25 - 11 - 2020

Governor to take control of ADC

Agartala, May 13,2020:The five years term of the present ADC's  ends on May 17,2020 leading to hectic political maneuverings.A meeting of the state cabinet on Tuesday  discussed the issue and decided to approach the governor to exercise power conferred on him by 6th schedule of the constitution and ADC act .

Briefing media persons on the issue in the state secretariat the education minister and cabinet spokesperson Ratan Lal Nath said that its not possible to hold election under the current situation of lock down,the governor can appoint an administrator to run the ADC affairs for a period of six months in consultation with the state government. "This appointment will have to be validated by the state assembly within six months and this can be renewed for a period of six more months by following the same procedure ; at the end of the second six-month period elections will have to be held mandatorily" said Nath.

Regarding the controversy over contributions to the chief minister’s relief fund, the minister  said that about Rs 16 crores had been deposited with the CM relief fund following the outbreak of the COVID-19 crisis and out of this a lumpsum amount of Rs 6 crores has been spent. "We have also prepared a guideline on expenses from the fund deciding who will be beneficiaries from the relief fund ; many matters including income tax rebate etc are involved in this and our guideline has taken care of all these aspects" said Nath.

Meanwhile, the chief executive member of ADC Radhacharan Debbarma said that the state government is entitled to take a decision on the term of ADC and appointment of administrator in due time but there is another angle . "The state government can also extend the term of the ADC's elected council by a year and the decision may be ratified by the state assembly ; but what they will decide to do  is their matter ; I would not make any comment on this" said Radhacharan.