Art & Culture

76th Independence Day celebrated at Kamalanagar

Kamalanagar, 15 August, 2022: The 76th Independence Day of India celebrated at Kamalanagar, Chakma Autonomous District Council was graced by Pu Lawmawma Tochhawng, Vice-Chairman, Lunglei High Power Committee as Chief Guest. The celebration organized by SDO(Civil), Chawngte was held in the helipad ground of Baganpara.

March-past were performed by contingents represented by different schools of Kamalanagar and Chawngte area.

The Branch YMA, Chawngte P entertained the audience with the Cheraw dance while Chakma traditional dance was performed by the artists of Art & Culture Department, CADC. Local popular artists enliven the programme with their solo performances.

Prizes were given away by the Chief Guest to the participating teams and winners of badminton and football tournaments organized to mark the celebration of 76th Independence Day. NCC, Government Kamalanagar College was adjudged the best parade contingent. First prize in football was bagged by Chawngte-L FC while badminton double was won by Pu Ramnienga and Pu LH. Lalmalsawma under category-A, Pu C. Lalnunsanga and Pu LalhmingsangaKhiangte under category-B, Pu LH. Lalmalsawma and Pu Lalengzauva under 40+ category, Pu Jerry Lalmuanawma Pachuau and Lalengzauva.

A friendly football match was played between a team comprising of senior officers of CADC and a team by Chawngte Area Football Association to commemorate the Day.

Among the various achievements of the MNF led state government highlighted by Pu Lawmawma Tochhawng in his speech he also talked about the Astro Turf football ground at Kamalanagar which he said shall benefit the youth of the region in promoting career in football.

Earlier, in the morning, Dg. Buddhalila Chakma, Chief Executive Member, CADC unfurled the National Flag in the premises of CADC Secretariat in the presence of officials and staff of CADC.

Speaking during the programme he stated that many entitlements of CADC remains to be fulfilled while assuring to pursue them in the right earnest with the concerned authority. He urged of all the employees to be faithful with their respective duties and responsibilities in service to CADC.

He thanked the employees of CADC for coming forward to contribute voluntarily one day pay of their salary towards celebration of the CADC Golden Jubilee.

A day earlier, the celebration programme came under cloud with call for its boycott by the local NGOs for non-fulfilment of their demands for regular power supply, adequate staffing and equipping of the local hospital, separate SDO and BDO for Chawngte RD Block and demand for more police personals and lady constable in the local police station. The boycott was called off on assurance to meet the demand.

Chakma Autonomous District Council celebrates Golden Jubilee

Kamalanagar, 29 April, 2022: Chakma Autonomous District Council today kicked off the celebration of 50 years of CADC’s existence with an inaugural programme organized at Kamalanagar Halipad. Pu Lalrinliana Sailo, Hon’ble Speaker, Mizoram graced the occasion as Chief Guest who arrived from Aizawl this morning accompanied by Pu Lalrinawma, Commissioner & Secretary, Mizoram Legislative Assembly and Pu R. Vanlalsawta, Joint Secretary, District Council & Minority Affairs Department.

Distinguished guests Dg. Rasik Mohan Chakma, CEM, CADC, Dg. Nihar Kanti Chakma, MLA, West Tuipui Assembly Constituency, Dr. Buddha Dhan Chakma, MLA, Tuichawng Assembly Constituency, Dg. Buddhalila Chakma, Chairman, CADC have attended the programme.

The celebration started with chanting of prayers by Bhikkhus and release of gas balloon for peace by the Chief Guest. In tribute candles were lighted before the framed photographs of pioneers of CADC autonomy movement and Dgb. Jyotsna Chakma, Member, CADC Golden Jubilee Celebration Committee offered condolences to all the deceased councilors.

The programme showcased the varied aspects of tradition Jhumma life of the Chakmas performed by the Young Chakma Association and Chakma Mahila Samiti in collaboration with Art & Culture Department, CADC which included the different stages of Jhum cultivation, fishing, spinning of thread from cotton and weaving, dragging of a country boat over a shallow rapid and marriage rituals.

