MEGHALAYA LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY

BUDGET SESSION, 1996

(FRIDAY, THE 29th MARCH, 1996)

        The House met at 10 a.m. with the Hon'ble Speaker in the Chair. The day was devoted for the transaction of Government Business.

1. QUESTIONS :

        Starred questions Nos.135, 137,139, 141, 143 lapsed since the questioners were absent. Starred question No. 140 passed without supplementaries. Starred question Nos.134, 136, 138, 142,144,145,146,147 passed with supplementaries.

2. ZERO HOUR NOTICE :

        Under rule 49(a) of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly , Dr. Mukul Sangma raised an important issue like appointment of Junior Engineers for the S.O. and Sectional Assistant. He wanted to know why so many posts could not be filled up till today through M.P.S.C.

        To this, Shri Rowell Lyngdoh, Minister in charge of P.H.E. informed the hon. Member that there are 28 vacancies in the level of Junior Engineers of this 18 vacancies are under roads wing and 10 vacancies are under building wing. However, he informed the House that in view of some restrictions the department has requested the Finance department to lift the restrictions and give clearance for appointment of S.C. and S.A.

3. CALLING ATTENTION UNDER RULE 54(a) :

        Under Rule 54(a) of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business of the House, Meghalaya Legislative Assembly, Shri Anthony Lyngdoh called the attention of the House to a news item published in the Shillong Times dated 13th March, 1996 under the caption "Lady murdered inside the Government Office". The hon. Member wanted to know under what circumstances in a crowded D.T.O.'s Office a gruesome murder could take place and whether there was no staff and officers present on that day. To this Dr. Henry Lamin, Minister in charge Transport made a statement on the floor of the House explaining the actual situation under which that murder took place. Although no arrest could be made he assured the House that the culprits might be from Assam and very soon they are likely to be nabbed.

4. MEGHALAYA FOREST (REMOVAL OF TIMBER) (REGULATION) AMENDMENT BILL. 1996 :

        Shri Atul C.Marak, Minister in charge moved to introduce Meghalaya Forest (Removal of Timber) (Regulation) Amendment Bill, 1996 which was passed by voice vote and the Bill was introduced. The Secretary, Meghalaya Legislative Assembly read out the title of the Bill.

5. GENERAL DISCUSSION ON BUDGET :

        Initiating the discussions Shri Ton Singh Marak stress to the need to become self sufficient in the matter of Food grains production. To achieve this object, he emphasized the need for use of Power Tillers and distribution of good quality seeds to the farmers and also proper irrigation facilities. The other participants who took part were :-

        1. Shri O.N. Chyrmang. 2. Shri A.D. Marak and 3. Shri E.K. Mawlong.

        Since the time was up the Hon' ble Deputy Speaker requested Shri Mawlong to continue on Monday, the 1st April, 1996.

6. ADJOURNED :

        The House rose at 12 noon and stand adjourned till 10 a.m. on Monday, the 1st April, 1996.

Secretary

Meghalaya Legislative Assembly