The House assembled at 10 a.m. in the Assembly Chamber with the Hon. Dy. Speaker in the Chair. The day was devoted for disposing the Government Business and debate on Governor's Address.
Starred Question No.32, 33, 34, 35, 37, 38, 39 was passed with Supplementaries and rest of the Starred questions had to be disposed off since question hour was over.
Immediately after question hour, Shri T.H. Rangad, raised a point of order about Hon. Speaker's announcement on 25.3.99 - that he received a letter signed by him (T.H. Rangad) and other two members just before 10 minutes before the House assembled. But he said it was not a fact because he personally submitted the letter on the previous night on the Secretary's table, but there was nobody and next day at 9.20 A.M., he came to check but there was nobody. This was supported by Shri C.R. Marak and he observed that at least PA or PS to Hon. Speaker or Deputy Speaker should be present always to receive such communications. The House unanimously supported his contention.
Shri Sujit Sangma, Minister, Transport laid the Meghalaya Motor Vehicles Taxation (Amendment) Ordinance, 1999.
Shri C.R. Marak, taking part in the Debate on the Governor's Address dwelt at length on the problem of extremists' activities and extortion carried out by the underground elements. He stressed that the Government should try seriously to solve the problem. He also stressed the need to set up Horticulture University near Tura. Referring to re-introduction of Air Services from Shillong to Tura, he criticised that such proposition was not viable in view of the critical economic condition of the State.
Shri Tonsing Marak, taking part in the discussion, he hoped that under the able leadership of Shri B.B. Lyngdoh, the State is passing through a peaceful condition. He, however, admitted that some extremist outfits are creating some serious problems. But he stressed the need for bringing them to the negotiating table and sort out the problems. Coming to Tourism, he regretted that inspite of several tourists' Spots in the State, this Tourism has not taken off yet in the State which could have earned enough revenue to the coffer of the State. He also felt that steps should be taken to improve the trade relations with Bangladesh. Proper realisation of royalty out of the mineral resources of State was also stressed upon the Hon. Member.
(Since the time was up, Hon. Deputy Speaker, requested the Hon. Member to conclude his speech)
Hon. Deputy Speaker announced the adjournment of the House till Tuesday, the 30th March, 1999 at 10 a.m. Further, he announced that time for discussion on Governor's Address would be extended.
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