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MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: Now I shall put amendments (Nos.3 and 5) moved by Shrimati Brinda Karat to vote.

Amendments (Nos.3 and 5) were negatived.

SHRIMATI BRINDA KARAT: He has accepted that amendment. ...(Interruptions)... Sharadji has accepted our amendment. ...(Interruptions)... Sir, there are two amendments, one is in "consultation with the State Governments" ...(Interruptions)...

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: You spoke on that. You see we put all the three amendments together, I said. ...(Interruptions)...

SHRI SHARAD PAWAR: Sir, on page 2, after line 9, following be inserted, namely, "in consultation with the State Governments", I have said that I have accepted that. ...(Interruptions)... I beg to move;

That at page 2, after line 9, the following be inserted, namely, - "in consultation with the State Governments."

The question was put and the motion was adopted.

Clause 3, as amended, was added to the Bill.

Clauses 4 to 6 were added to the Bill

 

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: Now we shall take up the Schedule. There is one Amendment by Shrimati Brinda Karat. . ...(Interruptions)... It is only to Schedule. ...(Interruptions)...

SHRIMATI BRINDA KARAT: But before that, you have not let me speak on that. I moved an amendment for deletion.

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: Which one?

SHRIMATI BRINDA KARAT: Not exceeding six months. My fifth amendment, page 2, line 12 to 16. ...(Interruptions)... That means deletion.

SHRI SHARAD PAWAR: Let it be passed. ...(Interruptions)...

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: Leave it. ...(Interruptions)...

SHRIMATI BRINDA KARAT: Okay, okay. ...(Interruptions)...

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: Are you insisting on the amendment to Schedule? ...(Interruptions)...

SCHEDULE

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That at page 3, after line 14, the following be inserted, namely-

"(8) coal, including coke and other derivatives;

(9) cotton and woollen textiles;

(10) paper, including newsprit."

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The question was proposed.


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MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: I shall now put Shrimati Brinda Karat's Amendment (No.6) to vote.

 

Amendment (No.6) was negatived.

The Schedule was added to the Bill.

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: In clause 1 there is one amendment (No.2) by the hon. Minister.

Clause-1 - Short title and commencement

 

SHRI SHARAD PAWAR: Sir, I move:

(2) That at page 1, line 2, for the figure "2005" the figure "2006" be substituted.

The question was put and the motion was adopted.

 

Clause 1, as amended, was added to the Bill.

 

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: In the Enacting Formula, there is one amendment (No.1) by the hon. Minister.

ENACTING FORMULA

SHRI SHARAD PAWAR: Sir, I move:

 

That at page 1, line 1, for the word "Fifty-sixth" the word "Fifty-seventh" be substituted.

The question was put and the motion was adopted.

The Enacting Formula, as amended, was added to the Bill.

The Title was added to the Bill.

 

SHRI SHARAD PAWAR: Sir, I move:

That the Bill, as amended, be passed.

The question was put and the motion was adopted.

(Ends) (Followed by 4o)

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SPECIAL MENTIONS

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: We will now take up Special Mentions. Let us lay them on the Table of the House. Shri Janardhana Poojary.

DEMAND FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO KARNATAKA TO TIDE OVER DROUGHT AND FLOOD.

 

SHRI JANARDHANA POOJARY (KARNATAKA): Sir, Karnataka is facing dual challenges simultaneously today. While 157 tehsils spread across 16 districts in the State are reeling under drought situation, nearly eight districts, i.e. Raichur Gulbarga, Bijapur Bidar, Chamrajnagar, Koppal, Belgaum and Bagalkot, are flooded.

There is acute shortage of fodder for the cattle and drinking water for the people of the areas facing drought on account of inadequate rainfall this season. It is estimated that about 50% of the crop would be damaged on account of the drought condition in the area. Both human beings and cattle are facing hardship. If immediate remedial measures are not taken, the situation is likely to deteriorate further. Water levels in the rivers adjoining the affected areas, i.e. Krishna, Bheema and Ghataprabha, are continuously rising largely on account of Maharashtra releasing water from their Ujjaini and Koina Dams. A large parts of the districts facing flood are inundated, threatening life and property in these locations. There is already a heavy toll of property in the area. As a precaution, thousands of people living in the affected areas have to be shifted and rehabilitated in safer areas immediately to prevent any loss of life.

