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PAPERS LAID ON THE TABLE

SHRI CHANDRA SEKHAR SAHU: Sir, on behalf of ...(Interruptions) ...

 

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SHRI SHRIPRAKASH JAISWAL: Sir, I lay on the Table

I.  A copy  (in English and Hindi) of the Ministry of Home Affairs Notification G.S.R.  417 (E) dated the 12th May, 2006, publishing the Citizenship (Amendment) Rules, 2006, under sub-section (4)  of section 18 of the Citizenship Act, 1955.

II. A copy  (in English and Hindi) of the Ministry of Home Affairs Notification S.O. 365 (E) dated the 20th March, 2006, appointing the Deputy Central Intelligence Officer, Officer in-Charge of Immigration Check Post, Munabao as the "Civil Authority" for the immigration check post located at Munabao in Rajasthan, under sub-clause (2) of clause 2 of the Foreigners Order, 1948. 

III (1). A copy each (in English and Hindi) of the following papers, under  sub-section (2) of the section 20 of the Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993:-

 

(a)  Annual Report of the National Human Rights Commission, New Delhi, for the year 2004-2005.

 

(b)  Memorandum of Action Taken on the Annual Report of the National Human Rights Commission, New Delhi, for the year 2004-2005.

(2).  Statement (in English and Hindi) giving reasons for the delay in laying the papers mentioned at (1) above.      

SHRI E.V.K.S. ELANGOVAN: Sir, I lay on the Table a copy each  (in English and Hindi) of the following papers:

 

(a) Annual  Report  and  Accounts  of  the  Indian Jute  Industries Research Association (IJIRA), Kolkata, for the year 2004-2005, together with the Auditor's Report on the Accounts.   

 

(b)  Review by Government on the working of the above Association.

 

(c)   Statement giving reasons for the delay in laying the papers   mentioned at (a) above.

 

 

 

SHRI JAIRAM RAMESH: Sir, I lay on the Table

I.  A copy (in English and Hindi) of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (Department of Commerce) Notification G.S.R. 791 (E) dated the 24th May, 2006, publishing the Export of Basmati Rice (Quality Control and Inspection) (Amendment) Rules, 2006, under sub-section (3) of section 17 of the Export (Quality Control and Inspection) Act, 1963.

II. A copy (in English and Hindi) of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (Department of Commerce) Notification G.S.R. 428 (E) dated the 18th July, 2006, publishing the Tea Board (Recruitment and Conditions of Service of Officers appointed by Government) Amendment Rules, 2006, under sub section (3) of section 49 of the Tea Act, 1953.

III.  A copy each (in English and Hindi) of the following papers, under sub-section (1) of section 619A of the Companies Act, 1956:

 

(a)    Twenty - third Annual  Report  and  Accounts of  the   STCL Limited, Bangalore, for the year 2005-2006, together with   the Auditor's Report on the Accounts and the comments of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India thereon.   

 

(b)   Review by Government on the working of the above Company.

IV.  A copy each (in English and Hindi) of the following papers, under sub-section (3) of section 22 and sub-section (4) of section 19 of the Tobacco Board Act, 1975:

 

(a)   Annual  Report  and Accounts of the  Tobacco Board, Guntur, for the year 2004-2005, together with  the Auditor's Report on the Accounts.

 

(b)      Review by Government on the working of the above Board.

(Ends)

MESSAGE FROM LOK SABHA

THE CENTRAL SILK BOARD (AMENDMENT) BILL, 2006.

SECRETARY-GENERAL: Sir, I have to report to the House the following message received from the Lok Sabha, signed by the Secretary-General of the Lok Sabha:

"In accordance with the provisions of rule 120 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in Lok Sabha, I am directed to inform you that Lok Sabha, at its sitting held on the 22nd August, 2006, agreed without any amendment to the Central Silk Board (Amendment) Bill, 2006, which was passed by Rajya Sabha at its sitting held on the 14th August, 2006." (Ends)

REPORTS OF THE PUBLIC ACCOUNTS COMMITTEE

 

SHRI V. NARAYANASAMY (PONDICHERRY): Sir, I lay on the Table a copy each (in English and Hindi) of the following Reports of the Public Accounts Committee (2006-2007):

(i)  Thirty-first Report of the Committee (Fourteenth Lok Sabha) on "Excesses over Voted Grants and Charged Appropriations (2004-2005)"; and

(ii)  Thirty-second Report of the Committee (Fourteenth Lok Sabha) on action taken on the Tenth Report of the Committee (Fourteenth Lok Sabha) on "Excesses over Voted Grants and Charged Appropriations (2002-2003)".

(Ends)

RE: REJECTION OF PRIVILEGE MOTION OF SHRI V. NARAYANASAMY, M.P. AND OTHER MEMBERS AGAINST THE LEADER OF OPPOSITION, SHRI JASWANT SINGH.

 

MR. CHAIRMAN: Hon. Members, I had received from Shri V. Narayanasamy and other Members a notice under Rule 188 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in Rajya Sabha to raise the question of privilege against Shri Jaswant Singh, the Leader of Opposition, for having placed on record on August 1, 2006 "a purportedly forged letter and thereby misleading the House over the issue". This notice mentioned that Shri Jaswant Singh had claimed that the letter was correspondence between Harry Barnes (former US Ambassador to India) and US Senator, Thomas W. Graham; however, as per report appearing in a newspaper on August 2, Barnes had (reportedly) denied having anything to do with what Shri Jaswant Singh claimed to be the correspondence between Barnes and Graham.

(Contd. by 1o/KSK)

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MR. CHAIRMAN (CONTD): As per the notice, Shri Jaswant Singh had, therefore, placed on record a purportedly forged letter and thus misled the House.

In his letter dated 10th August, 2006, offering comments on the notice, Shri Jaswant Singh, the Leader of the Opposition, says that he stands by his statement in the House on August 1, that the said letter was written by Graham to Barnes, that the copy of this letter was given to him and that it was not forged by him. Shri Jaswant Singh has also authenticated copy of the letter for being placed on the Table of the House.

