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PB/2Q/4.00

SHRI PAWAN KUMAR BANSAL: One lakh is the penalty that is being provided for the first conviction. Sir, I take note of the view of the hon. Member, but that is how it is felt for the time being. I would again like to repeat the points, Sir, only for the sake of adding emphasis to it that this is a new legislation intended to deal, for the first time, with the profession of actuaries. And, therefore, it is as we gain from experience; as we move forward, various suggestions would come forward, various experiences would be gained, and, based on that, the Government would always be open to come forward to the House and seek the guidance of the House on those matters.

Sir, there was a very valid point made by Shri Ekanath Thakur, though not directly concerned with the Actuaries Bill as such. If I could understand that correctly, that was about the Universal Service Obligation, like what the Government has introduced in the case of telecom. Sir, presently, as I earlier said, the awareness about the insurance, the outreach of the insurance, is not really what we would like to have in our country. But, Sir, slightly a digression from it, but, at the same time, quite relevant, if I may share that with the hon. Members. That is, in the case of motor vehicles, in the case of insurance of the motor vehicles, because it was felt that there was a regular complaint that the third party insurance is not underwritten by the various or some companies, whereas the companies felt that the demand on them was much more, and it was not a viable project at all if people only go for third party insurance. It is under the consideration of the Government to start something like the pool funds in case of third party insurance because, the loss to the third party could be immense and the third party needs to be compensated about it. So, that is under the consideration of the Government, and, I am sure, that would, to an extent, meet the anxiety, particularly, at this stage, about the need to have some sort of Universal Service Obligation Fund. It would be akin to that, if not exactly what it would be, but then in a society as ours and because of the National Common Minimum Programme that we have, Sir, we are also endeavouring to see that there is some sort of insurance for the poor people; some States have done it. The Government is mulling over the idea to have some sort of insurance scheme for the people below the poverty line and others with some sort of contribution by them, some by the Government to provide them some sort of insurance for the difficult days to be tided over.

Sir, Shri Ahluwalia, who made a very erudite speech otherwise spoke on many, many issues, made one point about the collection of data about the students and others. Sir, I am afraid, as such, there has been no collection of data by the Actuarial Society of India and the Institute will undertake activities which are mandated under clause 5 of the Bill.

Sir, I must honestly admit that I cannot really give the statistics about the question raised by Shri Bagrodia about the number of claims made and the number of claims settled. But I can have legitimate satisfaction in informing the House, Sir, that the insurance companies, the public sector insurance companies have, over the years, in winning acclaim in settling the claims, a large number of claims, to the satisfaction of the claimants, and various companies have bagged awards of appreciation from various television channels, from business prophets and others who do look into this matter. Sir, in a society as aware as ours with the Right to Information Act, as we have provided for now, a question can always be raised about the quality of service provided, about the policy holder friendly services, products offered by the insurance companies and going by any parameter whatever, the insurance companies have come up to it. (Contd. by 2r/SKC)

2r/4.05/skc

SHRI PAWAN KUMAR BANSAL (CONTD.): There are cases where insurance companies have to repudiate claims, and this is in the business world. There are instances; instances are not wanting, where you come across matters where the claims are false. I do see merit in the point that there are various types of products, various types of causes leading to a particular claim, which may not be really provided for in the policy as such, which is in the form of a contract. Therefore, it may be difficult for the concerned company to really honour that and that is precisely the function of the Actuaries. When Actuaries come forward with various proposals and schemes to their respective clients, to their managements, well, in the days to come, because they would be in a competitive world, they would like to do it.

Sir, if I have not missed any other point, I would like to make a reference to one last point. I really thank Shri Rahul Bajaj for giving that support to us; the Government does give warnings. We warned that the Insurance sector must be expanded and their coverage must be vast. If I am not mistaken, Sir, it takes seven years for a company to break even. If a new company starts today, it has to pump in money for seven years because the claims would start the very next day. So, there has to be enough money with those companies so that investment is attracted. It is only for that purpose and for no other purpose, only to enhance the quality and reach of the services to the people, that we, the Government, are desirous of taking the foreign equity from 26 per cent to 49 percent. I would be extremely grateful to the Members of Parliament if we have their support and the Government is able to take that forward. With that, the Insurance sector would certainly open up much more. The number of services that we expect, the number of products that we want for the people, different products to suit different pockets, to suit different eventualities, different situations, would really be available off the shelf and would be available to the people.Sir, I would certainly solicit that support from the Members when that Bill comes.

With these words, I once again thank all the hon. Members for participating in this discussion. And I can only assure them, any point which I might have left while answering today, we have taken note of that and we would certainly be wiser by their suggestions. They would certainly help us to move forward in this matter.

