Kamalanagar, May 26 2023: Dg. Kali Kumar Tongchangya, MDC who was the lone contestant for the post of Chairman, CADC was declared elected uncontested by Dg. Hiranand Tongchangya, the Protem Chairman in the first sitting of the 11th Chakma Autonomous District Council held today in the CADC Session Hall.
Dg. Kali Kumar Tongchangya was elected from 18-Fultuli MDC Constituency on an MNF ticket. This is his third stint as Chairman of CADC and his sixth term as MDC.
At the outset, a minute of silence was observed in rememberance of the three former MDCs of the previous Executive Committee who had died. Dg. Mohesh Boran Chakma and Dg. Charan Singh Chakma were killed in a road accident on the way to Aizawl while Dg. Amit Kumar Chakma lost his life to attacks by some miscreants at Lokkisury village while he was in election campaign.
The house was filled with energy and enthusiasm shared by the newly elected Members of the District Council. All the Members shared the belief that this term would be progressive and meaningful since this newly constituted council comprises a good mix of fresh enthusiasm in the form of 12 first-time elected MDCs and seasoned experience in the form of 8 MDCs who have been in active politics for a long time. Hence, they hoped there would be no political tussle to paralyze the government. There was no business and transaction in the first sitting of the 11th CADC.
Kamalanagar, 25th May 2023: The process of filing of nominations for the post of Chairman of the Chakma Autonomous District Council has concluded as per the notified schedule of 3:00 PM 25/05/2023.
Dangu Kali Kumar Tongchangya, elected MDC of 18-Fultuli MDC constituency was the lone contestant for the post. His nomination was duly scrutinized at the District Council Secretariat and was found valid. CADC is set to elect its Chairman of this term in the first sitting of the newly constituted council scheduled tommorrow i.e. 26th May 2023, as per the notification issued earlier by the Protem Chairman, Dangu Hirand Tongchangya.
Kamalanagar, May 25, 2023: Dg. Rasik Mohan Chakma, elected MDC of 1-Borapansury I MDC Constituency was sworn-in today as the Chief Executive Member of the Chakma Autonomous District Council at CADC Art & Culture Hall, Kamalanagar amidst huge gathering of people representing different sections of the society. Councilors, officials of CADC, former leaders, representatives from political parties and NGOs attended the programme. Dr. Buddha Dhan Chakma, MLA, Mizoram was also present.
On 22nd May the Hon’ble Governor of Mizoram Dr. Hari Babu Kambhampati had appointed the leader of MNF Legislature Party Dg. Rasik Mohan Chakma as the CEM of CADC. Dg. Abraham Beirazi Khithie, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Lawngtlai administered the oath of office and secrecy. Dg. Rasik Mohan Chakma expressed his happiness and gratitude to the State Election Commission for conducting the election smoothly although an unfortunate incident marred the otherwise smooth election.
Emphasizing the importance of 11th CADC, he recalled the celebration of CADC Golden Jubilee and said that the newly constituted District Council marked the entry of CADC into another fifty years. He remarked that the outcome of the recently concluded election was a strong message to the political leaders by the public. Two-thirds of the members of the previous term could not get themselves re-elected. This signifies the desire of the people for good governance and that they are willing to change their representatives if they do not perform. He welcomed the new members to work for the welfare of the people and fulfill the aspirations of the people they represent.
He mentioned that a MNF government is a symbol of good governance, development and responsive to the aspirations of the people. Hence, “the first priority of his government shall be good and inclusive governance”.
Another positive development, he mentioned was the election of Dg. Nirupam Chakma, former Minister & MLA into CADC as a member of the district council. He is the senior most politician and a source of vast experience in the field. His experience shall be a boon for CADC if it could be utilized effectively.
Kamalanagar, May 19, 2023: The 15-Rengkashya MDC Constituency was won by Dg. Doymoy Daveng Chakma of the Indian National Congress (INC) as per the result declared today. The election to 15-Rengkashya MDC Constituency was delayed due to the death of Dg. Amit Kumar Chakma, official Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate following an attack on him by some miscreants at Lokkisury village on 4th May while he was in election campaign.
There were 3 candidates in the fray. Dg. Doymoy Devang Chakma from Indian National Congress (INC) secured 713 votes while Dg. Sukriti Chakma from Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Dg. Prema Ranjan Chakma from Mizo National Front (MNF) got 26 votes and 572 votes respectively. 3 voters chose NOTA. Of the total votes of 1411, a turnout of 93.13 % was recorded.
The General Election to Chakma Autonomous District Council (CADC), 2023 was held on 9th May, 2023 for the 19 MDC Constituencies and the results were declared on 11th May, 2023.
