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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.

Meeting held to celebrate CADC Golden Jubilee

Kamalanagar, 06 December, 2021: A meeting attended by Member of Chakma District Council, head of departments, CADC and representatives of Central Young Chakma Association, Chakma Mahila Samilti, Mizoram Chakma Student Union, Mizoram Buddhist Association, Chakma District Employee Association, Chakma District Pensioners Association, TARUM was held under the chairmanship of Dg. Rasik Mohan Chakma, Chief Executive Member, CADC in the conference hall of CADC Rest House, Kamalanagar to discuss the celebration of CADC Golden Jubilee. CADC constituted on 29th April 1972 will complete 50 years on 29th April next year.

The meeting was held on 4th Dec., 2021 and was convened by Legislative Department, CADC.

The meeting constituted a committee for management of celebration of the occasion which has been named as CADC Golden Jubilee Celebration Committee (1972-2022). The Chairman of CADC will be the Chairman of the Committee.

Besides, three sub-committees were formed each for publication of a Souvenir, a photo album and installation of statues.

An advisory committee with Dg. Rasik Mohan Chakma, CEM, CADC, Dr. B.D. Chakma, MLA, Mizoram, Dg. Nirupam Chakma, former Minister, Mizoram, Dg. Alak Bikash Chakma, former MLA, Mizoram and Dg. H. Amaresh Chakma, EM, CADC as member was also formed.

The Golden Jubilee celebration will be held through the year with the opening and closing ceremony to be organised at Kamalanagar. In between celebration programmes will also be organised at the three sub-headquarters – Borapansury, Longpuighat and Parva.

The Celebration Commitee will chalk out the events to feature the Golden Jubilee Celebration.

Installation of life size statues of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar and pioneers of CADC, planting of 5 Lakhs saplings throughout CADC during the Jubilee year, erection of CADC welcome gates at three entry points, setting up of Chakma model village, etc. were some of the proposals that emerged in the meeting for inclusion to mark the ocassion.

All party and all NGO meeting on 125th Amendment Bill, 2019 of the Sixth Schedule held

Kamalanagar, 06 August, 2021: A meeting called by Chakma Autonomous District Council to discuss the 125th Amendment Bill, 2019 concerning amendment of the Sixth Schedule to the Constitution of India was held today in the CADC conference hall chaired by Dg. Durjya Dhan Chakma, Hon’ble CEM, CADC.

The meeting was attended by MDCs (CADC), representative of all political parties and major Chakma NGOs.

The meeting has been called to the effect of a meeting called by Mizoram Government on the same subject which is scheduled to be held in the Chief Secretary’s Conference Hall on 10th August. The meeting is to be attended by the CEMs and Executive Secretaries of all the three ADCs of Mizoram.

The meeting discussed the various amendment proposals submitted earlier by Chakma Autonomous District Council to the Chairman, Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty-Fifth Amendment) Bill, 2019. The amendment proposals which have not been included in the Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty-Fifth Amendment) Bill, 2019 were noted. The report of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty-Fifth Amendment) Bill, 2019 was also discussed.

It has been finally decided that Chakma Autonomous District Council shall stick to the amendment proposals submitted earlier and keep pursuing them with the central government.

Gauhati High Court, Aizawl Bench Dismisses The Writ Petition Filed By BJP VC Members Of Baganpara; CADC Urged to Re-Look The CADC VC Act 2003

Kamalanagar, 24 September 2016: The Gauhati High Court Aizawl Bench, in its Judgment dated 31.08.2016 over the W.P.(C) No.109 of 2015, while dismissing the writ petition filed by the BJP Village Council members of Baganpara on the ground that there was no challenge to the Chakma Autonomous District Council (Village Council) Act 2003 expressed opinion that the concerned authority should have a re-look into the provision of the CADC (Village Council) Act, 2003 with regards to the voting rights of the Nominated Members for election /selection of the President/Vice-President of the Village Councils. Continue reading

CADC Monsoon Session Concludes

Kamalanagar 29 July, 2016: The Monsoon Session of Chakma Autonomous District Council which started on 25th of this month concluded today over three sittings. This session will be one of the most productive with five Bills having passed. In the first sitting the bills were tabled and the session was adjourned till 28th July 2016.

The CADC (Money Lending & Control) Regulation, 2016, the CADC (Employees Pension Fund) Rules, 2016 and the CADC (Recruitment) Rules, 2016 were introduced by the House Leader Dg. Kali Kumar Tongchangya. The first two were introduced in the previous Session which were referred to Select Committees for further study. The bills have been re-introduced in this Session after necessary modification by the Select Committees. Continue reading

CADC Monsoon Session Starts

Kamalanagar, 25 July 2016: The Chakma Autonomous District Council in its first sitting of the Monsoon Session today tabled five Bills namely CADC (Money Lending & Control) regulation, 2016, CADC (Administration of Justice) Rules, 2016, CADC (Employees Pension Fund) Fund Rules, 2015, CADC (Recruitment) Rules, 2016 and CADC (Village Council) (Amendment) Act, 2016. The first three Bills were introduced in the previous Session which were forwarded to Select Committees. Continue reading