PREVIOUS HOUR

KLS/1N-12.00

(MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN IN THE CHAIR)

PAPERS LAID ON THE TABLE

 

1. DR. ANBUMANI RAMDOSS : Sir, on behalf of SHRIMATI PANABAKA LAKSHMI: Sir, I lay on the Table

I. A copy (in English and Hindi) of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (Department of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy) (AYUSH) Notification G.S.R. No. 352 (E) dated the 8th June, 2006, publishing the Drugs and Cosmetics (3rd Amendment) Rules, 2006, under section 38 of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940, along with delay statement.

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

 

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

 

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

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

  ׮ֻֻ ׸: , ׮״׻֟ ֡ ֳ ֙ ָ ֟ :

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

 

(a)  Thirty-fifth Annual Report and Accounts of the  Madhya Pradesh State Agro Industries Development Corporation Limited, Bhopal, for the year 2003-2004, together with   the Auditor's Report on the Accounts and the comments of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India thereon.   

 

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

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

II.(1)  A copy each (in English and Hindi) of the following papers, under sub-section (3) of section 14 and sub-section (4) of section 17 of the National Cooperative Development Corporation Act, 1962:

 

(a)     Annual Report of the National Cooperative Development Corporation (NCDC), New Delhi, for the year 2005-2006.

 

(b)     Annual Accounts of the National Cooperative Development Corporation (NCDC), New Delhi, for the year 2005-2006, and the Audit Report thereon.

 

(c)     Annual Accounts of the Employees Provident Fund of the above Corporation, for the year 2005-2006, and the Audit Report thereon.

 

(d)     Review by Government on the working of the above Corporation.

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

  SHRI NAMO NARAIN MEENA: Sir, I lay on the Table

I.  A copy each (in English and Hindi) of the following Notifications of the Ministry of Environment and Forest, under section 26 of the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986.

 

(1)     S.O.253 (E) dated the 19th February, 2007, amending S.O. 489 (E), dated the 30th April, 2007, regarding extension of tenure of the Taj Trapezium Zone Authority.

 

(2)     G.S.R. 513 (E) dated the 3rd April, 2007, amending S.O. 763 (E), dated the 14th September, 1999, regarding restrictions on the excavation of top soil for manufacture of bricks and promoting the utilization of fly ash in the manufacture of building materials and in construction activity.

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

 

(a)  Twenty-ninth Annual Report and Accounts of the  Andaman and Nicobar Islands Forest and Plantation Development Corporation Limited, Port Blair, for the year 2005-2006, together with the Auditor's Report on the Accounts and the comments of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India thereon.   

 

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

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

DR. AKHILESH PRASAD SINGH: Sir, I lay on the Table, under sub-section (3) of section 9 of the Sugar Development Fund Act, 1982, a copy (in English and Hindi) of the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution (Department of Food and Public Distribution) Notification G.S.R.  188 (E) dated the 9th March, 2007, publishing the Sugar Development Fund (Amendment) Rules, 2007.

DR. AKHILESH DAS: Sir, I lay on the Table, a copy each   (in English and Hindi) of the following papers:

 

(i)   Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of India (Ministry of Steel) and the Bharat Refractories Limited (BRL), for the year 2007-2008.

 

(ii)  Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of India (Ministry of Steel) and the MECON Limited, for the year 2007-2008.

 

(iii) Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of India (Ministry of Steel) and the Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL), for the year 2007-2008.

(ENDS)

 MESSAGE FROM LOK SABHA

 

(i)                The Cable Television Networks

(Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2007

 

(ii)              The Finance Bill, 2007

 

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

(I)

"In accordance with the provisions of rule 96 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in Lok Sabha, I am directed to enclose the Cable Television Networks (Regulations) Amendment Bill, 2007, as passed by Lok Sabha at its sitting held on the 3rd May, 2007.

(II)

"In accordance with the provisions of rule 96 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in Lok Sabha, I am directed to enclose the Finance Bill, 2007, as passed by Lok Sabha at its sitting held on the 3rd May, 2007.

 

(I)      The Speaker has certified that this Bill is a Money Bill within the meaning of article 110 of the Constitution of India."