The State Government needs immediate assistance from the Centre to face the twin challenges confronting Karnataka.

I, on behalf of Karnataka and on my own behalf, request the Central Government to immediately release Rs. 500 Crores to the State Government to enable it to take appropriate relief measures in the affected areas. (Ends)

DEMAND TO FILL VACANCIES IN DELHI UNIVERSITY, PARTICULARLY IN COMMERCE AND BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION DEPARTMENT

 

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NEED FOR FAST TRACK CLEARANCE OF KARNATAKA GOVERNMENTS PROPOSALS DURING 2006-2007

 

SHRI B.K. HARIPRASAD (KARNATAKA): Sir, the Government of Karnataka's proposals for approval and funding of projects on education, tribal welfare and special welfare fronts call for Centre's fast-tract approval and release of funds.

Under Sarvasiksha Abhiyan of the HRD Ministry, additional quantity of rice to cover 19.66 lakh children under mid-day meal scheme, additional class rooms at primary level at Hassan, Mandya and Bangalore rural districts during 2006-07, revision of norms for sanction of school-grant to cover 5% of total teachers salaries (as done in Maharashtra). CENTALLY-SPONSORED SCHEMES ON 50:50 BASIS ON TRIBAL AFFAIRS. Sanction and release of funds for: Providing coaching of tribal students for civil services exams and vocational training; conducting research and training on tribals; post-matric scholarships of ST students; special assistance to Tribal sub-plan; special assistance under article 275(1) of the constitution of India on irrigation projects CENTRAL ASSISTANCE UNDER SOCIAL JUSTICE & EMPOWERMENT MINISTRY: Pre and post-matric scholarships for OBC students; Implementation of PCR acts 1955 and POA Act 1989, I urge the Centre, and the concerned Ministries to expedite sanction and release of funds to the State during 2006-07. (Ends)

 

CONCERN OVER THE DISMAL SITUATION OF FARAKKA BARRAGE PROJECT

 

SHRI MOINUL HASSAN (WEST BENGAL): Sir, Farakka Barrage Project is an important project of the Government of India in West Bengal. Since long, this project has been facing shortage of staff. Out of 13 nos. of ex. engineers, there is only one on ad-hoc basis, There is no regular ex- engineer. The project authority proposes to fill-up the post, but the Ministry did not respond.

At present, there is only one graduate (BE) officer in the Farakka Projects - except him, all are diploma holders. The UPSC has recently elected 5 nos. of BE officers in Asst. Engineer grade, but the appointment orders have not been issued.

In FBP school, there is shortage of teachers. The teachers who have retired, are posted. This causes sufferings not only to the students, but also to the common people of the entire locality. There is a 50-bedded hospital. FBP is not in a position to maintain the hospital. The hospital may be handed over to CGHS, if they agree, in order to give relief to the common people and workers of FBP to alleviate their sufferings.

In this perspective, the GOI handed over the anti erosion programme to the FBP. Sir, I firmly believe that, the huge work of anti-erosion will not be properly performed, if the infrastructure is not developed.

So, I urge upon the Government to give proper attention to the FBP to take steps to improve the dismal situation prevailing in a project of national importance. (Ends)

 

DEMAND TO ENACT PUBLIC LIBRARY LEGISLATION IN EVERY STATE IN THE COUNTRY

 

DR. BARUN MUKHERJEE (WEST BENGAL): Sir, for an integrated public library and information services, public library legislation is essential. In the present backdrop of explosion of knowledge and information throughout the world, common men can not keep pace with multi-facted needs of every-day life without the aid of public libraries. In fact, public library stands as poor man's university. It serves our needs for knowledge, information and pleasure. In other words, public libraries help us to strengthen our democratic foundation.

