the increasing practice of cremation and burial of dead bodies on private lands near residential areas, is adversely affecting public health and hygiene. He said enactment of a regulation to curb this unhealthy practice was the โ€œneed of the hourโ€, and sought the support of the house members for its passage.

Both the Bills were thoroughly discussed in the house, with members from the opposition bench โ€“ Dg. Nirupam Chakma, Dg. Kali Kumar Tongchanggya, and Dg. Doymoy Daveng Chakma โ€“ offering their suggestions regarding certain provisions for enhancing the effectiveness of the proposed legislations. The bills garnered majority support from members of the house and were passed.

The sitting was adjourned with the successful passage of the Bills, with the next sitting scheduled for 10th April, 2024 (Wednesday).

Dg. Mohan Chakma elected uncontested as Chairman of CADC

Kamalanagar, 27th March 2024: Dg. Mohan Chakma, MDC from 20-Parva MDC Constituency, CADC, has been officially declared elected uncontested as the new Chairman of the 11th Chakma Autonomous District Council in a sitting held at the CADC Session Hall today. This election was necessitated following the resignation of former Chairman Dg. Kali Kumar Tongchangya on December 15, 2023, which rendered the post vacant until now.

The Governor of Mizoram, had on 21st March, notified the schedules for the election of the new Chairman of the Chakma Autonomous District Council. In pursuance to the notification and in accordance with Sub-Rule (1) of Rule 1 of the CADC (Constitution, Conduct of Business, etc.), Rules 2002, the Deputy Chairman of CADC notified the dates for filing of nomination papers and election. However, only one nomination paper from Dg. Mohan Chakma of the 20-Parva MDC Constituency was received which was scrutinized and found valid. Therefore, he was elected uncontested to the post as provided under the Rule 31 of the CADC (Constitution, Conduct of Business, etc.), Rules 2002

In his inaugural address soon after assuming the charge, the newly elected Chairman conveyed gratitude to the house leader and members for ensuring an uncontested election. He also extended his appreciation to his constituents and well-wishers for their support. Moreover, he also expressed confidence in the capabilities of the present Executive Committee and reiterated his commitment to maintain neutrality in his role.

House leader Dg. Rasik Mohan Chakma, CEM, CADC & MLA, Mizoram, in his address extended a warm welcome to the new Chairman. He emphasized the importance of the Chairman playing an impartial role in the conduct of business in the house. Highlighting the tradition of maintaining decorum and decency on the floor of the house by members of the Chakma Autonomous District Council since its inception in 1972, he expressed confidence that the same standards of decorum would be upheld under the experienced leadership of Dg. Mohan Chakma. He commented that the Mizoram Legislative Assembly is among the best run assemblies in the world for its peaceful conduct of business and should serve as a shining example for all.

In conclusion, he extended his warm Bizu greetings to all the Chakmas living across the world.

The newly elected Chairman was also congratulated on behalf of the Executive Committee through a short speech by Dg. Kalasoga Chakma, Executive Member, CADC as well as by Dg. Hemanta Larma, MDC.

Notification: Session for Election of Chairman, CADC

Whereas the Governor of Mizoram, vide No.H.14011/6/2018-DC&MA (C) of dated Aizawl,
the 21st March, 2024, has notified the schedules for election to the new Chairman of the Chakma
Autonomous District Council.

Now, therefore, as provided under Sub-rule (1) of Rule 31 of the Chakma Autonomous District Council (Constitution, Conduct of Business etc.) Rules 2002 and as amended from time to time and in pursuance of the notification vide No.H.14011/6/2018-DC&MA (C) of dated Aizawl, the 21st March, 2024, the Deputy Chairman, Chakma Autonomous District Council, is pleased to summon all the Members of the 11th Chakma Autonomous District Council to attend and elect the new Chairman of the Chakma Autonomous District Council as per schedules given below.

CADC Budget Session 2024-2925 to commence from 9th April

NOTIFICATION

As provided under Sub-Rules (3) & (4) of Rule 33 of the Chaka Autonomous District Council (Constitution. Conduct of Business, etc.) Rules, 2002 and as amended from time to time, the Deputy Chairman, Chakma Autonomous District Council is pleased to summon the Members of the 11th Chakma Autonomous District Council to sit for the Budget Session 2024-2025 to be commenced from 9th April (Tuesday) 2024 at 10.30 A.M. in the Session Hall of Chakma Autonomous District Council, Kamalanagar.

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Deputy Chairman disqualifies 3 members of CADC

Deputy Chairman, CADC, Dg. Sundor Muni Chakma has disqualified Dg. Hiranand Tongchangya, Dg. Sanjeev Chakma and Dg. Mohan Chakma from the Membership of Chakma Autonomous District Council under Sub-Rule (1) of Rule 17 of the Chakma Autonomous District Council (Constitution and Conduct of Business, etc.) Rule, 2002 with immediate effect.

However, as provided under sub-clause (j) of Sub-Rule (1) of Rule 12 of the Chakma Autonomous District Council (Constitution and Conduct of Business, etc.) Rules, 2002 and as amended, this disqualification notification shall not take effect until three months have elapsed from the date of their conviction, or if within that period an appeal or application for revision is preferred from the conviction or the sentence, and an interim stay against such conviction or suspension of such sentence has been obtained by such person from a competent appellate or divisional court, as the case may be.

Winter Session of CADC prorogued in single sitting

Kamalanagar, December 15, 2023: The Winter Session of 2023 of the 11th Chakma Autonomous District Council (CADC) concluded today, chaired by Dg. Sundor Muni Chakma, Deputy Chairman of CADC. The session commenced with the announcement of the resignation of the incumbent Chairman of CADC Dg. Kali Kumar from his office earlier today.

In a solemn tribute, the House observed an obituary reference for former Councilor of CADC, late Dg. Buddha Lila Chakma, who passed away on October 10, 2023 due to a hemorrhagic stroke at IBS Hospital in Delhi. The Chief Executive Member and House Leader Dg. Rasik Mohan Chakma delivered a heartfelt eulogy and acknowledged the various contributions of the departed leader to the community in different capacities. The House paid respects to the deceased leader through a poignant one-minute silent prayer.

The session transacted a total of 4 starred questions, 4 unstarred questions, and 3 supplementary questions. With this, the Winter Session of 2023 of the 11th CADC has been officially prorogued on the same day.