Friday, June 23, 1978.

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


        Unstarred Questions Nos.9 to 13 were disposed of with supplementaries on questions Nos.9, 10, 12, & 13.


        The House passed Grants Nos. 21 - 24.

        Cut Motion No.1 clubbed with No.2 in respect of Grant No.21 and the only Cut Motion on Grant No.23 were withdrawn by the movers after being satisfied with the replies of the Minister concerned.

        Moving this Cut Motion on Grant No.21, Shri. Manik Das (MULF) pleaded for more inspecting staff for schools and re-organisation of the educational set-up. Supporting the motion Shri. D.N. Joshi (MULF) wanted introduction of free compulsory education upto High School Leaving Certificate standard and taking over of the management of private schools. Shri. Mozibar Rahman (IND.) contended that standard of primary education had gone down mainly because of the mis-management of the L.P. Schools by the District Councils.

        Replying to the discussions, the Chief Minister and Minister for Education, Shri. D.D. Pugh, informed the House that Government had already received the receipt the report of the Education Commission and its findings were under examination of the Government. He disclosed before the House that Government was equally concerned with the plight of those involved in the field of education and that the Government stood committed to the task of equalitative improvement of education. He admitted that the budgetary provision did not reflect the educational policy of the Government and all reasonable and just suggestions and proposals put forth by the members during the discussion had been taken note of.

        Moving his Cut Motion on Grant No.24, Shri. D.N. Joshi, expressed his concern that many pensioners did not get their pension in good time after retirement, thereby causing immense hardship to the pensioners. He also pleaded for enhancement of the rate of family pension.

        Shri. Mukul Das (IND.) wanted all the posts of menials to be made pensionable.

        In reply the Deputy Chief Minister and Minister for Finance, Shri. S.D. Khongwir, informed the House that Government had already taken steps to avoid delay in the disposal of pension cases, and with this end in view it had been arranged that Government servants could apply for pension two years before retirement.


        The House was adjourned at 12.2 P.M. till 9.30 A.M. on Monday, June 26, 1978.


Meghalaya Legislative Assembly.