I find that the basis of the said notice is merely a newspaper report viz., "that the Indian Express however has reported today that Barnes has denied having anything to do with what Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, Shri Jaswant Singh, claims is the correspondence between Barnes and US Senator Thomas Graham." The comments offered by Shri Jaswant Singh, Leader of the Opposition, clearly reveal that the newspaper report was not based on substantiated facts. This case, therefore, highlights an important lesson that greater care, caution and prudence must be exercised in such a serious matter while relying on media reports.

In this case, it clearly emerges that Shri Jaswant Singh, the Leader of the Opposition made the statement in the House on August 1, quoting from a letter which he believed to be true and which he has also authenticated as true. It cannot, therefore, be said that his statement in the House on August 1, was wrong or made deliberately to mislead the House. Accordingly, no breach of privilege arises from his statement. In view of this, I do not consider it to be a fit case to be raised as a matter of breach of privilege. I, therefore, withhold my consent. (Ends)

CALLING ATTENTION RE: SPREAD OF CHICKUNGUNYA VIRAL FEVER IN DIFFERENT PARTS OF COUNTRY AND REMEDIAL MEASURES TAKEN BY GOVERNMENT

 

SHRI V. NARAYANASAMY (PONDICHERRY): Sir, I call the attention of the Minister of Health and Family Welfare to the spread of Chickungunya viral fever in different parts of the country and remedial measures taken by the Government in regard thereto.

MR. CHAIRMAN: What type of disease it is?

THE MINISTER OF HEALTH AND FAMILY WELFARE (DR. ANBUMANI RAMDOSS): Sir, it is a viral disease spread by mosquitoes. Chickungunya is a debilitating non-fatal viral illness. It resembles dengue fever. It is caused by Chickungunya virus. It is spread by the bite of female Aedes mosquitoes, primarily Aedes aegypti. Humans are considered to be major source or reservoir of Chickungunya virus for mosquitoes. Therefore, the mosquitoes usually transmit the disease by biting infected person and then biting others. The infected person cannot spread the infection directly to another person, that is, it is not contagious disease. Chickungunya typically results in a large number of cases but deaths are rarely encountered.

(MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN in the Chair)

Aedes aegypti mosquitoes bite during the day and breed in a wide variety of man-made containers which are common around human dwellings. These containers such as discarded tyres, flower pots, old water drums, family water trough, water storage vessels and plastic food containers collect rain water and become the source of breeding of Aedes mosquitoes.

So far as current outbreak of Chickungunya is concerned, the States affected with Chickungunya fever are Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Kerala. The reported number of suspected Chickungunya fever cases is as follows (Annexure-I):-

State

 

No. of districts affected

 

Total fever cases/ suspected Chickungunya fever cases

No. of samples sent to NIV/NICD

 

No. of confirmed cases

 

No. of deaths

 

Andhra Pradesh

20

110618

1224

150

0

Karnataka

27

664129

4376

266

0

Maharashtra

31

216455

4443

507

0

Tamil Nadu

34

43580

413

59

0

Madhya Pradesh

4

44966

36

4

0

Gujarat

12

22963

317

26

0

Kerala

1

13

0

03

0

Total

129

1102724

10809

1015

0

 

The following strategies have been recommended for prevention and control of Chickungunya:

1. Detection and treatment of suspected cases:- Chickungunya is diagnosed by blood test. Since the clinical test for both Chickungunya and Dengue are similar, laboratory confirmation is important especially in the areas where Dengue is endemic.

There is no vaccine or specific medicine available against Chickungunya infection. There is no specific drug to cure the infection. However, the symptoms can be alleviated by taking pain relieving drugs like Paracetamol, plenty of fluids and normal diet.

2. Vector control:-

(i) Source reduction by elimination of all potential vector breeding places near the domestic or peri-domestic areas.

(ii) Not allowing the storage of water for more than a week. This could be achieved by emptying and drying the water containers once in a week.

(iii) Straining of the stored water by using a clean cloth once a week to remove the mosquito larvae from the water and the water can be reused. The sieved cloth should be dried in the sun to kill immature stages of mosquitoes. (continued by 1p)

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DR. ANBUMANI RAMDOSS (CONTD.):

(iv) Where the water cannot be removed but used for cattle or other purposes, Temephos can be used once a week at a dose of 1 ppm (parts per million)

                        Use of Biological control methods like introduction of larvivorous fish, namely, Gambusia and Guppy in water tanks and other water sources.

                        Pyrethrum extract (0.1%) can be sprayed in rooms (not outside) to kill the adult mosquitoes hiding in the house.

 

3. Social Mobilisation through Behavioural Change Communication: The vector mosquito, Aedes aegypti breeding occurs in domestic and peri-domestic containers in the urban and sub-urban situation and hence, the participation of families and community becomes crucial. In order to bring changes in the behaviour of community in respect of prevention of mosquito breeding, sustained information, education and communication activities should be carried out, so that the people are motivated for safe disposal of solid wastes, observing a dry day in a week, straining of the stored water by using a clean cloth once a week to remove the mosquito larvae. The role of the elected representatives, media, faith based organisations, NGOs, resident welfare associations, corporate sector, etc. becomes a paramount importance in dissemination of correct information and ultimately leading to behaviour change in the community.

 

Sir, the following actions have been taken by the Government of India for prevention and control of Chikungunya.

            States have been provided detailed guidelines for the prevention and control of Chikungunya fever.

            Review of Chikungunya situation by the Hon. Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, Government of India on 29th July, 2006 at Hyderabad. The meeting was also attended by Hon. State Health Minister of Andhra Pradesh and Director, National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP).

            On 30th July, 2006, a meeting of Health Ministers of four states namely Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka was held at Bangalore. This meeting was also attended by the Director, NVBDCP. A joint action plan was prepared for the collaboration between the health authorities of these States.

