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VK/3N/4.00

SHRI KAMAL NATH (CONTD): So retail cannot be looked at in generality. Retail has to be looked at in what type of retail it is. Now there is this concern that if FDI is allowed in retail, Wal-Mart will come in. This Wal-Mart phobia should not mislead us. (interruptions). Let me finish.

DR. MURLI MANOHAR JOSHI: Or it can be anything. Because Wal-Mart is popularly known, therefore, it is ....(Interruptions).

SHRI KAMAL NATH: Everybody was citing it. What I am saying is (Interruptions). Let me complete my sentence why I am saying this. The issue is not Wal-Mart. The issue can be the big players when they come in. Why only Wal-Mart?

SHRI SITARAM YECHURY: That is the point.

SHRI KAMAL NATH: They issue is what can they do. (Interruptions). It can be anything. That is the point. It is a question of big versus small. There is this concern that when FDI is allowed, these big players will come in and some of the predatory practices they have used or because of the deep pockets, they will displace the existing employment and the existing retailers. Sir, this concern can be valid. At the onset, I must say, as I have said, there is no policy which we are going to announce. There is no policy which we have framed on this. Even in the WTO - offer on services, I would thank Mr. Jaitley when he said that keep this as a bargaining point. We have not agreed to this. We have just made our offer for services. We have not agreed to the opening of retail. Let us be very clear. I must say that I do not know the model. We are committed to the Common Minimum Programme. Shri Sitram Yechury has said that there are three ingredients. The three absolute ingredients, which he named, are necessary for FDI or any kind of FDI. I completely agree with him. He said that it should augment manufacturing; it should upgrade technology and thirdly, it should generate employment. I completely agree with him. Whether FDI in retail is going to do that, I am afraid I cannot give you the answer. That is why we don't have a policy. If he says I do not know it, I completely agree with him. I have said so before he spoke that whatever he is going to say I am going to agree with him.

DR. MURLI MANOHAR JOSHI: Do you agree with us also?

SHRI KAMAL NATH: No, I agree with Shri Jaswant Singh. So I hope that he would disagree with me when I say that I don't have a policy because he has a policy.

DR. MURLI MANOHAR JOSHI: You should be candid enough to say that you agree with the Opposition also.

SHRI KAMAL NATH: I am saying that I agree with his observations that these should be the ingredients for FDI. Why only in retail, these are the ingredients for any FDI because we do not want to allow FDI...

SHRI ARUN JAITLEY: You cannot disagree with him and you cannot say that you agree with us because that will have adverse consequences ...(Interruptions).

SHRI KAMAL NATH: I want to be very clear. In all my public pronouncements on FDI, I have consistently made this point that unless it is incremental in these things, India's economic growth is not driven; it is internally driven, unlike China's. If China's growth is driven, China has 10 times more FDI than us; six times more export than us and only 1.5 per cent more growth than us. It takes much more fuel to drive China's growth. It takes much less fuel to drive India's growth because India's growth is domestic market driven. So all these macro economic parameters .....

DR. MURLI MANOHAR JOSHI: Would you assure us that domestic market will not be handed over to the foreign players?

SHRI KAMAL NATH: There is this concern that FDI in retail will displace us. The Government is still studying this concern. I have no answer. I can't even say, "It will or it will not". But the Government's objective is very clear. Our objective is laid out in the Common Minimum Programme.

(Followed by 3O)

RG/NB/4.05/3O

SHRI SITARAM YECHURY: I am very happy that he has agreed to this condition. The only thing I want is an assurance that if their study finally proves that the FDI in retail, instead of generating employment will, actually, reduce employment, then, they will not announce it. That is the assurance.

SHRI KAMAL NATH: I am saying that we are committed to our Common Minimum Programme. And there are certain essential elements of our Common Minimum Programme. So, it should be taken that the Government will stand by its Common Minimum Programme, which we have been doing and we will continue to do it because our Common Minimum Programme is not a matter of convenience; it is a matter of belief and conviction. That is why, for the last one-and-a-half years, I have been studying this, going from place to place, talking to people, because I wasn't satisfied myself. And when I said, "I was looking forward to these discussions", I was looking forward to these discussions that there may be some concerns or, maybe, I have some concerns which you aren't expressing. Let me tell you this that there are concerns which you haven't expressed...

SHRI SITARAM YECHURY: Share with us.

SHRI KAMAL NATH: I will share that with you. There are concerns which have not been expressed in the House...

ߴ֟ ִ þָ֕ : ֲ you share with us, ֟ Coordination Committee ָ ӡ ֤ ֮ ֮ Ӿֿ߻ ֻ ָ ן֟ , ֤ ׾ ֤ ֣ ָ ꅠ Coordination Committee ֻ ֮ ִ֯ӣ ףֵ ֣ ָ , ֯ ֈ ֋, ֤ ׾ ֯ ß ׸ ֯ ן֟ , ֤ ֮ ן ֋

ߟִָ : ֤ ֮ ӡ please share with us. So, we mean sharing in the House, not sharing anywhere else.

ߴ֟ ִ þָ֕ : ׻֋ clarify ֯ ֟ ™ ֯ ן֟ ֤ և, ֟ ׸

SHRI KAMAL NATH: Sir, on various points, I would not go into the specifics. As regards some of the points made by Dr. Joshi, he said that this is going to hurt our culture; this is going to hurt our ethos. ָ FDI retail ֟ , ָ ן ָ ϳ׾֟ , ֯ ֵ ֻܵ , ֮֮ߵ ֤õ ֲ ֋ ָ , ָ ן ָ ϳ׾֟ , ָ ֲ ֮-֮ ֵ

Sir, one concern which has been expressed here is that retailers will not sell Indian goods...

. ֮ : ӡ , ֟ , sense , ו ָ ֮֯ ָ ֟ sense , ו ָ ֕ ָ ׮ֵ ׾ָ֓ ו֮֟ centralised economic systems ֕ centralised culture, uniformity of culture ָ ׮ֵ ׾ßָ , ָ֟ ߕ ֕ choice ֟ , ו ֯ pluralism , ֟ ׻֋ ֯ ֟ ִ֋ ׻֋ ֮ ֛ , ־ֻ ... (־֮֬)

ֻ ֣ : ֮֯ , ֤õ , ֮֯ One thing which was mentioned here, which I want to dispel, is that retail means allowing import. In the retail today, what imports are allowed under our policy and what tariffs are there, they are, in any case, allowed to be sold. Somebody need not allow FDI on retail. If the Indian investors want to import, the question is, whether they can be comparative. So, anyone who is going to do retail, whether he is a foreign investor or he is an Indian investor, will necessarily import on his term. I think this is very misplaced today because today you are getting all imported things. You pay a duty and you get it. So, that is a misplaced concern and I want to dispel that. The only thing which I would like to say is, since WTO was mentioned by Mr. Jaitley, I want to repeat two points so that he will remember that he gave me this advice. The first thing to which he drew my attention was that agriculture was on the fast track and services were on the slow track. I must assure him -- that is the whole argument we are having -- that we cannot put agriculture on the fast track and put services on a slow track. (Continued by 3P)

3p/4.10/ks

SHRI KAMAL NATH (CONTD.) With our new demographic structure that India has, we have great interest and great concern in the services sector.

The second point he made was that retail can be used as a bargaining point. Sir, up till now, we have not agreed to it. We are in the process. We have recently submitted our offer on services to the WTO. We have not agreed to retail. So, I want to just say that up till now that has been the situation.

Sir, the other point that he made is that it is all give-and-take and that we must keep all our bargaining chips in our pocket. I agree with him -- because he has himself handled it. The other point is that our own retailers are coming into the foray. I must point it out to the House that there has been a great opposition from the Indian retailers to allow any FDI. Naturally, they would not like competition. In 1991, `92, `93, when we were liberalising foreign investment, there was resistance from many others in all the industries. The same people who were big opponents in 1991, 1992 -- we remember it because we were in Government -- who opposed liberalisation, have become the biggest proponents of liberalisation. So, there is, and there has to be, opposition locally from our Indian investors. That is a fact. We take it into account.

But, in conclusion, I would like to thank Members for the concerns they have expressed here. I would like to thank Members for drawing my attention to their own concerns. But I would like to reiterate and reassure that our Government is committed to the Common Minimum Programme; our Government is committed to ensure that and we look for any employment generating avenue which could be opened, which creates employment, which does not displace employment.

DR. MURLI MANOHAR JOSHI: Will the Minister assure the House that he will bring the policy before the House before implementing it? Is he committed to this or not? This is the basic question now. Whenever your studies are complete, whenever you come to a certain conclusion, whenever you are in a frame of mind to give us a clear-cut vision of your FDI policy, will you come before the House or not with that policy?

