MEGHALAYA LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY

RE-ASSEMBLED BUDGET SESSION

STARRED

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

Wednesday, the 25th June, 2003

Reservation Policy

Shri T.H. RANGAD
 
 

Shri D.D. LAPANG (Chief Minister in-charge, Personnel)

*45. Will the Chief Minister be pleased to state whether KHNAM or any other Party, which is a constituent Party of this Government, has taken up with the Government or discussed in the Cabinet the Reservation Policy?

  There has been demand from the Public and NGOs to review the Reservation Policy of the State. An all Party meeting is being convened to discuss the issue in depth.
 

Construction of Stadiums

Shri M. RAVA
 
 

Shri PAUL LYNGDOH (Minister in-charge, Sports and Youth Affairs)

*46. Will the Minister in-charge, Sports & Youth Affairs be pleased to state:-

   
(a) Whether it is a fact that the Sports & Youth Affairs Department constructed Mini Stadiums and Indoor Stadiums in many places of the State?   (a) Yes, Sir.

 
(b) If so, the numbers of Mini Stadiums & Indoor Stadiums with respective places?   (b) The numbers of Mini Outdoor Stadiums and Indoor Stadiums which were completed are:-
    (a) Mini Outdoor Stadiums -
   

20(twenty) Nos. these are located at polo, Mawlai, Malki, Nongthymmai, Smit, Mawlein, Mawkynrew, Mawphlang, Nongpoh, Umroi, Bhoirymbong, Munailad, Nongstoin, Mahadeo, Williamnagar, Mendipathar, Resubelpara, Tura, Betasing, Mahendraganj and Rangsakona.

    (b) Indoor Stadiums -
   

15 (fifteen) Nos. These are located at Tura, Mahendraganj, Phulbari, Williamnagar, Resubelpara, Baghmara, Chockpot, Rongra, Kynshi, Nongstoin, Jowai, Shillong, Mawlai Mawdatbaki, Khonjowai and Rongolsora.

(c) How many Mini Stadiums & Indoor Stadiums constructed in the plain belt of Garo Hills?
 
  (c) There are 7 (seven) Nos. Mini Outdoor Stadiums and Indoor Stadiums constructed in the plain belt of Garo Hills.
(d) Whether any representation has been received from the people of Tikrikilla for construction of Mini and Indoor Stadium?   (d) Yes, Sir.

 
(e) If so, why the sanction has not been made so far?
 
  (e) The Scheme has not been sanctioned as yet due to fund constraint.

Kisan Credit Cards

Shri BRENING A. SANGMA   Shri P.M. SYIEM (Minister in-charge, Agriculture)

*47. Will the Minister in-charge, Agriculture be pleased to state:-

 
 

(a) Total numbers of farmers benefited under the 'Kisan Credit Cards' in the State?

  (a) 3734 nos. as on July '02.
 
(b) The District wise break up of the same?   (b)
1. East Khasi Hills District = 1187 Nos
    2. West Khasi Hills District =   787 Nos.
    3. Ri Bhoi District-Nongpoh =   585 Nos
    4. Jaintia Hills District =     58 Nos
    5. West Garo Hills District =   254 Nos.
    6. East Garo Hills District =     94 Nos.
    7. South Garo Hills District

    69 Nos

(c) Whether it is a fact that the Kisan Credit Card system is not popularized in the State as a whole where expected numbers of farmers could not be benefited under this scheme?

 

(c) No, Sir.


 

(d) If so, the reason thereof?   (d) Does not arise in view of (c) above.
(e) What are the salient features of the scheme?
 
  (e) The Salient features of the Kisan Credit Card Schemes are :
    1. The Kisan Credit Card Scheme is by Banking Institution.
    2. Kisan Credit Card Scheme aims at adequate and timely support from the Banking Institutions to farmers for their cultivation needs.
    3. The Kisan Credit Cards Schemes primarily caters to credit requirements of the farmers in the State.
    4. Eligible farmers under Kisan Credit Cards Scheme are provided with a loan of Rs.5000/- (Five thousand).

