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The House reassembled at five of the clock

(MR. CHAIRMAN in the Chair)

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ֳ֯ן : ֮֮ߵ ֤õ, ֕ 꿓֮ ָ ֤ ֤ ֵԾ ֹ ֻ ߅ ׻֋ ֲ ָ ϵ֟ ֵ, ִ ֱ֟ ״ֻ, -߮ ָ ֈ ֛օ ִ֟ ֕ ֤ ֵԾ , פ ϵ֟ ӳ־֟: ִ ֱ ։օ ׻֋ ד֟ ִ֟ ֤ ָ-ָ ֤ ױ ִ , ֤ ֵԾ ׮׿ֻ֟ ã֟ ֮ ֟, ד֟ ִ֟ ™ ֤ ֵԾ ׮ֿ֟ ֻ ׻֋ ֟ ֣ ֓׸֋ ,

֮ ׸ ֣ ïֻ ֮ , ֤ ָ ֮ ׻ֵ ֋


STATEMENT RE. STATUS OF IMPLEMENTATION OF THE NATIONAL RURAL EMPLOYMENT GUARANTEE ACT

 

THE MINISTER OF RURAL DEVELOPMENT (SHRI RAGHUVANSH PRASAD SINGH): Sir, I lay on the Table of the House a statement on the status of implementation of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act. (Ends)

STATEMENT RE.STATUS OF IMPLEMENTATION OF RECOMMENDATIONS CONTAINED IN THE NINTH REPORT OF THE DEPARTMENT-RELATED PARLIAMENTARY STANDING COMMITTEE ON FOOD, CONSUMER AFFAIRS AND PUBLIC DISTRIBUTION

 

DR. AKHILESH PRASAD SINGH: Sir, On behalf of Shri Sharad Pawar, I lay on the Table of the House a statement regarding status of implementation of recommendations contained in the Ninth Report of the Department-related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Food, Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution. (Ends)

STATEMENT RE. STATUS OF IMPLEMENTATION OF RECOMMENDATIONS CONTAINED IN THE TENTH, TWELFTH AND FOURTEENTH REPORTS OF THE DEPARTMENT-RELATED PARLIAMENTARY STANDING COMMITTEE ON ENERGY

 

THE MINISTER OF POWER (SHRI SUSHILKUMAR SHINDE): Sir, I lay on the Table of the House a statement regarding status of implementation of recommendations contained in the Tenth, Twelfth and Fourteenth Reports of the Department-related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Energy. (Ends)

STATEMENT RE. STATUS OF IMPLEMENTATION OF RECOMMENDATIONS CONTAINED IN THE SEVENTH AND TENTH REPORTS OF THE DEPARTMENT-RELATED PARLIAMENTARY STANDING COMMITTEE ON CHEMICALS AND FERTILIZERS

 

SHRI SURESH PACHOURI: Sir, On behalf of Shri B.K. Handique, I lay on the Table of the House a statement regarding status of implementation of recommendations contained in the Seventh and Tenth Reports of the Department-related Parliamentary Standing Committee on chemicals and Fertilizers. (Ends)

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SPECIAL MENTIONS

EXEMPLARY PENALTY FOR HOAX CALLERS

SHRI SANTOSH BAGRODIA (RAJASTHAN): I commend the attention of this House to the new ominous trend of hoax calls, Emails in the wake of recent terror attacks. Despite earnest appeals by the authorities against rumour mongering, a few persons have deliberately chosen to trivialise what is truly an alarming situation for the internal security. As the security forces try to pursue the leads of such hoax calls and mails, such mis-information actually derail the investigations as police lose vital time and clues. Such acts not only mislead the investigations but also put extra pressure over the security agencies. As such, these persons, irrespective of their motive and age should be considered as an active accomplice in the acts of terrorism and should be given exemplary penalty. The Government must ascertain their antecedents and linkages. Also, the media should not give credence to those persons who seek to derive media publicity through such acts. The media too should evolve its own norms to distinguish between sensitising the public against terrorism and sensationalising the terrorism. Excessive media-coverage of terrorism only creates a sieged psyche in the country and serves the purpose of terrorists. I call upon the Government to issue guidelines for the telecom companies, PCOs and Internet kiosks, in consultation with police and intelligence authorities and telecommunications experts. To ensure compliance of such guidelines, the Government should also take steps to train district-level police to trace cyber crimes. (Ends)

DEMAND FOR ADEQUATE CENTRAL FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR ANTI-SEA EROSION SCHEMES IN KARNATAKA

SHRIMATI PREMA CARIAPPA (KARNATAKA): Sir, my home State, Karnataka has a coast line of about 300 kilometres stretching from Mangalore to Karwat covering three district of the State with a number of estuaries formed due to the drainage of large number of rivers joining the Arabian sea. Of late, large-scale erosion, all along the coast has been noticed and the situation is quite grave. Along the coast, critical reaches have been identified which require immediate protection. The State Government has identified a length of 48.875 kms. sea wall, 10 kms. of river bank protection, 17.605 kms. of reformation of damaged sea walls and 5.46 kms. of reformation of river bank protection work is to be undertaken on priority basis. Sea erosion is very severe in Uttal Kotepura stretch near Mangalore. The State Government wants to construct 1.5 kms. protection walls as a pilot project using French technology, "Stabiplage" with one-third assistance from the French Government and the rest has to be given by the Central Government. Various proposals of the State Government are lying with the Centre either at the Planning Commission or elsewhere.

Considering the gravity of the situation caused by large-scale sea erosion all along the coast line of Karnataka, I request the Central Government to sanction and release adequate central assistance to Karnataka on priority basis for anti-sea erosion schemes of the State by giving clearance to all the proposals submitted by the State Government of Karnataka without further loss of time. Thank you. (Ends)

(Contd. by kls/2w)


KLS/SCH/2c-5.35

NEED TO DEVELOP BARREN LAND INTO CULTIVABLE LAND

 

֮ ֤ (ָ Ϥ): , ָ Ծ־ã ָ֬ ֕ ָ 71% ָ ֬׸ ןև ״ ӕָ ד֮ ֟ ָ 32 90 ָ ״ 12 95 70 ָ ָ ״ ӕָ ִ߮ ִֻ֟ ָ ָ֟ ֮ ֟ , ׻ֵ ֮֟ ֻ ָ ָ ֻ ֳ 4 ָ ִ߮ ֛

֮֮ ָ ָ ֻ ߸֮ և - ֤֮ ֮և ֟ ֵ ִ֯ ָ ָև ֤֮ ׮ֵו֟ Ӭ- ֵ ָ ִ߮ ָߵ ִõ ֜

׸ ׮ ִ ָ ֵ׮ ֤ ׬ ϵ ָ ִ߮ Ը ׌ ֻ ִõ ָ ִ֮֮ ־ ֮ ָ Ӭ - ֻ ׸֮ ָ ״ ӕָ

: ָָ ӕָ ״ ݵ ֮֮ ׻֋ ָָ ϳ־ ֮ ϵ ָֿ ֵ ߤָ ״߮ ׻֮ ִ߮ ݵ ֵ֮ ֋ ו ֤ ֜ , ָ ״ֻ ֵԾָ ֮־֤

(ִ֯)

NEED FOR SPEEDY DISPOSAL OF CASES, SPECIALLY PERTAINING TO WOMEN, PENDING IN VARIOUS COURTS.

 

ֻ (֜): , ֕ ָ ׾׳֮ ֵֵֻ 29 ׬ ִֻ ״֟ ֣ וֻ ߮ã ֵֵֻ ܵ 70 ֳ Ù ֻ֟ ֱ ֜ ֟ ֟ ߑ ׮Ե ֆ ָ ֻ ָ֓ ִֻ ߑ ֵ ׬ ֟ , כ ֋ ֵ ֻ ׾ִֻ ֣ ֓־ ָ ׾׳֮ ָ ִ֋ ֮ ָ ֟ ָֻ֟ ִֻ ׮֮֯֙ ֟ ִֵ 12-13 ׾ִֻ ״ֻ֮ ֻ ֵ ޵ ֟ ֻ ֵ ׸ִ ߮-և ִֻ ָֻ֟ ֓ ׮֟ ֵ ׾֤ ֆ ָֻ֟ ִֻ Ù ֻ֟ ָ ֻ 21 22 פ פ ֵ ױ ָߵ ֆ ִֻ ߑ ֵ ? ָֻ֟ ֳ 57 ָ ִֻ ׾׳֮ ֵֵֻ ״֟

ָָ Ù ֻ֟ ִָֿ כ ֵ ߑП ׾ֿ ֆ ִֻ ֮ ן ׮Ե ֿ ֋Ӆ (ִ֯) (Followed by 2D

SSS/2D/5.40

REQUEST FOR CENTRAL ASSISTANCE NEEDED FOR LOW PRICE RICE SCHEME IN TAMIL NADU

 

SHRI K. P. K. KUMARAN (TAMIL NADU): Sir, the Rs. 2/- per kg rice scheme introduced by the State Government of Tamil Nadu has received a hearty welcome from one and all. The overwhelming success of the scheme has caused ripples in the neighbouring States, and even in far- off States, similar waves has begun to sweep. Every family below the poverty line in these States is yearning for such a scheme to knock at their doors also. Under these circumstances, the demand that the Union Government should make some arrangement in this direction has gathered momentum. The Government of India should come forward to offer a hefty subsidy by way of bearing a part of the financial burden that may soon turn to be unbearable by the slender shoulders of the States. When a question to this effect was put to the Union Minister for Agriculture and Food during his visit to Chennai on the Independence Day, his reply was not sharp enough. He has said that since this is a State subject, the Central Cabinet has to take policy decision first, and so far it has not applied its mind in this regard. The people expect a speedy decision in this matter because it has direct relevance with the day-to-day life of the poor people who are leading a hand-to-mouth existence. (Ends)