SHRI KAMAL NATH: Sir, this Short Duration Discussion is not about this. Government makes its policy. Government will continue to make its policy.

SHRI ARJUN KUMAR SENGUPTA: Kamal Nathji, I hope you do realise that the Prime Minister himself has said that he would try to promote FDI in retail. Are you saying that you are not interested in this or you have not studied the implications? I gave you a suggestion of having export performance in the WTO negotiations. Are you considering that, or, are you still saying that you have not thought about all the different things.

SHRI KAMAL NATH: I will say that we are looking at various modules and the essential ingredients, how to achieve those ingredients which the hon. Member has pointed out, whether it is by export obligation, whether is on type of investment, whether you will invest this much or not, all these will be taken into consideration when we formulate the policy. At the moment, we are still looking at it. That is the point I am just trying to make.

SHRI TAPAN KUMAR SEN: Sir, just a few days back, when a discussion on this subject was initiated in this House, the hon. Minister hinted at the basic problem, that it is the fight between the big and the small in our country. Corporatisation of the whole retail sector is itself creating a very big displacement in the unorganised retail sector. Coming of FDI in that sector will make that even bigger, even larger. So, how will this be addressed? You must make it clear to the House.

SHRI KAMAL NATH: Sir, I have said repeatedly that there is a question of the big versus the small. Whenever any big player comes, whether it is FDI or whether it is a local investor, when it is a large business group, there could be, I am not saying there will be -- because we do not have any large ones as yet, but they are going to come; we read in the newspapers every day -- that has got to be seen because at the moment there is no foreigner; they are only domestic. And that impact, if it comes, we will respond to it.

SHRI TAPAN KUMAR SEN: They have already started coming.

(Ends)

 

(Followed by 3q)

TDB/3Q/4.15

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: Hon. Members, the hon. Finance Minister, in response to the demand in the House, is making a statement. And, I would like to remind that whenever a statement is made on demand, there are no clarifications sought on that.

SHRI DINESH TRIVEDI: Sir, clarifications should be allowed on that.

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: No clarifications. Yes, Finance Minister.

STATEMENT RE. RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN STOCK MARKET

THE MINISTER OF FINANCE (SHRI P. CHIDAMBARAM): Sir, over the last one week, the events in the global markets, especially movements in the commodity markets, have brought sharp volatility to the stock markets in many emerging markets. Markets both in the developed world as well as in the emerging economies have seen sharp corrections. There has been a decline in Russia, China, Korea, Brazil and Indonesia. India also saw considerable volatility as part of these global events. The last two days of the previous week saw a fairly sharp correction in the stock markets in India.

The market sentiments on Monday were weak and, consequently, the markets began to fall. Sensex had recorded a level of 12,217 on 17th May 2006. On the next day, it declined to 11,391. On 19th May,2006, it lost another 452 points to close at 10,938. On 22nd May, 2006, markets hit a 10 per cent circuit breaker at 11:56 a.m. when it reached 9,826 and as per procedure trading was suspended for an hour till 12:56 p.m. Trading resumed thereafter at 12:56 p.m. and the markets rallied smartly, gained 655 points and closed at 10,481.

To put these numbers in perspective, I would like to inform the Hon. Members that the Sensex which was at 4,505 on 17.5.2004 recorded a secular rise to reach an all time high of 12,612 on 10.5.2006. In fact, even at yesterday's level, compared to 17.5.2004, there is an increase of 133 per cent. Given this increase, India is one of the best performing emerging markets in the world. The correction, with reference to the peak level as of yesterday, was about 16.9 per cent.

For some time now, experts have been suggesting that a technical correction of the market was unavoidable. The correction however happened to be more than expected, and somewhat disorderly, on account of various factors, including the decline in global markets, which I have referred to earlier, the decline in metal prices, the hardening of interest rates and the comparative attractiveness of other emerging stock markets. The fall got exacerbated on Monday presumably on the inability of some traders who were highly leveraged, to meet margin calls within time.

 

The Indian securities market has undergone fundamental institutional reforms since 1992 with the establishment of SEBI. Risk management systems comprise of a Clearing Corporation to assume counter party risk and provide delivery versus payment; on-line position monitoring and automatic disablement of trading members; index based market-wide circuit breakers; dematerialisation and electronic transfer of securities; and a robust margining system. The system stood the test of volatility and the markets were able to complete settlement of funds and securities smoothly. Both Exchanges have reported that all market players have met their payment obligations. Since this morning, calm and order appear to have returned to the market. The Sensex closed at 10,822 points, a gain of 341 points; and the Nifty closed at 3,206 points, a gain of 124 points. Nifty futures have also showed an increase of 162 points over yesterday's close. During this entire week the market for Government securities and the foreign exchange markets have remained stable.

Data from the markets received yesterday confirm that Mutual Funds have been net buyers. Even FIIs have been overall net buyers with large purchases in the derivatives market. Genuine retail long-term investors are not affected either by margin pressure or by this sudden fall. In order to enable highly leveraged participants to meet margin requirements, banks have provided adequate liquidity. Therefore, in view of the fact that calm has returned to the market my advice to genuine long-term investors is to stay invested.

Responsibility of the Government and the regulator is to ensure that market movements are orderly. We must accept the fact that markets will rise and markets will fall in response to developments. That is a natural phenomenon. The secular rise in India in the last two years is attributable to the sound India growth story. In my submission, the India growth story remains intact. The Government and SEBI, besides other regulators will take necessary steps from time to time to ensure that the capital market remains well regulated. (Ends) (Followed by 3r)

kgg/4.20/3r

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: Now, Special Mentions. It was a statement on demand, not a suo motu statement. So, no clarifications.

SHRI YASHWANT SINHA: Sir, statement is made on the demand of this House, the Members of this House. Does that mean we forego our right to seek clarifications?

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: No, that is the ruling. I have already announced before your coming, before the hon. Minister made a statement.

MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF PARLIAMENTARY AFFAIRS (SHRI SURESH PACHOURI): The statement is not a suo motu statement. If you see 'Rajya Sabha at Work', no clarifications are allowed. (Interruptions)

SHRI YASHWANT SINHA: They have struck it out by pen, Sir! (Interruptions)

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: May you not quarrel.. (Interruptions)

SHRI SURESH PACHOURI: If you see the precedent on page 742 of 'Rajya Sabha at Work', it is quite clear. (Interruptions)

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: Mr. Pachouri, Mr. Narayanasamy, please sit down. (Interruptions) Before the statement, I have brought to the notice of the House about a ruling of the House. I will read it out to you: "While the Prime Minister was replying on certain points raised by some Member regarding the purchase of Bofors guns, a Member wanted to seek clarifications thereon. The Chairman ruled that the Prime Minister made a suo motu statement and the Member was entitled to seek clarification. The Prime Minister made a statement which is in response to the question, hence no clarification was permitted and sought." This is the ruling of the House.

SHRI YASHWANT SINHA: Sir, with all due respect to you, that will not apply in this case because it is not in response to a question, it is in response to a demand from the Members of the House. (Interruptions)

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: Let us not go deep into it. (Interruptions) I have ruled it. You have to respect it.

SHRI YASHWANT SINHA: I respect; I have the fullest respect, Sir. I only request to you, Sir, and you know that I am not questioning your authority in any manner. The only very simple point that I am raising is that the ruling that you quoted will not apply in this case because we have...

SHRI JAI PRAKASH AGGARWAL: Sir, why are you listening to him? (Interruptions)

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: Do not say that why I am listening to him. I am listening. I have not asked him to speak on the statement. He wants to say something, and I am listening to it. (Interruptions) He has sought my permission. Mr. Aggarwal, when the Chair is listening, please do not question it. Please take your seat. (Interruptions)

SHRI V. NARAYANASAMY: Sir... (Interruptions)

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: Mr. Narayanasamy, when you get up, I listen and should I not listen to him when he gets up? Now I am listening to you. Please cooperate. (Interruptions) By this time, I would have listened and given my ruling. (Interruptions)

SHRI YASHWANT SINHA: Sir, I was submitting with great respect to you, Sir, that the ruling that you have read out refers to a statement made in response to a question or questions raised in this House by Members. This is not in respect to questions raised in this House. We have been demanding since yesterday that in view of the happenings, the goings on in the stock market, the hon. Finance Minister should come to the House and make a statement. That is what we had been demanding.

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: I fully agree, it is not a suo motu statement. I have given the ruling.

