MEGHALAYA LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY

WINTER SESSION

STARRED

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

Wednesday, the 19th December, 2003

Construction of Stadiums in Garo Hills

Shri EDMUND K. SANGMA
 
  Shri P. LYNGDOH (Minister in-charge, Sports and Youth Affairs)
*39.Will the Minister in-charge, Sports and Youth Affairs be pleased to state:-    
(a) Whether Government is aware of the necessity of having stadiums in Tura and other places of Garo Hills?   (a) Yes, Sir.
 
(b) If so, the steps taken in this regard?


 
  (b) The construction works of the Stadiums and Playground in certain areas of Garo Hills have been completed an in some areas, construction works are being taken up.
(c) The present status of the construction of Tura Stadium at Alotgre, Tura?

 
  (c) Phase I of the project has already been completed, and the stadium made functional. Work order for Phase II has been issued and the construction work is expected to commence during the current financial year.

Appointment of J.C.O.

Shri M. M. SANGMA
 
  Shri CHARLES PYNGROPE (Minister, Co-operation)
*40. Will the Minister in-charge, Co-operation etc., be pleased to state:-    
(a) The number of Junior Co-operative Officers (JCO) appointed by the department during March, 2003?   (a) 50 nos., Sir.
 
(b) Whether the appointments were as per the Job Reservation Policy of the State Government?   (b) Yes, Sir.
 
(c) If so, the number of appointments from Khasis, Jaintias, Garos and other Communities?
 
  (c) Khasi and Jaintia - 44
     Garos                  -  6
     Others                 - Nil

Holiday Foregone Allowance

Shri ZENITH M. SANGMA
 
  Shri R.G. LYNGDOH [Minister in-charge, Home (Police)]
*41. Will the Minister in-charge, Home (Police) be pleased to state:-    
(a) Whether Government has stopped the Holiday foregone allowance for the Police Personnels?
 
  (a) The Scheme has been restored since 1st January 2003 vide O.M. No. F. (PR) 17/2002/48 dated 22-11-2002.
(b) If the answer to (a) above is in the affirmative, since when it has been stopped?   (b) & (c). Does not arise in view of reply to (a) above.
 

NSS Schemes

Shri ARDHENDU CHAUDHURI
 
 

Dr. DONKUPAR ROY (Minister in-charge, Finance)

*42. Will the Minister in-charge of Finance be pleased to state:-    
(a) Whether it is a fact that net collection of small saving in Meghalaya under the National Small Savings scheme of Post Office comes to the State Government as long term loan?   (a) Yes, Sir.


 
(b) If so, the amount received as long term loan during 2000-2001, 2001-2002 and 2002-2003?

 
  (b) The amount received is as under :-
2000-2001 = Rs.2402.00 lakhs.
2001-2002 = Rs.2511.00 lakhs.
2002-2003 = Rs.3267.00 lakhs.
(c) Whether Government is aware that National Small Savings Organisation has closed down its office in Shillong and shifted to Guwahati?   (c) Yes, Sir.

 

Block I & II

Shri A. L. HEK
 
  Dr. F. A. KHONGLAM (Minister in-charge, Revenue)
*43. Will the Chief Minister be pleased to state:-    
(a) Whether the Block I and Block II falls under Meghalaya or Assam?






 
  (a) The areas known as Block I and Block II were excluded from the then United Khasi and Jaintia Hills vide Notification No. TAD/R/31/50/148, dt.13.4.1951 and transferred to the then Mikir Hills autonomous District (now Karbi Anglong District) vide Notification No. TAD/R/31/50/149, dt. 13.4.1951. The areas so transferred were excluded from the new State of Meghalaya as defined in the North Eastern Areas RE-organisation Act.
(b) Whether Government has taken up security and safety measures for those people living in Block I and II?   (b) The State Government has taken up the matter with the Government of Assam.
(c) The amount of financial assistance given to those affected who camped in Sahsniang?   (c) No financial assistance has been extended in monetary terms.

Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan

Smti J.R. PHANBUH
 
 

Shri K. K. DKHAR (Minister in-charge, Elementary & Mass Education)

*44. Will the Minister-in-charge, Education be pleased to state:-    
(a) Whether the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan State Mission Authority is functional?   (a) Yes, Sir.
 