CONCERN OVER EXCESS FLUORIDE IN DRINKING WATER IN KARBI-ANGLONG DISTRICT OF ASSAM

 

SHRI URKHAO GWRA BRAHMA (ASSAM): The Karbi-Anglong district of Assam is hit by the excess intake of fluoride contained water. The maximum permissible limit of fluoride in one litre of water is only 1.5 mg. But in some parts of the district, the fluoride content found is 15.6 mg which may cause non-curable diseases to human life. Fluoride was first detected in 1999 in Karbi-Anglong, and the All India Hygiene and Public Health Laboratory at Kolkata confirmed the very high level of fluoride in drinking water. The minimum level of fluoride content is found to be 1.6 mg. and maximum level is 16 mg. Within the district, people of Karbi-Anglong are deprived of pure drinking water. Various schemes adopted by the State PHE are not successful, and the money already spent for the supply of fluoride free drinking water to the people has not been utilised properly. It is noticed that the people of that district are suffering from various diseases, like deficiency of vitamins and Gastroenteritis. The State Health Department has done analysis and warned that if immediate measures are not taken to provide pure drinking water to the people, it may cause serious problem to the people in the near future. Therefore, Government's attention is drawn towards that problem and, I urge, upon the Government to take immediate action in this regard with a view to make the district a fluoride-free district and to provide pure drinking water. (Ends)

-SSS/NBR-GS

REQUEST TO INCREASE HAJ QUOTA FOR UTTARANCHAL

߿ ־֟ (ָӓֻ) : , ָӓֻ ֕ 2590 ׾֡ ֡ ָ ֮ ׻֋ ־ ֻ ָ ֕ ֻ 876 ֡ ָ ֮ ָ ״ֻ ֕ ֳ 12 ûִ ֲ֤ ֮֠ ֡ 876 ֡ ָ ֯ ָ ֮ ֛ ֕ ֟ ןֿ֟ ־ ֡ ָ ֮ ݵ ֯ , ֲ ָӓֻ ֕ ־ ןև ׾֡ ָ ֯ ֤

: ָָ ûִ ִԾֻ״ֵ ֮ܵ ֟ ։ ָָ ֡ ׻֋ ֜ ܵ Ӥ ßָ ָ ֟֓ߟ ֮ ֣ ָӓֻ ֕, ״֟ ܵ ֡ ִ ָ , ֳ ׾֡ ֡ ָ ֯ (ִ֯)

NEED TO PROTECT INDIAN FILM INDUSTRY

SHRI S.S. CHANDRAN (TAMIL NADU): Sir, I wish to bring to the attention of the Government the need to protect the Indian film industry which is the second largest in the world. The film industry earns annual revenue of Rs. 1,400 crores and provides employment to over 60 lakh people. Though the film industry has been given the status of 'Industry', it is not getting all the benefits provided to other industries like financial assistance, tax holidays, etc. Even now, it is the film industry which provides the cheapest source of entertainment. Film-making involves a lot of risk and uncertainties. Box-office films too earn only 50 per cent of the capital investment. The rest will have to be earned through non-theatrical source such as sale of CDs, TV screening rights and screening of films abroad. Due to the piracy from the VCD market, many theatres have closed down and many are converted into marriage halls. The Artists' Association of Tamil Film Industry has taken several measures to help suffering people of film fraternity, particularly technicians and other workers. In view of the problems faced by this industry and those who depend on it, I appeal to the Government to:

1.    Direct the banks to provide hassle-free loans to film producers, artists and other workers;

2.    Provide interest-free loans for digital film-making and screening;

3.    Give financial assistance and grants for movies made about national leaders; and

4.    Launch a Central Scheme for health insurance and pension to artists and workers of film industry.

(Ends)

VP/SC

 

REQUEST FOR WRITING NAMES OF STATIONS IN

URDU BY URDU KNOWING PAINTERS

 

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(ִ֯)

 


CONCERN OVER METING OUT ILL-TREATMENT

TO RESERVED CATEGORY STUDENTS IN AIIMS

 

KUMARI NIRMALA DESHPANDE (NOMINATED): Sir, it has now become common knowledge, after being publicised in media, that a ghetto like situation exists in the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi. The reserved category students in hostels are forced to live together separately because of the ill-treatment by other students. They are not allowed to play certain games along with the upper caste students and have to play only football. Such a deplorable state of affairs in prestigious Institution in New Delhi, the National Capital, should not be tolerated and needs immediate attention. (Ends)

REQUEST FOR FOREST DEPARTMENT'S CLEARANCE

FOR LAYING A ROAD BETWEEN THEVARAM

AND SAKKULATHUMETTU IN TAMIL NADU

 

SHRI S.P.M. SYED KHAN (TAMIL NADU): Sir, I wish to bring to the notice of the Government about the urgent need for laying a five-kilometre long road in the forest land between Thevaram and Sakkulathumettu in Theni district of Tamil Nadu. It is a link road which connects Tamil Nadu with Kerala. It is a long-pending demand of the people of both the States, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Now the people of both the States are using a circuitous route to reach their destinations. The five kilometre long road could be formed through forest land. But every time, the Forest Department is denying permission for the road formation citing many reasons. Due to this attitude of the Forest Department, the formation of a new road is not taking place. If this road is formed, it will reduce journey time considerably. It will be very useful not only for the public but also for the traders of both the States. I appeal to the Central Government, through this House, to intervene in this matter and urge upon the Forest Department to relax the rules for the formation of five kilometres road between Thevaram and Sakkulathumettu at an early date. This will facilitate passenger traffic and goods' movements between Tamil Nadu and Kerala by reducing time and fare, besides promoting trade and business. (Ends)

PK/AKA

REQUEST TO INCLUDE RAJASTHANI LANGUAGE IN THE

EIGHTH SCHEDULE OF THE CONSTITUTION

 

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PB

NEED TO CONSIDER AN ALTERNATE SITE FOR EXPANSION OF CHENNAI AIRPORT

 

SHRI SU. THIRUNAVUKKARASAR (MADHYA PRADESH): Sir, I wish to bring the following matter of urgent importance to the knowledge and intervention of the Central Government:

The Airports Authority of India has a proposal for expansion of the Chennai Airport. The site selected for this project in 2000 was different from the site which is now selected. The site selected now comprises the villages, Anakaputhur, Cowl Bazar, Pammal, Pozhichalur, etc., where there are 5000 permanent houses, 22 temples, 14 schools, few churches, and mosques. Around 50,000 people living in that area are all from lower middle class families. Few hundred crores of rupees ought to be given as damages for these houses if they are damaged, and these 50,000 people will be put into lot of hardships and irreparable losses. Chennai air traffic is double in number compared with Bangalore and Hyderabad. So, airport expansion is a must for the development of Tamil Nadu. Chennai can function as a Hub Port of South East Asia. So, to meet the demand like in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, construction of a separate green field airport nearer to Chennai may be considered. If the Government wants to proceed nearer to the existing airport, the alternative site which can cause less damage to less number of people may be considered. A delegation of a citizen's forum had met the hon. Minister for Civil Aviation and had given alternative proposals.

I urge upon the Central Government to consider the request of the people of that area sympathetically. (Ends)

NEED FOR SETTING UP INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY PARK AT HOSUR IN TAMIL NADU

 

SHRI C. PERUMAL (TAMIL NADU): Sir, Hosur is an important industrial and commercial centre. Hundreds of industries and factories are located in this town. Hosur has excellent manpower, as many good educational institutions are located there. It has good connectivity to important cities of Tamil Nadu.

A flower export zone was set up by the former Chief Minister. Hosur boasts of very good climate. Due to this factor, industries after industries are being set up here. Even the software companies have shown interest in setting up their offices here.

But in the absence of an Information Technology Park and Tidel Park, Hosur has not been able to develop much. Spare land is available in plenty. I urge upon the Central Government to set up an Information Technology Park and Tidel Park at Hosur in order to develop the area. The proposed park would cater to both Dharmapuri and Krishnagiri districts which are the most backward districts in Tamil Nadu. There are no major industries in these two districts.

I, therefore, urge upon the Government to take suitable action immediately. (Ends)

skc

REQUEST TO OPEN MORE NUMBER OF

CENTRAL SCHOOLS IN TAMIL NADU

 

SHRI R. SHUNMUGASUNDARAM (TAMIL NADU): Sir, education is given high priority in the State of Tamil Nadu. The number of school-going children is increasing year after year. This year has seen a high demand for school admission in view of the increasing number of children seeking admission. The present Government in Tamil Nadu is taking earnest steps to meet the demand. A separate Ministry has been created by the Government of Tamil Nadu exclusively for school education in order to cater to the increased demand. However, only further increase in the number of schools would help in meeting the demand. The State Government alone cannot achieve the target of providing education to all. The Union Government of India must also step in to help the State Government by establishing more Central schools in Tamil Nadu. The Kendriya Vidyalaya must establish twenty more schools in Tamil Nadu, at least, by the beginning of the next academic year by June, 2007. I would urge upon the Government of India to consider my request. (Ends)

UPGRADATION OF TREVA-NEKOWAL ROAD AT THE INDO-PAK BORDER, R.S. PURA SECTOR AT JAMMU

 

SHRI T.S. BAJWA (PUNJAB): Sir, there is a road known as Treva-Nekowal on Indo-Pak border in R.S. Pura in the Jammu sector. The stretch of the road is about ten kilometres. The area is mostly inhabited by migrants of 1947, 1965 and 1971 disturbance. The people of the area face acute problems while transporting their goods in the absence of a proper road in the area.

