MEGHALAYA LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY

BUDGET SESSION

STARRED

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

Wednesday, the 16th March, 2005.

Horticulture Products

Shri T.D SHIRA

 

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

   

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

       

(a) The taxable items of Horticulture products?

 

(a) Sir, All Horticulture processed products are taxable.

   

(b) The rate prescribed for each item per ton /quintal, bag, etc?

 

(b) The rate prescribed for each items is :-

   
   

Sale Tax

-

12%

   

Surcharge

-

20% on tax.

Water Supply for Malki - Nongthymmai Constituency

Shri TONY CURTIS LYNGDOH

 

Shri H.D.R. LYNGDOH
(Minister in charge, Public Health Engineering)

* 28. Will the Minister in charge Public Health Engineering be pleased to state when will the water supply from the Greater Shillong Water Supply Scheme, Mawphlang be supplied to the localities of Malki - Nongthymmai Constituency?

 

While water from Greater Shillong Water Supply Scheme is being supplied to many localities of Shillong, houses in Malki - Nongthymmai area are expected to get covered around June 2005.

Extension of Service

Shri P.T. SAWKMIE

 

Dr. DONKUPAR ROY
(Deputy Chief Minister, Power)

     

*29. Will the Minister in charge, Power be pleased to state :-

         

(a) Whether it is a fact that the MeSEB have extended the services of many officers who are working in the Board?

 

(a) No Sir, the Board has not extended the services of any of its Officers. However, some of the Officers have been engaged on contract basis with a fixed remuneration, due to unavoidable circumstances, for a period of 6 months to 1 years, as the case may be.

     

(b) If so, name them?

 

(b)

(1)

 

Shri D. S. Nongbri.

     

(2)

 

Shri D. P. Bhattacharya.

     

(3)

 

Shri H. C. Bhattacharjee.

     

(4)

 

Shri A. Choudhury.

(c) The period of extension?

 

(c) The Officers engaged on contract basis are as
follows :

     
   

1.

 

Shri D. S. Nongbri, Member (Finance) and Chief Accounts Officer with effect from 1.02.2003 to 31.01.2004, from 1.02.2004 to 31.01.2005 and from 1.02.2005 to 31.01.2006.

 
   

2.

 

Shri D. P. Bhattacharya, Member (Hydro) with effect from 1.03.2004 to 28.02.2005.

 
   

3.

 

Shri H. C. Bhattacharjee, Member (Tech) with effect from 01.01.2002 to 31.06.2003.

 
   

4.

 

Shri A. Choudhury, Chief Engineer (D), with effect from 18.08.2003

 

Health Care Services

Shri P.M. SYIEM

 

Shri SAYEEDULLAH NONGRUM
(Minister in charge, Health and Family Welfare)

*30. Will the Minister in charge Health be pleased to state :-

   

(a) Whether the Government is aware that escalating is one of the reason for indebtedness among the poor and the middle income group?

 

(a) Government is not aware of the factor of escalating cause of Health Services.

(b) If so, the measures the Government has adopted to bridge the sharp inter-district variations in availability and utilisation of Health care services?

 

(b) Government is trying to improve the Health care system equally in all the Districts considering the local conditions and the requirement.

(c) Whether the Government universalized access to Primary Health care facilities not only in terms of creating physical infrastructure but in terms of equipping each Health Care Center with adequate Medical and para-Medical Staff?

 

(c) Yes Sir, Government is giving due attention to equip the Health care centres not only in terms of creating physical infrastructure but also providing adequate medical staff as per the Government norms and within the financial and manpower constraints.

(d) If so, the number of Staff and quantity or quality of Medicine provided in each PHC and CHC in the State?





 

(d) The staffing pattern for each CHCs/ PHCs is as per the national norms. As far as Medicines is concerned, the Heads of the Districts/Hospitals submit their requirements of medicines based on the disease profile in their respective districts/Hospitals and as per the number of outdoor and indoor patients registered. The registration is approved by the DHS (MI) and the indenting Officers accordingly procure the medicine from the approved firms at the Government approved rate in force as per the availability of funds.

Industrial Estate

Shri TONY CURTIS LYNGDOH

 

Dr. D. D. LAPANG
(Chief Minister, Industries)

*31. Will the Minister in charge, Industries be pleased to state when will the Industrial Estate be set up in the East Khasi Hills District?