 

Sir, I lay a copy each of the Bills on the Table.

(Ends)

 

REPORT OF THE DEPARTMENT RELATED    PARLIAMENTARY

STANDING COMMITTEE ON HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT

 

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(Ends)

REPORT OF THE DEPARTMENT RELATED PARLIAMENTARY STANDING COMMITTEE ON DEFENCE

SHRIMATI N.P. DURGA(ANDHRA PRADESH): Sir, I lay on the Table a copy (in English and Hindi) of the Seventeenth Report of the Department-related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Defence (2006-2007) on In-depth Study and Critical Review of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).

(Ends)

 

ALLOCATION OF TIME FOR DISPOSAL OF GOVERNMENT LEGISLATIVE AND OTHER BUSINESS

 

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: I have to inform Members that the Business Advisory Committee in its meeting held on Thursday, the 3rd May, 2007, has allotted time for the Government Legislative and other Business as follows:

1. The Committee allotted two hours each for consideration and return of the following Bills, which may be discussed together:-

(a) The Appropriation (No.2) Bill relating to Demands for Grants (General) for 2007-08, as passed by Lok Sabha.

(b) The Finance Bill, 2007, as passed by Lok Sabha.

2. The Committee also allotted four hours each for discussion on the working of the following Ministries:

(a) Agriculture;

(b) Health and Family Welfare;

(c) Human Resource Development; and

(d) Rural Development

(II)    The Committee recommended that the sitting of Rajya Sabha fixed for Saturday, the 5th May, 2007, be cancelled.

(III)  The Committee also recommended that the Private Members' Business (Resolutions) which was earlier scheduled for Friday, the 4th May, 2007, be taken up on Friday, the 11th May, 2007, along with Private Members' Legislative Business scheduled for that day.

(Ends)

MOTION FOR ELECTION TO THE

JOINT COMMITTEE ON OFFICES OF PROFIT

THE MINISTER OF LAW AND JUSTICE (SHRI H. R. BHARDWAJ): Sir, I move the following Motion:

That this House concurs in the recommendation of the Lok Sabha that the Rajya Sabha do elect one Member of the Rajya Sabha to the Joint Committee on Offices of Profit in the vacancy caused by the demise of Shri Chittabrata Majumdar on the 20th February, 2007 and resolves that the House do proceed to elect, in accordance with the system of proportional representation by means of the single transferable vote, one Member from among the Members of the House to the said Joint Committee to fill the vacancy.

The question was put and the motion was adopted.

(Ends)

(Followed by 1O)


-KLS-SSS-MCM/1O/12.05

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: Statement regarding Government Business, Shri Suresh Pachouri.

ANNOUNCEMENT RE. GOVERNMENT BUSINESS FOR THE WEEK COMMENCING 7TH MAY, 2007

 

THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF PARLIAMENTARY AFFAIRS (SHRI SURESH PACHOURI): With your permission, Sir, I rise to announce the Government Business during the week commencing Monday, the 7th of May, 2007 will consist of:-

(iii)    Discussion on the working of the following Ministries:-

a.     Agriculture

b.     Health and Family Welfare

c.     Human Resource Development; and

d.     Rural Development

(iv)   Consideration and passing of the Mizoram University (Amendment) Bill, 2007

SPECIAL MENTIONS

ATTACKS ON PERSONS OF INDIAN ORIGIN

SHRI SANTOSH BAGRODIA (RAJASTHAN): Sir, I rise to commend the attention of the House over growing incidents of violence targeted against the lives and properties of persons of Indian origin settled in different countries. The recent incidents of arson in Uganda have highlighted the seriousness of xenophobia prevalent among the native societies. Similar attacks are reported from the neighbouring Nepal where Indian businessmen have been targeted in rioting by the Maoist outfits. They are being boycotted and are also being subjected to extortion. This is despite their recurrent plea with Government of India to take up their issue with the Government of Nepal. I call upon the Government to be alive to periodic reports on plight of Indian workers in a few countries of Middle East. A few months ago, Indian temples were targeted in one of the Central Asian countries. LTTE has bombed IOC depot in Sri Lanka on 29th April. Even in European democracies like UK, the Indian doctors face an uncertain future due to a certain law derecognising their qualification. More than their repatriated foreign exchange, the persons of Indian origin have had long professional career and business associations with these countries and as such have been emissaries of Indian ethos, professional expertise and enterprise. They have contributed to that country's economy. In recent scenario, the Government of India must assume some responsibility towards lives and property of the people of Indian origin and their families in India and abroad. Our Embassies should interact with the people of Indian origin and take up their issues with the concerned Governments. (Ends)