The programme also showcased cultural items presented by Chakma Mahila Samiti, Cheraw dance by residents of Saizawh (W) and traditional dance Dailo by the Bru community.

Pu Lalrinliana Sailo speaking recalled how the venue of the programme, the Kamalanagar Helipad was once not like this but had three hillocks which were flattened to form a flat piece of land in which he took part while urging the three main communities living in CADC to live and mingle in harmony like the three hillocks.

He urged the YCA to work for the progress and development of CADC and to stand guard to check corruption and ensure proper utilization of developmental fund.
He donated Rs.50,000 and Rs.40,000 to the Young Chakma Association and Chakma Mahila Samiti respectively in recognition of their social service.

The CEM, CADC while speaking of the great sacrifice and pain endured by the pioneers of CADC autonomy movement narrated in detail how the leaders like Dg. Kristo Mohan Chakma, Dg. Hari Kristo Chakma, Dg. Gaur Nitai Chakma, Dg. Baneshwar Chakma and Dg. Atul Chandra Chakma maintained a sustained demand for autonomy for the Chakmas of Mizoram through constitutional means by making trip after trip to Shillong and Guwahati despite the wretched condition of the Chakma community then.

“It is our duty that we make ourselves worthy of the great sacrifice made and the legacy left upon us”, he emphasized.

“The Chakma Autonomous District Council has restored partially the Chakmas their right to self-determination which was once enjoyed by them prior to the British subjugating the Chakma king by treachery”, he stated while adding, “None of us should harbour even by a trace that any favour has been done on us by having been granted the autonomy in the form of CADC, as such thinking can take toll upon our morale and dignity”.

He further added, “It is our natural right and all princely states existing during the time of India’s Independence were granted the choice for self-determination”. The programme can be viewed here.

The celebration will continue in the evening with a cultural programme scheduled.

CADC Golden Jubilee emblem unveiled

Kamalanagar, 18 April, 2022: An emblem to commemorate the occasion of Golden Jubilee of Chakma Autonomous District Council was unveiled today in a programme organized by Golden Jubilee Celebration Committee in the CADC Conference Hall, Kamalanagar. CADC will complete 50 glorious years on 29th of this month.

Dg. Rasik Mohan Chakma, Hon’ble CEM, CADC and Chief Guest of the programme, Dg. Buddhalila Chakma, Hon’ble Chairman, CADC and Guest of Honour of the programme, Executive Members, CADC, MDCs, Head of Departments of CADC have attended the programme.

The emblem was designed with the figure 50 written in Chakma script with a torch bearing man running, clad in dhoti, enclosed by the digit five while the zero housed the CADC emblem. The number 50 has been traced with the tri-colours of the CADC flag. The running man symbolizes progress and the torch held by the man symbolizes wisdom.

The CEM announced in the programme that the emblem will be used in all official correspondences throughout the Golden Jubilee year to mark the momentous occasion.

The CEM in his speech asserted that the autonomy being enjoyed due to the existence of Chakma Autonomous District Council is not something endowed upon the Chakmas out of favour while adding that it is just restoration of our right which have been taken away by the British.

He said, “The CADC is a recognition by the Constitution of India that we were once a proud self-governing race with unique system of administration headed by a king who administered through his council of Ministers and bureaucrats – Dewan, Talukdar and so on.”

He also appreciated and expressed gratitude to the pioneers of CADC who had the political awareness and farsightedness as far back as 1950 to persist with their demand for right to self-determination and added, “Chakmas are fortunate to have had such leaders”.

“This moment is not only of joy and celebration but also an opportunity to ponder and asses if we had made the progress, we should have in 50 years”, he added.

Chairman, CADC urges youth to make use of social media for productive purpose on Republic Day

Kamalanagar, 26 January, 2022: Dg. Buddhalila Chakma, Chairman, Chakma Autonomous District Council on the occasion of celebration of 73rd Republic Day of India, organized in the premises of CADC secretariat, urged the youths to make use of social media for productive and beneficial purpose and refrain from destructive engagement. The appeal comes in the backdrop of rampant and unrestricted use of social media in the recent time to abuse and disrespect individuals with fake accounts.

