Proceedings of the Winter Session of the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly held at 9 a. m. on Friday, the 6th December, 1974 in the Assembly Chambers, Shillong.
Present- Hon'ble Speaker, in the Chair, Five Members, Two Ministers, Two Ministers of State and Thirty-six Members.
Report of the Business Advisory Committee.
Mr. Speaker : Let us take up the item 1 in today's list of business. In pursuance of Rule 230 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Meghalaya Legislative Committee was called on the 30th November, 1974 to settle the business for the current Winter Session of the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly. A draft Calendar for the meetings of the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly was prepared by my Secretariat and circulated to the hon. Members present in the Committee with the statement of business received from the Departments of the Government. The Committee then considered the draft Calendar and approved the same. Copies of the Calendar for the meetings have already been circulated to the hon. Members. I hope this has the approval of the House.
(Voices : yes yes).
Panel of Chairman.
Item No. 2. In pursuance of Sub-Rule (1) of Rule 9 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly. I nominate the following hon. Members to the panel of Chairman for the purpose of conducting the Winter Session, 1974.:-
Shri G. Mylliemngap.
Shri Stanlington David Khongwir.
Shri Humphrey Hadem.
Supplementary Demands for Grants and Supplementary Appropriation for 1974-75.
Let us pass to item 3. minister-in-charge of Finance.
Shri B.B. Lyngdoh (Minister, Finance) :- Mr. Speaker, Sir, I beg to present the Supplementary Demands for Grants and Supplementary appropriation for 1974-75.
Mr. Speaker :- Item No.4. Minister-in-charge of Finance.
Shri B.B. Lyngdoh (Minister, Finance) :- Mr. Speaker, Sir, I beg to present the Report of the Controller and Auditor General of India for the year 1971-72.
Mr. Speaker :- Item No. 5. Minister-in-charge of Finance.
Shri B.B. Lyngdoh (Minister, Finance) :- Mr. Speaker, Sir, I beg to present the Finance Accounts for the year 1971-72.
Mr. Speaker :- Item No. 6. Minister-in-charge of Finance.
Shri B.B. Lyngdoh (Minister, Finance) :- Mr. Speaker, Sir, I beg to present the Appropriation Accounts for the year 1971-72.
Mr. Speaker :- Item No. 7. Minister-in-charge of Finance.
Shri B.B. Lyngdoh (Minister, Finance) :- Mr. Speaker, Sir, I beg to present the Advance Report of the Controller and Auditor General of India for the year 1971-72.
Mr. Speaker :- Item No.8. Minister-in-charge of Finance.
Shri B.B. Lyngdoh (Minister, Finance) :- Mr. Speaker, Sir, I beg to lay the Meghalaya (Sales Tax) Ordinance, 1974.
Mr. Speaker :- Item No.9. Minister-in-charge of Revenue.
Shri B.B. Lyngdoh (Minister, Revenue) :- Mr. Speaker, Sir, I beg to lay the Meghalaya Transfer of Land (Regulation) Rules, 1974.
Mr. Speaker :- Item No.10. Md. Akramozamman (Chairman, Public Accounts Committee).
Election of Legislature Committee
Md. Akramozamman (Chairman, Public Accounts Committee) :- Mr. Speaker, Sir, I beg to move that this Assembly do elect five members in accordance with the provisions of Rule 242 of the rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly to the committee on Public Accounts to function from the 7th January, 1975.
Mr. Speaker :- Motion moved. I put the question before the House. The question is that this Assembly do elect five members in accordance with the provision of Rule 242 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly to the Committee on Public Accounts to functions from the 7th January, 1975.
(Motion was carried). Now the Secretary , Meghalaya Legislative Assembly to notify the time and date and place for holding the election, of necessary.
Let us pass on to item No.11. Prof. P. G. Marbaniang (Chairman, Committee on Estimates.).
Prof. P.G. Marbaniang (Chairman, Committee on Estimates): Mr. Speaker, Sir, I beg to move that this Assembly do elect seven members in accordance with the provision of Rule 244 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly to the Committee on Estimates to function from the 7th January, 1975.
Mr. Speaker : Motion moved. I put the question before the House. The question is that this Assembly do elect seven members in accordance with the provisions of Rule 244 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly to the Committee on Estimates to function from the 7th January, 1975.
(The motion was carried.). Now the Secretary will notify the date, time and place for holding the election, if necessary. Let us pass on to item No. 12. in today's list of business. The Chief Minister will now initiate obituary reference.
Shri Williamson A. Sangma (Chief Minister) :Mr. Speaker, Sir, with your permission, I would like to make a few references.
Mr. N. Ramachandra Reddy, the Finance Minister of Andhra Pradesh, passed away on the 27th July, 1984 at the age of 55.
Mr. N. Ramachandra Reddy first joined the Cabinet of the late Mr. D. Sajivayya in 1960 as Food and Agriculture Minister..
In 1962, when Mr. Sanjeeva Reddy formed the Ministry, he became the Revenue Minister. He was a member of the Indian Delegation to the 17th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference held in Kuala Lumpur. He was returned to the State Assembly in the last General Election on the Congress ticket.