It is, therefore, requested that this road may be upgraded and made habitable for smooth movement of traffic. Moreover, as this road is situated at the Indo-Pakistan border, it is used not only by the farmers of that area, but also by the Army personnel for their movements. The said road caters to the needs of a population of about one lakh people and links three blocks, namely R.S. Pura, Bishana and Vijapur of that area.

I would, therefore, urge upon the Central Government to upgrade this road and make it habitable for easy movement of civilians and Army traffic and allocate sufficient funds from the Central Road Fund. (Ends)

HK-HMS

CONCERN OVER OUTSOURCING IN IRCTC

SHRI PRASANTA CHATTERJEE (WEST BENGAL): Sir, I draw the attention of this House to reported attempt of out-sourcing in Indian Railways, in general, and IRCTC, in particular. It is learnt that IRCTC has already given contracts to three companies on the plea of shortage of staff. These companies will work in the field of construction of stalls in stations, preparation of food, e-ticketing and sale of food. This action of IRCTC is not only illogical but goes against the CMP. If there is any shortage of staff in IRCTC, IRCTC can easily ask the Railways for providing more staff on deputation. But the IRCTC management has bent upon to privatise the concern. While lodging protest against the outsourcing in IRCTC beyond the knowledge of Parliament, I demand immediate stoppage of all attempts of outsourcing in Indian Railways and IRCTC. Thank you. (Ends)

PATHETIC CONDITION OF NATIONAL HIGHWAYS IN BIHAR

֮֕ן ֤ (ײָ) : , ײָ ֛ ãן ӟ ֲָ ֛ ӟָ ӟ ך פ ֵ ָߤ פ ֻ ֟ ֻ֟ ֕Ը ֟ ֋ פ כ ԙß ԙֆ ָ ֙֋ ֙ ֕ ִ֕ ™ߵ ִ֕, ָ ָ ֛ ָ֟ ֟ ָ ָ֟ և ֛ ֟ ָ ָ֟ ׮ִ ֵ ־֢ ־օ ֣ , ׮ָ֮ ӟִ֕ ָ ִ ֣ ׬ָ ָ ׮ָ֮ ֟ , Ӛ-Ӛ ֕ ֛ ãן

֕ ָָ ָ 6 ־ 8 ֛ ֵ֮ , ָ ײָ ™ߵ ִ֕ ãן ָ֟ ִ ִֵ ָ ֵ ו ֕ ײָ ֛ ׸ ֮ߵ ãן

ָָ ײָ ™ߵ ִ֕ ָ֟ ֮ ׻֋ ־ֿ ֮ ֋ ֣ ֮ ֵ ָ ׮ָ֮ ֮ ׻֋ Ͽ׮ ־ã (ִ֯)

KSK

REQUEST TO NEC TO ACCEPT MORE PROJECTS FORWARDED BY NORTH-EASTERN STATES

SHRI MATILAL SARKAR (TRIPURA): This is a fact that as many as 582 projects have been forwarded by the North-Eastern States to the NEC during 2005-06 and 2006-07. Out of these projects, only 195 projects have been accepted by the NEC. A large number of projects, to the tune of 387, has not been accepted. It is seen that the unaccepted projects focus on developing the States in agriculture, forestry, tea-plantation, food-processing, pisciculture, education, sports, power sector, irrigation, health care, industries, infrastructure and in many such other aspects that will enable the States in enriching economy and affording employment opportunities for the youth in the respective States. By sending the proposals, the States have tried to accommodate their right concerns. But, the NEC seems to have not given due weightage by not accepting many of the projects and also by not releasing funds for the running projects at regular intervals.

In this situation, I urge upon the Central Government, in general, and the Ministry of DONER in particular, to revisit the projects left as unaccepted and to strengthen the administrative infrastructure to properly augment monitoring of the running projects and also to place instalment of funds for the running projects on regular basis. (Ends)

DEMAND FOR RESTORATION OF HERITAGES/MONUMENTS

SHRI RAJEEV SHUKLA (MAHARASHTRA): Sir, there are many historical heritages/monuments located inside the Mughal period gardens in Delhi such as Lodhi Gardens and Humayun Tomb. The Archaeological Survey of India's decision to outsource the restoration of the 15th and 16th century monuments inside the magnificent Lodhi Gardens in collaboration with Steel Authority of India is a welcome move. The restoration plan will definitely enhance the glory of the Garden. Likewise, the restoration project undertaken by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture in collaboration with the Archaeological Survey of India has brought about a remarkable change in the environment of tomb. These are pioneering examples of private and public sector partnership, which must be appreciated and encouraged.

Archaeological Survey of India should identify more such sites/gardens in the country for the purpose, funded by private companies and foundations and other NGO's to restore our national treasures. That will also ensure that tourists flock to the many architectural and historical wonders of the country. (Ends)

GSP

 

REQUEST FOR RELEASING FUNDS BY HUDCO FOR MODEL VILLAGE SCHEME IN NURPUR, HIMACHAL PRADESH

 

SHRIMATI VIPLOVE THAKUR (HIMACHAL PRADESH): Sir, through you, I want to bring it to the notice of the Government of India that in 2001, Model Village Scheme was launched in one of the remote and backward Gram Panchayat Hadal in Tehsil Nurpur, District Kangra, Himachal Pradesh. The HUDCO had sponsored the scheme. The office of the BDO, Nurpur which has been executing the much publicised model village scheme had revealed that Rs. 70 lakh had to be spent in the overall development of the Panchayat. HUDCO and the State Government had to share Rs.35 lakhs each on the facelift of the Panchayat. Only Rs. 6.08 lakh, the first instalment had been released by HUDCO during the foundation laying ceremony whereas the State Government has released its entire share. HUDCO has not released any amount except the first instalment despite several reminders from the office of the BDO, Nurpur. I humbly request the Government of India to ensure that such outstanding dues to the State Government of Himachal Pradesh must be cleared urgently by the HUDCO. (Ends)

 

NEED FOR OPENING OF SUB-REGIONAL OFFICES OF EMPLOYEES PROVIDENT FUND ORGANISATION AT TIRUPATHI, VIJAYAWADA AND KURNOOL

 

DR. M. V. MYSURA REDDY (ANDHRA PRADESH): Sir, I want to bring to the notice of the Government that a sub-regional office of the Employees Provident Fund Organisation functioning at Cudapah is covering five districts of Rayalaseema, i.e., Cudapah, Nellore, Chittor, Kurnool and Ananthapur. The workers of Nellore, Chittor and Kurnool are facing great difficulty in going to the Cudapah Provident Fund Office for redressal of their grievances. The employers, workers and pensioners are facing problems to travel to such a long distance to reach the Provident Fund Office functioning at Cudapah.

Like that, there is a sub-regional office of Employees Provident Fund at Guntur covering Guntur and Krishna Districts. The Krishna District employers, workers and pensioners are also facing the same problem to travel to long distance to reach the Guntur Provident Fund Office.

So, there is a feasibility of opening new sub-regional offices of Employees Provident Fund Organisation at Tirupathi for Nellore and Chittor districts, Vijayawada for Krishna District and Kurnool for Kurnool District alongwith the already existing sub-regional offices of Employees Provident Fund at Cudapah, Ananthapur and Guntur.

For opening of these three new sub-regional offices of Employees Provident Fund at Tirupathi, Vijayawada and Kurnool, substantial number of provident fund accounts and subscribers are available. The Andhra Pradesh Regional Committee of Employees Provident Fund made this proposal of opening of new sub-regional offices at Tirupathi, Vijayawada and Kurnool. The same was approved by the Employees Provident Fund Executive Committee and sent for ratification of the Central Board of Trustees. The proposal now awaits the final nod of Trustees.

I, therefore, earnestly request the Government to open new sub-regional offices of Employees Provident Fund at Tirupathi, Vijayawada and Kurnool at the earliest. (Ends)

aka-sk

DEMAND TO ABOLISH THE SYSTEM OF

CARRYING NIGHT SOIL ON HEAD

 

֮ ֻ ӛ (ײָ) : , ׾׳֮ ָ ָ ִԮ ϣ ֕ ָ ϣ ֱ ן ־ã ִ ׾ֳ֮֕ ï鿵֟ ָ ֬׸ , ׻ ָ ִ֕ ֮־֟ ׻֋ ֱև פ ֻ ϣ ֮ ׻֋ ׾־ֿ ָ֓ ָָ ϣ ִ֯ ׻֋ ֵ, ֣ ׸ִ ׮ ֵ , ו ָ ָ Ժ ֵ ֛ ָ֮ ֛ ϣ ֻ ִ֯ և , ָ ׬ӿ , ֣ ò ϣ ֱև ԓ׸ ׌ ״ֻ և , ϣ ֱև ԓָ ִֵ ׻֋ ׻ ָ ֣ ׻֋ ֮־ߵ ־ֿ ׮ֵ֤ ׾֬ ֲֻ ֮ ָ֟ פև ֮ , ִ և ϟߟ ָָ ָ ֳ ֕ ӑ ֟ ֣ ϣ ִ ™ ו ָ ִָ ãׯ֟ ֮ , ӳ־֟: օ ָ ָ ָ ϣ ֕ ָ ִ֕ ָ , ָ ™ߵ ׸ ׻֋ ׳ֿ֯

: ϣ ֲֻ֨ ֵ ָ ִ֯ ׻֋ ָָ ָָ ֮ (ִ֯)

-SK/YSR

REQUEST TO SET UP A NATIONAL FLUORIDE RESEARCH INSTITUTE AT HYDERABAD

SHRI RAVULA CHANDRA SEKAR REDDY (ANDHRA PRADESH): Sir, there are about 15,000 habitations in the State of Andhra Pradesh where ground water is infested with high levels of fluoride. Dental and skeletal fluorosis is still a common debilitant crushing the lives of lakhs of people. The worst sufferers are poor people who are living in the rural areas. The tribal and other weaker section people are not in a position to undergo treatment for their ailments.

