PREVIOUS HOUR

1n/12.00/skc/psv

(MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN in the Chair.)

PAPERS LAID ON THE TABLE

SHRI P. CHIDAMBARAM: Sir, I lay on the Table:-

 

I. A copy each (in English and Hindi) of the following Notifications of the Ministry of Finance  (Department of Revenue), under section 296 of the Income-tax Act, 1961, together with Explanatory Memoranda on the Notifications:-

 

(1) S.O. 2108 (E) dated the 15th December, 2006, specifying ten years Zero Coupon Bond of Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI). 

 

(2) S.O. 2109 (E), dated the 15th December, 2006, specifying fifteen years Zero Coupon Bond of Housing and Urban Development Corporation Limited (HUDCO).

 

(3) S.O. 2110 (E), dated the 15th December, 2006, specifying ten years Zero Coupon  Bond of Housing and Urban Development Corporation Limited (HUDCO).

 

(4) S.O. 2111 (E), dated the 15th December, 2006, specifying ten years Zero Coupon Bond of National Bank of Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD).

 

(5) S.O. 2112 (E), dated the 15th December, 2006, specifying ten years Zero Coupon  Bond of Infrastructure Development Finance Company Limited (IDFC).

 

(6) S.O. 2113 (E), dated the 15th December, 2006, specifying twenty years Zero Coupon Bond of Infrastructure Development Finance Company Limited (IDFC).

 

(7) S.O. 37 (E), dated the 11th January, 2007, specifying the Public Deposit Scheme of Housing and Urban Development Corporation Limited (HUDCO Bhavan, Indian Habitat Centre, Lodi road New Delhi.).

 

(8) S.O. 44 (E), dated the 15th January, 2007, publishing the Income-tax (First Amendment) Rules, 2007.

 

II. A copy (in English and Hindi) of the Ministry of Finance  (Department of Revenue), Notification S.O. 82 (E), dated the 25th January, 2007, publishing the Corrigendum to Notification S.O. 44 (E) dated the 15th January, 2007, regarding Income-tax (First Amendment) Rules, 2007, together with an Explanatory Memorandum on the Notification.

 

ֵ ֿ ֵָ ֤ : , ׮ִ׻֟ ֡ - ן ( ֣ ) ֳ ֙ ָ ֟ :-

 

(a) Annual Report and Accounts of the National Water Development Agency, New Delhi, 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.

 

SHRIMATI AMBIKA SONI: 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 National Culture Fund,     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 National Culture Fund.

 

(c)

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

(ii)

(a)

Annual Report and Accounts of the South Central Zone Cultural Centre, Nagpur, for the year 2004-2005, together with the Auditor's Report on the Accounts.   

 

(b) 

Review by Government on the working of the above Centre.

 

(c)

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

(iii)

(a)

Annual Report and Accounts of the Kalakshetra Foundation, 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 Foundation.

 

(c)

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

(iv)

(a)

Annual Report and Accounts of the South Zone Cultural Centre, Thanjavur,  for the year 2004-2005, together with the Auditor's Report on the Accounts.   

 

(b)

Review by Government on the working of the above Cultural Centre.

 

(c)

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

(v)

(a)

Annual Report and Accounts of the Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya, Bhopal, for the year 2004-2005, together with the Auditor's Report on the Accounts.   

 

(b)

Review by Government on the working of the above Sangrahalaya.

 

(c)

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

 

SHRI PREM CHAND GUPTA: Sir, I lay on the Table:-

I. A copy (in English and Hindi) of the Ministry of Company Affairs Notification ICSI No. 1 of January, 2007, regarding revision of Membership and other Fees, under section 40 of the Company Secretaries Act, 1980.

II. A copy (in English and Hindi) of the Ministry of Company Affairs Notification G.S.R. 93 (E) dated the 20th February, 2007, publishing the Investor Education and Protection Fund (Awareness and Protection of Investors) Amendment Rules, 2007, under sub-section (3) of section 642 of the Companies Act, 1956.

 

SHRI S.S. PALANIMANICKAM: Sir, I lay on the Table:-

I. A copy each (in English and Hindi) of the following Notifications of the Ministry of Finance (Department of Revenue) under section 296 of the Income-tax Act, 1961:-

 

(1) S.O. 4522 (E) dated the 2nd December, 2006, notifying "The Synodical Board of Health Services, New Delhi" for exemption under section 10 (23C) (iv) of the Income-tax  Act, 1961, for the Assessment years 2006-07 to 2008-09.