His death was a loss to the country.
Mr. M. B. Rana, the Union Minister of State for Industrial Development, passed away on the 31st July, 1974 at the age of 70.
Born on March, 1-01-904 in Kerala District Gujarat, Mr. Rana was educated at Gujarat College, Ahmedabad and at Middle Temple, London.
A Landlord, Agriculturist and barrister, Mr. Rana became the first Speaker of the Gujarat Assembly from 1960 till 1967, when he was elected to the Lok Sabha. He joined the Central Cabinet as a Minister of State for Shipping and Transport in February last year.
He was a founder member of the National Rifle Association in India and his death was widely mourned among sportsmen.
By his death the country suffered a great loss.
Mr. Subodh Banerjee the Socialist Unity Centre leader and former Minister in the United Front Government passed away on the 16th September, 1974 at the age of 56.
Born on December 25, 1918 in Sonapur, 24 Parganas, Mr. Banerjee was educated at Ripon College and obtained the M. A. Degree from the Calcutta University.
In 1952, he became a member of the State Legislative Assembly and visited Peking as Indian delegate to the South East Asia Peace Conference.
In 1967 he became Minister for Labour and in 1969 Minister for Public Works Department.
In his death the State and the Country as a whole have lost a great leader and a patriot who fought with all sincerity for the cause to which he was dedicated.
Dr. M. C. Setalvad, former Attorney General of India and Chairman of the First Law Commission, passed away on the 1st August 1974 at the age of 90.
Born on November 12, 1884, Dr. Setalvad was educated at the Bombay University.
He enrolled as an Advocate at the Bombay High Court in 1911 and was Advocate General, Bombay from1937 to 1942.
In 1947, he represented India at the United Nations' General Assembly as a member of the country's delegation and a leader of the same team in 1949.
He was made the country's first Attorney General in 1959 and held the post till 1962.
He was also the Chairman of Law Commission from 1955 to 1958.
Dr. Setalvad was awarded the Padma Vibhusan in 1957 and was given an Honorary Doctorate Degree of Law by Banaras Hindu University in 1967.
In the words of the Prime Minister, Dr. Setalvad was one of the foremost luminaries of the legal profession. As a jurist and parliamentarian, he contributed significantly to the shaping of the rules of law in Independent India.
In his death the country had lost a great parliamentarian and an eminent jurist.
Mr. V. K. Krishna Menon, former Defense Minister passed away on the 6th October, 1974 at the age of 77.
Born on May 3rd, 1897 in Tellicherry, Kerala, Mr. Krishna Menon was educated at Tellicherry and Kozhikode (Kerala), Madras and London. While studying at Madras Presidency College, he came under the influence of Mrs. Annie Basan and became a propagandist for the Home Rule Movement. During the his 28 years stay in London he acquired an impressive string of degrees. He participated in Labour Party Politics as leader of the left Wing Socialists in the London Borough of St. Pancras and turned the Indian League of London into an effective lobby for Indian Independence.
He was an Indian representative at various International Congresses on behalf of Indian National Congress from 1936. From 1947 to 1952, he was High Commissioner for India in London.
He became the Chairman of Indian Delegation to the General Assembly of the United Nations in 1952-53 and from 1954 to 1962. In 1956-57 he was appointed as a Cabinet Minister without protfolio and from 1957 to 1962 he became the Defense Minister of India. He resigned from the Cabinet during the Chinese aggression.
In 1969, he was elected again to the Lok Sabha from West Bengal and in 1971 he was elected in the mid-term elections from Kerala as an Independent candidates.
An international giant with few equals, Mr. Krishna Menon will go down in history for his contribution to the modernization of Indian Defence Forces and for his advocacy of India's cause in world forum.
In his death, the country had lost a great leader, a patriot and an eminent statesman.
Mr. U. Than, former Secretary General of United Nations passed away on the 26th November, 1974 at the age of 65.
Born in January 22, 1909 in Pantanaw near Rangoon, U Than was educated from University College, Rangoon in 1930. He served in succession as a teacher, Secretary of the Burmese Board of Education, Press Director, Director of Broadcasting, Information Secretary and Secretary to the Prime Minister. In 1957, he was appointed as Burmese Chief U. N. Delegate. In 1961, he became Chairman of the U. N. Congo Conciliation Commission.
In September 1961, he became the Secretary General of the United Nations. He stepped down from the U. N. Secretary Generalship in December 1971 after having served two terms.
He was an active member of the Burmese Research Society and other learned bodies and the author of many books.
He was also the recipient of several Burmese titles and the first person to get the Jawaharlal Nehru Award for international understanding.
In his death, India has lost a steady friend, and the world an eminent path-finder to a new and just international order.
Mrs. Sucheta Kripalani a freedom fighter and former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh passed away on the 1st December, 1974 at the age of 67. Born in Lahore in 1908. Mrs. Kripalani took her M. A. from Delhi University and became Professor of History at Banaras Hindu University from 1931 to 1939. She was very active during the freedom struggle and went to prison several times. In 1946, she was elected to the Constituent Assembly, in 1947 to the Uttar Pradesh Assembly and in 1949, she was an Indian delegate to the United Nations.
