The Centre has sanctioned a ‘special assistance grant’ of Rs 1,000 crore for the upkeep of tribal councils in Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura and Mizoram. Of the total amount, Rs 539.79 crore was sanctioned for three Autonomous District Councils (ADCs) in Assam, Rs 267.4 crore for three ADCs in Meghalaya, Rs 175.95 crore for one ADC in Tripura and Rs 16.86 crore for three ADCs in Mizoram.
The Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) of Assam will receive Rs 421.02 crore, while the North Cachar Hills and Karbi Anglong will receive Rs 24.66 crore and Rs 94.11 crore respectively. The Khasi Hills ADC (KHADC) of Meghalaya will get Rs 133.12 crore, 100.71 crore and Rs 33.57 crore has been allotted for the development of Garo and Jaintia Hills.
The Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council in Tripura will get Rs 175.95 crore. Whereas, In Mizoram, the Chakma ADC will get Rs 4.58 crore, the Lai ADC will get Rs 4.64 crore while the Mara ADC will get Rs 7.64 crore.
Meanwhile appreciating the decision, the Forum of Councils under Sixth Schedule (FOCUS) has urged the Centre to continue with aid till the ADCs are not included under Article 280 of the Constitution.