Kamalanagar, 29 July, 2022: Dg. Hiranand Tongchangya, MDC of Chakma Autonomous District Council elected from 16-New Jaganasury MDC constituency has become the new Deputy Chairman of CADC after being elected uncontested in an election held today in the Session Hall of CADC.
The vacancy of the office of Deputy Chairman was resulted due to resignation tendered by Dg. Lakhi Dhan Chakma, the outgoing Deputy Chairman. He tendered his resignation on 7th July, 2022.
For Dg. Hiranand Tongchangya it is his third term as MDC. He also held the office of Executive Member, CADC earlier.
Kamalanagar, 05 July, 2022: Chakma Autonomous District Council Budget, 2022-2023 presented in the second sitting of the Budget Session held on 01/07/2022 was discussed and passed today unanimously along with the Supplementary Demand for Grants, 2021-2022 and Re-appropriation of Local Receipt Fund, 2021-2022.
The Budget was passed for an amount of Rs.16,475.33 Lakhs against an earmarked amount of Rs.11,210.19 Lakhs by the State Government and an estimated local revenue collection of Rs.132.37 Lakhs. The Budget has a deficit of Rs.5,132.77 Lakhs which, as stated by the Hon’ble CEM, CADC in his Budget speech, will be covered up with help from the State Government.
The deficit is due to a number of pending works, revised salary of councilors (which is due) and some committed expenditures of the last financial year.
The CEM has appealed the state government through the house to make the allocation of GIA fund on the basis 7:9:11 ratio as prescribed by the first State Finance Commission. “Deficit in the Budget would be minimised to a large extend”, he added.
The CEM said that the state government will be pressed to approve the long pending demand for revision of the salary of the Councilors while adding that salaries of MPs and MLAs had been revised long back. He further said, “It has become difficult for the Councilors of the ADCs to maintain their families with the existing pay”.
During the discussion of the Budget Dg. Durjya Dhan Chakma, EM brought to the notice of the House the very low revenue collection under GAD (mainly accounted by CADC Rest Houses) against the projected collection. He urged for an enquiry into the matter.
In taking note of the deficit in the Budget Dg. Durjya Dhan Chakma attributed the situation to discrepancy in allocation of GIA fund to CADC over the years. He stated that Table 9D of the first Mizoram State Finance Commission Report, 2015 has prescribed sharing of fund between the three ADCs of Mizoram as CADC:23.96%, MADC:34.07% and LADC:41.97% while adding that it has not been applied consistently which has cost CADC to loss a handsome share of GIA fund over the years. He also did not approve of some of the parameters based on which the fund sharing was determined. In this regard he said that in addition to the distance of the ADC headquarters from Aizawl, its distance from the district headquarters should have been also factored.
Newly appointed Executive Members took oath of office and secrecy
Kamalanagar, 27 June, 2022: The seven Member of Chakma Autonomous District Council who were appointed as Executive Members recently in the new Executive Committee to be headed by Dg. Buddha Lila Chakma today took oath of office and secrecy in a programme organized in the CADC Cultural Hall, Kamalanagar. The seven MDCs who were sworn-in are Dg. Durjya Dhan Chakma, MDC of 5-Kamalanagar ‘N’ Constituency, Dg. Mohan Chakma, MDC of 20-Parva Constituency, Dgb. Kusum Lota Chakma, MDC of 2-Borapansury Constituency, Dg. Ajoy Kumar Chakma, MDC of 8-Udalthana Constuency, Dg. Anil Kanti Chakma, MDC of 4-Bajeisora Constituency, Dg. Uday Tongchangya, MDC of 12-Mainabapsora Constituency and Dg. Sanjeev Chakma, MDC of 7-Kamalanagar-W Constituency.
Dr. Manesia Khaimeichho, MCS, SDO(C), Chawngte who was delegated by the Deputy Commissioner, Lawngtlai administered the oath to the MDCs.
Speaking on the occasion Dg. Buddha Lila Chakma, CEM, CADC declared Dg. Durjya Dhan Chakma as Deputy Chief Executive Member while justifying the need for a deputy to ensure discipline in the administration. He recalled how in the past in the absence of a Deputy CEM the office happened to fall under the charge of multiple hands as and when the CEM was on tour making it vulnerable to inconsistent and sometime wrong decision.
After the swearing-in ceremony all the members of the newly formed Executive Committee took a trip of the town roads of Kamalanagar the condition of which have become very bad in the recent phase of incessant rain. The CEM said the road condition will be restored and restoration work would start in a couple of days.
Kamalanagar, 17 June, 2022: Dg. Kali Kumar Tongchangya, MDC who was the lone contestant for the post of Chairman, CADC notified yesterday for filing of nomination was declared elected uncontested in a Session of the councilors held today in the CADC Session Hall.
The election of the Chairman was necessitated with the office falling vacant due to resignation tendered by Dg. Buddha Lila Chakma, the outgoing Chairman who was later appointed as Chief Executive Member.
Dg. Kali Kumar Tongchangya was elected from 18-Fultuli MDC Constituency who has contested with INC ticket but later in the mid of the term joined the MNF party. This will be his second stint as Chairman of CADC. He also held the office of Chief Executive Members twice. The current term is his fifth term as MDC in which he had been declared elected uncontested.
Kamalanagar, 09 June, 2022: Dg. Buddha Lila Chakma who resigned from the office of Chairman, CADC last month was sworn-in today as the new Chief Executive Member of Chakma Autonomous District Council in a programme organized in the premises of CADC Rest House, Kamalanagar. Deputy Commissioner, Lawngtlai Shri Amol Srivastava, IAS administered the oath of office and secrecy.