            Later, on 8th August, 2006, I had a meeting with the Health Ministers of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Gujarat. The Ministers presented a memorandum in which, apart from other things like technical and material support for containing Chikungunya, a request for setting up of a new Virological laboratory in Southern India was made, which was agreed to. It was further agreed that the capacity for production of reagents by National Institute of Virology, Pune, for confirmatory testing of Chikungunya would be augmented.

            During the meeting on 8th August, 2006, the States had requested for additional support for information, education and communication activities. The request was accepted.

            The officers of National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme have made field visits and provided technical support in all affected States. The dates of field visits are as follows.

DETAILS OF FIELD VISITS BY OFFICERS OF NVBDCP

State

Date

Andhra Pradesh

13th - 17th February 2006,

28th, 29th July, 2006,

One team is currently camping

Maharashtra

3rd - 7th April, 2006

16th to 22nd August, 2006

Tamil Nadu

16th - 19th June, 2006

Karnataka

13th - 18th March, 2006

Madhya Pradesh

5th - 11th July, 2006

28th July, 2006 to 4th August, 2006

Gujarat

10th to 14th August, 2006, one team is currently camping.

 

            The information regarding materials supplied to the States is as follows:

DETAILS OF MATERIAL SUPPLIED TO THE STATES

State

Temephos

(in liters)

Pyrethrum

(in liters)

 

2005-06

2006-07

2005-06

2006-07

Maharashtra

6290

9000

5000

10000

Andhra Pradesh

7700

5000

4500

5500

Tamil Nadu

5425

2000

7700

9000

Karnataka

2600

2500

2500

1500

 

The State of Madhya Pradesh has been supplied 3500 liters of Temephos and 6000 liters of Pyrethrum. (Ends)

SHRI V. NARAYANASAMY (PONDICHERRY): Mr. Deputy Chairman, Sir, I thank you for giving me this opportunity. Sir, after the spread of bird flu in Maharastra, the disease Chikungunya has spread over to other States like Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh, especially in the slum areas, tribal areas and the rural areas. The hon. Minister has mentioned in his statement that these mosquitoes bite during the day and breed in containers such as discarded tyres, flower pots etc., and, due to water logging, it becomes a breeding ground for the mosquitoes.

Sir, the result of this disease is that people get high temperature, more than the viral fever, which they have, they get joint pains, and, thereafter, they are not able to move. This is the situation. Sir, it is a new disease and people were not aware of its implications. Actually, Sir, I got the information from Betul District of Madhya Pradesh where lakhs of people have been affected by Chikungunya. I brought it to the notice of the hon. Minister also and requested him that necessary assistance should be provided. The hon. Minister called a review meeting of the Health Ministers of the affected States and reviewed the situation. He said that medical officers have been sent to take preventive measures. Sir, according to the Hon. Minister, paracetamol tablet can be used, and, there is no specific drug for this disease.

(Contd. by sk-1q)

SK/1Q/12.15

SHRI V. NARAYANASAMY (CONTD.): Sir, a lot of people have been affected in the slum areas in Tamil Nadu, from where the hon. Minister comes. It was reported like that. I do not know whether it is a fact or not. One lady who had to get married after three-four days, died due to Chikungunya. This is reported in the newspapers. I do not know whether it is a fact or not. Even some of the Members of Parliament were also affected in Tamil Nadu. This is what the reports say. ...(Interruptions).. A victim is sitting here also. Mr. Nandi Yellaiah has been affected by this disease. Sir, it is a dreaded disease which affects the people immediately. And, the hon. Minister says that the review meeting has been done and the officers have been sent for the purpose of helping the affected States. Sir, as far as the publicity is concerned, telling the people how it spreads and what preventive measures can be taken by the various States, the State machineries or the district machineries, it should be done on a war-footing, because prevention is better than cure. We have come to know about it only after it has spread in the States like Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and in some parts of Kerala also. Sir, I dispute the Annexure and the figures that have been given by the Ministry with regard to the number of people that have been affected by Chikungunya. As per my personal knowledge, as far as Madhya Pradesh is concerned, in Betul district, more than one lakh people have been affected. But, the figures that they have mentioned is only 44,966. Sir, we have put Nehru Yuva Kendra on the job. I request the hon. Minister to send the doctors to assist the State Government in helping the people who have been affected. But, Sir, whether it is Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra or Madhya Pradesh, everywhere, the required medicines have to be given to the people. The worst situation is there in the tribal areas. The tribal people are most affected, especially, in the northern parts of the country. They do not know what kind of disease this is. They do not know what is the medicine for it. When they approach the doctors, the doctors are giving them only Paracetamol and say that after having it, the disease should be over. But, people are remaining affected for even more than thirty days. Fever is not coming down and is continuing for more than thirty days. I do not know whether it is there in other countries also. I would like the hon. Minister to explain whether such kind of disease is there in other countries also. Now, it is a new kind of disease that is coming. I would like to know from the hon. Minister what is the position with regard to the medicines that are required and the precautionary measures that have to be taken by various State Governments as well as the Health Ministry. I would like to know about this because I am not satisfied with the measures that have been taken by the Health Ministry. These measures are not sufficient to meet the danger that has been arising due to Chikungunya.

SHRIMATI S.G. INDIRA: Thank you, Sir.

