The Assembly met at 9.30 A.M. with the Speaker in the Chair.
Starred Questions Nos. 5 to 9 were replied to with supplementaries thereto.
Unstarred Questions Nos.57 to 60 were also disposed of with supplementaries on Questions Nos.57, 58 and 60.
The House passed Grants Nos. 56, 57, 58, 59, 61 and 63. The Cut Motions on Grants Nos.57 and 59 were withdrawn after hearing the Ministers concerned.
Moving the Cut Motion on Grant No.57, Shri. Manik Das (MULF) complained that no serious attempts were made by the State Government for effective exploitation of that vast mineral resources of the State. he wanted the Directorate of Geology and Mining to be strengthened with trained personnel with a view to making a serious drive in this field. Shri. B.K. Roy (MULF) opined that the economic condition of a population of 11 lakhs could have been improved to a great extent by making use of the vast mineral resources of the State. He wanted the budget allocation to be increased.
Replying to the discussion, the Minister for Geology and Mining, Shri. H. Hadem, stated that the Government was conducting survey of the mineral deposits in the State in Collaboration with the Geological Survey of India. he assured the House that all practical suggestions made during the discussion would be examined.
Moving Cut Motion on Grant No.59, Shri. Manik Das, complained that no serious attempt was made by the Government to make use of the vast Tourist potential in the State. He attributed four reasons for low tourist traffic in the state viz., (i) lack of adequate accommodation (ii) lack of publicity (iii) lack of improvement of tourists' resorts and (iv) restriction on foreign tourists. He emphasised the need for taking effective steps in improving tourism and offered a number of suggestions in this direction.
Shri. D.N. Joshi (MULF) and Shri. Reidson Momin (MULF) also supported the motion and offered their individual suggestions for improvement of tourism in the State.
Replying to the discussion, the Minister for Tourism, Shri. E. Iawphniaw, stated that in view of the limited budget provision earmarked at the instance of the previous Government not very much could be expected in the field of tourism, until and unless the allocations are substantially increased.
However, he assured the House that all possible suggestions would be given due weightage while implementing various schemes.
The Meghalaya Appropriation (No. II) Bill, 1978, relating to the Budget demands was introduced and passed without any discussion.
The House was adjourned at 11.55 A.M. till 9.30 A.M. on Monday July 3, 1978.
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