DR. GYAN PRAKASH PILANIA (RAJASTHAN): Sir, I associate myself with the Special Mention made by Shri Santosh Bagrodia. (Ends)

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: Shrimati Supriya Sule. She is not there. Shri Mangani Lal Mandal.

CONCERN OVER TARDY PACE OF CONSTRUCTION WORK ON EAST-WEST CORRIDOR IN BIHAR

 

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GS-NBR/1P/12.10

CONCERN OVER NON-PAYMENT OF PROFIT-SHARE TO TENDU LEAVE COLLECTORS IN CHHATTISGARH

 

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DEMAND TO INSTALL STATUE OF SHER SHAH SURI AT CHAUSA GROUND IN BIHAR

 

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-NBR-USY/SC/1Q/12.15

 

DEMAND TO MOTIVATE THE UNITED NATIONS' BODY TO EMPOWER MORE RURAL WOMEN IN INDIA

 

SHRI VIJAY J. DARDA (MAHARASHTRA): Sir, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), a U.N. body, would soon be launching the second phase of their project relating to tribal development in Orissa, as they have now completed the initial three-year phase. This project focuses on building capacity of the poor -- known as Orissa Tribal Empowerment and Livelihoods Programmes -- an enabling process for the vulnerable groups, particularly women, to plan and manage their own development. The IFAD is now heading towards selected districts of Maharashtra to empower women through improved services of formal financial institutions -- thereby making an effective effort to end their dependence on moneylenders and middlemen. The IFAD is also planning to launch the programme in about 35 districts all over the country, through self-help groups, in improving women's access to end control over resources. The programmes are not drawn in isolation but work in partnership with the intended beneficiaries aiming at their significant involvement. The IFAD also influences State Governments to set up working groups to remove bottlenecks, to identify new areas, have intensive exchange of ideas and, thus, embark upon new projects stipulating income-generating activities, easy availability of health care, literacy, social services and clean environmental awareness. Let the Government of India motivate international outfits under the aegis of the UN, the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the UNDP, etc. to substantially increase their presence in rural India to ensure overall economic prosperity and social upliftment, especially in tribal belt, far-flung deprived areas where even modicum of economic and social activities have not taken place. (Ends)

 

CONCERN OVER INCREASING CAESARIAN OPERATIONS IN PRIVATE HOSPITALS IN THE COUNTRY

 

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CONCERN OVER PRIMARY SCHOOLS WITHOUT CLASSROOMS AND TEACHERS

 

SHRIMATI SYEDA ANWARA TAIMUR (ASSAM): Sir, I would like to draw the attention of the hon. Minister of Human Resource Development, although the target date for ensuring universalisation of primary education under the Millennium Development Goals is just eight years away, a large number of primary schools in India are still continuing without classrooms, regular teachers, and even without blackboards. If this is the condition of our primary education sector, how will we reach our goals set by us?

Sir, according to an official survey on the health of elementary education in the country in 2005-06, the percentage of primary schools without classroom is 10.15 per cent, and interestingly, the ratio is a bit higher in urban areas than rural areas.

The District Information System for Education data compiled by Government think-tank, National University for Educational Planning and Administration, has covered 11,24,033 schools in 35 States and Union Territories. It says, as many as 1,07,276 schools in 2005-06 had only a single classroom, which is 9.54 per cent of the total schools imparting elementary education. Most of such schools were located in rural areas. Moreover, it also says nearly 29 per cent of schools imparting elementary education, both primary and upper primary, need either major or minor repairs. Only 66.07 per cent of primary schools have good classrooms.

I request the hon. Minister, through this august House, to allocate adequate funds to provide sufficient classrooms and teachers and to ensure proper utilization of funds in the Primary Education Sector.

