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DIPHU, Sept 29 � Several bodies of Karbi Anglong like the Karbi Students� Association, Karbi Employee�s Association, Karbi Reawakening Organisation and Karbi Unemployed Youth Association have opposed the Government�s move to introduce village council in both the hills districts of Assam. The organisations claimed that the Government move is actually aimed at establishing Panchayati Raj system in the autonomous districts which will disadvantageous for an autonomous district covered by the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution.

Representatives of the four organisations held a meeting at the conference hall of Jirsong Asong (NGO) complex at Diphu to discuss the implication of village councils in autonomous areas of Assam. Some speakers spoke on the need for modification of the draft bill of the village council. They expressed annoyance at the Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council�s authority�s �clandestine� deal with the State Government without taking into confidence all the stake holders. The house decided to send a fact-finding team to the KAAC to know the authenticity of the village council demand.

However, during the course of discussions, it was not understood as to how the village council may hamper the development and growth of the autonomous district, as the entire concept of the village council is fundamentally aimed at decentralisation of financial and administrative power to the grass root level.

The speakers refrained from mentioning that, practically in both the hill autonomous districts of Assam where even after 65 years of management of developmental aspects of the region by the autonomous councils, these areas have remained totally backward and are plagued by unparalleled corruption and almost no governance. It is still not understood as to why the KAAC and the North Cachar Hills Autonomous Council, even after getting generous amount of funds from the Central Government, especially after 1995, have failed to utilise those for basic development. Experimentation of the village council in both the districts may not be detrimental after all, as the common people of both the districts have nothing to lose where in the absence of any economic growth and lame-duck governance, insurgency and social disorder have become the order of the day.

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Civic bodies oppose village council structure

DIPHU, Sept 29 � Several bodies of Karbi Anglong like the Karbi Students� Association, Karbi Employee�s Association, Karbi Reawakening Organisation and Karbi Unemployed Youth Association have opposed the Government�s move to introduce village council in both the hills districts of Assam. The organisations claimed that the Government move is actually aimed at establishing Panchayati Raj system in the autonomous districts which will disadvantageous for an autonomous district covered by the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution.

Representatives of the four organisations held a meeting at the conference hall of Jirsong Asong (NGO) complex at Diphu to discuss the implication of village councils in autonomous areas of Assam. Some speakers spoke on the need for modification of the draft bill of the village council. They expressed annoyance at the Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council�s authority�s �clandestine� deal with the State Government without taking into confidence all the stake holders. The house decided to send a fact-finding team to the KAAC to know the authenticity of the village council demand.

However, during the course of discussions, it was not understood as to how the village council may hamper the development and growth of the autonomous district, as the entire concept of the village council is fundamentally aimed at decentralisation of financial and administrative power to the grass root level.

The speakers refrained from mentioning that, practically in both the hill autonomous districts of Assam where even after 65 years of management of developmental aspects of the region by the autonomous councils, these areas have remained totally backward and are plagued by unparalleled corruption and almost no governance. It is still not understood as to why the KAAC and the North Cachar Hills Autonomous Council, even after getting generous amount of funds from the Central Government, especially after 1995, have failed to utilise those for basic development. Experimentation of the village council in both the districts may not be detrimental after all, as the common people of both the districts have nothing to lose where in the absence of any economic growth and lame-duck governance, insurgency and social disorder have become the order of the day.