Allotment from  Chief Minister's Special Development Fund

Shri ARDHENDU CHAUDHURI  

Shri D.D. LAPANG (Chief Minister)

*48. Will the Chief Minister be pleased to state:-

   
(a) Whether any allotment was made from the Chief Minister's Special Development Fund during 2001-2002 for 21-Mawprem Assembly Constituency?   (a) No, Sir.

 
(b) If so, the name of the scheme/schemes and amount sanctioned?   (b) Does not arise in view of (a) above.
 
(c) If not, the reasons thereof?



 
  (c) Sir, under Chief Minister's Special Urban Development Fund 2001-2002, Scheme were approved by the Chief Minister as per priority and specific allocation Constituency-wise for all Constituencies was not made.

Poultry Production

Shri CYPRIAN R. SANGMA
 
 

Shri D.P. IANGJUH (Minister in-charge, A.H. & Veterinary)

*49. Will the Minister in-charge, Veterinary & Husbandry be pleased to state:-

   
(a) Whether it is a fact that the poultry production in the State is insufficient to meet the growing demands of the State?   (a) Sir, the poultry production in the State has not been able to keep pace with the growth in demand.
 
(b) If the answer to (a) above is affirmative, what is the amount do the State import to meet the deficit?   (b) (1) Egg 320 lakhs Nos. annually.
      (2) Broiler one day old Chick 1.56 lakhs annually.
(c) What amount in terms of money the State incurs in importing the eggs alone from outside the State?   (c) The amount involve for importing eggs alone is about Rs.486 lakhs.

L.P. School Teachers

Shri CYPRIAN R. SANGMA
 

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

*50. Will the Minister in-charge, Elementary and Mass Education be pleased to state:-

(a) Whether it is a fact that the power and function of the Managing Committee of L.P. schools have been abolished? (a) No, Sir.

 
(b) If so, since when?
 
(b) & (c)
Does not arise in view of (a) above.
(c) Whether proper notification has been issued in this regard?
(d) The authorities which selects the teachers for appointment in the L.P. Schools?


 
(d) According to the present mode of appointment, Government L.P. School teachers are appointed by the Deputy Inspector of Schools on the recommendation of the School Managing Committee subject tot eh approval of Director of Elementary & Mass Education.
In case the School Managing Committee fails to recommend a candidate or if there are many local candidates, the post is advertised by the Deputy Inspector of Schools and a Written  Test followed by a Personal Interview is conducted by the Deputy Inspector of Schools in order to select the fitest candidate according to merit.
In Non-Government L.P. Schools the appointment is made by the School Managing Committee subject to the approval of the Deputy Inspector of Schools.
(e) Whether the teachers are selected in the Directorate level and forwarded names to the respective D.I's of Schools for appointment? (e) No, Sir.

 

Crop Insurance Policy

Shri BRENING A. SANGMA  

Shri P.M. SYIEM (Minister in-charge, Agriculture)

*51. Will the Minister in-charge, Agriculture be pleased to state:-

 

 

(a) Whether the Government has implemented the 'Crop Insurance Policy' in the State?   (a) Yes, Sir.
 
(b) If so, the total numbers of the farmers who are benefited under this scheme?
 
  (b) The total No. of farmers both Loanee and Non-Loanee who have benefited and availed crop Loans under Crop Insurance Scheme (NAIS) are 4848 approximately.
(c) If not, the reason thereof?   (c) Does not arise, in view of the above.

Fire Services Act

Shri ARDHENDU CHAUDHURI  

Shri R.G. LYNGDOH (Minister, Home)

*52. Will the Minister in-charge, Home (Police) be pleased to state    
(a) Whether Government has framed any Fire Services Act in the State?   (a) No, Sir.
 
(b) If not, the reasons thereof?   (b) The matter is still under process.
(c) Whether it is necessary to obtain no objection certificate from the fire service department for construction of multi-storied buildings?   (c) Clearance of Fire Service is necessary for non-residential buildings as per the new bye-laws. Residential buildings are exempted.