The declaration of the result of 15-Rengkashya MDC constituency, concludes the General Elections to the Chakma Autonomous District Council 2023. The final result of the General Election is provided below:
Kamalanagar, May 11, 2023: The result of General Elections to the Chakma Autonomous District Council was declared today at the office of the Sub Divisional Officer (C). Owing to the postponement of 15-Rengkashya MDC constituency due to the death of the BJP candidate, polling had taken place for 19 constituencies on 9th May 2023. 70 candidates from 4 political parties contested the election in these 19 constituencies. 94% of the 34,474 electors exercised their franchise.
The counting of votes started at 8:00AM in the presence of the Returning Officer to the General Elections, The Observer to the General Elections, candidates and their agents amid tight security. The counting concluded at 1:00 PM.
The BJP won 5 seats, the INC won 4 seats and the MNF won in 10 constituencies. While no party secured a majority in the 20-member house, the MNF reached the halfway mark. The highest margin of victory was recorded by Dg. Santosh Chakma (BJP) in 11-Ajasora who defeated his nearest rival by 591 votes, while the closest contest was observed in 3-Chotapansury where the Dg. Supreme Raj Chakma (INC) defeated his nearest rival by just 19 votes.
The result of the General Elections, 2023 is provided below.
Kamalanagar, May 5, 2023: Dg. Amit Kumar Chakma, former MDC and Chief Executive Member of Chakma Autonomous District Council lost his life to a brutal attack by miscreants last night. The attack took place at around 10:30 PM on the night of 4th May 2023 at Lokkisury village about 60 kms from Kamalanagar which left him grievously injured. He was rushed to Chawngte Community Health Centre where he was declared brought dead.
In the ensuing General Election to the 11th CADC, he was in the fray for re-election as the official BJP candidate from 15-Rengkashya MDC constituency. In view of this development the State Election Commission has postponed the election in respect of 15-Rengkashya MDC to a later date which shall be notified in due course of time. Further, in view of the tense situation in the constituency, the Sub-Divisional Magistrate of Chawngte has imposed a night curfew order under Section 144 Cr.PC in the constituency. The curfew shall remain in force between 7:00 PM to 4:00 AM effective from 5th May 2023 until 10th May 2023.
Dg. Amit Kumar Chakma was first elected as an MDC in the 9th CADC in 2013 from 15-Rengkashya MDC constituency on an INC ticket. He was again re-elected to the 10th CADC in 2018 from same constituency. During these two terms, he served the Chakma Autonomous District Council under various capacities as MDC, Executive Member and other advisory roles. He served as the Chief Executive Member of CADC from 3rd November 2017 to 21st March, 2018.
Kamalanagar, April 29, 2023: The 51st CADC Day was observed today in the premises of CADC Secretariat. Dg. Gana Chandra Chakma, Education Officer (P/S) who is in charge Executive Secretary, Chakma Autonomous District Council hoisted the National and CADC Flag followed by the chorus singing of the CADC anthem to mark the occasion.
Dg. Gana Chandra Chakma, in his speech, remembered with gratitude and honour all the founder leaders of CADC like Dg. Kristo Mohan Chakma, Dg. Atul Chandra Chakma, Dg. Hari Kristo Chakma, Dg. Mideya Chakma, Dg. Baneshwar Chakma and Dg. Gaur Nitai Chakma who were instrumental in getting a separate Autonomous Council for the Chakmas of Mizoram out of Pawi-Lakher Regional Council.
He also stressed that there are numerous others who had contributed to the creation of Chakma Autonomous District Council from the beginning but remained unsung due to lack of proper documentation and records.
“People from all sections of the Chakma Society including public, employees and religious leaders have contributed in securing the Council. They had a dream of having their own land in the form of Autonomous Council. To preserve language, culture and for all-round development of the Chakmas, they felt the need for a land of their own,” he added.
During the interim period of the first Executive Committee of the Chakma Regional Council in 1972, the then employees along with the leaders of the Council took the onus upon themselves to transform the Council towards the path of all-round development.
He appealed to all the Heads of Departments, Officers, Employees and others serving under Chakma Autonomous District Council to participate in fulfilling the dream envisaged by the founders of CADC.
Now, the remarkable transformation of CADC can be observed how much it has developed in the last 50 years and hence, we all have the role to play toward its development.
Rajiv Nagar, April 12, 2023: A team of officials from Chakma Autonomous District Council (CADC) led by Dg. Kulendra Bikash Chakma, I&PRO, CADC reached Rajiv Nagar today. They set out from the Kamalanagar, the Headquarters of CADC on Tuesday. He was accompanied by Dg. Inglon Chakma, Court President & Recorder, CADC; Dg. Monu Ranjan Chakma, PAO, CADC and Dg. Suman Chakma, SRO cum AI&PRO, CADC among others.
