Shillong, March 18, 2021(MMP): Meghalaya Chief Minister, Conrad K. Sangma told the state Assembly that the state Government had sent the D.O. Letter to the Union Home Minister on the 25th August 2020 followed by D.O. Letter Dated 17th November 2020 to urge upon the Government of India to strongly consider on the proposal for inclusion of Khasi and Garo languages in the 8th Schedule of the Indian Constitution. Replying to the question raised by Opposition Congress legislator, Mohendro Rapsang who wanted to know the steps taken by the state Government to pressure the Union Government for inclusion of Khasi and Garo languages on the 8th Scheduled of the Constitution, Sangma said that recently during the visit of the Union Home Minister to the state on the 23rd January 2021, a memorandum was submitted, where the matter also included for his kind consideration. The Chief Minister also informed that House that D.O. Letter was sent to the Chairperson of National Commission for Schedule Tribes on the 28th May 2019 urging upon him to follow up the matter with the Government of India.
On the other hand, while replying to the Resolution moved by Congress legislator George B. Lyngdoh on the need for codification and standardization of Khasi and Garo languages, Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma codification of these two languages of the state, is an important step for inclusion of these languages in the 8th Scheduled of the Constitution of India. He informed the House that the state Assembly has unanimously passed a Resolution on the 27th November 2018 urging the Government for inclusion of Khasi and Garo languages in the 8th Schedule of the Constitution. The Chief Minister also informed the House that as a follow up action, the state Government, the Resolution was sent the Commission of Schedule Tribe and also to the Union Minister of state of the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India urging them for inclusion of these two languages in the 8th Schedule of the Constitution. He also opined that the two languages deserve recognition as recognized as Indian languages, as these languages have attained the status that deserve recognition.
In the unemployment scenario in the state during the Covid-19 pandemic, Meghalaya Chief Minister, Conrad K. Sangma informed the House that the unemployment rate in the post Covid-19 pandemic was not available. Replying to the question raised by KHNAM MLA, Adelbert Nongrung, who wanted to know the unemployment scenario in the state in the pre and post Covid-18 pandemic, Sangma informed that the unemployment rate of the state, as per the Periodic Labour Force surveyed in 2018-2019 was 2.7 per cent. He however said that during the pandemic, the Government had taken various step for supporting various categories of citizens, such as, Chief Minister’s Special Grant for stranded citizens. CM’s relief for organized building and construction workers, Chief Minister’s Relief Against Wage Loss Sceme, MP Kisan Samman Nidhi and PM Jan Dhan Yojana.
On the education scenario in the state, Meghalaya Education Minister, Lahkmen Rymbui informed the House that the regularization of teachers under RMSA cannot be considered since the teachers under this scheme are appointed under contractual basis and signing of agreement is mandatory for any contract.
Replying to a Zero Hour Notice moved by Mawsynram MLA, H.M. Shangpliang on the RMSA teachers, Rymbui said that in view of the teachers resignation and filling up of vacant posts, the State Authority Mission approves to all posts and filling up these vacant posts does take time due to adherence of procedures.
Earlier, the Minister also informed that Union Ministry of Education has approved 81 Secondary Schools in the state and Government has made 79 schools operational with recruitment of 379 Assistant Teachers, of which, 63 are Head Masters and 316 are Assistant Teachers.
Informing that the teachers under the scheme are highly qualified, he said that teachers have had problems because of irregular payment of salary due to insufficient funds received under the Samagra Siksha Abhiyam.
The Minister, however informed the House that the State Government has released 10 crore, 72 lakh, 69 thousand and 357 rupees to clear the salaries of the teachers till December 2020 and the Government will examine the matter pertaining to enhancement of salary of teachers.
Admitting that the school maintenance fund could not be released due to the delay in release of funds, he said that financial support under maintenance grant to school varies from school to school on enrollment.
On the lack of basic requirement of these school, “Around 25 schools will have solar panel within this year,” the Minister said even as he added that the Government has received approval for construction of 9 residential teachers quarters in most interior areas to ease the travel time of the teachers.
Earlier, while moving the Call Attention Notice, H.M. Shangpliang said that many of these schools are located in remote areas, as a result of which, teachers are forced to stay in rented houses besides facing various problems. He also opined that the Government should regularize the services of RMSA teachers in line with other states who have regularized their services.
On the supply of drinking water, Meghalaya Public Health Engineering Minister, Renikton Lyngdoh Tongkhar told the House that the additional work of the Greater Shillong Water Supply Scheme Phase-III was sanctioned recently and work is expected to be completed by the next financial year.
Replying to the question posed by Congress MLA, P.T. Sawkmie, who wanted to know whether the scheme will also cover Shillong and its adjoining areas, the PHE informed the House that the scheme aims to provide drinking water to the localities of Shillong including Mawlai, Cantonment Board area, Madanriting, Nongthymmai and others.
After the budget session of the Assembly was adjourned for the day, the Speaker of Meghalaya Legislative Assembly Metbah Lyngdoh .launched the official website of the state Legislative Assembly at a brief function which was held in the Annexe Hall in the presence of Chief Minister, Conrad K. Sangma.
On the occasion, the Assembly Speaker also presented the calligraphy copy of the Indian constitution to all the MLAs.