Tuesday, April 6, 1976.


        The Assembly met at 9.30 A.M. with the Speaker in the Chair.

        It was a Private Members' day.


        Unstarred Questions No.157-58, No.169, No.162, No.165 and No.168 with supplementaries thereto were disposed of. Answers to Unstarred Questions No.159, No.161, No.163-164 and No.166-167 were laid on the Members' Table.


        (i) Shri H.E. Poshna (CONG.), moved the following resolution:

" Whereas Jowai Government College has been functioning in rented buildings since September, 1967 and whereas the site for buildings has already been selected and acquired and whereas the demand for the construction of a college building has already been made from time to time, this Assembly therefore urge upon the Govt. of Meghalaya to take early steps for the construction of the said college buildings".

        The mover was very much in favour of immediate construction of the college building.

        Shri Maham Singh (Cong.), Leader of the Opposition and Shri S.D. Khongwir (HSPDP) also supported the resolution.

        The Minister of State for Education, Shri P.G. Marbaniang, informed the House that the Government was seized of the matter and that construction works of semi-permanent buildings had already started which could ultimately be utilised for housing the laboratory etc., of the college when permanent buildings are constructed in due course.

        The resolution was thereafter withdrawn by leave of the House.

        (ii) Shri S.D. Khongwir moved:

" Whereas Meghalaya has vast potential for tourists attraction, this House recommends that steps be taken up to develop tourism in right earnest".

        The mover put forth a number of suggestions for promotion of tourism in the State.

        Shri D.N. Joshi (Cong); Shri J.M. Syiem (APHLC), Shri D.D. Lapang (APHLC) and Shri W. Syiemiong (HSPDP) also participated in the discussion and preferred various suggestions aimed at improvement and beautification of tourists' spots and places of historical interest in the State. Shri H. Hadem (APHLC), however, opposed the resolution as he did not see the need or moving the resolution in view of the improvement works which were already under way for the development of tourist traffic in Meghalaya.

        The Minister of Industries, Shri S.D.D. Nichols Roy, replying on behalf of the Minister for Tourism, apprised the House that Government had already taken up a number of schemes for development of tourism. He saw much weight in the various suggestions put forward by the mover and assured the House that Govt. would properly examine them and see how best they could be implemented for development of tourism in the State.

        The resolution was thereafter withdraw by leave of the House.


        As the next resolution could not be moved under provision to Rule 115(3), the House was adjourned by the Speaker at 11.40 A.M. to meet again at 9.30 A.M. on Wednesday, April 7, 1976.

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

Memo. No. AS (SB) 6/MLA/76/3559-3759, dated Shillong, the 8th April '76