(b) If the answer is in the affirmative, the numbers of Schools covered under the programme?   (b)
(i) Grant in aid to 667 L.P. Schools.
    (ii) Teaching Learning Material to 667 L.P. Schools.
    (iii) Grant-in-aid to 272 U.P. Schools.
    (iv) Teaching Learning Material to 272 U.P. Schools.
    (v) School Grant to all existing Government & Aided L.P./U.P. Schools.
    (vi) Teachers Grant to all existing Government & Aided L.P./U.P. Teachers.
(c) The name of the Schools, District wise?
 
  (c) The name of the Schools District wise are given in the Statement/List placed on the Table of the House, Sir.
(d) The total amount of financial assistance sanctioned to the schools?



 
  (d) (i) Rs.240.12 lakhs annually.
     (ii) Rs.66.70 lakhs.
     (iii) Rs.195.84 lakhs annually.
     (iv) Rs.136.00 lakhs.
      (v) Rs.133.90 lakhs.
     (vi) Rs.85.87 lakhs.
(e) The total amount of budget allocation for this programme?



 
  (e) The annual outlay for the programme is as follows:-
      2001-2002 = Rs.935.61 lakhs
      2002-2003 = Rs.952.20 lakhs
      2003-2004 = Rs.3269.89 lakhs, has been approved by the Project Approval Board of Government of India but sanction is yet to be received.  

Commercial Crops Development Board

Shri M. M. SANGMA
 
 

Shri P. W. MUKTIEH (Minister in-charge, Soil Conservation)

*45. Will the Minister-in-charge, Soil Conservation be pleased to state:-    
(a) Whether government of Meghalaya has set up the Meghalaya Commercial Crops Development Board (MCCDB)?   (a) Yes, Sir.

 
(b) If so, since when?   (b) The Board was set up on 1.6.1997.
(c) The functions of the Board and benefit thereof?

 
  (c) The main functions of the Board are to promote cultivation, procession and marketing of commercial crops in the State.
          The benefits likely to accrue are:-
    (i) General improvement of the economy of the State.
    (ii) General improvement of the Socio-economic condition of the people.
    (iii) Deterrent to Shifting Cultivation.
    (iv) Employment opportunities in rural areas.
    (v) Improvement of ecological status of the State.
    (vi) Re-establishment of perennial water sources, springs etc.

Specialist Doctors at Tura Civil Hospital

Shri ZENITH M. SANGMA
 
  Shri B. G. MOMIN (Minister in charge, health and Family Welfare)
*46. Will the Minister-in-charge, Health and Family Welfare be pleased to state:-    
(a) The number of specialist doctors in Tura Civil Hospital?   (a) There are 10 (ten) numbers of Specialist Doctors in Tura Civil Hospital.
(b) The list of the specialist doctors?   (b) The List of doctors is as follows:-
    (1) Dr. Melbourne W. Sangma, Psychiatrist.
(2) Dr. R. K. Khaund, Anaesthetist
(3) Dr. Sujay Hazarika, Specialist Medicine.
(4) Dr.(Mrs) Ardina M. Marak, Obstetrician &                Gynaecologist
(5) Dr. N. N. Nazaree, Eye Specialist.
(6) Dr. (Mrs.) Shemida Marak, Pathologist.
(7) Dr. (Miss) G. K. Marak, Anaesthetist (Medical& Health Officer).
(8) Dr. Chesterfield Marak, Orthopaedic (Medical & Health Officer)
(9) Dr. Ricky N. Sangma, Medicine (Medical & Health Officer).
(10) Dr. (Mrs.) Elvina A. Sangma, Paedriatician (Medical & Health Officer).
(c) Whether there is any surgeon in that hospital ?
 
  (c) No, Sir, since Dr. B. K. Bhattacharjee had expired on 15.11.03.
(d) If so, the name of the surgeon with date of the posting?   (d) Does not arise in view of (c) above.
 

Tura Water Supply Scheme

Shri ARDHENDU CHAUDHURI
 
Shri M. N. MUKHIM (Minister in-charge, Public Health Engineering)
*47. Will the Minister-in-charge of PHE be pleased to state :-    
(a) Whether it is a fact that six pumps have been purchased for Tura water supply scheme - 2nd phase ?   (a) Yes, Sir.
 
(b) If so, the date of purchase and commissioning HP of each pump and voltage required to run these pumps ?





 
 

(b) 3(three) nos. of pumps were purchased on 12.08.1981 and commissioned on 1.02.1983.

Another 3(three) nos. of pumps were purchased on 9.03.1995 and commissioned on 9.11.1995.

