MEGHALAYA LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY

 RE- ASSEMBLED BUDGET SESSION

STARRED

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

Monday, the  3rd July, 2006xc

Attraction for Tourists

Shri A. L. HEK
 
Shri. R. G. LYNGDOH
(Minister in- charge, Tourist)

*95. Will the Minister in- charge, Tourism be pleased to state the initiative the Government had taken to attract tourist to the State?



 

 The Tourism Department had made efforts to provide and develop infrastructural facilities specially with regards to accommodation and transport/conducted tours for the convenience of tourists.
    The tourist potential of the State has been highlighted through publicity, advertisements, participation in National/International Fairs and Marts to attract the maximum number of tourists.

Recovery of Evaded Tax

 Shri P. M. SYIEM
 
Shri  J. D. RYMBAI
(Chief Minister in-charge Taxation)
*96. Will the  Minister in-charge, Taxation be pleased to state:-

(a) Whether the Department had recovered Rs.15.19 lakhs as Evaded Tax from the Coal dealer who had concealed turnover for the period from April to September, 2002?

(a) Sir, an amount of Rs.8.22 lakhs has been recovered from the coal dealer. Demand Notice has been served on the dealer for payment of the balance amount.

(b) If not, the reason thereof? (b) Does not arise in view of (a) above.
(c) If so, why such Evasion  is allowed? (c) Does not arise in view of (a) above.

Whole Sale Dealers

Shri M. M. SANGMA
 
 Shri SHITLANG PALE
(Minster in-charge, Food Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs)
*97.  Will the  Minister in-charge, Supply be pleased to state:-

(a) The number of whole sale Dealers appointed under Chokpot Centre, South Garo Hills, during 2006-07?

(a) None.
 
(b) The total quantity of rice allotment to each Dealer?  Does not arise, in view of (a) above.

State Population

Shri  M. SUCHIANG
 
 Shri J. D. RYMBAI
(Chief Minister)
* 98  Will the  Chief Minister  be pleased to state:-  
(a) The total population of the State as per the  Census figures of 1991 and 2001 respectively? (a), (b), (c) & (d).
A Statement is placed on the Table of the House.

(b) The percentage of increase in the population of the State according to the above Census figures?

(c) The population of the State by  Community as per the above published Census figures?

(d) Which Community has registered the highest percentage of increase in its population during the above mentioned period?


STATEMENT REFERRED IN REPLY TO STARRED QUESTION BY SHRI. M. SUCHIANG, M. L.A., DURING THE RE-ASSEMBLED BUDGET SESSION OF THE MEGHALAYA LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY,2006.
(a) The total population as per 1991 & 2001 Census is as below:-

1991 Census                     2001 Census
Total 1774778                    Total 2318822
Male -907687                    Male -1176087
Female- 867091                 Female-1142735

(b) The percentage of increase is
Total                 Male            Female
30.65                29.57              31.79
(c) The population of the state by community /languages is :-
Languages 1981 1991 2001
Khasi & Jaintia 629640 879192 NA
Garo 399069 547690 NA
Assamese 23356 34118 NA
Bengalee 119571 144261 NA
Gurkhalee 61259 49186 NA
Hindi 29728 38930 NA
Koch 16150 18698 NA
Rabha 13888 20455 NA
Other languages 43158 42248 NA
Meghalaya 1335819 1774778 NA

 (d) Rabha Community (47.29%).

Supreme Court Directive

Shri  MANAS CHAUDHURI
 
Shri MARTLE N. MUKHIM
(Minister in-charge, Forest & Environment)
*99.Will the Minister in-charge, Forest and Environment be pleased  to State:-  
(a) Whether the Supreme court had directed the State Government in 1998 to empower the State Forest field Officials to tackle timber smuggling more effectively? (a) Yes, Sir.

 
(b) If so, whether the directive has been complied with?  (b) Action is being taken to comply with the directive, Sir.

