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

The Assembly met at 9.30 A.M. on Tuesday the 14th December, 1976 in the Assembly Chamber, Shillong with the Speaker in the Chair.

P R E S E N T :-

Minister - 6, Minister of State - 5, Members - 46

Mr. Speaker :- Let us start the Business of the day.


Report of the Business Advisory Committee.

        In pursuance of Rule 230 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly, I am to report that a meeting of the Business Advisory Committee was called on the 6th December, 1976 to settle the business of the current Session of the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly. A Draft Calendar for the Winter Session of the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly was prepared by my Secretariat in the Light of the Statement of business received for various Department of Government. The Committee then considered the draft Calendar and approved the same with slight modification.

        I may be pertinent to point out here that it was the consensus of the Committee to convert the 16th December, 1976 which is supposed to be a recess day, being Thursday, into a working day and allot the day for transaction of Private Members' Business, as the Committee did not feel very much the needs of a recess considering the shortness of the Session and the comparatively light volume of business required to be transacted. As a consequence of this, the Committee also decided in favour of allotting Saturday, December 18, for transacting Government business.

        I hope this has the approval of the House.

(Voices - Yes, yes)


Panel of Chairmen

        In pursuance of Sub-Rule (1) of Rule 9 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly, I hereby nominate the following hon. Members to the Panel of Chairman for the purpose of conducting the December Session -

1. Mr. Reidson Momin, M.L.A.
2. Prof. Alexander Warjri, M.L.A.
3. Mr. O.L. Nongtdu, M.L.A.
4. Mr. W. Syiemiong, M.L.A.

        Now Item No.3


PRESENTATION OF REPORT

Shri W.A. Sangma (Chief Minister) :- Mr. Speaker, Sir, I beg to present the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India for the year 1974-75.

Mr. Speaker :- Item No.4.

Shri W.A. Sangma (Chief Minister) :- Mr. Speaker, Sir, I beg to present the Appropriation Account, 1974-75.

Finance Account, 1974-75

Mr. Speaker :- Item No.5

Shri W.A. Sangma (Chief Minister) :- Mr. Speaker, Sir, I beg to present the Finance Accounts, 1974-75.

Laying of Ordinance

Mr. Speaker :- Item No.6.

Shri Maharam Singh (Minister, Law) :- Mr. Speaker, Sir, I beg to lay the Meghalaya Administration of Justice (Amendment) Ordinance, 1976 (Ordinance 2 of 1976).

Laying of Rules

Mr. Speaker :- Item No.7.

Shri W.A. Sangma (Chief Minister) :- Mr. Speaker, Sir, I beg to lay the amendments to the Meghalaya Amusements and Betting Tax Rules (Assam) Rules of 1939 (as adapted by Meghalaya)

Presentation of Supplementary Demands for Grants

Mr. Speaker :- Item No.8.

Shri W.A. Sangma (Chief Minister) :- Mr. Speaker, Sir, I beg to present the Supplementary Demands for Grants and Supplementary Appropriation, 1976-77.


Government Bill

Mr. Speaker :- Item No.9

Shri Maharam Singh (Minister, Law) :- Mr. Speaker, Sir, I beg leave to introduce the Meghalaya Administration of Justice (Amendment) Bill, 1976.

Mr. Speaker :- Motion moved. The question is that leave be granted to introduce the Meghalaya Administration of Justice (Amendment) Bill, 1976. (The motion was carried). Now the Minister to introduce the Bill.

Shri Maharam Singh (Minister, Law) :- Mr. Speaker, Sir, I beg to introduce the Meghalaya Administration of Justice (Amendment) Bill, 1976.

Mr. Speaker :- Motion moved. The question is that the Meghalaya Administration of Justice (Amendment) Bill, 1976 be introduced.

        (The motion was carried). (The secretary read out the title of the Bill).


Obituary References

Mr. Speaker :- Item No.10. Chief Minister to initiate the obituary references.

Shri W.A. Sangma (Chief Minister) :- Mr. Speaker, Sir, with your permission I would like to make the obituary references.

        Shri S. Venkatrama Reddy, the Andhra Pradesh Minister for Animal Husbandry, passed away on the 14th October 1976, at the age of 45.

        Shri S.V. Reddy entered politics in 1947 during the agitation against the Nizam's rule. He became the Governor of the National Student Union of 1954.

        Shri S.V. Reddy was the General Secretary of the Telengana Praja Samithi till it merged with the Congress. he was elected to the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Council from Hyderabad Constituency in 1969. He joined the Vengal Rao Ministry in September, 1976.

        In his death the country has lost a political and social leader of great repute.