SHRI YASHWANT SINHA: Sir, if you give me just a minute, I would explain to you. When I was allowed to raise this issue by the Chairman in the morning, before Question Hour started that the Finance Minister has been making statements outside the House... (Interruptions) Sir, let me warn the Treasury Benches. If I am speaking with your permission, they cannot gag my voice. I have as much voice in this House as any other Member. I am not going to be cowed down by this. (Interruptions)

Sir, the question is that we made a demand, we said that the Finance Minister was making statements outside the House, that he should make a statement inside the House. (Contd. by 3s/kls)

3S/klg-kls/4.25

SHRI YASHWANT SINHA (CONTD): He should take the Parliament into confidence. Now in response to that demand, not question -- demand -- he comes to the House, he makes a statement. Now in view of the statement, which has been made in the House, our inalienable right to seek clarifications cannot be denied. ...((Interruptions)... That cannot be denied, Sir. This is a statement, which has been circulated. It is not in response to a question. He has not just got up and made a statement orally. It is a written statement that is circulated to the House. ...((Interruptions)...

MR.DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: You have made your point.

SHRI YASHWANT SINHA: I have made my point, Sir...((Interruptions)... Please permit me to seek clarification.

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: I have already ruled. ...((Interruptions)... You have made your point. ...((Interruptions)...I have already ruled.

SHRI ARJUN KUMAR SENGUPTA: I would like to make an appeal to Shri Yashwant Sinhaji, please do not raise this issue. The market is very sensitive. ...((Interruptions)...

SHRI YASHWANT SINHA: Market is very sensitive, Mr. Arjun Sengupta. ....((Interruptions)... Nobody is going to be more than ...((Interruptions)... I am not going to be at least manager like some of you are. ....((Interruptions)...

 

SHRI SANTOSH BAGRODIA: Please remove it. ....((Interruptions)... I have heard it. ...((Interruptions)...

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: I have not heard it. ....((Interruptions)... I will look into the record.

ߴ֟ ִ þָ֕ : ָ, ֯ ػ , ״֮֙ ֲ״ֿ֮ ..(־֮֬)..

SHRI V. NARAYANASAMY: Once again they are raising this issue. ...((Interruptions)...

ߴ֟ ִ þָ֕ : ֳ֯ן , ֻ ׮־ ׻֋ ֛ , ֻ ֲ״ֿ֮, ֻ ֲ״ֿ֮ Ù ә , ָ ֯ Ù ָ ָ , ׸ױ֮ ֋, ׻֋ ֙ Ù ָ ә ֵօ ִ " " ֣ ֙ ֵ ..(־֮֬)... ֯ ׮־ , ...(־֮֬).. Ù ֮֟ , Ù ֮֟ ..(־֮֬) .. ״֮֙

ָ, ׮־ ӡ ו , þָ Ù , Ù ָ þָ , ׮־ ֮ ֕ ו֮֟ և , ו֋ Ù Ͽ ׮ , ӡ ִֵ ָ , ׻֙ߕ ֟ ָ ֯ וֆ ӟ , ִ ָָ ֵ֤ ִ֮֬ օ ׻֙ߕ ֟ ׸ױ֮ օ ..(־֮֬)..

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: You have made your point. ֯ ך ..(־֮֬).. ߕ, ֯ ך You have made your point. But in the interest of the market and every thing, I have already ruled that it is not a suo motu statement. So I request the hon. Member that because it is not a suo motu statement, please cooperate with the Chair and take up the other Business before the House.

ߴ֟ ִ þָ֕ : ָ, ָ וֆ ִ֮֬ , Դ֮ , -ֈ ..(־֮֬)..

(At this stage some hon. Members left the Chamber)

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: Now Special Mentions. (Followed by 3T)

-KLS-SSS-AKA/3T/4.30

SPECIAL MENTIONS

CONCERN OVER DELAY IN EXECUTION OF RURAL DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS IN RAJASTHAN

 

SHRI SANTOSH BAGRODIA (RAJASTHAN): Sir, I commend the attention of this House to the delay in execution of the Rural Development Projects in Rajasthan. Eight such projects under the Swarnajayanti Gram Swarozgar Yojana are pending Central Government sanctions for years. These projects with total cost of Rs. 46.45 crores cover eight districts namely, Hanuman Garh, Alwar, Karauli, Chittorgarh, Banswara, Udaipur and Bundi. Despite the repeated reminders from the State Government to the Ministry of Rural Development, the final decision is still pending. These projects pertain to dairy development, creation of village assets like marketing centres, development of livestock and promotion of sustainable agriculture. A delay in approval of these projects not only puts serious questions about the efficacy and deliverability of the Central Government sponsored rural development schemes meant to provide employment to marginalized groups in rural sector but also derails the objective of empowering the rural economy particularly in the backward States. The Central Government schemes have often failed to deliver at the grassroot village levels due to serious procedural bottlenecks. I urge the Government to devise methods to streamline the procedures between Centre and partner States for better execution of development projects under Central Government's development schemes. The Central Ministries should monitor the implementation of these schemes against measurable tangible benchmarks. I also call upon the Ministry of Rural Development to take an affirmative view in sanctioning these eight projects in Rajasthan.

(Ends)

REQUEST TO BOOST THE ECONOMY OF TRIPURA BY SANCTIONING FUNDS UNDER EXTERNALLY AIDED PROJECTS

 

SHRI MATILAL SARKAR (TRIPURA): Sir, ten Externally Aided Projects (EAPs) are under implementation in the North-Eastern States. Not a single project out of these ten projects belongs to Tripura. Sir, as many as 22 projects were proposed for inclusion as EAP but out of these 22 projects, only one has been sanctioned, though not undertaken. Among the rest 21 refused or rejected, some cases could not get recommendation of the Government of India and many of them happened to be rejected by either the Government of Germany or the Government of Japan. My submission is that the Government of India should not rest upon the goodwill of the foreign countries, rather our Government should persistently pursue with foreign countries to achieve EAP for a backward State like Tripura. Moreover, refusal of recommendation from any of the departments of the Government of India is not expected.

So, I urge upon the Government of India to be kind enough to revisit the cases and consistently pursue with the pro-active foreign countries one after another to give a boost to the economy of the State of Tripura by getting sanctioned the funds for the State under EAP.

(Ends)

NEED FOR URGENT REPAIR WORK ON NATIONAL HIGHWAY-11

׻֟ ֟ (֕ã֮) : , ™ߵ ִ֕ ܵ-11 ָ ֮ ֟ ִ֕ ֵ֯, ָ ޛ ( خ) -ֻ ׸ ӡֵֻ ָ þ פ ֵ ׮ִ ֵ ™ߵ ִ֕ ׳ ֵ ֵ ... ֨ן ָ ֵ

׮ִ ִõ ֮ և ִ֕ ָ֯- ޛ, ֳ 70 ߙ, ֮ ןß ޛ ָ ֳ 20 .. ָ ֬ ֛ ֟ և ֛ ָ ֮ ֛ ָ ֻ֮ ָ֟ ֻ ԙֆ ׮ִӡ ֻ ׯ֔ 7-8 ߮ ãן ֮ ׮֟ -- ԙ ԙ֋ ֻ ָ ָ ֮ ֟ ָ֮ ֵԾ

֛ Ӭָ ָ֟ ׻֋ -ֻ ׸ ӡֵֻ ָ פ ׮ִ ֵ ... ֨ן ָ ֻ , : ןß ׮ִ ײֻ ײֻ ֟ ׻֋ ֬ ָ ִ ָָ ׸ִ֟: ײֻ ִ ...և. ָ֟ ִ ֕ ָָ ֲ֢ ָ֟ ִ ֵ օ

֛ ָ֯- ޛ ׾ֿ ָ֟ ֻ֟ ־ֿ ׻֋ -ֻ ׸ ӡֵֻ ָ ߑ ִד֟ ־ã ֮

(ִ֯)

(MR CHAIRMAN in the Chair)

REQUEST TO PROMOTE TRAINS RUN BY STEAM ENGINES

֮ ֻ ӛ (ײָ) : , ָ , ׻ ָ ׮ֵ ׾ָ ֮ ֯ ӕ֮ ׾ ֯ ֵ ־׾פ ָ ֯ ӕ֮ י ֓ ֣-֣ ־֮ ֮֮ ׾ֵ Ӆ ֟Դ֮ ߜ ָ ߕ ֮ ֮ ֻ ߜ ׻֋ ֣ ֮ ֋߅ ֋, ָ ֯ ӕ֮ ָ Ӹ ן-־ֿ ֵԙ ™ ֯ ӕ֮ כ ִ/-ޛ ָ ׸ֻ֮ օ ָ֮ ֻޛ ִן ߲ ָ ֯ ӕֵ֮㌟ כ ֵԙ ֆ ׻֋ ׸׻֟ , ֲ ָ ֻ ֻ֟ ֯ ӕ֮ ֲֻ ֟־ ֟Դ֮ ӡ ֙ ӌ֮ ָ ֣ ֙ דכָ֑ - ֯ ӕ֮ ֲָ ֮ ׬šׯ֟ ֵ , ֕ ֓ ֟Դ֮ ߜ ׻֋ ו ϟ ֮ և ߵ Ùߴ ӕ֮ և ֱ ִֵ פ ϵָ ֯ ӕ֮ י ױ ӕ ֣ և ߜ ֣ ֮ ֻ ߜ ߟ ׾ָ ן þֺ Ԯ ֮ ֮־֨ ֣-֣ ־ָ ֮֮ ׻֋ : ֛ ֵԙ ãֻ ֣-֣ ֵԙ ™ ֯ -ޛ և ָ ד׮ ֵ

: פ ָ֟ ϵ ׻֋ ֤ ִ֬ ָָ ֮ ™ ֠ (ִ֯)

PLIGHT OF TRIBALS IN SIMDEGA & GUMLA DISTRICTS OF JHARKHAND

MS. MABEL REBELLO (JHARKHAND): Sir, Simdega & Gumla, the two districts of Jharkhand with maximum tribal population, are the poorest districts in the country. There is absolutely no industry - large, medium or small.