Though there are attempts to solve the problem, there is no organised research into the problem limiting development of best practices and sustainable solutions. Hence, it is requested to set up a national fluoride research institute at Hyderabad. Early action in this regard is highly appreciated. (Ends)

CONCERN OVER SEVERE DROUGHT SITUATION IN ASSAM

SHRI SILVIUS CONDPAN (ASSAM): Sir, Assam is known for its plentiful rain as well as flood during the summer season. This year, the situation is completely different to the utter surprise of the people and more particularly the farmers' community which normally depends upon rainwater for their agricultural cultivations. This year Assam is reeling under drought situation during the rainy season, which should have helped the farmers to have their bumper cultivation. The media has also covered that about 800 villagers have been very badly affected and the people have been led to starvation for want of food. I understand the Assam Government has already drawn the attention of the Central Government regarding the problem arising out of the prolonged drought situation in the State affecting the economy of the people. Assam is a State where 70 per cent people depend upon agricultural production and their agricultural activities fully depend upon monsoon rainfall.

May I draw the attention of the Central Government to the burning situation in the State of Assam arising out of the drought situation and request to call for a report from the State Government, if it has not been done as yet, and to extend all possible assistance to the State Government to mitigate the situation?` (Ends)

-VKK-TMV-GS

INORDINATE DELAY IN GRANTING APPROVAL BY R.B.I. FOR

OPENING NEW BRANCHES.

 

SHRI C. RAMACHANDRAIAH (ANDHRA PRADESH): Sir, I wish to bring to the notice of the House a matter of urgent public importance. The Indian banking industry is undergoing major changes and the banking system plays a major role in the economic growth of the country. The role of the banks in fostering growth can be gauged from the fact that the banks play a critical role in the supply side of the economy by providing credit finance.

There are now reports that the Reserve Bank of India has not granted approval to applications submitted by certain banks for opening new branches on grounds that are not clearly stated. Furthermore, applications submitted by banks for setting up new ATM centres in various locations of the country are lying with the RBI for a long time. This has resulted in a situation where these banks are unable to open new branches and ATM centres for a long time. This is causing hardship to pensioners and senior citizens who cannot hope to have a bank branch in a convenient place near their homes.

Errors of omission and commission of some branches of these banks should not be the reason for withholding the permission to open new branches and ATM centres for a long period since it adversely affects growth of the industry.

I would, therefore, urge upon the Government to ensure that no hardship is caused to the general public because of inordinate delay in granting approval for opening of new branches. (Ends)

MCM-VKK

CONCERN OVER DELAY IN PROMOTION TO

MEDICAL TOURISM IN THE COUNTRY

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ָ֕ ״ (ָ Ϥ) : , ָ ׮ֵ ֌ ָ כ ׸ ֮֮ ֮ ֱ ֕ ֵԾ ״֟ , ׻ ߴָ ָ֕ ֮ ֕ ָ ד ߔ , ׻ ׮ֵ ֲֻ ־֢ ֣ ֵ֟ ד ֲֻ ֮ ָ ִ ָߵ ֌ ֱ ֻ ןֳ־֮ , ׻ ד ֟ Ùֱ ִٯ֟ ׸ִ  ٟ ֮ ָ ָָ ֱ פ әֻ֮ ־ ײ ָ ֻ ӓ ֻ כ ׸ 10 ָ ֤ ֵԙ ָ ָ ӿ ֻ֟߮ 000 ָָ ֮־ָ, 2004 þã ׸ָ ӡֵֻ ָ ך ߅ וִָ כ ׸ ׸ ָ ֮֮ ױ ֮ ô֟ ֤ Ϭ֮ ӡ 0 ִ֮ ֵԙ ֜־ ִ ׮ꅠ Ϭ֮ ӡ ӿ ײ ֵԙ ӡֵֻ כ ׸ ֜־ ׻֋ ֵ֤ ߅ ן ֮ ߴ ֻ ߟ ֮ ֤ ִ ִ߮ ָ פև ֛ ׮֕ דֵֻ ֮ ׌֟ ָ֬ ָ ֛ ָ߲ ָߕ ֟

֤ ִ֬ ָָ ֻ֟ ָ ֋ ׸ֵ֟ ֣ ָ ϓָ-ָ ֮ꅠ ֮־֤ (ִ֯)

DEMAND TO UPGRADE BAGDOGRA AIRPORT

INTO AN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

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ִ֮ ֚ (׿ִ ֻ) : , ֯ ִ֬ ָָ ֮ ָ֛ ׾ִ֮ ֟ ׿ִ ֻ ָ ׾ִ֮ ָ֛ ׾ִ֮ ™ ֯ ֵ ֵԙ ™ ֡ ׾ִ֮ ٕػ, ׌, -Ù ֕ ָ ֻ וֻ ָ ֻ -Ù ָ ׾ִ֮ ָ ׮ֳԸ և ֻ, ֮, ֻ֤, և פ ֻ ָ ߮ ߓ ִ ָ "֣" ֕ ֣ ֵ ߮ ׾ִ֮ ֵԙ ֕ ֣ ׾֟ ָ֟ ִֵ֮֟ ٕػ ֵ ֵ֤ օ

: ָָ ׮־ ָ֛ ׾ִ֮ ֵ֮ ָ™ߵ ׾ִ֮ ׸֟Ԯ ׻֋ ֿ֣ߑ ־ֿ ָև ֋, ָ ֻ ֣ ֣ ֵ֤ (ִ֯)

DEMAND FOR PROMOTING SANTHALI LANGUAGE

SHRI BHAGIRATH MAJHI (ORISSA): Sir, the Santhali Language has been included in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution. Consequently, this language is being used by UPSC and Jharkhand Public Service Commission for administrative examinations and, at the same time, many educational institutions, universities and other academies recognised Santhali language in Santhali dominated areas. There are a few major demands from the deprived Santhali community. I request the Government, through the House, to introduce or include the Santhali language in the following fields:-

1.    Olchiki script of the Santhali language should be incorporated in the currency notes where other languages are listed.

2.    Government Notification should be available in Olchiki script in Santhali dominated areas.

3.    Central Government as well as Santhali dominated States must include this language for all administrative examinations.

4.    National and international news in Santhali language with other programmes should be broadcast by national and other TV channels and radio also. (Ends)

VK

NEED TO ENSURE WELFARE OF EMIGRANT WORKERS

DR. GYAN PRAKASH PILANIA (RAJASTHAN): Sir, it is estimated that about 5.5 lakh skilled and semi-skilled Indians travel to other countries, mostly the Gulf, Malaysia, UK, as emigrant workers. Despite the numbers, no skill upgradation programme or pre-orientation departure course has been arranged for workers. Significant contribution has been made by emigrant workers in terms of remittances from abroad. The figure has touched Rs. 1,00,000 crores a year now, from Rs. 96,000 crore last year. Two years after the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA) announced a slew of measures to ensure protection and betterment of emigrant workers, not one of the proposals has been implemented.

To begin with, the MOIA announced with much fanfare that it would issue smart cards to emigrant workers. The smart cards were to contain information about the worker, including his passport details, and were supposed to act as an emergency help line. But two years later, the smart card project is still at the proposal stage. An Overseas Manpower Corporation (OMC) was also mooted to check mushrooming of unscrupulous manpower agencies which sent skilled and semi-skilled workers abroad. This Corporation was also supposed to ensure the well being of emigrant workers but the proposal never took off. Proposed MoUs with some labour importing countries, so that the Indian emigrant workers get a better deal, did not materialise either. To check harassment of genuine emigrant workers and stop illegal trafficking, it also proposed to amend the Emigration Act, 1983 to bring more transparency into the emigration system and incorporate stringent punishment for culprits.

I would strongly urge the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs to ensure prompt follow up action. (Ends)

CONCERN OVER TARDY PROGRESS OF RESEARCH

AND DEVELOPMENT IN INDIA

 

SHRI VIJAY J. DARDA (MAHARASHTRA): Sir, recently, Mr. Eugene Garfield, the American Pioneer in mapping scientific information showed that in 1973 Indian scientists accounted for about half of the developing world's quality science papers. In the seventies, the Science Citation Index placed India at the 8th place behind only the U.S., U.K., USSR, France, Japan and Canada. By 2000, India had slid to 15th position. Two of India's prestigious research missions - on agriculture and defence have comparatively lacklustre performance. Agricultural research has failed to develop groundbreaking techniques for the poor, rain-dependent farmers, etc., and the dismal outcome of which is rising number of suicides by farmers in Vidarbha, in particular, can be seen. Its bureaucracy has terminated hundreds of good projects mid-way. Similarly, DRDO's projects have failed so often and, at times, it has become a biggest embarrassment in the field of Science and Technology. The Financial Times' Exhaustive Report on innovation 2005, based on the number of patents applied for, shows that with all its knowledge industry claims, India is not among the top 30 countries (China is fifth after Japan, U.S., South Korea and Germany). Our medical research has virtually no productive link with its rising pharma industry. Thus an immediate appraisal about fuller utilisation of the totality of the research and Development infrastructure and scientists is called for, keeping in view our productivity and competitiveness, which is directly related to R&D, do not suffer any further. To begin with, we should see that target of spending 6 per cent of our GDP on R&D and quality scientific education is ensured, and realistic projects on R&D, with time-bound, completion and constant monitoring is stressed upon.

(Ends)

MP/RG

INCLUSION OF MID-DAY MEAL SCHEME IN N.G.O. RUN PRIMARY SCHOOLS IN TRIBAL AREAS

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MS. MABEL REBELLO (JHARKHAND): Sir, the Mid-Day Meal Scheme, in fact, is responsible for furthering universalisation of primary education and also for improving retention and attendance of children across the country.