SHRI V. NARAYANASAMY: Why are you thanking me? Everybody is here to speak in this House and the Minister is here to reply. Sir, the measures which the hon. Minister has mentioned are, vide publicity through the State machinery, meeting of the Health Ministers in Hyderabad, review meeting in Delhi and sending the medical officers for controlling the Chikungunya in various States. Sir, as per my knowledge, as far as Madhya Pradesh is concerned, adequate medicines are not available, especially, in the tribal areas. Therefore, we have to put in some of the voluntary organisations to assist the people, to clean the area and also to provide medicines through the doctors. Now, what is the present position in this regard? In Tamil Nadu, the disease is spreading in the city areas also. In Chennai also, it is spreading in the city areas. A part of Karnataka has also been affected. The situation is alarming in Kerala also. As per the information given by the hon. Minister, more than one lakh people have been affected in Andhra Pradesh; in Karnataka, more than six lakh sixty four thousand people have been affected. (Contd. by ysr-1r)

-SK/YSR/12.20/1R

SHRI V. NARAYANASAMY (CONTD.): Therefore, Sir, wide publicity should be given to this disease through the print and the electronic media. (Time-bell) People should be educated about it, especially people living in the rural and tribal areas, the Scheduled Caste people and the Scheduled Tribe people, people who are living in the slum areas. They have to be educated about this disease, and sanitation work should be done there. Thirdly, Sir, there should be a regular periodical check by the doctors in those areas, not only in the urban areas, but also in the rural and tribal areas where people are affected by this disease. I know pretty well that it is the duty of the State Government, but the Central Government has to facilitate, the Health Ministry has to facilitate the containing of this dreaded disease. Some doctors are not going to the rural areas and the tribal areas. They are not taking care of the patients who are there. I wanted the hon. Minister to send a team of doctors from the Central Government itself, because of the prevailing situation in Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, and Tamil Nadu, to assist those doctors. Since it is a new disease, the Health Ministry alone can help them. One, the publicity is not sufficient and educating the people about it is also not enough. Two, doctors are not paying sufficient attention to this disease. If it spreads in other States, to contain this, what are you doing? You are simply telling that Health Ministers have been called, you had a discussion with them and you have evolved a strategy how to go about it, but thereafter, nothing is being done in the field. The people who have been affected by this disease told us this. The joint pain is so severe that they are not able to move; they are actually crippled by this disease.

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: Please, conclude, Mr. Narayanasamy. (Interruptions) On a Calling Attention, the first speaker is allowed only five minutes, as per the rule.

SHRI V. NARAYANASAMY: Sir, we are following the rules in this House. But the rules should be applied to everybody, not only to Narayanasamy.

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: It applied first to the Whips of parties. Please, conclude.

SHRI V. NARAYANASAMY: Sir, I want to seek three or four clarifications from the hon. Minister. I want him to reply on this.

Finally, Sir, the States want medicines. They need it. The Central Government has to provide medicine for them. I personally met the hon. Minister and discussed the issue of Madhya Pradesh. In fact, I received a complaint from..(Interruptions)

SHRI R. SHUNMUGASUNDARAM: Sir, he did not speak about Pondicherry. How many cases are there? (Interruptions)

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: Mr. Narayanasamy. (Interruptions) (Time-bell)

SHRI V. NARAYANASAMY: People of my State are not affected by this disease. That is why I am talking about other States. (Interruptions)

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: Please, don't interrupt him; otherwise, he will take more time. The more you interrupt him, the more time he will take.

SHRI V. NARAYANASAMY: Therefore, Sir, let the hon. Minister..(Interruptions)..

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: He will reply to your questions.

SHRI V. NARAYANASAMY: Sir, the hon. Minister should pay due attention to contain the spread of disease and take positive steps.

(Ends)

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: Shri Penumalli Madhu, please, only clarification from the Statement. I would request all the hon. Members, who will be speaking on this, to seek only clarifications on the statement. Please, stick to it. From each party, not all.

SHRI PENUMALLI MADHU (ANDHRA PRADESH): Sir, the hon. Minister's statement is not presenting the real picture. The first and foremost thing, as far as Andhra Pradesh is concerned, is that there are 23 districts, and about more than six lakh people are affected by this disease. Every house is affected by this. MLAs, Ministers, MPs, and even Central Ministers are also affected by this disease. Our Minister, who is sitting here, is also affected by this disease. The situation is very serious. The Minister has mentioned number of actions the Government has initiated. Sir, all these actions have nothing to do with the preventive measure of this disease. It is a viral disease. It is a global disease. It is a new phenomenon. In the recent past, since Independence, we never came across or saw this type of disease.

(Contd. by VKK/1S)

-YSR/VKK-MCM/1s/12.25

SHRI PENUMALLI MADHU (CONTD.): Sir, malaria, dengue, AIDS, Chickungunya, etc. are new type of diseases that are spreading for the last fifteen years. Sir, after initiating reform...

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: No, no, Mr. Madhu, you are not making a speech here. You please put the question. (Interruptions)

SHRIMATI BRINDA KARAT: Sir, please let him speak. (Interruptions)

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: No, no, please, this is a Calling Attention. (Interruptions) I would request Shrimati Brindaji that it is a Calling Attention. They will have to stick to the clarifications on the statement made by the Minister. (Interruptions)

SHRI PENUMALLI MADHU: Sir, I am strictly asking questions connected with this. The question is, if we see the Economic Survey given in this House, if we see the expenditure for health for the last fifteen years, we will find that it has been decreasing. Sir, the amount that is allotted for health has decreased over the last fifteen years. Is that not the reason for spreading this type of vial diseases? Sir, the preventive measures that should have been initiated by the Government have not been initiated. It is going on all over India and all over the world. In many other countries which propagate privatisation and private capital, in those countries, eighty per cent public spending is taking place on health. In India, only fifteen per cent of the public spending is on health. (Interruptions) Is it not a fact that it is because of the low spending, neglect and privatisation of health? The UPA Government, in its Common Minimum Programme, had assured to enhance the allocation for health. But, so far, it has not been done. It had assured to enhance it by two or three times. But that has not taken place. So, I would like to know from the Minister whether he is going to take any concrete steps to contain this type of diseases. He says, it is not a continuous disease. Sir, it is being spread through mosquito and mosquito bites. It is a new type of mosquito. It bites only in the daytime, not in the night. If the night mosquito bites, this will not spread. This type of mosquito is a new phenomenon. What is the Health Ministry doing? What is the amount it has spent? In his answer, he has not given any categorical reply (Time-bell) as to what amount he has allotted for this? So, this is the point which he has to answer.

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SHRI N. JOTHI: Sir, it is a very serious matter. Let us show more concern to this.

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: Definitely, but the concern is time.