Revised Royalty on Coal

Shri CYPRIAN R. SANGMA
 
 

Smti DEBORA C. MARAK (Minister, Mining & Geology)

*53. Will the Minister in-charge, Mining & Geology be pleased to state:-

   
(a) Whether it is a fact that the Government could not implement the recently revised royalty on coal?   (a) No, Sir.
 
(b) If the answer to (a) above is in affirmative, the reasons thereof?   (b) Does not arise in view of (a) above.
 

Water Supply in Laban Area

Shri T.H. RANGAD   Shri M.N. MUKHIM (Minister in-charge, P.H.E.)

*54. Will the Minister in-charge, Public Health Engineering be pleased to state when will PHE water supply in Laban area commence?

Likely by December, Sir.

 

Crop Damage due to Natural Calamities

Shri BRENING A. SANGMA   Shri P.M. SYIEM (Minister in-charge, Agriculture)

*55. Will the Minister in-charge, Agriculture be pleased to state:-


 
(a) Whether the Government is aware that every year huge number of crops are damaged in the State due to natural calamities like storm, flood, draught, etc.? (a) Yes, Sir.

 
(b) If so, the cost of damaged crops during the last year, District wise? (b) Information is being collected.
 
(c) Whether the Government has extended any help to these farmers? (c) Does not arise due to (b) above.
 
(d) If so, the details thereof? (d) Does not arise due to (b) above.

Risk Allowance

Shri ARDHENDU CHAUDHURI  

Shri D.D. LAPANG (Chief Minister)

*56. Will the Minister in-charge, Finance be pleased to state:-

   
(a) Whether the Government is giving Risk Allowance to certain categories of staff?   (a) Yes, Sir.
 
(b) If so, which are the categories of employees and department?








 
  (b) Presently, Risk Allowance is admissible to those categories of employees who are engaged in duties where risk is inherent and continuous in the occupation itself, with adverse effect on their life and health. Such employees are those working in boiler rooms, research laboratories, those exposed to lead poisoning, working with patients having infectious disease or the mentally ill and policemen engaged in traffic duty under the Department of A.H. & Veterinary, Health, Home (Police), Mineral Resources, Home (Jails), Agriculture, Printing & Stationery. 
(c) Whether Traffic Police are entitled to get risk allowances?   (c) Yes, but confined only to Traffic Constables.
 
(d) If not, reasons thereof?   (d) Does not arise.

Financial Allocation Policy

Shri CYPRIAN R. SANGMA
 
 

Shri T.C. LYNGDOH (Minister in-charge, District Council Affairs)

*57. Will the Minister in-charge, Finance be pleased to state whether it is a fact that the Government have financial allocation policy for the districts of Khasi Hills, Garo Hills and Jaintia Hills Districts in the ratio 9:8:3?
 

  Yes, Sir, the financial allocation policy adopted for the 3(three) District Councils of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council, Garo Hills Autonomous District Council and Jaintia Hills Autonomous District Council is in the ration of 9:8:3.

Speed Limit on Highway

Shri T.H. RANGAD  

Shri D.D. LAPANG (Chief Minister)

*58. Will the Chief Minister be pleased to state whether Government will fix speed limit for public vehicles like Tata Sumo, Indica, Buses, etc. plying on the highway?

  At present there is no proposal to fix speed limit for public vehicles. The matter will be examined as and when required.

Sarba Sikhsa Abhiyan Scheme

Shri CYPRIAN R. SANGMA
 
 

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

*59. Will the Minister in-charge, Elementary and Mass Education be pleased to state:-

   
(a) Whether the Sarba Sikhsa Abhiyan (SSA) scheme is implemented in Meghalaya?   (a) Yes, Sir.
 
(b) If so, since when?   (b) Since the year 2001-02, Sir.
(c) How many of SSA scheme are selected and approved to function in the State?   (c) Under the umbrella of SSA, 19 interventions have been approved for the State.
(d) Whether teachers are getting regular salary under the said scheme?
 