There are many backward tribal regions where selfless organisations have been providing primary education to tribals who have been left out of the process of development. The unaided institutions have been making a very significant contribution towards universalisation of primary education, especially, by covering these segments of our society, which have not been effectively covered by the Government. But for these private unaided institutions, we would probably have had to wait for a few more Five Year Plans before we would have reached the most marginalized tribals in remote areas.

The present scheme excludes the schools run by the NGOs, more particularly, in the rural and remote tribal areas. These children are deprived of mid-day meals, even though they belong to the poor socio-economic strata of the society. The NGOs, who run these schools in tribal areas, suffer the handicap of not getting Grant-in-Aid from the Government. These institutions are supplementing and complementing the Government's effort to bring education to these neglected strata of society. To make matters worse, now, the poorest tribal children, studying in these schools, are deprived of mid-day meal for no fault of theirs.

As recognition to the selfless work being done by these private, unaided institutions and in the interest of the most marginalized tribal children, I would request the Government to extend the Mid-Day Meal Scheme to private unaided schools in tribal areas. This would go a long way in the development of tribals. (Ends)

NEED TO AMEND CHILD LABOUR (PROHIBITION AND REGULATION) ACT, 1986

 

Ӥ 껻 (Ӭ Ϥ) : , ֕ ָ ֓ - factories, , building construction, ֛ ׮ִ, brick kiln, ֵ- plantation, cashew nut, carpet, beedi, rubber, leather, food processing industries, agriculture, trains פ ָ ָ ִ

child labourers ִ child labourers ֤֤ ָ֟ ֜ Child labour employ Fundamental Right to Education, childhood ׸ ָ Right to Equal Opportunity total violation

, child labour practice ֟ ׻֋ national law - Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act, 1986. ִ child labour ִ ָ ִ engage ֮ , ָ non hazardous ִ child labour ָ silent ֟ ֓ Fundamental Right to Education ֱֻ ֟ non hazardous works child labour engage exploit ֻ ֮ ֓ ׮֟

Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act, 1986 amend ִ hazardous non hazardous ֳ child labour ָ abolish provision ֋ ׻֋ Union Labour Minister child labour totally abolish ׻֋ ߑ ײֻ ְ (ִ֯)

TDB-ASC

CONCERN OVER NEGATIVE EFFECTS OF ON-LINE TRADING

֮־ָߠ ֻ ֻ (ָ Ϥ) : , ָ֯ ָ ֳ ֳꌟ ß ֲָß և ֜ ו ִ ֤ ߾֮ ך ֵ ֕ ָ ָ ָ֯ ֟ ײ֛ ִ ֵ֤ ָ֯ ּ ׻ֵ ֵ֤ ָ֯ ָ ׾׳֮ ֤֮֯ 50 500 ֙ ֯׸ ָ֯ߠ ָ Ԥָ ֋ ָ֮ ֵ ן־ ֳ 1000 ֋ ֵ֤ ָ֯ ֱ ֵ , ׾֤ ֵ֤ ָ֯ ָ ָ ָ ٣ ֮ ӳ־֮ ֵ֤ ָ֯ ׾ָ ָ ϤԮ ֮֮ 18 ß ֤ ־֮ ִ֮ ӟָ-ӟָ ָ ™ߵ ָ֯ ޛ ֟־֮֬ ׾ֻֿ ָ ϤԮ ֵ ָָ ֵ֤ ָ֯ ָ ֻ֟ ֮ ֵԾ ֋

(ִ֯)

NEED TO SPEED UP CLEARANCE OF CHEQUES BY BANKS

SHRI MAHENDRA MOHAN (UTTAR PRADESH): Sir, generally, the banks clear the cheques deposited by customers in four to six days. However, a recent study, conducted by the Indian Statistical Institute and the Reserve Bank of India, has found that a large volume of the customers' cheques get inordinately delayed in clearance; and due to this delayed clearance, the banks -- public sector, private and foreign -- enriched themselves by about Rs.3,726 crores during the year 2005-06. The enrichment had been on some 13,000 lakh cheques, worth Rs.113,37,000 crores. The banks enjoyed "free float of customers funds" on 50 per cent of the cheques transacted.

Sir, the outstation cheques, in particular, have become a virtual nightmare for the customers. While cheques between two State capitals take 10-14 days for clearance, those from the hinterland may not be realised by the customers for months.

Most of the banks have not yet put in place their cheque collection and clearance policy, and the chaos has led to the violation of consumers' right to access their funds in time; and the non-payment of interest or any other compensation following the delays, had led to the banks' undue enrichment on free float of customers' funds.

Sir, in order to protect the consumers' rights, and also to speed up the tempo of business transactions, it is necessary to streamline the procedures and lay down suitable norms for easy and quick clearance of local and outstation cheques. With Internet banking-technology tools now available, banks can credit even the outstation cheques instantaneously. (Ends)

PSV-KGG

CONCERN OVER TELECAST OF UNVERIFIED NEWS IN ELECTRONIC MEDIA

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ϟ֯ (ָ Ϥ) : , ׾֟ ֮ ꌙ׮ כ ִ֬ ׾֮֕ ָ ֮֮ ֲָ ֻֿ ָ֬߮ ֲָ ׸ , ֮֕ן ִ֕ ןš ׸ ׸֮ ׮ֵו֟ וֿ ϟߟ ִ ֲָ ֓ , ׮֮֟ ׮ָָ֬ , ָ ו֮ ִ֮ ֛ , ָև ָ ׮ִԻ ֨ ָ ֟ , ֵ ֋, ָ ׮֤ ֕ , כ ׮׿֟ ׌ ָ ֯ע֮֕ ֮ ׸ ִֻ ѓ ִָ֓ ֣֟ ׸

, ֯ ִ֬ ָָ ָ ־ã ֮և ֋ כ ֤֕ ָ ϳ־ ֛ ֣ ָ ֙ֆ ָ־ע , ו ׮֤ ֮֕׵ ןš ׌ ִו ןš ן ׸ ֮ ײ֮ ֛ ִ֮ ־ ָָ ֮֕ן ָ ־Ԥߵ ״ן ֚ , פ ֮ ־ ִõ ִ֮֬ פ : כ ָ ָ ֮ , כ ׮ָ֟ ׬ָ ֮֮ ֲָ ׮ֵ֮ ֮֕ן ָ ׮ִԻ ֲָ ׸ (ִ֯)

ACHIEVING CHILD AND WOMEN DEVELOPMENT TARGET

SET FOR TENTH PLAN

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SHRI R. KAMARAJ (TAMIL NADU): I wish to impress upon the need to meet the targets the Government had set for itself towards child development in the 10th Five-Year Plan. It is regrettable that the funds are being spent on salaries and creating assets which do not directly benefit children. The Centre has further reduced funds for health and education. Allocation for child makes up only 3.75 per cent of the total spending in the Department of Women and Child Development. A comparison of the 10th Plan targets and results present a grim picture. Target is set to bring down infant mortality rate to 45 per 1000 by 2007 and to 28 by 2012. But the ground reality is, 55 deaths per 1000 births. The other target was to have all children in schools by 2003. We are in 2005 and at least four to five per cent children still do not attend school. In 2004-05, education accounted for only 13.4 per cent of the total expenditure as against 17.43 per cent in 2000-01.

In view of the gravity of the situation, I appeal to the Government to increase allocation for women and child development and cut down administrative costs to achieve the target. (Ends)

KLS

CONCERN OVER DISCRIMINATION TOWARDS ESIC DOCTORS

SHRIMATI SYEDA ANWARA TAIMUR (ASSAM): Sir, I hereby take the opportunity to raise the issue that is being faced by the doctors of ESIC. It has come to know that the ESIC's doctors, who are working under the Ministry of Labour are being denied their rightful conveyance allowance, while the doctors under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare are getting the same. It is understood that it is really an injustice.

It is an established fact that they are doing the noble work of treating the workers and their family members. But it appears that due to lack of proper understanding of the noble work being done by the Employees' State Insurance Corporation doctors, they are resorting to discriminatory tactics by creating dissatisfaction among the ESIC doctors. Ultimately it leads to leaving their noble work. I would like to know from the hon. Minister under what conditions and rules the conveyance allowance, which was being given to ESIC doctors till 2004 has been withdrawn. There should not be any discrimination between the doctors of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and the Ministry of Labour. I request the hon. Minister, through you, that Sir, all the facts in connection with the conveyance allowance should be brought to the notice of this august House. Thank you. (Ends)

CONCERN OVER PRECARIOUS CONDITION OF ROADS AND RAIL NETWORK IN RAINY SEASON IN NORTH-EASTERN REGION

 

SHRI KARENUDU BHATTCHARJEE (ASSAM): Sir, I wish to invite Government's attention to precarious condition of Katakhal rail-cum-road bridge on NH-53, integral to socio-economic life of people of that area. One pillar is already tilted and collapse is imminent in heavy rains and floods if left unattended, which will be disastrous and will paralyse lifeline of the area in particular and users in general.

The Border Road Organisation sensing the gravity of the situation has undertaken construction of diversion road which is still underway and under construction. Railways also have undertaken diversion of meter gauge line to new broad gauge bridge. It is not understood how flow of road transport is to be maintained.

In order to maintain free flow of road traffic and to protect this remote area of Assam, Manipur and Mizoram from being cut off from mainland, pressing public demand has arisen that road traffic also be diverted to new broad gauge bridge. It is requested that hon. Minister for Railways to cause a technical feasibility survey of diverting road traffic also along or over new broad gauge bridge.

