No fresh tax levied
SHILLONG, March 22: Meghalaya Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma on Friday tabled a Plan Budget of Rs 4,141 crore for the fiscal year 2013 – 14, with a fiscal deficit of Rs 526 crore, but has levied no fresh taxes except increasing royalty on coal.
The proposed Plan Budget of Rs 4,141 crore includes loan components of Rs 798.5 crore, externally -aided component of Rs 405.5 crore and the 13th Finance Commission award of Rs 116.42 crore.
Of the budgetary outlay, 26.43 percent of the allotment is earmarked for social services sector, 19.90 percent for the power sector, 10.34 percent for the transport sector and 9.36 percent of the allocation is earmarked for agriculture and allied activities, 6.47 percent for irrigation and 4.88 percent for rural development programmes.
No fresh tax levied
SHILLONG, March 22: With Garo hills plunging into darkness frequently, the Nationalist People’s Party (NPP) has demanded the government to constitute a ‘House-Committee’ to take up steps to rectify and identify the root-cause and address the problems accordingly.
Speaking to reporters on Friday, NPP Working President and former Leader of Opposition, Conrad K Sangma said, “We want the House-Committee to be set up to look into the various aspects of the MeECL so that it can run in a proper manner.”
SHILLONG, March 22: The National People Party (NPP) on Friday demanded the Meghalaya Speaker, AT Mondal to immediately recognize the Opposition Bench and appoint the Leader of Opposition (LO).
SHILLONG, March 21: Meghalaya government has assured that the ‘Meghalaya Lokayukta Bill 2012’ will be further amended for ensuring a ‘strong’ and ‘effective’ Act even as it spelt out its intention to have a ‘comprehensive approach’ to counter corruption practices in the state.
“Government will examine and the bill will further be amended for the state to have a strong and effective Lokayukta Act in place,” Chief Minister, Dr Mukul Sangma assured the House while replying to the resolution moved by UDP legislator from West Shillong, Paul Lyngdoh, during the ongoing Budget Session of 9th Meghalaya Legislative Assembly session on Thursday.
SHILLONG, March 22: United Democratic Party (UDP) Chief and Shella legislator, Dr Donkupar Roy from the Opposition bench on Friday demanded for enhancement of amount of scholarship to students from the border areas in view of the increase in costs of books and house rents.
Shillong, March 22: As Justice T Meena Kumari, a Judge of the Patna High Court, will be administered oath by Meghalaya Governor RS Mooshahary on Saturday to become the first Chief Justice (CJ) of the Shillong High Court, the lawyer’s fraternity in state has expressed resentment for not being invited to he swearing – in ceremony.
Guwahati, March 21 : The Union government is hoping the peace talk with United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) will reach a new possibility with the return of the outfit’s founder general secretary Anup Chetia.
The next level peace talk between ULFA and Union government will be held in April.
A top level source of Union home ministry said that, the political process of Chetia’s return to India have begun in Bangladesh.