Elected members raise objection to superseding ADCs in Manipur

Correspondent IMPHAL, Dec 4 | Publish Date: 12/4/2020 12:28:30 PM IST

Elected members of the recently superseded six Autonomous District Councils (ADCs) in Manipur on Friday registered a strong objection to the handing over of functioning of the councils to deputy commissioners.

While superseding the ADCs, the Manipur government, in its order appointed deputy commissioners of each district to exercise all powers and duties conferred and imposed upon the ADCs under Manipur (Hill Areas) District Council Act, 1971 or any other law for the time being enforced.

“We have no objection when the state government superseding the six ADCs. But we are against the handing over the administration to the DCs,” said coordinator of Chairmen Forum of ADC Manipur Dr Yaranso Ngalhung.

Addressing a press conference here in Imphal, the chairman of superseded Ukhrul ADC said that traditionally, chairman used to act as caretaker after the term of the ADC expired and pending the elections.

The BJP-led coalition government had not followed this traditional and constitutional practice and handed over the charge to DCs by superseding the ADCs, he alleged.

If the government order ADC chairmen to act as caretakers, it would be in the interest of the tribal people, he said.

During the press conference, chairmen and members also joined the chorus demanding conduct of the elections to the ADCs without any delay. 

The government should conduct the elections to the ADCs at the earliest, the coordinator demanded. If the state government delays holding the elections citing COVID-19 pandemic, it will cheat the tribal people as the state government was preparing to hold the elections to the Imphal Municipal Corporation (IMC) in January 2021, he alleged.

People of the hill district will consider they are neglected  if government delay in holding the elections, he said.

The Manipur government superseded the six ADCs covering the entire 10 hill districts by an order issued on November 30 last amid the demand for holding the due elections to the ADCs without any delay raised by All Tribal Students’ Union Manipur (ATSUM).

While demanding holding the elections without any delay, ATSUM had recently threatened to launch its deferred agitations. The apex body of tribal based student bodies alleged that even as the state government had agreed to hold the due elections without delay, no step to hold the same was taken up till date.

While pressing the government to conduct the elections, ATSUM has been threatening imposing inter-state bandh and complete ban on the implementation of national projects in the hill districts.


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