The Assembly met at 9.30 A.M. with the Speaker in the Chair.
Unstarred Questions Nos.8 - 14 were disposed of with supplementaries.
Shri. M.N. Majaw, Minister, Finance, moved the following Motion which was passed by the House :
"On the recommendation of the Governor, I beg, Sir, to move that an amount not exceeding Rs.16,80,09,700/- (Rupees sixteen crores, eighty lakhs, nine thousand and seven hundred) be granted to the Governor in advance to defray charges in respect of different Departments during the first quarter of the financial year ending the 31st March, 1980 under grant shown in the Schedule to the Demand for Advance Grants for the year, 197980".
Shri. M.N. Majaw, Minister, Finance, introduced the Meghalaya Appropriation (Vote on Account) Bill, 1979.
Shri. Rowell Lyngdoh (HSPDP) initiated the general discussion on the Budget. he was of the opinion that the proposed taxation on potatoes and broomsticks would not serve the interest of the common people. He was also of the view that the proper collection of taxes on timber exported outside the Stage would greatly augment the financial resources of the State. he blamed the inaction of the Government for the recent law and order situation involving the assault on some tribal students. he complained before the House that an area covering about six hundred square kilometers in Rambrai area was under the occupation of the Assam Police. He urged upon the Government to take a firm stand towards resolving the boundary issue with Assam.
Shri. Manik Das (MULF) alleged that huge amounts of money were being surrendered by the Government from year to year as this could not be spent for implementing various schemes in time. He advocated the need for judicious exploitation of all natural resources for industrialisation of the State.
Shri. H.L. Nongsiang (HSPDP) was in favour of exploitation of all mineral resources of the State by the Government itself.
Shri. G. Mylliemngap (APHLC) expressed concern over the fall of prices of commercial crops which had rendered the cost of cultivation higher than the market price of such crops and therefore wanted the Government to come forward with effective proposals to ensure remunerative prices of the cultivators He complained that there was a general scarcity of chemical fertilizers in the State and stressed the need for proper distribution of fertilizers to the cultivators.
Shri. B.K. Roy (MULF) termed the Budget speech of the Finance Minister as a master piece of jugglery claiming that all past achievement were ludicrous exercise of make-belief. he traced the recent disturbance to the large scale unemployment and general frustration of the youth which had been taken advantage of by vested political interests. He was of the view that the existing incentives to medical graduates to serve in the rural areas were not adequate.
The House adjourned till 9.30 A.M. on Tuesday, the 27th March, 1979.
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