The HP of each pump set is 400 HP.
Voltage required to run these pump is 420 volts.

(c) Whether sufficient power is available to run these pumps ?
 
 

(c) Sufficient power is not available during peak hours, Sir. Action has been initiated to draw a dedicated lint to the pumping station.

Nongmensong - Mawpat Road

Shri A. L. HEK
 
Dr. MUKUL SANGMA [Minister in-charge, Public Works )Roads)]
*48. Will the Minister-in-charge Public Works (Roads) be pleased to state when will the connecting road from Nongmensong -Mawpat road to Housing colony (Nongmensong) which was started in the year 2002 be completed ?   As per record of P.W.D. there is no such road by the name Nongmensong - Mawpat road to Housing Colony.


 

Low Power Voltage  

Shri EDMUND K. SANGMA Shri R. L. TARIANG (Minister, Power)
*49. Will the Minister-in-charge of Power be pleased to state :-    
(a) Whether government is aware of the chronic low voltage problem being faced by the consumers of the entire Phulbari Sub-Division (Me.S.E.B.) ?   (a) Yes, Sir.

 
If so, the corrective measures being initiated ?








 
  (b) Action has been initiated to improve the voltage level in the affected areas which includes the following works :-
(i) Construction of additional 33 KV line to Phulbari from Rongkhon 132 KV Sub-Station.

(ii) Extension of existing 33 KV network from Phulbari to Tikrikilla.

(iii) Construction of 2 nos. additional primary Sub-Stations at Hallidayganj and Tikrikilla.
(c) Whether power consumption is less when there is low voltage ?   (c) No, Sir.
 

Vehicles in Meghalaya House New Delhi

Shri ZENITH M. SANGMA
 
Shri H. D. R. LYNGDOH (Minister, General Administration)
*50. Will the Minister in-charge of General Administration be pleased to state :-    
(a) The number of vehicles in the Meghalaya House, New Delhi ?   (a) 9(nine) numbers, Sir.
 
(b) Whether V.I.P.s like Minister or M.L.A.s wherever they are in Delhi are entitled to be provided with vehicles?

 
  (b) Yes, Sir. Ministers, MLAs as Assembly Committee members and officials are provided vehicles for official duty. They may avail vehicle for private journeys on payment if available, Sir.

Mobile Drilling Machine & MTP for Garo Hills 

Shri ARDHENDU CHAUDHURI
 
Shri M. N. MUKHIM (Minister in-charge, Public Health Engineering
*51. Will the Minister in-charge for Public Health Engineering be pleased to state :-    
(a) Whether a Mobile Drilling Machine and MTP was purchased for Garo Hills ?   (a) Yes, Sir.
 
(b) If so, the total cost of the machine including the date of commissioning and present functional status ?




 
  (b) The Total Cost of the Mobile Drilling Machine and Mobile Treatment Plant (MTP) are Rs.2090 lakhs and Rs.38.98 lakhs respectively.
     The Mobile Drilling Machine was Commissioned in April, 1989 and the Mobile Treatment Plant (MTP) was commissioned on November 2003. Both the Machines are presently functional.

Shillong Bye-Pass Road

Shri A. L. HEK
 
Dr. MUKUL SANGMA [Minister Public Works (Roads)]
*52. Will the Minister in-charge Public Works (Roads) be pleased to state :-    
(a) The latest position of Shillong bye-pass road ?

 
  (a) The land is yet to be handed over by both the Deputy Commissioner of East Khasi Hills and Ri-Bhoi District to the P.W.D.
(b) Whether Government has completed the acquisition of land ?   (b) No, Sir.
 
(c) The compensation involved on this ?   (c) Rs.7,74,56,782.00.

Cashewnut & Ginger Processing Unit

Shri M. M. SANGMA
 
Shri K. K. DKHAR (Minister, Border Areas Development)
*53. Will the Minister in-charge Border Area Development etc. be pleased to state :-    
(a) Whether the Border Area Development has set up Cashewnut and Ginger Processing unit at Machangpani under Dalu Block ?   (a) Yes, Sir.

 
(b) Whether the unit is functioning well ?   (b) No, Sir.
(c) The total amount sanctioned for this unit and the expenditure incurred thereof upto date ?   (c) The total amount sanctioned is Rs.140.00 lakhs and the total expenditure incurred is Rs.134.28 lakhs.

Traffic Congestion

Shri A. L. HEK
 
Shri R. G. LYNGDOH [Minister in-charge, Home (Police)
*54. Will the Minister in-charge of Home (Police) be pleased to state the measures Government has taken to
ease the traffic congestion in Shillong city ?