While noting that there has been an alarming drop in respect for elders and for each other in the society, which otherwise use to be the hallmark of the Chakma society, he urged the Education Department, CADC to make emphasis over moral teaching in schools. He expressed regret and apprehension over the trend and felt the need to act to restore the moral fabric of the society that is ever taking a downhill trajectory.

The celebration programme has been curtailed and kept low key in view of the Covid pandemic that has seen a surge in positive cases recently. Invitees to the programme has been limited with only leaders and head of departments taking part.

State Public Information Officers (SPIOs)

In pursuance of the directive received from General Administration & Control Department, Government of Mizoram vide L/No. F.14011/2/2012-GAD(RTI) date Aizawl, the 25th January 2021, the Executive Committee of Chakma Autonomous District Council is pleased to appoint the following State Public Information Officers (SPIOs) in all the Department of CADC as per Section 5(1) of the RTI ACT, 2005 to provide information under the Act.

75th India Independence Day celebrated at Kamalanagar, CADC

Kamalanagar, 15 August, 2021: The 75th Independence Day of India was celebrated today in the Kamalanagar football playground organized by the Sub-Divisional Office, Chawngte while keeping the celebration low-key in view of the raging covid-19 pandemic. The ceremonial march-past and cultural programmes which usually mark the celebration of this Day have been skipped to ensure public mass gatherings are avoided.

The programme was attended by the Sub-Divisional Officer, Chawngte, councilors of CADC, officials of CADC and state government offices and NGO and Village Council leaders.

Dg. Durjya Dhan Chakma, Hon’ble CEM, CADC who graced the occasion as its Chief Guest lauded the Chawngte medical team, district administration, CYCA, MCSU, CMS, YMA, CADC employees and village level volunteers for their untiring effort in the fight against the deadly covid-19 pandemic while expressing gratitude to Pu Robert Romawia Royte, Hon’ble MOS, Dr. R. Lalthangliana, Health Minister and International Buddhist Confederation for their timely contribution to equip the Covid Care Centers set up in CADC.

The CEM in his speech highlighted the various developmental activities being undertaken in CADC notwithstanding the hurdles caused by the pandemic. He has stated that more could have been achieved had it not been for the pandemic which have hit the pace of work progress.

Earlier, in the morning Dg. Mohan Chakma, Chairman, CADC hoisted the national flag in the premises of CADC secretariat in the presence of the employees of CADC and his colleague councillors who in his address to the gathering also shared the various developmental activities that are being undertaken within CADC.

The various developmental works that found mention in the speech of the CEM, CADC and Chairman, CADC are:

A. Chief Executive Member Relief Fund:

“Chief Executive Member Relief Fund” (CEMRF) of Chakma Autonomous District Council was established entirely with public contributions to render immediate relief to families of those affected by natural calamaties like Covid pandemic, floods, cyclones, earthquakes etc. and to the victims of fire, major accidents etc.

As of date a sum of Rs.19,26,424.00 was received under CEMRF and a sum of Rs. 5,38,984.00 was utilised out of the fund.

a. Established 2 (two) Covid Care Centres at Kamalanagar & Borapansury.

b. Established 3(three) Community Covid Care Centres at Kamalanagar, Longpuighat & Damdep-I.

c. Established one Quarantine Centre at Kamalanagar for suspected Covid-19 infected persons who do not have facility to isolate themselves from other members of the family.

d. Distributed free ration for the month of April 2021 to the villagers of Barkalak & Semeisury.

e. Distributed 80 bags of rice to the needy families of Kamalanagar Town.

f. Provided 2 (two) vehicles for mobilization of frontline workers.

g. Provided financial assistance to NGOs for the management of Covid Care Centres and other Covid 19 related activities.

h. Provided financial assistance to the village level task forces of the 10 (ten) villages within Kamalanagar Town area.

i. Engaged two trained laboratory technician on temporary basis whose remuneration is borne out of the CADC Covid Care Fund.

j. Engaged fourth grade worker at Covid Care Centre on temporary basis for disposal of waste materials whose remuneration is borne out of the CADC Covid Care Fund.