She was elected to Parliament in 1952 and again in 1957. In 1960, she became Minister for Labour and Community Development, Uttar Pradesh and in 1963, became Chief Minister, being the first woman to hold the office of Chief Minister.
In her passing away, the country lost an eminent nationalist and a great patriot.
Mr. Speaker : Any other hon. Member ?
Shri Maham Singh :Mr. Speaker, Sir, I join with the leader of the House in paying our respectful homage to the great personalities of our country as well as to U Thant an International leader who have passed away. Mr. Speaker, Sir, we pay our respects to Ramachandra Reddy, M. B. Rana, Subodh Banerjee, M. C. Setalvad V. Krishna Menon, Sucheta Kripalani, and also U Than.
Krishna Menon was indeed a national leader of outstanding ability who had fought and contributed a great deal towards the freedom struggle of our country. He was a great statesman, a successful diplomat and also a prominent parliamentarian. Mr. Speaker, Sir, through him India has been able to express to the world her foreign policy of non-alignment. He was a person of firm conviction with progressive ideals. In his death India has lost a towering personality and a great patriot.
Mr. Speaker, Sir, equally we have lost also a very outstanding woman of our generation, Sucheta Kripalani. She was a great nationalist who had substantially contributed to the freedom struggle of our country. She was courageous, hardworking and was a leader with constructive ideas. She made valuable contribution to our country. She was also a very active social worker. By her passing away our country has lost a great leader.
Mr. Speaker, Sir, on this day we pay respect also to our great leader, M. C. Setalvad. He was a great jurist of our time and also outstanding parliamentarian. By his passing away our country has suffered a great loss. Mr. Speaker, Sir, I join with the Leader of the House in paying respect to these great leaders who have passed away. Thank you.
Shri Hopingstone Lyngdoh : Mr. Speaker, Sir, we are very sorry we do not have chance to have come across great leaders of the country who have just passed away. It is in fact a great loss to the country and I endorse the reference made by the Leader of the House.
Shri P. R. Kyndiah : Mr. Speaker, Sir, I join with the Leader of the House, the leader of the Opposition and Leader of the H. S. P. D. P. group in expressing great loss that the country has suffered on the exit of so many personalities from the public scene of activities. I would be particular like to say a few words on the passing away of Shri V. K. Krishna Menon. We had occasion to have some contact with this great man who had contributed largely in the struggle for the freedom of the country. But the struggle that he fought was at a different level. I remember when we were young we used to read about his various activities in England. In fact his facile pen and biting tongue had done a great deal to shake the citadel of the British Empire at that time. His contribution as an intellectual giant had been very great indeed. We came across literatures written by Shri V. K. Krishna Menon and even today when we go through his writings we are thrilled by the way that he expressed himself and the patriotism that he had for the country. His role in the post-independence period had been equally remarkable. He had done a great deal in laying down a very strong foundation of the defence of the country. It might be possible that his role might be over-looked and induced an element of controversy as a result of the debacle suffered by India in the hands of the Chinese. But I am very sure that in the years to come when the history of India is written in a cool and impassioned way, the role of Shri Krishna Menon would come to light in its true perspective. He was great patriot. It might be possible because of his very penetrating tongue he might have created some enemies and that he had some strong likes and dislikes. But there is no doubt that he was a great man and indeed a great personality and I feel that in his death the country has lost a great man which would be difficult to fill. I share with the feelings of the Leader of the House and other Leaders on this count.
Mr. Speaker : Is there any other hon. Members ? (after pause) I would also like to associate myself with the sentiments expressed by the Leader of the House and other hon. Members on the passing away of the six outstanding personalities Mr. N. Ramachandra Reddy, Finance Minister of Andhra Pradesh ; Mr. M. B. Rana, Union Minister of State for Industrial Development ; Mr. Subodh Banerjee, the S. U. C. leader and former Minister in the United Front Government, West Bengal ; Dr. Motilal C. Setalvad, former Attorney General of India and Chairman of the First Law Commission; Mr. V. K. Krishna Menon, former Defence Minister of India; Mrs. Sucheta Kripalani, former Chief Minister of U. P. These were great Indian personalities and the country as a whole is proper by their demise.
The other outstanding international figure whose sad demise has plunged the world in sorrow was U Than who had held an enviable position in the U.N.O.
Indeed, much has already been said of these great personalities and I find there is very little room for me to add to what has already been said in this august House. Sad though their demise, the greater is the loss and it would be a long time before we recover from this stroke of misfortune. Though they are no more, we should look up to their achievements and draw inspiration from their deeds.
We are gathered here today to pay them homage and pay for the eternal rest of their souls, May God grant strength and fortitude to the members of the bereaved families. We shall how stand on our feet and observe one minute's silence as a mark of respect to them.
(The House observed one minutes' silence)
Since there is no other business for today, the House stands adjourned till 9. a. m. tomorrow, the 7th December, 1974.
R. T. RYMBAI.
The 6th December, 1974,
Meghalaya Legislative Assembly.