(Ends) (Followed by 1r -- PK)

MP-PK/1R/12.20

CONCERN OVER TESTING OF HATF MISSILE BY PAKISTAN

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DEMAND FOR HELPING POOR CHILDREN TO GET

COSTLY TREATMENT

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(1S/PB-ASC ָ )

PB/1S/12.25

ALARMING SCENARIO OF CHILD MALNUTRITION IN INDIA

DR. GYAN PRAKASH PILANIA (RAJASTHAN): Sir, data from the National Family Health Survery-3 released on 21.02.2007, indicated that with 45.9 per cent of its children underweight, malnutrition in India is much higher than sub-Saharan Africa, where malnutrition averages 35 per cent only. Four of five children, i.e., 79.1 per cent, in India are anaemic, which is almost five per cent more than the last count of 74.2 per cent. Child malnutrition has fallen only less than one per cent in the past seven years, from 46.7 per cent in 1998-99 to 45.9 per cent in 2005-06. Malnutrition causes 50 per cent of all child deaths. Anaemia in women has also gone up, from 51.8 per cent in 1998-99 to 56.2 per cent in 2005-06. Five per cent of all infants between six and thirty-five months of age are anaemic; over a third of children up to the age of three are stunted and a sixth too thin for their age. The survey data also shows that routine immunizations of children declined in 11 States. Maharashtra registered an almost 20 per cent decline between 1998-99 and 2005-06; Punjab fell 12 per cent.

From above, it is obvious that India has clearly failed its children. Hence, I would urge the hon. Minister for Women and Child Development to take urgent steps to save Indian Childhood. Thank you, Sir. (Ends)

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MS. PRAMILA BOHIDAR (ORISSA): Sir, I would like to associate myself with the Special Mention made by the hon. Member.

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: Shri Rajniti Prasad; not present; Shri Harish Rawat, not present; Shrimati Shobhana Bhartia; not present; Shri Tapan Kumar Sen.

PROPOSED STRIKE BY BANK EMPLOYEES

SHRI TAPAN KUMAR SEN (WEST BENGAL): Sir, one million bank employees, including officers, have been agitating for second option on pension, restoration of compassionate ground appointment and stoppage of outsourcing of core banking functions. The Indian Bank Association committed for a bilateral resolution of disputes with the unions/associations, but the IBA declined to demonstrate minimum flexibility for the same.

The continuing denial of second option for pension to a section of bank employees by management demonstrates their rigid approach. Such pension benefit in lieu of part of their Provident Fund accrual have negligible financial implication for the public sector banks which is much lower than the provisioning being made by the banks in favour of the defaulting business houses. Such denial demonstrates arrogance of the management and not logic.

The dilution of the compassionate appointment scheme to the extent of denial of such appointment is another illogical move creating industrial unrest, particularly, when the public sector banks have been suffering from acute shortage of staff despite all modernisation.

Rampant outsourcing of various core functioning, taking advantage of the acute staff shortage smacks of sinister conspiracy of privatisation of banks through backdoor which is fraught with possibility of exposing the confidentiality of clients, besides adversely affecting banking services.

One million public sector bank employees and officers are being compelled to go in for countrywide agitation. The Government of India must intervene to avert such a situation and sort out the just demands of the bank employees amicably. (Ends)

SHRIMATI BRINDA KARAT (WEST BENGAL): Sir, I would like to associate myself with the Special Mention made by the hon. Member.

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SHRI SAMAN PATHAK (WEST BENGAL): Sir, I would like to associate myself with the Special Mention made by the hon. Member. (Fd. by 1t)

