The Assembly met at 9.30 A.M. with the Speaker in the Chair.
Unstarred question No.13 to 20 with supplementaries thereto were disposed of.
There being no more members desirous of participating in the general discussion on the Budget, the Speaker allowed the Ministers to clarify on various points raised by different participants in the debate earlier. The following Ministers spoke on matters relating to their Departments which were raised during the debate :-
|i).||Shri E. Bareh;|
|ii).||Shri S.K. Marak;|
|iii).||Shri G.S. Marak; and|
|iv).||Shri B. Shallam.|
Winding up the Budget discussion, the Chief Minister who was also holding the Finance portfolio, thanked the members of the House for their keen interest in the Budget discussion. While agreeing with one of the earlier speakers that it was not advisable for a small State like Meghalaya to go in for deficit budgeting, the Chief Minister said that the deficit was mainly due to larger Plan outlays.
He also informed the House that the Government was very much anxious about the preservation of the present population character in the State and that it was always the endeavour of the Government to safeguard the interest of the tribal people. He disclosed that Government had made due representation to the Centre to incorporate additional articles in the Constitution itself for this purpose, but the Central leaders did not see the necessity of such a contingency in view of the existence of the Sixth Schedule to the Constitution. He totally disagreed with the contention that the autonomy of a State could be influenced by joining any political party. He was hopeful about the continued co-operation from all sections of the House as in the past.
The House rose at 1-45 P.M. to meet again at 9.30 A.M. on June 3, 1977.
|Sd/- D.S. Khongdup,|
|Meghalaya Legislative Assembly.|
Memo. No.LB.19/MLA/77/9, dated Shillong, the 3rd June, 1977.