MEGHALAYA LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY

BUDGET SESSION

STARRED

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

Thursday, the 23rd March, 2006

Wild Life

Shri T.D. SHIRA

Dr. FRIDAY LYNGDOH
(Minister in-charge, Forest & Environment)

*20. Will the Minister in-charge, Forest & Environment be pleased to state whether the Wild Life Department of Meghalaya possess a Tranquilizer Gun?

There are 5 (five) Tranquilizer Guns with the field Officers of the Office of the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Sir.

Number of Vehicles Registered

Shri P.M. SYIEM

Smti D.C. MARAK
(Minister in-charge, Transport)

*21.Will the Minister in-charge, Transport be pleased to state :-

 

(a) The number of new cars registered everyday in Shillong, Jowai and Tura from 1st January upto 31st August, 2005?

 

(a) Sir, the number of vehicles registered in Shillong, Jowai and Tura from 1st January to 31st August, 2005 are as follows :-

(i)

Shillong - 1673 Nos.

(ii)

Jowai - 323 Nos

(iii)

Tura   256 Nos.

(b) The action considered to be taken to avoid traffic jams considering the increase in the number of vehicles with the width of the road remaining the same?

(b) Sir, traffic congestion due to increase in vehicle population is being tackled through traffic management as also construction and widening of roads wherever practical.

Organic Plantation

Shri TONY CURTIS LYNGDOH

Shri K. SUSNGI
(Minister in-charge, Agriculture)

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

 

(a) Whether the Government has started organic plantation?

(a) No, Sir.

(b) If so, since when?

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

Price rise of Essential Commodities

Shri A.L. HEK

Shri SHITLANG PALE
(Minister in-charge, Food Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs)

* 23. Will the Chief Minister be pleased to state the measures the Government had taken in order to control the rise in process of essential commodities in the State?

(i) Timely distribution of Essential Commodities through T.D.P.S.
(ii) Enforcement of Control Orders issued under the Essential Commodities Act, Sir.

Periodical Repairing Works

Shri S. MULIEH

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

*24. Will the Minister in-charge, Public Works (Roads) be pleased to state :-

 

(a) Whether the Government is aware of the fact that periodical repairing works are required in the Jowai Town Road?

(a) Yes, periodical repair on certain roads are required, Sir.

(b) If so, the steps the Government has taken up?

(b) Periodical repair works taken up some are still in progress and some are completed, Sir.

Demand of the M.C.T.A.

Shri P.T. SAWKMIE

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

*25. Will the Minister in-charge, Education be pleased to state whether there is any action taken by the Government regarding the 15 chartered Demand of the M.C.T.A. (Meghalaya College Teachers Association)?

Yes, Sir, action has been taken in respect of some of the demands.

Holding Numbers of Municipal Wards

Shri MANAS CHAUDHURI

Dr. FRIDAY LYNGDOH
(Minister in-charge, Urban Affairs)

*26. Will the Minister in-charge, Urban Affairs be pleased to state :-

 
  1. The number of Municipal Wards in Shillong and their names?

  2. The number of Holdings in each Ward?

(a) & (b)
Sir, there are 27 Wards under Shillong Municipality. A statement containing the ward numbers the localities covered and the numbers of holdings in each ward is placed on the Table of the House.

Numbers of Depredation of Wild Elephants

Shri T.D. SHIRA

Dr. FRIDAY LYNGDOH
(Minister in-charge, Forest & Environment)

*27. Will the Minister in-charge Forest & Environment Wild Life be pleased to state how many numbers of depredation of Wild Elephants have been recorded during the year 2000-2005?

Sir, 7636 number of cases of depredation of wild elephants have been recorded during the year 2000-2005 in the State.

State & Central Schemes

Shri. P. M. SYIEM

Dr. D. D. LAPANG
(Chief Minister in-charge, Planning)

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

 

  1. The State & Central Schemes initiated, implemented and completed by different Departments in the State during the MDA Government?


  2. The extent of the benefit the people derived from these scheme?

(a) & (b)
The list of all State and Central Schemes, and the impact thereof, as desired, would be extremely exhaustive and would be required to be obtained from all the Departments of the Government. However, the basic information would be available in the Plan Supplement to the Budget Speech for the relevant years, copies of which is placed on the Table of the House.

