In excercise of the discretionary powers conferred by Para 16(2) read with Para 20BB of the Sixth Schedule to the Constitution of India, the Governor of Mizoram is pleased to assume all functions or powers vested in or exercisable by the Chakma Autonomous District Council vide the Govt. of Mizoram Notification No.A.43016/3/2018-DC&MA(C)/232 dated Aizawl, the 16th December 2022.
Kamalanagar, 20 December, 2022: Chakma Autonomous District Council today kicked off the celebration of Golden Jubilee closing ceremony organized at CADC Secretariat Complex and Kamalanagar Halipad. Dg Robert Romawia Royte, Hon’ble Minister of State i/c Sports & Youth Services graced the occasion as Chief Guest who arrived from Aizawl this morning accompanied by Dr. Lalrozama, IAS, SYS Deptt. & District Council & Minority Affairs Deptt.; Er James Lalramnghaka, AE, MSSC; Dg R. Lalhnuna, PAC Member MNF Fen. Hqrs.; Dg H. Lalrinawma, President, Aizawl East-II Block.
Distinguished guests Dg. Nihar Kanti Chakma, MLA, West Tuipui Assembly Constituency, Dg Suhash Chakma, Founder, Chakma Development Foundation of India; Dg Devjan Chakma, TPS (Retd.), Rejyo Karbari, Tripura Rejypo Chakma Samajik Parishad; Dg Shanti Bikash Chakma, Rejyo Kabideng, Tripura Rejypo Chakma Samajik Parishad, Dg. Nirmal Chakma, Ehjal Karbari, Tripura Rejypo Chakma Samajik Parishad; Dg. Madhu Sudhan Chakma, Member, Advisory Board, Tripura Rejypo Chakma Samajik Parishad have attended the programme.
Unveiling the CADC Golden Jubilee Memorial Pillar at CADC Secretariat Complex by Dg Kali Kumar Tongchangya, Chairman, Golden Jubilee Celebration Committee recalled Dr. B.R. Ambedkar because of whose initiative the tribal community are safe under the Sixth Schedule to the Constitution of India. He paid tribute to the Founders of the Chakma Autonomous District Council and thanked the employees of CADC for their one-day pay contribution towards the celebration of closing ceremony of CADC Golden Jubilee.
At the main venue, the celebration started with chanting of prayers for peace by Bhikkhus, followed by Message of Gratitude to the Founders of the Chakma Autonomous District Council by Dgb. Jyotsna Chakma, DCSWO, CADC and Member, CADC Golden Jubilee Celebration Committee, 2022.
The programme showcased the varied aspects of the Chakmas performed by the students from various Schools and Chakma Mahila Samiti in collaboration with Art & Culture Department, CADC which included the demonstration on Unity in Diversity by the Students of Vijoygiri Academy, dance performance by the Students of KMM Comprehensive Middle School.
The programme also showcased cultural items presented by Chakma Mahila Samiti and Arts & Culture Department, CADC.
Dg Robert Romawia Royte while speaking expressed greetings and warm wishes to the people of Chakma Autonomous District Council on the occasion of celebration of 50th anniversary of the Chakma Autonomous District Council.
He shared his experiences working with the people of CADC before becoming a Minister. Due to his efforts, various private schools with North Eastern Council Funds were constructed at Kamalanagar. He implored the leaders of Chakma Autonomous District Council to work for the people and development of CADC as it aged 50 years now. He hailed Dr B.R. Ambedkar for his contribution towards strengthening the Constitution for the safeguard of the tribal minority under the Sixth Schedule.
He appealed the leaders of CADC to work in co-operation with the machinery of State as it plays a crucial role in implementing various functions including Administrative, Legislative and Financial support to the Chakma Autonomous District Council as the duo share the same budget.
Highlighting various developmental works undertaken by the various State Departments in CADC area informed that the Power & Electricity Line from Lungsen to Kamalanagar shall be completed by his next visit in January next year. Construction of all-weather road from Kamalanagar to Borapansury at the cost of Rs 43.81 crores shall begin soon, internal roads at Borapansury, Longpuighat and Kamalanagar at the cost of Rs 1.5 crores, 1 crore and 2.5 crores respectively, IT and Skill Development Centre at Govt. Kamalanagar College in collaboration with NEILIT for various courses in Information & Communication Technology. He also informed that Volleyball Court at Kamalanagar at the cost of 30 Lakhs shall be constructed soon among others.
