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VP/KLG/2.30/1T

The House reassembled at

thirty minutes past two of the clock,

THE VICE-CHAIRMAN (PROF. P.J. KURIEN) in the Chair.

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SHRI MAHENDRA MOHAN: Sir, I request that Special Mentions be taken up first.

THE VICE-CHAIRMAN: No; we will take up Bills for introduction now. The National Films Development Authority Bill, 2006. Shrimati Hema Malini. Not present. Shrimati Sushma Swaraj.

BILLS INTRODUCED

THE BASIC AND PRIMARY EDUCATION (COMPULSORY

IMPARTING IN MOTHER TONGUE) BILL, 2006

 

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The question was put and the motion was adopted.

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THE SENIOR CITIZENS (MAINTENANCE, PROTECTION,

AND WELFARE) BILL, 2006.

 

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The question was put and the motion was adopted.

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THE WORKING WOMEN (PREVENTION OF SEXUAL

HARASSMENT AT WORKPLACES) BILL, 2006.

 

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The question was put and the motion was adopted.

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THE VICE-CHAIRMAN (PROF. P.J. KURIEN): Shri Vijay J. Darda. Not present. Shri Mahendra Mohan.

THE DIRECT MARKETING TELEPHONE CALLS

(REGULATION) BILL, 2006

 

SHRI MAHENDRA MOHAN (UTTAR PRADESH): Mr. Vice-Chairman, Sir, I beg to move for leave to introduce a Bill to check and regulate the unsolicited Direct marketing calls made by banks, non-banking financial institutions, cellular phone, pharmaceutical and insurance companies and companies manufacturing other high end consumer goods, on the mobile or landline telephone of an individual thereby violating the right to privacy, by establishing a Do-not Call Registry and preventing the companies or individual from disclosing customer's details to any other company or individual and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

The question was put and the motion was adopted.

 

SHRI MAHENDRA MOHAN: Sir, I introduce the Bill. (Ends)

THE MULTIPURPOSE INTER-STATE RIVER PROJECTS

AND SETTING UP OF LARGE ENTERPRISES (REHABILITATION

OF OUSTEES) BILL, 2006

 

DR. E.M. SUDARSANA NATCHIAPPAN (TAMIL NADU): Mr. Vice-Chairman, Sir, I beg to move for leave to introduce a Bill to provide for the appropriate rehabilitation of the oustees and more so of the poor villagers, Dalits and tribals who have to vacate their ancestral houses and whose lands and immovable properties are acquired by the State for setting up multipurpose inter-state river projects or for setting up large or big industrial enterprises and for matters connected therewith and incidental thereto.

The question was put and the motion was adopted.

 

DR. E.M. SUDARSANA NATCHIAPPAN: Sir, I introduce the Bill. (Ends)

(Followed by PK/1U)

PK/SCH/1U/2.35

THE FARMERS (PROTECTION AND WELFARE) BILL, 2006

DR. E.M. SUDARSANA NATCHIAPPAN (TAMIL NADU): Mr. Vice-Chairman, Sir, I beg to move for leave to introduce a Bill to protect the interests of farmers by providing special facilities to improve their standard of living, removal of indebtedness, remunerative prices for their produce, increasing the yield by improving farming practices, techniques and allied occupations, for introducing compulsory market intervention in case of bumper crops, compulsory insurance of crop, livestock, old age allowance and welfare measures to be undertaken by the State and for matters connected therewith and incidental thereto.

The question was put and the motion was adopted.

DR. E.M. SUDARSANA NATCHIAPPAN: Sir, I introduce the Bill. (Ends)

THE CONSTITUTION (AMENDMENT) BILL, 2006

(INSERTION OF NEW ARTICLE 19A)

 

SHRI SHANTARAM LAXMAN NAIK (GOA): Mr. Vice-Chairman, Sir, I beg to move for leave to introduce a Bill further to amend the Constitution of India.

The question was put and the motion was adopted.

SHRI SHANTARAM LAXMAN NAIK: Sir, I introduce the Bill. (Ends)

THE CONSTITUTION (AMENDMENT) BILL, 2006

(AMENDMENT OF ARTICLES 102 AND 191)

 

SHRI SHANTARAM LAXMAN NAIK (GOA): Mr. Vice-Chairman, Sir, I beg to move for leave to introduce a Bill further to amend the Constitution of India.

The question was put and the motion was adopted.

