The House met at 10.00 a.m. with the Hon'ble Speaker in the Chair. The day was devoted for the transaction of Government Business.
Starred questions Nos.191 to 206 with supplementaries thereto replied. Starred questions 204 - the Minister incharge of Communication to a place a statement concerning the MARR System on the table of the House within this Session.
Under Rule 49(A) of the Rules of Procedures and Conduct of Business, Shri E.K. Mawlong raised a matter of great public importance in connection with the non payment of salary etc., to the Primary School Teachers of Ribhoi District for the month of February, 1997.
Replying to the zero hour, Shri C.B. Marak, Minister incharge of Education, apprised the hon. Member from Umroi that the matter regarding non drawal of salary by the L.P. School teachers in the Ribhoi District had been verified and it was revealed that as many as 46 non-Government teachers in 38 non-Government Schools have not drawn their salaries for the month of February, 1997. He stated that the reasons for this were not clear since all the required sanctions were given vide letters No. AB/TE/DG/2/96, dated 11.12.96, (2) No.AB/TE/Misc/ 14/96/148-153, dated 28.2.97 and (3) No. A.P/TE/ETH/44/96-100, dated 26.8.96 and hence there was nothing for the release which was requires by the Government to be done in this matter. However, he mentioned that non-Government L.P. of School teachers have to submit their bills to the office of the D.I. of Schools, Nongpoh for counter signatures as this was normally the financial procedure for drawal of grant-in-aid bills and he assured that the Government will instruct officials at the field level to give necessary assistance if approved by the school authorities.
Shri Rowell Lyngdoh, Minister incharge P.H.E. moved grant No.27.
Shri A.H. Scott Lyngdoh moved a cut motion against this grant.
Initiating the discussion on the functioning of the P.H.E. Department he wanted clarifications from the Minister incharge in regard to the total no. of villages covered by water supply schemes-how many of such schemes were functioning, whether or not handed over to the Local Committees and if not, what are the problems faced by the department. he also wanted to know the break up of allocation on salary and wages, the rate of tax and maintenance of vehicles etc.
The following members took part :-
Shri S.D. Khongwir, Shri M. Suchiang, Shri P.D. Sangma, Shri O.N. Chyrmang, Dr. Donkupar Roy, Shri E.K. Mawlong, Shri B.B. Lyngdoh and Shri Anthony Lyngdoh supported whereas Shri M.I. Sarkar, Shri Brening, Shri T.N. Marak, Shri D.N. Joshi, Dr. Mukul Sangma, Shri S.L. Marbaniang and Shri H.D.R. Lyngdoh opposed the cut motion.
Shri H.D.R. Lyngdoh's discussion remains inconclusive, to be continued next time.
The House rose at 2.00 p.m. and stood adjourned till 10.00 a.m. Tuesday, the 1st April, 1997.
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