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THE VICE-CHAIRMAN (PROF. P.J. KURIAN): Shrimati Jamana Devi Barupal; absent. Shri Harish Rawat; absent. Shri B.K. Hariprasad; absent. Shri Janardhana Poojary; absent. Shri Ravula Chandra Sekar Reddy.

 

DEMAND FOR INCLUSION OF WARANGAL AND TIRUPATHI UNDER JAWAHAR LAL NEHRU NATIONAL URBAN RENEWAL MISSION.

 

SHRI RAVULA CHANDRA SEKAR REDDY (ANDHRA PRADESH): Mr. Vice-Chairman, Sir, The Government of India has launched a programme for improving the standards of cities and amenities to the people through the Jawahar Lal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission. It is very important to include cities like Warangal and Tirupathi of Andhra Pradesh in this programme.

Tirupathi town of Andhra Pradesh is world famous for Lord Venkateswara Temple in Tirumala Hills, where around 50,000 people daily visit for darshan of the deity. The population of the town is around 3 lakh. Similarly, Warangal town (Municipal Corporation) is a historic city and was the capital of the Kakatiya Dynasty of 10th Century and the city known for its Warangal Fort and Thousand-Pillar Temple. It is an important tourist town in Telangana area of the State. The present population of Warangal is about 7 lakh.

As Government of India has already constituted the National Steering Group (NSG), I once again request you to kindly consider inclusion of both cities of Tirupathi & Warangal of Andhra Pradesh in the category of 'C' Selected Cities/UAs under the Jawahar Lal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission.

I request that the demand may be considered at the earliest. Thank you. (Ends)

THE VICE-CHAIRMAN (PROF. P.J. KURIAN): Shrimati Prema Cariappa; absent. Shri Ram Narayan Sahu; absent. Shri Gireesh Kumar Sanghi; absent. Shri Rama Muni Reddy Sirigireddy.

REQUEST TO RETAIN EXEMPTION GIVEN TO COOPERATIVES UNDER INCOME TAX ACT.

 

SHRI RAMA MUNI REDDY SIRIGIREDDY (ANDHRA PRADESH): Mr. Vice-Chairman, Sir, there are 31 State cooperative and 364 district cooperative banks in the country to support over one lakh primary agricultural cooperatives. Similarly, there are 1875 urban cooperative banks, out of which 1200 are so small that their deposits are less than Rs.25 crores. Cooperative banks cater exclusively to small farmers, rural economy and people of limited income in the urban areas. They are local banks. Healthy cooperative banks ensure distribution of deposits that are mobilised locally to the economic activities in that place itself. This is very important since commercial banks, on the other hand, invariably help in resources that are mobilised in less developed areas to be used in richer and more prosperous areas. Absence of strong cooperative bank in local areas will only help this phenomenon. And, 40 per cent loans to small farmers are through cooperative banks. The rural cooperative banking system is still the mainstay of agriculture financing and rural economy, notwithstanding its perceived weaknesses. But, to the utter disappointment of cooperative banks, the Finance Ministry is now proposing to tax profits of cooperative banks. This reported move would take away Rs.500 crores from cooperative system, which otherwise help in improving the net worth of the cooperative banks and help in financing agriculture and other priority sector loans. The other point is, most of the cooperative banks, which will be forced to pay income tax, are only marginally healthy. If you impose income tax, they become even bankrupt. So, I request the Government of India not to amend Section 80(P) and maintain the status quo. (Ends)

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REQUEST FOR FRAMING LEGISLATION AND SETTING UP OF NECESSARY MACHINERY FOR REGISTRATION OF MARRIAGES

 

SHRIMATI N.P. DURGA (ANDHRA PRADESH): Lakhs of girls in India believe that if boy and girl exchange 'Varmaala', or if boy puts Vermilion on the forehead of a girl, or if boy and girl perform 'Saat Phere', marriage is over. Taking advantage of such kinds of sentiments, boys are cheating girls and girls are realising this often very late and, by that time, they would have lost everything. Looking at all these aspects, recently, the Supreme Court suggested to the Union and the State Governments for registration of all marriages, irrespective of personal laws and customs. This directive of the Supreme Court also helps in stopping child marriages. Registration of marriage should be the right of every girl. Making registration compulsory paves the way for marriage of only eligible couples. But, the question is how are you going to implement this important measure. The Government should implement this measure, irrespective of personal laws, by immediately setting up necessary machinery at district level, to begin with. I also suggest that counselling centres should be established for proper counselling to girls. If need be, a comprehensive legislation should also be brought before Parliament. Poor and uneducated girls should also be educated about the proposed law and how it helps them. In Andhra Pradesh, the TDP Government enacted legislation in 2002. But, so far, machinery for registering marriages has not been established. I am just saying this because if the Centre leaves it to the States, they do not do it due to financial and other constraints. So, this has to be taken up by the Government of India on warfooting. Otherwise, this is also going to meet the same fate as the Child Marriages Act. (Ends)

SETTING UP OF BENCH OF HIMACHAL PRADESH HIGH

COURT AT DHARAMSHALA IN DISTRICT KANGRA

 

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, ֻ֓ Ϥ ֵֵֻ ׿ִֻ ã֟ ׾֮֬ ָ֬ ָָ ϵ ׸ ß ߑ ֵ ״ֻ ֛, ֻ֓ Ϥ ֬ ã֟ וֻ ӛ, , ߸ ִ וֻ ֙ ֣ Ϥ ֲ֤ 64 ןֿ֟ ֮֟ ׬ӿ ֻ֓ ֵֵֻ ִ ֤ ֵֵֻ֠ ֵ ָ֬ ׾ָ֯ߟ , ׾ִֻ ֣ Գ ֵ ״ֻ֟

֯ ֮ ֮ ֛ וֻ ֵֻܵ ִԿֻ ָ יֻ ӟָֻ ֤ , ׾֬ ״ֻ ֟ : ߵ֠ ׾׬ ֵ ӡ ֣Ԯ ֻ֓ Ϥ ֮֮ߵ ֵֵֻ ӛߚ ֛ וֻ ֵֻܵ ãׯ֟ ־֮ ׮ִ ־ֿ ֵԾ ֻ֟ ָ ֋, ֻ֓ Ϥ ֻ ß ߑ ֵ ֳ (ִ֯)

THE VICE-CHAIRMAN (PROF. P.J. KURIAN): The House stands adjourned to meet at 11 a.m. on Saturday, the 18th March, 2006.

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The House then adjourned at nine minutes past

six of the clock till eleven of the clock on

Saturday, the 18th March, 2006.

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