Control of private Financial Institutions

Shri  P. T. SAWKMIE
 
 Dr. DONKUPAR ROY
(Deputy Chief Minister in-charge, Finance)

*100. Will the Deputy Chief Minister in-charge, Finance be pleased to state the policy of the Government to control Private Financial Institutions in the State? 

Sir, the authority to grant a license for setting up private financial institutions lies with Reserve Bank of India.
 

Tourist Department's Projects

Shri A. L. HEK
 
Shri R. G. LYNGDOH
( Minister in- charge, Tourism)
*101.  Will the  Minister in-charge, Tourism be pleased to state:-  

(a) The project taken up by the Tourism Department from 2004 to March 2006 all over the State?

(a) A statement is placed on the Table of the House.
 
(b) The amount sanctioned? (b) Rs.1,44,49,085/-
(c) The amount spent? (c) Rs.99,81,567/-
(d) The completed projects? (d) 14 Nos.
(e) The ongoing projects?  (e) 2 Nos.


STATEMENT
THE PROJECTS TAKEN UP BY THE TOURISM DEPARTMENT FROM
2004 TO MARCH 2006 ALL OVER THE STATE ARE AS FOLLOWS:-

Sl. No. Name of the Scheme
1. Beautification of Pelga falls near Tura.
2. Construction of viewpoint including footpath at Rewak, South Garo Hills.
3. Construction of Tourist View point at Nongkra, East Garo Hills.
4.
 
Tourism Infrastructure Development Project- Preservation of the Shillong Golf  Course (Boundary Wall Fencing).
5. Construction of footpath at Phlangjaud Cave, West Khasi Hills.
6. State share for renovation of the existing Ingsad in Nongkrem (Smit).
7. Construction for viewpoint with footpath and steps at Wagi-A-Si, East Garo Hills.
8. Construction of viewpoint and footpath at Rongdokram, South Garo Hills.
9. Construction of viewpoint and footpath at Aguagre, West Garo Hills.
10. Construction of viewpoint and footpath at Oragitok, West Garo Hills.
11. Construction of viewpoint and retaining wall at Dobe Dare, East Garo Hills.
12. Renovation of Siju Tourist Lodge and Protection-Cum- Retaining Wall.
13. Construction of 2 additional cluster cottages in Pine wood hotel at Shillong.
14. Reconstruction of the Basement portion of Shillong Orchid Hotel.
15.

Expansion of Orchid Lodge at Tura- Construction of 2 additional Cluster cottages ( State Share).

16. Construction of  Tourist Bungalow at Williamnagar.
17. Construction of parking area in the Tourist Information Building at Sohra.
18.
 

Tourism infrastructure development Project Preservation of Shillong Golf Course ( Boundary Wall Fencing).

19. Construction of footbridge at Jakrem Hot spring, West Khasi Hills.
20. Construction of  RCC Boundary Pillar for compound of Tourist Lodge at Dawki, Jaintia Hills.
21. Construction of viewpoint  with footpath at Rongbare, West Garo Hills.
22. Construction of viewpoint with car parking at Bamdare falls, South Garo Hills.
23. Construction of  Tourist Information Centre at Guwahati Airport.
24. Repair and renovation works at Orchid Lake Resort, Barapani.
25. Repair and renovation of the Restaurant of Pinewood hotel, Shillong.
26. Renovation of Bar of Orchid Hotel Shillong.
   
   
                                                                                                  (R. G. Lyngdoh)
                                                                                       Minister in-charge Tourism etc.,
                                                                                                    Meghalaya.

MT & BT of the 12 Mile, Pomkaniew, Mawwan Road
 

Shri P. M. SYIEM
 
Shri BRENING A. SANGMA
[Minister in-charge, Public Works (Roads)]
*102.  Will the  Minister in-charge, Public works (Roads) be pleased to state:-  
(a) The reason why the Department took so long to start MT & BT of the 12 Mile, Pomkaniew, Mawwan road inspite of the fact that Tender had been called for and work order issued?
 