With these words, Sir, I would commend the Bill to you and request you to kindly take up the clause-by-clause consideration and then ultimately pass it. (Ends)

SHRI SANTOSH BAGRODIA: May I just ask one thing from the hon. Minister, Sir? As Mr. Ahluwalia has also mentioned, would the hon. Minister kindly assure us that they would not make it a dumping ground for retired officers of the Government and make them members, and that even among the serving members, there would be only experts? Can the hon. Minister assure this? That was the cause of worry.

SHRI PAWAN KUMAR BANSAL: Sir, I think, as mentioned, the provisions of the Bill do take care of that. I mentioned that point, Sir. Perhaps Shri Bagrodia was not present here then.

SHRI SANTOSH BAGRODIA: I was present when you mentioned that.

SHRI PAWAN KUMAR BANSAL: I am sorry if you were here and I said otherwise. It is mentioned that the Council shall be composed of a minimum of nine and a maximum of twelve persons to be elected by the Institute, one to be nominated from amongst the IRDA and only two from outside. Sub-clause (ii) of Clause 12 says, "not more than two persons having knowledge in the field of life insurance, general insurance, finance, economics, law, accountancy, or any other discipline which, in the opinion of the Central Government, would be useful to the Council, to be nominated in such manner as may be prescribed". It is only two persons and a large number of fields.

Then, Sir, it is further provided that 'no person holding a post under the Central Government, or a State Government, as the case may be, shall be eligible for election to the Council under Clause (a) of sub-section (2)'. Even that has been provided for.

THE VICE-CHAIRMAN (PROF. P.J. KURIEN): Yes, it has been well taken care of.

SHRI PAWAN KUMAR BANSAL: It is not a retired person, but a person holding a post; we are barring elections to them.

THE VICE-CHAIRMAN (PROF. P.J. KURIEN): That is right. ...(interruptions)...

SHRI PAWAN KUMAR BANSAL: Sir, it would be difficult for me to assure that in no case a retired officer would be taken...(interruptions)...

THE VICE-CHAIRMAN: It is only two nominations; why do you worry?

SHRI PAWAN KUMAR BANSAL: And he should have no misgivings about that.

THE VICE-CHAIRMAN: Yes, it is only two nominations.

SHRI PAWAN KUMAR BANSAL: If a person who has made his name in any of these fields, had been a Government officer at some point of time, I am sure, they would welcome his presence there.

SHRI SANTOSH BAGRODIA: Sir, the misgiving is there because this is what has been happening in all the other places. That is why this misgiving is there.

SHRI PAWAN KUMAR BANSAL: Given the number, Sir, it can never become a dumping ground. (ENDS) (Followed by 2s/hk)

HK/2s/4.10

SHRI JAIRAM RAMESH: Sir, I have one more request for the hon. Minister of State for Finance. Now, I am speaking as an ordinary MP, not as a Minister of State in Commerce. ..(Interruptions).. Sir, the headquarters of IRDA are in Hyderabad. I would earnestly request my colleague and the distinguished hon. Member from Chandigarh to consider the location of the Institute for Actuaries in Hyderabad because, I think, there is a lot of convergence between what the IRDA does and what the Institute will do. I think, it will be a gross waste of national resources if this is located at any other place, other than Hyderabad.


THE VICE-CHAIRMAN (PROF. P.J. KURIEN): Now, the question is:

That the Bill to provide for regulating and developing the profession of Actuaries and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto, as passed by Lok Sabha, be taken into consideration.

 

The motion was adopted.

THE VICE-CHAIRMAN: Now, we shall take up clause-by-clause consideration of the Bill.

Clauses 2 to 59 were added to the Bill.

The Schedule was added to the Bill.

Clause 1, the Enacting Formula and the Title were added to the Bill.

SHRI PAWAN KUMAR BANSAL: Sir, I beg to move:

That the Bill be passed.

The question was put and the motion was adopted.

(Ends)

THE CENTRAL SILK BOARD (AMENDMENT) BILL, 2005.

THE VICE-CHAIRMAN: Now, we take up the Central Silk Board (Amendment) Bill, 2005.

THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF TEXTILES (SHRI E.V.K.S. ELANGOVAN):Sir,I beg to move:

That the Bill further to amend the Central Silk Board Act, 1948, be taken into consideration.

