The Assembly met at 10 A.M. with the Speaker in the Chair.
The day was utilised for transaction of private members' business.
Unstarred questions Nos.300-326 were disposed of with supplementaries.
U Bah M.N. Majaw made a reference to the devastating fire which gutted the office of the S.D.O., P.W.D. at Mawkyrwat on March 4, 1981.
The Minister for Public Works, Shri Salseng C. Marak, informed the House that the damage had been estimated at Rs.18,177/-. The Minister also stated that there would be no difficulty in reconstructing the burnt documents and records as most of them were available in the Divisional Office. The cause of the fire was under investigation, he added.
Leave to introduce the Meghalaya government Contractors Bill, 1981, by U Bah M.N. Majaw was refused on the ground that Departmental codes, executive orders and financial rules already existed to deal with all the exigencies enumerated in the proposed Bill, and so a separate legislation on that score was unnecessary.
The Leader of the Opposition, Shri P.R. Kyndiah, moved :
|"This House, having taken note of the deterioration in civic services at Shillong, does hereby urge upon the State Government to take immediate steps to revamp the Shillong Municipal Administration with a view to providing improved civic amenities to the citizens of Shillong".|
Shri P.R. Kyndiah regretted that Shillong which was at one time considered to be one of the most beautiful cities in the northeast could no longer claim that position because of the deteriorating services rendered by the Municipality. He felt that the rate-payers had been deprived of their basic civic needs.
Shri S.P. Swer supported the resolution.
The discussion could not be concluded as the sitting had to be adjourned at 12.10 P.M. for lack of quorum.
The House was adjourned by the Deputy Speaker till 10 A.M. on Wednesday, March 18, 1981.
Meghalaya Legislative Assembly.