PREVIOUS HOUR

NBR-ASC/1N/12.00.

PAPERS LAID ON THE TABLE

 

1.  SHRI A.R. ANTULAY : Sir, I lay on the Table-

I. A copy (in English and Hindi) of the Ministry of Minority Affairs Notification G.S.R. 225 (E) dated the 26th April, 2007, publishing the National Commission for the Minorities (Group 'C' and 'D' posts) Recruitment Rules 2006, under sub-section (3) of section 15 of the National Commission for Minorities Act, 1992.

II.(1) A copy each (in English and Hindi) of the following papers,         under section 13 of the National Commission for Minorities Act, 1992 :

(i)

(a)

Eighth Annual Report of the National Commission for Minorities,  New Delhi, for the year 2000-2001.

 

(b)

Review by Government on the Working of the above Commission.

 

(c)

Action Taken Memorandum on the Recommendations contained in the above Report of the Commission.

(ii)

(a)

Ninth Annual Report of the National Commission for Minorities,  New Delhi, for the year 2001-2002.

 

(b)

Review by Government on the Working of the above Commission.

 

(c)

Action Taken Memorandum on the Recommendations contained in the above Report of the Commission.

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

2.  SHRI SUSHILKUMAR SAMBHAJIRAO SHINDE : Sir, I lay on the Table -

I. A copy each (in English and Hindi) of the following Notifications of the Ministry of Power, under sub-section (1) of section 59 of the Energy Conservation Act, 2001:

 

(1)     G.S.R.  296 dated the 9th December, 2006, publishing the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (Annual Report) Amendment Rules, 2006.

 

(2)     G.S.R. 309 dated the 23rd December, 2006, publishing the Energy Conservation (Minimum Qualification for Energy Managers) Rules, 2006.

II. A copy  (in English and Hindi) of the Statement giving reasons for not laying the Annual Report and Audited Accounts of the Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC), for the year 2005-2006, within stipulated period.

3.  SHRI HANS RAJ BHARDWAJ    : Sir, I lay on the Table, a copy each (in English and Hindi) of the following papers:

 

(a)   Annual Report and Accounts of the National Judicial Academy,     Bhopal, for the year 2005-2006, together with the Auditor's Report on the Accounts.   

 

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

 

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

4. SHRI KAPIL SIBAL  : Sir, I lay on the Table, a copy each   (in English and Hindi) of the following papers:

(i)

(a) 

Annual Report and Accounts of the  Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Pune  for the year 2005-2006, together with the Auditors Report on the Accounts.

 

(b)  

Review by Government on the working of the above Institute.

 

(c) 

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

(ii)

(a)

Annual Report and Accounts of the  National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT), Chennai,  for the year 2005-2006, together with the Auditors Report on the Accounts.

 

(b)  

Review by Government on the working of the above Institute.

 

(c)

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

(iii)

(a)

Annual Report of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), New Delhi, for the year 2004-2005.

 

(b)

Annual Accounts of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), New Delhi, for the year 2004-2005 and the Audit Report thereon.

 

(c)

Statement by Government accepting the above Report.

 

(d)

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

 

5.  SHRI MD.ALI ASHRAF FATMI   : Sir, I lay on the Table, a copy each    (in English and Hindi) of the following papers:

(i)

(a)

Annual Report and Accounts of the District Primary Education Programme (DPEP-III) of U.P. Education for All Project Board, Lucknow,  for the year 2005-2006, together with the Auditor's Report on the Accounts.   

 

(b)   

Statement by Government accepting the above Report.

 

(c)

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

(ii)

(a)  

Annual Report and Accounts of the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) of U.P. Education for All Project Board, Lucknow,  for the year 2005-2006, together with the Auditor's Report on the Accounts.   

 

(b)    

Statement by Government accepting the above Report.

 

(c)

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

(iii)

(a)

Annual Report and Accounts of the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) of Primary Education Development Society of Kerala, for the year 2005-2006, together with the Auditor's Report on the Accounts.   

 

(b)   

Statement by Government accepting the above Report.

 

(c)

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

(iv)

(a)

Annual Report and Accounts of the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), New Delhi, for the year 2004-2005, together with the Auditor's Report on the Accounts.   

 

(b)

Review by Government on the working of the above Council.

 

(c)

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

(v)

(a)

Annual Report and Accounts of the Rajiv Gandhi Shiksha Mission, (Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan), Bhopal, for the year 2004-2005, together with the Auditor's Report on the Accounts.    

 

(b)

Statement by Government accepting the above Report.

 

(c)

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

6.  SHRIMATI D. PURANDESWARI : Sir, I lay on the Table -

  I.(1) A copy each (in English and Hindi) of the following papers, under sub-section (2) of section 30 and sub-section (4) of section 31 of the Mahatma Gandhi Antarrashtriya Hindi Vishwavidyalaya  Act, 1996:

 

(a)    Annual Report and Accounts of the Mahatma Gandhi Antarrashtriya Hindi Vishwavidyalaya, Wardha, for the year 2005-2006, together with the Auditor's Report on the Accounts.   

 

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

(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 31 of the Nagaland University Act, 1989:

 

(a)   Tenth Annual Report of the Nagaland University, Kohima, for the year 2004-2005.

 

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

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

III. A copy each  (in English and Hindi) of the following papers:

(i)

(a) 

Eighty-first Annual Report (Part I and II) of the University of Delhi, for the year 2003-2004.   

 

(b)  

Review by Government on the working of the above University.

 

(c)

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

(ii)

(a) 

Annual Report and Accounts of the Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan, New Delhi, for the year 2005-2006, together with   the Auditor's Report on the Accounts.

 

(b)

Review by Government on the working of the above  Sansthan.

 

(c) 

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

(iii)

(a)

Annual Report and Accounts of the  Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR), New Delhi,  for the year 2005-2006, together with the Auditor's Report on the Accounts.

 

(b)

Review by Government on the working of the above Council.

(iv)

(a)

Annual Report and Accounts of the Board of Apprenticeship Training (BOAT), Southern Region, Chennai, for the year 2005-2006, together with the Auditor's Report on the Accounts.   

 

(b)

Review by Government on the working of the above Board.

 

(c)

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

 (ends)

 

(MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN IN THE CHAIR)

MATTERS RAISED WITH PERMISSION OF CHAIR - (CONTD.)

RE. PENSION FOR FREEDOM FIGHERS OF TELANGANA ARMED STRUGGLE

 

SHRI RAVULA CHANDRA SEKAR REDDY (ANDHRA PRADESH): Sir, I thank you for permitting me to raise an issue pertaining to freedom fighters from Andhra Pradesh who are staging a dharna in Delhi. Even after 60 years of Independence, freedom fighters are forced to stage a dharna in Delhi for recognition and respect. It is pity that the Government at Delhi is not at all attending to their grievances. On the direction given by the hon. Chairman, the hon. Home Minister convened a meeting about six months ago and, in that meeting -- we, Members from Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, were all present -- it was resolved and the hon. Home Minister assured us that he would revive the Committee constituted earlier called the Rajeshwar Rao Committee. But, nothing has happened since then. Sir, the freedom fighters, again, are forced to come to Delhi and agitate before Parliament. Hence, I request the Government of India -- many people have also died during this struggle -- to consider their grievance immediately. Sir, at the age of 80 we are forcing them to come to Delhi and stage a dharna! Sir, it is by virtue of their struggle and by virtue of their sacrifice we are here, in Parliament. And, today, we are going to appreciate our scientists for launching INSAT-IVB. But, it is by virtue of their struggle and sacrifice, we have become free. But, we are not in a position to recognize and respect them. Is it justified? We are raising this issue in every Session. Many people, while coming to Delhi, or, even after reaching Delhi, died. This is very unfortunate and uncalled for attitude of the Government. So, I request that the Government should come to the rescue of these people and it should respond positively. It is high-time, as we are celebrating 150 years of our Freedom Struggle and 60 years of Independence, to redress their grievances immediately.

