The Assembly met at 10 A.M. with the Speaker in the Chair.
Unstarred questions Nos. 86 to 116 were disposed of with supplementaries on questions Nos. 86-89, 91-94, 96, 99, 100, 105-107, 110-113 and 116.
Shri P.R. Kyndiah, Leader of the Opposition, focused the attention of the House on the extreme traffic congestion in public thoroughfare in Shillong town and the great inconvenience faced particularly by the old people and children for absence of pedestrian crossings.
The Deputy chief Minister, Shri S.D. Khongwir, stated that Government intended to provide zebra markings and pedestrian crossings at selected points on busy roads.
Shri Mozibar Rahman and Shri Bakstar Wanniang participated in the debate. The subjects covered by the members were the need for accelerated construction of roads particularly in Garo Hills, medical facilities, adult education, registration of indigenous population, regulation of forests, and aid to District Councils etc.
Replying to the debate, the Chief Minster, Shri B.B. Lyngdoh, stated that the year 1980-81 was a unique year for Meghalaya in that the year saw peace and harmony brought about by the co-operation of all sections of the people. He apprised the House that Government shared the views expressed by the members on most of the problems facing the State. He wanted the members to realise that the Governor's Address highlighted the major policy decisions of the Government and the main plans and programmes envisaged during the next year. He informed the House that the members would be getting ample opportunity to discuss the detailed programmes of the Government when dealing with the Budget. He informed the House that all suggestions made by the members during the debate had been taken note of and the Government would try to consider them with all seriousness.
The amendment to the Address was deemed to have been withdrawn as the member moving it was absent.
The motion of Thanks on the Governor's Address was thereafter adopted unanimously.
The House rose at 1.42 P.M. to meet again at 10 A.M. on Tuesday, March 3, 1981.
Sd/- D.S. KHONGDUP,
Meghalaya Legislative Assembly.