A forum of six ADCs christened ‘Ex ADC Members Forum Manipur’ was established on Thursday at the ADC Bhavan in Imphal East, in order to redress the issues of Autonomous District Councils (ADCs) and fulfilment of their demands.
The term of the last ADCs was dissolved on November 30, 2020 and almost two years have passed since the election to ADCs of Manipur has not been held.
Speaking to the media while announcing about the formation of the forum, its advisor Yaronsho Ngalung who was also the former ADC chairman of Ukhrul, appealed to the state government to conduct ADC election by November 30 for keeping the local self government and democracy alive.
Regarding the reported recruitment of vacant posts under ADCs of Manipur, he said that the forum is aware about the shortage of teaching and non-teaching staff under ADCs of Manipur.
However, as election to ADCS has not been conducted, taking recruitment before the ADC elections will not be fair, he said. He further appealed to the government to stall the recruitment process till the election is over.
He mentioned that the work proposals for 15th Finance Commission 2021-22 (tied and untied) grants of first instalment have been submitted during the former caretaker chairmen of 6 ADCs to the TA and Hills department. It is unfortunate that there is a report of new proposals being put up by replacing the previous proposals submitted by the former caretaker chairmen.
He urged not to change and replace the proposals submitted during the tenure of former caretaker chairmen. The advisor further appealed to the government for releasing the 15th Finance Commission 2021-22 (tied and untied) grants to 6 ADCs at the earliest.
Regarding the plan to recruit teaching and non-teaching staff under ADCs, spokesperson of the forum N Wungreiyo supplemented that the creation of posts and appointment of employees should be done by the district council itself by taking due approval from the administrator as per the rule of law.
He urged the state government to abide by the rule of law while taking up any such recruitment process and hold the proposed recruitment until the ADC election is conducted.