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: Okay. You have brought this to the notice of the Government.

SHRI RAVULA CHANDRA SEKAR REDDY: Sir, even at this age, they are forced to come to Delhi. The Government should respond to this. Thank you. (Ends)

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: There are two more people.

SHRI RAVULA CHANDRA SEKAR REDDY: Sir, we are all part of that struggle. Mr. Madhu, Mr. Sitaram, we are all part of their struggle.

SHRI PENUMALLI MADHU (ANDHRA PRADESH): Sir, the UPA Government promised pension for freedom fighters who fought for freedom under Telangana Arms Struggle. It is being delayed because of some bureaucratic procedure. In the meanwhile, many Members of Parliament from all parties -- Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha -- represented to the hon. Home Minister about the issue. The hon. Home Minister promised us that he would find some way out for this bureaucratic delay. He promised and a meeting was convened. In that meeting, the Home Minister assured us for constituting a Screening Committee which was announced earlier. The Committee was to look into the matter and see that all freedom fighters were given pension in due course of time. But, even after six months, it has not been implemented. Two years are over. Many freedom fighters died. Only a few remain. Many of them are at the age of 80 years. They are all here, on Parliament street, and are demonstrating today. We request the hon. Minister, since the Home Minister is not here, to consider this, as this subject comes under his Ministry, favourably and immediately. (CONTD. BY USY "1O")

usy/nb/1O/12.05

SHRI PENUMALLI MADHU (CONTD.): The Home Minister has to give some assurance to this House to see that the pension is provided to them. We had also represented to the Prime Minister, but in spite of our repeated representations....(Interruptions)

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: Okay, that's right.

SHRI SITARAM YECHURY: Mr. Deputy Chairman, Sir, I am rising only because of the fact that, as a generation born after independence, I am absolutely ashamed that people who fought for our country's independence and freedom are today staging a dharna outside the Parliament. This is shameful to the entire country and to the entire generation. Here the question is not that of monetary gains, which they will gain as a freedom fighter, but it is a question of the recognition of the role that they played in our country's freedom. It is unfortunate, whether it is because of the monetary situation, some bureaucratic hurdles are coming. I would even suggest that don't even give them monetary benefit, but recognize the fact that they contributed to our freedom struggle. Why is the Government dragging its feet on that? We had met the hon. Prime Minister; the delegation had met the hon. Home Minister; they met the Prime Minister and the Home Minister together in one meeting. But two-and-a-half years have passed, when this assurance was given. I think, we will go down in history, this Government will go down in history as an ungrateful Government which does not even recognise the role played by people for our country's freedom, and we should not have this sort of a situation in this country. So, I urge upon the Government to immediately respond and correct the situation.

ֵ ֿ Ͼֻ (™ߵ ֮֕֬ , פ) : ֳ֯ן , ֯ ֮ ־ֻ ֟ ־ֻ ֵ ָָ ֟ ֮֟ ֮ 10,000 ֋ facilities ״ֻ֟ , ִ ֱ օ ïֻ ؙ ״׮Ù ׻֋ և , ֲ ׾ֵ ָ ֈ consensus ؙ և ִ ָ ߕ ֵ ֻ օ ֺ ו֮ ֤֕ פև ָ þ֟ӡ֟ ֛և ֛, ֿ ָָ ֋ , ִ ָ֜ , ֤ ׾֬֋ ߅ (ִ֯)

ߴ֟ ִ þָ֕ (֬ Ϥ) : ֳ֯ן , ™ן ׳ֳ ָ ֟ ֟ ™ ֮ ֵ ֟ , ™ ָ֤ ֟ ָ þ֟ӡ֟ ׮ֵ ֮ ֮־֮ ׻֋ ָ ָ ֛, ָ ߤ ׾֬־ֆ ָ ֛, ָ ™ ׻֋ ֛ ִ ֟ ֮ ֳ ָ ֟ פ, ֕ ִָ֓֡ ֬ ֮ ״ֻ ֟ ו ֟ և ֵ ֿ , Ͽ ׮ , Ͽ Ͽ ָ ӡ ֮ ׻֋ օ և և ߕ ִ և , ֮ և , ֵ׮֟ և ִ ׌ ִ ִ ߸ ו֮ 9 ׻ֵ , և ӡ , ֕ ָ ֵԾ ׻֋ Ӧָ ׾ֵ , ״ֻ֟ ӡֵֻ ֮ ָָ ֵԾ ֣ ߴ֟ ָ ָ þ֟ӡ֟ ֮ ָ ϤԮ ָ , ִ

(ִ֯)

. ִ ӛָ (ײָ) : ֳ֯ן , ֣ ָ , וִ ӲӬ ָ֮ -

Total number of applications received - 6,26,949.

No. of applications rejected - 4,56,978.

No. of pensions sanctioned - 1,69,961.

31.07.06 ָ֮ ָ֮ ָ ֲ NDA ָָ և , ו 韾 ָߵ ֮֟ ֙ , ִֵ ߴ פ ֵ ... (־֮֬)

SHRI RAVULA CHANDRA SEKAR REDDY: Sir, one should rise above politics, at least, in such cases. We are playing politics even with the freedom fighters also. (Interruptions)

. ִ ӛָ : ֲ UPA ָָ և , ֲ ֵ ָ ֟ ״׮Ù ֳ ֤ ֤õ ֣ , ִ ָ פ ֵ օ ׾ֳ ֤׬ָ ....

1P/HMS ָ ֿ:

1P/HMS-VP/12.10

0 ִ ӛָ (֟) : , 80 ֻ ָ ֙ ױ ֵ ו ֮ ״ֻ ߅ ִß߯ ֻ ֲ ֮֟ þ֟ӡ֟ ִ ֮ , ָ ֮ ֵ ֌ ...(־֮֬)... ֡ ׻ ...(־֮֬)...

SHRI M. VENKAIAH NAIDU: Sir, you should not allow this. ..(Interruptions)..

ֵָ : ֯ Ӳָ ֟և ...(־֮֬)...

0 ִ ӛָ : ֯ ߴ Ӥ ߅

ֳ֯ : ӛָ , ֯ controversy ֟ ו֋

0 ִ ӛָ : , ...(־֮֬)...

ֳ֯ : ־ֻ , ֟־ָ

0 ִ ӛָ : þ֟ӡ֟ ִ ֤֮ , ׻֋ þ֟ӡ֟ ׮ֵ ן ...(־֮֬)... ָָ ו֮ ֮ ֛ Ԯ , ֮ ֵ? ֯ ֻ (ִ֯)

ֳ֯ : ߴ֟ ֮ ևԅ ...(־֮֬)... ֯ ך, כ I allowed one or two persons only, not everybody. ..(Interruptions).. , ֯ ך

ֵָ : ָ, ֕ þ֟ӡ֟ ִ ׮ֵ ֮֕֬ ֯, ֲ֟ ֯ ֮ ׬ָ ...(־֮֬)...

ֳ֯ : ֕, ך Everybody wants to participate in this. ..(Interruptions).. No; no. ..(Interruptions).. It is not State-wise. ..(Interruptions). Please sit down. ..(Interruptions).. How can I allow? ..(Interruptions)..

