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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.

Notification for Budget Session 2020

The Chairman of CADC has notified that the Budget Session of Chakma Autonomous District Council shall commence from 3rd April (Friday) 2020 at 10.30 A.M.

All Business both Official and Non-official meant for the Budget Session may be submitted to the Chairman, CADC during office hours on or before 16th March, 2020.

Two amendment bills introduced in CADC Winter Session

Kamalanagar, 16 December, 2019: The CADC Winter Session 2019 started today and two amendment bills namely CADC (Election to Village Councils) (Amendment) Rules, 2019 and CADC (Forest) (Amendment) Act, 2019 were introduced.

The proceeding began with obituary service to Dg. Sukra Muni Chakma (1935-2019), former MDC and Executive Member, CADC who had passed away on 10th Dec.’ 2019. His contributions to the society especially in pioneering establishment of Primary, Middle and High schools at Borapansury were remembered while serving as VCP of Borapansury for many terms.

During the question hour while answering to a question put by Ajay Kumar Chakma, MDC on the appointment of two new staff under Legislative Department, the CEM explained that due process of recruitment were conducted in 2011. However, the result was not published for reason unknown and to that effect a representation was received from the aggrieved candidates. Acting upon the representation an enquiry committee was constituted to look into the matter and subsequently, result was published and appointment given to the meritorious candidates.

To another question put by Dg. Shanti Jiban Chakma, MDC it was answered that in 2019 five in-service and 28 pre-service trainees were sent for training for various technical courses. It has been clarified that CADC is sponsoring the candidates of pre-service training.

The CADC (Election to Village Councils) (Amendment) Rules, 2019 was introduced by Dg. Uday Tongchangya, EM i/c LAD and the bill seeks to specify age limit for a contesting candidate, to use a single common ballot box, to hold the counting of votes after handover of ballot boxes to Returning Officer and to empower the Executive Committee, CADC to suspend a Village Council Executive Body in case of equality of votes for the election of President of the Village Council.

Dg. Durjyadhan Chakma, EM i/c Forest, etc. introduced the CADC (Forest) (Amendment) Bill, 2019. The amendment bill provides to constitute village forest reserve for collective benefit of the village community, demarcation of their boundary and to introduce prohibition of Jhuming in Village Safety reserve, village supply reserve, town station reserve and Council Reserve Forest.

The two amendment bills will be discussed and voted in the next sitting to be held on 20/12/2019.

CADC Budget, 2019-20 passed; Monsoon Session prorogued

Kamalanagar, 21 August, 2019: Chakma Autonomous District Council’s Budget for the current financial year for an amount of Rs.95,28,98,000/- was passed today after discussion and voting.

93% of the budget figure accounts for payment of salary of employees and the rest is for administrative cost and some minor developmental works. The budget has allocated a larger share of its non-salary components towards school education. Admission fees for school children have been stopped and admission made free. Funds have been allocated for repairing schools, providing school furniture and free text books to students in full set. The budget has retained the MDC Local Area Development fund of Rs.5 Lakh per MDC constituency. There is a deficit of Rs. Rs.11,49,23,000/- against salary for which representation for additional fund to the state government has been submitted.

Rs.6,78,02,260/- was contributed to the Employees’ Pension Contributory Fund out of normal Grant-in-Aid, State Finance Commission Grants Fund, 2018-19 by the present Executive Committee.

The CADC Land and Revenue Rule, 2019 which was introduced in the first sitting of the Session held on 16/8/2019 was discussed and passed by a majority vote in today’s sitting. 15 Members voted in favour, while 7 Members voted against. The bill mover Dg. Rasik Mohan Chakma, CEM, CADC stated that because of absence of a rule till date the revenue administration has fared badly in respect of revenue generation out of land taxes and maintenance of land records. The Land and Revenue Act 2002 which was gazetted 16 years back mandates that rules shall be made to carry out the provisions of the Act.

Today’s sitting also discussed and passed the CADC Biological Diversity Rule 2019 which was introduced in the second sitting of the Monsoon Session.

The sitting answered seven unstarred questions put by the Members of the opposition bench during the Question Hours.

The Monsoon Session concluded with today’s sitting. The Session in all has passed two bills and one official resolution and answered 32 questions put by Members of the opposition bench.