1t/12.30/skc

DEMAND FOR EMPLOYMENT INCENTIVES

SHRI GIREESH KUMAR SANGHI (ANDHRA PRADESH): Sir, through this august House, I would like to draw the Government's attention towards the fact that some of the State Governments have been planning to give Unemployment Allowance to the educated unemployed youth in their respective States. The Government of Uttar Pradesh is one among them. It is felt that instead of giving Unemployment Allowance, it would be more appropriate if efforts were made to make available more and more avenues of livelihood for them. Undoubtedly, the private employers play a greater role in providing employment to a large number of skilled as well as unskilled people. As at present, only one per cent of the people are in Government jobs and two per cent are in the organized sector such as public sector undertakings, etc. and a large number of people work in the unorganized sector. The employers of these sectors deserve suitable incentives/ concessions in order to boost their efforts in this direction. If an employer employs, say, a hundred persons, he should be given some Employment Incentive. Similarly, more incentive could be considered for those who employ more people. As such, instead of giving Unemployment Allowance Government should give Employment Incentive to the employers by making that incentive a part of the wages, as is the practice prevailing in China. This would certainly encourage a large number of employers to take up new projects and recruit more and more unemployed youth in their organizations.

I would, therefore, urge upon the Government to give this matter a serious consideration.

(Ends)

CONCERN OVER PERMISSION TO DOW CHEMICALS

FOR SELLING PESTICIDES

 

SHRIMATI BRINDA KARAT (WEST BENGAL): Sir, I wish to draw the attention of the House, through you, to the fact that a pesticide banned in many countries is being sold and there are plans to manufacture them by bribing Indian officials. Dow Chemicals paid a fine of $32,5000 (Rs. 1 crore 43 lakhs) to U.S. Financial Regulator Securities and Exchange Commission for paying $ 20,000 (Rs. 88 lakhs) in bribes to several Indian Government officials. According to the SEC records, a senior official in the Central Insecticides Board (Registration Committee) received $39,700 (Rs. 16 lakhs) for registering Dow's pesticides in India between 1996 and 2001. Other State officials received Rs. 87,400 (Rs. 38 lakhs) for facilitating distribution and sales of Dow's pesticides. As you know, Dow Chemicals is the present owner of the Union Carbide Corporation which was responsible for the Bhopal Gas Tragedy. Dow Chemicals continues to sell Class-I pesticides like Monocrotophos in India while most of the developed world has banned this pesticide years ago. Their flagship product, Dursban (Chlorhyrifos) is banned for domestic use in the U.S., Dow's home country, because of its harmful effects on children. A subsidiary of Dow Chemicals called Dow Agro Sciences Ltd. (formerly known as DeNoil) Manufactures and sells Dursban in India. As per the SEC Report, a senior official of DeNoil "Developed an improper payment practice to facilitate the registration of DeNoil's products in CIB". The SEC Report further states that "payment resulted in expedited registration of three DeNoil products - Pride (NI-25), Nurelle-D and Dursban 10G.

I hope the Government would take serious note for an appropriate action in a time-bound manner. (Ends)

CONCERN OVER LEAVING OF SERVICE BY ARMY OFFICERS

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DEMAND TO PREVENT TRAFFICKING OF GIRLS AND DRUG ABUSE WHILE PROMOTING TOURISM IN THE COUNTRY

 

SHRIMATI PREMA CARIAPPA (KARNATAKA): Sir, today, tourism is the sunrise industry of the globe. It is growing by leaps and bounds as more and more people are venturing out of their houses to visit various places of tourism interest. Almost all the countries in the globe are trying to tap their tourism potential as it is not only a means of earning precious foreign exchange but also for generating much needed employment opportunities. Our country is also not lagging behind in promoting the tourism sector in a big way and it is a welcome step. But I am worried of the dark side of the moon. Media reports and NGOs working in various States have pointed out that in the name of adventurous tourism, trafficking of girls and drugs abuse is going on unabated at most of the centres of tourism importance, be it Goa, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Rajasthan, Orissa and so on, for one reason or the other. We cannot and should not doubt all the tourists in the light of such trafficking and abuse but reports suggest that some tourists from abroad who were apprehended with girls were seen again at the very same tourist places. This reflects very poorly on the local administration which does not keep a tab on such tourists. Similarly, drugs are also available at these places in abundance. Of course, locals are providing the girls and drugs, but the same has to be prevented.

I would, therefore, urge upon the Central Government to prevent trafficking of girls and drugs abuse with a heavy hand at places of tourism importance. If need be, a legislation may be brought forward to check the menace with various kinds of punishments.