 




 

  The Government is fully aware of the traffic congestion in Shillong city and measures have been taken from time to time to ease the traffic congestion. Some of these measures are :-

   - Construction of Parking lots within the city area.
   - Widening of roads where ever possible.
   - Regulation of entry of heavy vehicles especially to
     trucks.
   - Introduction of one-way traffic system and No Parting
     Zone in very congested areas.
   - Mobile task force and mobile courts are being taken
     up to deal with traffic violation.
   - Traffic weekly review is held to ensure effecting
      functioning of the traffic system in the city.

    Pending Bills of Contractors

Shri EDMUND K. SANGMA
 
Dr. MUKUL SANGMA [Minister in-charge Public Works (Roads)]
*55. Will the Minister in-charge Public Works (Roads) be pleased to state :-    
(a) Whether it is a fact that there are many pending bills of Contractors ?
(b) If so - (i) the total amount (Division wise) ?
               (ii) the reasons for delay in clearing up the bills 
                    timely
(c) The action Government is taking to overcome the situation ?
  (a), (b) & (c)
Information are being collected
 

Special Central Assistance

Shri M. M. SANGMA
 
Shri K. K. DKHAR (Minister, Border Areas Development, etc)
*56. Will the Minister in-charge , Border Area Development be pleased to state :-    
(a) The total allocation of fund under Special Central Assistance for Border Area Development Programme (BADP) for 2003-2004 ?   (a) Rs.470.00 lakhs, Sir.

 
(b) Whether there is any State Share in addition to above Special Central Assistance ?   (b) Rs.170.00 lakhs is the State share.
 
(c) The total amount of distribution for each district during the year, 2003-2004 ?






 
  (c) District-wise allocation is as follows :-
 
   

Rs. in lakhs

Jaintia Hills   - Rs. 46.26
East Khasi Hills   - Rs. 85.36
West Khasi Hills   - Rs. 34.64
West Garo Hills   - Rs. 67.89
South Garo Hills   - Rs. 65.85
             Total   - Rs. 300.00
(d) The criteria for distributing the fund ?
 
  (d) The funds were allocated on the basis of population, number of border villages and border length.

Swajaldhara Scheme

Shri ZENITH M. SANGMA
 
Shri M. N. MUKHIM (Minister in-charge, Public Health Engineering)
*57. Will the Minister in-charge, P.H.E. be pleased to state :-    
(a) The total amount of fund received under Swajaldhara Scheme for the current financial year of 2003-2004 ?   (a) The Government of India is yet to release fund foe Swajaldhara scheme for the State.
(b) The number of villages from West Garo Hills that will be covered by this Scheme in this financial year and the name of the village ?













 
  (b) Thirteen (13) villages are proposed as follows :-
 
Name of Block Name of Scheme
  Rongram 1.  Samingre
  - do- 2.  Rongramgiri
  -do- 3.  Selbal Nokat
  -do- 4.  Matchurigiri (A)
  -do- 5.  Matchurigiri (B)
  -do- 6.  Arbela Chidekgiri
  -do- 7.  Bolmagre
  -do- 8.  Drenggre
  -do- 9.  Masumatagiri
  -do- 10.MarakJabetgre
  -do- 11.Edenbari
  Selsella 12.Bolsagre
  Gambegiri 13.Dilnigre
(c) Whether Dilnigre village under Gambegre Block also will be covered by this Scheme during the current year?   (c) Yes, Sir, the village is included in the proposal for the current year.

Wine Stores Licenses

Shri A. L. HEK   Shri P.T. SAWKMIE (Minister, Excise)

*58. Will the Minister in-charge, Excise be pleased to state:-

   
(a) The number of wine stores licenses issued at Polo Bazar?   (a) There are 41MFL retail licences and one bar licence at Polo Bazar.
(b) The criteria for those who are applying such licenses?
 
  (b) The following are the criteria for those who are applying for IMFL retail licence.
    (1) The applicant should be an Indian Citizen without any blemish records.
    (2) No objection from the Chief Executive Officer, Shillong Municipal Board if the site falls under Municipality.
    (3) No objection from the General Secretary, Greater Iew Polo Welfare Association or No Objection from Village Headman.
    (4) Recommendation from the Deputy Commissioner concerned.
    (5) Applicant to furnish-
    (a) Upto-date valid clearance certificate from Sales Tax, District Council.
    (b) Certificates from Banking Institution showing financial soundness of applicant.
    (c) Scheduled Tribe Certificate.
    (d) School Certificate.

