MEGHALAYA LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY

BUDGET SESSION

STARRED

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

(Monday, the 26th March, 2001)

Ampati to Jangnapara Road

Dr. MUKUL M. SANGMA   Shri  K. SUSNGI, (Minister, in-charge, PWD)

*91. Will the Minister in-charge, Public Works be pleased to state:-

   

(a) Whether it is a fact that Ampati to Jangnapara via Goldatgre Road has been completed?

  (a) Yes, Sir.
 

(b) If the reply to (a) above is in the negative, the reasons thereof?

  (b) Does not arise.
 

PHCs

Shri H.S. LYNGDOH
 
  Dr. DONKUPAR ROY, (Minister, Health & Family Welfare)

*92. Will the Minister in-charge, Health & F.W. be pleased to state:-

   
(a) The names of PHCs which have doctors?
 
  (a) & (b) The statement is placed on the table of the House, Sir.
 
(b) The names of PHCs which have no doctors?  
(c) What is the working hour of doctors per day?



 
 

(c) Sir, there is no separate and specific working hours prescribed for the Doctors. However, the working hour as applicable to Government Servants during Summer from 10 Am To 5 PM during Winter from 10 AM to 4.30 PM (24 hours) with emergency duty or as on call is generally applicable.

Archery Institute

Shri TONSING N. MARAK
 
  Shri P.T. SAWKMIE (Minister in-charge, Sports and Youth Affairs)

*93. Will the Minister in-charge, Sports and Youth Affairs etc. be pleased to state:-

   

(a) Whether it is a fact the Khasi Hills Archery Institute has submitted a Representation for allotment of a plot of Government Land?

  (a) Representations have been made for a specific plot of land within the Jawaharlal Nehru Sports Complex.
 

(b) If so, whether any plot of Government land has been allotted?

  (b) No, Sir.
 
(c) If not, the reasons for not allotting the land.   (c) The land requested for does not belong to the Government.

Union Budget

Shri P.M. SYIEM
 
  Shri A.H. SCOTT LYNGDOH, (Minister in-charge, Finance)
*94. Will the Minister in-charge, Finance be pleased to state:-    
(a) In what way the Union Budget will favour/disfavour the State economy?

(b) What are those favouring/disfavouring aspects?

  (a) & (b).
Sir, some of the advantages which are likely to accrue to the State economy from the current years Union Budget are-
(a) Reduced Bank Interest Rates
    (b) Increased investment on vital Infrastructure.
    (c) Increased private sector investment consequent to lowering of interest rates and increased State investment on infrastructure.
    (d) Subsidised establishment of rural godowns for storage of surplus agricultural produce.
    (e) NABARD support for establishment of Agriclinics and Agribusiness Centres by unemployed agricultural Graduates.
    (f) Technology Mission for integrated Development of Horticulture in North Eastern States.
    (g) Financial support for rural electrification under PMGY.
    (h) RIDF support for rural electrification.
    (i) Centrally funded State procurement and distribution of food grains to BPL families at subsidized rates.
    (j) Removal of restrictions on free movement of food grains.
    (k) Higher fiscal outlay for improving health and family welfare services.
    (l) Increased Outlay for National Scheduled Tribe Finance & Development Corporation.
    Some of the advantages which are likely to accrue to the State economy from the current years Union Budget are-
    (a) Increased price of petroleum products consequent to abolition of Administered Pricing Mechanism of such products w.e.f. 01.04.2001.
    (b) Increased unemployment as a result of the proposed abolition of two of every three vacancies which arise in Government service.
    (c) Transfer of large number of Centrally Sponsored Schemes to State Plan.
    (d) Proposed introduction of user charges for all services provided by Government.
    (e) Complete decontrol of Urea, and withdrawal of subsidy on fertilizers.

Creation of Electrical Sub-Division

Shri SUJIT K. SANGMA   Shri M. N. MUKHIM, (Minister Power)

*95. Will the Minister in-charge, Power be pleased to state whether the Government will create an Electrical Sub-Division at Rongjeng as had been assured by the Minister on the floor of the House for the benefit of the consumers which is the long pending demand of the people?

