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Dg. Mohan Chakma becomes the new Chairman of CADC

Kamalanagar, 21 April, 2021: Dg. Mohan Chakma, MDC, Chakma Autonomous District Council today was declared the new Chairman, CADC elected. He has succeeded Dg. H. Amaresh Chakma, the outgoing Chairman, who was removed in a no-confidence motion in the first sitting of the recently concluded Budget Session.

Dg. Mohan Chakma elected as the Chairman, CADC

Nomination filing for the election was notified for yesterday with election to be held today. However, Dg. Mohan Chakma was the lone candidate who filed nomination and was declared elected uncontested today.

The 10th CADC is his third consecutive stint as MDC who have been contesting from 20-Parva constituency since joining active politics. In the last two terms he has held the post of Executive Member, CADC.

CADC Budget, 2021-2022 passed

Kamalanagar, 16 April, 2021: Chakma Autonomous District Council Budget for the fiscal year 2021-2022 which was presented for an amount of Rs.13,483.12 Lakhs in the third sitting of the Session on 12th April was discussed and passed today. The sitting also passed the Supplementary Demand for Grants 2020-2021 and the Reappropriation of Local Receipt Fund 2020-2021.

House Leader and CEM, CADC Dg. Durjya Dhan Chakma who presented the Budget said that for support to livelihood of the poor, provision for financial assistance to 666 families to take up piggery, poultry and goatary have been provided despite allocation under non-salary being not enough.

The local revenue target having fallen short by about Rs.9 lakhs in the previous year he has said that the Covid-19 pandemic with lockdown for several months have affected the target. He has expressed hope to ramp-up the revenue collection in the current fiscal year with the brick-kiln going on production mode soon.

Fund provision for improvement of the school education in the Budget have been given priority, he said.

The deficit in the Budget he said is largely due to revision of the salary of the councilors and demand for additional not being provided at the end of outgoing fiscal year. The demand for additional have been carried to the current budget which has translated into deficit.

In trying to explain the limitation of budgeting of CADC Dg. Kali Kumar Tongchangya, Vice-Chairman Planning, said that the Budget need to be prepared within the limit of fund allocated by the state government while stating that this year the budget figure has remained same as previous year. He further added that CADC can enhance its budgeting by improving the local revenue collection.

Dg. Buddha Lila Chakma, MDC proposed for inclusion of provision for financial assistance to handicapped person in the budget. He has urged the House leader to pursue the Mizoram government for uniformity in allocation of budget amount among the three ADCs of Mizoram while arguing that the size of administration is the same and population almost equal. He expressed hope in the leadership of Pu Zoramthanga that rectification will be affected if brought to his notice of the anomaly.

He further added that the number of employees of CADC is almost half of both LADC and MADC despite the administrative setup and size being identical.
The Session came to conclusion with the sitting.

CADC Budget Session, 2021-2022 adjourned indefinitely

Kamalanagar, 30 March, 2021: The second sitting of the Budget Session-2021-2022 held today was adjourned sine die after no business could be transacted due to dissolution of the Executive Committee, Chakma Autonomous District Council caused by the resignation of Dg. Rasik Mohan Chakma from the post of Chief Executive Member.

Dg. Rasik Mohan Chakma resigned from the post of CEM yesterday following the removal of the Chairman, CADC in a no-confidence motion moved on 26th March 2021.

Dg. Mohesh Boran Chakma, Deputy Chairman was on the chair who informed the House about the resignation tendered by Dg. Rasik Mohan Chakma which was received and forwarded yesterday to the Governor, Mizoram.

Attributing to the circumstances so caused due to the resignation of the CEM, the Deputy Chairman adjourned the Session sine die under Rule 35(2) of the CADC (Constitution and Conduct of Business, etc) Rules’ 2020 while stating that the list of business like presentation of the Budget, questions of the sitting all pertains to the House Leader.

Motion for removal of Chairman, CADC moved and passed

Kamalanagar, 26 March, 2021: Today in a turn of event in the first sitting of the CADC Budget Session, 2021 – 2022 a motion for removal of Dg. H. Amaresh Chakma from the office of Chairman was moved and all 15 elected Members present voted in favour of the motion. Dg Mohesh Boran Chakma, Deputy Chairman who conducted the proceeding of the sitting declared the Chairman removed by majority vote.

Dg. Mohan Chakma who is also an Executive Member of the present Executive Committee, CADC moved the motion. 16 elected Members out of 20 including the Deputy Chairman attended today’s sitting. Of the 15 Members who voted in favour of the motion 8 belonged to the treasury bench (MNF party) and 7 to the opposition (BJP). 4 Members from the treasury bench including the Chairman remained absent.

Dg. H. Amaresh Chakma who has contested the CADC General Election with MNF party ticket won from the 6-Kamalanagar South MDC Constituency.

The session was adjourned till next Tuesday.

