The Assembly met at 9.30 A.M. with the Speaker in the Chair.
Unstarred Questions Nos.126 to 131 were disposed of with supplementaries thereto.
The House passed Grants Nos.12 to 18.
All the Cut Motions in respect of Grants Nos.12, 14, 15, 16 and 17 and Cut Motion No.1 on Grant No.19 were either not moved or withdrawn after adequate clarification by the Ministers concerned to various points raised during the discussion of the Cut Motions, while Cut Motion No.2 in respect of Grant No.16 was put to voice vote and lost.
Replying to the discussion on the Cut Motion on Grant No.12, the Finance Minister, Shri. M.N. Majaw, stated that commendable progress has been made towards popularising small savings in the State.
The Chief Minister, Shri. D.D. Pugh, apprised the House in course of his reply to the discussion on Cut Motion to Grant No.14 that District Officers like Deputy Commissioners and Superintendents of Police were posted in the Districts with due regard to their respect seniority in service and denied that these were done on political consideration. As regards manning and creation of other administrative posts, the Chief Minister informed the House that these would be done only after assessing the workloads in the Districts and not because the posts were needed for the sake of the District.
Replying to the discussion on Cut Motion No.2 on Grant No.16, the Chief Minister, emphasized, that civic sense was invariably necessary for every driver, professional or amateur in order to instill the awareness that traffic regulations are meant for the interest of all. He emphatically denied that difficulties and inconveniences caused to the motorists as a result of traffic violations were due to the negligence of traffic police at all times. In reply to a later discussion, the Chief Minister admitted that the existing fire tenders were ill equipped. He apprised the House that the Government was in touch with the Ministry of Civil Defence to procure more funds to modernise the fire fighting machineries in the State.
The House was adjourned till 9.30 A.M. on Thursday, April 12, 1979.
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