MEGHALAYA LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY

BUDGET SESSION, 1991

Bulletin No. 2 

( Tuesday, the 19th March, 1991 )

        The Assembly met at 10 A.M. with the Speaker in the Chair. The day was devoted for transaction of Private Member's Business.

1. Questions

        Starred questions No.1. to 7 with Supplementaries thereto were disposed of. Unstarred Question without Supplementary was disposed of too. 

2. Call attention Notice :

        Shri J.D.Pohrmen called the attention of the Minister-in-charge Food & Supplies to the news item published in 'The Meghalaya Guardian' dated 12th March, 1991 under the caption "FPSDA air grievances against sugar shortage", under Rule 54 (1)

        Replying to the call attention of Shri J.D.Pohrmen the Minister-in-charge Food & Supplies, Shri B.G.Momin, informed the House that the scarcity of supply of sugar does not occur only in Meghalaya but in the rest of the country. The main reason for this shortage the Minister stated, was due to the failure of the F.C.I. to procure and supply the same to the dealers in time inspite of the extension of Validity extended by the Government of India from time to time.

3. Concluding reply by Minister in-charge Agriculture on the following motion moved by Shri J.D.Pohrmen on 29.11.1990

        "This House do now discuss the outbreak of blight of arecanut tree in the areas of Jaintia Hills bordering Bangladesh".

        Concluding his reply to the earlier discussion on the above motion, Shri Mohendra Agitok Minister in-charge Agriculture informed that the arecanut plantations all along the border belt in Jaintia Hills had been infested by two major die-back disease in the past few years. Various measures have been  taken by the department to combat these diseases with the use of medicines and other plant protection techniques. Despite these measures provided by the Government, the Minister also informed the mover of the motion that arecanut farmers were not coming forward to avail themselves of the various schemes launched by the Government to protect the plants from further destruction.

4. Motions :

        Shri R. Kharshiing moved the following motion :-

        "This House do now discuss the urgent need for political reforms".

        Initiating the discussion, Shri Robert Kharshiing cited various instances on the merits and demerits of having (1) Multiparty System and (2) Partyless/Non-Party System. He further highlighted on the role of direct democracy by drawing comparison with countries like Switzerland, Hongkong and Singapore in which countries the non-party Government was prevalent. He was in favour of and strongly of and strongly pleaded that it is high time to go in for a complete political reformation beginning from his own States of Meghalaya and to emulate this example to the world by dissolving the present political parties and embark upon a non-party Government by the setting up of village/people's Council for the betterment of the society and the development of the State.

        The following members participated in the discussion :- 

                (1) Shri H.S.Shylla.

                (2) Shri Dhabal Ch. Barman.

                (3) Shri K.C. Boro

        Replying to the above discussion on the motion, the Chief Minister, Shri B.B.Lyngdoh congratulated the hon. mover, Shri Kharshiing for his keen initiatives he had taken in the last few months in professing the idea of going in for a better way of running public affairs by the Government.

        He informed the House that with the fruitful co-operation of all concerned, they have been able to run the affairs of the Government for the  last many years, passing of resolution, Bills etc unanimously in this House as if they would have been in the partyless Government. He differed with the mover on doing away with the party system. He pleaded for continuation of the democratic ideal by having an organisation of all likeminded political parties or group of individuals to better implement the various programmes and developmental activities of the State.

Motion No.2 was withdrawn by the Hon' Member, Shri F. Lyngdoh.

        Shri Lotsingh A. Sangma moved the following motions-

        "This House do now discuss on the style of functioning of Forest Department".

        Shri Lotsingh A. Sangma laid emphasis on the strengthening of the Forest wild life Division at Baghmara by posting of more personnel besides the Ranger, the Asstt. Conservator of Forest and presently with the posting of a D.F.O. to man the reserved forest from large scale depletion as well as to protect wild life from destruction specially in the Balpakram game sanctuary.

        The discussion remained in conclusive and Shri Lotsingh A. Sangma is to continue on the next day for Private Member's Business.

Adjournment :

        The House rose at 2 P.M. and  stood adjourned till 10 A.M. on Wednesday, the 20th March, 1991.

                                                                                      

Sd /- T. CAJEE,

                                                                                     

Secretary,

                                                                                          

Meghalaya Legislative Assembly