But, unfortunately, we have not been able to develop our library-consciousness upto the desired level. Even we lack political will to develop this social institution, as a result of which library legislation has been enacted only in a few States of our country. Out of 28 states and 7 U.T.s, the Public Library Act has been implemented only in 13 States so far. Beginning from the Madras Public Libraries Act 1948, the last Public Library Act has been implemented in Uttranchal in 2005. Still, 15 of our States, including Delhi, U.P. Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and others are yet to enact a library legislation of urgent public importance. Although Library legislation is a State subject, the Government of India and the Ministry of Culture have a major role to play for inspiring and assisting the States in this matter. I urge upon the Government to come forward to ensure enactment of the Public Library legislation in all the States at an early date, and thus, to strengthen the public library movement of our country. (Ends)

 

REQUEST TO DIRECT GOVERNMENT OF ANDHRA PRADESH TO PASS ON 2% REBATE GIVEN BY GOVERNMENT OF INDIA TO FARMERS

 

SHRIMATI N.P. DURGA (ANDHRA PRADESH): Sir, the Government of AP says that it is giving the highest priority to agriculture. But, what is happening on the ground is contrary to what it says. In pursuance of the decision taken by the GOI to extend 2% rebate to farmers, NABARD issued a Memorandum NO. N.B.PLD/1000/A1(GEN)(RP/2005-06 to APCOB. According to this, farmers who have taken loan in last Kharif and repaid their loan by 31-05-2006, are eligible to get 2% rebate. But, the AP Government has subsumed 2% rebate into the rebate that it is giving to farmers. Thereby, farmers are deprived to get the benefit of 2% rebate given by the GOI. And, farmers are now asked to pay last kharif loan @5% instead of 3% and due to this, farmers of AP have to pay Rs. 60 crores more, which otherwise has to be passed on to them by the State Government

The other problem that AP farmers are facing is three-tier rate of interest. Due to this, the final interest paid by farmers comes to 11% which is more than what the nationalised banks are charging. For example, NABARD is giving loan @5.75% to APCOB, APCOB giving to DCCB by adding 0.5% additional interest as its commission, then, DCCBs are adding 2% more and giving to Primary Agricultural Societies and PASc are adding a further 2.75% and giving them to farmers. Ultimately, farmers are getting loan @11%.

So, I request the GOI to direct the AP Government to immediately release 2% rebate given by it to farmers and also keep only one slab rate of interest on loans given to farmers. (Ends)

 

DENIAL OF RIGHT TO VOTE IN

VILLAGE ELECTIONS IN ANDHRA PRADESH

SHRI GIREESH KUMAR SANGHI (ANDHRA PRADESH): In the recent elections to the Mandal Parishads and Zilla Parishads in Andhra Pradesh held in July 2006, a large number of voters were not allowed to cast their votes under the pretext that they did not have proof of residence, like ration card or electoral photo ID card or bank passbook or some other similar documents, although they were bona fide residents of the village.

There are certain people everywhere, like agriculture labour or coolie, some are unemployed or physically handicapped persons, who don't have any such documents, but they have been living in the village for many years. The Village Secretary, who lives in the village, is fully aware that they are actually residents of the village. Some of them have been casting votes for the last about forty years or so, but this time, they were not allowed to caste their vote inspite of their names and addresses being there in the voters' list and the polling agents of the candidates not objecting. Moreover, MLAs and MPs were not allowed to come out of their houses during the election on that day. This type of action is unconstitutional and against the healthy democratic principles of social justice and free and fair elections.

Every citizen who is eligible to vote should be given all opportunity and proper ambience to caste his vote. But under the guise of some instructions lakhs of innocent voters, agriculture labourers, those who are working in the unorganized sector, industrial workers, etc., should not be denied to caste their votes - which is nothing but denial of fundamental rights.

I, therefore, urge upon the Govt. to ask the Election Commission to look into the matter and issue appropriate guidelines to hold free and fair elections at every level and no citizen should be denied his right to vote. (ENDS)

NEED TO REVIEW COAL POLICY TO BRIDGE GAP BETWEEN DEMAND AND SUPPLY

 

SHRI RAMDAS AGARWAL (RAJASTHAN): Sir, India has worlds fourth largest coal reserves but due to defective coal policy. We have not been able to exploit it adequately. The Coal Mines (Nationalisation Act of 1973 made the activities a public sector monopoly as except, the captive purposes, coal blocks are not allotted for mining. This has resulted in an inadequate supply of coal to our steel power and cement sectors.

I may add that million of tonnes of coal is being imported by the public/private Sector to meet their requirements. We produce only 400 million tonnes of coal whereas our requirement is expected to be 700 M.T. by 2012. Our additional requirement of 300 M.T. annually has therefore, to be planned in advance. Otherwise, there will be a huge gap between demand and supply. If the decision for allotment of new blocks of coal deposits is not taken timely, the industry will have a serious set back, effecting the economic growth of the country, i.e. G.D.P.