Chemical Fertilizer

Shri. TONY CURTIS LYNGDOH

Shri. K. SUSNGI
(Minister in-charge, Agriculture)

*29. Will the Minister in-charge, Agriculture be pleased to state the amount of chemical fertilizer (in tonne) Government proposed to purchase for the current financial year 2005-2006?


The amount of chemical fertilizer (in tonne) proposed to purchase for the Current Financial year 2005-2006 are as under :-
--Urea - 6395.380 M.T.
--DAP - 3008.000 M.T.
--Mop - 884.120 M.T.

Problems at Block I & II

Shri. A. L. HEK

Dr. D. D. LAPANG
(Chief Minister)

*30. Will the Chief Minister be pleased to state the concrete measures the Government has taken in order to rehabilitate the dislocated Pnars at Sahsniang and the long term measures the Government had taken to permanently solve the problems of our brethren at Block I and Block II?

All the displaced persons who had fled from Block I to Sahsniang have returned to their respective villages on 23.12.2003. Government has taken up the matter with the Government of Assam and the process of dialogue still continues.

Metalling and Black - Topping of Roads

Shri. S. MULIEH

Shri. BRENING SANGMA
[Minister in-charge, Public Works (Roads)]

*31. Will the Minister in-charge, Public Works (Roads) be pleased to state :-

 

(a) Whether the Government is aware of the fact that the metalling and black-topping of road from Jingkieng Pamblah to meet P. W. D. road at Jail complex Ladnartiang has been sanctioned?

(a) No, Sir.

(b) If so, the amount sanctioned and when the work will be started?

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

(c) If the answer to (a) is in the negative, the reasons thereof?

(c) There is no Budget Provision in the current year PWD Budget, Sir.

Bajengdoba Greater Water Supply Scheme

Shri. P. T. SAWKMIE

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

*32. Will the Minister in-charge, Public Health Engineering be pleased to state the out - come of the enquiry regarding the Bajengdoba Greater Water Supply Scheme?

Sir, the matter is being enquired into by a team of 3 Senior Officers of the Department and their final report is awaited.

Deficit School Teachers

Shri. MANAS CHAUDHURY

Dr. DONKUPAR ROY
(Deputy Chief Minister in-charge, Higher & Technical Education)

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

 

(a) Whether the Government has any proposal to provide social security to Deficit School teaches of the State?

(a) No, Sir. However, at present Contributory Provident Fund & Death-cum-Retirement Gratuity are being extended.

(b) By when will a final decision taken?

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

Posting of the V.F.A. at Darampara

Shri. T. D. SHIRA

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

*34. Will the Minister in-charge, Animal Husbandry & Veterinary be pleased to state the name of the V.F.A. posted at Darampara Sub-centre?

The name of the V.F.A. posted at Darampara Veterinary Aid Centre is Shri. Chipsonath Marak.

Private Financial Institutions

Shri. P. M. SYIEM

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

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

 

(a) Whether it is a fact that the mushrooming of private financial institutions in the State such as ICICI Bank, HDFC, etc., will help the economy of the State?

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

(b) If so, in what way?

(c) If 'not', why such financial institutions are allowed to be established in the State thereby extracting fund from the general public for investing in business outside the State?

Bird Flu in Meghalaya

Shri. TONY CURTIS LYNGDOH

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

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

 

(a) Whether the bird flu has affected the fowls in Meghalaya?

(a) No, Sir.

(b) If so, in which district?

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

Police Outpost at Polo Bazar

Shri. A. L. HEK

Shri. H. D. R. LYNGDOH
[Minister, Home (Police)]

*37. Will the Home Minister be pleased to state:-

 

(a) Whether the Department has any plans to give a major face-lift to the present police outpost at Polo Bazar or to shift it to a better building, as the present outpost is in a very deplorable condition?

(a) & (b). Government is looking for an alternative site to shift the Police Outpost at Polo Bazar.

(b) If so, what the details?

(c) If not, why?

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

Construction of Jowai Bye Pass

Shri. S. MULIEH

Shri. BRENING SANGMA
[Minister in-charge Public Works (Roads)]

*38. Will the Minister in-charge, Public Works (Roads) be pleased to state :-

 

(a) Whether the estimates for the construction of Jowai Bye Pass from Lad Mukhla to Soomer has been sanctioned?

(a) No, Sir.

(b) The total amount sanctioned?

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

(c) The total amount earmarked to be paid as Land compensation?

(c) Rs.82.045 Lakhs as per sanctioned estimate.

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

(d) The Government of India, Ministry of Road Transport and Highway has entrusted National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) for project preparation for 4 (four) laning of NH-44 including Jowai Bye-Pass.

