MEGHALAYA LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY

BUDGET SESSION

BULLETIN No. 5

(WEDNESDAY, the 23rd March, 2006).

The House met with the Hon’ble Deputy Speaker in the Chair.

1.

QUESTIONS :

Starred Questions from 20 to 54 were disposed of.

2.

CALLING ATTENTION :

Shri. Manas Chaudhuri call the attention of the Minister in-charge Home under Rule 54 (1) of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business to the news item published in the “Shillong Times” dated 9.3.06 under the caption “State Government awaits Defence Clearance”. The mover felt the need for the Government to engage a repute architectural firm seeking their opinion with regard to the construction of the Assembly building.

The Minister i/c Parliamentary Affairs, Shri. J. D. Rymbai informed the member that the No Objection Certificate from the India Air Force, Upper Shillong had been received.

3.

PENDING MOTION :

During the last session, Shri. Manas Chaudhuri was on his feet and was allowed to continue with his speech. However, he asked leave of the House not to continue anymore and was allowed.

Shri. P. T. Sawkmie. )

Shri. R. G. Lyngdoh ) They discussed at length about the scarcity of water

Shri. Paul Lyngdoh ) in and around Shillong. They also offered valuable

Shri. P. M. Syiem. ) suggestions to the Government.

The Minister i/c PHE, Shri. H. D. R. Lyngdoh said that with the integration of the Shillong Municipal Board with that the GSWSS have undergone quantities and qualitative improvement. He also gave a detailed explanation as to how drinking water supplied to areas that fell under this scheme. He also offered his regretfulness to the points which he had missed inadvertently. However, their points were noted down by the Department and will see whether their offered suggestions are feasible or not.

4.

BALLOTED MOTION :

Shri. P. M. Syiem moved that this House do now discuss the need to revise the pay and allowances of the Government employees serving in various parts of the State.

The mover stated that the staff formed the backbone of the Government and without them, all works will come to a standstill. He also highlighted the Government that there had been price rise in every essential commodity, High Speed Diesel oil, petrol, LPG, kerosene which imposed a heavy burden on the earning member. With the present meager salary that the Government employee receives will not be able to make both ends meet. Therefore, he stressed upon the Government to set up a Pay Commission to revise the salary of the Government employees as early as possible.

Shri. P. T. Sawkmie, Shri. Manas Chaudhuri, Dr. F. A. Khonglam, Shri. Prestone Tynsong, Shri. Tonsing N. Marak, Shri. Manindra Rava – all fell in line with the mover of the motion.

5.

ADJOURNMENT :

The House was adjourned till 10.00 a.m. on Friday, the 24th March, 2006.

Secretary,

Meghalaya Legislative Assembly.