I may further add that the increase of coal production is imperative for Indian economy to sustain economic growth at 8-9%. I, therefore, urge upon the Government through this Special Mention that our coal policy be made in such a way that progress of infrastructure industry like steel, power and cement should not suffer for want of coal. Sir, time has come to review all these laws and regulations which are hampering growth and progress of this important sector.

At the end, I once again want to say that, any further delay will have a severe impact on industrial growth and we will be compelled to depend for over coal consumption on huge imports, and indecisiveness in this matter will cause irreparable loss to the Indian economy.

(ENDS)

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: Shri Tarlochan Singh. (Interruptions)

SHRI TARLOCHAN SINGH: Sir,...(Interruptions)...

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DEMAND FOR CBI INQUIRY INTO A CASE OF CHEATING UNEMPLOYED YOUTH BY A PRIVATE BODY PROJECTING ITSELF AS PUBLIC SECTOR UNDERTAKING OF THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT

 

SHRI TARLOCHAN SINGH (HARYANA): Sir, I want to raise an issue, which is a new type of fraud committed against the public. The unemployed youth have been cheated through this novel method. Last year some persons formed a corporation named AGROFED, India, (Agriculture & Cooperation) and they mentioned on the pad and all its papers that it is an undertaking of the Government of India. The Head Office of the Corporation was shown at 4th Floor, South Ex-Tower, South Extension-II, New Delhi. The Corporation recruited hundreds of youth and charged huge sum of money from each of them. Since there is so much unemployment the youth had to sell their property or land to get the employment. It is reported that over three thousand appointment letters were issued. It is a very strange conspiracy that all the Government hospitals gave facility to all the employees of giving them medical fitness certificates. Joining Reports, and later on, transfers and posting orders were issued. It was at that stage that the genuinity of this bogus corporation was exposed. I want to further mention that the owner of this bogus corporation was given office space in Ambala Cantt in the Sainik Rest House. Recently, two or three important T.V. Channels have shown many youth showing their appointment letters and narrating their woes. The hundreds of students have been demonstrating in Ambala for last two days demanding that their money be returned.

I plead to the Union Home Minister to please hand over the case to CBI for proper investigation so that the culprits could be booked and the unfortunate victims may get proper relief. (Ends)

REQUEST TO INTERVENE IN THE DECISION OF KARNATAKA GOVERNMENT TO CONSTRUCT DAMS BY DIRECT WATER OF MHADEVI RIVER

SHRI SHANTARAM LAXMAN NAIK (GOA): Karnataka Govt. plans to construct seven dams and three hydroelectric projects by diverting water of river Mhadei. Karnataka Irrigation Minister has announced to commence the work on 2nd October, 2006.

Goa would be affected the most as the river, also known as Mandovi, would literally dry up. Goa covers the major catchments area of 1580 sq km of the Mhadei basin while Karnataka covers 375 sq km. The catchments area in Maharashtra, however, is only 76 sq km. Goa has objected to the diversion of water from Mhadei basin to Malprabha river, which is part of the Krishna basin. As per the national guidelines, no water can be diverted from one basin to the other, without an inter-State agreement.

There are nine river basins occupying the 3702 km geographical area of Goa State - namely, the Terekhol, the Chapora, the Baga, the Mandovi, the Zuari, the Sal, the Salauli the Talpona and the Galibagh . The Madai/Mandovi is the biggest river basin in Goa State draining an area of 1580, km i.e. 42.70 percent of geographical area of Goa State.

The important tributaries of the Mandovi in Goa State are the Madei, the Surla, the Kotrachi, the Ragda, the Khandepar (Dudhsagar), the Kudne, the Valvat, the Bicholim, the Assonora and the Sinkerim. Besides, parts of Tiswadi, Bardez, Bicholim, Ponda talukas and entire area of Sattari taluka of North Goa district and part of Sanguem taluka of south Goa district lie in the Mandovi river basin in Goa.

The Central Government should intervene in the matter and resolve the issue. (ENDS)

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: The House is adjourned to meet tomorrow at 11.00 A.M.

...

The House then adjourned at seven minutes past

eight of the clock till eleven of the clock on

Tuesday, the 22 August, 2006.

 

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