 

Sir, the proposed Central Silk Board (Amendment) Bill, 2005 aims to ensure quality standards for production of silk-worm seed, restrict production of seeds of only authorised races, to control unauthorised production and trade, to control and prevent the entry of untried and untested hybrids from other countries likely to be carrying disease and other unknown risks. With this view, the Central Silk Board (Amendment) Bill, 2005 was introduced in Rajya Sabha in 2005 for creation of regulatory mechanism with respect to silk-worm seed that will comprise of creation of Silk-worm Seeds Committee under the Silk Board making them responsible for standards and other related matters, constitution of Hybrid Authorisation Committee and the Registration Committee, constitution of Seed Testing Laboratories and Agencies for testing and certifying and inspection of such seeds, vesting Customs Officers with the powers of inspection with respect to export and import and making hindrance to such standards a punishable act and making provision to give effect to the Central Silk Board Act and rules notwithstanding anything inconsistent contained in other enactments. After introduction of the Bill in Rajya Sabha, the Bill was referred by the hon. Speaker to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Labour for examination and report. The Committee has given certain recommendations. Most of the recommendations have been accepted by the Government and the revised Bill is for the consideration of the House.

The question was proposed.

(Followed by 2t/KSK)

KSK/4.15/2T

THE VICE-CHAIRMAN (PROF. P.J. KURIEN): Shri V. Narayanasamy - not present. Shri Moinul Hassan.

SHRI MOINUL HASSAN (WEST BENGAL): Sir, the Central Silk Board (Amendment) Bill, 2005, is actually an old Bill. The main objective of this Bill is creation of a regulatory mechanism with respect to silk-worm seed. Hon. Minister has also mentioned it in his preliminary statement. Sir, as you know, sericulture is a very important sector so far as rural India is concerned. Sericulture creates lot of jobs for the rural population of our country. Traditionally, it is a very important sector. Those who live in rural areas, say that this sericulture sector plays a very important role. Sir, I rise to support this Bill because this mechanism is trying to improve the silk-worm seed which is very much necessary in this industry. So far as the Bill is concerned, I would like to draw the attention of the Minister towards the main objective of the Bill which is formation of Central Silk-worm Seed Committee. But, I have gone through the Bill and it talks about 10 Members. I suppose the silk-worm seed is a very technical subject. I have seen that there are only two Members who are experts. I would like to ask the hon. Minister that if we do not increase the number of expert Members in this sector, then, who will take charge to regulate the production, supply, distribution, trade, commerce, etc. So, my suggestion is that the number of expert Members in the Committee should be increased. Though on page 3, in the last para, the Bill says that at any time, if the Committee desires, they can take the advice from outside. They can call any outsider in their meeting and take his advice. But, I would also like to say that there should be some more expert Members in the Committee. Another point that I would like to mention is about two representatives from sericulture sector, which is mentioned in clause 8A(iv). There is no criterion mentioned in the Bill as to who are these people. It only says that from the Central Silk Board, the Government can pick and choose these two Members. I would like to request that the Bill should provide some criterion for selecting these two Members from sericulture sector. Then, another important aspect of the Bill is creation of Registration Committee. Why is this Registration Committee? Sir, I would say that there are lot of dealers; there are lot of companies throughout the country which are dealing with silk-worm seeds. From my personal experience, I know that there are lot of fake seeds available throughout the country. Sometimes, we have seen that these fake seeds can destroy the entire cultivation of sericulture. So, my suggestion is that this Registration Committee should be confined to this work only; otherwise, dealers selling fake seeds will destroy the entire cultivation and it will ultimately affect the common farmers. They will feel very much puzzled and they will not get any scope to survive.

(continued by 2u)

GSP-AKG/4.20/2U

SHRI MOINUL HASSAN (CONTD.): In this regard, I would like to say that we should do something for the proper registration of this committee. Sir, while talking about the Central Silk Board (Amendment) Bill, 2005, I would also like to mention some activities of Central Silk Board, related to my State West Bengal. Sir, you know that most of the silk producing States are in the southern area of our country but West Bengal is the third highest silk-producing State. So, our proposal is like this. Sir, at present, it is very much necessary to import good quality silkworm eggs from China. Sir, why I am talking about this is because so far as the geographical region is concerned, Tropic of Cancer passes through the sericulture belt of West Bengal and that of Southern China. The climatic conditions of both the regions are more or less similar in respect of temperature, rainfall, humidity etc. Hence, we need to improve the quality of silk in West Bengal so far as the silkworm eggs is concerned. It will be befitting for the climate of West Bengal. I would like to request the Government that we should seriously take care of it.

