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KAAC memo to HM for autonomy
Correspondent DIPHU, MAY 16:
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Published on 17 May. 2011 11:55 PM IST
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Reaffirming its stand on the perennial issue of transforming Karbi Anglong and NC Hills into an autonomous zone, the councilors of Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC) met the union home minister, P. Chidambaram on May 7 last.
KAAC delegation led by its chief executive member (CEM), Joyram Engleng apprised Chidambaram on the current state of affairs of the twin hill districts in New Delhi and also submitted a memorandum. Later, the delegation also called upon union finance minister Pranab Mukherjee for allocation of funds.
In a press conference on Monday at the official residence of the Joyram held with both the union ministers were meaningful. However, Joyram stated that KAAC team cutting across political affiliation reiterated to Chidambaram that both center and state government have delayed the proposed creation autonomous state despite vigorous agitation and political maneuvering by the council.
CEM also expressed to Chidambaram the fact that, in 1979, an office memorandum was signed between the KAAC, state and the union government with no progress and in 1995, after signing of the tripartite MoU, between the agitating Autonomous State Demand Committee (ASDC), Union and the state government, government of India agreed to handover 30 departments under the administrative jurisdiction of the Council.
However CEM stated that the profit earning departments like excise, road transport, sale tax etc., were yet to be handed over to KAAC, “this is a breach of trust”, the CEM said at the crowded press meet.
The memorandum given to the Chidambaram include demands like creation of the proposed autonomous state within the geographical boundary of Assam itself, granting of special package for the Karbi Anglong and NC Hills Autonomous Council, package like direct funding for time bound implementation of schemes and appropriate expenditure of public money.
The KAAC councilors also raised the demand for granting of special fund for establishing institutions like medical and engineering colleges, IIT, full fledged Central University, industrial unit to tap the agricultural and horticultural resources of this district, they also demanded fund for construction of a hydro electrical project etc.
The memo called upon Centre to exempt KAAC from obtaining prior permission from the staff inspection units before making appointments in grade III and IV categories of all state government jobs under the jurisdiction of the council.
It may be mentioned that KAAC authorities have already approached the Finance department of the State in this respect, urging the Assam govt. to exempt the 30 entrusted departments of the Council from the ambit of the SIU. KAAC authority advised that the principal secretary of the council should be given the authority to approve filling up of posts.
The memo viewed that although it was envisaged that the administrative departments of the state government shall release funds to the council on a six monthly basis in April and October during financial year, considerable delay in release of funds was taking place for last few years which is jeopardizing developmental activities of the district.
The memorandum opened a new avenue of debate that due to redundant delay of the Union Govt. to implement article 244 (A) in case of Karbi Anglong, Assam government is grabbing the opportunity to put financial stringency over KAAC.

 
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