Tuesday, April 3, 1979.

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


        Unstarred questions Nos.36 to 47 were disposed of with supplementaries thereto.

2.    ZERO HOUR :

        Shri. Manik Das (MULF) draw the attention of the House to the news bulletin broadcast over the Shillong station of the All India Radio on the 29th March, 1979 to the effect that Section 144 Cr. P.C. had been imposed in the premises of six colleges in Shillong preventing the students from appearing in the last P.U.C. Examination. In reply, the Chief Minister, Shri. D.D. Pugh, informed the House that some Mizo students boycotted the P.U.C. Examination in response to the call of the striking Mizo student to picket all colleges from in Shillong from 26th March, 1979 to prevent any Mizo student from entering the Examination Halls as a protest against the alleged high-handed action of the Principal, Union Christian College, towards two Mizo Students-cum-boarder. Apprehending trouble, the District Magistrate promulgated Section 144 in the six colleges with effect from the 26th March for a period of thirty days.

3.    MOTIONS :

        Shri. Manik Das (MULF) resumed discussion on the following Motion which was moved by Shri. H. Hadem (HSPDP) on the 27th March, 1979:-

"This House do now discuss the necessity of immediate creation of four police battalions for the State to enable the State to cope with the different exigencies in the border areas"

        Shri. Manik Das disclosed to the House that a recurring expenditure of 55 to 60 lakhs of rupees would be involved in raising a single battalion of Armed Police apart from the initial expenditure which would be much more high. He saw no justification for raising four additional Armed Police Battalions, but advocated the necessity for raising only one battalion in view of the prevailing conditions in the State. Shri. S.D.D. Nichols Roy (APHLC) fell in line with Shri. Manik Das, pointing out that primarily only town areas needed Police force for enforcement of law and order. Shri. E. Iawphniaw (HSPDP) was in favour of creating additional battalions on the ground that the existing force was inadequate.

        Replying to the discussion, the Chief Minister, Shri. D.D. Pugh, informed the House that the question of creating more Police Battalion did not receive favourable response from the Finance Commission. The State Government had, therefore, decided to augment the Police force by two more Companies during the year 1979-80.

        (ii) Shri. Manik Das (MULF) moved :-

"This House do now discuss about the creation of rural banks in the State".

        He very much opposed the creation of the above institution as he feared that the functioning of the Co-operative Apex Bank might lead to the duplication and over-lapping of activities and unhealthy competition between the two institutions. He further pointed out that such rural banks had failed in major States like Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu which should serve as adequate warning for Meghalaya.

        Shri. G. Mylliemngap (APHLC) also expressed identical view. Shri. E. Iawphniaw (HSPDP), Shri. Reidson Momin (APHLC) and Shri. Mozibar Rahman (Janata) also discussed the pros and cons of the rural bank vis-a-vis the existing co-operative credit structure.

        Replying to the discussion, the Finance Minister, Shri. M.N. Majaw, disclosed as far back as 1975. He added that there had been long and persistent correspondence between the State Government and the Government of India demanding establishment of the Rural Banks in Meghalaya. He, however, apprised the House that the liabilities of the Apex Bank and those of the proposed Rural Banks would be defined in consultation with the Co-operative Department in order to avoid complications in future and to ensure credit facilities interior villages where the co-operative movement had not yet penetrated.

        (iii) Shri. L. Kharlukhi (HSPDP) moved the following motion :-

"This House do now discuss the imperative need to have a  motorable road through the village of Lummawbah to be linked from Shillong-Cherra Road to the existing motorable road at Nongkseh Village"

        He informed the House that the above village is located at a distance of one Kilometre from the Shillong - Cherra Road and the people of the said village face immense difficulties in the absence of a motorable link road. Shri. Medras Mylliem (HSPDP) and Shri. B. Pakem (HSPDP) spoke in favour of the Motion.

        Replying to the discussion, the Minister of State for P.W.D. Shri. S.P. Swer informed the House that survey was undertaken for construction of a link road from this village, but it was found that the road was to pass through the cantonment area and other built-up areas, the acquisition of land from which would involve very heavy compensation. It was also found that the gradient of the road would be very high and beyond permissible limit. He, however, disclosed before the House that the said road had found place in the Sixth Plan which could be implemented if found technically and financially feasible.

        (iv) Motion No.4 was not moved as the Member was absent.

        (v) Shri. Manik Das (MULF) moved :

"This House do now discuss the functioning of the Tourism Department in the State :-

        He was bitterly critical about the functioning of the Department and complained that inspite of the immense tourist potential abounding in the State, the Department had completely failed in the matter of promotion of tourist industry and stressed the immediate need for over-hauling the entire organisation.

        Shri. Mozibar Rahman (Janata), Shri. G. Mylliemngap (APHLC) and Shri. B. Pakem (HSPDP) shared the view expressed by the mover and pointed out a good number of lapses committed by the Department. Shri. Reidson Momin (APHLC) criticised the management of the Pinewood Hotel and complained that instead of receiving people with due courtesy, the management behave rudely with outsiders. As time was up, the discussion was inconclusive.

        OBITUARY :

        The Chief Minister, Shri. D.D. Pugh, referred to the recent demise of Shri. Hiralal Patwary, M.P. from Assam. He said that in his death, the country had lost a patriot, a social worker and a parliamentarian. Shri. B. Pakem (HSPDP) also expressed sorrow at the passing away of Shri. Patwary. Sharing the sentiments expressed by the leader.


 Sd/- D.S. Khongdup
Meghalaya Legislative Assembly.