SHRI N. JOTHI: Sir, we are suffering very badly. I have lot of questions for the Minister.

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: You just put the questions.

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Ӥ 껻 (֟) : ״׮Ù ܾ ֕ ָ Ӥ ..(־֮֬).. ָ, ֯ ׮֋ ..(־֮֬)..

ֳ֯ן : ֯ ׻֋ ..(־֮֬)..

Ӥ 껻 : , ӛÙֻ , ֤֕ , , ִ ߮, ߮ ߮ ֮ ָ ָָ , ״׮Ù ֯ ֛ ׻֋ , ־ ָ ָָ ߲֟ ֮ ָ , , ו֮ ߴָ , ӛÙֻ , ִִ ֮ , ׻֋ ֤ ֵ ..(־֮֬).. not only ԙ, ֬ Ϥ, ״ֻ֛֮, ֮ Ϥ Ӥ ӕꌿ֮ ׻֋, ݻ ׻ֵ և , ܟ׻ֱ ô ߱ Յ ӡ , ֲ߲ߋ ֌ , not only ״׮Ù, ֻ , ? ߋ֛ ֌ ֟ ׸ Ӥ ָ , ָ և ߴָ ֟ , ߙ , ֕ , ׻֋ ֱ Ű ָ ֵ ִԻ ָ ֟ ֮֮ߵ ӡ ָ ûִ , ָ ӛÙֻ , ָ Ӥ , ..(־֮֬).. ֮ Ϥ ָ ӡ ֳ Ù ָ ֮ , ֱ ֮ Ϥ ״׮Ù , ָ ָָ ״׮Ù ָ߲ ֮ , -߮ ߮ ִ ֮ , ׻֋ ֤ ֵꅠ ߴָ ָ , ֌ ֻ օ ߴָ ֌ , , ֆ , ֓ , ִ ֟ , ֟ ֙ , ׻ פ ֙ ֙ , ? ֕ ׸և ֵ ..(ִֵ ә).. ָ ֮֮ߵ ӟ ־ ׻֋ ֮ ֵ ӓ ׻֋ ֵ, ֵ, ָ ֵ, ֵ ֈ ֵ? ..(־֮֬).. ָ, ֯ - ֮֯ ֮ ָ Ϥ֮ օ ֮־֤ (ִ֯)

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: Shri R. Shunmugasundaram.

SHRI R. SHUNMUGASUNDARAM: Sir, ...(Interruptions)...

ߴ֟ ֵ : ָ, ״֮֙ ..(־֮֬)..

SHRIMATI S.G. INDIRA: Sir, I have given a notice. ...(Interruptions)...

ֳ֯ן : ֯ ִ ..(־֮֬)..

SHRI N. JOTHI: Sir, ours is a larger party. ...(Interruptions)...

SHRI R. SHUNMUGASUNDARAM: We are a ruling party! ...(Interruptions)...

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: Mr. Jothi, don't bring in party politics and all that. ...(Interruptions)... I have got the list of names before me. I am calling the names according to the list.

ߴ֟ ֵ : ָ, ֮ ו֋ ..(־֮֬)..

SHRIMATI S.G. INDIRA: Sir, I have given a notice. ...(Interruptions)...

SHRI N. JOTHI: Sir, we have given a notice. ...(Interruptions)...

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: What is this? Nothing will happen if you go on interrupting like this? ...(Interruptions)...

SHRI R. SHUNMUGASUNDARAM: Sir, ours is the original party. ...(Interruptions)...

SHRIMATI S.G. INDIRA: Sir, I have given a notice for Calling Attention.

ֳ֯ן : ֯ ִ ..(־֮֬).. ػ ֮ ׻י ֙ , ֟ ..(־֮֬).. Your name is there. ...(Interruptions)...

SHRIMATI S.G. INDIRA: Sir, I have given my name.

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: Your name is there. ...(Interruptions)... Your name is there. Please sit down. ...(Interruptions)... Mr. Shunmugasundaram.

SHRI R. SHUNMUGASUNDARAM (TAMIL NADU): Sir, the statement of the hon. Minister shows that there are about 43,000 cases reported in Tamil Nadu. I understand that it actually started spreading from Namakkal District in Tamil Nadu. ...(Interruptions)... Sir, from February.......(Interruptions)...

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: Please seek clarifications.

SHRI R. SHUNMUGASUNDARAM: Sir, I am seeking clarifications only. Unless I make........

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: No, no; seek clarifications on the statement. Don't go into the history and wherefrom it originated.

SHRI R. SHUNMUGASUNDARAM: Sir, I am seeking clarifications based on the statement.

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: Mr. Shunmugasundaram, you always ask very pointed questions. Please ask pointed questions only.

SHRI R. SHUNMUGASUNDARAM: Sir, Annexure-II of the statement says that it was originally reported in Andhra Pradesh in February. At present, it has been contained in Namakkal and, of course, in and around Chennai, in the surroundings of Chennai. There are a few cases reported. The State Government of Tamil Nadu has spent about Rs.6 crores. They have sanctioned this amount. They have spent the amount in taking prompt action. Sir, the Health Ministers of various States, as reported, have also met. The State Government of Tamil Nadu has demanded Rs.17 crores from the Central Government for meeting the expenditure and also for taking appropriate action. The State Government of Tamil Nadu has also made a demand for establishment of labs. Sir, this is very crucial. But the Minister's statement has not stated anything about that. (Contd. by MKS/1U)

MKS/12.35/1U

SHRI R. SHUNMUGASUNDARAM (CONTD.): At present, the lab is at Pune; it becomes very difficult for all the other affected States, particularly the southern States, to send blood samples there for testing purposes. Particularly in Karnataka, there are over six lakh cases. In Andhra Pradesh, there are about two lakh cases. Therefore, each State, particularly Tamil Nadu, has asked for the establishment of lab at Chennai. That has to be acceded to by the hon. Minister.