Dg. Robert Romawia Royte, Hon’ble Minister, Sports & Youth Services, Tourism, Information & Communication Technology and District Council & Minority Affairs will grace the occasion as Chief Guest of Day 1. While Dg. Er. H. Lalzirliana, MLA & Vice Chairman, Road & Infrastructure Development Board and Dg. K. Laldawngliana, MLA & Vice Chairman, Commerce & Industrial Development Board will be the Guest of Honour.
Earlier, a 42-members Cultural Team from Chakma Autonomous District Council led by Dg. Tribanko Chakma had reached Rajiv Nagar to participate and showcase cultural items during the event which is the first of its kind in Mizoram.
On 4th March, 2023 a 6-member team from Rajiv Nagar convened a meeting with all the Heads of Departments, CADC and NGO leaders at Kamalanagar with the proposal to organise the 1st State-Level Bizu Miloni at Rajiv Nagar, a culturally rich village in Mamit District of north-west Mizoram where the proposal was unanimously accepted as the General Election to Chakma Autonomous District Council is due in May this year due to which the program could not be held within CADC.
Bizu Miloni programme will be a 3-day long celebration of Bizu festival that commemorates the commencement of a new year of the Chakmas. It is proposed that every year, henceforth the Bizu Miloni programme will be celebrated across the Chakma areas in Mizoram and the venue of the programme shall be rotated within this area.
Delegates from Tripura as well as the Chakma villages within Mizoram will also be attending the program as it will not only mark the celebration of Bizu festival at state level but also act as a means to foster brotherhood among the Chakmas in India.
Kamalanagar, 26 February, 2023: A team of delegates from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) headed by Dg. Akihito Sakurai who came from Lawngtlai yesterday interacted with various Head of Departments in a meeting organized by Chakma Autonomous District Council today in the Conference Hall of CADC Rest House, Kamalanagar. He was accompanied by Dr. Michiko Ebato, Co-Team Leader; Dr. Sanjay Verma, Dgb. Keiko Kani, Dg. Ryunosuke Ogawa, Dg. Dinesh Kumar and Dg. Shalabh P. Bharadwaj.
Dg. Pronit Bikash Chakma, Executive Secretary, CADC; Dg. Buddhankur Chakma, Sr. Finance & Accounts Officer, CADC; Dg. Prabin Chakma, Planning & Development Officer, CADC; Dg. Bimbisar Dewan, District Council Conservator of Forest, CADC; Dg. Jagadish Chakma, District Council Horticulture Officer, CADC; Dg. Nilo Ranjan Chakma, Assistant Conservator of Forest, CADC and Dg. Suman Chakma, Assistant Information & Public Relation Officer, CADC among others have attended the meeting.
A Souvenir of CADC Golden Jubilee, Notebook and a Calendar of CADC was presented to all the visiting members as a token of gift from CADC.
Dg. Pronit Bikash Chakma while welcoming the visiting team members expressed his happiness for their visit to Kamalanagar and their keen interest towards CADC and its people. He informed that this visit to CADC from International Agency like JICA is the first of its kind as CADC is one of the remotest and underdeveloped part of the country. He gave a brief report on CADC and appraised many challenges which bar the path for its development. He mentioned that only a meagre amount is left from the non-salary component meant for development which is not even enough for the maintenance of Offices is one of the reasons that CADC is lagging behind in every spheres. With the visit of the JICA team, the people of CADC not only will be beneficial but also certain structural development like roads will take place even though it is still at rudimentary stage to say, he added.
People will earn permanent livelihood through alternative source of income other than jhum cultivation when certain projects under JICA will be taken up in the time to come, he further added.
Dg. Akihito Sakurai informed that the purpose of their visit to Kamalanagar is to study and access the conditions for conservation of forest and its biodiversity within CADC area and the feasibility of projects under JICA in CADC. He invited all to share their views on the subjects accordingly. After which a round of interaction with the team members was held with respective Head of Departments.
Dg. Bimbisar Dewan presented a report on climate, forest cover and its types, vegetation, demography, socio-economic life of the people and bio-graphical importance of forest in CADC area. He mentioned that the area of CADC is comparatively small with an area of 686.25 sq. km, from which approximately 76% is forestland but, due to lack of alternative source of income majority of the population depend on jhum cultivation for their livelihood. Out of 15, 572 families (as per Village Population Register, 2022), more than 70% of the families depends on jhum cultivation and agricultural activities for their permanent livelihood.