 

(2) S.O. 4782 (E) dated the 16th December, 2006, notifying "EAN India, New Delhi" for exemption under section 10 (23C) (iv) of the Income-tax Act, 1961, for the Assessment years 2005-06 to 2007-08.

 

(3) S.O. 4783 (E) dated the 16th December, 2006, notifying "The Mysore Resettlement and Development Agency, Bangalore" for exemption under section 10 (23C) (iv) of the Income-tax Act, 1961, for the Assessment years 2006-07 to 2008-09.

 

(4) S.O. 4784 (E) dated the 16th  December, 2006, notifying "Institute of Rail Transport, New Delhi" for exemption under section 10 (23C) (iv) of the Income-tax  Act, 1961, for the Assessment years 2005-06 to 2007-08.

 

(5) S.O. 4785 (E) dated the 16th December, 2006, notifying "National Human Rights Commission, New Delhi" for exemption under section 10 (23C) (iv) of the Income-tax Act, 1961, for the Assessment years 2003-04 to 2005-06.

 

(6) S.O. 4787 (E) dated the 16th  December, 2006, notifying "National Institute of Bank Management, Mumbai" for exemption under section 10 (23C) (iv) of the Income-tax Act, 1961, for the Assessment years 2006-07 to 2008-09

II. A copy each (in English and Hindi) of the following Notifications of the Ministry of Finance (Department of Revenue) under section 159 of the Customs Act, 1962, together with Explanatory Memoranda on the Notifications:-

 

(1) G.S.R.760 (E) dated the 19th December, 2006, publishing Notification No. 117/2006-Customs dated the 19th December, 2006, amending G.S.R. 277 (E) and G.S.R. 278 (E) both dated the 1st April, 2003, so as to provide for exemption from the whole of the additional duty leviable under section 3 of the Customs Tariff Act, 1975. 

 

(2) G.S.R.772 (E) dated the 28th December, 2006, publishing Notification No. 136/2006-Customs (N.T.) dated the 28th December, 2006, amending G.S.R. 420 (E) dated the 13th July, 2006, so as to provide that the tariff items and description of goods in the Drawback Schedule 2006-07 shall continue to remain aligned with those in the Customs Tariff as it existed before the 1st January, 2007.

III. A copy each (in English and Hindi) of the following Notifications of the Ministry of Finance (Department of Revenue) under sub-section (2) of section 38 of the Central Excise Act, 1944, together  with Explanatory Memoranda on the Notifications:

 

(1) G.S.R. 777 (E) dated the 29th December, 2006, publishing Notification No. 28/2006-Central Excise (Non-Tariff) dated the 29th December, 2006 amending G.S.R. 10 (E), dated the 7th January, 2005, and G.S.R. 113 (E), dated the 1st March, 2006, carrying out consequential changes of technical nature in the existing MRP-based assessment Notifications and Tariff Value Notification, with a view to align them with amended Central Excise Tariff.

 

(2) G.S.R. 778 (E) dated the 29th December, 2006, publishing Notification No. 29/2006-Central Excise (Non-Tariff) dated the  29th December, 2006 amending G.S.R.318 (E), dated the 30th April, 2001, substituting certain entries in the original Notification.

IV. A copy (in English and Hindi) of the Ministry of Finance (Department of Revenue) Notification G.S.R.  776 (E) dated the 29th December 2006, publishing Notification No. 27/2006-Central Excise (Non-Tariff) dated the 29th December, 2006, amending the First Schedule of the Central Excise Tariff Act, 1985, so as to rectify certain inadvertent errors in the said Schedule, under sub-section (2) of section 5 of the Central Excise Tariff Act, 1985, together with an Explanatory Memorandum on the Notification. 

SHRIMATI KANTI SINGH: Sir, I lay on the Table, a copy each (in English and Hindi) of the following papers:

 

(a) Annual Report and Accounts of the Fluid Control Research Institute (FCRI), Palakkad, 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.

