The House took up general discussion on the Budget for 1978-1979.
The following hon. members participated :
|2.||Shri.S.P. Swer (ULP)|
|3.||Shri. D.N. Joshi (MULF)|
|4.||Shri. Albin Lamare (ULP)|
|5.||Shri. Alfrien Marak (ULP)|
|6.||Dr. B.K. Roy (MULF)|
|7.||Shri. E.K. Mawlong (ULP).|
Shri. Akramozzaman spoke at length on the scarcity of cement for which all developmental activities, he alleged, had come to a stand-still. He also urged the Government to take up the Rongrai Valley Project.
Shri. S.P. Swer was very critical about the working of the Meghalaya State Electricity Board at Cherrapunjee. He alleged that the power consumers at Cherrapunji were put to various harassments by the Board workers which, he felt, were not conducive to proper utilization of electric power for agricultural and industry.
Shri. D.N. Joshi alleged that although cement had vanished from the open market, the commodity was still available in the black market. He, therefore, wanted Government to distribute cement to the consumers through Government agency at controlled price. He advocated the introduction of compulsory free education upto Matriculation standard and uniform pay for all School teachers.
Shri. Albin Lamare wanted Government to take up primary education and set up mobile dispensaries in far-flung areas.
Dr. B.K. Roy elaborately dealt with the health services. He wanted the Civil Hospital at Shillong to be declared as a State Hospital and manned with specialist. He did not see any justification for continuing the Contributory Health Service Scheme. He pleased instead for introduction of medical allowances to Government Servants in lie of free medical service. he felt that the budget was not employment-oriented and emphasized the necessity for defining the term "permanent resident of Meghalaya".
Shri. E.K. Mawlong was against acquisition of any more agriculture land by the Defence authority.
Shri. Alfrien Marak wanted the Government to implement the Rural Electrification Scheme in Garo Hills on top priority basis.
The House rose at 1.12 P.M. till 9.30 A.M. on Thursday, June 15, 1978.
|Sd/- D.S. KHONGDUP,|
|Meghalaya Legislative Assembly.|