Agartala: As the tenure of the Tripura Tribal Area Autonomous District Council (TTAADC) is scheduled to be over on May 17, the Tripura Cabinet on Tuesday approved to dissolve the incumbent executive committee.

Speaking in a press conference, Cabinet spokesperson and law minister Ratan Lal Nath said that the ADC elections were deferred within the scheduled time due to the outbreak of coronavirus aka COVID-19 which lead to the announcement of national lockdown.

The Cabinet on Tuesday has decided that the present committee of Tripura ADC would be dissolved on May 17 and the Governor of Tripura—Ramesh Bais will take charge for a tenure of six months until the elections are announced.

“Governor shall assume the administration of the district as per provision contained in subparagraph-2 of paragraph-16 of the Sixth Schedule to the Constitution of India”, Nath said.

He also said that the if the Governor feels that a situation has arisen in which the administration of an autonomous district or region cannot be carried on in accordance with the provisions of this Schedule, he may, by public notification, assume to himself or appoint an administrator to run the ADC, if required.

However, the powers shall be delivered by such person or authority as he may specify in this behalf, for a period not exceeding six months.

“Every order by the governor and the administrator shall have to be laid before the state assembly and that shall cease to operate at the expiration of thirty days from the date on which the state legislature first sits after the issue of the order, unless, before the expiry of that period it has been approved by the state legislature,” Nath added.

The TTAADC is spread into 68% of the total geographical area of the state and is home to over one-third of the total population of Tripura.

Earlier on March 26 the elections of the TTAADC was deferred for indefinitely period following the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic, a notification by tribal welfare director N Darlong informed.

Meanwhile, reacting on the decision of the state cabinet, TTAADC chief executive member Radhacharan Debbarma said the decision of the governor is yet to come. He holds the discretionary powers to extend the tenure of the existing committee by at least one year in case of any calamities or take over himself in case the law and order situation breaks down.

The BJP Pradesh vice-president Ashok Sinha said that the decision of the Governor is yet to come and whatever he decides all the parties would agree with him.

Earlier in January during the sixth session of the 12th Tripura Legislative Assembly, the resolution to increase the seats of Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC) from 30 to 50 was unanimously passed.

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