MEGHALAYA LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY

WINTER SESSION 1974

BULLETIN NO.4

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10, 1974

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        The Assembly met today at 9 A.M. with the Hon' ble Speaker on the Chair. The day was mainly allotted for transaction of Private Members' Business beside the two Government items ( Nos. 1 & 2 ) in the day's agenda.

1.         ANNOUNCEMENT FROM THE CHAIR 

            The Hon' ble Speaker read out the message from the Governor of Meghalaya under the 1st Proviso to Article 200 of the Constitution of India for consideration of the Meghalaya Transfer of Land ( Regulation ) ( Amendment ) Bill, 1972, which was passed by the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly on the 3rd July, 1972, and fixed December 13, 1974, for reconsideration of the Bill in the line suggested by the Governor in his message.

2.        THE CONSTITUTION ( THIRTY- SIXTH AMENDMENT ) BILL, 1974, RELATING TO SIKKIM 

        The Chief Minister sought the leave of the House to cause the Constitution ( Thirty-Sixth Amendment ) Bill, 1974 relating to Sikkim, as passed by the two Houses of Parliament, to be laid on the Members table, and copies of the Bill were laid by leave of the House.

3.        MOTIONS 

            (a) Shri S.D.D. Nichols Roy took the floor to reply to the debate on Motion No.3 moved by Shri Rowell Lyngdoh on the 7th December, 1974, regarding the alleged acute scarcity of foodstuff in certain areas of the State.

            Sarvashri M.N. Majaw and Rowell Lyngdoh raised further points concerning this subject to which the Minister gave the necessary clarification, after which the discussion was concluded.

            (b) Shri S.D. Khongwir (HSPDP) moved the next Motion standing in his name in the Balloted list of the Motion ( No.4 ) regarding the economic difficulties faced by the people living in the border areas. He apprised the House of the difficulties of the border people as far as he could see. Shri Khongwir was followed by the following hon' ble Members in an animated discussion of this problem:

        (1) Shri H.S. Lyngdoh (HSPDP);

        (2) Shri Francis K. Mawlot (HSPDP);

        (3) Shri K.M. Roy Marbaniang (APHLC);

        (4) Shri Jor Manick Syiem (APHLC);

        (5) Shri E.N. Poshna (CONGRESS R );

        (6) Shri Raisen Mawsor (HSPDP);

        (7) Shri Plansing Marak (APHLC);

        (8) Shri Salseng Marak ( APHLC);

        (9) Shri Rowell Lyngdoh (HSPDP);

        (10) Shri Jackman Marak (APHLC);

        (11) Shri P. Riple Kyndiah (APHLC); and

        (12) Shri S.N. Koch ( CONGRESS R ).

        A number of the  participants put various suggestions as to how this problem could be effectively tackled to ameliorate the difficulties of the people of the Border Areas and to improve their economic condition.

        At various stages of the debate, the Minister Finance, the Minister for Agriculture and the Chief Minister took the floor to clarify various points concerning the Departments which came up during the course of the discussion.

        Shri S.D.D.Nichols Roy, Minister for Border Development spoke in reply to the debate and gave a detailed account of the various measures taken by the Government, both at the Centre and at the State Level, to deal with the Border problems and sought the co-operation of all sections of the House in facing this task. He assured the House that Govt. are fully alive to this problem and that all helpful suggestions for dealing with this matter would be seriously considered by the Government.

        The House was adjourned by the Deputy Speaker at 1.30 P.M. to meet again at 9 A.M. on Wednesday, December 11, 1974.

Sd/- R.T. Rymbai.,
Secretary,
Meghalaya Legislative Assembly.

Memo. No. AS (SB) 83/MLA/8343, Dated Shillong, the 11th December/1974.