ߴ֟ ֮ և (֜) : ֳ֯ן , þ֟ӡ֟ ִ ׮ֵ ־ֻ ֙-և ֮ ֮֮ þ֟ӡ֟ ִ ״ֻ , ֕ ֻ֟ ָ, ֮ ߮ , ו֮ ֻ֟ ׻֋ ֮ ֮ Ԯ ֕ ו֮ ֤֟ , ֮ ו֮֟ ָ þ֟ӡ֟ ִ ֮ ֤֮֮ , ֟ ו֮ genuinely ֮ ״ֻ֮ , ״ֻ , ו֮ ֟ ׾֬֋ ״ֻ֮ , ״ֻ ָָ ߮ ֤֕ ֛և ֛ , ֣ ָ ֮ ֮֟ , ִ ֟ ֟ , ...(־֮֬)... ׻֋ ֮ ֕ þ֟ӡ֟ ִ ֮ 70 ֻ ָ , ֤ , ײֵ֚ ֮ specific period ָ ׮ָ֯֙

֟ ֕ þ֟ӡ֟ ִ ֮ ֮ ֓ ״ֻ֮ ߣ ֡ ֬ ֟ օ ׻֋ ֡ ֳ ׾֬֋ ״ֻ֮ ָ ׻֋ Ӭ֮ ֮ ֛--֛ ï֙ 㰟 ֕ ֤, ֟ ״ֵ֟ ֤ ֮ ֕ ֕ ׻֋ ֮ ֯ ׻֋ ֻ--ֻ ֮֋ ׮ָ֯֙ ֮ ֮ ׻֋ ָ ָ ֛ (ִ֯)

ֵָ : ָ, ֡ ...(־֮֬)...

ֳ֯ : , ֯ -߮ ߛ , ֯ ך ...(־֮֬)...

The House is unanimous on this issue. ..(Interruptions).. օ ֯ כÙ ֟ ו֋ ...(־֮֬).... ֯ ך, ֯ ֙ -߮ ָ , ֤ (1 /ߋ ָ )

PB/SCH/1Q/12.15

ֳ ן־ָ (ָ Ϥ): ֳ֯ן , ִ֓ ִ ֟ ָ þ֟ӡ֟ ֮ ֕ ֮ ֤ ָ ָ ָ Ϥ ָָ þ֟ӡ֟ ִ ׮ֵ ꮿ֮ 500 ֵ ֜ ߅ ӡ , ֲӤ ֮ , 1000 ֵ פ ֋ ָ ָ Ϥ ָָ ֵ , פ ָָ ָ ֤֕ Ӭ ִ ָ , þ֟ӡ֟ ִ ׮ֵ, ֯ ֟ ֮ ָָ ָ ֋?

ֳ֯ן: ӡ , ֯ ׻֋ ...(־֮֬)

ߴ֟ ׾֯־ : ֮֮ߵ ֳ֯ן , ֮ ...(־֮֬)

ֳ֯ן: , , ӡ ...(־֮֬)

ߴ֟ ׾֯־ : ֮ և , ߛ և ׾֛ ״ֻ ߛ և ֤ؕ , ߴ, ֱ ״ֻ ߛ և , ׾֛ Û ֮ ӡ ָ ׾ָ֓

֤ߵ ֵ ӡֵֻ ֕ ӡ ( ֓): ֮֮ߵ ֳ֯ן , ָӡ֟ כ ㌟ ֮ ָ þ֟ӡ֟ ׮ֵ ֤֮ , ֻ ׾ôָߵ , ׻ ו֮֟ ßן ֋,

֮־ָ, þ֟ӡ֟ ִ ׮ ִ֮ þ׳ִ֮ ׻֋ ָָ ֋ ֮ , ִֻ ֤ ֟ ֟ ָ֬ פ ֋ ֮ ־ֿ , ֿ ֋ ֋Ӆ ֳ ִ֮ߵ þ֟ӡ֟ ִ ׮ ֮ ׾֬ֆ Ӳ׬֟ Ͽ , ו֮ ו ִ֮֮ߵ ֤õ , פ ֮ Ͽ , ֤ ־֮ ֻ ֮֮ߵ ӡ ֟ , ׻ ֤ ֳ ִ׮֟ ֤õ þָ ֮ þָ ״ֻ֟ , ֮֮ߵ ӡ ׾ִֻ פ , ֮ ֻ֟ ֲ , þ֟ӡ֟ ִ ׮ ן ִ֮ ֌ , ו֮ ֕ , Ԯ ֕ , ֯õ ֕ ֕ ֲ þ֟ӡ ָ ן ׾ ָ ָ ß ֮ ֻ֟ ãן ָ ֳ ִ֮֮ߵ þ֟ӡ֟ ִ ׮ Ӳ׬֟ ִõ֋ , ִֻ ָ ־ֿ ֛ ָָ , ֲ , ֟ ֮֕ן , ֳ ֮ ִ ֻ֮ ֤ ֟ և , ־֮ֆ ֮ ֯ ֮֮ߵ ӡ ִד֟ ֵԾ ׻֋ ֟ օ

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: Let it be done in a time bound manner.

֓: ָ, ִד֟ ֵԾ ֮־ָ, ֻ ֟ ...(־֮֬)

ֳ֯ן: ִ ָ þָ ו֋ ֯ þָ ָ þָ ו֋

֓: ׾ִֻ օ

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: Now, we shall take up Special Mentions. They have to be laid on the Table. Dr. Gyan Prakash Pilania. ֯ Lay ו֋

DR. GYAN PRAKASH PILANIA: Sir, I will just read out the caption.

: ָ ïֻ ֮ ֈ ֜ , ֜ Ӥ פ

DR. GYAN PRAKASH PILANIA: Sir, this is not the right way.

ֳ֯ן: , ֮ Ӥ , ׻֋ ïֻ ֮ ֻ׮ֵ , ֯ ׻֋, כߕ̮ ֵ

: ָ, ָ ׬ָ

SHRI A. VIJAYARAGHAVAN: Sir, the Government is not giving proper reply. That was not the convention. ...(Interruption)...

: ָ ֜ ϣ , ֯ Ӥ ָ - פ , ִ , ?

ֳ֯ן: ֋, ֈ ײ̮֕ ֮ ֟ ֟ ֜ ׻֋ ֌ 1R/GS ָ

1r/12.20/skc-gs

DR. GYAN PRAKASH PILANIA: Sir, the subject of my Special Mention is, the need for empowerment of women. It is a very important issue, and this should have been read out. But, as you desire, I lay on the Table of the House my Special Mention regarding need for empowerment of women.

But, it should have been read over.

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: It would be taken on record. It would be sent to the Government and you would get the reply.

DR. GYAN PRAKASH PILANIA: The point is that other hon. Members would like to associate with it. They can't associate without knowing the subject.

SHRI A. VIJAYARAGHAVAN: Sir, they are not even sending a proper reply.

SHRIMATI BRINDA KARAT: We are not able to hear it; ָ, 괲 , ֮

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: This would be brought to the notice of the Government. ֯ ו֋ (Ends)

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SPECIAL MENTIONS

EMPOWERING WOMEN

DR. GYAN PRAKASH PILANIA (RAJASTHAN): Sir, at a time when a political consensus continues to elude a Bill to reserve 33 per cent seats for women in Parliament, UNICEF's State of the World's Children Report, 2007, released on 12th December, 2006, heaps praise on women representatives in India's villages. The report says that reservation for women in Panchayats has helped bring all-round development to villages. It refers to a study of 165 villages in West Bengal which showed that with the participation of women in village councils, investment in drinking water doubled, Government health workers started visiting more frequently, more girl children started going to school and roads improved.

Another survey, of 100 villages in Rajasthan, found that those with women Pradhans got more children immunised, sent more girl children to school and had better health facilities for women. The report makes a passionate plea to empower and trust women, they make better representatives of the people than men. They meet development goals and pay special attention to children.

