Kamalanagar, 7th March, 2020: Today an awareness programme on the threat posed due to outbreak of Coronavirus in many parts of the country was held at CADC Conference Hall, Kamalanagar. The programme was organised by the Sub-Divisional Officer (Civil), Chawngte Pu S. Kaptluanga.
Dr. Rinisha Chakma, Medical Officer, Chawngte CHC as a resource person conducted the programme through a power point presentation.
She spoke about the origin of the virus, how it is highly contagious, its effect around the world and how it has become a public health emergency around the world. She educated about the measure of personal hygiene to be adopted to avoid being contracted, on the importance of hand washing, practicing coughing etiquettes and on how a mask is to be used and its effectiveness.
While stating that with no particular treatment regime available till date she said the need to adopt preventive practices is the most desired option and urged all the participants to educate as many people as possible on how to maintain personal hygiene to avoid contracting the virus.
The programme was attended by heads of institutions, officers, teachers, village council leaders, NGO leaders of Kamalanagar and Chawngte area.
Kamalanagar, 26 January, 2020: The 71st Republic Day of India was celebrated at Kamalanagar in the football playground. Pu S. Kaptluanga, SDO (Civil), Chawngte hoisted the National flag.
Dg. Nihar Kanti Chakma, MLA, Mizoram, beside the MDCs of CADC witnessed the celebration programme.
Eleven parade contingents representing different schools of the locality took part in the March Past. Two parade contingents representing the Mizoram Chakma Student Union and Young Chakma Association also took part in the March Past.
Pu S. Kaptluanga, Chief Guest of the programme addressing the public highlighted the various developmental programmes of the state government and that of CADC.
While emphasizing the commitment of the district administration for improvement of school education he spoke about construction of new school building being completed and taken up under various CS schemes like BADP and PMJVKY. An additional academic block at Kamalanagar College has been proposed under PMJVKY at an estimated cost of Rs.2.5 Crore.
In expressing concern about the poor literacy rate of the area he invited all stakeholders especially the teachers, Village Education Committees, NGOs and students to fight the scourge on a war footing.
In stating that developmental goals can’t be fully achieved without road communication he informed that the government had sanctioned fund for construction of permanent bridges and PCC pavements at many places within CADC.
He assured that maximum fund under his disposal will be allocated to Tegha Valley of CADC for he has witnessed the poor living condition of the people of that side.
He also spoke about the government’s commitment to improve telecommunication and said that some 50 mobile towers shall be erected within CADC out of which some are already operating.
He said, survey under Mission Antyodaya has revealed that there are more than 7387 kutcha houses within CADC and the government is committed to provide pucca houses to all the families. Already 331 families have been sanctioned for construction of houses under PMAY(G) and 260 families are under proposal. In addition a project for RS.136.44 Crore under Ministry of Tribal Affairs has been submitted to provide pucca houses to the needy.
To address the acute water crisis of Kamalanagar and Chawngte area a Composite Water Supply Scheme amounting to Rs.117 Crore was submitted to Ministry of Minority Affairs, he informed. He further informed that an Electrical Cremation Incinerator was proposed with Ministry of Minority Affairs to facilitate cremation of dead bodies which has become urgent with Kamalanagar growing into a town.
Earlier, in the wee hours of the morning Dg. H Amaresh Chakma, Chairman, CADC hoisted the National flag in the premises of the CADC secretariat in the presence of the leaders and employees of CADC. In his address to the gathering he highlighted the various developmental achievements made by the present Executive Committee within one year of assuming office in CADC. He made mention of providing free text book in full set to all students, making school admission free, renovating schools, providing class room furniture; providing scope for training technical staff under various departments like agriculture, horticulture, fishery and forest; initiative taken to recruit gazette officers to strengthened the office administration and to fill up various vacant posts including teacher; initiative taken to explore ground water to address crisis for potable water in Kamalanagar; initiative taken to facilitate coconut farming.