ֵ ֿ ֵָ ֤ : , ׮ִ׻֟ ֡ - ן ( ֣ ) ֳ ֙ ָ ֟ :-

 

(a) Annual Report and Accounts of the National Institute of Hydrology, Roorkee, 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.

 

SHRI P. CHIDAMBARAM: Sir, I lay on the Table:

I.  A copy each (in English and Hindi) of the following Notifications of the Ministry of Finance (Department of Economic Affairs) under sub-section (3) of section 36 of the Credit Information Companies (Regulation) Act, 2005:

 

(1) S.O. 2098 (E), dated the 14th December, 2006, notifying the effective date for enforcement of the Credit Information Companies (Regulation) Act, 2005,

 

(2) G.S.R. 753 (E), dated the 14th December, 2006, publishing the Credit Information Companies Rules, 2006.

 

(3) G.S.R. 754 (E), dated the 14th December, 2006, publishing the Credit Information Companies Regulations, 2006.

 

II. A copy (in English and Hindi) of the Ministry of Finance (Department of Economic Affairs) Notification S.O. 103 (E) dated the 2nd February, 2007, publishing the Security Interest (Enforcement) Amendment Rules, 2007, under sub-section (3) of section 38 of the Securitisation and Reconstruction of Financial Assets and Enforcement of Security Interest Act, 2002.

III. A copy (in English and Hindi) of the Ministry of Finance (Department of Economic Affairs), Notification S.O. OSR/1/2006, dated the 27th May, 2006, publishing the UCO Bank (Officers) Service (Amendment) Regulations, 2005, under sub-section (4) of section 19 of the Banking Companies (Acquisition and Transfer of Undertakings) Act, 1970, along with delay statement.

 

IV. A copy (in English and Hindi) of the Ministry of Finance (Department of Economic Affairs), Notification F. No. SGB/H.O./Per-5253, dated the 15th February, 2007, publishing the Saurashtra Gramin Bank (Officers and Employees) Service Regulation, 2006, under sub-section (2) of section 30 of the Regional Rural Banks Act, 1976.

 

V.  A copy each (in English and Hindi) of the following papers, under section 29 of the Life Insurance Corporation Act, 1956:

 

(a)  Forty-ninth Annual Report and Accounts of the Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC), Mumbai, for the year 2005-2006, together with the Auditor's Report on the Accounts.   

 

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

 

SHRI DINSHA J. PATEL to lay on the Table

I. A copy each (in English and Hindi) of the following Notifications of the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, under sub-section (6) of section 3 of the Essential Commodities Act, 1955:

 

(1) G.S.R. 743 (E) dated the 12th December, 2006, publishing the Solvent, Raffinate and Slop (Acquisition, Sale, Storage and Prevention of use in Automobiles) Second Amendment Order, 2006.

 

(2) G.S.R. 18 (E) dated the 12th January, 2007, publishing the Motor Spirit and High Speed Diesel (Regulation of Supply, Distribution and Prevention of Malpractices) Amendment Order, 2007.

 

(3) G.S.R. 19 (E) dated the 12th January, 2007, publishing the Kerosene (Restriction on Use and Fixation of Ceiling Price) Amendment Order, 2007.

II. A copy each (in English and Hindi) of the following Notifications of the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, under section 10 of the Oilfields (Regulation and Development) Act, 1948:

 

(1) G.S.R. 507 (E), dated the 28th August, 2006, publishing the Petroleum and Natural Gas (Amendment) Rules, 2006.

 

 

(2)  S.O. 1391 (E), dated the 1st September, 2006, regarding the up- gradation of powers of the Directorate General of Hydrocarbons.

III. A copy (in English and Hindi) of the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Notification G.S.R.61 (E) dated the 2nd February, 2007, publishing the Petroleum (Amendment) Rules, 2007,  under sub-section (4) of section 29 of the Petroleum Act, 1934.

(Ends)

THE BUDGET (RAILWAYS), 2007-2008 - CONTD.

ֳ֯ן : 0 ֮ ֿ ׯֻ׮ֵօ

DR. GYAN PRAKASH PILANIA: Sir, you have always been generous to those who are handicapped... (interruptions).. ֮ ו֋, ָ ...(־֮֬)...

ֳ֯ן : , ֲ ֈ ӛ ...(־֮֬)... ֯ ։ ...(־֮֬)...