SHRI SHANTARAM LAXMAN NAIK: Sir, I introduce the Bill. (Ends)

THE CONSTITUTION (AMENDMENT) BILL, 2006

(AMENDMENT OF ARTICLES 243G AND 243W)

 

SHRI SHANTARAM LAXMAN NAIK (GOA): Mr. Vice-Chairman, Sir, I beg to move for leave to introduce a Bill further to amend the Constitution of India.

The question was put and the motion was adopted.

SHRI SHANTARAM LAXMAN NAIK: Sir, I introduce the Bill. (Ends)

THE CONSTITUTION (AMENDMENT) BILL, 2006

(INSERTION OF NEW ARTICLE 21 B)

 

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The question was put and the motion was adopted.

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THE CONSTITUTION (AMENDMENT) BILL, 2006

(INSERTION OF NEW ARTICLES 275A AND 371J)

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The question was put and the motion was adopted.

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THE CONSTITUTION (AMENDMENT) BILL, 2006

(INSERTION OF NEW ARTICLE 48 AA)

 

SHRI SANTOSH BAGRODIA (RAJASTHAN): Mr. Vice-Chairman, Sir, I beg to move for leave to introduce a Bill further to amend the Constitution of India.

The question was put and the motion was adopted.

SHRI SANTOSH BAGRODIA: Sir, I introduce the Bill.

(Ends)

(Followed by 1W/PB)

PB/1W/2.40

THE DESERT, DROUGHT PRONE AND BACKWARD AREAS (INTEGRATED DEVELOPMENT) BILL, 2006

 

SHRI SANTOSH BAGRODIA (RAJASTHAN): Sir, I beg to move for leave to introduce a Bill to provide for the integrated development of the desert, drought prone and backward areas which are poverty stricken, underdeveloped and lag behind in the economic, social, educational, infrastructural and industrial fields particularly in the States of Rajasthan, Gujarat, Orissa, Bihar, Jharkhand, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, etc., by establishing an autonomous Central Authority with the mandate of assuring speedy development of such areas and for matters connected therewith and incidental thereto.

The question was put and the motion was adopted.

 

SHRI SANTOSH BAGRODIA: Sir, I introduce the Bill. (Ends)

THE WOMEN WELFARE BILL, 2006

 

SHRIMATI SYEDA ANWARA TAIMUR (ASSAM): Sir, I beg to move for leave to introduce a Bill to provide for welfare of women by providing fund and creating employment opportunities and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

The question was put and the motion was adopted.

 

SHRIMATI SYEDA ANWARA TAIMUR: Sir, I introduce the Bill. (Ends)

 

THE WOMEN WORKERS (EQUAL PAY AND WELFARE) BILL, 2006.

 

SHRIMATI SYEDA ANWARA TAIMUR (ASSAM): Sir, I beg to move for leave to introduce a Bill to provide for equal pay to women workers and their welfare and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

 

The question was put and the motion was adopted.

 

SHRIMATI SYEDA ANWARA TAIMUR: Sir, I introduce the Bill. (Ends)

THE CHILD LABOUR (ABOLITION AND REHABILITATION) BILL, 2006

 

SHRIMATI SYEDA ANWARA TAIMUR (ASSAM): Sir, I beg to move for leave to introduce a Bill to provide for abolition of child labour in the country and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto. .

The question was put and the motion was adopted.

 

SHRIMATI SYEDA ANWARA TAIMUR: Sir, I introduce the Bill.

(Ends)

 

THE CHILD MARRIAGE (ABOLITION) AND MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS BILL, 2006.

 

SHRIMATI SHOBHANA BHARTIA (NOMINATED): Sir, I beg to move for leave to introduce a Bill to provide for abolition of child marriages and for compulsory registration of all marriages and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

 

The question was put and the motion was adopted.

 

SHRIMATI SHOBHANA BHARTIA: Sir, I introduce the Bill.

(Ends)

 

THE ADOPTION OF CHILDREN (REGULATION) BILL, 2006.

 

SHRIMATI SHOBHANA BHARTIA (NOMINATED): Sir, I beg to move for leave to introduce a Bill to regulate the adoption of children and for matters connected therewith.

 

The question was put and the motion was adopted.

 

SHRIMATI SHOBHANA BHARTIA: Sir, I introduce the Bill.

(Ends)

THE VICE-CHAIRMAN (PROF. P.J. KURIEN): Shri Kalraj Mishra; not present. Shrimati Brinda Karat.

 


THE PAYMENT OF GRATUITY (AMENDMENT) BILL, 2006.

 

SHRIMATI BRINDA KARAT (WEST BENGAL): Sir, I beg to move for leave to introduce a Bill further to amend the Payment of Gratuity Act, 1972.