 

The Industrial Estate in East Khasi Hills District was established in the year 1974.

Amount earmarked for the Educated/Un-educated Youth Schemes

Shri P.T. SAWKMIE

Shri M.N. MUKHIM
(Minister in charge, A.H. & Veterinary)

*32. Will the Minister in charge, Animal Husbandry and Veterinary be pleased to state :-

(a) The amount earmarked by the department for the educated un-employed youth and un-educated un-employed schemes in the State?

(a) Rs. 85,39,500/- during 2004-05.

(b) The total numbers of beneficiary district wise and the amount thereof?

(b) As detailed below.

     

Name of District

No. of Beneficiaries

Amount

1

2

3

East Khasi Hills

102

Rs.22,44,500/-

West Khasi Hills

43

Rs.10,86,000/-

Ri Bhoi District

27

Rs.6,08,000/-

Jaintia Hills

58

Rs.12,89,250/-

West Garo Hills

73

Rs.15,32,250/-

East Garo Hills

47

Rs.13,04,000/-

South Garo Hills

22

Rs.4,75,500/-

Policy Approach in Agriculture

Shri P.M. SYIEM

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

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

(a) What are the Policy approach adopted to secure increase in production?

(a) Sir, The Department has adopted the following policy approaches to increase the Agricultural production.

1.

Multiple Cropping.

2.

Judicious application of Agricultural Inputs.

3.

Introduction of High Yielding Varieties.

4.

More Irrigation facilities.

5..

Promotion of Agricultural Mechanisation.

6.

Farmers' Study Tour/Training.

7.

Encouraging Cultivation during Rabi season.

8.

Publicity Campaigns and

9.

Demonstration Programmes.

(b) How far the Policy Approach had been successful?

(b) Sir, over the period of 10 years, there has been an increase in the agricultural production as below :

1.

Total foodgrains

- 5.27%

2.

Oilseeds

- 2.56%

3.

Cotton

- 4.95%

4.

Pineapple

- 2.14%

5.

Potato

- 1.93%

6.

Ginger

- 1.10%

7.

Turmeric

- 2.43%

Afforestation Scheme

Shri T.D. SHIRA

Shri M.N. MUKHIM
(Minister in charge, Soil Conservation)

*34. Will the Minister in charge, Soil Conservation be pleased to state :-

(a) Whether afforestation scheme still exist under the Department?

(a) Yes, Sir.

(b) If the reply to (a) above is in the affirmative, whether the scheme is taken up under Mendipathar Range in East Garo Hills?

(b) Yes, Sir.

(c) If so, how many hectares of Land is covered?

(c) 135 ha., Sir.

(d) The area where it is being taken up, how is it being maintained and for how many years?

(d) The areas taken up under Mendipathar Soil Conservation Range are as follows :-

SL. NO


LOCATION

AREA

1.

Rongrong

10 ha.

2.

Thapa-A.gitchak

10 ha.

3.

Dagal-A. pal

5 ha.

4.

Elatchi-A.ga

5 ha.

5.

A. Karok-Songgitcham

5 ha.

6.

Gajing

5 ha.

7.

Bajengdoba

2 ha.

8.

Miapara

5 ha.

9.

Gajingpara

6 ha.

10.

Rebagre 18 ha.
Rompara

11.

12.

Kodarongma

5 ha

13.

Pakmare

10 ha

14.

Bolpuma

12 ha.

15.

Belpara

Bakrapara 28 ha

Chibagok

16

17

 

18.

Deram Tekalang

4 ha.

 

19.

Resu - Bakra

5 ha.

 

TOTAL

 

135.00 ha.

 

These are Departmental afforestation programme and maintain upto 6 years.

   

Langkyrdem Constituency

Shri P.T. SAWKMIE

Dr. DONKUPAR ROY
(Deputy Chief Minister, in charge, Elections)

*35. Will the Minister in charge, Election be pleased to state whether it is a fact that the Langkyrdem Constituency will be delimited according to the proposal of the delimitations Commission?

Sir, as at present Election Department is not aware of any such proposal.

Excess use of Fertilizer

Shri P.M. SYIEM

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

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

(a) Whether it is a fact that excess use of Fertilizer has created an imbalance between NP and K and excess use of water has produced water logging in many area?

(a) No, Sir.

(b) If so the steps Government has taken to control the above?

(b) Does not arise in view of the answer at 'a' above.

