The House assembled at 10 a.m. in the Assembly Chamber on Monday, the 5th April, 1999, with the Hon. Dy. Speaker in the Chair. The day was devoted for disposing the Government Business and General Discussion on the Budget.
Starred Questions No.66, 67, 68, 69, 71, 72, 73, 76 and 78 passed with the Supplementaries. Question No.70, 74 lapsed since the questioner was absent. Question No.75 and 77 passed without Supplementary.
Shri M.M. Danggo called the attention of the Minister, Border Areas Development, to the news item published in Apphira dated the 2nd February, 1999 under caption "Border Areas Development with misconstrued ideas". In his calling attention, Shri Danggo, alleged that for implementation of any schemes in the Border Areas, no Headmen, Local Secretary or Village Dorbar are included. Shri A.K. Sangma, Minister in-charge, Border Area Development, made a statement on the floor of the House in this connection. In his statement, the Minister in-charge, stated that the news paper report was not correct in so far as implementation of the schemes for construction of foot-paths, foot-bridges, culverts etc., in the Langrin areas of West Khasi Hills. However, he assured the House that the Government would take necessary steps if there is any irregularity has actually taken place in this matter.
Shri S.C. Marak, the former Chief Minister, taking the cue from his previous discussion, he lamented that inspite of maximum stress given by the successive Governments since the inception of Meghalaya, the State could not achieve its target in food production. He also felt the need to promote horticulture along with the line of Soil Conservation. He highlighted the role of 'Social infrastructure', 'physical infrastructure' power, transport, railways, telephone, financial institutions. Water resources management. He also felt need to maintain law and order with a firm hand.
Taking part in the discussion, Shri A.T. Mondal, termed the budget as a 'mathematical jugglery'. He did not agree with the Finance Minister that the Budget is a balanced one. He regretted that inspite of enough central assistance, the Finance Minister had to produce a deficit budget. He blamed the poor revenue collection in the State. He bitterly criticised the Co-operative Societies which have become a burden of the State instead of bringing revenues. He also stressed the need of maintaining law and order. He emphasised the need to maintain the ecological balance while taking up developmental schemes.
Shri E. Roy Kharkongor, took part in the discussion. He said that he did not find any difference with this Budget and the Budgets presented earlier also. He maintained that unless the agriculture sector is given due importance, the fate of the State cannot be changed. He urged the Government to give some incentives to rehabilitate the jhumers and they should be encouraged to take up horticulture.
Shri Tuberlin Lyngdoh, while participating, expressed his reservation as to how far the Government was serious about providing minimum social service. He mentioned about the scores school-less villages in his constituencies. And those having schools teachers are going without pay. He referred to many villages where water supply are only in paper, in the field there is nothing.
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He also mentioned about deplorable condition of roads in his constituency and Nongstoin.
Shri Simon Siangshai, stressed to need to filling up of the Posts in the Health Department. He also asked the Government to furnish the building meant for Health Department. He requested the Government to take up rural electrifications more effectively. He asked the Government to improve the communication net work connecting the International Market at Dawki.
Shri P. Muktieh, participating in the general discussion appreciated the Government for taking various steps for the development of the people living in international border. He urged the Government to take similar measures for those people living along the Assam Border. He suggested that some MTC buses be introduced to ply along the border areas of his constituency.
Shri T.H. Rangad, at the outset, drawn the attention of the Hon. Speaker to a number of printing mistakes including numerical figures in the Budget Speech and related papers. He ridiculed the Government's claim that it was a best financially managed State. He has expressed a grave concern over the economic condition of the State. It is shameful that the State could not be progressed inspite of vast resource potentials, he observed.
Shri N. Simsang, felt the need to introduce the modern method of cultivation. He mentioned the miserable condition of Health Services in the State.
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Dr. F.A. Khonglam criticised the functioning of the PHE Department for their failure to provide drinking water in Shillong and in the rural areas of the State.
(Since the hon. Member could not complete his speech. Hon. Deputy Speaker asked him to continue next day since the time was 2 P.M.)
Hon. Deputy Speaker announced the adjournment of the House till 10 a.m. on Tuesday, the 6th April, 1999.
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