The question was put and the motion was adopted.

SHRIMATI BRINDA KARAT: Sir, I introduce the Bill.

(Ends)

THE PERSONAL DATA PROTECTION BILL, 2006.

SHRI VIJAY J. DARDA (MAHARASHTRA): Sir, I beg to move for leave to introduce a Bill to provide for protection of personal data and information of an individual collected for a particular purpose by one organisation, and to prevent its usage by other organization for commercial or other purposes and entitle the individual to claim compensation or damages due to disclosure of personal data or information of any individual without his consent and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

 

The question was put and the motion was adopted.

SHRI VIJAY J. DARDA: Sir, I introduce the Bill. (Ends)

(Followed by 1x/SKC)

1x/2.45/skc

THE CHILDREN SCHOOL BAGS (LIMITATION ON WEIGHT) BILL, 2006

SHRI VIJAY J. DARDA (MAHARASHTRA): Sir, I beg to move for leave to introduce a Bill to provide for limitation on the weight of school bags, duties and responsibilities of the schools to ensure the compliance of the limitations so imposed and to provide lockers in schools and to issue necessary instructions for handling and carrying of school bags by children and for matters connected therewith and incidental thereto.

The question was put and the motion was adopted.

SHRI VIJAY J. DARDA: Sir, I introduce the Bill.

(Ends)

THE MOBILE CAMERA PHONE USERS

(CODE OF CONDUCT) BILL, 2006.

 

SHRI VIJAY J. DARDA (MAHARASHTRA): Sir, I beg to move for leave to introduce a Bill to provide for a code of conduct for users of mobile camera phones at certain places including public places; to regulate their use by children; to assign responsibilities on the user to respect the privacy of others and matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

The question was put and the motion was adopted.

SHRI VIJAY J. DARDA: Sir, I introduce the Bill. (Ends)

THE CONSTITUTION (AMENDMENT) BILL, 2006

(AMENDMENT OF EIGHTH SCHEDULE)

 

DR. ABHISHEK MANU SINGHVI (RAJASTHAN): Sir, I beg to move for leave to introduce a Bill further to amend the Constitution of India.

The question was put and the motion was adopted.

DR. ABHISHEK MANU SINGHVI: Sir, I introduce the Bill. (Ends)

THE VICE-CHAIRMAN (PROF. P.J. KURIEN): We shall now take up further consideration of the motion moved by Shri Narayanasamy. On 24th November 2006, Shri Santosh Bagrodia had not concluded his speech while participating in the discussion. He may, therefore, like to speak.

THE AGRICULTURAL PRODUCE

(REMUNERATIVE PRICES) BILL, 2006 -- (CONTD.)

 

SHRI SANTOSH BAGRODIA (RAJASTHAN): Sir, on 24th November, 2006, I was speaking on this Bill introduced by our Chief Whip, Shri V. Narayanasamy -- the Agricultural Produce (Remunerative Prices) Bill, 2006.

Sir, while I was speaking, I was mentioning that day that in 2004-05, the total production of foodgrains was 204 million tonnes. It was reduced, of course, mainly due to climatic conditions. But I did compliment the Government for record oilseed production and also cotton production. What I wish to say now is, if you see the records, the total area is coming down in agriculture. Sir, in 1960-61, in the 17th Survey conducted by the National Sample Survey Organization the total area was 133.48 million hectares and the number of operational holdings were 50.77 millions. After ten years, in 1970-71, in the 26th round, it became 125.68 hectares and the number of operational holdings was 57.07 million; it had increased. The total area of operation came down by 5.84 per cent. After another ten years, in 1981-82, in the 37th round, the area was 118.57 million hectares and the number of operational holdings increased to 171.04 millions, that is, the percentage came down by another 5.66, and the total number of holdings increased by 24.48 per cent. In 1991-92, after ten years, the total operational area came down to 125.10 million hectares and the number of operational holdings went up to 93.45 millions. (Contd. by 1y)