Resubelpara Water Supply Scheme

Shri T.D. SHIRA

Shri H.D.R. LYNGDOH
(Minister in charge, Public Health Engineering)

*37. Will the Minister in charge, Public Health Engineering be pleased to state :-

(a) The total numbers of Water Supply Scheme taken up under Resubelpara Division?

(a)

(a)

Total No. of completed schemes

- 357 Nos.

(b)

Total No. of ongoing schemes

- 66 Nos.

Grand Total

- 423 Nos.

(b) The numbers of Muster Roll employees against each scheme?

(b) Muster Roll labourers are engaged in the completed schemes as per necessity.

Shillong Bye - Pass

Shri TONY CURTIS LYNGDOH

Shri BRENNING SANGMA
[Minister in charge, Public Works (Roads)]

*38. Will the Minister in charge, Public Works (Roads) be pleased to state whether the construction of the Shillong bye-pass has been sanctioned by the Central Government?

The proposal for the construction of the Shillong Bye pass has been approved by the Central Government.

State Level Planning

Shri P.M. SYIEM

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

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

(a) Whether it is a fact that presentation of District wise target in the State Plan will serve as a catalyst to reinvigorate planning at the state level?

(a) Yes, Sir.

(b) If so, spell out those dimension?

(b) In the following dimensions :

(1)


In the identification of the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats for growth of Agriculture in the State of Meghalaya, at the district level and to plan appropriately for the districts.

(2)

In the preparation of location specific planning for the districts based on the agro climatic zones of the State.

(c) If not, why not?

(c) Does not arise in view of (b) above.

New Water Supply Schemes

Shri T.D SHIRA

Shri H.D.R. LYNGDOH
(Minister in charge, Public Health Engineering)

*40. Will the Minister in charge Public Health Engineering be pleased to state :-

(a) The total numbers of New Water supply schemes sanctioned during the current financial year 2005-2006

(b) The total amount sanctioned against each scheme?

(a) & (b)
As on 11.3.2005, sanctions had been issued for nine New Water Supply Schemes as given below.

Sl. No.

Name of scheme

Amount

1.

Umdoh - Mawpud w.s.s

Rs. 27,22,100.00

2.

W/S - KJP Synod Sohra

Rs. 5,87,700.00

3.

W/S - Circuit House Sohra

Rs. 9,95,715.00

4.

Nongbet w.s.s.

Rs.18,74,460.00

5.

Lumshyiap w.s.s

Rs. 1,28,600.00

6.

Mawshuram w.s.s.

Rs.3,99,600.00

7.

Imp. of w.s. to Baghmara Civil Sub-Division complex including 16 enroute.

Rs.25,07,000.00

8.

W/S during Presbytery meet at Kharduli

Rs. 1,07,100 /-

9.

Implementation Syllei Phyllah w.s.s.

Rs. 29,95,250 /-

State Women Commission

Shri P. T. SAWKMIE

 

Shri M.N. MUKHIM
(Minister in charge, Social Welfare)

*41. Will the Minister in chare, Social Welfare be pleased to state the present status of the State Women Commission?

 

Sir, the Government has constituted the State Commission for Women, and it is functioning as per statutory Provisions.

Catchment Area Development

Shri T.D SHIRA

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

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

(a) Whether there is a scheme of Catchment area Development?

(a) No, Sir.

(b) If the reply to (a) above is in the affirmative, whether this scheme is taken up under Resubelpara Sub-Division in East Garo Hills?

(b) Does not arise in view of (a) above.

Medical Treatment

Shri P.T. SAWKMIE

Shri SAYEEDULLAH NONGRUM
(Minister in charge, Health and Family Welfare)

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

(a) Whether it is a a fact that the Department has issue order that patients who have to undergo medical treatment outside the State have to be referred by NEIGRIMS?

(a) No order has been issued to administrative Department of the Government that the patients who have to undergo medical treatment outside the State have to be referred to NEIGRIMS. However, an instruction to DHS has been issued that such cases may first be referred to NEIGRIMS.

(b) If so, when?

(b) Does not arise in view of reply to (a) above.

Core Sector of State Plan

Shri P.M. SYIEM

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

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

(a) Which Sector has been viewed as a core element of the State plan which will benefit the poor?

(a) Horticulture Sector, Sir.

(b) Whether this Sector selected will ensure rapid growth and most likely create gainful employment opportunities?

(b) Yes, Sir.