Notification: Emergency Budget Session 2021-2022

Dangu H. Amaresh Chakma, Chairman, CADC is pleased to summon the Members of the 10th Chakma Autonomous District Council to sit for Emergency Budget Session 2021-2022 to commence from 26th March (Friday) 2021 at 10:20 A.M. in the Session Hall of Chakma Autonomous District Council, Kamalanagar.

CADC Winter Session held

Kamalanagar, 05 January, 2021: The Winter Session of Chakma Autonomous District Council started today with all precautionary measures in place to avoid the spread of Covid-19.

The sitting answered seven unstarred questions and one starred question all of which were put by opposition members belonging to BJP. Some of the questions sought the list of employees regularized by the present Executive Committee, list of resident traders issued trade licences and fees charged, details of projects/schemes sanctioned by NEC, details of works and list of beneficiaries under RKVY during 2018-2021, details of beneficiary farmers and assistant amount received under AH & Vety Department during 2020-21 and detail of Local Revenues received during 2020-21.

The sitting introduced one amendment bill, one bill and a rule of Mizoram government for adoption. The CADC (Constitution and Conduct of Business etc.) (Amendment) Rules’ 2020 and the Mizoram Government Employees (Counting of Past Service) Rules 2020 were introduced by Dg. Rasik Mohan Chakma, CEM, CADC and CADC (Publication Board) Rules, 2020 was introduced by Dg. Lakhi Dhan Chakma, EM i/c Art & Culture, etc. The rules will be discussed and voted in the subsequent sittings.

The CADC (Constitution and Conduct of Business etc.) (Amendment) Rules’ 2020 seek to amend clause (g) of Sub-rule 2 of Rule 28 of principal Rules. If the amendment get passed and receives the assent of the Governor prior approval of the Governor will not be required to fill up created gazette officer post falling vacant due to retirement or death.

The CADC (Publication Board) Rules will facilitate for formation of a Publication Board for the first time to promote and patronize publication of books in Chakma language.

The adoption of the Mizoram Government Employees (Counting of Past Service) Rules, 2020 will fulfill the absence of any rules for CADC to regulate the condition of service of officials with prior service rendered as Work charged, Contract, Provisional or any ad hoc/officiating employees.

The session was adjourned till 8th January 2021.

All Acts, Rules & Regulations of CADC compiled in a book

Kamalanagar, 16 December, 2020: In a programme organised by District Council Secretariat Dg. Rasik Mohan Chakma, CEM, CADC today released a book of compilation of all Acts, Rules & Regulations legislated by Chakma Autonomous District Council till date since 1972.

The programme was attended by Dg. H. Amaresh Chakma, Chairman, CADC besides other MDCs, HODs of different department of CADC and NGO leaders.

The book has been published by District Council Secretariat, CADC at a cost of Rs.4 Lakhs. A total of 1000 copies have been printed which will be available on demand for a price of Rs.300. This is the third book of the department being published during the last four years as reported by Dg. Digambar Chakma, Secretary, District Council Secretariat.

Dangu Rasik Mohan Chakma, CEM, CADC, releasing the book titled “A Compilation of Acts, Rules & Regulations of Chakma Autonomous District Council”.

The CEM speaking on the occasion stated that the first and foremost duty of their being elected as representative of the people is to make rules for better governance. He has remarked, “In introspection it seems we have partially failed with this foremost duty of a legislator given just 25 rules have been legislated in a span of 48 years of Council’s existence”.

He recalled how CADC has governed its people with mere 4 to 5 rules till 1999. While pointing to our lack of understanding about the significance of legislating rules he said that it took till 2002 for CADC to frame its own Constitution and Conduct of Business Rules. Till 2002, for 28 years, CADC managed with the Mizoram Autonomous District Council (Constitution and Conduct of Business) Rules 1974 made by the Governor for the three ADCs.

He said during his previous terms as CEM some 16 to 17 rules were legislated and added that this current term of his has passed as many as 8 rules so far which are awaited for assent of the Governor.

He further said, “The duty does not get over with mere legislation of rules. Implementation of the rules has to be ensured by the Executive, of which the ministerial staff including all the officers assembled here are a part.”

He urged the staff to refer to the rules as often as possible while discharging their duties so that the decision makers are better informed before taking any decision.

CADC Monsoon Session held

Kamalanagar, 09 September, 2020: The Monsoon Session of Chakma Autonomous District Council was held today with the approval of the Governor of Mizoram amidst restriction due to Covid-19 pandemic. The Session discussed and passed the motion of thanks to the present Executive Committee for the achievement it has made since assuming office, moved by Dg. Charan Singh Chakma, Deputy Chief Whip.