HK/1y/2.50

SHRI SANTOSH BAGRODIA (CONTD.): Percentage of total area operated increased by 5.51 per cent. Ten years later, we find under 59th Round in 2002-03, total area operated came down to 107.65 million hectares only and number of operational holdings came up to 101.27. Percentage rate of change for total area operated came down by 13.95 per cent. What I am trying to say is that total area under agriculture has come down from 133.48 million hectares from 1951 to 2000, in about fifty years. In half century, it has come down by more than 14 per cent whereas the holdings, as you know there is joint family system in our country and every year there is fragmentation of holdings, have been doubled from 50 million to 101.27 million holdings. In these circumstances, on the one hand, the holdings have come down, total agricultural area has come down and I don't know why the same agricultural area is now being taken over for things like SEZ. That is why our leader, UPA Chairperson, Shrimati Gandhi, has said that we should not take over any agricultural land for SEZ purposes. This has to be taken very seriously. I have given the statistics. That is why there is less production of foodgrains and cereals in the country. If you don't have land, it has to come down. I will not dwell on it any more because, I think, I have said enough. Sir, I congratulate the Government for maintaining the MSP in Rajasthan at Rs.1715 per quintal. It has increased from Rs.1600 per quintal to Rs.1715 per quintal. The annual production of mustard industry is 40 lakh tonnes which is close to nearly half of the total mustard produce in the country. So, I hope the hon. Minister will increase it further in view of the increased cost. Otherwise, here also the production will go down. Sir, in MSP pricing, there should be zonal or State-specific MSPs, instead of all-India MSP. I cannot understand how can you have the same MSP in Punjab, Haryana and the same MSP in Andhra Pradesh because everywhere the cost of labour is different, the cost of land is different, the cost of fertilizer is different and the cost of power is different. Some people might suggest that we should have MSP even district-wise, but at least zone-wise, if not, State-wise, we should have different MSPs. Unless we have different MSPs, some farmers will get extra benefit and others will suffer because Government makes average of all the cost all over the country. That averaging does not help a farmer who is on the higher cost region. This has to be considered by the hon. Minister. Sir, assured and remunerative marketing opportunities hold the key to continued progress, enhancing farm productivity and profitability. The State Government will have to undertake such reforms speedily in order to provide more options to the farmers for selling their produce, allowing the private sector including cooperatives to develop markets, promote direct sale to consumers and to remove bottlenecks and scope for corruption and harassment. (Contd. by 1z/2.50)

KSK/2.55/1Z

SHRI SANTOSH BAGRODIA (CONTD): What farmers seek is protection from market practices. If these farmers can go direct to retailers -- nowadays, lot of new big retail outlets are coming up -- then all the middlemen will be eliminated and they will get the right price. Not only the farmers will get right prices, but the consumer will also get better product at better price because fresh goods will come for sale, whether it is vegetable and fruits, or cereals. The MSP of crops needs to keep pace with the rising input cost, which I have already explained. Market Intervention Scheme should respond speedily to exigencies, especially in the case of sensitive crops in the rain-fed areas. Now, last year, the wheat crop went down and we could not procure. We gave a bonus of Rs. 50 per quintal. But, we did it so late that by that time, the procurement had already gone out of our hands. Private people had already procured the material from the farmers. The farmers could have held it. So, we have to have a vision. With the help of modern equipment, we know what is going to happen. In fact, we know what is going to happen in the coming three, four, five or even six months, maybe even longer with better computer services available. Why do we not advise the farmers in advance so that they can finalise their strategy accordingly? Sir, establishment of community foodgrain banks will also help in the villages. Indian farmers can produce wide variety of health foods and herbal medicines and market them under strict quality control and certification. Sir, the latest requirement is organic food. Do you know how many pesticides we are eating? This is slow poisoning. How many chemicals are we eating? More organic food should be developed. On the one side, we might get more production, but on the other side, we have to see as to how much we spend on the health needs after that. So, if we have organic food, the requirement for Health Department will go down by a considerable extent. Sir, this should be propagated by the Ministry in a big way.

The Public Distribution System should renew itself and should undertake the task of enlarging food security baskets by storing and selling nutritious millets and other under-priced crops. I do not want to speak much on PDS except I want to draw the attention of the hon. Minister that the whole purpose of PDS is to help the poorest of the poor. Do we really achieve it? What you are doing is that you are giving the allotment, but FCI sends the goods. From the FCI itself, instead of 100 kilograms, probably, they give 95 kilograms. When it is transported, it becomes 85 kilograms. By the time it reaches the ration shop, it becomes 80 kilograms. Same thing is with any other product which is passed through these ration shops. What do we expect from these ration shop people? Are they going to subsidise it? Do they have the resources to subsidise? This 20 per cent loss will be managed by the ration shop people either by giving less quantity to the consumer or by adulterating the goods. The Government will have to accept some responsibility. More vigilance is required and we can also think over it. Sir, through you, I would like to request the hon. Minister to think over it. If the subsidy cannot reach the poorest people through this process, will it not be better that we abolish all these things and identify these poorest people and give them cash subsidy for their living? (cont. by 2a)

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