Water Scarcity at Tura

Shri EDMUND K. SANGMA
 
  Shri M. N. MUKHIM (Minister in-charge, Public Health Engineering)

*59. Will the Minister in-charge, P.H.E. be pleased to state :-

   
(a) Whether Government is aware of the chronic water scarcity being faced by the people of Tura?   (a) Yes, Sir, there is water scarcity in Tura Town during the dry season.
(b) If so, the action taken up by the Government to overcome this situation?

 
  (b) Government has sanctioned a Scheme, namely, Implementation of Tura Phase III Water Supply Scheme under Non Lapsable Central Pool of Resources (NLCPR). The works will be started during 2003-2004.

Tura Civil Hospital

Shri ZENITH M. SANGMA
 
  Shri B. G. MOMIN (Minister in charge, Health and Family Welfare)
*60. Will the Minister-in-charge, Health & Family Welfare be pleased to state:-    
(a) The hours doctors in Tura Civil Hospital are working in a day in O.P.D. starting from what time?   (a) Sir, the usual O.P.D. timing for Registration is from 9 A.M to 12 Noon.
(b) Whether it is a fact most of the doctors are leaving the O.P.D. at 12.00 noon in spite of having lots of unexamined O.P.D. patients in their respective rooms?   (b) Sir, after making round at 9 A.M. Doctors sit in O.P.D. till there is no more patients in outdoor. However, patients who doe not  get O.P.D. Registration can attend emergency room where Doctor is available 24 hours.

Vacant Posts

Shri EDMUND K. SANGMA
 
  Shri M. SUCHIANG (Minister in-charge, Higher & Technical Education)
*61. Will the Minister-in-charge, Education be pleased to state:-    
(a) Whether it is a fact that there are number of posts lying vacant for a long time in Garo Hills?   (a) Information being collected, Sir.
 
(b) If so, the number and name of posts category wise?   (b) Does not arise in view of (a) above.

High Security Number Plate

Shri ZENITH M. SANGMA
 
 

Shri MANIRUL ISLAM SARKAR (Minister in-charge, Transport)

*62. Will the Minister in-charge, Transport be pleased to state:-
(a) Whether Transport Department in Meghalaya is going to implement the High Security Number Plate? (a) Yes, Sir.
 
(b) If so, since when? (b) The matter is under process, Sir.

State Boundary

Shri A. L. HEK
 
  Dr. F. A. KHONGLAM (Minister in-charge, Revenue)
*63. Will the Chief Minister be pleased to state:-    
(a) The actual Boundary of the State?



 
  (a) The actual Boundary of the State of Meghalaya is as defined in Section 5 of the North Eastern Areas (Re-organisation) Act, 1971 read with Section 3 of the Assam Re-organisation (Meghalaya) Act, 1969 and para 20 of the Sixth Schedule to the Constitution of India.
(b) Please specify the total area?   (b) 22429 Square Kilometres more or less.

Shopping Complex at Police Bazar

Shri EDMUND K. SANGMA
 

 

Shri F. LYNGDOH (Minister in charge, Urban Affairs)

*64. Will the Minister-in-charge, Urban Affairs be pleased to state:-    
(a) Whether it is a fact that the construction of the Shopping Complex at Police Bazar, Shillong has been completed long time back?   (a) No, Sir, Construction of the Shopping Complex is yet to be completed.
 
(b) Whether Government has taken steps to invite applications for allotment of rooms as per the assurance given on the floor of the House?   (b) Yes, Sir.

 
(c) If not, the reason thereof?   (c) Does not arise in view of reply to (b) above.

Improvement/Repair of Road

Shri A. L. HEK
 

 

Dr. MUKUL SANGMA [Minister in-charge, Public Works (Roads)]

*65. Will the Minister-in-charge, Public Works (Roads) be pleased to state:-    
(a) The steps the department has taken for improving the road from Nongmynsong Bazar to NEIGRIMS Hospital since the NEIGRIMS Campus will be completed in the next two years?   (a) The matter is under consideration.


 
(b) The steps Government has taken to repair the dilapidated condition of the road at Nongmynsong?   (b) Patch repair to the existing Carriage Way is being taken up soon.

