Proceedings of the Budget Session of the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly assembled at 9.30 A.M. on Tuesday, the 13th June, 1978 in the Assembly Chamber Shillong; which the Hon'ble Speaker in the chair.

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Report of the Business Advisory Committee

Mr. Speaker :- Now, let us take up Item No. 1 of list of business for to day.

        Under Rule 230 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business I am to report that I called a meeting of the Business Advisory Committee on June 2, 1978 to settle the business for the current session. The Committee carefully considered the draft Calendar prepared by my Secretariat  viz-a-viz the list of business received from various Government Departments. It was the consensus of the Committee to allot 5 (five) days for transaction of Private Members' Business considering the fact that under the rules two days in a week are allotted for this purpose. Out of those 5 (five) days, at least one day should be allotted for this class of business before the Budget.

        The Calendar are recommended by the Committee is placed on the members' table.

        Now, let us pass on to item No. 2. May I ask the Minister in-charge of Parliamentary Affairs to move that this Assembly agrees with the allocation of time proposed by the Business Advisory Committee in regard to the various items of business for the current session ?

Prof. M.N. Majaw (Minister, Parliamentary Affairs) :- Mr. Speaker, Sir, I beg to move that this Assembly agrees with the allocation of time proposed by the Business Advisory Committee in regard to the various items of business for the current session.

Mr. Speaker :- Motion moved. The question before the House is that this Assembly agrees with the allocation of time proposed by the Business Advisory Committee in regard to the various items of business for the current session.

( The motion was carried and the Calendar was adopted. )


Panel of Chairmen

        Let us come to Item No. 3. 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 Chairmen for the purpose of conducting the Budget Session, 1978 :-

1.

Mr. S.D.D. Nichols Roy

2.

Mr. D.D. Lapang

3.

Mr. Pleander G. Momin

4.

Mr. B. Wanniang

        May I ask the Chief Minister to lay the National Sports Club of Assam (Talking over of Management) Ordinance, 1978?

Shri D.D. Pugh (Chief Minister) :- Mr. Speaker, Sir, I beg to lay the National Sports Club of Assam (Taking over of Management) Ordinance, 1978.

Mr. Speaker :- May I ask the Minister of Power to lay the statement of accounts of the Meghalaya State Electricity Board for the years 194-75 ( 21st January, 75 to 31st March, 75 ). and 1975-76?

Shri H. Hadem (Minister, Power) :- Mr. Speaker, Sir, I beg to lay the statement of accounts of Meghalaya State Electricity Board for the years 1974-75 ( 21st January, 75 to 31st March, 75 ). and 1975-76?

Mr. Speaker :- Item No.6. May I again ask the Minister-in-charge of Mining and Geology to lay the Thirteenth Annual Report (1976-77) of the Assam and Meghalaya Mineral Development Corporation Ltd. ?

Shri H. Hadem (Minister, Power) :- Mr. Speaker, Sir, I beg to lay the Thirteenth Annual Report ( 1976-77 ) of the Assam and Meghalaya Mineral Development Corporation Ltd.


Supplementary Demands for Grant and Supplementary Appropriation Act, 1978-79 ?

Mr. Speaker :- Item No. 7. I ask the Deputy Chief Minister to present the Supplementary Demands for Grants and Supplementary Appropriation for 1978-79?

Shri S.D. Khongwir (Deputy Chief Minister and Minister in-charge of Finance) :- Mr. Speaker, Sir, I beg to present the Supplementary Demands for Grants and Supplementary Appropriation for 1978-79.

Mr. Speaker :- Item No. 8. May I request the Chief Minister to the initiate obituary References?


Obituary References 

Shri D.D. Pugh (Chief Minister) :- Mr. Speaker, Sir, I rise to mention that in the last inter-session period, two great sons of Indian passed away. One of them was Shri Biren Mitra and the other was Shri Pandit Hriday Nath Kunzru. Shri Biren Mitra, died at a Cuttack Hospital on 25th May, 1978, at the age of 61. Born in 1917 at Raghunathpur, was graduated at Revenshaw College, Cuttack. He was a leader of student movement in Orissa. He had his first taste of jail life while leading a medical students' strike. He went to prison again during the "Quit India" movement in 1942. After his release he led a peasant movement in Cuttack district. He was also known as a youth leader and a great organiser. A former President of the Utkal Pradesh Congress Committee, he was returned to the Orissa Assembly for the third term from Cuttack City constituency in the midterm elections in 1961. Strongly in favour of land reform he put his theories into practice first at home. He agitated for the abolition of the Zamindary at his father's estate at Raghunathpur, while still a student at Ravenshaw College. From 1961-63 he was Deputy Chief Minister-in-charge of Political Services and Health (Local self Government), Planning and Co-ordination, Law and Community Development and Panchayat Raj. In September, 1963, he was elected Leader of the Congress Legislature Party and became Chief Minister of Orissa, but in February 1965, he resigned from the Chief Ministership because of the Santhanam Committee report on corruption. In his death, the country had lost an eminent parliamentarian and an erudite scholar, a seasoned speaker and a dedicated social worker.