The reports also make a strong case for more women in Parliament. It gives examples of countries like Argentina, where welfare improved as more women became legislators. The report says that India's Parliament had only 8.3 per cent women in 2004. In comparison, Pakistan's Parliament had 21.3 per cent and Bangladesh had 14.8 per cent.

In the light of UNICEF Report, I would make a submission to the hon. Prime Minister that when women have not failed in Panchayats, why should they lag behind in Parliament. (Ends)

SSS

DEMAND FOR RECLAMATION OF SURFACE WATER BODIES IN KARNATAKA

 

SHRI B. K. HARIPRASAD (KARNATAKA): Sir, as admitted by the Ministry of Water Resources, Government of India, 97 per cent of the State of Karnataka is underlain with hard rock formations which have limited ground water potential. In order to develop and reclaim surface water bodies the Government of Karnataka have proposed to take up the following projects:

(i)                   Bellaki tank near Shimoga, 15 hectares

(ii)                 Tripuranthakeshwara Lake, Basava Kalyana, Bidar 356 acres

(iii)                Unkal Lake, Hubli-Dharwar (City water supply)

(iv)               Muchakanthi Lake on NH 13, Bagalkot (1216 acres)

(v)                Jagalur Lake, near Davanagere (205 hectares)

(vi)               Gowaramma Tank and Hamglamma Tank in Magade Bangalore Rural district.

(vii)             Ammanniker Lake, Tumkur (505 acres)

(viii)            Begaum Talaab, Bijapur (235 acres)

The above water bodies, requiring urgent reclamation/desilting/cleaning, would involve a project outlay of Rs. 68 crores according to proposals from the Government of Karnataka submitted to the Central Government. I urge the Centre to accord top priority for these projects and ensure allocation under the current Central Budget.

GS

NEED TO PROTECT THE JAN KALYAN PRATISTHAN

PATRONIZED BY MIGRATED INDIANS IN NEPAL

 

ֻ (֜) : , ֮ ןš֮, ֻ ӕ ã , ו Ͼ ָߵ -әֻ֮ ִ֬ ٣ ֤ ֵֻܵ "ִ֬" ֚ӛ ׿ִ֮֮ ã ֮ ֵ ֟Դ֮ ָ ׾׳֮ וֻ ֵ: 800 (֚ ) ׿ ֻ ֵֻܵ ֚ וֻ 17 ֣ ֓ ֳֻ ׾ß ֟ פ ֵֻܵ ֆ֤ ֲָ ֋ ԓ׸, וִ֮ , ֣ ָߙ

ָ ָָ ו֮ ֻ ϕ֟ס ӓ ֛ ״ ׮ֳև , ֮ ϳ־ ֵ ã ԓ׸ ֣ ִע ֵ פ ã֮ ָ ӳ־ , ã ֡ ã֮ פ־ ׿ ֵ ӓֻ֮ ־ã ׮׿֟ (ִ֯)

SC

REQUEST FOR STARTING A SCIENCE CHANNEL

BY PRASAR BHARATI

ߴ֟ ִ þָ֕ (֬ Ϥ) : , ןֵ֟ ןï֬ ׻֋ ϟ ֮ ׌ Ӿ֬Ԯ ָ ׌ "֮" ׻֋ ָ ֮ ֮-֬׸ -־ã Ӿ֬Ԯ ׻֋ "֮-ֵ" ֚ ָ ׾֪֣ ׿ ϤԮ , ָ ֮ ןֳ ֻ ָ ™ߵ ׮ֵ ֤ ָ ׮ֵ㌟ ֮ ִ֣ ֮֜ ׻׾֮֕ ֓ ד ֮ ϳ־ ִ֬ ֮ ֬׸ Ծ־ã ׻֋ ־ֿ ָ ֓ ׾֮ ן ד , ִ ָ-ָ ׾ֵ ָ ֻ ׻֋ ָָ Ԯ ָ "և ֻ" ָ ֮ ׾֮ ׾׳֮ ׾ֵ ָ ֓ ָ֮ , ׾֮ ן ֮ ־ י ׾ֵ ֜և ָ ִ֬ ֋ ֟Դ֮ ָ ֻ ׮֮֟ ־ ָ ָ ־ԕ׮ ָ ã , ו 段 ָ, ֵ ׾ֿ ִ֬ ֮ ָ ӡ ָ ֮ ָ ָ ٣ ֵ֟ Ϥ֮ "և ֻ" ֟ ֵ ֮־֤ (ִ֯)


NBR-ASC

CONSTRUCTION OF MISSING RAIL LINK BETWEEN PATAN

AND BHILADI

 

SHRI JAYANTILAL BAROT (GUJARAT): The proposal for construction of Patan-Bhiladi missing link has been pending since long. To facilitate cargo movement from ports in the Saurashtra region of Gujarat towards hinterland , constructin of missing link between Patan to Bhiladi is necessary. If this missing link is constructed, it will provide link between Ahmedabad-Mehsana-Patan-Bhildi-Samdari-Jodhpur-Bikaner-Bhatinda and will create a link for port cargo from Saurashtra via Viramgam-Mehsana-Patan-Bhiladi-Samdari-Jodhpur-Bikaner-Bhatinda.

I, therefore, request the hon. Railway Minister to get the work for the construction of missing link between Patan and Bhiladi commenced urgently. (Ends)

USY

EXCISE DUTY ON DRUGS

SHRI SURENDRA MOTILAL PATEL (GUJARAT): The State of Gujarat alone constitutes about 40 per cent of drugs and pharmaceuticals productions in the country. The industry gives employment to more than 5 lacs workers through about 3000 units and the entrepreneurial sill of Gujaratis are well known.

With the declaration of financial incentives to the States of Sikkim, J&K, Himachal Pradesh and Uttaranchal, the pharmaceutical industry in Gujarat received a setback as it had severe impact in shifting investments to these States. It has further seriously affected the industries particularly the small scale units, with issuance of notification, dated 7.1.2005 to change the excise duty on drugs at 16 per cent of 65 per cent of the MRP, which was subsequently reduced to 16 per cent of 60 per cent of MRP.

While the excise duty on almost all other industrial products has bee kept at 50 per cent of the MRP, but in the case of pharma products it has been kept at 60 per cent of MRP which should be reduced to 50 per cent of the MRP. It is also for consideration that the excise duty be reduced to 8 per cent from the present level of 16 per cent.

I urge upon the Central Government to give top priority and take all possible steps for favourable consideration in the matter without delay. (Ends)

VP

DEMAND FOR CONSTRUCTION OF NEW BATHU BRIDGE IN KANGRA, HIMACHAL PRADESH.

...

SHRIMATI VIPLOVE THAKUR (HIMACHAL PRADESH): Sir, eighty-six years old Bathu Bridge, which connects District Kangra with Una, Hamirpur and Punjab collapsed in August 2006 following incessant rains. The bridge had over-lived its life, but was still being used in the absence of another bridge over Bathu Khad. Moreover, due to increase in traffic along the National Highway, the bridge suffered a lot of pressure. Now, traffic has increased ten fold, and the bridges are too old to bear the brunt of streaming vehicles passing over them. The recent example of the failure of Bathu Bridge shows the failure of NHAI (CPWD) in taking cognisance of the unfortunate Bathu Bridge. As you aware, Himachal Pradesh attracts lakhs of tourists and pilgrims every year. Due to the damage done to the main bridge, tourists are unwilling to cross over to this place as there is always the fear of accidents.