Dg. Prabin Chakma while explaining mentioned that a project on Bamboo Plantation in the wasteland area outside Indo-Bangla Border Fencing in the western part of CADC was submitted to the Finance Commission sometime back, but the project never materialized and hence no such project on forest conservation was made again.
However, he mentioned that with the increasing population, some are eying the virgin forest in the catchment area of Palenosora, which is the only source of water left to feed the populace of Kamalanagar town area. He also mentioned, earlier, the sound of the flow of water in the rivers of the nearby area can be heard from a distant place but, now the amount of water that flows decreased so much that it has left to nothing in some parts. From this we can deduce that the forest is massively damaged though without any reliable data, he added.
Dg. Buddhankur Chakma explained about the financial status of CADC and how some Department in CADC is left to skeleton due to lack of fund and project. He mentioned that it is true that Soil & Water Conservation Department has scope to contribute for conservation of soil and water but, due to lack of fund it is simply an idle department.
He thanked Young Chakma Association (YCA), a community-based organization and Tharum, a forest-based organization for their endeavours in protecting and preserving the forest in CADC. Both the organizations support the authority as and when necessary, he added.
The meeting was concluded with a vote of thanks proposed by Prabin Chakma.
After which the team went to visit the Central Nursery at Sadarasora. They will leave for Aizawl today.
The visit to CADC was a part of their field visit to different districts of Mizoram including 3 Autonomous District Councils namely Chakma, Lai and Mara Autonomous District Council of Mizoram.
Kamalanagar, 8 February, 2023: A farewell programme was organized by the Grade – A Officers and Level – 10 above Staffs combined under Chakma Autonomous District Council (CADC) today at CADC Rest House, Kamalanagar to say formal goodbye to the three retiring Officers. They are Dg. Hriday Chakma, Dg. Nanda Kumar Chakma and Dg. Bindulal Chakma. A set of traditional scarf, one Dow, one Buddha Statue and a Certificate of Appreciation each was presented to them as a token of appreciation for their long services. Dow was presented to keep them active and fit in household works.
All the Grade – A Officers and Staffs above Level – 10 along with their better-halves have attended the programme among others.
Dg. Pronit Bikash Chakma, Executive Secretary, Chakma Autonomous District Council in his speech conveyed his heartfelt thanks to the retiring Officers for their honest, clean record and long services to the Chakma Autonomous District Council and wished them a happy and healthy retirement life.
Dg. Digambar Chakma, Legislative Secretary, Chakma Autonomous District Council shared his happiness over the retirement of the Officers and considered them lucky as they are retiring in good health condition. Thus, congratulated them from the core of heart for the momentous day.
He lamented that earlier many Officers had retired without any farewell as the system was not introduced. Now, the system is introduced to give compulsory farewell which is a sign of unity. It is better late than never, he added.
He thanked the retiring officers for their contribution in various capacities to the Chakma Autonomous District Council and wished them their retirement life as good as the service life.
Dg. Hriday Chakma had joined in service as I&PRO, CADC in 1989 and subsequently held various important posts until he was retired as Court President & Recorder, CADC on 31st December, 2022. In his speech, he highlighted the various initiatives taken under various capacities but, some of them were successful and earned revenues for the CADC where others were in vain.
He deliberated that Court President & Recorder, CADC is the only post which can work independently without any pressure from the Government. Thus, he suggested that such officer be appointed as per his record and experiences to deter from any misuse of power.
He also mentioned that during his early service life, they had published a weekly newspaper called ‘’Shallyeng’’ which gradually disappeared due to lack of financial support and demand. He thanked one and all for the wonderful event.
While Dg. Nanda Kumar Chakma joined as Junior Engineer in 1983 and served CADC in various capacities and retired as Rural Development Officer, CADC on 31st January, 2023. In his speech, he mentioned that he had organized several Zonal and Cultural Meet in and outside CADC to foster brotherhood amongst the Chakmas within and outside CADC. Many Sporting Clubs were formed and playgrounds were allotted to the villages in order to promote Sports while he was District Sports Promotion Officer, CADC, he added.
He suggested that, if possible, Officers should be sent for training from time to time irrespective of the Department as it will be beneficial for him/her as well as the concern Department.
Dg. Bindulal Chakma had joined in service as Forest Guard in 1996 and after training and subsequent promotion retired as Dy. FRO, CADC on 31st January, 2023. He thanked all for organizing the Farewell Programme which he never expected in his service life.
At the end, it was resolved that the Chakma District Council Employee’s Association (CDCEA) shall be reformed as soon as possible for the greater interest of the employees under CADC.
After which, a photo session was arranged with the retiring officers. The programme was concluded with a simple dinner party at CADC Rest House, Kamalanagar.