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-USY/VP/HMS/7.00/4R

DEMAND TO IMPLEMENT PROGRAMMES FOR REMOVAL OF INDEBTEDNESS OF FARMERS IN KARNATAKA

 

SHRIMATI PREMA CARIAPPA (KARNATAKA): Mr. Deputy Chairman, Sir, according to the Survey Report No. 498 on "Indebtedness of Farmer Households" released by the National Sample Survey Organisation in May 2005, there are more than two-and-a-half million indebted farmer households in my home State Karnataka. Majority of these indebted farmer households belong to the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, OBCs, and small and marginal farmer households. The State is prone to natural calamities, particularly, to drought conditions. The consistent drought conditions in the State for the last few years have adversely affected the farmers of Karnataka. To sustain their hunger and for meeting their credit requirements, they depend on private moneylenders operating in rural Karnataka who charge exorbitant rates of interest and in case of default in repayment of loans, musclemen of these moneylenders hound the helpless farmers. When this becomes unbearable, the farmers commit suicide.

I, therefore, demand that the Central and the State Governments should formulate programmes for the removal of indebtedness of the farmers of Karnataka. Since the State Coffers are empty, the Centre should provide funds for these programmes. I also demand that banks should provide easy term loans to farmers of the State without interest or with interest of not more than three per cent. The outstanding loan of the farmers as on 31st March, 2004 in the districts declared as calamity affected by the State Government should be written off. One-Time Settlement Scheme should be extended to the farmers of the State. Banks should also advance loans to them for redeeming their debt from private moneylenders and for providing them relief from indebtedness. I firmly appeal to save the indebted farmers of Karnataka.

(Ends)

DEMAND TO CONSTRUCT MORE RUNWAYS

AND AIRPORTS IN THE COUNTRY

 

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(ִ֯)

ֳ֯ן : ִ ֵָ - ã֟օ

(Followed by 4S/PK)

-VP/PK/4S/7.05

CONCERN OVER DISCRIMINATION SHOWN BY FOOD CORPORATION OF INDIA IN PURCHASING RICE FROM ANDHRA PRADESH

 

SHRIMATI N.P. DURGA (ANDHRA PRADESH): Mr. Deputy Chairman, Sir, Andhra Pradesh is called the Rice Bowl of India, and is one of the leading States in rice production. The Food Corporation of India is the premier agency to procure foodgrains from various States and it should not show any partisan attitude in procuring foodgrains. But, to my utter disappointment, it is showing discrimination towards farmers of Andhra Pradesh in procuring rice from them. For example, the quality of rice is determined based on the percentage of spots it has. Andhra Pradesh farmers are producing T145 NLR. It has a small spot which can be seen only with microscope. The Food Corporation of India is purchasing rice from a Northern State with four per cent spots and without any reduction in the procurement price. But when it comes to Andhra Pradesh, it refuses to purchase rice if spots on rice are more than two per cent. With our efforts, this has been increased to three per cent. But, at the same time, the Government of India has reduced the procurement price by Rs.5/-. Same is the case with the Dalva variety of rice and MSP. In May, the Government of India increased the percentage of broken rice from 25 per cent to 28 per cent, but, again, it reduced the price. The Government of India is giving Rs.427.50 for general rice, and Rs.450 for grade-A rice, on the other hand, the Food Corporation of India is giving only Rs.376 to farmers in Andhra Pradesh. The Government of India increased the procurement price for boiled rice, but not for raw rice. Another discrimination is that the Food Corporation of India is giving even railway transport to Northern States, whereas this facility has been denied to Andhra Pradesh farmers.

Hence, I beseech upon the Government of India to save farmers of Andhra Pradesh from this kind of discrimination; otherwise, it will have impact on their morale and their morale and result in lesser production. (Ends)

 

CONCERN OVER PROBLEMS ARISING OUT OF EXODUS

OF TAMIL NADU REFUGEES FROM SRI LANKA

 