I request the hon. Minister that necessary steps may kindly be taken at the earliest for construction of a new Bathu Bridge. (Ends)

MP

DEMAND FOR ENACTMENT OF COMMONWEALTH GAMES MANAGEMENT ACT FOR EARLY COMPLETION OF

PROJECTS IN DELHI

 

ֵ ֿ Ͼֻ (™ߵ ֮֕֬ , פ) : ֳ֯ן , ™ӛ ֵ֮ ִֵ ߲ , ֳ ֬ Ԯ ֯ ꌙ ׾׳֮ ׾ֳ ֯עֵ ָ և ãן ꌙ ׻֋ خ ִ ꌙ , וִ֮ , ׿ ֋օ ™ӛ ֵ֮ ֱ פ , ׻ ןš Ͽ ӟָ™ߵ ӓ ָ ָ ֵ֮ ִ֟ ֮ ׾ֻӲ ֻ ׮ִ ׻֋ ӕ׮ֵָ ײ׻ֵ֟ ֻ

֮ ꌙ ֲ ֯ ִ ָ ֮֮ ֻ Ӿ ־ ֻ Ùכִ ֳ ־ ߙ Ӳ ׮ִ ꌙ ׯ֔ ߮ ָߵ ֟֟ ׾ֳ ֯עֵ ָ ָ ִ ֤ ָ Ӿ ֮֮ ִֻ ׾־֤ ִֵ ָ ֲ ֯ ꌙ ָ Ӿ ֻ ևԯ ׮ִ ևԯ ׾֤ ֮ ֻכ ױ ִ ֓֋ ֮ , ִ߮ ׬ ִ ֜

ָָ ֮־껣 ִ ׬׮ִֵ ֮֋ ֮ ־ֿ ֋, ׸֮ֆ ׻֋ ֵԾָ, ׸ ִ ׬׮ִֵ ֬ ֮ (ִ֯)

ASC

CONCERN OVER ILLEGAL MEANS EMPLOYED BY BANKS

AND FINANCE COMPANIES TO RECOVER LOANS

ָ֕ ״ (ָ Ϥ) : , ֮ ֻ ֣ ו֮ և ׮ֵ ָ ֲ֤ß ־֮ ױ ָ ָ ָ ־֮ ױ ָ ֋ ָ ָ פ ֣ ׻ ֵԾ ™ߵ և ׮ֵ ָ ֮ ֯ ׻֋ ֮ כ ֛ כ ָ ֲֻ ִֵ ִ ֳꌟ ָ ׮ִֵ ֟ ־ֿ ָ֮ ֲֻ և ֟ ֳꌟ ָ ֮֟ ָ ָ ֋ ִ֬ ߿֮ ֵ ִ ָ ָ ֳꌟֆ ϟכ ָ ߛ ָ Ϥ, ײָ, ָ™, ֬ Ϥ ߴ ָ..և. ׻֋ ֻ ן , ֕ ֮ ӑ֮ ױ ֤ ֺ ִו ָ׵֟ ֤ ִ֬ ָָ ָ ָ ׻֋ ϳ־ ֋ (ִ֯ )

NB

DEMAND TO SET UP MORE OLD AGE HOME

FOR SENIOR CITIZENS

 

(ָ Ϥ) : ֳ֯ן , ӵ㌟ ™ ӑ ׸ ָ ָ ׸š ׸ ܵ, ִֵ 8 20 , 2025 ֜ 17 , 70 ֋ 2050 32 ָ ֋߅ ו ׸š ׸ ܵ ֜ ӵ㌟ ׸ָ ϓֻ֮ և , ִֵ ׸ ֳֻ ׻֋ ָ ? ֮ ֻ ִֵ old age homes ã֮ , ׸š ׸ ָ ִֵ ֳ 3,000 old age homes , ָ֤֟ ִ Ӳ ָ homes ָ ִ , ָ ָ֤֟ ֻ֟ ׾֬ֆ ִֻ ֮ؓ֟֕ ־ã ׸ ֿ , þã ӲӬ ׾֬ֆ, ֱ-ָ ֟־ָ ֣ ֺ ׾֬֋ ֯ ֋, ָ ֮ ֵ 10,000 ֋ ߮ ֤ ׸ ׾֬֋ ״ֻ ֟ ־ã և ֮֬ ֮ ֋ ִ ׿֟

׸š ׸ ֛־ ָ Ծ ֮֟ ָ ֳֻ

: ָָ ׸š ׸ ֜ ܵ ֟ ׬ ־ã ãׯ֟ ֋ ֣ ִ ֲֻ և ֮ ֻ ׾֬ֆ פ-׮֤ ָ (ִ֯)

BILL INTRODUCED

THE MIZORAM UNIVERSITY (AMENDMENT) BILL, 2007

THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT (SHRIMATI D.PURANDESWARI): Sir, I beg to move for leave to introduce a Bill to amend the Mizoram University Act, 2000.

 

The question was put and the motion was adopted.

SHRIMATI D.PURANDESWARI: Sir, I introduce the Bill.

(Ends)

STATEMENT RE. SUCCESSFUL LAUNCH OF INSAT-4B

THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE PRIME MINISTER'S OFFICE (SHRI PRITHVIRAJ CHAVAN): Sir, I am happy to inform this august House that India's newest satellite, INSAT-4B, was successfully launched early this morning (March 12, 2007) by the European Ariane-5 launch vehicle from Kourou, French Guyana. The 3025 kg INSAT-4B, carrying 12 high-power Ku-band transponders and 12 C-band transponders, will augment INSAT capacity for Direct-to-Home television and other communications and TV services.

The Master Control Facility at Hassan in Karnataka acquired the signals from INSAT-4B soon after it entered into orbit and initial checks have indicated normal health of the satellite. The ISRO Telemetry, Tracking and Command (ISTRAC) Network Station at Biak in Indonesia and INMARSAT Ground Stations are also supporting the initial phase operations on the satellite. INSAT-4B is being manoeuvred to its final geostationary orbit, about 36,000 km above the Equator. INSAT-4B will be commissioned into service in about a month's time after in-orbit tests.

I would request hon. Members to join me in congratulating Chairman, ISRO, and all members of the ISRO team and wishing them success. (Ends)

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: Now, Message from Lok Sabha.

SHRI SANTOSH BAGRODIA: Sir, I had given notice for clarification.

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: No, we did not receive any notice.

SHRI SANTOSH BAGRODIA: Sir, I have given my name. I should be allowed to seek clarification. (Contd. by 1s)

HK/1s/12.25

SHRI SANTOSH BAGRODIA (CONTD.): There is a point on which I want to seek clarification. ..(Interruptions).. There is a system. Why are you disturbing the system? ..(Interruptions).. Then, you announce that there is no clarification today. I want to congratulate also.

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: No. There is a message from Lok Sabha.

MESSAGES FROM LOK SABHA

(i)                   The Appropriation (Railways) Vote on Account Bill, 2007.

(ii)                 The Appropriation (Railways) 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 Appropriation (Railways) Vote on Account Bill, 2007, as passed by Lok Sabha at its sitting held on the 9th March, 2007."

The Speaker has certified that this Bill is a Money Bill within the meaning of Article 110 of the Constitution of India.

(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 Appropriation (Railways) Bill, 2007, as passed by Lok Sabha at its sitting held on the 9th March, 2007

The Speaker has certified that this Bill is a Money Bill within the meaning of Article 110 of the Constitution."

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

(Ends)

THE BUDGET (RAILWAYS), 2007-2008

&

RESOLUTION APPROVING RECOMMENDATIONS CONTAINED IN FIFTH REPORT OF THE RAILWAY CONVENTION COMMITTEE (2004)

 

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: Now, the Budget (Railways) and the Resolution. Mr. Minister.

ӡ ( ֻ ֤) : , ׮ִ׻֟ ã֟ :

ֳ, ָ ִ֮ ֕þ פ ֳӿ ִ ׻֋ ׮ֵ㌟ ׳ִֵ ״ן (2004) ӓ־ ן־, ו 18 ß, 2006 ֕ ֳ ֙ ָ ֵ , 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50 51 ӟپ™ ֱ׸ 50 ֵֿ ֿ֮ ֣ ӕ֟ ׮׬ ּ ϳָ ܵ ֙ ׾׮ֵ֮, ܵ 3001 ֕֋ ܵ 3006 ִ֬ ֋

The questions were proposed.