Sir, another problem that the State of West Bengal is facing is the dumping of Chinese silk. Sir, indiscriminate dumping of Chinese silk from across the border caused a virtual slump in the Cocoon and Silk market in the recent past. So, in this regard, I would like to request the Government of India -- Anti-dumping charge on raw silk is already in existence -- not to consider withdrawing this Anti-dumping law. Please continue with it. Otherwise, the silk industry of West Bengal, so far as geographical region is concerned, will be destroyed. So, the Anti-dumping laws that are already prevailing should continue.

Sir, my third point is related to the enhancement of subsidy to the sericulturists. Sir, I must say that majority of sericulturists, i.e., 85 per cent, in my State belong to Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe, minority community or other weaker sections of the society, and, 90 per cent of them are small and marginal farmers. So, the enhancement of subsidy is very much required. I request the Ministry and the hon. Minister who has brought forward the Bill, to enhance this subsidy to provide some relief to the minority community, Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe and small and marginal farmers who are very much engaged in this cultivation, so far as sericulture is concerned.

Sir, now I refer to another important subject. As I have already mentioned, in the southern part of our country, people are very much engaged in sericulture. Sir, West Bengal is the far-east State of our country. Therefore, I request the Central Silk Board to pay serious attention to this State. I would like to say something about the supply of seeds for this region, especially, supply of NB4D2 race from National Silkworm Seed Organisation. Sir, regularly, the Southern States switch over from one seed to other. Proper research and development is there but we are not getting proper help from the Central Silk Board. So, I would like to request the Minister that the Research and Development wing should pay proper attention to the State of West Bengal in order to help the small and marginal farmers. Sir, I would also like to mention that the Central Silk Board gives a subsidy of Rs. 200/- per kg of seed cocoons to the private seed producers to reduce their cost of production of silkworm eggs. (Contd. by sk-2W)

SK/2w/4.25

SHRI MOINUL HASSAN (CONTD.): I would like to request to continue this henceforth.

Sir, my another proposal is, there are a lot of matka spinners in West Bengal. There are about 35-40 thousand matka spinners in the State who are mostly destitute women living in abject poverty. According to the Tenth Plan, to augment their production, they are getting some subsidies. I would like to request the Central Silk Board not only to continue with these subsidies, but also to increase them to improve the quality of matka production.

Sir, we have some proposal for the improvement of silk industry in West Bengal. It is the right time to build up some parks and hubs. Incidentally, today we have sent some proposal to the Government of India. The Minister of Government of West Bengal met our Minister in charge of Textiles today. A number of MPs were also there. Our proposal is, we are going to set up a silk park and hub at Murshidabad, Nodia and Malda. We seek some help from this Department of the Government of India because throughout the country, there is a market for Bengal silk, mainly the Murshidabad and Malda silk. If Central Silk Board comes to provide us some help, it will take a great market throughout the country and also earn foreign exchange. I would like to say that I belong to the Murshidabad district. There is a big office of the Central Silk Board. They are doing a lot of work regarding research and development. But, I would say that it should be properly utilised throughout our State. So, I would like to request the Ministry to do it properly. While supporting this Bill, I would like to seek your indulgence on it and I give this suggestion and make a demand also. With this, I conclude. Thank you, Sir. (ends)

THE VICE-CHAIRMAN (PROF. P.J. KURIEN): Thank you, Mr. Moinul Hassan. Now, Shri Ravula Chandra Sekar Reddy. Not there. So, further consideration on the Bill will be taken up the next day. We will now take up Special Mentions.

THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE, MINISTRY OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY (SHRI JAIRAM RAMESH): Sir, let us finish it up today.

THE VICE-CHAIRMAN: Today, it is not possible.

SHRI JAIRAM RAMESH: Why, Sir? Because Narayanasamy is not there?

THE VICE-CHAIRMAN: No, no. It is not like that. That is a decision by the Chair.

SHRI JAIRAM RAMESH: Sir, this Bill has been postponed for so long. We should get it done today.

THE VICE-CHAIRMAN: We can get it passed tomorrow. There is no problem.

SHRI JAIRAM RAMESH: Sir, tomorrow is Friday. Let us finish it today. Sir, this Bill has been pending for so long. It is a very important Bill, Sir.

THE VICE-CHAIRMAN: You see, Mr. Narayanasamy and Mr. Ravula Chandra Sekar Reddy, have to speak, but they are in the Business Advisory Committee. Then, there are other Members also who have to speak but they are not here. So, for the convenience of the Members, it is postponed to the next day. It could be taken up tomorrow. There is no problem. One day does not make much difference. You know this very well. Okay, now we will take up Special Mentions.

(followed by ysr-2x)

-SK/YSR-PSV/4.30/2X

SPECIAL MENTIONS (contd.)

