Meet convened on ADC polls
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, April 11 2010: A two day joint seminar has been convened on April 13 and 14 at the State Guest House with an aim to bring a collective understanding on various controversial matters regarding the Autonomous District Council elections.

The seminar is being organised by the All India Tribal Association, Delhi.

Speaking to media persons at Hotel Tampha here this afternoon, president of the All India Tribal Association Delhi, K Zou said that the association has no objection to District Council elections.

But it needs a collective understanding of the various controversial matters surrounding the District Council elections.

After the District Councils were formed in 1973, 594 people were given appointments in Churachandpur district, 554 in Senapati district, 750 in Tamenglong, 674 in Ukhrul, 510 in Chandel and 655 in Sadar Hills.

However, these District Councils were slowly dissolved in phases, Zou said.

If District Councils are not constituted through elections, there would be no separate fund for development of hill areas.

Reiterating the need to resolve the controversies and misunderstandings about District Councils, K Zou said that the roles of village chiefs in District Councils and decentralisation of greater power to District Councils would be discussed during the seminar.

The meet would also study which would be better��to review the question of ADC polls or defer the poll schedules or allow the Government to go ahead with its already announced poll schedules.

Moreover, a public recommendation would also be adopted at the end of the seminar, K Zou added.