(MONDAY, THE 19th JUNE, 2000) 

        The House met at 10 a.m. with the Hon'ble Deputy Speaker in the Chair. The day was devoted for the transaction of Private Members' Business.


        Starred questions Nos.1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 with Supplementaries thereto were disposed of .


        Shri Lot Singh A. Sangma, Minister in-charge of Planning, resumed the reply to the pending motion moved by Shri K.  C. Boro in the last Budget Session, 2000 on the functioning of the State Planning Board which was already replied by Shri A.H. Scott Lyngdoh, Finance Minister on behalf of the Minister in-charge of Planning on 4.4.2000 but remained inconclusive due to shortage of time.

        In his reply, the Minister in-charge of Planning endorsed the views expressed by the mover and the participants that there should be proper planning for bringing about Socio-economic Development of the State. He also gave detailed statement as regards the primary functions of the State Planning Board as already notified by the State Government.


        Motions Nos.1, 2, 3, 4 lapsed since the movers were absent.


        Shri K.K. Dkhar, continued has deliberations on the resolution moved by him in the last Budget Session, 2000.

        The mover mentioned of various assurance made by the then Chief Minister of Meghalaya ( Late ) Capt. W. A. Sangma on 5-3-87 and the successive Chief Minister since then to create a Civil Sub-Division at Pynursla but nothing tangible has come out till now. He urged upon the Government to sincerely look into this matter to solve the problems faced by the people living in the border areas by creating a new Civil Sub-Division at Pynursla.

        Shri T.N Marak, Shri D.D. Lapang, Leader of the Opposition, Smti M. War, Shri J.D. Rymbai, Shri Sujit Sangma, Shri Salseng C. Marak, Shri R.G. Lyngdoh, Shri A.T. Mondal, Shri T. C. Lyngdoh, Shri C. B. Marak, Shri P.M. Syiem and Shri H.S. Lyngdoh, supported the resolution, Shri Rasor Rani also took part.

        Giving a categorical reply to the points raised by the mover and other members who have taken part, Shri T.H. Rangad, Minister incharge of Home, informed the House that the creation of new Civil Sub-Divisions involves a huge amount of expenditure both capital and Revenue expenditure which are the pre-requisites necessary for the meeting the infrastructures as well a recruitment of officers payment of salaries and other related office expenses. He also stated that the expenditure for creation of District and Sub-Divisions cannot be met from the plan outlay of the State's budget and that such being the position, the only avenue available for obtaining Central assistance for such activities is to place the matter before the Finance Commission of India for consideration of allocating necessary funds. The Minister incharge further told the House that this matter was taken up earlier with the 10th Finance Commission by the State Government.

       As for the creation of new Civil Sub-Divisions and up gradation of two existing Civil Sub-Divisions into full fledged districts but unfortunately, however, the Government of India had turned down the proposal. He also clarified to the points raised by the mover.

        (The resolution was thereafter withdrawn by the mover with the leave of the House).

Shri P.M. Syiem, moved his Resolution No.1 :-

        " Whereas the Government had made a slogan to provide health to all by the year 2000, thereby raising high hope to the common man to get health facilities readily available,

            And whereas the Government has failed to come up to the expectation of the poor and the needy by not being able to provide adequate health facilities, due to the non-functioning, of P .H. Cs, C. H. Cs Sub-health Centres,

        Now therefore, this house resolve to urge upon the Government to make all P. H. Cs, C. H. Cs Sub-centres fully functional for the benefit of the poor people in the State".

        The mover highlighted on the lack of health and medical facilities in the Civil Hospital at Shillong and the existing P.H.Cs, C.H.Cs and Sub-health Centres in the State which has caused tremendous suffering to the poor and needy people especially the rural masses. He impressed upon the State Government to come up in a big way to improve the functioning of these P.H.Cs, C.H.Cs, and Health Sub-centres by providing with adequate health facilities to help the suffering people.

        Shri H.S. Lyngdoh, Shri T.C. Lyngdoh, Shri D.D. Lapang, Leader of the Opposition and Shri R.G. Lyngdoh took part and supported the resolution.

        Shri R.G. Lyngdoh's participation was inconclusive to continue on the next day.


        The House rose at 2 p.m. and stood adjourned till 10 a.m. on Tuesday, the 20th June, 2000.

Meghalaya Legislative Assembly.