SHRI M. VENKAIAH NAIDU (KARNATAKA): Mr. Deputy Chairman, Sir, I rise to express my disappointment for the proposals made in the Railway Budget. Sir, there is a saying in Telugu that *

 

(* Hon. Member may please fill in the Telugu saying.)

 

It means on the face of it everything is fine, but if you go inside then you will find the reality. That is the situation with regard to this Budget. The Railway Minister has not increased the fares of passengers. Fine. Nobody can have any objection to that and people can be happy about it also. But, Sir, I must say that he has totally ignored the critical aspects of infrastructure, security, safety, amenities and also the need for expansion of the Railway network in the country and also the speed and other challenges that are there before the Indian Railways. Sir, the Railway Budget is, of course, definitely populistic, but it is not realistic. The Railway Budget is only for today, not for tomorrow the reason being, as I told you, if you don't increase the fares naturally people will be happy but, at the same time, what about safety and security, what about the expansion and what about the aspirations of people of different regions of the country? This has not been properly attended. This is our main objection in this Railway Budget. Secondly, Sir, the Railway Minister has taken the credit for the turnaround in Railways. I must remind him, Sir, through you that this turnaround is possible because of the foundations laid and good work done and the initiatives taken by the NDA Government. Let him do soul-searching honestly. He is also a senior person and he has also enough knowledge. What has happened to the Railways is because of the foundations laid. ָߋ֋ ֮ , ־ 같 ו ߴ ֮֯ ו , ֮ օ ָָ օ ֯ ו֮ ֣..(־֮֬)..

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. ֵ֛ : ֯ ״ֻ, ֲ ֯ ־ֲ , , ֯ע ֻ֮ ֯

0 ִ ӛָ : ֛ ָ ֻ

. ֵ֛ : և ..(־֮֬).. ֻ֟ כ ֮

Sir, this expansion, conversion, safety, passenger amenities were given the least preference. (Contd. by 1t/KSK)

KSK/MP/12.30/1T

SHRI M. VENKAIAH NAIDU (CONTD.): This is our next charge. Then, the regional imbalances, the regional aspirations and requirements are not taken care. There is injustice to Kerala. There is injustice to Karnataka. There is injustice to Andhra Pradesh. Even my friends from Tamil Nadu, in spite of Mr. Velu taking some interest, are also not happy with regard to the allocations made to the State of Tamil Nadu. There was protest in Andhra Pradesh, Sir. Ӭ Ϥ ָָ , ָָ ֮ ӟ ֌ , Ӭ Ϥ וûָ , ֤ ß־ ӡ Ӭ Ϥ ֲ ן׮׬ , ׮Ù ִ , ָ ן׮׬ִӛ Ϭ֮ ӡ ״ֻ Ϭ֮ ӡ ֟ ֵ Ӭ Ϥ ֣ ָ ֵ ָ ֟։օ ׻֋ ߕֻ֮ ָ֮ ִֻ֯ , ־ ߕֻ֮ ֤ , ׻֋ ϵ - Ù ֕֙ , ֕֙ , ֛ ֕֙ heart burning Ù heart burning ֻ

֮ ָ ָ ӡ ֮ ֮ - ןֹדָֻ֯-ߴָ֮ ־ 424 ӡ ֕֙ פ 16

Sir, at this rate, this will take 20 years for completion and it is a burning issue now. Everybody is concerned in Andhra Pradesh irrespective to which political party they belong. Regarding Kerala, I just checked one example. When NDA was in power, there were 20 M.P.s who were supporting the Opposition. Only one M.P. was there who was supporting us. And, the NDA Government had given Rs.335 crores in the first year; Rs.469 crores in the second year. Now, Sir, all the Kerala M.P.s of both, Left as well as the Congress, all supporting the U.P.A. Government, and allocation given to Kerala is Rs.293 crores. And, the Kerala people have naturally agitated; they are also concerned.

THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS (SHRI R. VELU): Sir, I must say, Andhra Pradesh, last year, 2006-07, it was allotted Rs.427 crores. This time, it is Rs. 640 crores; a rise of 49.88 per cent, almost 50 per cent. Coming to Karnataka...(Interruptions)

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: Mr. Velu, you can give figures later on when the reply is given. Usually, they will bring...(Interruptions).

SHRI R. VELU: But, Sir, he is misleading the House.

SHRI M. VENKAIAH NAIDU: If a particular figure is wrong, he can correct me. I have no problem. But, if he is giving information which is there in the Budget, he can wait for his turn.

SHRI R. VELU: He should not mislead the House. He has mentioned Tamil Nadu....(Interruptions). Then, he mentioned Karnataka...(Interruptions).

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: Veluji, usually it does not happen. You can reply later on.

SHRI M. VENKAIAH NAIDU: I have no problem in yielding to Laluji or Veluji both. But, the problem is if they want to make a correction about the figure I have given, I thought I should yield. If they want to make a general observation, first let me have my say, and then...(Interruptions).

THE MINISTER OF COMPANY AFFAIRS (SHRI PREM CHAND GUPTA): Sir,...(Interruptions)...facts and figures given to you...(Interruptions).

. ֵ֛ : , ֯ ֮ ו֋ ֮ ֯ ӡ , capable ֤ Sir, I am only leading the battle against the wrong doings of the Government. There is no question of misleading the House. Kerala is an important State in the country.

ֻ ֤ : ָ, ֕֯ , ... ָ ֻײ ֟֟ þָ ֕ turnaround , ֈӛ֮ פ , ֟ ֈӛ֮ ֜ ו֋ ֈӛ֮ ֮֯ פ ? ֮ ? ָ ֲ ֯ "כ ևخ" ֟ , " ֲ ִ ?" ִ , ...(־֮֬)... ֈӛ֮ ־ֵ , ֮֮ߵ ֤ ֟ ו֋ (1U/ASC ָ ֿ:)

ASC-GSP/12.35/1u

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. ִ ӛָ: ֯ ֓և ׮֋ ...(־֮֬)..

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.. ׻ֵ : Ե ..(־֮֬)..ֻ֤ ...(־֮֬)..

ֳ֯ : ך, ך ...(־֮֬)..

. ֵ֛ : ִ , , ִ֟ , loyalty ֮ פ֮ , פ֋, ֯ע , ָ loyalty ֮֟ ֣ ..(־֮֬)..

. ִ ӛָ : Loyalty þ֟ ...(־֮֬) ֯ ..(־֮֬)..

ֳ֯ : ֋, ֯ , ...(־֮֬). ױ כ ֋߅ ...(־֮֬).. ֋, ֮ ֟ ו֋, ֯ ֮ ״ֻօ...(־֮֬)..

ֿ־ӟ ֮ : ֻ ֲ ֮ ׻֋ ֛ sentence ָ ...(־֮֬)..

ֻ ֤ : ֮ ֤ ֮ ָ ִ ӓ ״֮֙ ֟ ֋օ ...(־֮֬).. ֳ ־ָ , ֮ ־ָ ֵ ...(־֮֬).. ӓ ״֮֙ ָ ָ ָ ...(־֮֬).

