The Assembly met at 9.30 A.M. with the Speaker in the Chair.
Unstarred Questions Nos.25 to32 were disposed of with supplementaries thereto, while reply to Unstarred Question No.24 was placed on the Member's table.
Resuming the discussion on the Budget, Shri. Maham Singh (MULF) submitted that the incidence of tax on articles like luxury goods, cement and liquor should have been heavier instead of taxing agricultural produces like potato, tez-patta, etc.
Shri. H.B. Dan (PDIC) complained that there was no security of life and property in areas bordering Assam.
Shri. P.G. Marbaniang (HSPDP) wanted all grants for pre-primary schools to be channelised through the District Councils.
Shri. Tylli Kyndiah (APHLC) complained that execution of irrigation projects and veterinary schemes was not satisfactory so far as Jaintia Hills were concerned. Shri. Reidson Momin (APHLC) wanted the establishment of branches of the Marketing Federation in Calcutta and Bombay to facilitate export of goods produced in Meghalaya.
The following members also participated in the discussion and dealt with subjects like non-payment of pay of Lower Primary School teachers, border issue, unauthorised entry of foreigners into the State, irrigation and land reclamation etc.
|(i)||Shri. Jagendranath Bantha (APHLC)|
|(ii)||Shri. Medras Mylliem (HSPDP)|
|(iii)||Shri. L. Kharbulkh (HSPDP)|
|(iv)||Shri. G.A. Marak (IND.)|
|(v)||Shri. Albinstone M. Sangma (MULF)|
|(vi)||Shri. B.B. Lyngdoh (APHLC)|
The last speaker was to continue on the next day as time was up.
The Finance Minister, Shri. M.N. Majaw, informed the House that articles like pencils, paper, ink, nib, erasers, fountain-pens, ball pens and other special writing aids would be excluded from the purview of the Meghalaya Sales Tax (Amendment) Act, 1979, provided that these articles are intended for use by bonafide students on production of certificate from the head of the institution.
The House stood adjourned till 9.30 A.M. on Monday, April 2, 1979.
|Sd/- D.S. KHONGDUP,|
|Meghalaya Legislative Assembly.|