        Dr. Beni Charan Dutta, a freedom fighter, died at Sibbore in Howrah on 17th October, 1976. He was 85. Dr. Dutta had joined the Congress in 1921 and was imprisoned during the non-Cooperation movement. He was connected with the Howrah Municipality for a long time and became its Vice-Chairman in 1945. He was elected to the State Assembly for two terms 1952 and 1957.

        In his death this country has lost a dedicated and selfless social worker and great freedom fighter.

        Shri Ali Yavar Jung, Governor of Maharashtra, passed on the 11th December 1976 at the age of 71.

        Shri Nawab Ali Yavar Jung was born in February 1905. Educated at Nizam College, Hyderabad and Queen's College, Oxford, he began his career as a Lecturer and later reader in Modern History and Political Science in 1972. He continued in that post until 1930. From 1930 to 1935, he was Professor of Modern History, Osmania University. From 1935 to 1937, he was Director of Information in the Nizam's Government. He was Secretary, Constitution Affairs, Information and Broadcasting from 1937 to 1942 and from 1942 he was Secretary, Home and Judicial Departments.

        He became Vice-Chancellor of Osamania University in 1945-46 and again from 1948 to 1952. From 1965 to 1968 he was Vice-Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University. In 1946-47 he was Minister Constitutional Affairs, Home and Educational, Public Health and Local Government in the Nizam's Governor. He resigned from that post in 1947.

        He was Indian delegate to the U.N. General Assembly in 1946 and from 1950 to 1955. He then became Deputy Chairman, Indian delegation to the General Assembly in 1956, 1957 and 1960. He was leader of the Indian delegation to the U.N. Economic and Social Counsel in 1953 and Chairman of the U.N. Adhoc Committee for S.U.N.F.E.D. in 1956.

        From 1954 to 1958 he was Ambassador to Argentina and Minister Plenipotentiary to Lebanon and Libya. From 1958 to 1961 he was Ambassador to Yougoslavia and Greece and Minister Plenipotenitary to Bulguria. From 1961 to 1965 he was Ambassador to France and from 1968 to 1970 to the U.S.A. He was a member of the University Grants Commission from 1966 to 1968 and of the Standing Committee of the Inter-University Board and Academic Committee and Governing Board Committee, School of International Studies. He was Chairman the Study Team on Defence, Administrative Reforms Commission in 1967-68.

        He was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1959. He was appointed Government of Maharashtra in February, 1970.

        In his death, the country had lost a great son.

Shri K.M. George :- Mr. K.M. George, Kerela's Transport Minister and founder Chairman of the Kerela Congress, passed away on the 11th December 1976, at the age of 57.

        He joined at I.N.C. in 1941 he was an active worker of the Party. From 1953-55. He was the General Secretary of the K.P.C.C. He was elected to the K.L.A in 1957-1960-1965 and 1967. He served as the Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee. He was also the Leader of the K.C. Legislature Party.

        He was the editor of "Deepika" and of 'Powradauni', and was imprisoned for two weeks in 1959 for participating in political activities.

        In his death, the country had lost an eminent administrator.

Shri B.B. Lyngdoh :- Mr. Speaker, Sir, I would like to associate myself with the sentiments expressed by the Leader of the House on the passing away of these four very prominent and very important leader of the country. The records of their public service have been briefly recounted by the Leader of the House and I need not repeat or add anything to them. I would only express a sense of great loss to the country on the passing away of these great and prominent leaders in the administrative and political field of the country.

Shri Hoping Stone Lyngdoh :- Mr. Speaker, Sir, I also associate myself with the sentiment and feeling of grief expressed by the Leader of the House on the passing away of these great sons of India.

Mr. Speaker :- I share the sentiments expressed by the Leader of the House and other hon. Members on the sad demise of Shri S. Venkatrama Reddy, Dr. Beni Charan Dutta, Shri K.M. George and Shri Ali Yavar Jung.

        Indeed, these outstanding personalities served the country in their respective spheres with a sense of devotion, dedication and selflessness. The imprints they left behind would undoubtedly inspire the generations for all time to come.

        They were loved and respected throughout the country and it will be difficult to find the void created by their and sad demise.

        May God grant them eternal rest and peace and also strength and fortitude to the members of the bereaved families to bear the loss.

        Now I request the hon. Members to rise in their seats and offer out silent prayers by observing two minutes, silence as a mark of respect to the departed souls.

        (The House stood in silence for two minutes)


ADJOURNMENT

        Since there is no more business for the day, the House stands adjourned till 9.30 a.m. on Wednesday, the 15th December 1976.

(The House was then adjourned at 9.45 a.m.)

D.S. KHONGDUP

Dated Shillong.

Secretary,

The 14th December, 1976.

Meghalaya Legislative Assembly