  Sir, earlier there was a proposal for creation of an electrical Sub-Division at Rongjeng. However, due to non-availability of suitable accommodation  at Rongjeng, no further action could be taken.

 

Salaries of Primary School Teachers

Shri TONY CURTIS LYNGDOH
 
  Shri L.A. SANGMA (Minister in-charge, Elementary & Mass Education)
*96. Will the Minister in-charge, Education be pleased to state :-    
(a) Whether the Primary School Teachers are getting their salary regularly?   (a) Yes, Sir.
 
(b) If not the reasons thereof?   (b) Does not arise in view of (a) above.

Amount Sanction to Development Blocks

Shri K.C. BORO
 
  Shri O.N. SHYRMANG, (Minister, in-charge, C & R.D)

*97. Will the Minister in-charge Community & Rural Development be pleased to state:-

(a) The total amount sanctioned for each and every Block during the financial year, 1999-2000 and 2000-2001?

(a) & (b) - Information is being collected, Sir.




 

(b) What are the Schemes implemented/to be implemented in each and every Block during the said years along with the Places/Villages and the amount thereof?

State Zoo

Shri P.W. MUKTIEH
Shri P.M. SYIEM
  Shri ADOLF LU HITLER R. MARAK (Minister in-charge, Forest & Environment)

*98. Will the Minister in-charge, Forest be pleased to state:-

   

(a) Whether it is a fact that the land has been purchased by the Government for the purpose of establishing the State Zoo in and around Umroi area in Ri Bhoi District?

  (a) No, Sir.

 

(b) If the reply in (a) is in affirmative, the total area of land and the financial implications to be stated.

  (b) In view of reply to (a) above, does not arise.
 

Border Road Schemes

Dr. MUKUL M. SANGMA   Shri  K. SUSNGI, [Minister, in-charge, PWD (Roads)]

*99. Will the Minister in-charge, Public Works be pleased to state:-

   

(a) Whether there was allotment of fund against the bank of sanction for the border road schemes by Border Areas Development Department for the years 1998-1999, 1999-2000 and 2000-2001?

  (a) Yes, Sir.


 
(b) If the reply to (a) is in the affirmative, the total amount of allotment of fund for construction of border roads for the above mentioned years respectively?   (b) 1998-1999              Rs. 95.00 lakh 
     1999-2000 Rs.112.50 lakhs.
                                          (Original)
                            Rs. 75.00 lakhs
                                             (Revised)
         2000-2001 Rs.100.00 lakhs
(c() What was the total amount of allotment of fund for the same to Barenggapara Division?   (b) 1998-1999              Rs. 19.60 lakhs 
     1999-2000 Rs. 42.50 lakhs.
         2000-2001 Rs. 27.00 lakhs

State Economy

Shri P.M. SYIEM
 
  Shri A.H. SCOTT LYNGDOH, (Minister in-charge, Finance)
*100. Will the Minister in-charge, Finance be pleased to state:-    
(a) Did the State economy needs for better public finances, high growth and better Taxation.   (a) Yes, Sir.
 
(b) In what way the Government will achieve to put the State Economy needs in the right track?  

(b) Facilitate greater generation of goods and services, Sir.
 

Thermal Stations

Shri SUJIT K. SANGMA   Shri M. N. MUKHIM, (Minister Power)
*101. Will the Minister in-charge Power be pleased to state:-    

(a) Whether the proposed 2 (two) diesel based Thermal Power Stations of 24 MW each have been set up one at Mendipathar in East Garo Hills and the other in Ri-Bhoi District respectively?

  (a) No, Sir.
 

 

(b) If so, when?   (b) Does not arise in view of (a) above.
(c) If not, the reasons thereof?   (c) The proposal is under examination of Government.

Shortfall of Sanction

Shri TONY CURTIS LYNGDOH
 
  Shri L.A. SANGMA (Minister in-charge, Elementary & Mass Education)
*102. Will the Minister in-charge, Education be pleased to state :-    
(a) Why there is shortfall in every sanction if salary to the Primary School Teachers?
 