During rainy season landslides occur at Sonapur affecting communication line on NH-44 being the lifeline for Barak Valley, Mizoram and Tripura. To save communication line and sufferings of people, permanent solution must be found by way of constructing a tunnel or diversion of road. Massive erosion at Srigouri being caused by Barak River is a serious concern for people of Barak Valley and Tripura on NH-44. Permanent solution must be made either by BRO or the Department of National Highways. Thank you. (Ends)

SSS

DEMAND TO LEGISLATE ON CAPITAL PUNISHMENT FOR TERRORISTS

 

SHRI DARA SINGH (NOMINATED): Sir, as we all know that fear is the only weapon which can scare and control a criminal's mind. That is the reason why we need a law much stronger than POTA to control the bad elements in our society, namely Terrorists who kill innocent people. Any person, who has directly or indirectly, but purposely helped and harboured a terrorist, and if this fact has been proved in the court of law, should along with the terrorist be given the capital punishment of hanging till death within a very fast time-frame. Unless the faith in the law is established, the general public will be disillusioned and lose faith in its elected representatives. The public has elected the leaders, not just to take the country forward, but also to provide the common citizen with peace, property and security. Therefore, it is our prime duty to give them the same. All political parties should join hands and bring out a Bill that will scare every terrorist from committing the crime. Therefore, I appeal to the Government to pass a Capital Punishment Bill for terrorist- related activity, with immediate effect in this very Session of Parliament.

(Ends)

NON-IMPLEMENTATION OF THE AGREEMENT SIGNED BETWEEN STATE GOVERNMENTS OF PUNJAB, HARYANA AND RAJASTHAN AND CENTRAL GOVERNMENT ON POWER SHARING IN HYDEL POWER PROJECTS.

 

SHRIMATI SHOBHANA BHARTIA (NOMINATED): Sir, in terms of the Indus-Water Treaty and consequent agreements, on sharing of water of the Sutlej, Ravi and Beas rivers, Rajasthan has been claiming for share in power in the Anandpur Sahib Hydel, Mukerian Hydel, U.B.D.C. Stage-II, Thein Dam Project, and Shahpur Kandi Hydel generation projects. While granting permission to Punjab to draw cooling water for Ropar Thermal Power Station from the Nangal Hydel Channel, an agreement was signed between the Union Minister of Energy, Government of India and the State Governments of Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan on 10.5.1984. It was decided therein:

that the Government of India shall refer the claims of Rajasthan for power generated from these hydel projects in Punjab to the Supreme Court for its opinion.

that while allocating additional power from its unallocated share, the Government of India would take into consideration the claims of Rajasthan and Haryana.

The Rajasthan Government has been raising its claim for a fair share of power in various forums such as the Northern Zonal Council meetings, Chief Minister's and Power Minister's conferences etc. Chief Minister's communication on 24th February 1999, and subsequent reminder on 3rd May 2000, and also on 19.6.2004, to the Union Power Minister, is to take immediate steps to implement the Inter-State Agreement of 10 May 1984, and also refer the matter to the Supreme Court without any further delay. The Union Government has failed to take any action. I urge upon the Government of India to take immediate, necessary steps as this matter is pending for a long time and the non-implementation of the agreement is affecting Rajasthan badly. (Ends)


NBR-HMS

REQUST FOR UTILISATION OF FUNDS SANCTIONED FOR DEVELOPMENT OF VIDARBHA REGION

 

(ָ™) : ֳ֯ן , ׾ֿ ָ ߵ ָָ ֮ ָ™ ׾֤ ֣ ־ ָ פ֮ ֪ׯ ָ™ ָ ӯ֮ ӟ ֮ ֟ , ָ™ ׾֤ ãן ӟ ֵ־ ӲӬ ӓ ׻֋ Ϭ֮ ӡ ָ ך ״ן , ֮ ֵ Ϭ֮ ָֻ 0 ֤ ״ ֮ ׸ ׾֤ ׯ֮֔ ׻֋ ֕ ָָ וִָ ֵ ָ ֵ֟ ֵ ֵ ֮ ׾֤ ׻֋ ׮֬׸ ֟ , ֋ ָ ֮ֆ ָ ֓ פ ֟ ãן ӟ ֵ־ ָ֟ ״ן ֻ֕֯ ָ ߵ ׾ ׻֋ ֮ ֻ ׮׬ ßֻ ֮ פֵ ״ן ֟ ָ ׾֤ ֤ ִֵ ָ ״ֻ ֟

ãן ָָ ׾֤ ֣ ־ָ ִ֯ ׻֋ ָָ ֋ ֋ ׾֤ ׻֋ ׿ ׮֬׸ ֟ , ׾֤ ׾ ָ ֓ ֋ (ִ֯)

TRAFFIC BOTTLENECKS ON MUMBAI ROADS

SHRI HEMA MALINI (NOMINATED): Sir, I rise to bring to the attention of the Government to an issue that is fast becoming a metropolitan phenomenon -- the terrible traffic conditions that prevail, especially during peak hours when the existing infrastructure simply crumbles under pressure.

While it is highly commendable that all cities are expanding and housing, industries and shopping malls are mushrooming in order to cater to the growing population, it is a sad fact that the growth is haphazard as there is no parallel improvement in the infrastructure. The number of cars on the roads has increased tenfold, again, with no simultaneous widening of roads to take in these numbers. With the indiscriminate increase in construction activity and no attention paid to the infrastructure, with licences being freely issued, the situation is fast getting out of hand.

The situation in Mumbai is particularly alarming, as the city has to do with the limited space available. The overflowing traffic has led to unimaginable chaotic conditions. The shortage of parking space and the bad road conditions are also other causes for concern. While this is, basically, a State problem, it is high time that the Central Government steps in with grants for multi-level parking spaces and flyovers that have become the crying need of a city that prides itself on being the business capital of the country. Thank you. (Ends)

VP-KLG/SC

REQUEST FOR RELEASE OF FUNDS FOR SCHOLARSHIP

TO SC/ST AND OBC STUDENTS.

 

׻֟ ֟ (֕ã֮) : , ָ ָָ ָ ד֟ ן, ד֟ ֮֕ן ׯ֔ ןֵ ֡ Ù י ֡־ע ־ã ד֟ ן, ד֟ ֮֕ן ֣ ׯ֔ ןֵ ֡-֡ֆ ֮֟ ֯ ׿ ã֮ ֮֟ ֯ ֚ ׸ٟ֟ ֮ֆ ԟ ֟

֕ã֮ ָָ ָ ֵ ָָ ָ ׸ߕ ֵ ָ֮׿ ߓ ֛ ֵ 2006-07 ׸ ֿ: 4137.36 3490.61 ׸ և

֕ ֳ ֡ ֡ ֡־ע ׾ָ֟ ָ ד֟ ן, ֮֕ן ׯ֔ ןֵ ֵ ãן ׾ñ ֮ ֵ ֡ ֮֮ ׻֋ ֺ

ָָ ׸ ָ ָ֮׿ ߑ ׸ߕ ֋

(ִ֯)

NEED TO PROVIDE INTERNATIONAL LEVEL FACILITIES BY NATIONALISED BANKS IN THE COUNTRY.

ֵ ֿ Ͼֻ (™ߵ ֮֕֬ , פ) : ֳ֯ן , ָ™ߵ ָ , ֮ ֱ, ֈә ־֮ ӲӬ ׾ֵ֬ ָ֟ ֮ ֲֻ ֵ , ָ ™ߵ ֮ ֲֻ ִֵ ӛ ןï֬ ֻ ָ™ߵ ֮ ִ֟ ָ ׾ֵ֬ ֲֻ ֵ ֮ ָ ן , ֲֻ ָ ™ߵ ֱ ߔ פ ֮ ™ߵ ֳ ׾ֵ֬ ֮ ֲֻ ֟ , ָ™ߵ ָ ֵ , ױ ֮ , ׻ ׾֤ ָ ָ ׾ֵ֬ ֲֻ ֵ ֮ ָ ׬ ־ֵ ãן ׻֋ ֳ ™ߵ ָ™ߵ ßָ ֵ֮ ֮ ׮֟ӟ ־ֿ

ָָ ֳ ™ߵ ָ™ߵ ßָ ֵ֮ ֮ ִ ָ™ߵ ßָ ֳ ׾ֵ֬ ָ֟ ֲֻ ֵ ֮ ִד֟ ֵꅠ (ִ֯)

PK/AKA

PLIGHT OF POULTRY FARMERS IN THE COUNTRY

SHRI GIREESH KUMAR SANGHI (ANDHRA PRADESH): Sir, I rise to draw the attention of this House towards heavy losses being suffered by farmers due to bird flue scare. There is an urgent need to release five lakh tons of maize for the farmers of the country at the rate of Rs.3500/- per ton, as agreed upon by the Government immediately as the farmers are in great distress. The Ministry of Agriculture has already announced the relief, which is yet to reach the farmers. It may be mentioned that the poultry sector accounts for about two per cent of the GDP of India and about ten per cent of the total GNP attributable to livestock. With annual output of 37 billion eggs and 1,000 million broilers, which yield 5.75 lakh tonnes of poultry meat, India is the fourth highest producer of eggs and the eighth highest producer of broilers in the world. The broiler production has sky-rocketed at an annual growth rate of about ten per cent and stands at about 1.9 million metric tonnes of chicken meat (FAO 2005). Besides, this sector provides large self-employment opportunities to a number of people in urban and rural areas. Since the poultry industry has been making considerable contribution to the national economy, it needs immediate attention and support at this hour of crisis. I, therefore, call upon the Government to take affirmative and corrective steps, without further loss of time, to provide all assistance to farmers and save poultry industry from total collapse.

