The Assembly met at 10 A.M. with the Speaker in the Chair.
The day was devoted for transaction of private members' business.
Unstarred questions Nos.117 to 138 were disposed of with supplementaries on all barring questions Nos.122-124, 127, 130 and 132.
Shri P.R. Kyndiah, Leader of the Opposition, complained before the House that there was great scarcity of drinking water all around Shillong town and wanted the Government to take some programme to deal with the situation.
In reply, the Minister for Municipal Administration, Shri H. Hadem, informed the House that a scheme for even distribution of water and had been taken up by the Municipality and that the Public Health Engineering Department was also in search of source of underground water, by which the Minister hoped, the situation could be eased.
Shri J.D. Pohrmen called the attention of the Minister, Home, to the news-item which appeared in the Assam Tribune under the heading "Explosives seized at Dawki" in its issue dated February 20, 1981, and wanted further details about the case.
The Deputy Chief Minister, Shri S.D. Khongwir, stated that 3 persons had been apprehended in this connection and that the matter was under further investigation. He declined to furnish further details on the ground of public interest.
( i ) Shri J.D. Pohrmen made his concluding observation on the following motion moved by him on February 24, 1981 :-
" This House do now discuss the need of giving supporting price to pan-leaf especially during the summer season as in the case of potato."
Shri S.P. Swer also fell in line with the object of the motion.
In reply, the Minister for Agriculture, Shri Fuller Lyngdoh Mawnai, stated that Government had no information or complaint about hardship in disposing the pan-leaves. However, the Minister assured the House that Government would examine offering support price in case of distress on the part of the pan growers.
( ii ) Shri M.N. Majaw moved :-
|"WHEREAS, the Khasi, Garo and Jaintia tribes are ethnically socially and culturally quite different from other tribes or communities in the country;|
|WHEREAS, however, certain other communities in the country, enjoying similar uniqueness of culture and ethnic identity, have been allowed to use special terms or expressions in recognition of such uniqueness, like "TIRU" and "TMT", as prefixes to their names, in place of "SHRI" or "SHRIMATI";|
|AND WHEREAS the prefixes "BAH", "MA", "KONG" "U" or "KA" have been in general use in certain parts of this State since time immemorial;|
|NOW, THEREFORE, this House hereby proposes that the State Government allow the hill tribes belonging to Meghalaya to use any or all of the local customary prefixes with immediate effect."|
|Shri Majaw reminded the House that the tribals of north eastern region were given special recognition by the framers of the Constitution and, therefore, it would be in the fitness of things that his suggestion was implemented.|
|Shri S.D.D. Nichols Roy and Shri Jenden Ch. Marak also supported the motion.|
|Replying to the discussion, the Deputy Chief Minister stated that Government was not opposed to the idea of any person being addressed by the prefix to his or her name which he or she desired.|
|The mover of the motion pressed for a vote on the motion on the ground that it was a substantive motion. The Chair reserved the ruling on the question whether a vote was necessary.|
( iii ) Shri P.R. Kyndiah, Leader of the Opposition moved :-
|" This House do now discuss the desirability of introducing special schemes for the children in the State designed to promote their physical and mental capabilities and thus ensure that they grow up as strong and responsible citizens."|
Shri Kyndiah expressed the opinion that a healthy posterity depended much on the attention which they received during their childhood and had advocated for greater attention of school-going children in respect of health, discipline, culture exchange etc.
The following members also shared the views of the mover and supported the motion :-
|(a)||Shri B.K. Roy.|
|(b)||Shri S.D.D. Nichols Roy.|
|(c)||Shri J.D. Pohrmen.|
|(d)||Shri M.N. Majaw.|
|(e)||Shri S.P. Swer.|
|(f)||Shri Tylli Kyndiah.|
|(g)||Shri L. Kharlukhi.|
The discussion could not be concluded for want of time.
The presiding Chairman, Shri Rowell Lyngdoh adjourned the House till 10 A.M. on Wednesday, March 4, 1981.
Sd/- D.S. KHONGDUP,
Meghalaya Legislative Assembly.