SHRI M. VENKAIAH NAIDU: Sir, his present friends, ruled the country for fifty years. What is it they have done to the Railway safety? What is it they have done to take the Railway movement forward? Let them also explain. Secondly, it is our Government led by Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee and the Railway Ministry headed by Shri Nitish Kumarji, who have brought this turnaround. Special Railway Safety Fund (SRSF) started operating from 1st October 2001. At that time, I believe the NDA was in power. Our Government took the initiative. About Rs. 17,000 crores was earmarked; Rs. 12,000 crores was Government grant, and, Rs. 5,000 crores was the Railway contribution out of Railway Safety Cess. ֮ ֮ ִ , ׻֋ ֮֯ ֤ axle load ֜, ֻ ֮ ֙ ֜, ִ ױ ֵ ֯ פ ֮ ֮ ױ ֵ , ־ ֻ և, ֈӛ֮ ֮ פ ֯ ֻ ֵ֤ , և, և ֯ע ...(־֮֬)...

Sir, nearly sixty per cent of the funds were arranged up to 2004-05. Renewal of tracks, rebuilding of around 3,000 Railway bridges, replacement of signalling gears at 950 stations, replacement of rolling stock, investment in safety enhancement was started and completed to the extent of sixty to seventy per cent during our regime, and, you have extended it by one more year as the money could not be spent.

Sir, the change in the method of calculating ratio resulted in decrease in operating ratio and also the wagon-turnaround. In this system, in which only the interest portion is charged to ordinary working expenses and the principal portion to the Plan Expenditure, that is Demand 16, this was possible. You have only changed the system. The system, which is changed, gave you the benefit to show that your operational expenditure has come down. That change in the method has resulted in reduction of operating ratio, from the Budget Estimates figures of 90.8 per cent to the final figure of 83.2 per cent.

(Contd. by SK-1w)

SK-NB/12.40/1w

SHRI M. VENKAIAH NAIDU (CONTD.): Therefore, this cannot be compared with the previous year's figures of 1999-2000. You cannot do it.

Secondly, Sir, the rate management system of FIOs was commissioned during 2005, during the NDA regime only. This also has to be remembered.

Thirdly, earlier, principal component of IRFC loans, wagon investment loans, etc., was included in ordinary working expenses, whereby the operating ratio was high. Now, the principal portion is included in the Demands, whereby the operating ratio has reduced and the Plan size has increased. In 2001-02, classification for iron ore, limestone and dolomite is 120, which was increased to 170 during 2006-07. In the Budget Estimates for 2007-08, it is reduced to 160. The classification of PDS foodgrains is also in the similar manner. Sir, why I am saying this is, this operating ratio has also brought a change around. Even the rate management was also initiated by us. You have not done anything great. You can take the credit for whatever you have done. I have no objection because the Government is continuing, whether the NDA or the UPA or the earlier Congress Government, there is a Government. And, there are officers of the Indian Railways system who are working. But, the actual turn-around was brought in during our regime. Even in the case of Rail Vikas Nigam, the initiative was taken by our Government. Still he remembers it. Even if he denies it also, nobody can say no to it.

Then, coming with regard to the justice done to different States. The Minister was kind enough to Bihar. There is nothing wrong in it. I said, "Nothing wrong". Unless Bihar moves forward, you can't expect the country to move forward. Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, some of these States, earlier Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh, they were lagging behind for variety of reasons, including reasons of Lalu Prasad Yadavji also. You have been ruling the States for years together and then you are also instrumental in the backwardness of that particular region. Now, he is paying attention towards the State. I am happy. ֯ע ֯ ײָ ֤ ֲָ ֜ , , ֻ, ֮ father-in-law Ӿ ׻֋ ֵ , , , ָ ֮֟ , ִ ֯ע Even when I was the Minister, I naturally tried to see that my native place, my district, my State, my region, my country, everybody has this thing. But, at the same time, Sir, what I am quoting is from a newspaper and is correct, if Lalu Prasadji can introduce new railway line for 2.09 kilometres, adding another 20 kilometres by giving 230 crore rupees and forming three new railway stations to connect a particular place, at this speed, I can all appeal to him, please see that speed is maintained with regard to other projects in the country also. We have no grievance whatsoever with regard to that particular project. If it is wrong, I can give the name also. I don't want to quote the name of the persons. You can correct me also. I am ready for correction. But, that is a newspaper report. The speed at which this project is going up, it really makes that Railways, if they want, they can do it. But, unfortunately, that is not happening with regard to other States and other provinces. As I told you, giving more preference to Bihar is required. There is nothing wrong in that, once again I reiterate, for the historical reasons. But, at the same time, don't do injustice to the States which are getting you higher revenue. You cannot and you should not neglect those regions. There is a reaction in Karnataka; there is a reaction in Kerala; there is a reaction in Andhra Pradesh. I told you, the entire Assembly, with one voice, passed a Resolution in an exceptional manner. Normally, it does not happen. And, they came in a delegation here and still you just quote some figures and this much percentage and that much percentage and all that. I can give you the details of the projects. If you are going to complete those projects at this rate, it will take minimum thirty-five years. Do you want the people to wait for thirty-five years simply because you want to take the credit that you have not enhanced any fares and you want to become popular? You don't want to mobilise revenue; you don't want to mobilise resources and you don't want to take care of the regional imbalances in different parts of the country. This is my question to the Minister. Let him ponder over this.

Sir, coming to the introduction of new trains, the Minister claimed that he has introduced 32 new trains. I have gone through the list. Only ten new trains are going to run on daily basis. Others are once in a week or bi-weekly. And, you say that you have introduced 32 new trains. That is a big number. But, real number is only ten. Even about the Gareeb Raths also, the Railway Minister has taken credit that he introduced these Gareeb Raths. I don't know the fares. I will be enlightened if you tell me what is the difference between the fare of ordinary train from Patna to Delhi and the Gareeb Rath. How do you expect the gareeb people to face the remaining amount and travel in the train? I am also told, and the Minister should clarify it, that you have promised four Gareeb Raths and only two have been started.

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SHRI M. VENKAIAH NAIDU (CONTD.): Now, again, this year, you have promised new Garib Raths. What you promised to do earlier is not implemented and now you are again making new promises. I have no problem with regard to the promises that have been made. At least, they will be recorded in a list, so that they will give priority in future also. But, at the same time, the Minister and his Department should see to it that when a Minister gives an assurance to the House or speaks in the House, it should be given top priority, and it should be implemented.

Sir, now I come to the issue of growing needs. Population is growing; aspirations of the people are growing; and the travel habits are also increasing. Affordability is also increasing, again, thanks to the NDA. Sir, today you might have seen the connectivity revolution which has brought a turn around in the country. Air connectivity, rail connectivity, highway connectivity, rural connectivity, tele connectivity, port connectivity, and river connectivity were ensured by the earlier government which is yielding the desired results now.

Earlier you had only one channel -- Doordarshan. Door Darshan! Now you have 84 channels, 24 hours that are 'making news' and have 'breaking news.' Earlier you had only one Indian telephone. "Hello, Hello," you shout for hours together, but you would not get a response. Now you have so many cellular phone companies.

Sir, I am saying this because it has turned around the country and now India is growing by 8-9 per cent. Naturally, people have been provided with the purchasing capacity by the earlier Government. Now you are continuing it. You must continue it much more vigorously and improve it also. But you say that all this has been done by you like Krishna raised the Govardhan Giri for others. You should have at least the decency to mention the steps that were taken by the earlier Government, of which you are a beneficiary now. But you did not.

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SHRI JANARDHANA POOJARY: That is why you have been defeated in the last election. (Interruptions)

SHRI M. VENKAIAH NAIDU: Sir, the Government speaks of the common man. Our Congress friends said that, " ֣, ִ ֤ ֣օ" ߮ ֻ ֤ ֣ ִ ֤ ֣ * ֵ ִ ֻ ֤ ״ֻ ָ, ֕֙ ױ פ֋ , the Government speaks of the common man, they have brought down the number of employees. Is it not a fact? Let us

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go by the Budget figures of both 2005 and 2006. In the year 2005, the number of employees was 14,24,389; and in 2006, the number has come down to 14,12,434. That means a decrease of around twelve thousand personnel in one year. ? ִ ֤ ֣ ֵ ָ ?

