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Centre to gift more powers to ADCs in N-E

Agartala: The Centrae would soon move a Constitution Amendment bill in Parliament to delegate more powers to the tribal autonomous councils in the northeast, Tripura Tribal Welfare Minister Aghore Debbarma said here on Friday.

“The Central government has taken opinions from the state governments and the tribal autonomous councils of the northeastern region about the proposed delegation of powers to the self-governing bodies,” Debbarma told reporters.

He said: “Before preparing the constitution amendment bill, the central government has sought the views of the state governments and the tribal autonomous councils in December last year.”

There are 16 tribal autonomous district councils (ADCs) in the Northeast, facilitating the rights of governance to local bodies by the tribals, who constitute 27 per cent of the region’s 4.06 crore people.

Of the 16 ADCs, six are in Manipur, three each in Assam, Meghalaya and Mizoram, and one in Tripura. (IANS)

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