Deficit Colleges

Shri EDMUND K. SANGMA
 
  Shri M. SUCHIANG (Minister in-charge, Higher & Technical Education)
*66. Will the Minister-in-charge, Education be pleased to state the rules under which deficit colleges are being governed?   The deficit Colleges are being governed by the Assam Aided College Management Rules 1965 and the Assam Aided College Employees Rules 1960.

Construction of Assembly Building

Shri A.L. HEK
Shri EDMUND K. SANGMA
 

Shri H.D.R. LYNGDOH (Minister in-charge, General Administration)

*67. Will the Chief Minister be pleased to state:-    
(a) The reason why construction of new Assembly building in the State has been delayed?
 
  (a) & (b)
The matter is under review by the High Powered Committee set up by the Assembly Secretariat, Sir.
(b) Whether any Tender has been finalised?  
(c) Whether any payment has been made for the construction of the building?   (c) No, Sir.
 

District Jail Complex at Nongpoh

Shri EDMUND K. SANGMA
 
  Shri J. A. LYNGDOH [Minister in-charge, Home (Jails)]
*68. Will the Minister-in-charge, Home (Jail) be pleased to state:-    
(a) Whether the land for District Jail Complex at Nongpoh has been acquired?   (a) Yes, Sir.
 
(b) If so, when and the amount involved?
 
  (b) Sir, the land was acquired during 1999 and the amount involved is Rs.61,16,338/-.
(c) The present status of construction and estimated cost?
 
  (c) Sir, construction not yet taken up. The estimated cost is Rs.6.28 crores.

Issue of Short Quantity Petrol

Shri ZENITH M. SANGMA
 
  Shri LAMBOR MALNGIANG (Minister in-charge, Weights and Measures)
*69. Will the Minister-in-charge, Weight & Measures be pleased to state:-    
(a) Whether it is a fact that most of the petrol pumps are issuing short quantity of petrol than the actual quantity shown in the meter?   (a) No, Sir, only a few such cases have been detected.

 
(b) If the answer to (a) above is in the affirmative, the action taken against the owner of these Petrol Pumps?


 
  (b) Petrol Pumps found giving short delivery are closed temporarily till the defects are rectified. pump owners are also proceeded against under Section 39 (2) of the Standards of Weights and Measures (Enf) Act/Rules for commission of an offense.
(c) Whether there is any case of arrest or fine so far relating to (b) above.   (c) There has been no case of arrest so far, but fines are being imposed on defaulting pump owners.

Electric Crematorium

Shri ARDHENDU CHAUDHURI
 
 

Shri F. LYNGDOH Minister in-charge, Urban Affairs)

*70. Will the Minister-in-charge, Urban Affairs be pleased to state:-    
(a) Whether any sanction has been received from Government of India for construction of an Electric Crematorium at Shillong?   (a) No, Sir.

 
(b) If so, the total amount sanctioned by the concerned central department and date on which money has been received by the State Government?   (b) Does not arise in view of answer to (a) above.

 
(c) When is the crematorium scheduled for commissioning?   (c) Sir, Commissioning of the project will depend on sanction and released of fund by Government of India.

Traffic Congestion at Tura Town

Shri ZENITH M. SANGMA
 

 

Dr. MUKUL SANGMA [Minister in-charge, Public Works (Roads)]

*71. Will the Minister-in-charge, Public Works (Roads) be pleased to state:-    
(a) Whether the roads within Tura town area will be expanded to ease the traffic congestion?   (a) & (b)
The matter is under consideration.
(b) If so, when?    
(c) The step taken to expand the roads within Tura town area?
 
  (c) Proposal for widening of NH - 51 Tura Town portion from 94 Km to 101 KM has been taken up with the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways.
        Also proposal for widening to double lane of Agia - Mendhipara - Phulbari - Tura road for 60 Km Tura side has been agreed by the North Eastern Council.

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MEGHALAYA LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY

WINTER SESSION

UNSTARRED

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

Wednesday, the 19th December, 2003

Old Age Pension

Shri ARDHENDU CHAUDHURI
 
  Shri J. D. RYMBAI (Minister in-charge, Community & Rural Development)
1. Will the Minister in-charge, Social Welfare be pleased to state:-    
(a) Whether Government is aware that the present rate of old age pension needs upward revision?   (a) Yes, Sir.
 
(b) If so, whether Government is taking any step to enhance the present rate of pension?   (b) The matter is under examination, Sir.
 
(c) The total number of Old Age pensioners in the State?   (c) Sir, at present the total number of old age pensioners in the State is 35550.