SHRI SU. THIRUNAVUKKARASAR (MADHYA PRADESH):A volatile and war like situation has arisen out of the on-going ethnic problem in Sri Lanka due to the break down of the peace talks between the Sri Lankan Government and the LTTE. Due to this, hundreds of innocent Sri Lankan Tamil citizens are coming towards safer places to protect themselves. Naturally and geographically, India, especially, Tamil Nadu is their destination every now and then. After losing everything there, they are coming to India. They encounter a lot of problems to reach our country. Many people come in boats. Proper transport facility is also not available for them to reach Tamil Nadu. The Tamil Nadu Government always bears the brunt of the entire problem arising out of the exodus of a large number of Tamil refugees from Sri Lanka. The inflow of such refugees is increasing day by day, as the situation there is deteriorating beyond control, as a concrete and firm solution to the ethnic problem seems to be not there in the foreseeable, near future. Their prolonged stay in Tamil Nadu creates lot of problems, as there is more strain on the basic facilities. The existing basic facilities like food, shelter and health need to be increased. A humanitarian approach is needed to help these Tamil citizens of Sri Lanka. Although the Central and the State Governments are managing the current situation, to some extent, much more is needed to be done in this regard. Adequate financial allocation to provide basic amenities to these people is the foremost need of this hour. I urge upon the Central Govt. to allocate more funds to help these people to have their decent life in refugee camps in Tamil Nadu.

(Ends)

CONCERN OVER IRREGULARITIES IN GRANTING EDUCATIONAL LOANS BY NATIONALISED BANKS IN NAMAKKAL DISTRICT

OF TAMIL NADU

 

SHRI S. ANBALAGAN (TAMIL NADU): Sir, I would like to bring to the notice of the Minister of Finance an important issue regarding educational loans being given by banks to students. Nationalised Banks provide loans to poor students to pursue their higher education. The aim of this scheme is very much appreciable. However, the manner in which the nationalized banks implement the scheme is, definitely, not appreciable. Bank officials have been given discretionary powers either to grant the loan or not. In our Namakkal district of Tamil Nadu, I have been told that several deserving poor students are unable to get the educational loan. Only those who have direct or indirect connections with bank officials are able to get bank loans. As a result, many deserving poor students suffer and their aims of pursuing higher studies remain only a dream. Actually, many of them are made to run from pillar to post by the bank officials, but they are eventually denied educational loans by the nationalized banks. I request the Government to look into this matter urgently and find out the number of applications received by each of the nationalized banks in Namakkal district of Tamil Nadu and the number of those who have actually been given educational loans during the last three years. The economic status of the beneficiaries should also be found out. Do bank officials indulge in corrupt practices in granting educational loans? These angles are, particularly, important as the poor students are not, actually, benefited. I request that the entire scheme should be reviewed and the rules in this regard should be simplified to actually benefit the poor students.

(Ends)

(Followed by 4T/PB)

PB-KLG/4T/7.10

CONCERN OVER MALNOURISHMENT IN CHILDREN

IN THE COUNTRY

 

SHRIMATI S.G. INDIRA (TAMIL NADU): Sir, my Special Mention is regarding malnourishment in children in our country.

A recent poll conducted by Reuters Alert Net to focus on neglected humanitarian crises named India as the sixth most dangerous place on earth for children. The report says, the children in India are more at risk than a conflict-ridden war torn regions such as Afghanistan, the Palestinian territories, Myanmar and Chechnya. This is the disclosure of one survey, and the other report released by the United Nations Children's Fund had said that India accounts for 57 million of the world's 146 million malnourished children. In other words, more than one third of malnourished children are in India. The very surprising part of these reports is that 1.2 million children under five die from malnutrition every year, and this is happening despite the fact that India is the third largest producer of food and the third largest defence spender in the world. The country is unable to safeguard its children who are the future of this great nation and future leaders of this wonderful land from hunger, malnourishment and other kinds of dire exploitation, ranging from a child labour to child sexual abuse and trafficking. Yes, saving a five year old child, named, Prince at Kurukshetra who fell into a ditch of 57 feet recently is a cosmetic reply to those who raised the above points in their reports as to how the nation was concerned and united to save a five year old child. But we must pay attention to the reality. I, therefore, urge upon the Government to take urgent steps in this direction to save the children of Mother India, again who are the future of this nature and future leaders of this great nation. Thank you.

(Ends)

CONCERN OVER ALLEGED ATTEMPTS TO SABOTAGE WORKING OF JUSTICE SACHHAR COMMITTEE.

 

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֮ ֤ (ָ Ϥ) : ָ, ֋ (ִ֯)

4/ ָ

AKA-SKC/4U/7:15

NEED TO REVIEW THE POLICY ON IMPORT OF IRON ORE

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ãן ֵָ ׮ֵԟ ӲӬ ן ִ פ ֵ ï֟ ִ ӳ߸ ֛ ֋ ֮ ߔ ֋ꅠ ָ Ծ־ã ָ ӳ߸ ָ ֛օ

(ִ֯)

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: The House stands adjourned to meet tomorrow at 11.00 a.m.

The House then adjourned at seventeen minutes

past seven of the clock till eleven of the clock

on Tuesday, the 1st August, 2006.

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