(Ends)

PROF. ALKA BALRAM KSHATRIYA (GUJARAT): Sir, I associate myself with the Special Mention made by the hon. Member. (Followed by 1u)

HK-AKG/1u/12.35

 

DEMAND FOR RELAXATION IN VISA NORMS FOR PAKISTANI CITIZENS.

SHRI SYED AZEEZ PASHA (ANDHRA PRADESH): Sir, since relationship between India and Pakistan is improving, it is expedient to relax visa restrictions in order to further boost the relationship between both the countries. Visa facilities offered to Pakistani citizens visiting India are not upto their expectation. Pakistan is offering unrestricted entry to visiting Indians in their cities whereas our Government has restricted it to only three cities of their choice. It is also pertinent to mention here that for one day over stay, Pakistani citizens are liable to imprisonment for a term of five years which is also very harsh. As a goodwill gesture and in order to promote bilateral relationship further, our Government should consider to relax the above said two restrictions keeping in mind the internal security of our country. The Government should facilitate to promote people to people contact between both the countries. In this context, meeting of immigration officers of both the countries should also be regularised. They are supposed to meet, at least, once in four months, but it is not organised even once in four months regularly. (Ends)

KUMARI NIRMALA DESHPANDE (NOMINATED): Sir, I associate myself with the Special Mention made by the hon. Member.

PROF. ALKA BALRAM KSHATRIYA (GUJARAT): Sir, I associate myself with the Special Mention made by the hon. Member.

REQUEST FOR TIMELY RELEASE OF BACKWARD AREA DEVELOPMENT FUND.

 

MS. PRAMILA BOHIDAR (ORISSA): Sir, the main objective of the Backward Area Development Fund is to implement the Sama Vikash Yojana in the country to eliminate regional imbalance. Even after sixty years of Independence and ten Five Year Plans, certain States still remain below the average national Development Index. One such example is the economic backwardness of Orissa. The BADF scheme is meant to provide direct linkage through additional support for filling the existing gaps in the sectors of human development.

Basic facilities in the fields of health, education, rural housing, roads, communication and schemes for employment generation are still distant dreams for citizens in backward areas. There are gaps in areas of infrastructure sector.

No doubt the Centre has made provision of funds for backward areas and State-wise allocations have been made for the years 2006 and 2007. But it is learnt that funds under this scheme have not yet been released. This has put the States at disadvantage in implementing the development work in backward regions.

I request the Government to release the funds without further delay so that the developmental gap between various States and regions could be filled as per the provision of the Backward Area Development Scheme. Thank you.

(Ends)

SHRI RUDRA NARAYAN PANY (ORISSA): Sir, I associate myself with the Special Mention made by the hon. Member.

SHRI SURENDRA LATH (ORISSA): Sir, I associate myself with the Special Mention made by the hon. Member.

SHRI SHREEGOPAL VYAS (CHHATTISGARH): Sir, I associate myself with the Special Mention made by the hon. Member.

(Ends)

CONCERN OVER STAGNATION IN FOODGRAIN PRODUCTION IN THE COUNTRY.

 

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CONCERN OVER SALE OF FAKE KISAN VIKAS PATRA.

SHRI PRASANTA CHATTERJEE (WEST BENGAL): Sir, I stand here to draw the attention of this House and hon. Prime Minister in particular to the replies of Unstarred Question No. 2587, dated 26th April, 2007. It is regarding sale of fake Kisan Vikas Patra at Gobinda Khatick Road Post Office. Since January 2004, I took up the case with the Ministry of Communication and Information & Technology. Now, this House has been made to understand that the CBI enquiry revealed that the Kisan Vikas Patras purportedly issued from Gobinda Khatick Road Post Office were forged and fake. The CBI enquiry further revealed that one SAS Agent and Postal Assistant in-charge, Gobinda Khatick Road Post Office were involved in issuing of these fake certificates. In the instant case, altogether 263 fake Kisan Vikas Patra of denomination of Rupees Ten Thousand each were sold to public from the premises of the Post Office. But the Government has not yet taken steps to refund the money along with interest to those investors, who were duped by these two frauds. I demand immediate actions against those who duped the poor investors and I also demand that Postal Department refunds back the money with interest to the affected investors.