I. A. S. Competitive Examination

Shri D. KHARSHIING   Shri D. D. LAPANG (Chief Minister)
2. Will the Chief Minister be pleased to state:-    

(a) Whether there is any free Training/Coaching Institute for Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe Candidates who will appear for the Indian Administrative Services Competitive Examination in New Delhi or other States?

 

(a), (b) & (c)
   An All India Services Pre-Examination Training Centre is functioning here in Shillong. State Government is not aware of any Training Institution located at Delhi, because such Institute would be under the Government of India/Government of Delhi.

Relief to the Affected Families

Smti. J.R. PHANBUH
 
  Dr. F. A. KHONGLAM (Minister in-charge, Revenue)
3. Will the Minister in-charge, Revenue be pleased to state:-    
(a) Whether the Disaster Management Committee is functional?   (a) Yes, Sir.
 
(b) If so, whether relief in cash or kind have been distributed to the affected families in Laban Constituency?



 
  (b) An amount of Rs.50,000/- as per the prescribed norms of assistance has been granted to the next of kin of the deceased viz., Smti. Samina Khatoon of Dhobighat Laban on 4.12.2003. Assistance to the other families affected by the flood which occurred on 10.10.2003 has also been sanctioned as per the norms.
(c) The total amount disbursed to the said victims?   (c) At present, Rs.50,000/- only has been disbursed.
(d) The number of articles distributed to the families?   (d) Nil.

MCS/MPS/TAO Examination

Shri D. KHARSHIING   Shri D. D. LAPANG (Chief Minister)
4. Will the Chief Minister be pleased to state:-    
(a) Whether Government has set up any Training Institution/Coaching Class for Candidates who will appear for the MCS/MPS/TAO, etc. competitive examination to be conducted by the MPSC?

 
  (a) Candidates who avail coaching in the All India Services Pre-Examination Training Centre which mainly imparts training to candidates for the Civil Services Examination conducted by the Union Public Service Commission also appear in other Examinations such as the MCS, MPS, etc.
(b) If so, the location of the place?


 
  (b) The All India Services, Pre-Examination Training Centre is located at the premises of the Meghalaya Administrative Training Institute, Additional Secretariat Building.
(c) If not, the reasons thereof?   (c) Does not arise.

Mynriah L.P. School

Smti J.R. PHANBUH
 
 

Shri K. K. DKHAR (Minister in-charge, Elementary & Mass Education)

5. Will the Minister-in-charge, Education (EME) be pleased to state:-    
(a) Whether it is a fact that Mynriah L.P. School under Mawkynrew C. & R.D. Block had been sanctioned an adhoc grant in-aid of Rs.3000/- PM w.e.f. 1/2/2001?   (a) Yes, Sir.

 
(b) If so, the amount of money released to the school during 2001-2002 and 2002-2003?
 
  (b) The amount released is as follows:
      2001-2002 = Rs.36,000/-
      2002-2003 = Rs.36,000/-
(c) Whether any amount has been withheld between 1/2/2001 and 28/2/2002?   (c) Information being collected from the concerned Officer.
(d) If so, when will the withheld amount be released to the school?   (d) Does not arise in view of (c) above.
 
(e) Whether midday meal has been sanctioned for the School?   (e), (f) & (g)
Information being collected, Sir.
(f) If so, since when?  
(g) If not, when will the sanction be made?  

Shortage of Cement

Shri ARDHENDU CHAUDHURI   Shri D. D. LAPANG (Chief Minister)
6. Will the Minister in-charge, Industries be pleased to state:-    
(a) Whether Government is aware that there is an acute shortage of MCCL cement in Shillong?   (a) At present there is no shortage of Mawmluh Cherra Cement Ltd. Cement in Shillong.
(b) If so, the reason thereof?   (b) & (c) Does not arise in view of reply at (a) above.


 
(c) The action Government is taking to overcome the situation and ensure regular supply in the State, before releasing quota to dealers outside the State?  

Traffic Problem in Shillong

Shri ARDHENDU CHAUDHURI
 
  Shri R.G. LYNGDOH [Minister in-charge, Home (Police)]
7. Will the Minister in-charge, Home be pleased to state:-    
(a) Whether Government is aware that the problem of traffic jam in Shillong is increasing day by day?   (a) Yes, Sir.
 
(b) Whether any step has been taken by the concern authority to ease the traffic problem in the city?   (b) Yes, Sir.
 