B. Education :

Administrative approval for an amount of Rs, 308.71 Lakhs under NEC was allocated for construction of 10 schools at a cost of Rs, 30,87,075 Lakhs per school. These Schools are:-

  1. Chhotokobakhali Primary School
  2. Udalthana II Primary School
  3. Sangrasury Primary School
  4. Ajasora II Primary School
  5. Golasury Primary School
  6. Borakobakhali Primary School
  7. Ludisora Primary School
  8. Parva III Primary School
  9. PM Memorial P/S, Kurvalovasora
  10. Construction of Comph. M/S, Aratinagar.

C. Agriculture :

Administrative approval for an amount of Rs, 295.68 Lakhs was received for Rice Area Expansion (Land development of WRC in valley plain) under Community Development Programme, NEC. An amount of Rs, 10 Lakhs was released towards non-recurring grants for creation of capital assets as part of 40% of Ist Installment).

The scheme is to be implemented in 17 villages and a total of 115.7 Hectres land to be developed under this scheme.

  1. Parva area : 6 Hac.
  2. Barapansury area :7 Hac.
  3. Kurbalovasora area :7 Hac.
  4. Chhotapansury area :6 Hac.
  5. Ajasora area : 7 Hac.
  6. Chhotaguisury area: 7 Hac.
  7. Bilosora area : 7 Hac.
  8. Devasora North area: 6 Hac.
  9. Devasora south area: 7 Hac.
  10. Barkalak area:7 Hac.
  11. Jaruldubasora area: 7 Hac.
  12. Longpuighat area: 7 Hac.
  13. Maniabapsora area: 7 Hac.
  14. Udalthana area: 7 Hac.
  15. Mandirosora area: 7 Hac.
  16. Baraguisury area: 7 Hac.
  17. Ugudasury S area: 6.7 Hac.

Total area covered : 115.7 Hac.

D . Infrastructures Development under BADP Scheme:

  1. KCM Primary School at Kamalanagar-VI(30 lakhs)
  2. Nagdarasora Primary School(20 Lakhs)
  3. Chhotapansury CMS (22 Lakhs)
  4. Golasury Primary School (20 Lakhs)
  5. Silsury Primary School (22 Lakhs)
  6. Construction of Primary School at Barkalak(20 lakhs)
  7. Construction of Community Hall at Saizawh W (20 Lakhs)
  8. Construction of Community Hall at Parva-III (25 lakhs)
  9. Construction of Youth Recreational & Skill Development Centre at K-IV (30 Lakhs).
  10. Construction of Public Library Building at K-I (20 lakhs)
  11. PCC Pavement from IBB Fencing to Ludisora (Rs.30 Lakhs)
    12.Const. of road from Udalthana to Gulsingbapsora via Bormon (Rs.120 Lakhs) (Formation cutting)
  12. Const. of RCC Bridge over Boraguisury River between Damdep-III & Boraguisury (Rs.30 Lakhs)
  13. Water Lifting system through submersible Pump set at Damdep-I (Rs.40 Lakhs).

E. Pisciculture:

Administrative approval for an amount of Rs, 298 Lakhs was received for development of fisheries within CADC under Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana (PMMSY). A Total of 80 beneficiaries will be benefitted & two Hatcheries be developed under this scheme.

F. Infrastructures Development Projects santioned under PMJVK:

  1. Girls hostel at chawngte Rs.282.8 Lakhs
  2. Volleyball Court at Chawngte C Rs.32.87 lakhs
  3. Basketball Court at Chawngte P Rs.108.07 Lakhs
  4. Community service centre at Chawngte Rs.140 Lakhs
  5. Artificial football turf at chawngte Rs.532.5 Lakhs

G. Public Health Engineering

  1. Chawngte Rural Drinking Water Supply Scheme under NABARD (Rs.900 Lakhs during 2020-2021).
  2. Installation of Gravity Water supply at Ludisora under JJM (Rs.84 Lakhs during 2020-2021).
  3. Installation of Gravity Water supply at Parva under JJM (Rs.84 Lakhs during 2020-2021).

