Chakma ADC chief demands more powers from Centre

The Chief Executive of Member of Mizoram’s Chakma Autonomous District Council (CADC), Shri Shanti Jiban Chakma called on the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) and Prime Ministers’ Office, Dr Jitendra Singh at North Block in New Delhi on 18th June and discussed “a wide range of issues related to the development as well as socio-political concerns of the Chakma community”, a statement from DONER has said.

The agenda of the discussion included Border Area Development Programme (BADP) and Chakma Council’s demand that it should be involved in the planning and implementation of various schemes under BADP of the Ministry of Home Affairs, the statement said.

The Chakma Council chief submitted a memorandum which, among other things, “called for amendment of the 6th Schedule of the Constitution, in order to provide more administrative power and financial support to the Council”.

He also demanded “setting up a Chakma House in the national capital of New Delhi”.

“Dr Jitendra Singh listened to the issues raised by the Chakma Council Chief and his team. He said, since most of the issues were not being directly dealt by the Ministry of DoNER, he would try to take up the issues with the relevant Departments in the Ministry of Home Affairs, NITI Aayog and the Mizoram State Government”, the DONER Ministry statement said.

“Chakma Autonomous Development Council is situated on the International Border with Bangladesh in the West and Myanmar in the South, which makes it strategically important area, calling for special attention”, it noted.

The Kamalanagar Times is the first to report about the meeting between Shanti Jiban Chakma and the DONER Minister. The Minister himself had tweeted about the meeting.

Shanti Jiban Chakma is currently in Delhi on official tours. He is the first BJP leader to assume a constitutional post in Mizoram as CEM of CADC after BJP formed coalition government following elections in April this year.

CADC was constituted in 1972 under 6th Schedule to the Constitution.

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