(c) Whether Government is aware that motorists are facing serious problem particularly in the stretch between Generals point to Civil Hospital, Rap's Mansion to Police Bazar and Paltan Bazar area?   (c) Yes, Sir.


 
(d) Whether Government is aware that the bazar bus diverted through Paltan Bazar area are causing further congestion in the area?   (d) No, Sir.
 
(e) If so, whether Government propose to allow the bazar bus to come to jeep stand via Garikhana point by relaxing existing one way traffic restriction?   (e) Does not arise in view of (d) above.

 

Appointment of Chairman

Shri ARDHENDU CHAUDHURI   Shri D. D. LAPANG (Chief Minister)
8. Will the Chief Minister be pleased to state:-    
(a) The number of Chairman/Deputy Chairman/Vice Chairman appointed by the present Government?   (a) Information is being collected.
 
(b) The total expenditure incurred on them?   (b)              - do -
(c) The perk and facilities provided to them by the Government?   (c)              - do -

Use of VIP Light

Shri ARDHENDU CHAUDHURI
 
 

Shri MANIRUL ISLAM SARKAR (Minister in-charge, Transport)

9. Will the Minister in-charge, Transport be pleased to state:-    
(a) Whether the member of the Legislative Assembly are allowed to use the VIP Lights on top of their vehicle?   (a) Yes, Sir.
 
(b) Officers of what level and designation are allowed to use VIP lights on their vehicle?   (b) The following Officers and dignitaries are allowed to use VIP Lights on their Vehicles.
    (1) Dignitaries who are authorised to fly the National flag on their Cars as per the instruction embodied in the Flag Code of India.
    (2) Judges of the High Court.
    (3) Advocate General Government of Meghalaya.
    (4) Officers of the State Government not below the rank of a Secretary.
    (5) Chairman of Meghalaya, State Law Commission.
    (6) Deputy Commissioners/District Magistrates within their respective jurisdiction.
    (7) Superintendents of Police in-charge of territorial Districts, within their respective jurisdiction.
    (8) All Flagged Cars used by Officers of the Uniformed Forces including State Police.
    (9) Vice-Chancellor, North Eastern Hill University.
    (10) Chief Executive Members and Chairman of the three Autonomous District Councils in the State.
    (11) District and Session Judge within the territorial jurisdiction.
    (12) Secretary North Eastern Council (NEC).
    (13) Commissioner of Custom/Central Excise.
    (14) Commissioner of Income Tax.
    (15) Principal Accountant General/Accountant General who ever is head of Office.
    (16) Executive Chairman, Meghalaya State Legal Services Authority.
    (17) Chairman State Planning Board.
    (18) Members of Legislative Assembly.
    (19) Director, ICAR, for N.E.H. Region.
(c) The number of violation cases detected and booked during the year, till date?   (c) Information is being collected, Sir.
 

Distribution of Kerosene Oil

Shri ARDHENDU CHAUDHURI
 
 

Shri B.B. NONGSIEJ (Minister, Food Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs)

10. Will the Minister in-charge, Food & Civil Supplies be pleased to state:-
(a) Whether it is a fact that Kerosene Oil is being distributed to consumers through dealers/sub-dealers? (a) Yes, Sir.
 
(b) If the reply is in the affirmative, the names of the wholesaler/Dealers/Sub dealers of kerosene Oil in Shillong? (b) As per statement I placed on the Table of the House.

 
(c) The Dealer/Sub dealer month-wise allotment for Shillong? (c) As per statement II placed on the Table of the House.
 

Apartment Registration Act

Shri ARDHENDU CHAUDHURI
 

 

Shri F. LYNGDOH (Minister in charge, Urban Affairs)

11. Will the Minister-in-charge, Urban Affairs be pleased to state:-    
(a) Whether Government is aware that a number of residential apartments are constructed in Shillong?   (a) Yes, Sir.
 
(b) If so, whether Government has framed the Apartment Registration Act for registration of such apartments in Meghalaya?   (b) No, Sir. All Apartments does not require to be registered.
 
(c) If not, the reason thereof?


 
  (c) All types of Buildings activities are regulated as per Meghalaya Building Bye Laws 2001. However, the Department is examining the legislation on regulating the Flats/Apartments for outright sale/transfer, etc.
(d) Whether the Government is aware that in absence of Registration Act, Government is unable to realise revenue in the form of registration fee, etc.?   (d) No, Sir such unauthorised transfer has not come to the notice of Government.
 

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