  (d) & (e). The salary of Lower Primary School teachers has been sanctioned and is being paid regularly. However, the list of Upper Primary Schools is being finalised.
(e) If not the reason thereof?    
(f) When will the scheme function properly?




 
  (f) All the components of the Scheme are in the process of being implemented. The Civil Works component is yet to be implemented as we are identifying the schools which are in need of Buildings, Additional Classrooms and repairs. The process will be completed during the current year. 

Blood Banks

Shri ARDHENDU CHAUDHURI
 
 

Shri B.G. MOMIN  (Minister in-charge, Health and Family Welfare)

*60. Will the Minister in-charge, Health and Family Welfare be pleased to state:-

(a) The present blood storing facilities available in the various Districts?


 
(a) Sir, the Blood storing facilities include a blood bank and also ancillary storage facilities such as deep freezer and refrigerator. There are four blood banks operational and all are in State Capital. Deep freezer and refrigerator are available in  Tura, Shillong, Jowai and Mairang.
(b) Whether any grant was received from Government of India for establishing Blood Banks at the Headquarters of 7 (seven) districts? (b) Yes, Sir, Rs.10.30 lakhs have been received for West Garo Hills, only.
 
(c) If so, whether blood banks were established in the Headquarters?

 
(c) Blood bank in Shillong is established. Blood bank for Tura is under process of establishment. For other District, National Aids Control Organisation is yet to provide assistance and approval.
(d) If not, reason thereof? (d) Does not arise in view of (c) above.
(e) The amount of grant received from the National Aids Control Programme (NACO) during the year 1998-2001 for the above purpose?


 
(e) Grant received from National Aids Control Organisation are as follows, Sir:-
(i) 1998-99       - Nil
(ii) 1999-2000  - Rs.10.30 lakhs
(iii) 2000-2001 - Nil
(iv) 2001-2001 - Nil.

Functioning of Irrigation Department

Shri CYPRIAN R. SANGMA
 
 

Shri P. T. SAWKMIE (Minister in-charge, Irrigation)

*61. Will the Minister in-charge, Irrigation be pleased to state:-

   
(a) Whether it is a fact that the S.Es. Office as well as E.Es. Office of Irrigation Department at Tura is functioning without the Officers incharge?   (a) No, Sir. The Office of Superintending Engineer Irrigation Tura is being held by Executive Engineer Irrigation Tura in addition to his own duties.
(b) The numbers of Irrigation Divisions and the numbers of E.Es. in the State?   (b) Sir, there are 7(seven) Irrigation Divisions and 8 (eight) Executive Engineers in the State.

M.S. Rao's Enquiry Report

Shri T.H. RANGAD
Shri A.L. HEK
 

Shri M.I. SARKAR (Minister in-charge, Transport)

*62. Will the Minister in-charge, Transport be pleased to state:-    
(a) What action has been taken on the inquiry report conducted by M.S. Rao, IAS?




 
  (a) Sir, the following action has been taken:-

(i) Managing Director, Meghalaya Transport Corporation has been instructed to initiate Departmental action as per Rules & Regulations against the Officers/Staff of the Meghalaya Transport Corporation who are involved.
    (ii) The Managing Directors during the period from 1995 till 2001 were asked to furnish comments on the procurement of spare parts during their tenure.
    (iii) Accountant General (Audit) was asked to conduct a special audit on the purchase of parts with effect from 1.8.96 to 27.9.2001.
(b) Whether a copy of the report will be laid on the Table of the House for information  of all Members?   (b) As action on the inquiry report is under process this will be considered when it is completed.