He also expressed hope of provide pucca roads across CADC within this term with the help of PMGSY.
He informed about receipt of a sanction of Rs.5 Crore from government of Mizoram recently for taking up developmental works like vertical extension of office buildings, setting up of a permanent brick kiln, metalling of internal roads of Borapansury, etc.
Kamalanagar, 30 December, 2019: New Jagnasury also known as Damdep, one of the oldest village in Chakma Autonomous District Council completed 50 years of founding. To commemorate the occasion a celebration programme was organized yesterday.
Dg. Rasik Mohan Chakma, CEM, CADC and Chief Guest of the programme unveiled the memorial tablet and proclaimed to metal the internal roads of the village to mark the occasion.
New Jagnasury was founded by Dg. Kegera Tongchnagya, father of Dg. Kali Kumar Tongchangya, Vice-Chairman Planning, CADC when he came to settle there in 1969 with a group of families from Vaseitlang, a designated grouping centre during the Mizo insurgency period. Dg. Kegera Tongchangya was the grandson of Dg. Debicharan Tongchangya, a designated Chief who was allowed to settle with 15 families in Lukisuri by the Sub-Divisional Officer, Lunglei in 1933.
Dg. Atul Chandra Chakma, the first nominated CEM of Chakma Regional Council was the first MDC elected from Damdep in the first general election to Chakma Autonomous District Council held in 1972.
Kamalanagar, 21 December, 2019: Department of Fishery, Chakma Autonomous District Council inaugurated the 3-Day training on ‘Composite Fish Culture System’ at Kamalanagar sponsored by National Fisheries Development Board (NFDB), Hyderabad. Some 50 fish farmers attended the training programme.
Dg. Rasik Mohan Chakma, CEM, CADC and Dg. Hiranand Tongchangya, EM i/c Fisheries graced the inaugural programme as Chief Guest and Guest of Honour.
The training will be given to some 300 selected fish farmers in six batches all over CADC and it will be conducted at Longpuighat and Borapansury besides Kamalanagar. All the trainees will be provided manual on composite fish culture. The training is an outcome of constant effort with NFDB to avail various schemes under it. The CEM speaking informed that there is another project namely “Development of Fish Farming in CADC” submitted through the state government which did not materialize due to delay in submission. He assured it will be pursued the next time.
While urging the fish farmers to take up fish farming with commercial interest the CEM asserted that we have to be fed up of living in poverty and take the profession as a challenge to make a living out of it. He informed that on enquiry from the fish suppliers from Silchar and Lunglei it has been estimated that at least business to the tune of Rs.20 lakh get transacted on fish supply to Kamalanagar per month. “This 20 lakh can be yours and this training programme is being conducted with that object”, he said to the trainees.
“To make fish farming a business we have to leave behind the primitive way and adopt the modern way of fish culture and the purpose of this training is to equip you with the modern ways”.
While explaining how fish farming can be a wise choice over wet rice cultivation he said fish farming is more profitable and if it fetches money rice can be bought which is in abundance.
In stressing the need to be competitive in pricing the local fish with respect to fish from Silchar he urged for commercial scale production of fish.
Dg. Hiranand Tongchangya speaking in the programme reminded that fish supplied from Silchar are medicated and not fresh and therefore less healthy and less tasty. He also said that we can give a competition to the fish supply business as our area has the potential for fish farming.
Kamalanagar, 20 December, 2019: The CADC Winter Session 2019 in its second sitting held today passed the CADC (Election to Village Councils) (Amendment) Rules, 2019 unanimously while referring the CADC (Forest) (Amendment) Act, 2019 to a Select Committee.
The two amendment bills were introduced in the first sitting. The CADC (Election to Village Councils) (Amendment) Rules, 2019 was moved by Dg. Uday Tongchangya, Executive Member while the CADC (Forest) (Amendment) Act, 2019 was moved by Dg. Durjya Dhan Chakma.
