Agartala, May 13 : The council of ministers today proposed to the governor Ramesh Bais to dissolve the executive committee of the Tripura Tribal Area Autonomous District Council (TTAADC) on the expiry of it’s tenure on May 17 next, as the election for a new council has been postponed due to Covid pandemic.
Law Minister Ratan Lal Nath said today that as per the provision of the sixth schedule of the constitution once the tenure of the existing council is over, governor’s rule would automatically be imposed in ADC for an indefinite period. The governor in consultation with the state government would run the administration through administrator. According to powers and functions under the provision of the sixth schedule of the constitution the concerned governor could hold power initially for six months unless it is extended with a second-order or orders. All orders issued by him have to be ratified by the state assembly. Earlier on March 26 last, the election for the 30 -member council was deferred for an indefinite time in a notification considering the situation in the wake of Covid-19 pandemic. The preparation for holding elections among the political parties as well as in the administration was started early this year but lockdown has spoiled the preparation.
While Chief Executive Member of the council from CPI (M), Radhacharan Debbarma said they would wait for decision of the governor since he holds discretionary powers to extend the tenure of the existing committee by one year in case of natural calamities, BJP spokesperson Nabendu Bhattacharjee said the decision would be taken by governor whatever he feels deem fit and proper. The then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi had allowed forming TTAADC in 1979 under the provisions of 7th Schedule of the Constitution and was later elevated its power and functions under 6th Schedule of the constitution in 1987 with two-third of the state’s territory inhabited by tribals constituting one-third of the population. (UNI)