With the aim to strengthen and empower the Autonomous District Council (ADC) by devolution of power, an in-depth discussion of the Hill Area Committee (HAC) was conducted at Manipur Legislative Assembly, Chingmeirong, Imphal West on Wednesday.
Chairman of HAC, Dinganglung Gangmei alias Dipu Gangmei told media at his office chamber that since the formation of district council in 1971-72 there was no certain empowerment. However, with the coming of N Biren Singh as chief minister of Manipur, he suggested strengthening the ADC, the chairman said.
Discussion for empowering ADC is a lengthy process and the meeting needs to be held again, he added. During the meeting the members of HAC discussed the 7th and 6th Amendments Acts to find ways for empowerment of ADC, he added.
Responding to the media, he said the present members need to follow the due process of delimitation and that CSOs, ADC members and others need to be consulted. Delimitation process will take time; however, all the processes are going to be completed and the government is also pressuring the committee to submit the report. After the submission of the report ADC election will be conducted, said the chairman of HAC.
Among the 20 HAC members, 13 members attended the meeting.