The Assembly met at 9.30 A.M. with the Speaker in the Chair.
The day was devoted for transaction of Private Members' Business.
Starred question No.2 was replied to.
Unstarred questions Nos.30 - 37 with supplementaries on questions Nos.30 - 33 and 36 were also disposed of.
Shri. B.K. Roy (MULF) referred to an incident at Jowai in the evening of the June 20, 1978, where two employees of the United Bank of India at Jowai were assaulted by some anti-social elements while returning home.
The Deputy Chief Minister, Shri. S.D. Khongwir informed the House that 3 persons were arrested in connection with the incident. He also apprised the House that the matter was under investigations and that extra policy patrol had been posted all over Jowai town for dealing with anti-social elements. He further stated that Government strongly condemned such action. He informed the House that the situation at Jowai was quite normal.
(a) Shri. Mukul Das (Ind.) moved :
"This House do now discuss the necessity of paying more attention for the uplift of the economic condition of the people of the border areas in the State".
He pleaded for special attention to the needs of the border areas with special emphasis on irrigation, financial assistance in the form of loan, fishery, co-operation, road communication, electrification scheme etc.
Participating in the debate, Shri. Manik Das (MULF) contended that five factors were responsible for magnitude of the border problem, viz. (i) poor communication net-work (ii) low agricultural productivity (iii) inadequate marketing facility (iv) non-exploitation of mineral resources (v) lack of adequate security measure.
Shri. Mozibar Rahman (Ind.) and Shri. S.P. Swer (ULP) also took part in the discussion.
Replying tot he discussion the Minister for Border Areas Development, Shri. J.D. Pohrmen, informed the House that Government was fully alive to the requirements of the border areas. He assured the House that all the constructive and practical suggestions by difference members were taken due note of.
(b) Shri. H.L. Nongsiang (ULP) moved :
"This House do now discuss the necessity for upgrading the Health Centre Unit at Riangdo to Public Health Centre".
It was his contention that the Lyngngam areas, the home of many tropical disease and comprising about 200 villages with a population of more than 20,000 , had been neglected in matter of health. Shri. B. Wanniang (ULP) also supported this contention.
The Minister for Health, Shri. J.D. Pohrmen, informed the House that as per norm set down by the Government of India, only one Primary Health Centre is allowed to be set up in a particular Block. Riangdo fell under Nojngstoin Block, and Nongstoin already had a Primary Health Centre. But as Nongstoin was also the headquarters of the West Khasi Hills District, Government was examining the proposal for establishment of a Civil Hospital at Nongstoin and at the same time would consider the necessity of upgrading the Riangdo Sub-Centre into a Primary Health Centre. he also assured the House that Government would do its best to improve the existing Sub-Centre at Riangdo as in interim arrangement before long-term measures were implemented.
(c) Shri. G. Mylliemngap (ULP) moved :
"This House do now discuss the necessities of the patients and staff in the Ganesh Das Hospital, Shillong".
He complained that facilities like heating arrangement, waiting room and toilets in the Hospital, disposal of diapers, transport and housing facilities for members of the staff were totally lacking as a result of which infant mortality was rather high.
Shri. B.K.Roy (MULF), Shri. B.B. Lyngdoh (ULP) and Shri. S.P. Swer (ULP) also participated in the discussion.
The Minister for Health, Shri. J.D. Pohrmen, stated that steps were being taken to replace the heating system in the hospital. He also assured the House that Government would also take necessary action to provide more facilities to the inmates as well as the visitors in the form of toilets, waiting room, suitable transport for the staff etc.
(d) Shri. Mukul Das. (Ind.) moved :
"This House do now discuss the necessity of strengthening and reorganising the Meghalaya Fire Service Organisation (Fire Brigade) in Garo Hills District".
He pleased for more fire stations in the District of Garo Hills equipped with proper fire-fighting engines and manned by adequate fire fighting personnel. Shri. Albinstone Sangma (MULF) supported the motion.
Replying to the discussion, the Deputy Chief Minister Shri. S.D. Khongwir, admitted that the present fire-fighting establishment was quite inadequate. The Government had examined the feasibility of implementing the recommendations of the Fire Adviser to the Government of India but could not make much headway mainly for paucity of fund. However, he assured the House that government would definitely look into the question of improving the Fire Brigade Organisation in Garo Hills.
(e) Shri. B.G. Momin (Ind.) moved :
"This House do now discuss the necessity for immediate establishment of full-fledged new dispensary at Mangsang, East Garo Hills
He apprised the House that the proposed dispensary should be established for catering to the need of an area comprising 50 compact and contiguous villages inhabited by about 10,000 villagers. He complained that the only health centre available for the people of the area was located at Rongjeng which was at a distance of 20 Km.
The Minister for Health apprised the House that Government would try its best to see that medical facilities were provided for at Mangsang area.
The House was adjourned till 9.30 A.M. on Wednesday, June 28, 1978.
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