The House met at 10.00 a.m. with the Speaker in the Chair. The day was voted for the transaction of Private Members' Business.
Starred questions Nos.1, 2, 3, 4, 5, with Supplementaries thereto were disposed of. Starred questions Nos.6, 7, 8, no Supplementary questions was asked since the question hour was over.
Shri A.H. Scott Lyngdoh called the attention of the Minister in charge Animal Husbandry to a news item published in "Apphira" dated 4th March, 1996, under the caption "N.E. imports Rs.1,200 crores worth of cattle annually ".
He wanted to know among other things why the State Government has not been able to install slaughter houses in Meghalaya after the lapses of so many years.
In reply to the calling attention, Shri Archibold A. Sangma, Minister in charge Animal Husbandry and Veterinary apprised the hon' Member from Jaiaw that about 80% of the population of the State are non-vegetarian and meat is the essential item in their daily diet. He further told that consumption of meat in the State is estimated at 24,695 tons annually. He mentioned detailed figures of the quantum of different types of meats consumed by the people in the State.
As regards the installation of slaughter houses, he stated that though the scheme was not feasible as it involves the process of legislation by the State Government, the project is under examination by the concerned department.
Shri S.L.Marbaniang, resumed his inconclusive discussion on the pending motion moved by Shri G.S. Massar in the last Winter Session, 1995.
He suggested the revamping of the Police department and the grant of all amenities to the force to make it more effective.
Other members who took part in the discussions were :-
1. Shri E.K. Mawlong, 2. Shri A.H. Scott Lyngdoh. 3. Shri M.I. Sarkar. 4. Smti R. Warjri. 5. Shri B.B.Lyngdoh. 6. Shri M. Suchiang. 7. Shri S.Nongrum.8. Shri O. Chyrmang.
In his reply to the various discussions raised by the mover as well as other participants, the Minister in charge Home (Police), Shri J.M.Pariat, apprised the House of the various measures taken by the department to prevent the occurrence of crimes in the State. He assured the House that the suggestions of the members have been taken note of for implementation by the department in future.
The House rose at 2.00 p.m. and stood adjourned till 10.00 a.m. on Tuesday, the 19th March, 1996.
Meghalaya Legislative Assembly