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Manipur govt empowers ADCs
Correspondent IMPHAL, JAN 15:
Published on 16 Jan. 2011 12:40 AM IST
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In a move to devolve power to the Autonomous (Hills) District Council (ADCs), the Manipur government has made an amendment to the Manipur (Hill Areas) District Councils Rules, 1972.
An official source said that a gazette notification has been issued recently in this regard. Under the amended rules, each council has been given power to constitute a Financial Committee consisting of seven members as soon as establishment of the council. The chairman of the council will elect on the seven members of committee as chairman of the Finance committee.
In addition to the Finance Committee, the Council could form any number of committees of not more than seven members as it thinks necessary.
It is pertinent to mention that Manipur government has also finalized the salaries and allowances of chairman, vice-chairman, executive members and members of Autonomous (Hills) District Councils (ADCs).
A chairman of the ADC will enjoy a monthly pay of Rs 12,000 plus house rent allowance (HRA) of Rs.2,500 per month. The same for the vice chairman will be Rs 11,000 and Rs.2000 respectively while that of executive members will be Rs.10,000 and Rs.1,500 and that of councilors has been fixed at Rs.9,000 and Rs.1,500 respectively. The salaries and allowances were finalized by the Manipur government based on the recommendation made by the Manipur (Hills) Department. The recommendation of the hill department was again prepared after a thorough analysis to the remuneration given to the ADCs in other north Eastern states, the source said. The rates of the Manipur government is higher than that of ADCs in Assam, Tripura and Mizoram, but slightly less than that enjoyed by the ADC members in Meghalaya.
The ADCs in the five hill districts of Manipur were constituted after a lapse of over 20 years under the “controversial” Manipur (Hills Areas) District Councils (Third Amendment) 2008. The Act became controversial as many Naga based civil societies are still demanding nullification of the ADCs since government announced ADC election schedule in April 2010.
The election to the ADCs was also held amidst boycotts and disturbances during two phases in May and June 2010. In the latest development, the United Naga Council (UNC) has asked the ADC members to resign on or before January 31, 2011.

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