Before start of discussion over the amendment bills, Dg Buddha Lila Chakma, MDC proposed two amendment bills one each for the CADC (Election to Village Councils) (Amendment) Rules, 2019 another for the CADC (Forest) (Amendment) Act, 2019.
The bills though missed the requirement of submission to the Secretary, District Council before three clear days, the Chairman, CADC Dg. H. Amaresh Chakma calling his discretion allowed the bills moved by Dg. Buddha Lila Chakma to be discussed and voted.
After prolonged discussion the CADC (Election to Village Councils) (Amendment) Rules, 2019 was passed unanimously while the CADC (Forest) (Amendment) Act, 2019 was referred to a Select Committee for further study. It is hoped that the bill will be tabled in the next session with necessary changes.
The sitting answered four questions during the question hour. With the conclusion of the second sitting today the session was declared prorogued.
Kamalanagar, 16 December, 2019: The CADC Winter Session 2019 started today and two amendment bills namely CADC (Election to Village Councils) (Amendment) Rules, 2019 and CADC (Forest) (Amendment) Act, 2019 were introduced.
The proceeding began with obituary service to Dg. Sukra Muni Chakma (1935-2019), former MDC and Executive Member, CADC who had passed away on 10th Dec.’ 2019. His contributions to the society especially in pioneering establishment of Primary, Middle and High schools at Borapansury were remembered while serving as VCP of Borapansury for many terms.
During the question hour while answering to a question put by Ajay Kumar Chakma, MDC on the appointment of two new staff under Legislative Department, the CEM explained that due process of recruitment were conducted in 2011. However, the result was not published for reason unknown and to that effect a representation was received from the aggrieved candidates. Acting upon the representation an enquiry committee was constituted to look into the matter and subsequently, result was published and appointment given to the meritorious candidates.
To another question put by Dg. Shanti Jiban Chakma, MDC it was answered that in 2019 five in-service and 28 pre-service trainees were sent for training for various technical courses. It has been clarified that CADC is sponsoring the candidates of pre-service training.
The CADC (Election to Village Councils) (Amendment) Rules, 2019 was introduced by Dg. Uday Tongchangya, EM i/c LAD and the bill seeks to specify age limit for a contesting candidate, to use a single common ballot box, to hold the counting of votes after handover of ballot boxes to Returning Officer and to empower the Executive Committee, CADC to suspend a Village Council Executive Body in case of equality of votes for the election of President of the Village Council.
Dg. Durjyadhan Chakma, EM i/c Forest, etc. introduced the CADC (Forest) (Amendment) Bill, 2019. The amendment bill provides to constitute village forest reserve for collective benefit of the village community, demarcation of their boundary and to introduce prohibition of Jhuming in Village Safety reserve, village supply reserve, town station reserve and Council Reserve Forest.
The two amendment bills will be discussed and voted in the next sitting to be held on 20/12/2019.
Kamalanagar, 12 December, 2019: His Excellency the Governor of Mizoram Shri P.S. Sreedharan Pillai who was on a two days tour of the three Autonomous District Councils reached Kamalanagar, headquarter of Chakma Autonomous District Council today at about 11 am. He flew from Siaha, headquarter of Mara Autonomous District Council where he had reached yesterday. He was accompanied by his wife Smt. Reetha Sreedharan.
His Excellency in his address to the public remarked that he had come to one of the most undeveloped part of the country and urged for introspection to ascertain what went wrong. He made mention of the road from helipad to Kamalanagar while saying that it gives the impression that there is a lot that needs to be done about the development of the area. He emphasized for a need for concerted effort by the central government, state government and CADC for the development of the area.
His Excellency assured that the developmental concerns raised in the memorandum submitted by CEM, CADC shall be pursued with the appropriate authorities including the Chief Minister, Prime Minister and other ministers of the central government for which he shall give his best. He said that he shall try to visit as frequently as possible for development of the area.