DEMAND TO RENOVATE/UPGRADE JAMADARPALI AIRSTRIP

IN SAMBALPUR, ORISSA

MS. PRAMILA BOHIDAR (ORISSA): Sir, Jamadarpali airstrip in Sambalpur, Orissa, is in a shambles. Built during the construction of Hirakud Dam, it provides landing facilities for officials visiting Sambalpur, Hirakud and the nearby districts. This airstrip gained greater significance after Jharsuguda aerodrome was declared unsafe.

The airstrip is being misused, as there is no proper security and fencing. Loaded commercial vehicles often ply across the runway damaging the surface. The greenery near the airstrip has become a grazing ground for the cattle which has damaged the black topping and the landing area of about 18,970 sq. metres.

The airport has emerged as a necessity, considering various factors. The Sambalpur-Rengali-Jharsuguda corridor is fast turning into a growth corridor of the State. Apart from global scale plants by Aditya Birla, Sterlite Industries, Bhusan Steel, Reliance Energy and Vedant, many other industries also operate along this corridor. Moreover, the headquarters of PSU, Mahanadi Coal Fields Ltd., Sambalpur Railway Division, LIC Division, Sambalpur University Engineering Colleges and Medical Colleges, and the world famous Hirakud Dam are located in and around Sambalpur.

Realising the importance of the airport, the State PWD authorities have prepared proposals for its renovation. Once repaired, the airstrip will help boost the economy of this region.

As this august House is aware, Orissa is the most backward and a cash-strapped State. The Centre should, therefore, help the State Government both financially and physically to develop this airport to improve the economy of this region. (Ends)

MS. SUSHILA TIRIYA (ORISSA): Sir, I associate myself with the Special Mention made by the hon. Member.

SHRI SURENDRA LATH (ORISSA): Sir, I associate myself with the Special Mention made by the hon. Member.

DEMAND TO SUBMIT REPORT OF LIBERHAN COMMISSION WITHOUT GRANT OF FURTHER EXTENSION

 

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׻֋ ָָ ׸ ߿֮ ֮֙ ֕ ֵ ֵ ֻ ֻ ֋ (ִ֯)

(2և/000 ָ ֿ:)

 

TDB-SCH/2Y.4.35

CONCERN OVER PATHETIC CONDITION OF INDIAN

CARPET INDUSTRY

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CONCERN OVER MISMANGEMENT IN HINDUSTAN

TELEPRINTERS LIMITED

SHRIMATI S.G. INDIRA (TAMIL NADU): Sir, the Hindustan Teleprinters Limited was established way back in 1962 as a Public Sector Undertaking. This establishment has been manufacturing Electro Mechanical Teleprinters and National Internet Backbone, and BSNL was the major customer for the HTL. This organisation has been a profit-making one till the year 2001, and had paid a dividend of Rs.90.00 lakhs to the Central Government in the year 2001. However, the then Government sold 74 per cent of the Government's equity to the Himachal Futuristic Communications Ltd., a company which was involved in share-market scandal. The then Government declared the value of assets of the company at Rs.55.00 crores, and took Rs.38.00 crores. After the new management under Himachal Futuristic Communications took over the establishment, salaries to the employees were never paid on time. And, moreover, statutory payments, such as, PF, LIC, PLI, Gratuity, Group Insurance, etc., have not been paid by the new management. These statutory payments amount to crores of rupees. When this new management took over the HTL, within a span of six months, they brought the profit-making company into a loss-making unit, and for the year 2001-02, they declared a net loss of Rs.107.00 crores. The company made profit in the preceding year, but, they branded this company as a sick unit, and the matter is before the BIFR. The new management had promised, at the time of signing of an agreement with the Government, that they will invest Rs.20.00 crores. However, they have not invested even a single rupee, whereas they collected the outstanding amount of about Rs.600.00 crores from the customers, and had also received a sum of Rs.29.62 crores from the National Highway Authority for the land given to the NHAI. Now, the future of about 650 employees working in this organisation is at stake. Therefore, I urge upon the Government to intervene in the matter and bring back this unit again as a Public Sector Undertaking or merge this unit with the BSNL.

(Ends) (Followed by kgg/2z)

kgg/mcm/2z/4.40

IMPROVEMENT OF MINORITY COMMUNITY

IN MURSHIDABAD, WEST BENGAL

SHRI MOINUL HASSAN (WEST BENGAL): Sir, Murshidabad, in West Bengal is a minority community-based district. Nearly 63 per cent of the population is the minority community, mainly Muslims. Education is one of the major problems among them.

