CRITICAL APPRECIATION ON THE ADMINISTRATION OF ADCC AND SUGGESTIONS THEREOF
In quite a welcoming gesture, the ADC Churachandpur had made a _Notification No. 1/348/ADCC – Misc (T)/2018/238, dated May 30th 2019_ ordering for closure of shops and establishment on Sunday within the town area pursuant to _Resolution No. 2 of its Executive Committee_ based on *Section 10(1) the Manipur Shops and Establishment Act, 1972 (Act No. IV of 1972).* The zeal for more efficient administration of the town is much appreciated except that the selection of Sunday as the day for closure had raise quite a flutter and that rigid specific day was made under the wrong premise. Such official blunder could have been avoided with a more cautious and careful scrutiny.
Owing to the stated misquotation of the legislative provision, a modification order was reissued with _Memo No. 1/348/ADCC – Misc (T)/2018/300, dated 29th June, 2019_ omitting *Section 10(1) the Manipur Shops and Establishment Act, 1972 (Act No. IV of 1972)* and memo of the Deputy Labour Commission, and quoting *Section 29 (1) (vi) of the Manipur (Hill Areas) District Council Act, 1971 that the ADC* is entrusted with the control and administration of *”the establishment, maintenance and management of markets and fairs”* which keeps the order for closure of shops on Sunday standing.
Moreover, the ADC issued a Public Notice for _”Setting up of Toll Tax Gates, Collection of Parking Fees & Hoarding Fees within the jurisdiction of ADC, Churachandpur – Call for objections, comments regarding”_ with _Memo No. 1/333/ADCC-Town/2017, dated 17th June, 2019_ based on _Resolution No. 6 of the Executive Committee_ meeting held on 27.05.2019 to be read with *Section 29(1), Section 33 (b)(c) & Section 35: Procedure for Imposing Taxes of the Manipur (Hill Areas) District Councils Act, 1971.* This is yet again another welcoming gesture and a positive move that will potentially replenish the otherwise empty coffer of the ADC and ensure better flow of traffic and good regulation of civic culture.
However, this appreciation cannot come without better scrutiny and more critical observation on the legislative provision on which the public notice was based on. The vehicle over which the ADC is statedly empowered to levy taxes were vehicles *”other than mechanically propelled vehicles”* as per *Section 33 (b) of the Manipur (Hill Areas) District Councils Act, 1971* of which vehicle of such class were defined in the *Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2014* as:
_(i) a vehicle running upon fixed rails;_
_(ii) a vehicle of a special type adapted for use only in a factory or in any other enclosed premises;_
_(iii) a vehicle having less than four wheels fitted with engine capacity of not exceeding 25 cc_
And that the proposed tolls on passengers and goods were specified as *”carried in ferries”* as per *Section 33 (c) of the Manipur (Hill Areas) District Councils Act, 1971.*
As the zeal and enthusiasm of incumbent ADCs are much appreciated and one’s boundary of authority should always be tested, especially in the context of ADC administration in Manipur, one could not help being cautious of its legislative sanction as per the provision. And this is also the reason why the provisions of our local self government have been found to be insufficient, and the call for empowerment is always pertinent.
Apart from these noble gestures of the ADC, few suggestions on which the ADC could take initiative are:
_1. District boundary marker and welcome signage between Churachandpur and Bishenpur districts at Tedim Road._
_2. Pressure the district administration for the alignment of the incongruent administrative and revenue jurisdiction of its sub-divisions where certain land records were kept and revenue collection were done in a different sub-divisional administrative offices._
_3. Invoking Section 158 of the Manipur Land Revenue and Land Reforms Act, 1960 regarding transfer of land to non Scheduled Tribes and an effort to reclaim those lands which were wrongfully transferred._
_4. Giving impetus and support to the empowerment effort of our local self-government through the SoO political talks currently held by Kuki/Zo UG groups through a combined effort of ADCs in the demand area._