Earlier today, he inaugurated the Astro Turf Football Ground at Kamalanagar which is the only Football Ground in CADC area. The project is funded under PMJVK at a cost of Rs.532.50 Lakhs which includes site preparation, security fencing, concrete paver block footpath around the ground.
The Chairman, CADC Golden Jubilee Celebration Committee while speaking introduced and welcomed the guests and dignitaries who came from New Delhi, Tripura, Aizawl and various places outside CADC. He thanked the Media Personnel who came from distant places to join the program.
The celebration will continue in the evening and the next day as per schedule.
Kamalanagar, 10 November 2022: Dg. Buddha Lila Chakma today tendered resignation from the post of Chief Executive Member, Chakma Autonomous District Council. The resignation letter was addressed to the Governor, Mizoram through the Chairman, CADC.
The development came on 1st November 2022 when the Governor of Mizoram ordered for a Vote of Confidence (Floor Test) following the withdrawal of support by five (5) MDCs on 7th October 2022.
Dg. Buddha Lila Chakma was sworn in to the office of CEM, CADC on 9th June, 2022 taking over from Dg. Rasik Mohan Chakma, the then CEM, CADC being removed from the office of CEM in a no-confidence motion moved during the first sitting of the CADC Budget Session held on 9th May, 2022. He has held the office for about 5 months.
With his resignation the current Executive Committee, CADC stand dissolved and a new Executive Committee needs to be constituted.
Aizawl, October 7, 2022: A delegation from National Commission for Scheduled Tribe paid a 3 day visits to Mizoram on Friday (today) headed by Shri Ananta Nayak Member, Shri Konthang Touthang Joint Secretary and Ms. Parida PS. The team had a high level meeting with the elected representatives of the 3 Autonomous District Councils namely – Lai, Mara and Chakma Autonomous District Council at the State Guest House, Aizawl. The meeting was attended by Dg. Buddha Lila Chakma CEM CADC, Dg. Onishmoy Chakma Adviser to CEM CADC, CEM LADC and CEM LADC and some other high level officials of the 3 ADCs.
The meeting discussed various issues in relation to the scheduled tribes in the 3 ADCs particularly in regards to allocation of funds, lack of medical facilities, education, developmental projects/schemes etc.
Further, a joint memorandum was submitted by the 3 ADCs regarding various issues and challenges faced by the ADCs and pleading for assistance under Article 275(1), 280 and to consider the 125th Constitutional Amendment Bill so as to enhance the powers of the ADCs.
Aizawl, 4 October, 2022: His Excellency the Governor of Mizoram Shri Hari Babu Kambhampati on Tuesday convened a high-level meeting to discuss issues pertaining to the three Autonomous District Councils (ADCs) at Raj Bhavan. In the meeting, Dg Buddha Lila Chakma, CEM, CADC represented the Chakma Autonomous District Council (CADC) while V. Zirsanga, CEM, LADC and K. Chhihrau, ES, MADC represented Lai Autonomous District Council (LADC) and Mara Autonomous District Council (MADC) respectively.
During the meeting, the issues ranging from Timely and Correct preparation of Accounts, Enhancement of Salary & Allowances of Chief Executive Member, Executive Members, Members of District Council, Chairman, Dy. Chairman and Infrastructural Projects under the 3 ADCs and the difficulty faced in the recruitment of staff under ADCs were comprehensively discussed.
In the meeting, Dg. Buddha Lila Chakma, CEM, CADC implored for the enhancement of non-salary component to the 3 ADCs and maintenance of the pro-rata ratio on devolution of fund to the 3 ADCs as recommended by the 1st Mizoram Finance Commission, which is 7:9:11. He stressed that the State Govt. earmarks and allocates fund to the 3 ADCs more than 94% under salary head as Grant-in-Aid, due to which the ADCs hardly take up minor developmental works within their respective jurisdictions. Maximum share of the remaining fund are spent for maintenance of offices, Vehicles and other administrative costs.
The Governor advised the ADCs to pump in as many projects as they could with 100% financial support from the central government. On behalf of the state government, Vanlalchhuanga, Principal Secretary, Finance Department, Dr Lalrozama, Sectretary, District Council and Minority Affairs and Lalmalsawma Pachhuau, Secretary, Planning Development attended the meeting. The CAG office was represented by L. Hangsing, Principal Accountant General and his team.
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.
The Session was prorogued with todays sitting.
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, 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.