H . Construction of Road under PMGSY:

  1. Chawngte C to Jamersury (1804.77 lakhs)
  2. Jamersury to Mandirasora (596.26 lakhs)
  3. Mondirasora to Ajasora (886.70 lakhs)
  4. Chhotapansury to Tungasora (572.54 lakhs)
  5. Ngarum to Rajmandal (1124.41 lakhs)
  6. Udalthana to Nalbonya (314.78 lakhs)
  7. Boroituli to Jaruldubasora (567.48 lakhs)
  8. Maninabapsora I to Mainabapsora-II (247.13 lakhs)
  9. Parva-II to Bundukbanga (648.42 lakhs)
  10. Vaseitlang to lokhisury (1541.86 lakhs)
  11. Parva-II to Kamtuli (4188.40 lakhs)
  12. Vaseitlang to Mainabapsora-I (2193.20 lakhs)
  13. Chawngte P to Sumsilui (378.11 lakhs)
  14. Sumsilui to Jognasury (1208.27 lakhs)
  15. Sedailui to Tuikurlui (285.06 lakhs)

I. Accorded provision for Financial Assistance to Poultry & Piggery farmers to 666 families under Animal Husbandry & Vety Department under CADC.

J. Set up CADC Brick Kiln to augment revenue generation.

Executive Committee – Portfolios

In excercise of the powers conferred under Rule 30 of Chakma Autonomous District Council (Constitution, Conduct of Business etc.) Rules, 2020 and as amended from time to time, the portfolios among the members of the Executive Committee of the 10th Chakma Autonomous District Council are allocated as shown below with immediate effect.

50th CADC Day celebrated

Kamalanagar, 29 April, 2021: Amidst worsening Covid pandemic situation and with restriction on movement in place the 50th Chakma Autonomous District Council Day was observed today in the premises of CADC Secretariat, Kamalanagar while enforcing protocols for containment of the spread of the disease.

The celebration has been toned-down to a modest scale due to Covid and Dg. Durjya Dhan Chakma, CEM, CADC graced the occasion as its Chief Guest.

The programme was attended by the MDCs and employees of CADC who gathered maintaining social distance and putting on mask.

Homage was paid to the former Chakma leaders Dg. Krista Mohan Chakma, Dg. Baneshwar Chakma, Dg. Atul Chandra Chakma, Dg. Hari Krishto Chakma, Dg. Media Chakma and Dg. Satyo Priyo Dewan who have led the movement for autonomy of the Chakmas in Mizoram.

Dg. Durjya Dhan Chakma, CEM, CADC speaking expressed gratitude to Dr. B.R. Ambedkar because of whose effort the Sixth Schedule has found a place in the Constitution to provide space for self-determination of the tribal people like the Chakmas while adding, “Today, because of the CADC the Chakmas have an opportunity for political aspiration and to safeguard and promote their cultural identity.”

He has also remembered Dg. Sneha Kumar Chakma for his contribution to the Chakma community during both pre and post independent time while saying, “It’s a matter of immense pride for the Chakmas that he was member of the All India Excluded Areas Sub-Committee of the Constituent Assembly of India for CHT.”.

While emphasizing the need for transparency in governance he said, “Since assuming office of CEM I have been making every effort to bring in transparency in the functioning of CADC under my leadership by making available information pertaining to developmental measures being taken through social media.”

He stated that the appointment of Dg. Rasik Mohan Chakma and Dg. Buddhalila Chakma as Adviser to CEM, Administration and Political Affairs respectively, has been a step towards utilizing the services of the best minds of the senior leaders in the service of the welfare of the people.