Apart from that sum, which is Rs.17 crores, how much money has been asked for by each State, that has not been referred to by the hon. Minister, Sir. (Ends)

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: Shrimati S.G. Indira. You also seek clarifications because you wanted Shri Shunmugasundaram to seek clarifications only!

SHRIMATI S.G. INDIRA (TAMIL NADU): Yes, Sir. I am having a copy of the statement of the Minister, and I am going to seek clarifications only.

Sir, the Minister has come forward to give this statement in response to the Calling Attention Motion. Sir, I think, it is too late. He should have come forward earlier, as was done in respect of Coca Cola and other cold drinks; he should have given a suo motu report because in many States, in many districts, lakhs and lakhs of people have been affected. This is my first clarification, Sir.

And, in this statement, he has also given all the details. This disease is caused by mosquitoes, and everything is reported here. "There are a large number of cases, but deaths are rarely encountered." He has mentioned all that. But that is not true, Sir. Every day, in the media, and on T.V., we are regularly watching all the districts affected in Tamil Nadu. They are visiting the areas. Sir, hon. Member Mr. Narayanasamy has also mentioned that a girl's marriage was fixed, but ten or fifteen 15 days before her marriage, the boy had died. It is reported in all newspapers in Tamil Nadu. But no action has been taken by the State Government or by the Union Minister in this regard. ...(Interruptions)...

SHRI R. SHUNMUGASUNDARAM: Sir, this is not correct. ...(Interruptions)...

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: Mr. Shunmugasundaram, please hear what the other Members want to say. ...(Interruptions)... Please sit down. ...(Interruptions)...

SHRIMATI S.G. INDIRA: Sir, I want to mention here......(Interruptions)...

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: Please sit down. Don't interrupt her. ...(Interruptions)... ...(Interruptions)...

SHRI N. JOTHI: You are not aware of that. ...(Interruptions)... You were in a foreign country, Congo. ...(Interruptions)...

SHRIMATI S.G. INDIRA: Don' disturb me. ...(Interruptions)...

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: Please don't interrupt her. If there is anything wrong, the Minister will correct that.

SHRIMATI S.G. INDIRA: Sir, I want to mention here. In this august House, I have a witness, one of the Members from my party, Mr. Perumal. His wife was affected. And Mr. Anbalagan himself was affected by Chikungunya. He was hospitalised for forty days. He is having the capacity to spend for medical treatment, but what about the poor people? The breadwinner of every poor family has been affected. But no monetary assistance has been given to them till now. This is the clarification I am seeking.

Sir, he has also mentioned that there is no vaccine or specific medicine available for Chikungunya. We accept that, Sir. But what is the financial assistance given to that particular family affected by this? Is there any mobile doctor going to that particular area? They have not given even the medical treatment to those people, Sir.

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: Okay.

SHRIMATI S.G. INDIRA: Sir, I want to seek many clarifications. In the fifth para, it is stated:

"During the meeting on 8th August, 2006, the States have requested for additional support for information, education and communication activities. The request was accepted."

 

All this is mentioned there. But what are the consequences? It is an emergent matter. It is a very serious matter. It is affecting the people, especially the poor people. They have been affected badly. For 40 days, no help was given. What is this, Sir? ...(Interruptions)... They have accepted the request of all the States. But what are the consequences? Has the Minister come forward and given them any assistance immediately? No. But the Minister has mentioned that......(Interruptions)...

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: Okay.

SHRIMATI S.G. INDIRA: Sir, I am seeking clarifications only, nothing else.

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: How many clarifications do you want to seek? Please leave some for Mr. Jothi.

SHRI N. JOTHI: There is no politics, Sir. Only clarifications.

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: Some of them you can seek.

SHRIMATI S.G. INDIRA: Sir, for blood test, we have to send the samples to Pune lab. (Contd. by TMV/1W)

-MKS-TMV-MP/1W/12.40

SHRIMATI S. G. INDIRA (CONTD.): There is no specific lab in Tamil Nadu. Everybody can't afford to go to Pune. In this regard, I agree with hon. Member, Shri Shunmugasundaram. In the State Assembly, the State Health Minister has mentioned that no death has been reported.

SHRI SHUNMUGASUNDARAM: Is the happening in the State Assembly relevant here? (Interruptions)... Can she comment on that? (Interruptions)...

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: I will deal with it. Don't mention what has happened in the Assembly. (Interruptions)... You seek clarifications. (Interruptions)...

SHRIMATI S. G. INDIRA: It was not in the Assembly. He has mentioned to the media that no death has been reported. I don't accept that. Every day, small kids, old people and, especially, the breadwinners of poor families are affected. No financial assistance is given to them. So, I request the Minister to come forward and take immediate action.

He has also mentioned that officials had visited places. The Minister is from Tamil Nadu. Every week he is going to Tamil Nadu. But he has not visited even his area, Dharmapuri. (Interruptions)...

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: Shrimati Maya Singh.

SHRIMATI S. G. INDIRA: That being so, necessary action should be taken and immediate financial assistance should be given to them.

(Ends)

ߴ֟ ֵ (֬ Ϥ) : ֳ֯ן , ֯ ִ֬ ӡ ֮֟ ֬ Ϥ ָ, ֲ, ֛֮, - ו֮֟ פ  , ִ ߴָ ֲ ֤ ֛ ܵ ߴָ ׿ָ ֕ ָָ ֮ ßָ ָ ׻֋ ϵ ߴָ ָ ֤ ֮֟ ...(־֮֬)...

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: We have to conclude it by 1 o'clock. We have to have the Minister's reply also. One hour has been fixed for this.

