The Assembly met at 9.30 A.M. with the Speaker in the Chair.
Shri. B.B. Lyngdoh (APHLC) who moved the Motion of Thanks to the Governor's Address on 20th March, 1978, initiated the debate. He termed the Governor's Address as the most important policy statement for the next five years on vital matters affecting the state such as the influx of population, communal harmony, industrialisation, etc. He stated that the new Government had come to power with the good wishes of the people and was confident that the Government would be able to fulfill all the pledges put before the electorate. Supporting the motion, Shri. Rowell Lyngdoh (HSPDP) stated that the Governor's Address had projected the policy of the Government, which reflected the real sentiment of the Majority of the population.
Shri. G.S. Massar (Cong.) moved the following amendments to the Governor's Address :-
"but regrets that the Address does
not fulfill the aspiration of the people of the State in as much as the
programme of actions outlined therein has mostly been made conditionally
which amounts to negation"
He welcomed the verdict of the people in the last General Election, but was critical of the manner in which the present Government took the rein of administration particularly the manner in which the leadership was determined and the portfolios were allocated. He was very much against the size of the present Ministry. He was of the opinion that the Government had put forward many high promises without much financial backing.
The following members also participated in the debate, speaking either for or against the Motion of Thanks and placed before the House various problems of local nature which needed immediate attention of the Government such as border crimes and intrusions, price rise, protection of interest of non-tribal, Meghalayans, border communications, elections to Garo Hills District Council, agriculture, land reforms, implementation of development projects, etc. :-
|(1)||Shri. Mukul Das (Ind.)|
|(2)||Shri. Obil Kyndait (HSPDP)|
|(3)||Shri. S.P. Swer (APHLC)|
|(4)||Shri. D.J. Joshi (Cong.)|
|(5)||Shri. B. Wanniang (HSPDP)|
|(6)||Shri. Manick Das (Cong.)|
|(7)||Shri. Alfrien Marak (APHLC)|
|(8)||Shri. Mozibar Rahman (Ind.) and|
|(9)||Shri. Beningstand G. Momin (APHLC).|
As there were no more members willing to participate, the House rose at 12.36 P.M. and stood adjournment till 9.30 A.M. on 23rd March, 1978.
|Sd/- D.S. KHONGDUP|
|Meghalaya Legislative Assembly.|