The Assembly met on 10 a.m. with the Hon'ble Speaker in the Chair.
The day was devoted for transaction of Government business.
The Governor was ushered into the chamber of the Assembly at 10.05 a.m. With due ceremony (a band played the National Anthem). He began his address to the House under Article 176 (1) of the Constitution of India at 10.07 a.m. and concluded at 10.45 a.m.
After the departure of the Governor, the Hon'ble Speaker reported that the Governor had been pleased to deliver his address to the House and caused a copy of the address to be laid on the table of the House.
The House was then adjourned till 12 noon for a group photograph of the Members with the new Governor and a Cup of tea on the lawn of the Assembly.
The House re-assembled at 12 noon with the Hon. Speaker in the Chair.
Immediately after the House reassembled at 12 noon, the Hon. Speaker made an announcement to the effect that two private photographers (i) Shri Sankar of Assam Studio and (2) Shri Amarkhan of Karuz made an unauthorised entry into the Chamber and took some photographs and later on they were ejected out of the Chamber by one of the Officers in the House. He however, clarified to the House that as per established convention, photographic coverage of the House in Session is strictly prohibited and informed that the action of the two above named photographers was tantamount to contempt of the House and is punishable under the Law of Parliamentary Privileges. He assured the House that necessary steps in this regard will be taken by him and the House shall be apprised accordingly.
Shri Robert Kharshiing moved the following motion of thanks to the Governor's Address:-
"That the members of the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly assembled in this Session are deeply grateful to the Governor for the address which he has been pleased to deliver to this House today, the 18th March, 1991".
The motion was seconded by Shri Martle Mukhim.
The Hon. Speaker announced the report of the Business Advisory Committee under Rule 230 of the Rules of procedure and Conduct of Business of the Meghalaya Assembly recommending allocation of time for various classes of business for the current Session. The Calendar drawn up by the Committee was thereafter approved unanimously after a motion by the Minister incharge of Parliamentary Affairs, Shri E.K. Mawlong under rule 231, have been appointed.
The Hon. speaker nominated the following members to constitute the Panel of Chairmen for the current Session: -
(1) Shri G.S. Massar, MLA
(2) Shri D.N.Joshi, MLA
(3) Shri Chamberline B. Marak, MLA
(4) Shri Friday Lyngdoh, MLA.
(i) Shri Anthony Lyngdoh, Minister-in-charge, Forest laid the Meghalaya Forest Authority Ordinance, 1991.
(ii) Shri S.D. Khongwir, Minister-in-charge Finance laid the Contingency Fund of Meghalaya (Amendment) Ordinance, 1991.
Shri B.B.Lyngdoh, Chief Minister and Ministers incharge District Council Affairs laid the following Notification (1) NO.DCA48/90/PT.I/61 dated 11th January, 1991 (2) NO.DCA48/90/PT.I/62 dated 11th January, 1991 and (3) NO.DCA.48/90.PT.I/63 dated 11th January, 1991 relating to the extension of term for talking over the Administration of Primary Education including Primary School, by the governor in the Khasi autonomous District, the Garo Hills autonomous District and the Jaintia Hills Autonomous District respectively reasons therefore.
Smti M.D. Shira, Minister-in-charge, Industry presented the Annual Reports of the Mawmluh-Cherra Cements Ltd. for the years 1983-84, 1984-85 and 1985-86.
Shri S.D. Khongwir, Minister-in-charge Finance, presented the Supplementary Demands for Grants and Supplementary Appropriations for 1990-1991.
The House paid rich tribute and homage on the premature death of Dr. R.S. Lyngdoh, a prominent Leader, great educationist, a pioneer of Arts & Culture and the first Speaker of the Meghalaya Legislative. Similarly, references were made to Shri K.M. Roy Marbaniang, and ex-MLA, Shri Abdus Satter, former Minister and Leader of Opposition of the West Bengal Legislative Assembly, Shri Birenram Phukon, ex-MLA of Assam Legislative Assembly and Shri Ngurdienglieh an ex-Minister of Manipur.
Among others who made the references to the departed personalities were the Leader of the House, the Leader of Opposition, Shri S.D. Khongwir, Shri D.D. Lapang, Shri S.L.Marbaniang, Shri H.S.Shylla, Shri S.C. Marak and Shri J.M.Pariat. The Hon. Speaker also associated in the sentiments expressed earlier and the House stood in silence for two minutes as a token of respect and prayed for the eternal rest of the departed souls.
The House rose at 1.35 p.m. and stood adjourned till 10.a.m. on Tuesday, the 19th March, 1991.
Sd /- T. CAJEE,
Meghalaya Legislative Assembly