Jhum Cultivation

Shri BRENING A. SANGMA
 
 

Shri P. W. MUKTIEH (Minister, Soil Conservation)

*63. Will the Minister in-charge, Agriculture be pleased to state:-

   
(a) The various programmes undertaken by the department to curtail and contain the 'Jhoom' cultivation in the State?   (a) Sir, the programmes taken up to curtail and contain Jhum Cultivation in the State are :-
 
    (1) Jhum Control Scheme under State Plan.
    (2) Watershed Development Project in Shifting Cultivation Areas under Special Central Assistance of the Government of India.
(b) Whether the farmers are given any support by the Government so as to do away with 'jhoom' cultivation?   (b) Yes, Sir.
 
(c) If so, the details thereof?   (c) Sir, the details are as follows:-
    (1) Jhum Control Scheme (State Plan) - The Farmers are provided with planting materials for Cash/Horticultural Crops Plantation.
    (2) Watershed Development Project in Shifting Cultivation Areas - (Special Central Assistance) under this scheme, the following activities are taken up to assist the jhumia farmers to take up permanent/settled cultivation.
    (i) Arable Land Treatment - Construction of contour bunding, peripheral bunding and also development of
Agro-horticulture.
    (ii) Productive System - Development kitchen gardening; construction of compost pits and also development of small livestock like piggery, poultry, etc.
    (iii) Non-Arable Land Treatment - Raising different Crop Species nurseries for free distribution to the jhumia families; development of Agro-forestry plantation and dry land horticulture like citrus, cashewnut, etc.
    (iv) Drainage Line Treatment - Construction of Spurs/Gabion Structure and retaining wall for controlling soil erosion Construction of dug out ponds and check dams for better moisture retention in site. Construction of Water Harvestion structures for multipurpose uses. 

Functioning of Telephone Exchanges

Shri CYPRIAN R. SANGMA  

Shri BILLY KID A. SANGMA

*64. Will the Minister in-charge, Communication be pleased to state:-

   
(a) Whether the Government is aware that many of the telephone exchange in the State specially in Garo Hills are not functioning properly?   (a) No, Sir.

 
(b) The numbers of telephone exchanges in the State and their present status?   (b) 93 of which 13 are for wireless lines and 80 for wired lines.

I.T. Park

Shri T.H. RANGAD
 
 

Dr. MUKUL SANGMA (Minister in-charge, Information Technology)

*65. Will the Minister in-charge, Information Technology be pleased to state what is the progress to establishing the I.T. Park in Meghalaya?

  Sir, the matter is under process.

 

Supply of Free Seedlings

Shri BRENING A. SANGMA
 
 

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

*66. Will the Minister in-charge, Horticulture be pleased to state:-

   
(a) Whether it is a fact that Government is supplying free seedlings to the farmers on subsidised rate or free of cost?   (a) Sir, fruit seedlings are supplied to farmers at 50% subsidized rate.
 
(b) If so, the details thereof?

 
  (b) Under General Horticulture Development Scheme 1,71,856 Nos. of fruit seedlings were issued to farmers during 2002-03.
(c) If the answer to (a) above is in negative, the reason thereof?   (c) Does not arise in view of (a) and (b) above.
 

Allotment of Residential Quarters

Shri ARDHENDU CHAUDHURI  

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

*67. Will the Minister in-charge, General Administration be pleased to state:-

   
(a) Whether the Government has provided residential quarter for officers & staff within the Calcutta Meghalaya House II complex?   (a) Yes, Sir.

 
(b) If so, the total number of staff quarters allotted to the different grades of employees?   (b)
     
Grade I
Grade II
- 1 (one)
- 3 (three)
      Grade III - 11 (eleven)
      Grade IV - 21 (twenty one)
(c) What are the spaces allotted to each of the above category?   (c)
 
Grade I
Grade II
- 81.10 sq. metre
- 40.59 sq. metre
      Grade III - 32.07 sq. metre
      Grade IV - 30.51 sq. metre
(d) Whether allotment is as per their entitlement laid down by the Government as per Rule?   (d)
 

Grade
 

-Entitle Plinth   
     Area

Allotted Plinth
  Area

     

I

     90.00 - 81.10
     

II

     60.00 - 40.59
      III      50.00 - 32.07
      IV      33.00 - 30.51

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