ߴ֟ ֵ : ֳ֯ן , ӡ ֵָ ִָ , ...(־֮֬)... ָ, ӡ ָָ ߴ ã֮ ָ ֮ , ָ ߴָ ֬ Ϥ , פ 껙 , ֛ ܵ ߴָ ׿ָ ָָ ׾ֿ ֮ , ֌ ߴ ֮ ֌ ïֻ ߴ և և ߙ , ֵ ߴ ֌ ֟ , և ߙ ֵ ֣-֣ , וֻ , ߴָ ֓־ ׻֋ ֓׮ֵ և , ֲָָ ֮ ֛ ܵ ָ -ָ ָ ߲ ֓׮ֵ , ? ו֮֟ ϳ׾֟ , ֲ distribution

ָ, ֯ ִ֬ ӡ ֮֮ ״׮Ù ׸֓ כ֙ , ָ ׸֓ ׻֋ anti dose ָ ϵ ֯ ׸֓ ִ֬ ? ֣ , ָ ָ֮ ׻֋ Ԯ ִ֬ - Ԯ ֕ Ӿ-Ӿ ֵ - ײ כ, ִ֬ , ֮֟ aware ִ, ߴָ ֓־ ׻֋ ָָ ָ ֵֻ ֋ ?

(ִ֯)

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: Shri N. Jothi.

SHRI SU. THIRUNAVUKKARASAR: Sir,.. .

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: Your party Member has spoken just now. Suddenly I can't allow you. Just because you have raised your hand, I can't call you. (Interruptions)... We are going by party-wise. (Interruptions)...

DR. K. MALAISAMY: Sir, give me just one minute.

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: No. From the AIADMK sufficient number of people are there.

DR. K. MALAISAMY: I will never go beyond one minute.

SHRI N. JOTHI (TAMIL NADU): Sir, I request the hon. Minister to listen to my questions and answer them question-wise, and not by bundling answers. One, have you not anticipated this disease prior to its occurrence? Two, do you have any mechanism in your Ministry to foresee this kind of diseases? Three, in your statement you have stated that this disease has started in Karnataka in February. Now, you have allowed it to spread to various States. That is your contribution.

(Contd. by VK/1X)

VK-ASC/1X/12.45

SHRI N. JOTHI (CONTD): That is your contribution. You had detected it on 13th February in Andhra Pradesh. It has occurred in Gujarat in August. I think it will go up to Arunachal Pradesh and then end by December. Except just watching it, what is your Ministry doing in this matter? Do you mean to say that the disease should come on its own and go on its own and you will do nothing, through your Ministry? What steps has your Ministry taken to eradicate this disease? Except your preaching, -- "We should have cleanliness, we should stay away from mosquitoes, we should eradicate mosquitoes, we should have clean water, we should have clean environment," -- what have you done? Does he mean to say that people here like only slums and sewages? What steps has your Ministry taken? Don't advise us -- what people should do; you must clean hands.

DR. ANBUMANI RAMDOSS: It is easy to talk like this.

SHRI N. JOTHI: Mr. Minister, don't get irritated. You are a Minister.

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: He is not getting irritated. He is laughing.

SHRI N. JOTHI: Do you mean to say that you have nothing except to watch the disease to come on its own and go on its own? This is my question. Then you said in Annexure 1 that there is no death. I am very sorry to say that in Tamil Nadu alone, 150 people have died so far. I do not know how many people would die in future. Out of 40,580 people affected by this disease in 34 districts, 150 have already died. You have said that there were no deaths. What pride do you get by saying that nobody has died? You want to say that your Ministry is functioning very well! We have seen that nobody....

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: That is not a question. That is not a clarification.

SHRI N. JOTHI: That is the understanding. At least, now on, from today onwards, do you have any plan to establish any laboratory or a system or a mechanism in your Ministry to detect these kind of diseases in anticipation, to eradicate these diseases in future and to initiate preventive measures? You have said very cleverly that there is no vaccine or specific medicine available against chikungunya. There is no specific drug. However, symptoms can be alleviated by taking pain relieving drugs. It is not pain. It is a disease. You are advising us to take pain relievers! You are not serious at all. The other day you took your stethoscope and coat to AIIMS. What prevented you from taking your stethoscope and coat to the affected people? (Interruptions).

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: Take it lightly.

SHRI N. JOTHI: I am advising him to go there and look into it, not just sit in his Ministry. Please go and see the people. Sir, at that time, I appreciated him.

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: That is not a clarification.

SHRI N. JOTHI: When he went to AIIMS, I had appreciated him. Why don't you do the same thing in Tamil Nadu also so that your photograph can come? Sir, I have three more questions. Will you concentrate, Mr. Minister, on analysing these kinds of diseases -- it is the responsibility of your Ministry -- so that you can warn the people in advance and people can take preventive measure and keep themselves away from death. You should do that, instead of doing vengeful activities against certain people.

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: Mr. Jothi, please sit down.

SHRI N. JOTHI: You are concentrating on these matters. (Ends)

ㇵ (֬ Ϥ) : ֮֮ߵ ֳ֯ן , ֮֮ߵ ֤õ ߴ֟ ֵ ֣ ֮֮ߵ ֤õ . ִֵָ ֬ Ϥ ָ ָ֮ ָ ָ ד׮ֵ ִ ߴָ ӵ , ֻ ֡ וֻ , ֬ Ϥ פ ӓֻ ߴָ ֵ (1y/NBָ ֿ:)

-ASC-NB/RG/1Y/12.50

ㇵ (֟) : ִ ׻֋ ӳ߸ ϵ , ֬ Ϥ ָָ ָ ֱ ϵ ֮֮ߵ ӡ , ִ ָ֮ ֬ Ϥ ֻ 4 וֻ ߴָ ϳ׾֟ , 44,966 ϳ׾֟ , וִ֮ infective ִ ֻ 36 ֟֋ 4 ™ ֮֮ߵ ӡ ܵ ָ ߸ ֮ , ֲ ֯ ֟ ֻ וֻ ֱ ܵ , ֛ؔ וֻ ֱ , ָ וֻ ֱ ִ ֟ ָ , ֮ ־ ׸ ?