Achievements in respect of school education and good governance made by the current Executive Committee since assuming office in January, 2019 were discussed. Some of the achievements highlighted during the course of the discussion that are worth a mention are regularization of NFT/MR/Fixed pay staff that are long overdue, according due to the deprived employees, facilitating training for a large number of technical staff, recruitment of staff by conducting examination, implementation of VRS for the aged and incapacitated staff, contribution of Rs.6.78 crore to the Pension Contributory Fund, withdrawing charging of school admission fees, providing durable school furniture to all schools, providing school text book in full set free of cost, vertical extension of PWD office, restructuring the Land Revenue administrative set up, legislation of as many as seven rules, providing relief to persons affected by Covid-19, procurement of 12 office vehicles, construction of roads across CADC under PMGSY including arterial roads like Kamalanagar-Borapansury road, Kamalanagar-Longpuighat road, retention of Kamalanagar Composite Water Supply Scheme, agriculture and school infrastructure projects under NEC, etc.

The Session had to be summoned over a short notice served on 7th September, 2020 which has aggrieved the MDCs of BJP legislature party. The MDCs of the BJP legislature party have remained absent in the session today. Earlier, yesterday, the BJP legislature party aggrieved by the short notice of the summon submitted a memorandum to Dg. H. Amaresh Chakma, Chairman, CADC while alleging violation of rules of CADC (Constitution and Conduct of Business, etc.) Rules, 2002 and demanded rescheduling of the summon of the Monsoon session to maintain the time gap between serving the notice of summon and commencement of the session.

The District Council Secretariat in its reply to the BJP legislature party maintained that no rules have been violated and the Session was called in accordance of Sub-Rule 6 of Rule 33 which states, “Notwithstanding anything contained in this rule, nothing shall restrict the power of the Governor to summon a meeting of the District Council at any time as he may think fit in public interest.”

The District Council Secretariat in a letter dated 14th August, 2020 sought His Excellency’s permission to conduct the Monsoon session from 8th September, 2020 which stated that due time to conduct the Monsoon session was mid-July, which could not be maintained due to Covid-19 prohibitory orders of the government issued from time to time. The governor in a letter dated 7th September, 2020 accorded permission to conduct the Session on 08/09/2020 which had to be deferred by a day for convenient of all.

CADC Monsoon Session deferred by 1 day

Notification issued by the Chairman of the Chakma Autonomous District Council, as per the approval received from the DC&MA, Govt of Mizoram, the Monsoon session 2020 of the CADC shall commence from 9th September 2020.

The notification is reproduced below.

CADC Budget, 2020-2021 passed

Kamalanagar, 22 July, 2020: Chakma Autonomous District Council in its Emergency Budget Session’ 2020-2021 which started on 17/07/2020 passed the Budget today unanimously for an amount of Rs.10566 Lakh.

CADC Budget Session 2020-21 in progress

Rs.97,30,41,000/- accounts for salary, Rs.5,85,00,000/- for non-salary, Rs.63,84,00/- for remuneration to Village Councils and Rs.77,98,000/- for non-salary under Village Councils. Local Revenue collection estimated for the current financial year is Rs.1,09,40,000/-.

The estimated requirement for salary to be incurred out of normal grant-in-aid is Rs.110,17,24,000/- resulting in a deficit of Rs.12,86,83,000/-. The estimated requirement of salary for the Village Council remuneration is Rs.67,35,000/- showing a deficit of Rs.3,51,000/-. The deficit against salary is mainly due to demand for implementation of the amended Rules pertaining to Salaries and allowances of the Members.

The Budget Session also presented the Supplementary Demand for Grants, 2019-20 for an amount of Rs.19,66,14,000/-. A portion of the amount has been utilized for payment of salary. The non-salary amount has been utilized for construction of drainage system in Kamalanagar-III, SMBT Road in Borapansury, setting up of brick kiln at Udalthana-I, verticle extension of PWD office building, installation of deep bore well at Chakma House, Aizawl, for payment of outstanding vehicle repairing bills, councilors pending TA/DA bills and for purchase of 11 number of Mahendra Scorpio and 1 407 Tipper.

The Budget Session also passed the following bills:

  1. The CADC (Salaries and allowances of Chief Executive Member and Executive Members) (Second Amendment) Bill 2020.
  2. The CADC (Salaries and allowances of Chairman and Deputy Chairman) (Second Amendment) Bill 2020.
  3. The CADC (Salaries and allowances and pension of Members) (Third Amendment) Bill 2020.
  4. The CADC Secretariat (Recruitment and Condition of services) Bill, 2020.
  5. The CADC Technical Service (Group A & B posts) Recruitment Bill, 2020.
  6. CADC (Forest) (Amendment) Bill, 2020.
    The findings and suggestions of the CADC Audit Committee on CAG report for the period 2009-2010 to 2014-2015 was discussed and passed in the House.

The Budget Session, 2020-21 could not be held in due time and got postponed for about four months due to Covid-19 induced lockdown. The session could be conducted on an emergency notice after being consented by the Governor, Mizoram. The session was conducted while maintaining social distance among the Members who have attended the session.