The Assembly met at 9.30 A.M. with the Speaker in the Chair.
Starred question No.8 and unstarred questions No.70 to 87 with supplementaries on all excepting on unstarred question No.85 were disposed of .
The Chief Minister, Shri. B.B. Lyngdoh, made a short statement on the outcome of the meeting of the joint delegation of the members of the Select Committees 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, with the Prime Minister of India. Shri. Lyngdoh apprised the House that the Prime Minister's attitude was sympathetic and responsive.
The following members participated in the general discussion on the Budget and touched upon a number of subjects referred to in the Budget speech :-
|(i)||Shri. B.K. Roy;|
|(ii)||Shri. B. Wanniang;|
|(iii)||Shri. K.E. Tariang;|
|(iv)||Shri. Rowell Lyngdoh;|
|(v)||Shri. Alfrien Marak:|
|(vi)||Shri. Jenden Ch. Marak;|
|(vii)||Shri. Beninstand G. Momin;|
|(viii)||Shri. E.K. Mawlong; and|
|(ix)||Shri. J.D. Pohrmen.|
The House was adjourned till 1 P.M. to allow time to the Deputy Chief Minister and Minister for Finance to prepare his reply to the budget discussion.
(After 1 P.M.)
The Deputy Chief Minister, Shri. S.D. Khongwir, informed the House that Government was equally concerned as the members of the House about the various developmental activities. He reminded the members that the State was conceived with the idea of administering it with the inherent skill of the tribal people themselves, but he regretted that there was delay in the implementation of various plans and programmes due mainly to the transport bottleneck and dearth of technical man-power. He further stated that hard work and sacrifice on the part of all those involved in the administration of the State were the only means to the ultimate solution of all problems and to this end he sought the co-operation of the members representing all shades of public opinion. He also defended the proposed taxation measures and maintained that these would not hit the poor people.
The House rose at 1.50 P.M. and the Presiding Chairman, Shri. S.D.D. Nichols Roy, adjourned it till 9.30 A.M. on Tuesday, March 25, 1980.
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