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Sir, there is another interesting figure. Mr. Deputy Chairman, Sir, our Government had passed a 18,000-km electrification plan for the 10th Plan. Out of this, 1449 km was electrified. I would like the entire House to note these figures, including the hon. Minister and his deputies. In 2002, as per the figures provided by him, the total electrification was 455 km; in 2003, 504 km; and in 2004, 320 km. And this Government could electrify only 170 km in 2005-06. See the speed and interest! This is an important component of electrification. From 504, they have brought it down to 170 km. Is this the speed with which you want to run the country? This is the speed with which they want to take forward the momentum of growth. Let the Minister respond to this. (Interruptions)

SHRI R. VELU: Sir, I want to respond. (Interruptions)

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: Mr. Velu, you can respond later. (Interruptions) This will not happen. (Contd. by VKK/1Y)

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MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN (CONTD.): I can't say that he is misleading...(Interruptions)... He is saying whatever he wants to say. You can reply later...(Interruptions)...

SHRI M. VENKAIAH NAIDU: Sir, I would only plead with the Chair not to yield to him.

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SHRI M. VENKAIAH NAIDU: Don't worry. I am capable of dealing with Laluji, Veluji, Jay Prakashji, Fatmiji, Premji and also my friend Ram Deo Bhandaryji. Sir, my point is that the Railway Minister is talking about hi-tech progress, new systems, etc. but in the country today, there are 18,297 railway crossings which are unmanned ׯϵ׸ ָ ֤ ֮ Secondly, Sir, the Shatabdi Express which was introduced by my friend, late Shri Madhav Rao Scindia, used to take seven hours and forty minutes. Now, it is taking eight hours and ten minutes. Are we progressing? Then, the Shatabdi Express between Delhi and Agra used to take one hour and fifty-five minutes. Now, it is taking one hour and fifty-eight minutes. A.P. Express takes two hours more. Tamil Nadu Express and Karnataka Express are taking four hours more. If you make super-fast trains like this, then, I have nothing to say. I am not pointing out defect of this Minister or that Minister. We must understand as to what was our aim when we started Shatabdi Express and Rajdhani Express. What is the performance so far? Are we moving forward? Or are we looking backward? Is the situation not awkward? This has to be attended to. Sir, you have converted 140 express trains into super-fast express trains, by stamping them and collecting Rs.20 extra. ָ, , the capabilities and the managerial skills of our Railway Minister are exhibited in such a manner that you convert express trains into super-fast express trains without additional facility and then put Rs.20 extra and say that I have not increased any rates. But, super-fast express train charges Rs.20 extra. I don't want to use harsh words, but, this is like playing with the people. Do you think the people are innocent? Then, Sir, it is said that women and aged persons will get preference and they will be given preference for lower berths. Now, I am told that you are even charging for the same. (Interruptions)

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SHRI M. VENKAIAH NAIDU: Sir, the Minister earlier talked about Ahmedabad-Mumbai fast track train. Now, he is talking about bulletproof train. It is okay. Japan is having; Germany is having. What about our tracks? What is the capacity? What happened to the original pilot proposal ...(Interruptions)...

SHRI S.S. AHLUWALIA: Bullet train, not bulletproof.

SHRI M. VENKAIAH NAIDU: Yes, bullet train. I stand corrected. With a speed of 300 kilometres per hour. Can our tracks withstand that speed? Have you conducted any scientific study? What does the study say? What are the steps you are going to take to strengthen the same? Mumbai-Ahmedabad as a pilot project was thought of four or five years back. What is the progress made so far?

Even with regard to the vacancies in Railways, more than twelve thousand vacancies, including the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes, are lying vacant and then ten thousand Railway Protection Force posts are also lying vacant and you say that you are concerned for the common man. Then, Sir, even with regard to laying down of 500 kilometres long new tracks, there are many tracks on which work was not done, even after inauguration. (Contd. by RSS/1z)

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SHRI M. VENKAIAH NAIDU (CONTD.): Is he aware that 10,000 kms. of tracks need replacement, and when is he going to take it up and what is the amount he is making available for that project? Sir, the Minister was so generous that he proposed to reduce the tariffs of AC-III tier, AC chair car, second-class sleeper in the last year Budget, and in this year Budget also, different proposals are made, and he says that this travel will commence after coaches which are under preparation, are ready. You see, coaches are not ready, and the Minister is coming up with a proposal.

Sir, with regard to dedicated corridors of Mumbai-Delhi and Mumbai-Ludhiana, there also, the foundation was laid, but no progress has been made, and now, the Minister is talking about more such corridors. Sir, with regard to the main demand of the people of the country, the people of the country want to have a safe railway network and happy journey. Samjhauta Express! Mumbai serial blasts within 21 minutes on that fateful evening. They are a grim reminder to us about the situation on the safety front. After all, they are not ordinary accidents. They are organised crimes by some organised groups. The Union Home Ministry, the Railway Ministry, the local police, they must have a proper coordination, and they must share information and take steps. But, unfortunately, whenever something happens, the policy of the Government seems to be, condolence for the dead and compensation for the survivors. ( A couplet in Telugu)

You are able to survive. Is it the policy of the Government? What are the special steps that are being taken by the Railway Ministry? I am not holding him personally responsible or this Minister or that Minister. Gone are those days where the Minister used to resign whenever a major accident used to take place. We have travelled too far. Even after so many charges, nobody is coming forward. But, my point is, what are the specific steps that are being taken? There is an enemy who is trying to subvert the country. There are forces which are inimical to our Indian system. There are other groups who are giving them shelter. That being the case, in a matter of few minutes, if 6 trains could be affected in a city like Mumbai, which is very famous and the financial capital of the country, you can imagine about the safety and security of the common people across the country! Samjhauta Express is a prestigious Express. After all, it is a train to our neighbouring country. We have launched it with big fanfare. You should have taken some extra care. That care is not to be seen. Now, the Minister is talking about CCTV and other equipments. Fine. Let him do it. But, at the same time, some accountability has to be there. Who is accountable to this? Who has to be responsible for this? Let him explain.

Sir, with regard to China, which has almost the same network as we have,-- I hope so, around 65,000 kms.-- they are registering a development at the rate of 24 per cent. Our growth, when compared to that country, is very nominal. I am not saying that we should compare ourselves with China. But, we have to compete with our neighbours also. The Indian Railways is one of the premier railway organizations in the entire world. We are proud of it. Our workmen are also working hard. But, at the same time, see what is happening in the neighbourhood and then plan accordingly. Even to think on these lines, you need money, and you do not want to raise resources, and then, be happy that you have saved this much money and you have not raised any fares, and that the State Assemblies and that the State people, MPs and all, come in delegation and give memoranda, and all that, makes no difference to you. If this is the approach, then how can the country move forward? Sir, I have been travelling in trains a number of times. I found a lot of waste material around the railway tracks. The Railway Minister should take up a programme for identifying all these waste products that are lying near the railway lines throughout the country, the waste iron material, at some places, wagons, scraps, even at the railway stations. I do not understand, right from my childhood, I see it in between that the railway stations and their windows and doors, are taken away. Everywhere you see them. Is it only just to give some contract, not because of this Minister, again? It is a practice. This has to be stopped. And what is happening to that property which has been abandoned? And what is happening to the property that is available in various railway adds across the country? Utilise them in a better manner. Dispose them of and add to the railway property. Then, there is a vast land available across the country for the Railways. Whatever is useful for the future needs, for future expansion, it has to be kept in other places.

(contd. by 2a)

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