There is hardly any irrigation facility and the percentage of total irrigated land is less than 5 percent of the arable land. More than eighty percent of the villages have not been electrified so far. Besides, there is acute problem of safe drinking water. Barring district and few block headquarters, there is no safe drinking water.

The only means of livelihood of the tribals in the two districts is agriculture based on monsoon. As a result, there is terrible unemployment resulting in mass scale migration of young men as menial labourers to be cheated and exploited as farm labourers, construction workers and industrial labourers in metropolitan cities.

Thousands of girls are lured to big cities as domestic servants. As per one estimate, more than one lakh girls from these districts are working as domestic servants in Delhi alone. Most of these girls subsequently end-up in flesh trade and prostitution. Those who do not migrate, land up in the clutches of naxalites. As the youth is being driven to all kinds of illegal and anti-social activities, the entire socio-economic fabric of the tribals is being torn apart.

The attention of the Government of India is hereby drawn to the problems of the tribals of these two poorest districts of Simdega and Gumla and to take up immediate steps for the development of industry, irrigation facilities, safe drinking water, rural electrification, roads and communication network. (Ends)

IRREGULARITIES IN SUPPLY OF NUTRITIOUS DIET SCHEME IN YAVATMAL DISTRICT OF MAHARASHTRA

 

SHRI VIJAY J. DARDA (MAHARASHTRA): A study has been made by a renowned Group of Newspapers into the incidence of malnutrition in Yavatmal District of Maharashtra and their findings were found to be startling. It has come to light that the cases of malnutrition have not just confined to tribal pockets, but it is present in all the sixteen tehsils of Yavatmal district. As on date, there are 1,67,426 malnourished children in the district and out of them 1,767 children are in the grade IV, that is, in the seriously malnourished category. Unfortunately, 146 of them also are fighting a battle for survival. Although grim situation can be attributed to several reasons, the most glaring of them appears to be the irregularities in distribution of nutritious diet scheme.

The Supreme Court also suggested that the job of distribution of nutritious diet be assigned to Self Help Groups, Women's Organisations, and such other NGOs, but no steps have so far been taken in this regard.

Since the scheme is being run under the Integrated Child Development Plan, I would urge upon the Central Government to monitor the scheme so that the distribution of nutritious diet is done through Self Help Groups and Women's Organisations. (Ends)

CONCERN OVER SECURITY TO

INDIANS WORKING IN AFGHANISTAN

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׮ß֮ ָ ָ ß֮ ׿֮ ־ ִֻ ֮ ߮ ױָ֯ß ͟ communal tension ׻֋ ßֻ ָ ׮ß֮ ̴ָ߮ ָ ֻ ־ Ӥ ֻ ׻֋ ִֻ ָ, ӳ߸ , ָָ policy ֮֋? ָߵ ׸ ֮ ָ ׮ß֮ ִ , ָ ֮ ָ ָָ ׸ָ ־֕ ? ׸ָ economic social security ָ ״ֻ? ׮ß֮ rebuilding ִ ֻ ָߵ ָ - ֮ ָָ ָ ָָ? ֲ ־ֻ ־ֲ ָָ ֺ ׾֤ ֮ ֻ ӕ׮ֵ, ֻ֮, ד֟ Ϥ֮ ׻֋ ָָ ? ֟ ֻ ָ ָ ׮ß֮ , ׾ ׻֋ ָ־ ֮ ֤֮ , ָ ֮ ֵ פ ָ֟ ֮ ָָ ׸ ֻ ָ ֻ--ֻ ֵꅠ (ִ֯)

DEMAND FOR MODERNISATION OF

NEW DELHI/DELHI RAILWAY STATIONS

ֵ ֿ Ͼֻ (™ߵ ֮֕֬ , פ) : , פ ֮֕֬ ָ ֛ Ù֮, ֮ פ ־ Ù֮ և פ ־ Ù֮ ־ Ù֮ ֬׮ ׬ ־ֿ ־ Ù֮ ֯ ֱ ֛ ־ - ֲֻ , ו ִד֟ ֵ ֮ ־ֿ ܵ Ù֮ ӟ׸ ִ סֵ ָ ךև ִ֮ ֛

פ ֮֕֬ , ׻֋ ׾ ßָ ן ֻ כ ֵֻ ֮ ֮֕֬ פ ֯ ָ֮ פ כ ߬ ִ ׻֋ פ-ָ ֕ ָ 150 ߙ ן ә ן ֻ և כ ׾ֿ , ߤֲ֤, ߯֟ ֣ ֮߯֟ פ ׻֋ ֵֻ ֮ ֯׸ ֣ ־ ׾ֳ ֱ ֵ֤ օ

֮֕֬ פ ׾׳֮ ־ ֻ׮ֵ ֻ ԓ׸ ךև ִ֮ ֛͟ ײֻ֕ ֣ ֮ ִד֟ ־ã ־ ־ - ãן ֮ ֣ ֵֻ֬ ֻ֟

: ֤ ִ֬ ֮֮ߵ ӡ ָꌟ ִ֮ ֮ן֯ ׾ָ֓ ־ֿ ֵԾ

(ִ֯)

NEED TO REGULATE WORKING OF

CABLE OPERATORS IN THE COUNTRY

 

SHRIMATI PREMA CARIAPPA (KARNATAKA): Sir, the Cable Television Network Act was passed by the Parliament a few years back. Thereafter, the Government formulated rules to regulate the working of cable operators. Despite these regulations, today, the situation is such that these cable operators are charging anything between Rs. 150/- and Rs. 300/- per month from their customers, without any basis. They do not give any receipt for the rent they charge. The local administration does not have any control of cable T.V. transmission. They also do not have information about the total number of connections managed by an operator. Even if at some places, the administration, has this information, the same is fake and fictitious, showing total number of connections quite lesser than the actual number. The cable operators transmit programmes at their own will, without caring for the demands of the customers. These operators charge the service tax, increased rates of pay-channels from every customer, and thus, increase their income, without any contribution to the Government's revenue. The Government, on the other hand, does not charge its due revenue from the cable operators as it does not have the correct information about the number of connections per operator, nor does the Government exercise any control over their activities.

I, therefore, demand that a clear policy should be evolved for working of cable operators and they should charge at uniform rates, giving a proper receipt, and show programmes as per requests of the customers. (Ends)

DEMAND TO IMPLEMENT AGREEMENT BETWEEN GOVERNMENTS OF INDIA AND BANGLADESH FOR EXCHANGE OF ENCLAVES.

 

SHRI TARINI KANTA ROY (WEST BENGAL): Sir, a reference may please be made to article 1, sub-para 12 of the agreement between the Government of India and Bangladesh, which states, " The Indian enclaves in Bangladesh and the Bangladeshi enclaves in India should be exchanged expeditiously." Though there are 111 Indian enclaves in Bangladesh and 53 Bangladeshi enclaves in India, no tangible efforts have so far been made to exchange the enclaves to arrive at a permanent solution. As a result, the Indian citizens living in the enclaves are being deprived of all civic amenities as well as voting rights. I, therefore, urge upon the Government of India to take immediate steps for exchange of the enclaves with Bangladesh. As an interim measure, necessary action may please be taken to incorporate the names of those adults in the revised electoral rolls, who will opt to be Indian citizens.