He highlighted the recent effort being taken by CADC in the fight against recent surge in covid cases within CADC citing relief being provided to residents of Borkalak and Semeisury village by bearing the cost of their civil supply ration, setting up Covid Care Centre at Kamalanagar and offering food to Covid patients hailing from CADC lodged at CCC, Lawngtlai.

72nd Republic Day Celebrated

Kamalanagar, 26 January, 2021: The 72nd Republic Day of India was celebrated at Kamalanagar, Chakma Autonomous District Council with grand arrangement made by Sub-Divisional Office, Chawngte in the Kamalanagar football playground.

The programme was attended by CADC Councilors, officials of CADC and State Government, village council and local NGO leaders.

Traditional dance performances were presented on the occasion by CADC Art & Culture troupe, Br. YMA Chawngte (L) and Br. YMA Chawngte (P).

Pu S. Kaptluanga, SDO(C), Chawngte Sub-Division and Chief Guest of the programme in his speech highlighted the various developmental achievement made in CADC despite difficulties posed by Covid-19 pandemic.

While emphasizing how roads are important for development of any place he said that as many as 12 roads are under construction within CADC under PMGSY. He appreciated the effort being made by state PWD, CADC PWD and local MLA for pavement of internal roads of town and villages within CADC.

He noted that almost most places within CADC are now accessible by mobile network which is a great leap forward considering the condition just a few years back. He has expressed hope that erection of all pending signal towers would be completed within this year.

The crisis for potable water within Kamalanagar town is an ever growing problem. The SDO said that the Chawngte Composite Water Supply Scheme Phase-I for an amount of Rs.9 Crores approved under NABARD will address the problem.

CADC also organised the celebration of the Day early in the morning in the premises of CADC Secretariat. Dg. Durjya Dhan Chakma, Executive Member and i/c CEM, CADC graced the occasion as Chief Guest.

Speaking on the occasion attended by CADC Councilors and employees of CADC he shared the developmental activities undertaken by the current Executive Committee, CADC within two years of assuming office.

He remarked, “It is a tribute to this very Day to be able to announce that since assuming office we have passed six Rules, six Amendment Rules/Acts and adopted three Rules”.

He said, “Our emphasis has been for education and towards this we have done away with charging of school admission fees, repaired all school buildings, provided benches to all schools on need basis, constructed as many as 11 new school buildings, 10 more are under construction funded by NEC, awarded Senior grade/Selection grade to deprived teachers”.

During the course of his speech the various achievements highlighted include purchase of 11 numbers of scorpio (Rs.169 lakhs), one 407 Tipper for disposal of garbage (Rs.14 lakhs), installation of deep borewell at Chakma House, Aizawl (Rs.7 lakhs), blacktopping of Borapansury internal roads (Rs.69 Lakhs), construction of brick kiln (Rs.70 lakhs), construction of drainage system in Kamalanagar-III (Rs.60 lakh), vertical extension of PWD office (Rs.49 lakhs), construction of community hall at Parva and Saizawh (W) (Rs.50 lakh), Construction of recreation centre at Kamalanagar-IV (Rs.30 lakh) and rice area expansion (Rs.295 lakh).

He also made mention of various projects under PMJVK that have been approved for financial sanction like construction of Astro Turf football playground at Kamalanagar (Rs.532 Lakhs), construction of community service centre (Rs.140 Lakhs), construction of girls hostel at Kamalanagar (Rs.283 lakhs) and construction of volley ball court with viewing gallery (Rs.33 lakhs).

He further said that 700 families under Animal Husbandry & Vety, 167 families under RKVY, 80 families under CM Rural Housing and 100 families under NEDP for rural housing have benefitted so far.

“To do justice to the many deprived employees of CADC we have promoted 75 employees, upgraded the pay of 57, regularized 101 MR/Fixed Pay employees and regularized 39 Non-formal teachers”.

In an effort to equip the offices with technical staff he said the present Executive Committee has deputed as many as 50 trainees for various technical courses in forestry, agriculture, sericulture, fishery, horticulture and music.