The House assembled at 10 a.m. on Friday, the 9th April, 1999 in the Assembly Chamber with the Hon. Speaker in the Chair. The day was devoted for disposing Government Business and Censure Motion.
Starred Question No.143, 144, 145, 148, 151, 153, 154 passed with Supplementaries. Question No.140, 147, 150 passed without Supplementary. Question No.141, 142, 146, 149, 152 lapsed since the Questioner was absent.
Unstarred Questions No.33, 34, 35, 36, 37 passed.
Shri Sujit Sangma, Minister, Transport move that the Meghalaya Motor Vehicles Taxation (Amendment) Bill, 1999 be taken into consideration.
(Since there was no amendment, the motion was put to vote and carried. The Bill was circulated)
3. Shri Sujit Sangma, Minister, Transport moved that the Meghalaya Motor Vehicles Taxation (Amendment) Bill, 1999 be passed.
(The motion was put to vote and carried)
4. Shri A.H. Scott Lyngdoh, Minister presented.
( i ) The Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India for the year ended 31st March, 1998;
( ii ) The Appropriation Accounts for the year 1997-98;
( iii ) The Finance Accounts for the year 1997-98.
5. Shri J.D. Rymbai, Minister, Public Works Department laid the Ninth Annual Report of the Meghalaya Government Construction Corporation Ltd. for the year 1996-97.
6. Shri T.C. Lyngdoh authorised by Shri M.N Mukhim, Minister, Power, laid the Annual Financial Statement (Budget Estimates) for the year 1990-2000 and the Annual Statement of Accounts for the year 1997-98 of the Meghalaya State Electricity Board.
7. Shri Lotsing A. Sangma, Minister, Taxation, laid Government Notifications No. ERTS (T) 4/ 96/ 198, dt.31.12.98 and No.ERTS (T)111/ 97/ 66/ 67. dated 24.3.99.
Hon. Speaker informed the House, that he had admitted Censure Motion to be moved by Shri H.S. Lyngdoh, Shri P.M. Syiem, Shri T.H. Rangad and Shri C.R. Sangma. He requested any one of them to move the Censure Motion.
Shri H.S. Lyngdoh, hon. Member, moved that "This House do now censure Shri B.B. Lyngdoh, Chief Minister, for his failure to function as the head of the Government in maintaining law and order, State economy, Border problem etc".
(The motion was moved and Hon. Speaker requested Shri H.S. Lyngdoh to initiate a discussion).
Shri H.S. Lyngdoh, hon. Member, initiating the discussion dwelt at length on the failure of the Chief Minister particularly in maintaining law and order, deteriorating situation in the border areas, both Assam and Bangladesh. Over-all poor economic condition of the people. Shri T.H. Rangad participating in the discussion paid high regard and respect for the giant leader of hill State movement of the yester days and he does not have the 'temerity' to humiliate Shri B.B. Lyngdoh as a person. He wanted to criticise the Chief Minister of the State for the Office which one holds. He also dwelt at length the deteriorating law and order situation of the State, Corruption, huge expenditure after maintaining a titanic ministry, wasteful expenditure by bureaucrats. Shri A.H. Scott Lyngdoh, Minister, Finance, Home etc. opposed the censure motion on the ground that this Government has achieved laurels in many fields within this short period of time.
(At 12 Noon, the Hon. Speaker reminded that the Business of the day ends at 12 Noon and hence he obtained the consent of the House to extend the time)
He stressed the need to form a joint security measure among the North-Eastern States.
Shri E. Roy Kharkongor supported the Censure Motion.
Smti R. Warjri, Minister, Tourism, opposed the Censure Motion on the ground that the Central Government has the full confidence on the able leadership of Shri B.B. Lyngdoh and as a result many centrally sponsored schemes have been cleared.
Dr. F.A. Khonglam supporting the censure motion gave a detailed account how wasteful expenditure are being spent for maintaining a big ministry.
(Hon. Deputy Speaker took the Chair)
Shri M. Suchiang, Minister Agriculture, opposed the Censure Motion. He disapproved the contention that for all the problems in the State, the Chief Minister could be apportioned blame.
Shri A.L. Hek, supported the Censure Motion and mentioned illegal felling of trees, collapse of law and order, non-demarcation of the boundary with Assam etc.
Shri H.B. Dan, Minister, District Council Affairs, opposed the Censure Motion on the ground that law and order situation has not gone to that extent that it calls for Chief Minister dismissal.
Shri A.T. Mondal supported the Censure Motion and criticised the failure of the Public distributive System in the State.
Shri A.D. Marak supporting the Censure Motion stated that it was a good Parliamentary Practice which exposed the failure of the Government.
Shri Kitdor Syiem, Minister, Forest opposed the Censure Motion. He vehemently criticised the role of the previous Forest Minister who did a precious little to take necessary steps to prevent the fall out of ban on timber exports by the Supreme Court.
(Hon. Speaker took the Chair)
Smti Maysalin War supported the Censure Motion pin-pointed the failure of the Chief Minister.
(Hon. Speaker with the consent of the House extended the time till the Censure Motion is disposed of)
Shri R.G. Lyngdoh, while opposing the Censure Motion stated that he was surprised that no member came forward with any suggestion to solve the problem.
Shri C.R. Marak supporting the Censure Motion expressed doubt whether Shri B.B. Lyngdoh could run the office of the Chief Minister at this advanced age.
Shri K.C. Boro opposed the Motion on the ground that there is nothing new except to oppose for opposition sake.
Shri P.M. Syiem supporting the Censure Motion appreciated Shri B.B. Lyngdoh as a leader during his younger days but a time has come he should hand over the reign of office gracefully.
Shri D.D. Lapang, Deputy Chief Minister while opposing the Censure Motion appreciated the concern of all the members to see that the State run towards prosperity under an able leadership.
Shri S.C. Marak, former Chief Minister, agreed that Shri B.B. Lyngdoh as one of the architects of the State of Meghalaya. He also maintained that peace should be maintained at all cost for the development of the State. There is need for a stable Government because frequent change of Government hampers the interest of the State.
Shri B.B. Lyngdoh, Chief Minister, in his reply to the Censure Motion gave an elaborate account of developments took place in the State under his Government.
(Hon. Speaker wanted to know from the mover whether he is willing to withdraw the Censure Motion. Since the mover did not withdraw his motion, Hon. Speaker put the question before house. The motion was rejected by voice vote)
The Hon. Speaker announced 3 Standing Committees, names of the Members and Chairmen thereto. Also, the formation of the Budget Committee under the Chairmanship of the Hon. Deputy Speaker and names of the Members thereto.
The Hon. Speaker then read out the letter from the Governor addressed to hon. Speaker expressing his thanks on the passing of the Motion of Thanks to the Governor's Address on 31st March, 1999.
Hon. Speaker also informed the House that the un-parliamentary words used in their speech by Shri A.D. Marak and Shri Kitdor Syiem, Minister, Forest will be expunged from the proceedings, e.g. Dog, Monkey, Donkey etc.
The Hon. speaker then informed the House that the Special House Committee which was examining the case relating to Shri P.B. Acharaya's, B.J.P. Organisation in charge of North Eastern region, impugned letter published in a section of a Press. He also informed that he is the Chairman of that Committee. Since the Committee could not yet finalise its report, Hon. Speaker sought the consent of the House to grant leave to extend the time for submission of the Report till the next Session of the Assembly, and eventually the House granted the leave.
The Hon. Speaker then read out the Message from the Governor proroguing the House on the 9th day of April, 1999.
The Hon. Speaker announced the PROROGATION of the House.
Meghalaya Legislative Assembly.