MEGHALAYA LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY
BUDGET SESSION

BULLETIN NO.8
Thursday, March 30, 1978.

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

1.    CALLING ATTENTION NOTICE

        Shri. B.K. Roy (Cong.) called the attention of the Chief Minister under Rule 54 of the Rules of Procedure to a news item under the caption "Prof. Kapila Chatterji assaulted" published in the 'Young India' in its issue dated March 16, 1978.

        The Chief Minister made a statement placing full details about the incident and described it as an isolated case, the investigation of which had been taken up by the Police.

2.    PRIVATE MEMBERS' MOTIONS :

(i)

Shri. G. Mylliemngap, U.L.P. (APHLC) moved the following motion :

"This House do now discuss the immediate need of opening a Police Out-Post at Village Mawryngkneng"

        He apprised the House that the incidence of crime was in the increase in and around Mawryngkneng, which justified the establishment of the Police Out-Post there.

        The motion was supported by Shri. B. Dan, U.L.P. (JNU) and Shri. R. Lyngdoh, U.L.P. (HSPDP)

        In reply the Chief Minister stated that Government did not feel the necessity of establishing a Police Out-Post at Mawryngkneng considering the number of crimes which came to the notice of the Government and considering the fact that area is easily accessible from the District Headquarters to deal with the law and order situation if and when necessary. However, he informed the House that the Government had an open mind in this respect and would examine the issue.

(ii)

Shri. R.Lyngdoh, U.L.P. (HSPDP) moved :

"This House do now discuss the failure of the Agriculture Department to provide and distribute chemical fertilizers to potato cultivation in time during the last sowing season"

        He dwelt at length on the necessity of distributing fertilizers to the cultivators in time particularly in the upland areas of East and West Khasi Hills District. He wanted the Government to have a buffer stock of fertilizers of its own.

        Shri. G. Mylliemngap, U.L.P. (APHLC), Shri. S.P. Swer, U.L.P. (APHLC), Shri. Albin Lamare, U.L.P. (APHLC), Shri. Mozibar Rahman (IND.), and Shri. Lambourne Kharlukhi, U.L.P. (HSPDP) held identical views with the mover.

        The Minister-in-charge of Agriculture, Shri. B. Pakem, informed the House that fertilizers were allotted to the State on the basis of half-yearly quota depending upon the demand and actual utilization of such fertilizers out of previous quota. He, however, admitted that there was shortfall in supply  during the previous year owing mainly to labour trouble in the facilities. He also stated that Government was contemplating to keep a buffer stock of fertilizers so that fertilizers could be distributed to the farmers before the sowing season.

(iii)

Motion No.3 in the balloted list was not moved.

(iv)

Shri. G. Mylliemngap, U.L.P. (APHLC) moved:

"This House do not discuss the irregularities in the execution of the Tyrso Valley Minor Irrigation Project".

        He profusely quoted entries from measurement Book No.5 in respect of this project, which he alleged were tampered with and manipulated. He demanded an enquiry into the whole affair.

        Shri. B. Dan, U.L.P. (JNU) and Shri. S.P. Swer, U.L.P. (APHLC) fell in line with the mover.

        Replying to the discussion, the Minister for Agriculture Shri. B. Pakem, admitted that there was a conflict between the Contractors concerned and the Department. He assured the House that the whole matter would be looked into by the Government.

(v)

Motion No.5 was not moved as the mover was absent.

A D J O U R N M E N T

        There being no more business to be transacted, the Speaker adjourned the House at 12.4 P.M. till 9.30 A.M. on March 31, 1978.

 

Sd/-D.S. KHONGDUP,
Secretary,
Meghalaya Legislative Assembly,
Shillong.