(Ends)

(Contd. by SK/1w)

SK/1W/12.40

NEED FOR EFFECTIVE IMPLEMENTATION OF NATINOAL RURAL HEALTH MISSION

 

SHRIMATI N.P. DURGA (ANDHRA PRADESH): The aim of NRHM is to strengthen PHCs, sub-centres and create a network of rural hospitals. But, since its launch in April, 2005, NRHM is crippled with deficiencies and drawbacks. Firstly, under the garb of better health management, several States allowing outsourcing/privatisation of PHCs and sub-centres by compromising public provisioning for health care. NRHM is adopting IPHS which itself has severe limitations. IPHS defines minimum manpower requirement, equipment and infrastructure to attain well-defined health outcomes. But, the attempts to achieve these were not comprehensive in scope and were biased largely towards reproductive child health (RCH). Emphasis is still on purchasing equipment and attaining standards of infrastructure development, rather than raising the level of overall service provision. States like Andhra Pradesh have started collecting 'user charges' for many services under NRHM which has backfired. Secondly, NRHM has been empowered to cover urban slums. But, in reality, the coverage is negligible. There is no plan to set up PHCs, CHCs or sub-centres in urban areas. Thirdly, ASHA was conceived as the linchpin of NRHM. The deployment of ASHA is disappointed due to complex departmental structures to implement such large-scale mobilisation and absence of support structure. Anganwadi workers or ANMs are allocating work to ASHAs. But, under NRHM, ASHA was required to be accountable to community and not subservient to ANM or AWW.

What is needed to counter the above flaws is a vast network of Government-run health sub-centres and PHCs supported by CHCs and district hospitals, large community health worker force, expansion of nursing staff with upgraded skills and rationale drug policy. Thank you.

(Ends)

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: Shri Shantaram Laxman Naik. Absent.

DEMAND FOR RESCHEDULING OF TRAIN TIMINGS RUNNING BETWEEN BARIPADA AND BHUBANESWAR

 

SHRI BHAGIRATHI MAJHI (ORISSA): Sir, I am thankful to the Railway Ministry and the Railway Minister, Shri Lalu Prasadji for starting a goods train from Joda to Paradeep for carrying the iron ores and for running a passenger train weekly thrice from Baripada to Bhubaneswar from March, 2007. But, only this initiative will not solve the problem of the general public, as it is running only three days in a week and also the time schedule of the train is 06.45 a.m. at Baripada which is not suitable for the passengers to catch the connecting trains for Kolkata and other places.

Hence, I convey, through this House, to the Minister of Railways, the demand of the people of Mayurbhanj to reschedule the timing of the train as well as this train should run daily for the complete economic development of the district.

Keonjhar and other adjoining districts' people have been demanding for a passenger train since long from Tatanagar to Puri via Chaibasa (East Singhbhum), Banspani (Joda), Keonjhargarh, Harichandanpur, Tamka, Jakhapura (Jaipur district), Cuttack and Bhubaneswar, so as to reduce the time as well as fare as comparedto present route running via Ghatsila-Hadagpur-Balasore-Bhadrak.

SHRI RUDRA NARAYAN PANY (ORISSA): Sir, I associate myself with the Special Mention.

SHRI SURENDRA LATH (ORISSA): Sir, I also associate myself with the Special Mention of the Hon. Member.

DEMAND TO RESCUE THE INNOCENT INDIAN YOUTH

DETAINED IN A PAKISTANI JAIL

 

SHRI K.P.K. KUMARAN (TAMIL NADU): Sir, cases of innocent Indian citizens finding their way into foreign prisons are not only strange but also painful. When the victim happens to be poor and has been put behind bars due to his ignorance of any language other than his mother tongue, it is most calamitous. One such case is the detention of a rural youth named Ganesa Pandian from Thankaipandarapuram village in the Thoothukudi district of Tamil Nadu.

He had been working in the far off city of Mumbai as a bonded labour in a small factory and escaped from the tyranny of his employer, he had fled from the factory premises and had boarded a train without ticket on the assumption that the train was bound to his native State of Tamil Nadu, whereas it was not so. This wrong step had led him to Pakistan and he found himself stranded at the platform of Rawalpindi railway station. He is now in the Rawalpindi prison in Pakistan.