(a) The work could not be started earlier as there was delay in signing of tender agreement by some contractors. The final work order to 18 (eighteen) contractors have been issued recently by the Superintending Engineer NH Circle Shillong and the work and will commence soon, Sir.
(b) The targeted date given to the contractor for completion the work? (b) 8 (eight) months from the date of issue of Final Work order, Sir.


  Occupation of the community Health Centre Chokpot
 

Shri M. M. SANGMA
 
 Shri E. D. MARAK
( Minister in-charge, Health & Family Welfare)
* 103.  Will the  Minister in-charge, Health  be pleased to state:-  
(a) Whether the Government is aware of the fact that the Chokpot  community Health Centre is  still being occupied by CRPF? (a) Yes, Sir.
 
(b) If so, the reason for allowing them (CRPF) to occupy Chokpot Community Health Centre for so long inspite of so many public complaints, etc.? (b) In view of  emergent considerations of law and orders and security. the Department has however instructed the Deputy Commissioner, South Garo Hills District  to vacate the forces from the Centre once accommodation is available.

Mortgage Land

Shri M. SUCHIANG
 
Dr. DONKUPAR ROY
(Deputy Chief Minister in-charge, Revenue)
*104.Will the  Minister in-charge, Revenue be pleased to state:-  
(a) Whether it is fact that some plots of tribal land in Shella area have been mortgaged  to some foreign Banks and Financial Institutions by the Lafarge Company? (a) Land which stand transferred to the Lafarge Umiam Mining Private Limited has been utilized by the Company as Security Interest by means of deposit of the documents with some banks/ financial Institutions operating within India.
(b) If so, the exact location and area of each  such plot that have been mortgaged ? (b) & (c). Does not arise in view of (a) above.


 
(c) The names of the foreign Banks and Financial Institutions with whom the land in question have been mortgaged to?

Appointments of Adhoc Staff

Shri MANAS CHAUDHURI
 
 Shri PRESTONE TYNSONG
(Minister in-charge, Public Health Engineering)
*105.Will the  Minister in-charge, Public Health Engineering  be pleased to state:-  
 (a) The number of adhoc appointments appointed in the Department during the past three years, category- wise? (a) Nil, Sir.
 
(b) Where are these staff posted station- wise? (b) Does not arise in view of reply to (a) above.


 Schemes submitted to DONER
 

Shri P. T. SAWKMIE
 
Shri J. D. RYMBAI
( Chief Minister in-charge, Planning)
*106. Will the Chief  Minister be pleased to state:-  
(a) The total number and the names of the schemes submitted to DONER in the year 2005-2006?
 
(a) Sir, 136 ( One hundred and thirty six) schemes have been submitted to DONER during 2005-2006. The names of the schemes are indicated in the Statement placed in the Table of the House.
(b) The number of schemes sanctioned? (b) No Scheme has been sanctioned so far from the 2005-06 list.

Water Crisis

Shri A.L HEK
 
 Shri PRESTONE TYNSONG
(Minister in-charge, Public Health Engineering)
*107.Will the  Minister in-charge, Public Health Engineering  be pleased to state the measures the department had taken to remove the water crisis faced by the people of Shillong?
 
Sir, the Department has taken up the renovation of the Greater Shillong Water Supply Scheme and implementation of other water supply schemes in and around Shillong to improve the water supply position in Shillong. Constant monitoring of the Water Supply position is also undertaken for this purpose.

Transfer of BDO Laitkroh

Shri P. M. SYIEM
 
Smti. IRIN LYNGDOH
(Minister in-charge, Community & Rural Development)
*108. Will the Minister in-charge, Community and Rural Development be pleased to state:-  
(a) Whether it is a fact that the Government had transferred the BDO Laitkroh?

(b) If so, whether she had handed over charge?
 
