Proceedings of the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly assembled after the First General Election.

The Assembly at 10 A.M. on Monday, the 27th November, 1972 in the Assembly Chamber, Shillong with the hon. Speaker in the chair.

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Announcement of the Report of Business Advisory Committee

Mr. Speaker : Let us take up first in today's list of business. In pursuance of Rule 230 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business, I report that the Business Advisory Committee of this Legislature which was held on the 17th November, 1972 to settle the Business for the current Winter Session of the Assembly had considered the draft calendar prepared by my Secretariat and approved of the same. Of the eight working days of the current Session, hon. Members may notice that three days i.e., 28th, 30th November and 5th December, 1972 have exclusively been allotted for transacting Private Members' business.

        A copy of the approved calendar has already been circulated to all hon. Members.

        I hope this has the approval of the House.

        Now let us pass on to item No. 2.


Panel of Chairman

        I appoint the following personnel to the Panel of Chairman under Rule 9 of the Assembly Rules for the current Winter Session of the Assembly :-

1.

Mr. G. Mylliemngap, M.L.A.

2.

Mr. S.D. Khongwir, M.L.A

3.

Mr. Akrammozzaman, M.L.A.

4.

Miss Percylina Marak, M.L.A.


Supplementary Demands for Grants

        Now. item No. 3. The Hon. Finance Minister.

Shri B.B. Lyngdoh (Minister for Finance) : Mr. Speaker, Sir, I beg to present the Supplementary Demands for Grants and Supplementary Appropriation for 1972-73.


Report of the rules Committee

Mr. Speaker : Item No. 4. The hon. Finance Minister to present the Report of the Rules Committee.

Shri B.B. Lyngdoh (Minister for Finance) : Mr. Speaker, Sir, I beg to present the Report of the Rules Committee.

Mr. Speaker : Item No. 5. The Chief Minister to lay the Meghalaya Public Service Commission (Limitation of Functions) Regulations, 1972.


Laying of Regulations

Shri W.A. Sangma (Chief Minister) : Mr. Speaker, Sir, I beg to lay the Meghalaya Public Service Commission (Limitation of Functions) Regulations, 1972.

Mr. Speaker : Item No. 6. The Chief Minister to lay the Meghalaya Public Service Commission Regulations, 1972.

Shri W.A. Sangma (Chief Minister) : Mr. Speaker, Sir, I beg to lay the Meghalaya Public Service Commission Regulations, 1972.


Obituary References

Mr. Speaker : Item No. 7. The Chief Minister to initiate the Obituary References ?

Shri W.A. Sangma (Chief Minister) : Mr. Speaker, Sir, I would like to refer to the passing away of Shri Narendra Nath Sarma. Born on 16th February,1920, Shri Narendra Nath Sarma, Ex-M.L.A. joined the Indian National Congress as a student and was a member of the Assam Legislative Assembly for three consecutive terms. He was associated with various social, cultural and educational organisations. He was interested in the the co-operative movement in in Assam and was Chairman of the Barua Bamungaon Sugar Mill.

        Shri Sarma was loved and respected by all sections of the people.

        He passed away on 24th August, 1972 at the age of 52 and his death is a loss to Assam.

SANT FATEH SINGH

        Born in Bhatinda in Punjab, Sant Fateh Singh was devoted to religion and he became a religious leader of the Sikhs. He was also responsible for the opening of several schools.

        He entered politics in 1960 and became an associate of Master Tara Singh. In the succeeding years Sant Fateh Singh played an increasingly important role in Punjab politics.

        Subsequently, Sant Fateh Singh and Master Tara Singh parted company and Sant Fateh and Master Tara Singh parted company and Sant Fateh Singh formed his own rival A ali Dal. Sant Fateh Singh was a man of great energy and he had a passion for activity. He passed away on 30th September, 1972. He was a man of great courage and his death removes a colourful figure from the political life of the Punjab.

SHIR RAMAPRASAD R. VASUVEDA

        Shri Ramaprasad R. Vasuveda, a Member of Rajya Sabha and veteran Trade Union leader, passed away on 20th November, 1972 due to heart failure at the age of 70.

        Shri Vasuveda was a founder Secretary of the National Labour Party. He entered Trade Union activities in 1929 when he joined the Ahmedabad Textile Association founded by Mahatma Gandhi. He was the President of the INTUC in 1954-56 and its General Secretary for several years. Shri Vasuveda's contribution to the working class movement in India is widely recognised, and his death is a loss to the labour movement in India.

SHRI RAJANGAM, M.P.

        Shri Rajangam, DMK Member of Parliament passed away on the 22nd October, 1972 due to heart attack, at the age of 40. 

        He was a Member of the State Assembly for two terms and was elected to the Lok Sabha in the 1971 mid-term poll. His death is a loss to the public life of Tamilnadu and the country at large.

Shri Maham Singh (Mawprem) : Mr. Speaker, Sir, I want to join the Leader of the House in paying respect to the departed souls. Shri Narendra Nath Sarma's death is a loss to the country specially to Assam. He was a devoted social worker and made valuable contribution to the State of Assam in the field of educational, cultural and economic life. He was also a labour leader and his passing away is a great loss to the country particularly to the Assam.

        With regard to Sant Fateh Singh also, his passing away is a great loss to our country. He was born in a tiny village and, living a religious life, he became a leader of the Sikh community. In the field of education, many schools have been opened by his efforts. He had a great organising capacity and later became a political leader of Punjab.

        We also condole the death of Vasudeva, who was devoted leader and the passing away of Shri Rajangam, who was a Member of the Parliament and previously Member of the State Assembly for many years. We consider the passing away of these leaders is a great loss to our country.

Mr. Speaker : Any other hon. Member would like to pay tributes ? (after a pause ). While associating myself with the sentiments expressed by the Leader of the House, by the Leader of the Congress Group and also with the sentiments expressed by the whole House, I would like to say that during the period intervening our August Session and the present Session, we witnessed that India has lost four great political leaders and social worker. The death of Mr. Narendra Nath Sarma is not only a loss to Assam but also a loss to the whole of North-East India as well as to the whole country.

        So far as Sant Fateh Singh, is concerned, I should say that he was a born leader though his ambition and his bias were mostly religious, yet his whole attention in entering politics was to place the Sikh and the Punjabi communities on an equal plane with the rest of the community in the country. Had it not been for the leadership of Sant Fateh Singh, perhaps the present Punjab State would not have been created. Had it not been for his leadership perhaps the city of Chandigarh would still continue to be the centre of controversy between Haryana and Punjab. And in his death the Sikh community has lost a great religious leader, the Punjabis have lost one of the greatest architects of the State and the whole country has lost a great saint.

        In the death of Shri Ranjangam, a Member of Parliament, India has lost another great social worker. He was not only a Member of Parliament but he was a Member of the State Assembly of Tamilnadu for two terms as already referred to. But apart from that the name of Rajangam was more popular in Tamilnadu as a social worker rather than a political leader. So also the death of Ramaprasad R. Vasudeva is a great loss not only to the Rajya Sabha and Parliament but also to the whole country.

        As a mark of respect to the departed souls, let the House stand in silence for one minute. (The House stood in one minute silence).


ADJOURNMENT

        Since there is no other business for today, the House stands adjourned till 10 A.M. on Tuesday, the 28th November, 1972.

R.T. RYMBAI

Dated Shillong,

Secretary,

The 27th November, 1972.

Meghalaya Legislative Assembly.

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