MEGHALAYA LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY

BUDGET SESSION

BULLETIN NO.5

( Thursday, the 22nd March,2007 ).

The House met at 10 a.m. with the Hon’ble Deputy Speaker in the Chair.

1. QUESTIONS :

Starred Questions from 73 to 78 were disposed of.

Starred Questions from 79 to 88 could not be disposed of for want of time.

Unstarred Questions from 8 to 10 were also disposed of.

2. ANNOUNCEMENT FROM THE CHAIR :

The Hon’ble Deputy Speaker announced that Supplementary Grants Nos. 19, 51 and 56 will be listed on the 23.03.2007.

3. VOTING ON DEMAND FOR GRANTS :

The House passed Grants Nos. 1, 2. Grant no. 3 was also passed by the House since the mover was absent. The House also passed Grants no. 4 and 5, while the cut motion on Grant No. 6 was passed when the mover did not move his cut motion. Grants No. 7 and 8 were passed by the House. The cut motion on Grant no. 9 was withdrawn after adequate reply by the Chief Minister. The House passed Grants Nos. 10, 11 and 12.

Shri Manas Choudhuri moved his cut motion on Demand No. 13 and was apprehensive of the loopholes that prevails in the PDS citing an example of rice meant for Garo Hills. He was of the view that the DIPR should be strengthened and to give wide coverage as to how much the essential commodities are going to be distributed through fair price Shop, Surprise checks should be taken by Inspectors and also set up a Monitoring Committee to monitor the distribution of essential Commodities.

Other participants were Shri Tonsing Marak and Shri P. M. Syiem who opposed the cut motion. Shri M. Rava who supported the cut motion.

In reply to the cut motion, the Minister I/c Food & Civil Supplies informed the House that there are 1,27,400 BPL families, 55,600 AAY families and 2,66,078 APL families in the State. A vigilance and monitoring cell had been set up to check the arrival and distribution of essential commodities, instructions were issued to intensify inspection by the Inspecting staff, instructions were also issued to give wide publicity with regard to the quantity received from the Government of India through traditional heads, electric media and newspapers and the quantity of essential commodities to be distributed to the public should be displayed in the fair price shops.

The replies could not be completed for want of time and will be completed next time.

4. ADJOURNMENT:

The House rose at 2.00 P.M. to meet again on Friday, the 23rd March, 2007.

Secretary,

Meghalaya Legislative Assembly.