(a) & (b) Sir, the services of Smti. A. Nikhla, MCS, BDO, Khadarshnong - Laitkroh C & RD Block have been replaced at the disposals of Personnel & A.R. (A) Department w.e.f. the date of her handing over charge vide Notification No.CDD.102/94/Pt.IV/234, dt.22.6.2006 of C & RD Department and she has been instructed to hand over charge on 30th June, 2006.
(c) If not, the reason thereof? (c) & (d) Does not arise in view of the reply to parts (a) & (b) above.
(d) If so, since when?

Transfer of Doctors

Shri M. M. SANGMA
 
 Shri E. D. MARAK
( Minister in-charge, Health & Family Welfare)

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

 
(a) Whether it is a fact that the Doctors posted at Silkigre PHC, Rongara PHC and Siju PHC under South Garo Hills, are transferred without replacement? (a) Sir, the doctors posted at Silkigre and Rongara PHC have been transferred recently and alternative arrangements are being made.
Sir, the doctor posted at Siju has not been transferred.
(b) If so, the reasons thereof? (b) Does not arise in view of (a) above.

Royalty on timber

Shri  MANAS CHAUDHURI
 
Shri MARTLE N. MUKHIM
(Minister in-charge, Forest & Environment)
*110.Will the Minister in-charge, Forest and Environment be pleased  to State:-  
(a) The rates of Royalty on timber levied by the State Government and the three District Councils?





 
(a) The rates of royalty levied by the State Government have been duly notified vide Government of Meghalaya Notification No.FOR.58/90/PART/50 dated the 12th November, 1998, copies of which are placed on the Table of the House along with copies of notification of rates of royalty levied by the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council and the Jaintia Hills Autonomous District Council.

    The rates of royalty of timber levied by the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council are the same as the current rates fixed by the State Government.
(b) The break up of the amount accrued to each during the past five years? (b) The amount accrued to the State Government during the past five years is as follows:-

Year

Amount (Rs.)

2001-02

31,90,238.00

2002-03

8,54,093.00

2003-04

9,08,130.00

2004-05

51,75,613.00

2005-06

40,63,440.00

Information pertaining to the Autonomous District Councils is being collected.


Appointment of Computer Teachers
 

Shri P. T. SAWKMIE
 
Dr. DONKUPAR ROY
(Deputy Chief Minister in-charge, Education)
*111.Will the Minister in-chare, Education be pleased to state whether the Government is appointing Computer teachers to all the Higher Secondary Schools in the State?      No, Sir.

 

Reconstruction of road at 2nd Furlong

Shri A. L. HEK
 
Shri PAUL LYNGDOH
(Minister in-charge, Sports and Youth Affairs)
*112. Will the  Minister in-charge, Sports & Youth Affairs be pleased to state:-  
(a) Whether the department is contemplating reconstruction of road at 2nd Furlong linking the main road to the second ground (Football ground) in order to ease out congestion on the main entry point near CRP camp in case of major functions at JNSC? (a) No, Sir.


 
(b) If so, the details thereof? (b) Does not arise in view of (a) above.
(c) If not, the reason thereof?
 
(c) The land at 2nd Furlong linking the Main Road with the Second Football Ground at Polo does not belong to the Sports & Youth Affairs Department.

Clearing of Bills

Shri P. M. SYIEM
 
Shri PAUL LYNGDOH
(Minister in-charge, Sports and Youth Affairs)
*113.Will the  Minister in-charge, Sports & Youth Affairs be pleased to state:-  
(a) The number of Bills the Department had cleared to the Contractor for the work taken up during the last 3 (three) years upto 30-05-2006?
 
(a) The number of bills the Department has cleared to the Contractors for the works taken up during the last 3 (three) years upto 30/5/06 is 53 (fifty three) numbers.
(b) The amount the Department needs to clear all the pending Bills for all the works under-taken and completed? (b) A Statement will be placed on the Table of the House within 4 (four) months' time.