A letter written by him to his relatives in his native village in India has spurred up a few endeavours by them to rescue him but nothing concrete has so far resulted.

Under these circumstances, the Government also may bestow some pity on humanitarian grounds and expedite the rescue operation of this innocent India youth and direct the concerned authorities to see him freed from the foreign prison and reach his native place safely.

SHRI R. SHUNMUGASUNDARAM (TAMIL NADU): Sir, I associate myself with the Special Mention made by the hon. Member.

SHRI JABIR HUSAIN (BIHAR): Sir, I also associate myself with the Special Mention made by the hon. Member. (Followed by 1x-ysr)

-SK/YSR-PSV/12.45/1X

NEED TO PAY MORE ATTENTION TOWARDS WELFARE OF SCs/STs

SHRI PRAVEEN RASHTRAPAL (GUJARAT): Sir, various issues concerning the welfare of Scheduled Castes and Schedules Tribes are not getting adequate attention from the authorities in spite of oral and written directions from Ministries of Government of India. Hon. Prime Minister wanted that the backlog of vacancies be fulfilled by the end of December 2005. But it was not implemented. Hon. Prime Minister desired that the inhuman system of manual scavenging be stopped. Even now, there are places and States where the system prevails. The UPA Government wants that dalits owning agriculture land must get irrigation facility, but no budgetary provision is made by the concerned Ministry. The PESA Act is not being implemented in one scheduled State because the Act passed by Parliament is stayed by a particular High Court. No actions are taken by the concerned Ministries. Tribals of the State are deprived of their constitutional rights. In the State of Gujarat, the Social Justice Committee at village level is assigned the responsibility of removing dead bodies of animals and other unclaimed bodies too. This is against the very idea of empowerment of dalits by the Father of the Constitution, Dr. B.R. Ambedkar. These Committees are meant for the uplift of Scheduled Castes in particular. They need not lift the dead bodies. Hon. Prime Minister should look into all these serious issues and take urgent action.

(Ends)

 

 

CONCERN OVER PROBLEMS BEING FACED BY COTTON GROWERS IN VIDARBHA REGION OF MAHARASHTRA

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CONCERN OVER ACQUISITION OF RESIDENTIAL LAND

FOR EXPANSION OF JAMMU AIRPORT

SHRI T.S. BAJWA (JAMMU & KASHMIR): Sir, there is a proposal to extend the Jammu Airport as an International Airport. For that purpose, the Government intends to acquire approximately 100 acres of land nearby existing airport.

The land identified for the extension of airport is inhabited mostly by those persons who are uprooted from the POK during partition and Indo-Pak wars. People have constructed pucca homes and some have even set up business establishments. There are about 500 such families living there at present. The entire area is fully residential-cum-business area. These refugees from POK are victims of Indo-Pak wars. By their hard work and labour, they have converted this area as full-fledged colonies.

Now these people are agitating and constantly living under the fear of being uprooted once again without any reason. The responsibility and duty of the Government is to provide shelter to these people and not to displace them. (Contd. by MKS/1Y)

-YSR/MKS-KLG/12.50/1Y

SHRI T.S. BAJWA (CONTD.): I shall request the Central Government to look into the matter seriously and not to dislodge these peace-loving residents once again and re-consider looking out for some other alternative place for the proposed Airport.

Plenty of land is available in the region for this project. Moreover, dislodging the people from that particular area would cost a huge amount in the form of compensation to the people.

In case the Government is bent upon extending the present Airport by dislodging the residents of that area, then the Government must adopt a humanitarian approach by first giving adequate compensation by allotting suitable land for re-settling the people of that area before acquiring their land. I, therefore, urge the Government of India to look into the entire matter sympathetically as the matter involves the sentiments of general masses and is of urgent public importance.

(Ends)

DEMAND FOR HONOURING PARTICIPANTS

IN THE J.P. MOVEMENT

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MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: The House is adjourned for lunch till 2.oo p.m.

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The House then adjourned for lunch at fifty-four

minutes past twelve of the clock.

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