The development is as a result of Dg. Rasik Mohan Chakma being removed from the office of CEM in a no-confidence motion moved during the first sitting of the CADC Budget Session held on the 9th day of last month.
The Governor initially reserved the appointment of Dg. Buddha Lila Chakma as CEM while recommending imposition of Governor’s rule in CADC which was not approved by the Council of Minister, Mizoram Government.
Addressing the gathering in the programme he dismissed speculation by many regarding the frequent change in leadership as due to in fighting within the party. He asserted that all the twenty MDCs of CADC all of whom are MNF will work unitedly for development.
He emphasized, “Development will be elusive if we keep ourselves busy abusing each other”.
While stating that the new generation of youths who are coming out with academic degrees are giving less value to the moral aspect of personal development, he has announced that schools under CADC will introduce classes on moral development every Friday to fulfill this gap.
“The Executive Committee under my leadership will be open to constructive criticism and will welcome suggestions for corrective measures at any point of time”.
He said, “Dictator style of governance will find no place under my leadership”.
“All decisions taken by my predecessors including various appointments will be honoured”, he added.
The new CEM attributed the lack of development in CADC to paucity of fund in CADC’s budget and has assured to take up the issue with the state government and enhance the allocation against work component head of the budget.
Dg. Buddha Lila Chakma is the fifth CEM of this term (2018-2023) who has succeeded Dg. Rasik Mohan Chakma, the outgoing CEM.
Dg. Shanti Jiban Chakma who won with a BJP ticket became the first CEM of this term after the general election held in April 2018 threw a fractured mandate with MNF winning 8 seats, INC 7 seats and BJP 5 seats in a contest over 20 seats. The Executive Committee formed by coalition between the BJP and the INC lasted for about 8 months after which the MNF formed the Executive Committee led by Dg. Rasik Mohan Chakma with the support of 4 MDCs from INC. Again, in March 2021 after about two years and two months change of guard happened with Dg. Rasik Mohan Chakma resigning from the office of CEM paving way for Dg. Durjya Dhan Chakma. Dg. Durjya Dhan Chakma remained in office for about 6 months to be succeeded by Dg. Rasik Mohan Chakma again. Dg. Rasik Mohan Chakma remained in office in his second stint for about 7 months before this development set in.
Dg. Buddha Lila Chakma has served as CEM in the previous term and held the post of Chairman twice during the current term.
Kamalanagar, 09 May, 2022: Dg. Rasik Mohan Chakma the incumbent Chief Executive Member, Chakma Autonomous District Council was today removed from the office of Chief Executive Member in a motion of no-confidence moved in the first sitting of the Budget Session. The motion was moved by Dg. Kali Kumar Tongchangya, MDC, CADC.
This was the second stint as CEM for Dg. Rasik Mohan Chakma in this term. This time he has been removed from the office by a no-confidence motion. In the earlier instance he had tendered his resignation.
The motion was moved soon after the session began at 10:30 am and the Chairman adjourned the session till 1 pm. Discussion and voting on the motion was held in the second sitting of the session and Dg. Rasik Mohan Chakma lost by 13 Members voting in favour of the motion. Six members including Dg. Rasik Mohan Chakma remained absent from the session. This term has witnessed four CEMs so far.
The session was chaired by Dg. Buddhalila Chakma, Chairman, CADC.
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.
Kamalanagar, 14 February, 2022: The Chakma Autonomous District Council winter session which started today concluded over a single sitting.
The sitting answered two starred and two unstarred questions all of which were put to the House Leader and Chief Executive Member, CADC Dg. Rasik Mohan Chakma.
In reply to a question put by Dg. Shanti Jiban Chakma, MDC regarding revision of pay of Members of District Council as per the new CADC Member’s Salary Bill, the CEM, CADC informed that the matter will be taken up immediately after the ongoing Mizoram Assembly Session, as has been assured by the Deputy Chief Minister, Mizoram over telephone.
“Additional grant of Rs.1303.52 Lakhs has been allocated in the current financial year which is yet to be sanctioned”, the CEM stated in reply to another question by a Member.
The CEM further stated that Rs.5 lakhs has been spent for procuring school text books for distribution free of cost but did not distribute them as school had to be closed due to Covid-19.
In response to another question, it was affirmed that CADC would be celebrating completion of 50 years of formation of CADC while giving some details of preparation undertaken like installation of statue of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, publication of a souvenir, display of hoardings, etc.
In pursuance of decision taken by the Executive Committee in its meeting held on 9/2/2022, the Executive Committee of Chukma Autonomous District Council is pleased to direct the Recruitment Committee constituted to recruit Assistant (Non-Gazetteed), UDC, LDC, C/A-I, C/A-II and Group – D posts, 2021-2022 under different departments of Chakma Autonomous District Council, to resume the ongoing process of Recruitment which was put on hold as per the direction of the Hon’ble Governor of Mizoram Vide L/No. F.12013/11/2022-DC&MA(C) Aizawl, the 19th January, 2022 . The committee should complete the entire recruitment process and submit the report to the undersigned latest by 23rd February, 2022.
Sd/- RASIK MOHAN CHAKMA Chief Executive Member Chakma Autonomous District Council Kamalanagar.
The Executive Committee of the Chakma Autonomous District Council is pleased to appoint Shri Mohesh Boran Chakma, MDC as Adviser to Planning & Development Committee with effect from the date of his assumption of office.