MEGHALAYA LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY

BUDGET SESSION, 1997

BULLETIN NO.16.

(WEDNESDAY, THE 2nd APRIL, 1997)

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        The House met at 10.00 a.m. with the Hon'ble Deputy Speaker in the Chair. The day was devoted for the transaction of Government Business.

1. QUESTIONS :                                                  

        Starred questions Nos.225 to 234 with supplementaries thereto, replied. Nos.235 to 239 without supplementary were disposed of.                                                                     

2. VOTING ON DEMANDS FOR GRANTS :

        Shri R. Lyngdoh, Minister incharge P.H.E. gave a categorical point to point reply to the various points raised by the mover including the participants. He assured that it shall be the endeavor of this department to see that portable water is provided to every village in the State. He cited the example of Water Supply Schemes like the Shillong Greater Water Supply Scheme, Jowai, Tura and Williamnagar Water Supply Schemes, the constructions of which are nearing completion while some others are in progress. However, he said that these Water Supply Schemes were implemented by giving preference to the economic viability of such schemes as per the guide lines of the Government of India in which cheaper forms of W.S.S. should be implemented  in view of the cut down in the capital cost and only when ground water is not explorable, the department went in with pipe water schemes. In this connection, he further stated that the State Government have fixed certain norms on per capital cost for dug well, ring wells, had pumps and on pipe water schemes.

        Replying to the points of the mover he gave detailed features of the break up of expenditures in the different Divisions/Circles of the P.H.E. Department and assured that the department is always alived to the requirements of the people both in the urban and rural sectors and stated that all the Divisions are looking to this to see that all the schemes taken up are completed  in time. As regards the protection of the catchment area specially in the Greater Water Supply Scheme at Mawphlang, he reminded that this House had passed the Catchment Areas Act which was implemented by the Forest Department and various afforestation/plantation schemes have been taken up around the catchment areas at Mawphlang with the help of voluntary organisations to prevent the flow of debris to the catchment area. With regard to the non functioning of schemes in the rural areas, he mentioned that the department had made a survey in 1994-95 to prepare the status paper for all the schemes in the state and it was found what a good number of such schemes were non-functional due to various reasons like the drying up of  sources and flash floods etc but he pointed out that these schemes are being attended to while in the case of a few of them, re-survey and re-construction will  be taken up.

        He also clarified to other points and suggestions raised by the mover and the participants after which, the motion was withdrawn by the mover with the leave of the House and Grant No.27 was passed.

        Dr. Mukul Sangma, Parliamentary Secretary i/c Border Areas Development Department moved Grant No.46.

        Shri A.H. Scott Lyngdoh moved his cut motion. Discussing on the functioning of the department vis-a-vis rural development, he stressed on the need to streamline this department in order that the funds allotted to this department could be properly utilised. He also questioned the amount of subsidy sanctioned to the unemployed youths and how many of them have benefited from this scheme, the type of Financial assistance given to the unemployed youths. He further wanted  to know the manner in which the amount allotted in the Budget provisions for Sports and Cultural activities, both paths and bridges, drips and sprinkle water Schemes would be implemented.

        The mover, inter-alia, called for the salient features of the schemes on assistance to the co-operative societies and the types of crops for which a provision has also been  made in the Budget and wanted to know the reasons for the fluctuation in the price of crops, the type of assistance to the MECOFED,  the amount of  scholarship and stipends given to the Border Students and the  total number of beneficiaries.

        The following members took part :-

1.

Dr. Donkupar Roy.

2.

Shri P.D. Sangma.  

3.

Shri B.B. Lyngdoh.

4.

Shri H.S. Lyngdoh supported the cut motion whereas Shri S.L. Marbaniang and Shri T. N. Marak opposed.

        Shri H.S. Lyngdoh's discussion remains inconclusive-to be continued on the next day.

3. ADJOURNMENT :

        The House rose at 2.00 p.m. and stood adjourned till 10.00 a.m. on Thursday, the 3rd April, 1997.

Secretary,

Meghalaya Legislative Assembly.