Governor of Mizoram Kummanam Rajasekharan chaired a meeting on the Chakma Autonomous District Council (CADC) at Raj Bhavan today (17th July). The meeting was attended by Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla, members from the CADC and officials from the State government. CADC delegation was led by its Chief Executive Member Shanti Jiban Chakma.
Issues discussed pertained to the CADC such as “the recent report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, financial management, mode of release of funds to the Council, infrastructural issues, health sector, education, recruitment to various posts under the Council, monitoring of developmental works, streamlining of the administrative setup in the Autonomous District Councils and other important issues”, according to a statement from the State government.
The Governor said he was longing to meet the CADC leaders and advised them saying “as government servants, we are all bound to do something for the welfare of the people and need to be accountable and transparent in our work”.
The Governor also said, “Justice must be done to every rupee spent out of the public money and there should not be lapses on our part. He urged the members of the Council to find the potential of their region, evolve a plan of action to take advantage of it, prepare DPRs and try to raise the income of the Council. He also emphasized on the need to have regular meetings in order to evaluate whether the decisions taken during previous meetings have been implemented. He also urged them to ensure that there is a concrete administrative system in place despite shortcomings in transportation and communication infrastructure.”
Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla said that the state government never interfered in the working of the three Autonomous District Councils (ADCs) but tried to give maximum autonomy according to the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution of India. He further said that they should function independently because they know their people and their requirement better and that the State governemnt have always tried to increase their power including the budget allocation.
Lal Thanhawla also advised the new government in the CADC “to utilize their fund judiciously and for the purpose for which they have been sanctioned by both the Central and State government.”
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