The Assembly met at 9 A.M. with the Speaker in the Chair.
Starred Question No.15 and Unstarred Questions Nos.137 to 145, 147 to 149, 152 and 153 with supplementaries thereto were disposed of. Replies to Unstarred Questions Nos.146, 150, 151 and 154 were laid on the Members' table.
Shri M.N. Majaw (HSPDP) made a short reference to the " dangers caused to the health of citizens by the pollution of air caused by old or defective vehicle emitting black foul smoke from their exhaust pipes".
The Minister for Transport, Shri D.D. Pugh, replied that Govt would look into this matter and see what could be done.
The Speaker informed the House that he had received a notice of complaint of breach of privilege from Shri M.N. Majaw (HSPDP) against the printer and editor of the Weekly ' Implanter' for publishing a wrong report in the said weekly concerning the Mover in the matter of the debate on the Governor's Address during the current session, which according to him was " deliberately false " and "malicious".
The Chair observed that although the said report was incorrect, there was no prima facie case of breach of privilege. He informed the House that he would be writing to the said Editor to ask him to correct the impugned report
The Chair announced that Shri Pleander Gare Momin and Shri K.M. Roy Marbaniang, both APHLC had been elected unopposed to the Public Accounts Committee and the Committee on Estimates respectively.
Shri Plansing Marak was appointed Chairman of the Committee on Estimates.
The following Committees were also constituted by the Speaker.
(i) RULES COMMITTEE
1. Shri B.B. Lyngdoh, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs;
2. Shri Maham Singh (CONG) Leader of the Opposition;
3. Shri H. Hynniewta (IND);
4. Shri Humphrey Hadem (APHLC).
The Committee will function under the Chairmanship of the Speaker.
1. Shri J.M. Syiem (APHLC);
2. Miss Percylina Marak (APHLC);
3. Shri W. Syiemiong (HSPDP);
4. Shri Shamsul Haque (APHLC) ; and
5. Shri Edward Kurbah (HSPDP).
Shri J.M. Syiem was appointed as Chairman of the Committee.
1. Prof. A. Warjri (APHLC)
2. Shri M. Rabha (APHLC)
3. Shri S.N. Koch (CONG)
4. Shri Samendra Sangma (APHLC) ; and
5. Shri Rowell Lyngdoh (HSPDP)
Prof. A. Warjri was appointed as Chairman of the Committee .
1. Shri S. Sangma, Dy. Speaker;
2. Shri D.D. Lapang (APHLC)
3. Shri S.D. Khongwir (HSPDP);
4. Shri Nimosh Sangma (APHLC); and
5. Shri S.P. Swer (APHLC).
The Committee will function under the Chairmanship of the Deputy Speaker.
1. Shri Reidson Momin (APHLC);
2. Shri J. Barman (CONG);
3. Shri Choron Singh Sangma (APHLC);
4. Shri D.N. Joshi (CONG); and
5. Shri Brojendra Sangma (APHLC).
Shri Reidson Momin was appointed as Chairman of the Committee.
1. Shri P.N. Choudhury (CONG);
2. Shri Jackman Marak (APHLC);
3. Shri Medison A. Sangma (APHLC);
4. Shri F.K. Mawlot (HSPDP); and
5. Shri B. Kharkongor (APHLC).
Shri P.N. Choudhury was appointed as Chairman of the Committee.
The Chair announced the decision of the Business Advisory Committee advising against the extension of the present session by another five days as requested by some hon. members, which was approved by the House.
The Speaker informed the House that he had received notice of a Censure Motion by Shri F.K. Mawlot (HSPDP) against the Minister for Transport for his alleged " malicious aspersions upon the Opposition Parties as also for his un-dignified conduct and performance in general".
The Chair apprised the House that since he had ordered expunction of the impugned statement and the word " non-sense " wherever it occurred in the proceedings of 1st April, 1975, the Censure Motion was not tenable. The Speaker also held that the word " non-sense" was definitely unparliamentary and should not form part of the proceedings.
The Speaker informed the House that he had received notice of a Motion of No-Confidence from M.N. Majaw (HSPDP) running as follows :-
|:" This House expressed its want of confidence in the Ministry led by Captain Williamson A. Sangma".|
The Speaker asked those in favour of the motion to rise and accordingly 12 members stood up. The Motion was admitted for discussion on the 4th April, 1975.
Shri M.N. Majaw (HSPDP) called the attention of the Chief Minister to the news-item which was published in a Bengali paper Tarpan, published from Calcutta under the headline "For the Attention Of the Government Of Meghalaya" in the 1st week of Feb., '75.
As the Chief Minister was absent, the Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Shri B.B. Lyngdoh, made a statement in reply to the Calling Attention Notice on behalf of the Chief Minister.
Shri M.N. Majaw, member of the previous P.A.C. presented the First Report of the Public Accounts Committee on the Appropriation Accounts 1970-71 and the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India, 1970-71 which was presented to the Speaker on the 6th January, 1975, on behalf of the outgoing Chairman of the Committee, Md. Akramozzaman, who was absent.
Since there was no Govt Business for transaction on this day and since there were approximately 3 hours more available for disposal of the Private Members ' Business, the Chair ascertained the sense of the House as to whether the restriction imposed by Proviso to Rule 115(3) should be relaxed so as to take up both the resolutions tabled by Shri M.N. Majaw. The House agreed to this suggestion. However, the Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Shri B.B. Lyngdoh made a submission to the effect that the Govt's ability to reply to the debate on the second resolution would depend on the preparedness or otherwise of the Minister concerned.
(i) Shri M.N. Majaw (HSPDP) moved the following resolution which was supported by Shri F.K. Mawlot (HSPDP) and Shri U. Kharbuli (CONG) :-
|" This House recommends to the Govt of Meghalaya to take immediate and effective steps to control the abnormal rise in the prices of essential commodities in the State".|
The Minister for Supply, Shri E. Bareh, while replying to the debate, apprised the House that since Meghalaya was not a producing State the scope of the State Govt in controlling the prices of essential commodities was very much limited. He, however, assured the House that Govt would do their best to check with all the authority at their command any attempt to exploit the supply position in the State by unscrupulous traders.
The resolution was thereafter withdrawn by leave of the House.
(ii) Shri M.N. Majaw also moved the following resolution :-
|" This House recommends to the Govt of Meghalaya to put a stop to the growing influx of beggars and vagabonds into this state, more particularly in Shillong, Tura and Jowai, and in village along the Shillong-Gauhati Road".|
Shri H.S. Lyngdoh and Shri W. Syiemiong both HSPDP supported the resolution.
Shri B.B. Lyngdoh, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs sought the leave of the House to defer the Govt's reply to the debate till the next sitting.
There being no more business left for transaction during the day, the House was adjourned by the Chairman, Shri U. Kharbuli, who was presiding then, at 11.20 A.M. to meet again at 9 A.M. on Friday, April 4, 1975.
|Meghalaya Legislative Assembly.|
Memo. No. AS (SB) 1/MLA/75/896-1195., Dt. Shillong, the 7th April, 1975.