(Ends)

KALASA AND BANDURA NALA PROJECTS OF KARNATAKA

 

SHRI JANARDHANA POOJARY (KARNATAKA): Sir, various parts of Karnataka are under the grip of drought and, resultantly, there is an acute shortage of drinking water. Hubli/Dharwad, a major township in North Karnataka, is thirsting for water.

With a view to alleviating the water scarcity of Hubli/Dharwad, Karnataka had mooted, in May, 2000, a proposal to divert 7.56 TMC of water from the Mahadhai Basin to the Malaprabha Dam.

The proposal envisages construction of a dam across Kalasa and Bandura 'nalas' and diversion canals. Since the project would encompass 500 hectares of forestland, the Environment & Forest Ministry has been approached for its clearance. The work relating to survey, design, estimates, hydrological study, etc. pertaining to the proposed Kalasa and Bandura 'nalas' and diversion canals project, has mostly been completed. Further, necessary presentations before the Forest Advisory Committee have been made and inter-State meetings involving Karnataka, Goa and Maharashtra have been held under the aegis of the Central Water Commission.

In-Principle Clearance was given by the Ministry of Water Resources, from water availability angle, for diversion of 7.56 TMC from Mahadhai Basin, in April, 2002, to meet the water requirement of Hubli/Dharwad. However, it has been kept in abeyance pending decision of the Tribunal.

Unless the Forest and the Water Resources Departments become responsive to the sufferings of the people, the chronic water scarcity will continue to plague this twin city of Hubli and Dharwad in Karnataka. Hence, I appeal to the Central Government to intervene to facilitate early implementation of the projects. (Ends)

NEED TO CONNECT RUPSA-BANGIRIPOSI RAIL LINE

WITH MAIN LINE AT BADAM PAHAR

 

MS. SUSHILA TIRIYA (ORISSA): Sir, the Government is well aware that Mayurbhanj had railways since 1905. The line from Rupsa to Bangiriposi was narrow gauge before Independence. Now, after much delay, this line has been converted into broad gauge. Therefore, I must thank the Government of India and the Railway Minister on behalf of the public of Mayurbhanj.

There is an urgent need to connect Rupsa-Bangiriposi rail line with the main line at Badam Pahar, than to Tata or with Dharamgarh railway line. I request the Government that the survey of the proposed extension should be expedited on a priority basis. The development of infrastructure at Baripada Railway Station and a full time reservation facility is also necessary for development of that area.

But Rupsa-Baripada rail line is not viable from the revenue point of view. It should be extended to Tata Nagar via Badam Pahar and, at a later stage, to Daityari, Baunsapani where there is a huge quantity of mineral resources. This line will be a boon for the undeveloped tribal areas.

I would request the hon. Railway Minister to kindly recall the statement made by him during the inaugural ceremony of Rupsa Baripada train that a new train would be provided from Baripada to Bhubaneswar. Therefore, I request the Minister to kindly undertake the abovementioned works to fulfil the demand of the people. (Ends)

 

NEED FOR TAKING EFFECTIVE MEASURES BY GOVERNMENT

OF INDIA FOR PROMOTION AND DEVELOPMENT

OF TOURISM IN NORTH EASTERN REGION.

 

SHRI O.T. LEPCHA (SIKKIM): Sir, I would like to raise a Special Mention regarding promotion and development of tourism in the North- Eastern Region, including the State of Sikkim.

Sir, Sikkim, with its enchanting landscape and innumerable monasteries, is a paradise for tourists. It is famous for its highest mountains, peaks, lakes, forests, rivers, streams, etc., in the world. Sikkim has immense tourist potential for intrepid tourists. Apart from this, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura have also potential to develop into tourist centres.

Sir, tourism is a major industry in the North-Eastern Region for attracting domestic tourists and foreigners. There are many historical and ancient temples and shrines and important pilgrim sites of tourist interest. They should be identified and developed. Buddhist Monasteries and Stupas in Sikkim should also be developed. So, sufficient funds should be allocated for their development.

Sir, there has been very slow growth of private investment in the North-Eastern Region under liberalisation policy in comparison to the other States of the country. Sufficient incentives and facilities should be provided to the private sector.

For the development of the tourism sector in the North-Eastern Region, we need to develop our basic services like airlines, helicopters, communication networks, transport facilities, railway networks, etc. These essential services are linked with tourism development. For this, a comprehensive plan must be formulated and implemented. The North- Eastern Region also needs a lot of tourism guides and training institutions for the development of tourism.

Therefore, I urge upon the Central Government to formulate a comprehensive and effective plan for the development, promotion and expansion of the tourism sector in the North-Eastern Region. (Ends)

NEED FOR REVIEWING CREAMY LAYER CONCEPT

FOR OTHER BACKWARD CLASSES

SHRI R. KAMARAJ (TAMIL NADU): Sir, I wish to draw the attention of the Government to the need for reviewing the creamy layer concept while providing reservation to OBCs in jobs under the Union Government. Though 27 per cent of the job opportunities have been reserved for OBCs, many categories of people are treated as creamy layer and they are denied reservation. Wards of persons holding Constitutional posts like President, Vice-President, Judges, Class-I officers and those with an annual income of Rs.2.5 lakhs or above are not eligible for reservation under the OBC category. But, unfortunately, even children of farmers with some cultivable lands are also put along with this class of people as belonging to the creamy layer and are denied reservation. Article 16(4) of our Constitution speaks of only "Backward Class" and not of "creamy layer". Therefore, denying reservation to rural candidates on the basis of land holdings is against the spirit of the Constitution and the concept of social backwardness. Mere holding of land does not mean a regular income for farmers. They often have to face crop failure due to natural calamities, pests and water scarcity. We have been witnessing suicide by farmers across the country. The Cauvery delta farmers in Tamil Nadu have been facing crop failure due to shortage of water in Cauvery. Under these circumstances, it is unjust to deny reservation to the wards of farmers who deserve it more than anyone else. So, I appeal to the Government to extend reservation to all the rural candidates without discrimination.

(Ends)

REQUEST TO OPEN NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE IN BHUBANESWAR, ORISSA

 

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NEED TO REVIEW PENDING CASES OF COMPASSIONATE APPOINTMENTS IN THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT

ֻ (֜) : , ߬ ֟ ԟ 5 ןֿ֟ ׮ֵ׌ֵ ָ֬ ָ ־֮֬ ָָ ָ ֮֋ ֋ ׮ִֵ ԟ ߬ ֟ ԟ ָָ ԓ׸ ֟ ׮ֵ׌ ִ֬ ׻ֵ ֟ , ו֮ 韵 ֻ ֮ և , ֣ ׸ָ ֮ ֻ ꅠ ֵٟ "" "" ԟ ԓָ ֟ ֟

ָָ ׾ֳ ֲ ָ ־ ԓָ 韵 ֻ֟ ֤ ֟ ־ ϟָ ד֟ ֟ "" "" ׮ֵ׌ֵ ״֟ ֣ ֮ ָ ֮ ߅ ׾ֳ ָ ï™ ׻ פ ֟ ׮ֵ׌ 5 ןֿ֟ ֮ ָ, ָ ׾ָ֓ ִ־ ߬ ֟ ִ֬ 5 ןֿ֟ ׮ֵ׌ֵ ן ֮ ֻ ԓָ 韵 ֮ ָ, ׸ָ ִ֮ ֻ֟ ׮ֵ׌ ״ֻ֮ ָ ָ ٣ ךև ֮ ֟ ߬ ֟ ԓָ ֟ ִָ ߮-ָ ֤ ֲ ֟ פ ֟ ׮ֵ׌ ֡ ִ ֵօ ׬ӿ ׾ֳ ϟָ

, ָָ ׾ֳ ״֟ ׮ָ ׻֋ ׮ִֵ ־ֿ ӿ֮ 5 ןֿ֟ ã֮ ָ 10 ןֿ֟ ߬ ֟ ־֮֬ "" "" ֮ , ֟ ִֵ ָ ׮ֵ׌ , ִ֮ ٣ ׸ָ ֻ֮ ֋ ϟ ׾ֳ 2001 2005 ߬ ֟ ԟ ֮ ׮ֵ׌ֵ ֮ ־ ״֟ , ִ֮ ֤ ֵ֟ ֮ (ִ֯)

NEED TO INCREASE ELECTRICITY GENERATION IN THE COUNTRY.

