NEW DELHI || Dr Jitendra Singh, the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space met with representatives of Manipur Autonomous District Councils (ADCs), at New Delhi today.
A delegation of Manipur Councillors led by Gennei Khup Vaiphei, Convener of the Coordination Committee of Manipur Autonomous District Councils (ADCs) and Yaronsho Ngalung, Chairman, Autonomous District Council (ADC) Ukhrul, called on the Minister and discussed with him their demand for extension of provisions of Schedule-VI of the Indian Constitution to hill areas of Manipur (non Schedule-VI areas) which, according to them, will give more financial assistance and pave the way for a lasting solution to a number of long-standing problems of the region.
The delegation brought to the notice of the DoNER Minister that the ADCs in the State of Manipur were established over four decades ago following the passage of the Manipur Hill Areas District Councils Act, 1971, but these are still controlled by the State government denying them adequate empowerment.
It will be pertinent to mention that Schedule-VI of the Indian Constitution provides for greater financial power and direct funding of district councils from Centre. It also enables appropriate judicial and legislative powers conducive to the powers of the region and tribals.
However, the Fourteenth Finance Commission (FFC) in para 9.109 of its Report has stated that areas under Schedule-VI in Meghalaya, Mizoram, Tripura and Assam, the areas in the hill districts of Manipur, rural areas of Nagaland and Mizoram will remain outside the ambit of the measures recommended for Panchayats and Municipalities.