The House met at 10 a.m. with the Hon'ble speaker in the Chair. The day was devoted for the transaction of Government business.

1.    Questions:-

          Starred questions 256,257,259,260, 262,263,265,266 and 267 lapsed since the questioners were absent. Starred questions Nos. 255, 258,261,264,268 and 269 with supplementaries there to were disposed of. Unstarred questions Nos. 36,37,38,39,40,41,43,44, and 45 without any supplementary were also disposed of.


        Expressing  his sentiment of grief and sorrow on the loss and demise of His Holiness,(Late) Pope John Paul II, Dr. D.D. Lapang, leader of the house also the Chief Minister apprised the august house that the state Government had declared three days state mourning and that on behalf of himself and the Government as a whole, they have  declared full holiday tomorrow, the 8th April, 2005 for the offices, Educational institutions, Revenue and Magisterial Courts  including those government by the N.I.Acts,2005 on the above date and that the National Flag will be flown at half most where it is flown regularly to enable the general public to attend the ceremonial function which will commence at 10. o'clock tomorrow at the Catholic Cathedral ground, Laitumkhrah.

        The Chief Minister further informed that he had received an invitation from the Most Reverend Arch bishop, Dominic Jala  on behalf of the Government and the people of the State to attend the function at 10 o'clock in the morning tomorrow to give a short speech in this regard and that since most of the government officers including the officers and staff of the Assembly secretariat who are indispensable to their respective duties and responsibilities in connection with the Assembly matters and that a good no. of hon'ble Members of the House who have the same feeling on the loss of this great man in the image of (late) Pope John Paul II that in the fitness of things, it would be fit and proper from the Assembly side to declare holiday, tomorrow.

        Shri. P. Tynsong, Shri. R. G. Lyngdoh, Shri. T. C. Lyngdoh, Shri. John Manner Marak, Shri M. Choudhuri and Shri. J. A. Lyngdoh, Supported the proposal.

        After listening to the views expressed by the Leader of the House and also  by the other members who have endorsed the proposal put forth by him and since the house had agreed in principle to declare  holiday tomorrow, the Chair ruled that the voting on demands for Grants fixed to be taken up tomorrow will be accommodated serially on 13th April, 2005 and that there will be no more need to convene the B.A.C. again.


        Shri. B. G. Momin, initiated the general discussion on the budget for the day. Referring to the state financial scenario from 2003-04 to 2005-2006, the hon. Member from Mendipathar suggested the Government to  formulate " State Fund Allocation Policy" to ensure equitable fund distribution and to avoid undesirable confrontation with public and to follow the same principle of fund allocation as laid down by the forefathers with the ratio of 9:8:3 for the Khasi Hills, Garo Hills and Jaintia Hills.

        On distribution of Non- lapsable Central pool of  Resources, the hon.Member suggested the creation of separate cell and guide and assist the beneficiaries at State level if not at  all districts headquarters. He also suggested the constitution of a Screening Committee to comprise at least three MLAs each from Khasi and Jaintia Hills and two MLAs from Garo Hills beside  the Chief Minister, Deputy chief Minister, P. w. D. Minister an official members and  that more N.L.C.P.R  Scheme must go to rural areas particularly in the fields of Roads and Bridges, Education and Power.

        (The House  was adjourned for half-an- hour to meet again at 11.30 a. m. due to lack of quorum)

        ( The House re-assembled at 11.30 a.m. with Hon'ble Speaker in the Chair).

        Shri B.G. Momin, resumed his discussion on the budget. He touched on roads & bridges and suggested that the following important economic and commercial roads be taken up and paid special attention by the Government :-

        1. Mawphlang- Balat road (2) Nongstoin- Nongshram- Rongjeng- Songsak- Assanang Road (3) Damra- Mendi- Songsak- Williamnagar PWD road (4)Bangsiapal to Nagapa Via Simseng-Jerang road.

        He also touched on other subjects like agriculture, Horticulture, land reclamation, Veterinary & A.H. and Power Departments.

        Shri. M. Suchiang  took part.


        Giving categorical reply to the points raised by all the participants in the general discussion on the budget, the Deputy Chief Minister incharge of finance, Dr. Donkupar Roy, responded to the various submissions made by the individual members on the different aspects of the budget speech.

        The Deputy Chief Minister incharge of Finance assured that other points which were not touched upon by him, they have been well taken note of by the concerned departments for future examination and implementation where ever necessary.

        (The House was extended till the Deputy Chief Minister incharge of Finance conclude his reply).

        He also replied to other points for clarification sought for by the members.


            The chair informed the House that since it has been agreed upon earlier to day that there would be a holiday tomorrow, the 8th april,2005 as a token of respect to the departed soul, His Holiness, (late) Pop John Paul II and as  already suggested by the hon. Member from  Mawprem that voting on Demands for Grants will be taken up serially on 13th April,2005, the questions to be listed tomorrow will be treated as lapsed.

        He requested those members who have not collected the budget papers, these budget papers are available in lobby or from the Legislation Branch of the Assembly Secretariat.


        The House rose at 2.07 p.m. and stood adjourned till 10 a.m. on Tuesday, the12th April,2005.


  Meghalaya Legislative Assembly.