While appreciating the traditional dances showcased he remarked that the dance style and songs evoked familiarity and found similarities with dances in Kerela.
He spoke about the need for unity in diversity and to stand together irrespective of differences in culture, tradition and faith.
Representatives of political parties and NGOs met His Excellency in private to discuss various concerns and issues pertaining to the Chakmas and development of the area.
He visited the only Community Health Centre within CADC at Kamalanagar and interacted with the doctors and the staff of the CHC. Matter of deficiencies in the hospital like absence of ambulance, X-ray technicians, etc. was heard by His Excellency.
Kamalanagar, 11 December, 2019: Dg. Sukra Muni Chakma, former MDC and Executive Member, Chakma Autonomous District Council passed away yesterday at the age of 86 years.
He was elected as MDC to second Chakma Autonomous District Council on 12/12/1977 by contesting as an independent candidate from Borapansury-I constituency. He held the position of Executive Member in the Executive Committee headed by Dg. Nilo Muni Chakma. He remained for a whole term of 5 years from 1977 – 1982.
He was the first Village Council President of Borapansury-I during the era of Pawi-Lakher Regional Council and was elected uncontested. He pioneered the establishment of primary school, middle school and high school at Borapansury. He had a keen interest in making education accessible for the people.
The first Consumer Cooperative Society at Borapansury was formed by his effort and he remained its Chairman for about 8 years.
He was born to Late Paskora Chakma and Late Kreepa Mala Chakma of Borapansury-I.He is now survived by his three sons one of whom is Dg. Rasik Mohan Chakma, CEM, CADC and a daughter.
CEM, CADC unveiled a chart on “Important Historical Dates and Events of the Chakmas” and a book of Press ReleasesKamalanagar, 04 December, 2019: In a programme organized yesterday by Information & Public Relations Department Dg. Rasik Mohan Chakma, CEM, CADC unveiled a book containing all the Press Releases published till date and a chart on “Important Historical Dates and Events of the Chakmas” published by Information & Public Relations Department, Chakma Autonomous District Council. The CEM inaugurated the buying of the Chart at a price of Rs.600.
The programme held in the CADC Rest House Conference Hall, Kamalanagar was attended by the Chairman, CADC, MDCs, heads of departments and NGO leaders.
Dg. Prabin Chakma, I&PRO, CADC while talking about how the two documents have been worked to see their publication spoke on the value they carry.
Dg. Rasik Mohan Chakma, CEM, CADC speaking narrated how and why the idea of publishing a chart on the important historical dates and events of the Chakmas was conceived. He said the Chakmas have a glorious past yet it is our habit to speak of its darker side only. The chart will give a picture at glance of the glorious past of the Chakmas besides depicting some important turning point in the journey of the community. While deploring the community’s lack of interest for reading he said the chart will be helpful to give an idea of the glorious past of the community at a glance.
He further said the chart will be an object of attraction in the sitting room of every households and it will serve a visitors and friends from other communities about our glorious past.
On the significance of the book of press releases of CADC he said that it will be a source of information on the affairs, events and conduct of business in CADC for the period from 2004 – 2019. The value of the book gains more importance given our poor habit to preserve documents, he said.
Aizawl, 18 November, 2019: Dg. Rasik Mohan Chakma, Chief Executive Member, Chakma Autonomous District Council accompanied by his colleague MDCs called on the newly appointed Governor of Mizoram Shri P.S. Sreedharan Pillai who assumed office on 5th November.
The team congratulated His Excellency on his appointment as Governor of Mizoram. A range of important issues pertaining to problems and development of the Chakmas in Mizoram and CADC were discussed.
The CEM, CADC expressed satisfaction with the discussion. The discussion continued for more than an hour. The Governor gave a patient hearing and was very responsive.
His Excellency accepted the invitation of the CEM, CADC to visit Chakma Autonomous District Council.