MEGHALAYA LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY

RE-ASSEMBLED BUDGET SESSION, 2000

BULLETIN NO.7

(MONDAY, THE 26th 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 Government Business.

1. QUESTIONS :

        Starred questions Nos.82, 83, 84, 85 with supplementaries thereof, Nos.86 to 104 without supplementary were disposed of.

2. REPORT OF BUSINESS ADVISORY COMMITTEE :

        The Deputy Speaker announced the report of the Business Advisory Committee relating to the fixation of the date of holding of the election of the Speaker.

3. VOTING ON DEMANDS FOR GRANTS :

        Shri K. C. Boro, continued his deliberation on Cut Motion to grant No.11. The hon. Member, expressed dissatisfaction and great concern on the frequent failure of electricity in the village falling under his constituency and suggested rectification of the defects in the existing line and the creation of a separate electrical Sub-Division or Sub-Station at Tikrikilla. He supported the cut motion.

        Other participants were (1) Shri P.M. Syiem (2) Shri R.G. Lyngdoh (3) Shri P. W. Muktieh (4) Shri T.N. Marak (5) Shri T. C. Lyngdoh (6) Shri H.S. Lyngdoh (7) Shri Bires Nongsiej (8) Shri Rasor Rani and (9) Shri S.C. Marak.

        Most of the participants expressed identical view points with regard to the failure of the M.S.E.B. to supply electricity to the villages in rural areas and stressed on the urgent need to revamp the functioning of this Board.

        Shri M. N. Mukhim in reply to the points raised by the mover of the cut motion and other members who have taken part in the cut motion gave a detailed statement with regard to the primary functions of the Power Department with particular reference to the M.S.E.B. The Minister in-charge also presented detailed statistics on the achievement of the Board from the year 1975-76 to 1999-2000 in connection with construction of Power Station/Sub-Stations with their respective capacities, revenue collections sale and purchase of Power outside the State and rural electrification etc. 

        However, he apprised the House that the State Government is taking, up the matter seriously and that in coordination with Border Areas Development Department the M.S.E.B., has taken up mini micro hydel projects in the international border areas whereby some of the projects have been already completed and few others were yet to be completed. He stated that out of 5484 Census villages in Meghalaya, the M.S.E.B., has electrified 2510 villages whereas the remaining 2974 villages remained unelectrified till date and that an amount of Rs.350 crores is required to electrify these remaining villages and that if fund could be made available about 200 villages could be electrified in one year. As such, he clarified that it may take about 15 to 20 years to electrify these villages. He called for the corporation of the members from both sides to find out ways and means how to overcome this problem. His reply remained inconclusive due to shortage of time, he will continue on the next day.

4. ADJOURNMENT :

        Since the time was up, the House rose at 2 p.m. and stood adjourned till 10 a.m. on Tuesday, the 27th June, 2000.

Secretary,
Meghalaya Legislative Assembly.