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Meghalaya Legislative Assembly rejects Breach of Privilege Motion against Meghalaya Chief Minister by Congress Opposition

Shillong March 15th 2021 (MMP) : The Meghalaya Legislative Assembly today rejected the Breach of Privilege Motion moved by the Congress Opposition. The Motion alleging the Chief Minister of misleading the House on purchasing of power from generation companies moved by Senior Opposition Congress Legislator, Zenith M. Sangma was defeated by Voice Vote with scope of debate and discussion except to the Leader of Opposition, Dr. Mukul M. Sangma.

The Motion relating to Breach of Privilege moved by the Opposition Congress against Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma for allegedly misleading the house on NTPC power purchase agreement of 2007.

Initiating the Breach of Privilege Motion, Zenith M. Sangma while recalling the Chief Minister’s reply to the discussion on the Failure of the Government and deteriorating Law and Order in the state”, on the 9th of this month, said the Chief Minister informed the House that the state Government would have to pay an amount Rs.133 crore for nothing and this will go on for the next 25 years equivalent to Rs.3325 crore will be paid by the MeECL for not drawing any power from National Thermal Power Corporation. Zenith M. Sangma also said the Chief Minister has misled the House because in the PPA there is no mention of the Rs.11 crore per month to be paid to the NTPC and adding that there is no mention of the amount of Rs.3325 crore, as a result of the agreement

Later, Leader of Opposition, Mukul Sangma also tried to justify the agreement saying there is a procedure of paying fixed charges and MeECL even pays the same to NEEPCO even as he added that the Government can draw the power and sell it to industries.

After the privilege motion was defeated, Meghalaya Parliamentary Affairs Minister, Prestone Tynsong intervened and stated that since there was no ground to the complaint, the complainant should be charged Rs 500 as per the rule 173 of the Rules and procedures and conduct of Business of the Meghalaya Legislative assembly. The Speaker, Metbah Lyngdoh before taking up the next item in the Assembly Calendar said the he would examine the suggestion made by the Meghalaya Parliamentary Affairs Minister.

While Replying on the Budget Discussion, Meghalaya Chief Minister, Conrad K. Sangma informed the House that the state Government has release fund to the tune of Rs.600 crore for implementation of the PMGSY Scheme in the state and the state Government will another Rs.200 crore for this Centrally Sponsored Scheme. The Chief Minister also informed the House that big emphasis  has been given on the Chief Minister Mobilization Support Plan, in which, Rs.5000 is given to a famer who is able to link himself with 5 to 10 producers.

He also said that the Chief Minister’s Social Assistance Plan has been effectively implemented in the state, as pensioners and muster roll workers are getting their due on time. This could be made possible because the state Government was able to sanction the amount in advance.

The Chief Minister also informed the House that the Piggery Mission is being vigorously implemented in the state by giving various incentives to the farmers. He said with the effective implementation to the Piggery Mission, the state will be able to boost the pork production in the state and eventually increase the income of the farmers. He informed that the state is facing a short fall in the demand for port of around  9,000 metric tonnes amounting the Rs.200 crore rupees.   

The Chief minister Conrad K Sangma told the state Assembly that a total number of 95 arrests and 146 cases were filed in the last few months  in connection with illegal coal mining and its transportation. Replying to the question raised by Congress MLA from West Shillong, Mohendro Rapsang during the question hour, Sangma said that the government is making all efforts to curb illegal coal mining in the state. The Chief Minister added that the government was very clear with its stand and does not support any illegalities.

Meghalaya Chief minister Conrad K Sangma told the Assembly that a total number of 95 arrests and 146 cases were charge-sheeted during the last few months relating to illegal mining and transportation of in the state.

Replying to the question raised by Congress MLA from West Shillong, Mohendro Rapsang during the question hour in the Assembly, Sangma said that the Government is making all efforts to curb illegal coal mining in the state.

The Chief Minister informed that the State Government has taken many measures to stop illegal coal mining to ensure no illegal mining takes place in state. According to him the State Government has enforced the provisions of the MMDR Act 1957 and cases are being registered under section 21 of the Act.

Sangma said that as replied by Union Minister in the Rajya Sabha, all illegal activities are stopped and all efforts are undertaken to end illegal coal mining activities. Sangma added that the Government is very clear with its stand and does not support any illegalities

Meghalaya Home Minister, Lahkmen Rymbui told the Assembly that the investigation is still on over the allegation against three Assam police personnel had attempted to rape three girls from Mawkisiar village in West Khasi Hills on the evening of February 7, 2021. It may be mentioned that three girls hailing from Mawsikar village near Langpih, accused three Assam Police (Battalion) personnel of manhandling them and attempting to rape them while they were on their way to attend church service on a Sunday evening.

While replying to the question raised by Khun Hynniewtrep National Awakening Movement MLA, Adelbert Nongrum during the Question Hour, Home Minister stated he cannot give a timeline as to when the investigation will be completed, since collection of evidence is still on and then after that they will submit the charge sheet.

          He also said that it is the endeavour of the Government that the safety and security of all the citizens are protected, adding that a case has been registered at Nongstoin Police station, Rymbui informed that the Government is aware of the incident. Asking the outcome of the investigation, Nongrum stated that he was hopeful that the government would take the matter seriously.  An FIR was lodged at Langpih police outpost in West Khasi Hills against three Assam Police (Battalion) personnel by the relatives of the girls.

In a bid to reduce the traffic congestion in Shillong City, Meghalaya Government is contemplating to construct western bypass. Informing this Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong also in charge PWD (Roads) said that a detailed survey has been completed by the district committee headed by Deputy Commissioner. The next step would be preparation of a Detailed Project Report, he said adding that a concept note along with the detailed alignment survey had been sent to the Government of India by the National Highway Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL) for approval. MMP

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