ִ ֵָ (ָ Ϥ) : , ֕ ֬׮ ߾֮ ׾֪ ߕ֮ ־׾פ ֮־ ߾֮ ٣ ׾ ׾֪ ִ ָ י ׾֟ ׾֪ ֟ ׮ֳԸ ֟ , ׻ ֟֟ ֟ ׮ֳԸ , ֕ ׾֟ ׾ þ֟ӡ ָ ן ֮֮ ֻ ֟ ׮ֳԸ ֟օ ָ ֻ֟߮ ָָ ָ , ׻ ׾֪ ٟ֯ ߓ ָ פ פ ֜ ևԅ þ֟ӡ֟ ٟ֯ ֳ ִָ֮֮ , ָ þ֟ӡ֟ ֤ þֳ׾ ֜ , ָ ׾֪ ֤ ִ֟ ר ָ ٟ֯ ߓ ָ ׬ ֜ ևԅ ָָ ֤ ִ֟ ֮֜ ן ߮ ־ָ ׻֋ וִָ ֕ ٟ֯ ӟ֮ ָָ ֵ ٟ֯ և ׾ ןָ ִ֕ ™ָ֓ ֮ פ

ָ ݵ ָ ֤ ׻֋ ־ֿ ָ, ֮֬ ָ ֲֻ ־ֿ ָ ָָ ֲ֕ ï™ ֤ ן ֌ ֤ ߅ ֮ ׻֋ , ָ ֮ ֛ ׻֋ ׾֪ פ ֮ ׻֋ ִ - ֻ֤, ֻ, ֮ פ ֳ ׾֪ ֤ ߔ ֤ ׯ֔ ָ Ϥ ׾֪ ֤ ֛ ӵ֡ , ֲ ן ָ֟ ֜ , ׾ ֮֯ ֮ ׾֪ ײ֮ ֮ օ ֮־֤ (ִ֯)

INTER-BASIN TRANSFER OF WATER NEEDED FOR NATIONAL PROSPERITY

 

SHRI SURYAKANTBHAI ACHARYA (GUJARAT): Sir, the average annual surface water flow in our country is estimated at 1869 billion cubic meters, while the ground water potential is about 432 billion cubic meters. But, because of topographic condition, only 1122 billion cubic meters of water is utilizable.

Only 605 billion cubic meters of water is being utilized -- 410 billion cubic meters for irrigation, 30 billion cubic meters for domestic, 20 billion cubic meter each for industry and energy and 34 billion cubic meters for other purposes.

The average annual potential in river basis of India is 66,003 million cubic feet, out of which only 24,367 million cubic feet is utilized, while 41,637 million cubic feet is wasted and goes into the sea.

Potential of peninsular rivers is 17,720 mcft, out of which 9,083 mcft is utilised, while 8,637 Mcft is wasted into the sea. One mcft of water can irrigate 2000 hectares of normal land to 4000 hectares of fertile land which will, in turn, give two to five tonnes of agricultural produce. Out of the total unutilised water in India, 74 to 148 million hectares of land can be irrigated, which will give us a production of 148 to 814 million tonnes of paddy. Because of wasted water, we are losing, in peninsular India, something like Rs. 16,500 crores to Rs. 90,750 crores worth of foodgrains, and, in entire India, Rs. 81,400 crores to Rs. 4,50,000 crores worth of foodgrains.

Inter-basin transfer of water should be ensured to create about 200 million jobs and to produce about 450 million tonnes of foodgrains needed by 2050 A.D. (Ends)

DANGER TO FOOD SECURITY DUE TO IMPORT OF WHEAT IN THE COUNTRY

ָ ֻ ӛ־ֻ (֬ Ϥ) : , ™ߵ ֪ ן ָ ß ֕ ٣ ָ ִ ָ ֪ ֟׮ֳԸ ׻֤֮ ֵ֟ ֻ ׻֋ ֟ ֮ ִ ָ ׮֕ ֣ ™ߵ ׮ֵ ָߤ ִ ָ ֵ֟ ָָ ֻ ָ ׮ֵԟ ֵ֟ ֲ߻ פօ ָָ ָ 5 ֵ֟ ԅ ױ ֜ 35 פ ֵ ӳ־֟: : ֜ 50 ӳ־֮ , ָָ ߲ 50 ߤ ׾֟ ָָ ָ ִ ָ֜ ֵ פ ֵ ִ֟ ִ֣Ԯ 滵 ׬ִ ִ֣Ԯ 滵 ֮ ֵ ֲ ־ ֜ ׾ ָָ ֵ֟ ß օ ָָ ٿ֟ ִֻ ֲ Ù׻ֵ ֵן֟ ꮮև , ִֵ Ù׻ֵ֮ ߙ () ֮ ߬ ָߤ ߅ ֟־ ֮ ָָ ָ ֵ֟ ״ֻ օ ָָ ׾֤ ׮ֵ 950 ֋ ן ،֙ (ֳ ֓ ״ֻ) ֮֟ ׮ֵ 700 ֋ ן ،֙ ָߤ ֕֟ ָ ֻ ֵ? ß־ ֓ ָ ױ ֵ֟ ? ָ כ ֛ ֡ ָߤ ֻ ׮֕ ㌟ ֵ֟ ֕֟ ׻֋ ֢ ׻ֵָ ز , ד֮ ֟ ָָ ִֻ ӳ߸ ֟ ׾֓׸ ן ָ ׾ָ֓ ֯ ִ֬ ָָ ֵ ãן ï™ (ִ֯)

NEED FOR NATIONAL CONSENSUS ON THE ISSUE OF RESERVATION

 

SHRI M.P. ABDUSSAMAD SAMADANI (KERALA): Sir, I wish to draw the attention of the august House to the need for bringing a national consensus on the reservation issue, instead of making it a controversy. Basically, the Constitution of the nation has underlined the scope for reservation considering the social and historical background of the minorities and the Backward Classes of our society. In some of the States, it is being implemented on various levels and with different criteria. In such States, it has produced good results by way of social and educational progress in respect of such sections of our people to whom reservation is meant. Various Commissions of Inquiry have brought forward the pathetic condition of the socially sidelined sections of our society. In the educational institutions as well as in the Government service, their representation is very poor. It is our duty to do our maximum effort to lead them from utter backwardness to the national mainstream of social and political lives. The differences of opinion in this regard have to be solved on the basis of a discussion culminating in a consensus, and we should be able to view the entire issue with a national and humanistic perspective. Our Executive and the Judiciary have a mutually complementing role to play in this venture. I request the Government and the political parties to endeavour to march towards this goal. (Ends)

NEED TO FORMULATE ACTION PLAN TO HELP SENIOR CITIZENS

MS. PRAMILA BOHIDAR (ORISSA): Sir, as per the Census 2001, there were 7,66,22,321 senior citizens in our country. Their population is expected to grow, and by the year 2016, their population will be more than 10 per cent of the total population of our country.

Sir, with this fragmentation of land-holdings in the rural areas and disintegration of the family system, majority of our senior citizens are unable to take care of themselves and do not have means to live a decent and happy life. They are being ignored by their kith and kin and near and dear ones who have left them to fend for themselves and compelled them to lead a lonely and disappointed life. Though section 125 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973, provides for maintenance allowance that the senior citizens can claim, but in actual practice, majority of them are not aware of these provisions.

Sir, nowadays, another alarming trend which is emerging is that lonely or coupled senior citizens are being murdered either for their property or for other reasons and are also being robbed of their valuables. They have become an easy target of criminals. It has become very necessary to provide them security and protection from every angle, both by the respective State Governments and the Central Government.

Sir, for this purpose, the Government should evolve the following action plan to help the senior citizens to lead an honourable existence: Establish senior citizen homes; Provide financial assistance to the needy persons; Provide free legal assistance in deserving cases; Provide free medical and other related facilities to the needy; and frame stringent measures to make their own wards to contribute for the welfare of their parents. (Ends)


STATEMENT REGARDING STATE OF IMPLEMENTATION OF RECOMMENDATIONS CONTAINED IN SIXTH REPORT OF DEPARTMENT-RELATED PARLIAMENTARY STANDING COMMITTEE ON COAL AND STEEL

 

ֵ֮ Ը ӡ ֣ ï֟ ӡ ( ִ ׾ֻ ־֮) : , ׾ֳ-Ӳ׬֟ ֻ ï֟ ӲӬ ֤ߵ ãֵ ״ן ן־ ӟپ™ ֱ׸ ֵԮֵ֮ ãן ӲӬ ֌־ ֳ ֙ ָ ֟

(Ends)

STATEMENT REGARDING (I) STATUS OF IMPLEMENTATION OF RECOMMENDATIONS CONTAINED IN TWELFTH REPORT OF DEPARTMENT-RELATED PARLIAMENTARY STANDING COMMITTEE ON URBAN DEVELOPMENT

AND

(II) THE STATUS OF IMPLEMENTATION OF RECOMMENDATIONS CONTAINED IN THIRD AND TENTH REPORT OF DEPARTMENT-RELATED PARLIAMENTARY STANDING COMMITTEE ON URBAN DEVELOPMENT

 

THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF URBAN DEVELOPMENT (SHRI AJAY MAKEN):  Sir, I beg to lay the following statements regarding:-

I. the status of implementation of recommendations contained in the Twelfth Report of the Department-related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Urban Development.