(Ends)

REQUEST TO DIRECT GAIL TO REFUND EXCESS GAS TRANSPORTATION CHARGES LEVIED ON GAS-BASED PROJECTS IN ANDHRA PRADESH

SHRIMATI N.P. DURGA (ANDHRA PRADESH): Sir, GAIL has been supplying gas to gas-based power projects of Thatipaka-Kakinada, Thatipaka-Kovuru and Thatipaka-Kondapally in Andhra Pradesh, and, as a part of the agreement, the State has to pay transportation charges. But, for the reasons best known to GAIL, it has imposed Rs.606.78 crores more transportation charges on the above gas-based projects between 1996-97 and 2004-05. But, in spite of the Government of Andhra Pradesh's requests, GAIL has refused to reduce the excess transportation charges levied by it. Then, the Government of Andhra Pradesh went before the Tariff Commission indicating how GAIL overcharged for gas supplied to plants in Andhra Pradesh. The Tariff Commission has decided that GAIL has overcharged the transportation cost from Andhra Pradesh recently. The Tariff Commission has calculated the costs as per the Cost of Service. According to this, GAIL has overcharged Rs.444.08 crores on the gas supplied through Thatipaka-Kakinada gas pipeline, Rs.47.64 crores through Thatipaka-Kovuru gas pipeline and Rs.116.06 crores through Thatipaka-Kondapally gas pipeline, apart from other miscellaneous charges. GAIL has charged 175 per cent more to two gas-based projects, 400 per cent more to one project and 150 per cent more to the fourth project. Now, the Tariff Commission has already submitted its Report to the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas. The Government of India also opined that GAIL does not have any fixed method of calculating the transportation cost. Hence, I request the Government of India to immediately direct GAIL to refund the excess amount collected by it or adjust in the future transportation charges. (Ends)

NEED FOR DEVELOPING INDEPENDENT WORLD TRADE ORGANISATGION FOR DEVELOPING AND UNDER DEVELOPED COOUNTRIES

 

ֵָ (): , פ ִָ֓ ֜ ָ ו֮ ׾ ָ֯ ֚ ָ ו ָ ׮ָß ևԅ פ ֤ ִָ֓ ֯ ׸ -6 և וִ ָ ״׻֟ ֣ ִ ָ ׾ָ֓ օ

ָ -6 ׸ִ ו֮ ׾ ָ֯ ֚ ִ֮ ײ֮ ׸ִ ָ ׾ָ ָ ִ֯ ֵ߅ ָ ֕ ӡ ׸ ֻ ֕ ӡ ֻ֣֮ 23, 24 և 2006 ֵ , ׸ ï™ ֲ ֟ פ ׸ ׾֟ ָ֤ ֻ֮ ֵ߅ ָ ׻֋ ֻ Ӭ ָ ֮ ߾֮ ֨ן ָߵ ֮ ӑ ו ֣ ӵ㌟ ֕ ӡ ֮ -6 ֱ ֮ ָ ׾׳֮ ִֵ ָ ָ ָָ פ ֵ ֮֯, ָ, ϤԮ ־ ֮ ןֵ ׾ֵ֕ ֮֟ ֣ ָߵ ֮ ӑ ֕ ӡ ֵ þ֟

ָ Ԭָ ׾ ߸ ֲ ֮ ןֵ ֵ ֵ Ӥ ָߵ ֮ ӑ ָ ָָ ־ ֲ ֮ ׻ ֵ֜ ֣ ׾ ָ֯ ֚ ׮ ׾ֿ߻ ׾֟ þ֟ӡ ׾ ָ֯ ֚ ã֮֯ (ִ֯)

VALEDICTORY REMARKS

MR. CHAIRMAN: Hon. Members, we come to the end of the 208th Session which had commenced on Monday, the 24th of July. We have had 22 sittings spread over a period of 33 days. In this Session, the monsoon showers helped us to keep the 'heat' under control and generally provided us a pleasant environment conducive to transaction of serious business by the House - though, at times, it was felt that more of these showers were needed!

In this Session, seven new Members joined us and one got re-elected. I do hope that they will make meaningful contributions in enriching the proceedings of the House.

This Session has been lively as well as busy; Members often sitting till the late hours of the evening and even foregoing the lunch break to transact important business.

Hon. Members, you are aware that in the previous Session, this august House had passed the Parliament (Prevention of Disqualification) Amendment Bill, 2006. This Bill was returned by the hon. President of India with his message to Parliament. The matter was given serious consideration by the House and a very enlightened debate took place before the Bill was passed again by this august House. Subsequently, the House also resolved to constitute a Joint Parliamentary Committee to examine and consider important issues relating to the provisions of this Bill.

The House transacted important Legislative Business, including consideration and passing of 16 Bills. I would, particularly, like to mention the Protection of Human Rights (Amendment) Bill, 2005, the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Amendment Bill, 2006, the Food Safety and Standard Bill, 2006, the Wild Life (Protection) Amendment Bill, 2005, and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, 2005. The passing of these Bills will, no doubt, provide the requisite fillip to improve and strengthen the policy framework leading to improved public governance. (Contd. by ysr-1w)

-SK/YSR/5.05/1W

MR. CHAIRMAN (CONTD.): Hon. Members, I am happy to note that in this Session also, you showed great sense of responsibility towards matters of urgent concern as well as problems of the people. Several wide-ranging issues were discussed and debated during Short Duration Discussions, Half-an-Hour Discussions or Calling Attentions. In addition, about 100 Special Mentions on diverse subjects of public importance were made by the hon. Members.

Hon. Members, the House witnessed the expression of great concern by all sections on the rise in prices and the unfortunate suicide by farmers. I myself have been greatly concerned with the plight of more than one-fourth of our population still living Below the Poverty Line who are denied their fundamental right to live with dignity. The tragic happenings in our poor rural homes are indeed a matter of great concern shared by all of us. I do hope the serious discussion we had in this House on this subject will definitely lead to purposeful initiatives of action with positive results.

This House has also been deeply concerned about the security situation in the country. Hon. Members were extremely saddened with the deaths caused due to the serial bomb blasts in Mumbai and terrorist attacks in Jammu and Kashmir. Serious concern was also expressed on the increasing Naxal violence, particularly the Naxalite attacks on relief camps at Dantewada in Chhattisgarh. I do hope that the serious debate and discussion on the issue of security and terrorism would further strengthen our will for determined action to overpower the enemies of peace and progress.

Besides, several other important subjects were also discussed and debated in the House. I would particularly mention the very satisfying debate of exceptional quality and high standard of excellence on the subject of nuclear cooperation with the USA. I have no doubt that the in-depth, elaborate and comprehensive discussion on all aspects of the issue has been extremely enlightening not only to all sections of the House but also to the general public which, I am confident, is now better informed about the intricate aspects of this important matter. I believe that serious and purposeful discussion in the House not only brings out transparency of actions but goes to build up public confidence and credibility in the system of governance. Hon. Members, it is for this reason that I have always been keen to encourage meaningful discussion and debates on key issues of national importance.

Hon. Members, I compliment you for doing a lot of business during the Session. However, you will agree with me that much more could have been accomplished but for the lost opportunity due to occasional discords and disturbances. The lesson for us is to build a shared ethos of transacting business as per rules without disturbance, and for this to achieve, we need a mechanism whereby we pro-actively engage ourselves in dialogue and discussion to speedily resolve any differences or conflict that may arise on any sensitive issue. I do hope senior leaders of all parties and groups will take necessary initiative in this behalf. I cannot over-emphasise the fact that only the serious, purposeful and effective conduct of business in the House, in an environment of mutual trust, cooperation and harmony, will enable us to serve our common and shared objective to serve the cause of development, progress and welfare of the people. Then alone, we would be enriching our democratic heritage which we have so proudly showcased in the Parliament Museum inaugurated by the hon. President during this Session itself. I am sanguine that with the cooperation of all of you, we shall definitely be taking the functioning of our parliamentary democracy to new heights of glory and success.

Hon. Members, I take this opportunity to thank the Leader of the House, the Leader of the Opposition, Leaders of various parties and groups and all the Members for their kind cooperation and support.

(Contd. by TMV/1X)

AKG-TMV/1X/5.10

MR. CHAIRMAN (CONTD.): I also express my deep sense of gratitude to the hon. Deputy Chairman, Members of the Panel of Vice-Chairmen and the Secretariat for their contribution.

