The Assembly met at 10 A.M. with the Speaker in the Chair.
The day was allotted for private member' business.
Shri P.R. Kyndiah (MUPP) complained thast the water lately supplied to the Mawprem area of Shillong town was unfit for human consumption.
The Minister for Municipal Administration, Shri S.K. Marak, informed the House that some pipes supplying water to the area were broken, at some points, as a result of which muddy water seeped into these pipes. The Minister added that these pipes had been changed and the flow of muddy water checked.
Shri S.D. Khongwir (MUPP called the attention of the Minister, Transport, to the report published in the "Shillong Times" of March 10,1984, under the heading "Cash Book Missing from M.T.C. " and wanted to know the Government action taken in this respect.
The Minister for Transport, Shri G. Mylliemngap, informed the House that an amount of Rs.62,942.55 was not accounted for an the Cash Book relating to the period from 1.1.81 to 21.9.81 was missing. The Minister stated in this connection that the Assistant in-charge was placed under suspension and a case under section 408 of I.P.C. registered against him.
Shri K.R. Bhowmik (MDF) moved :-
"Whereas this House, on 18th March, 1980 had unanimously recommended the recognition of the Rabhas, Koches and Boro Kacharis as scheduled tribes in Meghalaya;
And whereas the Benais and Dalus are also two of the most backward classes inhabiting the State.;
Now, therefore, this House resolve to urge upon the Government of India to include the Banai and the Dalu communities in the Constitution (Scheduled Tribe) Order, 1950."
The resolution was supported by Shri K.R. Khan MDF) , Shri M. Rabha (MDF) and Dr. B.K. Roy (MDF) while Shri H. Hadem, Shri H.S. Lyngdoh, Shri P.R. Kyndiah, Shri H. E. Pohshna, Shri Korbar Singh, all from the MUPP, spoke against coming to a hasty decision in this issue.
The Chief Minister, Shri W.A. Sangma, stated that the Committee on the Welfare of Scheduled Tribes, Scheduled Castes and Other Backward Classes of the House itself had studied the issue at length and recommended recognition of those communities as Scheduled Tribes of Meghalaya and that if further investigation in this respect was at all called for, it was for the Government of India to do so.
The resolution was thereafter passed unanimously.
Shri b. Wanniang (MUPP) resumed his observation on the following motion which was moved by Shri B.B. Lyngdoh (MUPP) on March, 22,1984 :-
"This House do now discuss the Report of the Dutta Commission on Primary Education in the Khasi Hillls Autonomous District".
Shri Wanniang argued that the Commission did not apply the principle of natural justice while examining the issue and arrived at hasty conclusions.
Shri B.M. Lanong and Shri H.E. Pohshna (both MUPP) shared the view of Shri Wanniang.
The Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Shri G. Mylliemngap, and the Minister for Education, Dr. R.C. Laloo enlightened the House on the circumstances which led to the constitution of the Commission of Enquiry.
The Chief Minister, Shri W.A. Sangma, stated that the Government could not6 be a silent onlooker when there was a state of unrest among the L.P. School Teachers. He reminded the House that the State Government was competent enough to take over any function of the District Council whenever the Government was satisfied that the situation warranted such pre-emptive action even in the absence of report of an Enquiry Commission.
(a) Shri K.R. Khan (MDF) declined to move his motion in the first batch of the list of motion.
(b) Dr. J. Khonglah (MUPP) moved :-
"This House do now discuss the Administration/performance of the Health Department".
He enumerated a number of omissions and commissions of the Health Department in admini9stratikoon of health services affecting doctors and other para-medical staff and health establishments.
Shri H.S. Lyngdoh, Shri H.E. Pohshna and Shri B.B. Lyngdoh (all MUPP) also took part in the discussion and commended their individual suggestions for better administration of vital activities of the Department.
The Minister for Health, Shri S.K. Marak, could not conclude his reply for want of time.
The House stood adjourned till 10 A.M. on Wednesday, March, 28,1984.
Sd/- T. Cajee,
Meghalaya Legislative Assembly.