Appointment of Whole Sale Dealers

Shri M. M. SANGMA
 
Shri SHITLANG PALE
(Minister in-charge, Food Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs)
*114.Will the  Minister in-charge, Supply be pleased to state:-
(a) The number of Whole Sale Dealers appointed under Deku Centre, South Garo Hills with their names and addresses? (a) 15 (fifteen)
 

Names and Addresses.

1. Shri Tarason A. Sangma, Tentangkol, Tura.
2. Shri L. Pangkam Arengh, Balading.
3. Shri Sanjay Prasad, Tura T. D. Road.
4. Shri Ishak R. Marak, Silkigre.
5. Smti Bimothy M. Sangma, Forest Tilla Tura.
6. Shri Perison M. Sangma, Kherapara
7. Shri Balsrang Arengh, Matchakilgre, Tura.
8. Smti. Tangjak Sangma, Chokpot.
9. Shri Wennison Marak, Deku Bazar.
10. Shri Willison Marak, Deku.
11. Shri Krinpilstone Marak, Deku.
12. Smti. Wejak Marak, Deku Bazar.
13. Shri Harhesh R. Sangma, Ringkap- Chokpot.
14. Shri Crynington K. Sangma, Bajengdoba.
15. Smti. Marvina N. Marak, R.C. Compound, Baghmara.
(b) The total Quantity of rice allotment to each Whole Sale Dealers?
 
(b) The total allotment ( APL, BPL & AAY) for each dealer is 125 qtls. (approx).

Separation of Judiciary and Executive

Shri MANAS CHAUDHURI
Shri P.T. SAWKMIE
Dr. DONKUPAR ROY
(Deputy Chief Minister in-charge, Law)
* 115. Will the Minister in-charge Law be pleased to state:-
(a) Whether there is a Court directive for separation of Judiciary and Executive? (a) Yes, Sir.
 
(b) If so, the current status?

 
(b) Affidavit has been filed before the Hon'ble Supreme Court of India for implementation of a Scheme for separation of Judiciary from the executive in a phase manner.

Derecognisation of the M.M.S.A.

Shri P. T. SAWKMIE Shri E. D. MARAK
(Minister in-charge, Health & Family Welfare)
*116. Will the Minister in-charge, Health be pleased to state :-  
(a) Whether the Government has derecognized the M.M.S.A. in the State ? (a)  Sir, an order had been issued by the Department for de-recognition of the M.M.S.A.
(b) If so, the reason thereof? (b) In view of the violation of the provisions laid down in the Meghalaya Civil Service (Conduct) Rules.

Pending Works

Shri A.L. HEK
 
Shri PAUL LYNGDOH
(Minister in-charge, Sports & Youth Affairs)
* 117. Will the Minister in-charge, Sports be pleased to state the pending works that are to be taken up at the playground near Meghalaya police Radio Organisation staff quarters at Golflinks?  The pending work that are to be taken up at the playground near M.P.R.O. Staff quarters is the construction of the Golf Practice Driving Shed, Sir.
 

 Increasing price of Petrol/ Diesel

Shri. P. M. SYIEM
 
Shri SHITLANG PALE
(Minister in-charge, Food civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs)
*118.Will the Minister in-charge Civil Supply be pleased to state:-
(a) The reason why did the Government allowed the petrol pump dealers to increase the price of Petrol, Diesel with the stock procured at the old prices/ rates? (a) The stocks of Petrol/Diesel lying in  a retail outlet belong to the dealer. The profit or loss on account of rise or fall of the price of  petrol/Diesel will accrue to the dealer as part of accepted business practice.
(b) The action the Government had taken against  such dealers who charged high prices for old stock Petrol, Diesel? (b) No action has been taken in view of reply to (a) above.
 

Firing incidence

Shri P. T. SAWKMIE
 
Shri J. D. RYMBAI
(Chief Minister)
*119. Will the Minister in-charge Home (police) be pleased to state the outcome of the Enquiry regarding the firing incidence at Tura and Williamnagar in which 9 (nine) persons were killed? Sir, the enquiry has not been completed.