II. the status of implementation of recommendations contained in the Third and Tenth Reports of the Department-related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Urban Development. (Ends)


STATEMENT REGARDING (I) STATUS OF NATIONAL RURAL EMPLOYMENT GUARANTEE ACT

AND

(II) STATUS OF IMPLEMENTATION OF RECOMMENDATIONS CONTAINED IN FIRST REPORT OF DEPARTMENT-RELATED PARLIAMENTARY STANDING COMMITTEE ON RURAL DEVELOPMENT

 

AND

(III) STATUS OF IMPLEMENTATION OF RECOMMENDATIONS CONTAINED IN ELEVENTH REPORT OF DEPARTMENT-RELATED STANDING COMMITTEE ON RURAL DEVELOPMENT

 

ִ ׾ ӡ ( ӿ ֤ ) : , ׮ִ׻֟ ӲӬ ֌־ ֳ ֙ ָ ֟ :-

I.  ™ߵ ִ ָ ָ ׬׮ִֵ ãן

II. ׾ֳ-Ӳ׬֟ ִ ׾ ӲӬ ֤ߵ ãֵ ״ן ן־ ӟپ™ ֱ׸ ֵԮֵ֮ ãןօ

III.׾ֳ-Ӳ׬֟ ִ ׾ ӲӬ ֤ߵ ãֵ ״ן ݵָ ן־ ӟپ™ ֱ׸ ֵԮֵ֮ ãןօ

(Ends)

STATEMENT REGARDING STATUS OF IMPLEMENTATION OF RECOMMENDATIONS CONTAINED IN HUNDRED AND SIXTIETH REPORT OF DEPARTMENT-RELATED PARLIAMENTARY STANDING COMMITTEE ON HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT

 

THE MINISTER OF STATE (INDEPENDENT CHARGE) OF THE MINISTRY OF WOMEN AND CHILD DEVELOPMENT (SHRIMATI RENUKA CHOWDHURY): Sir, I beg to lay a statement regarding the status of implementation of recommendations contained in the Hundred and sixtieth Report of the Department-related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Human Resource Development. (Ends)

(Followed by USY/3U)

USY-SCH/4.35/3U

VELEDICTORY REMARKS

ֳ֯ן: ֮֮ߵ ֤õ, ֕ ֳ 207 ֡ ֕ ִ֯ ֡ ïן־ָ, 16 ָ ִ ™ן ָ ֳֆ ֤õ Ӳ׬֟ ֣ ָ օ ִ ֡ , וִ 23 ֓ 9 և ֡־ֿ օ

ݵ־ֿ, ֡ ָ ֤õ ֮ ֤õ֟ ֛ ֤õ ָ֬ ׸ãןֵ ֮ ֤õ֟ ֯֡ פօ 3 և ָ ֤õ, ϴ ֮֕ ֮ ߾֮ ֯ ֛־ ָ :֤ ֙ ׮֮֬ ֵօ ֲ ֡ פ 10 և : ָ ֨ӕ׻ ֿ֟ פ ׻֋ ֳ ã֟ ևԅ

֡ ֮ ֳ ֚ ׫ ־ ָ ֛ ׸֟Ԯ օ 57 ֤õ ֮ ֵֻ ֿ֟ ֤õ֟ ֿ օ ֤ ֤õ֟ ֿ ֻ ֤õ ־ֳ߮ ׾֤և ߅ ָ 20 ֟Դ֮ ֤õ : ׮־ד֟ 44 ֵ ֤õ ָ ֣ ״ֻ ֮ ֳ ׸ִֵ ֤ þ֟ օ ֡ ֮ ֿ פ ־׮־ד֟ ֮ߟ ֤õ ׻֋ ׸ә֮ ֵ ֵו֟ ֵ, ו ָ ָ ״ֻօ ֿ ׻֋ ֮ ֳֵ֤ ֨ օ ݵ ֟ . ֮ ֮ ױ ָ ֣ , ׮پָ -ֳ֯ן ֋ ֤ ׮ֵֿ ־ ֳ׮֟ օ

™ן ׳ֳ ָ ֮־֤ ß־ ӲӬ ֓ ֿ֟ ֳ ֕֙ ִ֮ ֕֙ Ӳ׬֟ ܵ ֵ ֵօ ֣ׯ ָ ӓ ֕ ׾֮֬ ֳֆ ־ ָ, ֕֙ ֡ ׸ פ ֵօ

֮֮ߵ ֤õ, ֯ ôָ և ߾ ֻ ָ "ָ֮ " ִ ֵ פ֋ ֋ , וִ ֳ ֤õ ִ , ӓ ן־ ß ָ֓ ״ן օ ״ן 24 ָ, 2006 ֤ ִ ֮ ן־ ß օ ֳ 21 ֓, 2006 Ծ֟ ׮Ե ״ן ֱ׸ ־ִן þָ ֤õ ֳ ֤õ֟ ׮֟ ֣ ֤õ ׿ֵ֟ ӓ ן־ ׾ֿ׬ָ ״ן օ ֮֟ ָ ߵ ׮Ե ֮ ָ֬ ־ԕ׮ ߾֮ ֟׮š ןšׯ֟ ϴ֟ ָ ֮֮ߵ ֤õ ן ־ָ ִ֟ ֤֮ ָ֓ ™ ִ֟ ׾֬׵ ָ ֤ ׾֮ߵ֟ ׬ ֜

֡, ֤ ִפ ׾ֵ֬ ֣ ֵ ™ ӟ ֯ օ ״ֻ 30 ׾֬ ָ ׾ָ֓ ׸ ֵ ־ ֵ ֵօ ֮ ׾֬ ־ ֳ ֯ ִו ٣ ׾֬ ׸ ׮:Ӥ, ׾֬ ׸ ן ׮֬Ը ֣ ֮ ָ ֮ ֟ ֻ ״ֻօ ֤ ָ ׸ ׾֬ ׾֮֬ (105 ӿ֮ ׾֬), 2006, פ ׾׬ (׾ֿ ֲӬ) ׾֬, 2006 ֣ ֤ (׮ָ ׮־ָ) ӿ֮ ׾֬ ״ֻ֟ 3W/MCM ָ ֿ:

MCM-VP/3W/4-40

ֳ֯ן (֟) : ֮֮ߵ Ϭ֮ ӡ ׾֤ ן Ӳ׬֟ ֮ ֯ ָ ֌־ פ וִ֮ Ը֮ ָ ן ֵ ӲӬ ִֻ ָ և0000 ָ ֤֮֟ Ӳ׬֟ , ֲ ָ ӵ㌟ ֕ ׸ ֣ ָ ׮ ָ ָ օ ֌־ ָ, ׾ֿ ӵ㌟ ֕ ׸ ֣ ָ ӲӬ ִֻ ׾ß ֓ ֮ ָ ߾֮ ԯ ԅ

֮֮ߵ ֤õ, ֮֟ ֤ ֵԤ֯ ־ִ ָָ ׮־ ֡ ֮ ֮ ֯ ָ ָٳ֟ ֡ ׻ ֓ ֣ ֮ ֟ ֮ ִ֬ ֯ ָ ֓ ևԅ ׾ֿ, ֵ֟ , ־ֿ ß ߴ֟ ר, ָ֯ ϟ ӕ ׮־, ִϤ׵ , פ 㴲և և ֬׮ ֣ ׸ִþֺ á- ֟ ӟ֮ ָ ֣ ן׸, ֮ ӓ ֯ ӡֵֻ, ԟ ׾֤ ӡֵֻ, ִ ָ ӡֵֻ, ֮ ָ ӡֵֻ ֣ ӓֵ֟ ֕ ִ ׾ ӡֵֻ ֵ ָ ׾ß ֓ ߅ 175 ׬ ׾ֿ ִ֬ ִֻ ֋ ֋ ׾ ֳ ָ ֮֮ߵ ֤õ ָ פ ֋ ֯ ־ ָָ ֳ׾֟ ֮ ָ ֮ ֣ ֮ ׻֋ ֵ㌟ ֋߅ ו ֲ֮֓֨ ֣ ֮֮ߵ ֤õ ִֻ ֵ ֳ ֵԾ ִ ן ָ ԅ