Recently, children from the Muslim community are coming to schools and colleges. The Government should provide some special programmes for the development of the minority community in that particular district. I would like to request the Government of India to provide help to this district through the State Government to establish a medical college and an engineering college, which will improve the present education status of the community. A lot of girls are coming in educational institutions for their higher education. But they are facing accommodation problems in the town area.

I urge upon the Government to give more attention in this field, which will help the common people of our country. A large section of this community is engaged in weaving. But the present situation of this section is that it is going to be ruined. Without the proper help of the Government of India, it is not possible to survive in the present situation. I urge upon the Government to look into the matter. (Ends)

DEMAND TO INCREASE WHEAT QUOTA

FOR A.P.L. FAMILIES IN UTTARANCHAL

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DELAY IN PAYMENT OF WAGE ARREARS

TO EMPLOYEES OF I.T.I., BANGALORE

SHRI B.K. HARIPRASAD (KARNATAKA): Sir, the Indian Telephone Industries, Bangalore is one of the pioneer public sector undertakings set up to cater to the requirements of the telecom industry. Over the years, it has been pushed into the moribund state, thanks to the policies of the management and also the onslaught of the MNCs in the telecom sector entering into India in the wake of the WTO engineered globalisation programme.

Despite inadequate dosages of revival package, ITI, Bangalore Unit is limping to normalcy due to devotion and commitment of its workmen to keep it going, though having been denied payment of their wages for months now.

It is irony that when the telecom sector in India is now riding on a boom in public and private sectors, one of the pioneering units in the sector is languishing for want of patronage by BSNL and MTNL who place their equipment indents on MNCs in preference to the public sector ITI denying it of the share of quota reserved for the public sector units.

I urge the Ministry of Communications and the Information Technology for priority-based deployment of funds, infused into the ITI, especially for settlement of wage arrears for its employees. (Ends)

(Followed by kls/3a)

KLS/GS/3A-4.45

DEMAND TO TAKE ACTION AGAINST FAKE INSTITUTES AND UNIVERSITIES IN HIMACHAL PRADESH.

 

SHRIMATI VIPLOVE THAKUR (HIMACHAL PRADESH): Sir, I would like to draw the attention of this august House to the forged institutes and universities being operated in the State of Himachal Pradesh. These institutes and universities, not recognised by the University Grants Commission, have students falling prey to their money minting designs. Despite having been released a list of recognised institutes and universities to the State Government by the UGC, the Government has not taken any action against such forged institutes and universities. These institutes attract students offering them wide range of job-oriented degrees and diplomas in business administration, engineering, fashion designing, finance and marketing management through distance education. These institutes are charging heavy fee for courses not even recognised in the State. Through pamphlets in newspapers, advertisements on local cable channel and their agents, these institutes and universities operate in residential areas in Shimla, Mandi, Sundernagar, Hamirpur, Solan and other district headquarters in the State. These fake universities are a serious threat for education development in the country. I urge upon the hon. Minister of Human Resource Development to put a curb on such dubious institutions in order to safeguard the students' future. The list of recognised universities by the UGC should be displayed on the college notice boards to make the students aware of such fake institutions. Further, I request the Government to conduct an inquiry to find out the persons behind such fake institutions and take stern action against them. Thank you. (Ends)

DEMAND TO ALLOW PAYMENT OF FEE THROUGH

MONEY ORDER FOR SEEKING INFORMATION

UNDER THE RIGHT TO INFORAMTION ACT

SHRI VIJAY J. DARDA (MAHARAHSTRA): Sir, at present, under the Right to Information Act, 2005 under sub-section (1) of section 6 and under section 7, an applicant has to pay a fee of rupees 10/- and other charges, for seeking requisite information by way of cash or by demand draft or bankers cheques only and payment through money order is not accepted. As you know, Sir, to get demand draft/bankers cheque for smaller amount of Rs.10/- and more, one has to pay Rs.40 to Rs.50 towards bank commission. But the postal commission for money order up to Rs.20/- is Re.1 (one rupee only) and for Rs.50/- commission is Rs.3 and Rs.100/- it is only Rs.5. The rule that the fees for seeking information can be paid only through cash or demand draft/banker cheque is causing inconvenience and harassment to those persons who live in the area where proper banking facilities are not available. Even if where banking facilities are available payment through demand draft/banker cheque makes one to pay more when this facility can be had through money order at a lesser cost. I would, therefore, urge upon the Government to make the facilities available through money order. Since this can be done by only amending the relevant rule made under the Act without amending the principal Act, the Government should take prompt action in the matter. (Ends)

NEED TO IMPLEMENT NATIONAL RURAL EMPLOYMENT GUARANTEE PROGRAMME

 