֮֮ߵ ֳ֯ן , ֕ ֬ Ϥ ָ ܵ וֻ ד׮ֵ ߴָ ϳ׾֟ ֮֮ߵ ӡ ֻ֟ ߴ ֋ ֲֻ ֋ ׸ָ ߴָ ϳ׾֟ , ו֮ , ׻֋ ٣ ֵ֟ ׿ֿ , ֯ ׮־ (ִ֯)

SHRIMATI PREMA CARIAPPA (KARNATAKA): Sir, like all other States, Karnataka too has been very badly affected by the disease. Except one district, all the 27 districts have been affected, and more than 10 lakh villages have been affected. More than six lakhs of people have been affected by this. Sir, we had a good rainfall this year, but, since a large number of people have been affected by this disease which is associated with high fever and joint pains, they have not been able to go to their fields. People say, "There is good rainfall. But we are not able to go to the fields. We cannot sow the seeds and plough the fields." They are very much upset about this. Even though the Minister has taken major steps to control this disease, yet, I would like to give some suggestions so that he can further reduce the sufferings of the people. I would request the Government of India to take the following steps: Declare health emergency in affected States, provide medical assistance on a war-footing and save the lives of the people. Provide fogging machines to all the districts for taking up emergency intervention. Give emergency and intensive treatment for the severely affected. Though the disease has no specific treatment, the Government should supply the required symptomatic drugs in a sufficient quantity to all the affected areas and the affected people. Specialised teams should be sent with all the measures to check the breeding of the Aedes aegypti mosquitoes. Intensive Health Education and Awareness Campaigns should be organised, which, of course, the Minster has undertaken; but it should be intensive. Advertisements showing all precautionary steps should be given in all print and electronic media, and we should involve all the village Panchayats and elected representatives in this exercise. Also, Sir, the Government of India should provide ample financial assistance to the State Government to contain this deadly disease. The Government of Karnataka is facing financial problem, and the supply of medicines to Karnataka, comparatively, is also very less. The Director, National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme, Delhi, has supplied only 2000 litres of Pyrethrum Extract and 1000 litres of Temephos to the State, diverting them from the Delhi District Administration. However the Directorate of NVBDCP has provided no other help to the State. I would request the Government to see to it that there is enough supply of medicines and financial assistance is given. Thank you, Sir. (Ends) (Followed by 1Z)

TDB/1Z/12.55

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: As far as Kerala is concerned, it is safe. ...(Interruptions)... Shri Mysura Reddy.

SHRI M.V. MYSURA REDDY (ANDHRA PRADESH): Sir, thank you very much for giving me an opportunity to speak on this. Sir, I agree with the hon. Minister that there is no curative treatment for this. It is only palliative treatment. Sir, in his statement, the hon. Minister has talked about a lot of preventive measures. The statement also indicates what all measures they have suggested and recommended to the State Governments. One of the preventive measures is, eradication of mosquitoes. First it occurred in the Karnataka-Andhra Pradesh border. During that time itself, the State Governments could have checked it. If they had done mosquitoes spraying, then, this disease might not have spread to other areas. Now, it is spreading like a wildfire throughout the country, especially in the whole of south India. Sir, in his statement, the hon. Minister has stated that Temephos has been supplied to the State Governments. As far as Andhra Pradesh is concerned, they have supplied 7700 litres of Temephos, and 4500 litres of Pyrethrum in 2005-06 and 5500 litres in 2006-07. But, nowhere in Andhra Pradesh has this Pyrethrum been spread. Sir, at least, I want to know from the hon. Minister whether there is any proposal before the Government of India to eradicate mosquitoes, just like they had in the Malaria Eradication Programme. Would they take up mosquito eradication programme or not? (Ends)

SHRI GIREESH KUMAR SANGHI (ANDHRA PRADESH): Sir, first of all, I would like to say that the figures, i.e., 110618 given about Andhra Pradesh are not correct. As per my knowledge, one in every ten persons is affected by Chikungunya in Andhra Pradesh. I have read a newspaper in Andhra Pradesh -- they have been regularly reporting about Chikungunya -- that there is widespread Chikungunya disease prevailing in the State, but I am sorry to say that the official machinery did not react immediately to take any preventive measures.

Sir, I have to put a few questions to the hon. Minister, and I will not take much of your time. First of all, I want to know whether any effort was made to know wherefrom this disease has come. Was there any conspiracy to spread this disease in our country? How did it come, who has brought this into our country because it is not our native disease?

SHRI PENUMALLI MADHU: It is part of globalisation. ...(Interruptions)...

SHRI N. JOTHI: You are supporting them. ...(Interruptions)...

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: Mr. Madhu, please. ...(Interruptions)...

SHRI GIREESH KUMAR SANGHI: Sir, my next point is about the figures given in Annexure-I. It states the number of total fever cases/suspected Chikungunya fever cases. The hon. Minister himself has confirmed that about eleven lakh people are suspected to be having Chikungunya.

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: It is one lakh ten thousand. ...(Interruptions)... Don't read it incorrectly. ...(Interruptions)...

AN HON. MEMBER: Sir, it is 110000. ...(Interruptions)...

SHRI GIREESH KUMAR SANGHI: That figure is for Andhra Pradesh only. ...(Interruptions)... The number of samples sent to labs is about 10000, but the labs have confirmed only 1000 samples...(Interruptions)...

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: He is talking about the total number of cases. I thought it of Andhra Pradesh.

SHRI GIREESH KUMAR SANGHI: Sir, I would like to draw your attention. What about the balance samples? I want to know whether they have been tested or not. If tested, whether they have proved negative or they are still under testing.

Sir, my next question is this. How much time does it take to test a sample and give report? I understand that it takes about 15 days. So, what will happen to the patient during those 15 days to know whether he is having Chikungunya, and what treatment he has to take. I also want to know from the hon. Minister whether any research has been done to know whether Chikungunya affects the longevity of a person. Then, if the people who have been affected by Chikungunya are employed somewhere, whether they would be entitled for leave during that period. As my fellow colleague has said, it is a health emergency. It is definitely health emergency. The disease is spreading like a wildfire in our country, particularly in the Southern States, and immediate action has to be taken to check it. Thank you, Sir. (Ends) (Followed by kgg/2a)

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