֮֮ߵ ֤õ, ֯ ֳ ״ֻ ׻֋ ֯ ן ֳָ ֯ ֕ ֤ ֟־ָ ֯ ֲִ ֣ ֤־֮ ֣ ֳ ֵ-ӓֻ֮ ϳ־ ֵ ֮֮ߵ ֤õ ֮ ׬ ֵ ׮֮֯֙ ׻֋ ֬Ů ֮ ׸ ֵֻ ֵ ן ןֲ֨ פև , ׻֋ ן ٤ ֳָ ֯ ֲ ôָ ֟ ֮֟ ֕֙ ֡ ׬ ֮ 179 ә ֵ , ֲ ֟ ֕֙ ֡ 173 ә ֵ օ

֮֮ߵ ֤õ, ָ ָ ֤ , ׾֯ , ׾׳֮ ֆ ֳ ֤õ ָ פ ֋ ׻֋ ֲ ֮־֤ ֳ֯ן, ֳ֬ ֻ ֤õ ד־ֵֻ ׬׸ ԓ׸ ֣ כ ן ׻֋ ֳָ ֌

֮֮ߵ ֤õ, ֮ ֻ ָ ׻֋ ֯ ֳ ֮ ִ֮֋ ֬և ֿ ֯ ִ ֻ ׾ 2006 ןֵ֟ ֻ ֯ ֳ ׻֋ ֤ ֮ ֨ օ ֳ ִֻ֮ ִ ֮ ֵԯ ו ֮ ֡ ֕ ߾֮֟ ֯ ߅ ֯ ֳ ֮ ٤ ִ֮֋ (ִ֯)

־֮ (֕ã֮) : ָ , ָ , - ֮֯ פ ։ ־ԣ ־ֿ ָ , ֓׸ ָ - ֟ ֻ ׾֤ 녠 ִ ֡ օ ֮֯ ֵ, ָߠ , և ֡ ֡ օ ָ ֤õ ֤ ֻ ֋, ִ ָ ֯ ֡ ֮ ֤ ׻֋ ֻ ֋ (3x ָ ֿ:)

GS-PK/3X/4.45

־֮ (֟) : ״֡, , ֣ ֯, ֙ , ֣ ִ օ ָ , ֮-֮ , ׻֋ ֮-֮ , ֵ, ֟ , ӟ ָ , ֮֮ߵ ֤õ, ִ ֵ ו ָ ֤ ֤õ֟ ֛օ ֮ ֙և , ֤ ֙և , ֮ ֳ ֙ ֵ , ֜

֡ ֮ ֯ ֻ, ֵ - ӕ֮ ֻ֟-ֻ֟ ֲָ ֟ , ָ - ֻօ ױ ֮֯ և, ֻ ֮ ־֕ ָ ӕ֮ Ù֙ , , , , ֻ, ױ ֟ - ֵօ ײֻ ֤ ױ , ߴ ֵ ֤ ֟ :-

"֮ כ, ֋, Ӛ ֛ ֋ " ..(־֮֬)..

ߴ֟ ִ þָ֕ : "֮ , ֟ ֵ֙,

ױ , Ӛ ֛ ֋"

־֮ : -, ׸ٟ֟ ߴ ֟ , ױ ִ ֟ , ׻֋ þ֤ ֙և ֟ ֮֯ , פ ָ֟ ֵ, ֙և ֵ In the process, to treat the Opposition as an inconvenience, or, to treat Parliament as some kind of an obstacle would be a very sad development. I am sure, that is not what the Treasury wants. That is nobody's intention. But that is an aspect that comes to mind. It is a very challenging circumstance that we all face in all respects. But, Sir, now it is not the occasion to go into all that.

A long Session is drawing to an end. I find it interesting, also illustrative that this Session concludes with the completion of two years of this Alliance's attempts at governance. The fact that it has lasted two years is in itself an achievement. We wish you well, because in your being able to do what you have said, "we will do", is for the benefit of many. But the impatience that we have witnessed, ֙և ֺ , , - ֟ ׾֤ ֵָ֬֟ ״֮֙ ֻ, , פօ ָ , ֯ ֳָ ֮֯ פ , 韾 פ, ֲ ֺ פ, ֲ ֺ ָ פ, ֯ ײ֮ ֻ ֟ ָ ָ֮ ָ ֻ, ݵ, ־ ֕י ٻִֵ ״׮Ù Ù , ֲ ־ֿ ֛ ָ ־ֿ ֛ ָ ִ ֻ֟ ֛ , -ֻخ ֛ , ֲ ֲ ֟ , ֮ ֟ - ָ ֟ ֟ , ײ֮ ...

֮֮ߵ ֤õ : פօ

־֮ : ײ֮ ֤ ֻ֟ օ ֳָ , ֲ ԓ׸ ֳָ , ָָ ֳָ ָ , ֯ ֳָ , ֯ ײ֮ ֛ ֻ֟߅ - ֮־֤ (ִ֯)

(3և ָ )

PB/3Y/4.50

THE PRIME MINISTER (DR. MANMOHAN SINGH): Mr. Chairman, Sir, we come to the end of a very productive and purposeful Session of Parliament. Apart from the Union Budget, the House had the opportunity to discuss several important Bills and issues. It is commendable that out of 38 sittings, we were able to hold as many as 36. Sir, I thank you for your wisdom, knowledge and experience which has successfully guided the conduct of Business of this House. I also once again express my happiness at the re-election of Shri Rahman Khan as the Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha. And, of course, I thank hon. Members for allowing the House to function more effectively in this Session.

Sir, the Finance Minister secured the House's approval for a commendable fiscal exercise. He has been able to steeply increase development expenditure while meeting our commitments in a large number of sectors, and, at the same time, adhered to good fiscal practice.

Sir, in the last year, our economy has been able to perform well, despite the pressure of rising international energy prices. We have been able to contain inflationary pressures, despite high oil prices. We are, however, acutely conscious of our fiscal responsibility. I am aware that we must minimize the impact of rising oil prices on our people, while at the same time keeping in view the imperatives of sound fiscal management. The House has passed the Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board Bill, 2005. I do hope our policy in this vital energy sector will be based on rational principles, mindful of the realities that we all face.

Sir, our Government is committed to further strengthening the economy. We are committed to the welfare of our farmers, our working people and our youth. The House had a very fruitful discussion on issues relating to the well-being of our farmers as also the issues relating to crisis, and I do hope that these matters will continue to receive the adequate attention of the House in future as well.

Sir, I am proud that our Government has been, despite what Shri Jaswant Singhji said a few minutes ago, a very transparent Government and we have welcomed parliamentary debates on many issues agitating hon. Members. Many of my senior colleagues made detailed statements to the House on important policy issues. I myself spoke here on five different occasions to apprise the House of the facts pertaining to the India-US civilian nuclear cooperation agreement and the Indian vote at the International Atomic Energy Agency on Iran's nuclear programme.

Sir, our own experience with regard to transparency was not the same when we were in Opposition. Our Government has shared all the details pertaining to civil nuclear cooperation and to the nuclear separation plan to which we committed ourselves. The nation recognizes that we have been transparent and forthright. We have pursued the best interests of our country and will always do so.

(Contd. by 3z/HK)

HK-ASC/3z/4.55

DR. MANMOHAN SINGH (CONTD.): Sir, the House had the opportunity to pass as many as 23 Bills. We had the opportunity to discuss the welfare and the concerns of our farmers. We discussed the law and order situation in the country, especially the concerns arising out of communal violence.

I would like to take this opportunity to commend all our citizens across the country for the mature and responsible manner in which they reacted to the flare up of communal violence in Baroda.

Sir, the Central Government also took prompt action in helping the State Governments to bring the situation under control. But it is the response of the people at large that enabled us to contain the violence and not allow the spread of communal violence. This we also saw after terrorists attacks in Varanasi. We should all take pride in the fact that our people are fighting terrorism and communalism by resisting the ideology of hatred.

Sir, as we come to the end of this Session, I must draw attention to the fact that the people of India have once again reposed their faith in the secular forces in this recent Assembly election. The recent Assembly elections show that the UPA continues to enjoy the confidence of our people. I would like to assure you, Sir, that we will continue to work in the interests of our people and our great Nation.

I thank you, Sir, and the hon. Deputy Chairman, for your patience and wisdom in conducting the proceedings of the House. I also thank the hon. Leader of the Opposition, Shri Jaswant Singh and his colleagues. I extend my thanks to the officers and staff of the Rajya Sabha Secretariat for their good work, particularly the distinguished Secretary-General. Thank you.

(Ends)

MR. CHAIRMAN: Now, we will have the National Song.

(The National Song, "Vande Mataram", was then played.)

ֳ֯ן : ֤ ֵԾ ׮׿֟ ֻ ׻֋ ã֟ ֟

 

The House then adjourned sine die at

fifty eight minutes past four of the clock.

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