 

(a) No, Sir, there is no shortfall in every sanction. Allotment/Sanction are given according to the demand from the Deputy Inspectors of Schools.

(b) If so, the reasons thereof?   (b) Does not arise.

High Rate of Expenditure

Shri P.M. SYIEM
 
  Shri L.A. SANGMA (Minister in-charge, Elementary & Mass Education)
*103. Will the Minister in-charge, Education be pleased to state :-    
(a) Whether it is a fact that high rate of growth of Non-Development expenditure is a source of concern for the Government.   (a) Yes, Sir.

 
(b) If yes, what are the most effective and lasting solution to this problem the Government will tackle.  

(b) Fiscal controls and economy measures to restrict Non-Development expenditure.

Killing By Militants

Shri SUJIT K. SANGMA   Shri T.H. RANGAD, (Minister, Home)
*104. Will the Minister in-charge Home (Police) be pleased to state:-    
(a) How many people have been killed by the militants during the last 8 (eight) months?   (a) 27 persons.
(b) How many militants have been arrested up to the 28th February, 2001?   (b) 51.

Revised Arrear Pay to Primary School Teachers.

Shri TONY CURTIS LYNGDOH
 
  Shri L.A. SANGMA (Minister in-charge, Elementary & Mass Education)
*105. Will the Minister in-charge, Education be pleased to state :-    
(a) Whether it is a fact that the Government have promised to pay the revised arrear pay of the Primary School Teachers before Christmas, 2000?   (a) Yes, Sir.

 
(b) Whether the above arrear pat was paid as promised?   Yes, Sir 50% of the arrear pay has been cleared and paid to the teachers.
(c) If not, the reasons thereof?



 
  (c) The remaining 50% will be paid after verification of the Initial Pay statement/arrear claims of the teachers by the Examiner of local Accounts for the Non-Government teachers and by Finance Department for the Government teachers.

Effect of Extremist Activities

Shri P.M. SYIEM
 
  Shri A.H. SCOTT LYNGDOH, (Minister in-charge, Finance)
*106. Will the Chief Minister be pleased to state:-    
(a) Upto what extent extremist activities had affected the State economy.   (a) Extremist activities has resulted in the flight of capital and discouraged investors from investment in the State.
(b) If so, what step the Government had taken to overcome this menace which affect the economy?   (b) Following steps have been taken by the Government :
 
    (i) Organise peace rallies to focus public attention on need for peace and development and to shun violence and militancy.
    (ii) Appeal to members of extremist organisations to come forward to discuss their problems and grievances with the Government.
    (iii) Modernise the State police force to deal effectively with extremist activities.

Sanction Under PMY

Shri SUJIT K. SANGMA   Shri L.A. SANGMA (Minister Planning)
*107. Will the Chief Minister be pleased to state :-    
(a) Whether it is a fact that a sum of Rs.480 crores have been sanctioned to Meghalaya under P.M.Y. during the year 2000-2001?   (a) No, Sir.

 
(b) If the reply in (a) above is in affirmative, whether it is a fact that the Government of Meghalaya has decided to divert the fund to the P.W.D. for the construction of Roads etc.,?   (b) Does not arise in view of (a) above.


 

Rule of Engagement

Shri P.M. SYIEM Shri T.H. RANGAD, (Minister, Home)
*104. Will the Home Minister be pleased to state:-    

(a) Did the police follow the rule of engagement before they shot dead a youth at Nongshilliang?


 

 

(a) The matter relating to the firing incident at Nongshilliang is under enquiry by the Commission of Enquiry headed by Hon'ble Justice P.C. Phukon of the Gauhati High Court and since the matter is subjudiced, I cannot make any comment on it Sir.

(b) If yes, what are those steps being followed?   (b) & (c) Does not arise in view of reply to (a) above.
 

 

(c) If not, why no such rule of engagement framed to be followed by the police before tackling any confrontation.