Tuesday, March 10, 1981.

        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.213 - 235 were disposed of.


        Shri P.R. Kyndiah, Leader of the Opposition moved :

        " Whereas, Iewduh (Barabazar) is the biggest traditional market place in the State and the main shopping centre of the people of Shillong;

        Whereas, the conditions of sanitation, etc., at Iewduh are deplorable adversely affecting the health of the community;

        Shri Kyndiah observed that parts of the Iewduh have of late become the haven of anti-social elements.

        The following members also spoke on the resolution expressing identical view with the mover :

( i )

Shri S.D.D. Nichols Roy,

( ii )

Shri S.P. Swer,

( iii )

Shri U. Kharbuli,

( iv )

Shri T. Kyndiah.

        Replying to the discussion, the Chief Minister informed the House that there had been protracted legal battle between the Khasi Hills District Council and the Syiem of Mylliem over the question of ownership and management of Iewduh. He expressed Government's deep concern over the impasse and hoped that final solution to this problem would be found before long.

        The resolution was later withdrawn by leave of the House.


        (a) The Minister of State incharge of Social Welfare replied to the discussion on the following motion moved by Shri P.R. Kyndiah on March 3, 1981 :-

" 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."

        The Minister informed the House that Government had already launched programmes like the Integrated Child Development Schemes and Special Nutrition Programmes for the well-being of children at large. He assured the House that other measures aimed at the physical, mental and spiritual well-being of the child as suggested by various participants would received due consideration by the Government.

(b) Shri P.R. Kyndiah moved :        

" This House do now discuss the economic plight of the people living in the areas bordering Bangladesh resulting from lack of marketing facilities of their produces and absences of infrastructure for their growth."

        Shri Kyndiah pleaded in favour of a crash programme on priority basis aimed at the general economic uplift of the people inhabiting the border areas.

        Shri J.D. Pohrmen and Shri Rowell Lyngdoh also spoke on the motion.   

        The discussion was inconclusive for want of time.


        The House was adjourned till 10 A.M. on Wednesday, March 11, 1981.



Meghalaya Legislative Assembly.