Corporatising the Me.S.E.B.

Shri. P. T. SAWKMIE

Dr. DONKUPAR RO
(Minister in-charge, Power)

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

 

(a) Whether there is any move to Corporatise the Me.S.E.B.?

(a) Yes, Sir.

(b) If so, when?

(b) The matter is under process, Sir.

Project Ausaid

Shri. MANAS CHAUDHURI

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

*40. Will the Minister in-charge, Public health engineering be pleased to state :-

 
  1. In what way has the Project Ausaid proved beneficial so far?

  2. How many projects have been completed and the monetary involvement in each?


(a) & (b). Sir, the Shillong Urban Water Supply and Environmental Sanitation Project (SUWSESP) of Aus AID was meant for study and assessment of the current field situation of water supply and sanitation in Greater Shillong area and for making recommendations for improvements in water supply, sanitation, solid waste management and drainage sectors, besides taking up some pilot works within the Project's scope.
During the course of the Project implementation period of two years, starting from December 2003 and ending in November 2005, pilot works were taken up yielding some useful lessons.
Reports containing recommendations in various sectors were received from the project during December 2005. The Government is actively considering these recommendations for utilizing them in development of Shillong urban area under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNUR

Amount misappropriated

Shri. T.D. SHIRA

Shri H.D.R. LYNGDOH
(Minister in-charge, Public health engineering)

*41.Will the Minister in-charge, Public Health Engineering be pleased to state the amount misappropriated by the Executive Engineer of P.H.E. Resubelpara Division Shri Depen Dey?

A Committee comprising of 3 (three) Senior Officers of PHE Directorate is conducting a detailed enquiry in Resubelpara Division and inter alia aspects like occurrence of any misappropriation, diversion of fund and responsibility therefore will be looked into by the Committee.

Land Acquisition Committee

Shri. P. M. SYIEM

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

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

 

(a) The number of sittings the Land Acquisition Committee had during 2004 and 2005?


(a) The Land Acquisition Committee was set up under the land Acquisition (Companies) Rules, 1963, for the purpose of advising Government in relation to acquisition of land for Companies etc., under Part VII of the Land Acquisition Act. Since no such acquisition proposal for companies etc., have been received, the Committee is not functional. Hence the question of the number of sitting of the Land Acquisition Committee had during 2004-05 does not arise.

(b) The number of permission granted for the land acquisition by the Central Government, Para-Military forces in the State?

(c) The name of location, the area acquired and the name of the Agency for which permission for land acquisition was granted?




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



Number of Chickens imported to Meghalaya

Shri. TONY CURTIS LYNGDOH

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

*43. Will the Minister in charge, Animal Husbandry &Veterinary be pleased to state the number of chickens imported to Meghalaya from other States monthly?

Sir, as per Sample Survey conducted by the Department, the State is almost sufficient in Poultry meat production. However, only one day-old broiler chick of those breed which are not available in the State are brought from outside the State. The estimated Nos. is about 26,000 Nos. per month.

Miscreants and looters at Mawbah

Shri. A.L. HEK

Shri H.D.R. LYNGDOH
[Minister, Home (Police)]

*44. Will the Home Minister be pleased to state the steps the Government had taken in order to apprehend miscreants and looters who frequent the Graveyards at Mawbah (Barapathar) area?

So far no complaints have been received by police and hence no case registered. However, regular police patrolling parties from Jhalupara Beat House are deployed round the clock especially at night in the area and whenever any dead body is carried for cremation, Special Police Picket is posted at the cremation ground for the safety and security of the persons attending the cremation till cremation rites are over.

Sanctioning of the remaining portion of Bridges and Culverts

Shri. S. MULIEH

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

*45. Will the Minister in-charge, Public Works (Roads) be pleased to state :-

 

(a) Whether the estimates for the construction of the remaining portion of bridges and culverts on the Mustem-Iongnoh Chyrmang road has been sanctioned?

(a) No, Sir.


(b) If so, the number of Bridges and Culverts so sanctioned and the time when the work will be started?

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

(c) The total amount sanctioned?

(c) Does not arise in view of (a) above Sir.

(d) If the reply to (a) is negative, the reasons thereof?