ִ֮ ֚ (׿ִ ֻ) : ֮֮ߵ ֳ֬ , ֯ ִ֬ ָָ ֮ ٕػ וֻ ֛ ӓֻ ָև ֮ ֛ ֮ ֣ ֯ ָ ִõֆ ֟ ־׾פ Դ ׻ ™ ٣ ׯ֔ ߾֮ ך ٕػ ׬ӿ ׮ֵ֤ ׾֬ֆ ד֟ ֮- ֵ ֮ ֳ ֵ ֮ ִ֮ ãן ֕ ָָ ϵ ־֕ ֵ ֮ ֮ ֛ ֵ: ֮ ָ ָ , , ׸, ֯ևԬ, , -ָ פ

֮ ֤֕ ִֵ ָ -, ֻ֕, ֿ֮, ײֻ֕, և ׮ֵ֤ ׾֬֋ ֲֻ ָև ֮ ָ֤֟ פ ד֟ ֮֕ן , ֲ ׮ֵ֤ ׾֬ֆ ד֟ ֵ ֮ ָ֤֟ ׸ָ ֱ ֤õ ֵ , ו ٣ ִõ ׾ֻ և ָ ָ ִ ֛ ֵֻ֮ ֓ ֋ , ߾֮ ֿ ׮ָֿ ָָ ֤ ֋ (2 ָ ָ)

SC/SSS/4.50/3B

(ֳ֬ ( פ ס־) ߚ߮ )

ִ֮ ֚ (֟) : : ֯ ִ֬ ָָ ׮־ ׾ֿ ׸ãן ֮ ֕ػ ֛ ӓֻ ָև "™ߵ ִ ָ ָ ֮" ןֿߑ ߵ ָָ ָ ׮֟ ֮ֆ ֿ֣ߑ ֋ ָ ִ֕ ܵ ָ (ִ֯)

SHRI SILVIUS CONDPAN (ASSAM): Sir, I associate myself with the Special Mention made by Shri Saman Pathak.

REQUEST FOR PROVISION OF BASIC AMENITIES

AT THENI RAILWAY STATION IN TAMIL NADU

SHRI S. P. M. SYED KHAN (TAMIL NADU): Sir, in our district headquarter Theni, there is a railway station from where passengers can travel to Bodi and Madurai. The Bodi-Madurai line is the only railway line available to the public. Due to absence of the basic amenities at Theni railway station, people do not come forward to use rail to travel to Madurai. There is no proper drinking water facility at this station. The drinking water is brought from an un-maintained well situated nearby. This will pave way for many diseases if one drinks this harmful water. Secondly, the only one public toilet of the station has also been closed without maintenance. This is a great inconvenience to the public. There are also no proper shelters for the waiting passengers. At present, passengers seek shadows of the trees in the station as their shelters before boarding the trains. The approach road to station and civic maintenance in the station premises are also not in good conditions. All of these problems and inconvenience keep the public away from using the only one railway line available to them.

I would, therefore, urge upon the hon. Railway Minister to kindly look into the matter and issue necessary orders for providing the basic amenities at the Theni Railway Station immediately. Thank you. (Ends)

SHRI C. PERUMAL (TAMIL NADU): Sir, I associate myself with the Special Mention made by Shri S. P. M. Syed.

SHRI S. ANBALAGAN (TAMIL NADU): Sir, I associate myself with the Special Mention made by Shri S. P. M. Syed.

NEED TO TAKE IMMEDIATE STEPS TO

ADDRESS GRIEVANCES OF FREEDOM FIGHTERS

ֵ ֿ Ͼֻ (™ߵ ֮֕֬ , פ) : , ו֮ þ֟ӡ֟ ׮ֵ ָ ָ þ֟ӡ , ֕ þ֟ӡ֟ ִ ׮ֵ ׸ָ ãן ֮ߵ þ֟ӡ֟ ׮ֵ ״ֻ֮ ֻ ֮ ׻ׯ ״ֻ֮ ֻ ֮ ӳ߸ ߴ׸ כ ָ ָָ ָ ָ֓ ֮ ֻ ٣ ֵ֟ ָ֓ ֟ ֛ ܵ þ֟ӡ֟ ִ ֮ ׸ָ , ו֮ ־ã

ָָ ָָ ß þ֟ӡ֟ ִ ׮ֵ ָ ָ ֣ ֻ֟ ָ ß ָָ ß ו֮ þ֟ӡ֟ ִ ׮ֵ ָ ãן ָ֮ , ו ָ ָ ׮ֵ ָ ֻ֟ ֣ ãן ִ ֵ֮ , ו ׸ִþֺ þ֟ӡ֟ ִ ׮ֵ ׸ָ ִ ׸ ֮ ߛ

þ֟ӡ֟ ִ ׮ֵ ׸ָ ֕ ßָ ָ ו֮ ״ןֵ ֚ ֵ , ֮ ֵ ֮ ו֮֟ ֟ ָ ֕ ָ ִ ו֮ ָ þ֟ӡ֟ ִ ׮ֵ ״ֻ ֵ

ָָ ӲӬ ־ֿ ֋ ֋Ӆ (ִ֯)

(3 ָ )

-SSS/NBR-MP/3C/4.55.