Before we adjourn, I extend to all of you my warm greetings and good wishes for the Dussehra, Deepawali and other festivals and auspicious occasions ahead. (Ends)

ߴ֟ ִ þָ֕ (֬ Ϥ) : ֮־֤ ֳ֯ן ߅ ֳ֯ן , ֕ ֣ ֮ ֟ ׻֋ ֛ ֟ ֮ ֮ ә ֤ ߅ ֕ ֲ , ֮ ֻܵ ֵ ֕ ֡ ׮ִ פ , ֡ ָ ôןֵ ֣ ֮ ֙ ָ և ֮ ֟ ӟ ־ ֮ ֡ ו֮֟ ֓ԋ ֮ , ֲ ֓ԋ ״ֻ ֤ ֵ ָָ ָ ו֮֟ ׾ֵ֬ ֵ ׸ ׻֋ ֵ , ׾ֵ֬ ֵ օ ֤ ֵ ߋ ָ ֮ 6 ֓ԋ - 㴲և ִ ׾ñ ָ, ֜ ߴ֟ ָ, ֮ ֟ֆ ָ, ָ-׸ ָ ִ ָ, ֚ ׸ ָ ֕ ֮ ִ֮ ִ׮֟ ֕ ׸ ָ ֓ԋ ֻ , ׻ ßָ , ֣ Յ 5 ֓ԋ ֟ 11.30 ֕ ִ֯ ֓, ֚ ׸ , ֕ ֵԾ׻ ߅ ֮ ָ ו ָ ֮ ״ֻ, ֟־ָ ֤ ã֟ , ָ ֚ ׸ ָ ֓ ߅

ָ ֟ ָ ףֵ ֳ ֯ ׾ֵ ָ ֮ ß־ פ օ ֻӛ, ߸, ֯ - ߕ֮, ߕ֮ ֟ , ߑԾ׬ ֮, ִ֯ և , ׾ֵ ֮ ꅠ ֯ ָ þ ׻ֵ ֵ օ ֕ ֵԾ׻ օ ָ ֟־ָ ֻ֟ ֓ , ֕ ֤ ã֟ օ

׾ֵ ֵօ ָ 段 ֻ ߇Ԇָ ß ֻ ֵ ֵ օ ϳ־ ֻ օ ֮־ ֮֬ ׾ ӡ ָ ׻֋ ֋ ָ ֤ ױ ָ ֓ ևԅ ֯ ִֵ ߚ ָ , ֵ֤ ֮֯ ߾ ָ ꅠ ֳ֯ן , פ ֮ 24 ß 2006 פ ֕ ֳ ֲ ֤ ֤ߵ ֲ ϵ פ ֤ ֋օ ׾֛֮ ֲ ׾ֻׯ֟ , , ֲ Ӥ Ӥ ֮ ֯ ֵ֤ þֵ ֮־ ֮֬ ׾ ӡ ֲ ֲ ןš ָ ֮ ֟֟ ֓ ֜֋ ֮ ݵ ֟ ꅠ ָ ָ ֤ ־֮ ֟ ָ ׾ָ֓ օ ֕ ָ ֤ ֻ֟, -- ־֮ ֤ ָ ֟և և , ֤ ָ ׾ָ֯ߟ ־֮ , ֕ ִ֮֬ օ ָ ֯ ִ֬ , Ϭ֮ ӡ , ָ ֳ ֟ ׮־ ָ ִ֮֬ ׻֋, ־֮ ֤ ״ן ֮ , ׾ֵ ִ֮֬

ֳ֯ן , ֤ ִ ׻֋ ֤ ֋ ֤ ֮֯ ֮ ֳ֯ן֟ ֻ ָ Ͽ ֻ ֻ, ֲ ִִ ֆ ֯ ׻֋ Ͽ־֓ ֲ - µ ߅ µ ׻֋ ֮֕ן ӿ־ֻ ֟ ֯ ָ פ ֯ ֲ ֋ ו î ֻ ׬ָ ϴ ׬ָ , î ֲִ љ ֵօ (1և ָ ֿ:)

1Y/HMS-VK/5.15

ߴ֟ ִ þָ֕ (֟) : ֳ֯ן , ֯ ָ, ָ Ӥ ָ ֯ ׮֟ӟ ָ֋ ֟ ִֵ ָ ֮ ֟ ֤ ֲ ֮ ӟ פ ֟ ֟ ֯ ׮¯֟ ׸ֵ ֵ֤ Ӥ ָ ֤ ֯ ֯ ֆ ָ ָ ָ , פ ϴ֟ ֵ ֲ ֤ ִִ ֆ ֯ ן ־֮֋ ֌

ֳ֯ן , ֕ ֡ ֮ ֡ ֮ ִֵ ו֮ ֡ ӓֻ֮ ֯ ״֋ ׮ֳֵ , ן ֳָ ֌ Ծ ֮֟ ֲ ֳָ ֮ ן, ֙ ܵ ֓ 00 ׻ֵ ו֮ ָ - ߲֕ ֻ ֮ ֵ ֤ , ו֮ ֯ ֤֮ ײ֮ -- ֮ ָ ӓֻ֮ ߅

ָ ֳָ ֤ߵ ֵ ӡ ן ֕ פ ֳ ָ ֻ-ֿ׾ָ ֤ ֻ֟ î î ֳָ ֢ ܵ-֓ "׸֤׸ ָֻ, ִֵָ ָ" ן ־֮֬ ֻ֟ ֕ ו֮ ֤ ׮׿ֻ֟߮ ã֮ ײ֮ ִ ֵօ ֳָ ֻ ֟ ֮֟ Դ֮, Ͽֻ ã֮ ֵԾ ־֮֬ - ׾֬֋ ׾֯ ֻ , ֢ ֢ ִ ֤ ֻ֮ , ׻֋ ֕ ֢ ָ ֤ ֵԾ ־֮֬ , ֤ ֋օ

ֳָ, ד־ֵֻ ן ֺ ֌ ו֮ ״ ײ֮ ֤ ֻ օ ֤ ֟ ֜ 11 ֕ , 10 ֕ , ֓֯ ֵԾ ׮ָ ֣-֣ ֮ ֤֮ Watch & ward staff ן ָ ֛ ִֵ ֤ ׻ֵ֟ ֟ ו ָ ֡ ֲ ߓ 15 ß ֮ , ֮™ ֮ ߅ ֛ ֻ ֿ ֌ ֵ ֤ ־֮ ׸ָ ִ֮ Ͽ-דŮ , ָ ֮־֤ ٴֵ ß ָ ִ ׮֯֙ ן֯ ֡ ӯ֮ ֵօ

ֳ֯ן , ִ ֡ ֡ ֮ ֤ ֿ , ָ ָ օ ָ ו ֯ - ߯־ֻ , ߓ ־ָ֡ , , ֓ , ֯ן ֟ և օ ٴ, ִו ָ ߓ ֋ ִִ ָ ׻֋ ֮ ֳ ֤ , ֯ ֮ ϴ ֬և ֻ ֡ ֢ ֤ר , ִ֮ (ִ֯)

ֳ֯ן : ֮֮ߵ Ϭ֮ ӡ ߅

THE PRIME MINISTER (DR. MANMOHAN SINGH): Hon. Chairman, Sir, as this Session comes to an end, we can look back with some satisfaction to the amount of work that has been accomplished despite the turbulence which characterised this Session. Sir, You have yourself mentioned that we must explore ways and means of improving the effectiveness of processes of governance and that must also include improving the functioning of parliamentary institution. (1 ָ )

RG/5.20/1Z

DR. MANMOHAN SINGH (contd.): Now that the television cameras focus on the activities of Parliament constantly, it becomes all the more necessary for Parliament to find effective ways and means to improve our functioning so that the Houses of Parliament truly become the role-model for the functioning of our Parliamentary democracy at large.

Sir, sixteen important Bills have been passed; important issues have been discussed. If, despite tensions and turbulence, which characterised our deliberations, so much has been accomplished, Sir, the primary credit goes to you for the leadership that you have provided to all of us in the process of conducting this Legislative Business. I join Sushmaji to place on record the outstanding services you have rendered to the Rajya Sabha during these four years that you have been guiding the work and the functioning of Rajya Sabha. Sir, we will not be meeting when your birthday comes on 23rd October. So, I take this opportunity to give you, Sir, our warmest greetings and best wishes. May God bless you with many, many years of productive service to our country.

Sir, as I said, we have accomplished important business. Economic, political and security situation received considerable amount of attention on the part of Members of this House. As you yourself have said, the standard of debate, which characterised, particularly on the nuclear issue debate, I think, is something in which we can take legitimate pride. Similarly, issues of farmers, issues of prices, issues arising out of Mumbai bomb blasts, terrorism and the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, all these are issues of vital concern, and that the House was able to deliberate, debate and discuss these issues, I think, strengthens one's confidence in the effectiveness of our Parliament as an instrument for voicing the felt needs and aspirations of our people. The Bills, that have been passed, also have profound implications. I would draw particular attention to the Bills that we have passed with regard to the Food Safety Act. In our country, when it comes to food processing or agro processing activities, we have just crushed the surface. I think there is a vast scope of creating new jobs through development of agro processing activities in our country. This was a Bill which was pending for a long time. Industry and trade have been demanding it for a long time. That we were able to pass this very important Bill, which has a very important bearing on the future growth, on an important segment of our economy, I think, is something which gives me a very considerable satisfaction. On issues arising out of the Office of Profit Bill and the message of the President, the way the debate was conducted, I should say that it was a high quality debate. While passing the Bill again, we have actually had the wisdom to reflect on the longer term issues; that we have set up a Joint Parliamentary Committee to look at the issues which are reflected in the message of our President, I think, also speaks values of the roles that an alert Parliament can play in safeguarding the vital interests of our nation.

Sir, this is not an occasion to find fault with our functioning or of any section of the House. Sushmaji referred to the lack of debate on the KBK segment of Orissa. I can assure the House and the people of Orissa that their interests are entirely safe in the hands of this Government. There is no attempt being made to reduce the development assistance that is being given to the KBK areas. This, I think, is a disinformation campaign, and I sincerely hope that the true facts will be made known to the people. I myself am going, in a few days, to Orissa. (Continued by 2A)

TDB/2A/5.25

DR. MANMOHAN SINGH (CONTD.): And, therefore, I look forward to going to the KBK area because this is one of the most backward regions of our country. It requires all the attention that both the Central and the State Government can give to this region, and we shall not be found wanting in response to development aspirations and needs of the people of Orissa, or, for that matter, the KBK region.

Sir, in conclusion, I once again express to you our profound respect and regard for the guidance, for the outstanding quality of leadership that you have provided to this House. I take this opportunity to thank the Deputy Chairman, the Panel of Vice-Chairmen, the hon. Leader of the Opposition, the Secretary-General and the staff of the Rajya Sabha for all their dedicative work which has contributed so much to the success of this Session. I thank you, Sir.

MR. CHAIRMAN: Thank you, Mr. Prime Minister.

Now, before we adjourn the House sine die, we will have the National Song.

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

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The House then adjourned sine die at twenty-seven minutes past

five of the clock.

 

 

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