The Assembly met at 9.30 A.M. with the Speaker in the Chair.
Unstarred Questions No.73, No.76-78 with supplementaries thereto were disposed of.
Answers to Unstarred Questions No.74 and 75 were laid on the Members' Table.
The House resumed discussion on Cut Motion No.1 to Grant No.31. The Cut Motion was later withdrawn by leave of the House after the Minister concerned replied to the various points raised during the discussion.
Cut Motions No.2-4 and 6-7 were not moved as the respective notifiers had already participated earlier during the discussion on Cut Motion No.1. Cut Motion No.5 was not moved as the hon. Member in whose name it stood was found absent. Grant No.31 was thereafter passed.
The House also passed Grants No.32-35. The Cut Motion in respect of Grant No.33 was not moved, as also Cut Motion No.3 was not moved as the member participated earlier in the discussion on Grant No.35 and Cut Motion No.4 to this Grant was ruled out of order by the Chair.
Grant nO.36 was moved but the discussion was in conclusive for want of time.
The Chief Minister broke the sad news about sudden demise of Shri B.N. Chakravorty, Governor of Haryana. Recounting his various achievements during his life time, the Chief Minister referred to Shri Chakravorty as a great administrator and able diplomat. The Leader of the Opposition, Shri Maham Singh, also associated himself with the deep sense of sorrow expressed by the Chief Minister on the death of an " outstanding figure and eminent son of India". Shri S.D. Khongwir spoke very highly of late Shri Chakravorty whom he met personally and found to be a man of "amiable disposition" despite his rank and status.
The Speaker shared the deep sense of sorrow expressed by the hon. Members of the House at the passing away of this noble son of India who served the Nation with full distinction and patriotism in various capacities during a crucial period in India' history.
The House stood in silence for two minutes as a mark of respect to the departed soul.
The House was adjourned by the Speaker till 9.30 A.M. on Tuesday, March 30, 1976.
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Memo. No. AS (SB) 6/MLA/2095-2295., Dt. Shillong, the 31st March, 1976.