EXEMPTION OF SERVICE TAX ON INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR SHEEP POPULATION IN ANDHRA PRADESH

 

DR. M.V. MYSURA REDDY (ANDHRA PRADESH): Sir, in Andhra Pradesh, the Government have decided to introduce insurance coverage to sheep population. As per the proposed scheme, the State Government will bear 50 per cent of the cost of premia and the remaining 50 per cent will be borne by the sheep owners.

Four subsidiary insurance companies of the General Insurance Corporation have come forward to take up the subsidized insurance scheme for the welfare of the weaker sections of population.

The total insurance premia for the insurable sheep population would be around Rs. 55.21 crores. Sir, 50 per cent of this total premia will be borne by the State Government and the balance by the sheep owners. It is reliably learnt that the Government of India is levying Service Tax, under Section 66 of the Finance Act, 1994, vide Notification No. 4/2000-ST, dated 31st July, 2000, in relating to cattle insurance.

Hence, I request the Government of India to exempt levying of Service Tax in relation to cattle insurance. Thank you. (Ends)

SHRIMATI N.P. DURGA (ANDHRA PRADESH): Sir, I associate myself with the Special Mention made by my colleague, Shri Mysura Reddy. Thank you.


REQUEST TO SET UP CENTRAL INQUIRY COMMISSION TO LOOK INTO RELIGIOUS CONVERSIONS

 

ֻ (֜) : , ֜ ֜ ֿ֯ ׾֤ ״ֿ֮׸ ֯ע֮֕ ן׾׬ֵ ָ -ֲ֟ ֻ֟߮ ֬ Ϥ ֮ ׮ֵ ߿֮ ֵ֮ օ ߿֮ ָ ׾֤ ״ֿ֮׸ ϻ֮, ־ פ ָ օ ֲ ֕ ™ ֕ ָָ ֮ ׻֋ ֮ ֮֋ ֜ ֕ ֵ֮ ׯ֔ פ , וִ֮ ״ֻ , ָ Ӥ ִֻ Ӕߵ י ָָ ׾֤ ׮֤ ָ ϟ/ϟ ִ֣Ԯ ִ ײ ־, ֚ ֯ ӓ ׻֋ ߵ ֵ ֮ ד֟ ֵԾ ꅠ (ִ֯)

֚ () : , þֵ ׾ֵ ִ֨

URGENT NEED FOR DOPE TESTING ON SPORTSPERSONS

FOR INTERNATIONAL COMPETITIONS

SHRI MAHENDRA MOHAN (UTTAR PRADESH): Sir, my Special Mention is pertaining to dope testing on sportspersons for international competitions.

Sir, at a time when the sports world is rocked by major doping scandals, India has not conducted a single dope test on its sportspersons for the past three months. This despite the country having one of the worst track records as far as rogue athletes are concerned. Reportedly, the Sports Authority of India (SAI), whose duty is to collect certain samples from sportspersons, has run out of the sample-collection kits.

But, recently, some teams in athletics, volleyball, hockey and boxing left for competitions abroad without these tests. Only time will tell how crucial these misses would be. The volleyball team took part in the Rashid International Tournament in Dubai while the sub-junior boxing squad is currently in Istanbul for the World Cadet Championships.

It may be appreciated that four months from now the Asian Games are to be held in Doha. Therefore, it is necessary to ensure that the athletes are clean -- or cleaned up -- well before that major event.

The other vital part is that the SAI has not yet established the required accredited Dope Control Centre. Currently, the samples are sent to accredited labs, either in Malaysia or Thailand.

In recent years, the country's image has been besmirched due to a number of dope positive cases. Therefore, to prevent any further embarrassment to India in the international competitions, the Government should move fast to acquire, on a priority basis, adequate stocks of the sample collection kits, resume the dope tests programme and also seek the accreditation of the World Anti-Doping Agency for setting up the authorised Dope Control Centres. Thank you. (Ends)

(FOLLOWED BY USY "3D")

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