( TUESDAY, THE 21st MARCH, 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 Government Business.


        Starred Questions Nos.1 to 5 with Supplementaries thereto were disposed of.


        Shri A.H. Scott Lyngdoh, Minister incharge of Finance presented the Supplementary Demands for Grants and Supplementary Appropriation for 1999-2000.


        Shri A.T. Mandal initiated the debate on the Governor's Address. He commended the various policies and programmes of the Government and called for effective implementation of these policies and programmes enunciated in the address for an all round development of the State.

        Shri D.N. Joshi moved the following amendment to the motion of thanks to the Governor's Address :-

        "Delete the full stop (.) at the end and add the following words :-

        'but regret to state that no mention has been made in his Address on the following :-

1. Steps the Government is taking to ensure timely payment of salaries and the arrears of the primary school teachers of the State and to evolve effective measures to give retirement benefits to the College and School Teachers serving in educational institutions covered under deficit system of grants in the State.


2. Steps the Government propose to privatise the inefficient, wasteful and uneconomical Government Corporations.


3. Failure of the Government to take steps to rehabilitate the ex-servicemen of the State in consonance with the practice followed by most of the other sister States of the country.


4. Failure of the Government to provide support price for agricultural produces in the State.


5. No mention has been made for development of sports and youth development programme through M.L.A. Scheme with augmented amount under ISYDP.


6. The proposed 'Chief Minister's Special Rural Development programme in para 11 and the 'Chief Minister's Special Urban Development Programme' in para 12 be deleted and the funds be channelised through the M.L.A. Schemes under SRWP, CRRP  and SUWP.


7. Jhumming continues to denude the hills and create havoc on the environment. The Central Government, through the N.E.C., etc., has initiated steps to wean the jhummias away from this practice by offering them schemes to motivate them to take up alternative methods of cultivation. The State Government has, however, remained totally silent on this issue.


8. The State Government has failed to address the need for a Centre for counseling and rehabilitating those unfortunates who have fallen into drugs and alcohol addiction.


9. While our State continues to have to import meat, like cattle, poultry, etc., from other States, the Government had failed to come out with any policy that would encourage the private sector to get into poultry farming, cattle farming, etc., especially in the small scale sector.


10. Wanton and unchecked quarrying of stones, sand, lime, etc., have led to soil erosion and siltation of the rivers on a very large scale. This has, for example, even created problems for the Greater Shillong Water Supply Scheme. The Government has, however, failed to come out with any policy to check and regulate Quarrying.


11. With unemployment and youth unrest on the rise the Government has failed to come out with any policy that would assist unemployed youths in getting finance, in the form of soft loans, etc., from the Commercial Banks".

        The mover of the amendment dealt at length on the lack of priorities, proper implementation and failure of the Government in the field of development and also on other subjects referred to in his amendment to the motion of thanks.

        Shri R.G. Lyngdoh supported the amendment to the motion of thanks.

        Other Members who took part in the debate on the Governor's Address were :-

  (1) Shri B.B. Lyngdoh
  (2) Shri H.S. Lyngdoh
  (3) Shri Tonsingh N. Marak
  (4) Shri Sujit K. Sangma's deliberation remains inconclusive, to be continued on the next day.



        The House rose at 2 p.m. and stood adjourned till 10 a.m. on Wednesday, the 22nd March, 2000.

Meghalaya Legislative Assembly.