The Assembly met at 9.30 A.M. with the Deputy Speaker in the Chair.
The day was utilised for transaction of private members' business.
Starred question No.10 and unstarred questions Nos.188 to 193 were disposed of with supplementaries on all except on the starred questions.
The Leader of the Opposition, Shri. P.R. Kyndiah, complained that lately there was no regular distribution of rice through Fair Price Shops in greater Shillong which caused a great deal of hardship, particularly to the poorer section of the people.
In reply the Minister for Food and Civil Supplies, Shri. Maham Singh, apprised the House that the Government had affected 4% cut on the quota of rice as part of the measure to unearth ghost ration cards. He added that the situation had already been taken care of and order had been passed to release the normal quota to all the Fair Price Shops.
The Chief Minister, Shri. B.B. Lyngdoh, moved two Motions for further extension of time for submission of the Reports of the Select Committee on the Meghalaya Maintenance of Public Order (Amendment) Bill, 1979, and the Meghalaya (Extension and Application of the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation) (Inner Line) Bill, 1979 till April 15, 1980, in his capacity as the Chairman of the two Select Committees.
The extension of time was granted.
The Chief Minister on behalf of the Deputy Chief Minister, concluded the reply in the discussion on the following motion which was moved by Shri. Bhaskar Choudhury on April 8, 1980 :
"This House do now discuss the Report of the Meghalaya Pay Commission, 1979, with the Government Resolution thereon."
The Chief Minister indicated that the Government was not in favour of deviating from the recommendation of the Commission by and large but conceded that Government would keep an open mind to remove all anomalies while implementing the recommendations.
(a) Shri. Prithington Sangma, Minister of State for Fisheries, replied to the discussion on the following motion moved by Shri. E. Iawphniaw on March 27, 1980 :
"This House do now discuss the need to provide more fund to the Fishery Department for speedy development of fisheries in the State:.
The Minister stated that although Meghalaya abounded in potentialities for development of fisheries, the activities of the Department were very much handicapped due to the meagre allocation by the Centre and peculiar land tenure system.
(b) Shri. B.K. Roy moved :
"This House do now discuss the question of setting up a State Dispensary at Pynthorumkhrah".
The mover contended that Sub-urban areas did not enjoy the health facilities of a town or the medical facilities otherwise extended to purely rural areas. He identified Pynthorumkhrah as one falling under this category.
In reply the Minister for Health, Shri. D.D. Lapang, stated that it was the Government's anxiety to extend facilities to every nook and corner in the State. But he regretted that Government's hands were tied by the norm fixed by the Government of India in respect of establishment of Health centres.
(c) Motion No.19 and Motions Nos.1,2, 3 & 4 (second batch) were not moved.
(d) Shri. Tylli Kyndiah moved :
"This House do now discuss the working of the Education Department in the State."
He expressed his dissatisfaction on the non-completion of the hostel building for girl students at Jowai and of the college building here.
Shri. J.D. Pohrmen complained abut the inadequate supervision of schools and the consequent deteriorating standard of education. He also pleaded for uniform pay scales for L.P. School teachers with those of their counterparts under the employ of Government.
Replying to the discussion, the Minister for Education, Shri. B. Pakem, stated that the college building at Jowai was nearing completion and that the new building would be ready for occupation during the next academic year. He also informed the House that Government had been rendering all possible assistance to the District Councils for managing L.P. Schools.
(e) Shri. J.D. Pohrmen moved :
"This House do now discuss the urgent and imperative need for having wholesalers of essential commodities at Dawki in the interest of the fair-price shop dealers of the Dawki, Muktapur and Pasaduar border areas in Jaintia Hills and in the best interests of the consumers of those areas".
He submitted that Dawki was an important trading centre and that a wholesaler at that place was necessary.
Shri. Tylli Kyndiah and Shri. E. Iawphniaw fell in line with the mover.
The Minister for Civil Supplies, Shri. Maham Singh, stated that at present all essential commodities for the said area were being supplied from the District Headquarters at Jowai at pool price, transport cost being subsidised. However, the Government would keep an open mind on this issue, he added.
(f) Motion No.7 was deferred as it stood in the name of the presiding Chairman.
(g) Shri. Tylli Kyndiah moved :
"This House do now discuss the working of the P.H.E. Department in the State".
He expressed his utmost dissatisfaction over the poor supervision of the Jowai Water Supply Scheme and the delay in implementation of the Ummulong Wahiajer Water Supply Scheme.
As time was already up, Shri. Rowell Lyngdoh could not conclude his observation on the motion.
The House was adjourned by the Deputy Speaker till 9.30 A.M. on Friday, April 11, 1980.
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