MEGHALAYA LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY
BUDGET SESSION, 2008

(BULLETIN NO. 7)

WEDNESDAY, THE 16th  APRIL, 2008

 

The House met at 10.00 am on the 16 April, 2008 with the Hon’ble Speaker in the Chair. The day was devoted for the transaction of Government Business

1. QUESTIONS :

          Starred Questions from 9 to 12 were disposed of while Starred Question No.13 could not be taken up for want of time.  

 2. CALLING ATTENTION :

          Under Rule 54 (1) of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business Shri M. M. Danggo called the attention of the Minister in-charge Health and Family Welfare to the news item published in “Mawphor” dt.22.3.2008 under the caption “Angnud ki paid Nongstoin ban pyndep noh ia ka Hospital ba 100 jingthiah”.

          Initiating the discussion, the people of Nongstoin yearned to see the completion of the 100 bedded hospital. Most of the people staying in that area had to come to Shillong for treatment due to lack of medical facilities. He requested the Minister to expedite and complete the construction work so that the people of those areas would be benefited.

          Replying to this, the Minister stated that the progress of the work is very satisfactory, that is, 80% of the work had been completed. The remaining portion will be completed within March 2009 and on completion, the Government will take all possible steps to improve and strengthen the hospital by providing medical facilities.

3. THE MEGHALAYA CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETIES (AMENDMENT) BILL :

          Dr. Donkupar Roy, Chief Minister beg leave to introduce the Meghalaya Co-operative Societies (Amendment) Bill, 2008.  

          The motion was moved and leave was granted to introduce the Meghalaya Co-operative Societies (Amendment) Bill, 2008.

          Dr. Donkupar Roy, Chief Minister introduced the Meghalaya Co-operative Societies (Amendment) Bill, 2008.

          (The title of the Bill was read out by the Chief Minister)     

 4. DEBATE ON GOVERNOR’S ADDRESS :

          At the outset, Shri J. D. Rymbai thanked the Governor for the address which he has been pleased to deliver to the House. The address of the Governor reflects the programmes and policies of the Government. He spoke at length on the boundary dispute with Assam which had been a hot issue since the inception of the State. He was in favour that the Government should approach the Central Government for a tripartite discussion to solve this burning issue. He also referred to the initiative taken by (Late) Shri B. B. Lyngdoh for a give and take policy and felt that if this is still valid, a fresh dialogue can be made. He was also of the view that the Umroi and Baljek airports should be completed and the runway be extended to enable the larger aircraft to land. If need be, a third airport in New Shillong could be made big enough for a larger aircraft.    

          With regard to power in Meghalaya, he urged the Government to complete the Leshka project in order to augment the existing power available in the State during this financial year 2008-09. The inter-State transmission line known as MISA Byrnihat Transmission Line should be completed so that Meghalaya will get 24 hours supply of power. 

          With regard to Agriculture, requested the Government to come forward in helping the farmers for the economic development of the State as a whole. Livestock and poultry farm should be improved since the State is depending the supply of eggs from outside. Cattle rearing should also be encouraged to produce more milk.  

          He also spoke on improvement of medicinal plants, create more employment for the unemployed youths in the Tourism Department, provide free education to the children upto 14 years, improve health care system, provide food and shelter to the BPL families, revive and strengthen the cultural heritage by appointing more instructors to teach the students in various type of musical instruments.

          Shri Sayeedullah Nongrum moved an amendment to the motion of thanks to the Governor’s Address as follows:

          “Substitute the full stop (.) at the end of the Motion of Thanks by adding the following thereafter :

1.    The failure of the Government to mention about natural calamities and flood control measures.

2.   Creation of new District (s) and Civil Sub-division (s) for bringing the administration closer to the people including all   aspects of developments.

3.    Creation of marketing facilities of Agricultural and Allied produce.

The mover contended that the Governor had failed to mention in his address the natural calamities and flood control measures, creation of new Districts and Civil Sub-divisions and creation of marketing facilities of Agricultural produce.

          Shri H. D. R. Lyngdoh while supporting the amendment to the motion of Thanks contended that there had been no mention on the unemployment problem. He was of the view that all vacant posts in the State should be filled up without any further delay to employ the educated youths. He was also of the view that the current policy of employment in the State should be modified. He also spoke that peace should be maintained at all cost for all round development of the State, lack of good roads in the State, setting up of many thermal projects, extending financial assistance to the farmers, export of lime stones to Bangladesh should be discouraged, complete the mining policy to protect the environment, convert Diengiei peak at Mawmih and U Mawnguid Briew as tourist spots, give cash and incentives to the sport persons in various disciplines, remove hawkers and commuters to ease traffic congestion.

          Dr. Friday Lyngdoh spoke on the need to enhance water supply in Mawkhar, Wahingdoh and Riatsamthiah, study whether the District Council is an asset or liability to the State, other towns should also be brought under the JNNURM, treatment of patients with instruments like dialysis be procured immediately, development of earlier tourist spots in and around Shillong, recognition to the contribution of traditional village durbars.

          Shri Pynshngainlang Syiem felt that the Government should concentrate on the notified LTS and creation of a civil sub-division in Mawsynram.

          Shri A. T. Mondal felt that the  Government should open up a new Treasury office at Dadenggiri for the benefit of the people, give concession to certain commodities to bring the prices down, make the 5th Bn functional, road connectivity should be there all over the State, irrigation facilities be given to the farmers, control flood, subsidized power be given to farmers, technical know how be imparted to the fish farmers, rationalization of Gram sevaks circles, open up market facilities for turmeric and tax exemption for the entrepreneurs, plight of the adhoc teacher meager salaries, examine the age of those candidates who have passed the eligibility test, special scholarship be given to archers and lastly the judiciary should be separated from the executive.  

ADJOURNMENT :  

          The House rose at 2.00 pm and will meet again on Thursday, the 17 April, 2008 at 10.00 am.  

Dated: Shillong,                                                                                

Secretary,

The 17th  April, 2008. 

Meghalaya Legislative Assembly.