        Pandit Hriday Nath Kunzru a founder of the Servants of India Society and a former member of the Parliament passed away on the Society and a former member of the Parliament passed away on the 3rd April, 1978 at the age of 90. Born 1887, Pandit Hriday Nath Kunzru was graduated at Agra College in 1905. Later he studied at the London School of Economics and then at Heidelberge University. Although he was a member of the Congress, he joined the Servants of India Society and it was through the Society that he mainly worked in public life. He became its President in 1935 and the next year was elected life President. At the Lucknow Session of the Congress in 1916, he seconded the resolution on self-Government moved by Surendranath Banerjee. In 1919, he went to England as a member of the National Liberal Party's delegation in connection with the Montaque-Chelmsford Reforms. He left the Congress around 1920 Montaque-Chelmsford Reforms. He left the Congress around 1920 when it discarded its policy of moderation and formed, along with other moderates, the National Liberation Federation. He has soon achieved prominence and presided over two of its annual sessions. He was elected member of the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council from 1921 to 1923 and of the Central Assembly from 1927 to 1930. In 1929 he went to East Africa to preside over the East African Indian National Congress Session. That year and the following year he joined the EAINC delegation for talks in London. He led the Indian delegation to the Second British Common Wealth Relations Conference at Sydney in 1938. He also headed his country's delegation to the Institute of Pacific Relations, Kepto, 1945, the Capetown Round Table Conference, 1950 and to the World Parliamentary Conference, London, 1957. In 1946, he was a member of the Government of India deputation to Malaya to inquire into the conditions of the Indian there. A member of the Constituent Assembly, 1946 to 1949 and Provisional Parliament 1949-50, he was a member of the Rajya Sabha from 1952 to 1957. Pandit Kunzru was the Chairman of the Indian School of International Studies and President of the Indian Council of World Affairs. A member of the University Grants Commission (1953-66) and the States Re-organisation Commission (1953-55). He was Chairman of the Railway Inquiry Committee (1966) for a short while. He was one of founders of the Bharat Scouts and Guides movement. A man of independent spirit, he declined the title of Bharat Ratna and refused to be nominated to the Rajya Sabha. In his death, the country had lost an eminent parliamentarian, an erudite scholar, a seasoned speaker and a dedicated social worker.

Shri Maham Singh :- Mr. Speaker, Sir, I join with the Leader of this august House in paying homage to these two great personalities of our country, Shri Biren Mitra and Pandit Hriday Nath Kunzru Mr. Speaker, Sir, both of them had got common qualities; they were both eminent scholar and great parliamentarians and also dedicated social workers. Mr. Speaker, our country has lost these two great eminent sons and we pay our homage to them. We feel that the passing away of these two great sons, has been a great loss to the country.

Mr. Speaker :- Any other Member?

        I also share the sentiments expressed by the Leader of the House and other hon. Members on the sad demise of the two very outstanding Indian personalities - Shri Biren Mitra, former Chief Minister of Orissa and Pandit Hriday Nath Kunzru, former Member of the Parliament and a Member of the Servants Society of India. Much has been said of the qualities of head and heart of these personalities and now there is very little room for me to add to what has already been expressed in this august House. Their lives were indeed unique examples of selfless services to the motherland and the country and it is for us to draw inspiration from their deeds and emulate their examples.

        Let us pay our tribute to these noble sons of India and pray to the Almighty for the eternal rest and peace of the departed soul and to give strength and fortitude to the members of their bereaved families.

        I now request you all to be on your feet and observe silence for a minute as a mark of respect to the deceased.

( The House observed one minute silence ).

        Now before the House rises for the day I have an announcement to make.

        The House will recall that I had received two letters from Shri U. Kharbuli, Secretary, Meghalaya United Legislative Front (MULF) dated March 21, 1978 intimating me that 21 members belonging to the Congress Party and other groups and decided to form a parliamentary party by the name of Meghalaya United Legislative Front to function inside and outside the House and that, at that time, 20 out of the 21 signatories were returned on Congress ticket in the last General Election. The presents strength of the Congress Party in the House has, of course, slightly reduced, but even then they would normally qualify to function as the recognised, official Opposition inside the House on their own as Congress Party. I do not know whether there is any precedent elsewhere in the country where a recognised party capable of functioning as the Official Opposition on its own wants to be styled as a different party inside the House.

        However, since it is the desire of the party to be called by another name, I hereby recognise the Meghalaya United Legislative Front headed by Shri W.A. Sangma, as the Official Opposition Party in this Assembly and Shri W.A. Sangma as the Leader of the Opposition.


Adjournment

        Since there is no other business for the day, the House stands adjourned till 9.30 a.m. on Wednesday, the 14th June 1978.

D. S. KHONGDUP,
Dated Shillong: Secretary,
The 13th June 1978 Meghalaya Legislative Assembly.

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