(d) The Scheme for improvement including Metalling and Blacktopping and construction of bridges on Mustem Iongnoh Chyrmang road was projected under PMGSY Phase-III but the Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India did not approve the same. The Department has therefore included the Scheme in the P.W.D. Budget for the current year 2005-06 and estimate for construction of 3 Nos. missing bridges is under Technical scrutiny by the Superintending engineer PWD Roads, Jowai.

Separate Directorate for Infiltration

Shri. P. T. SAWKMIE

Shri H.D.R. LYNGDOH
[Minister in-charge, Home (Police)]

*46. Will the Minister in-charge, Home (Police) be pleased to state whether there is any proposal to create separate Directorate for Infiltration?

Sir, the matter is under examination.

Brook - Side Bungalow

Shri.MANAS CHAUDHURI

Smti D.C. MARAK
(Minister in-charge, Arts and Culture)

*47. Will the Minister in charge, Arts & Culture be pleased to state :-

 

(a) The original owner of the Brook side Bungalow at Rilbong?

(a) Sir, the original owners of the Brookside Bungalow are :
(i) Shri Kamal Chandra De and
(ii) Raja B. R. Roy Choudhury.

(b) The current status of the property?

(b) The Bungalow has been taken over by the Arts and Culture Department on 19th September 1989. The Bungalow is presently used as Rabindranath Tagore Art Galleries.

New Appointments in Meghalaya Houses

Shri. T.D. SHIRA

Shri SHITLANG PALE
(Minister in-charge, Food Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs)

*48. Will the Minister in-charge, General Administration be pleased to state whether there are new appointments in Meghalaya Houses at (a) Guwahati (b) Kolkata (c) New Delhi during the year 2000 to 2005?

Yes, Sir.

Price Rise of Petroleum

Shri. P. M. SYIEM

Shri. SHITLANG PALE
(Minister in-charge, Food Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs)

*49. Will the Minister in-charge, Supply be pleased to state :-

 

(a) Whether it is a fact that petrol pump dealers are charging the current price for Petrol and petroleum products which are of old stock when there is any Rise in Price of Petroleum?

(a) Yes, Sir.



(b) If so, the reason for allowing the petrol pump dealers to sell the above products at the new price and the profit accrued therefrom by them?

(b) Petroleum products are under administrative control of Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas. It is revised by the Oil Companies as per Government of India decisions and implemented by Petroleum product dealers accordingly. The State Government realise the taxes on the revised prices.

Number of eggs imported to Meghalaya

Shri. TONY CURTIS LYNGDOH

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

*50. Will the Minister in-charge, Animal Husbandry & Veterinary be pleased to state the number of eggs imported to Meghalaya from other States monthly?

The numbers of eggs imported from other States monthly is estimated at about 27.50 lakhs approximately.

Allowances of the College Lecturers

Shri. A. L. HEK

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

*51. Will the Minister in-charge, Higher and Technical Education be pleased to state whether the Basic and Dearness allowance (D. A.) of the College lecturers has been merged as their D. A. rate has remain frozen since July, 2004?

The matter for merger of Basic Pay with DA in respect of Deficit Colleges is under process by the Government.

N. H. 40 (E) Road

Shri. S. MULIEH

Shri. BRENING SANGMA
[Minister in-charge, Public Works (Roads)]

*52. Will the Minister in-charge, Public Works (Roads) be pleased to state :-

 

(a) Whether the Government is aware of the fact tha the road condition of N. H. 40 (E) from Iawmusiang Market to Amlarem is in a very bad condition?

(a) The condition of road pavement is not bad, Sir.

(b) If so, the steps the Government has taken up?

(b) The Government is pursuing for widening of the road, Sir.

Mid - day Meal

Shri. P. T. SAWKMIE

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

*53. Will the Minister in-charge, Education be pleased to state :-

 

(a) Whether it is a fact that the Mid-day Meal is not implemented according to Supreme Court Order?

(a) No, Sir.

(b) If so, why?

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

Old Meghalaya House in Kolkata

Shri. MANAS CHAUDHURI

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

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

 

(a) Whether the Government has formulated its plan to utilise the old Meghalaya House in Russell Street in Kolkata?

(a) Yes, Sir.

(b) The salient features including commercial and non-commercial aspects, of the plan?





(b) The project comprises of 3 Blocks,. with a total of Built up area of 11990.12 Sq.m.
Block I - Commercial purpose total floor area 8080.20 Sq.m.
Block II - Guest House for Visitors from the State.
Total floor area 2755.06 Sq.m.
Block III - Residential Quarters for Staff. Total floor area 1154.86 Sq.m.