׸ ־ָ (ָ™) : ֳ֯ן , ָ ֵ֛ ־ ֕֙ ָ ֮ ׾ָ֓ ־֟ ֤ "ד֟ , ֙ " ֮ ֕֙ ־ ֻײ , ֈӛ֮, 000 ֵֻ և ߅ ָ ־ ֕֙ ֻ֮ ֻײ ָ ָ ֟

ֳ֯ן , ֟ , ֓և ӡ ֻ ֤ ָ ֕֙ ֵ , þ֟ ָ (1/000 ָ ֿ:)

1O/klg/12.05

׸ ־ָ (֟) : ָ ֡-סֆ þ֟ ֲ֮ ָ ..(־֮֬)

׸ ӟ ֵ : ָ, ־ ӡ ? ..(־֮֬)

: ָ, ־ ״׮Ù , Ù ״׮Ù ..(־֮֬)

ֳ֯ן : ӡ, ߮ ӡ ..(־֮֬)

: ָ, ֕֙ ָ ֓ ӡֵֻ ӡ ..(־֮֬)

ֳ֯֯ן : , , ײ׮֙ ӡ ..(־֮֬)

. . ׻ֵ : ָ, ӡ ..(־֮֬)

: ӡֵֻ ֕֙ ָ ֓ ..(־֮֬)

ֳ֯ן : ־ ..(־֮֬).. ־ ו֋ ..(־֮֬)

0 ִ ӛָ : ֳ֯ן , ֤ ײ֮ ״׮Ù, ָָ ӡ ..(־֮֬).. ָ, և ־ã ...(־֮֬)

ֳ֯ן : ׻֋, ־ ו֋ ... (־֮֬).. ..(־֮֬)

SHRI S.S. AHLUWALIA: This is a Railway Budget. ..(Interruptions)..

SHRI M. VENKAIAH NAIDU: It cannot be taken lightly. ..(Interruptions)..

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: It is not correct. ..(Interruptions).. You are right. The Minister should be here. ..(Interruptions).. At least, the Minister of State should have been here. ..(Interruptions)..

0 ִ ӛָ : և ־ã ..(־֮֬)

ߴ֟ ִ þָ֕ : ָ, ֯ ״֮֙ ׻֋ ։ ..(־֮֬)

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: There is no other important business than the House business. ..(Interruptions).. The Minister should be here. ..(Interruptions)..

ߴ֟ ִ þָ֕ : ֳ֯ן , ֯ ״֮֙ ׻֋ ։ ӡ ־ ...(־֮֬)

ֳ֯ן : , , օ ..(־֮֬)..

SHRI DIGVIJAY SINGH: You adjourn the House. ..(Interruptions)..

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: I have said that the Minister should have been here and it is his responsibility. ..(Interruptions)..

ֳ֯ן : ӡ ֋ ..(־֮֬)

פݾֵ֕ : ָ, ֱ ־֋Ӆ ֕֙ ...(־֮֬)

..׻ֵ : ׸ ֋?..(־֮֬)

..׻ֵ : ָ, ״׮Ù ֻ֟ ֵ ? ..(־֮֬)

׸ ־ָ : ֳ֯ן , ֮ ֟ ..(־֮֬)

ֿ־ӟ ֮ : ֳ֯ן , ӡ ִ ..(־֮֬)

0 ִ ӛָ : ָ, ײ֮ ֻ ֟ .....(־֮֬)

ֳ֯ן : ֟ ...(־֮֬)

. ֵ֛ : ָ, ָ ״֡ , ִ ӛָ ׮ֵָ ֻ ־ ״׮Ù ֮և, ִ֣Ԯ ..(־֮֬)

0 ִ ӛָ : ֯ ָ-ָ , ָ ָ-ָ ߅ ֻ , ...(־֮֬)

. . ׻ֵ : ָ, ֤ ׸ ֮֟ , ֻ ֋ , ׻֋ ִ-֮֓

ӡ ( ֻ ֤) : ָ, ֮ ֲ ָ ָ ֕ ӡ ֤ ֯ ִ , ׻֋ ִ

1/ ָ

AKA-HK/1P/12:10

׸ ־ָ : ֳ֯ן , ֮ ֟ ָ ֟ ..(־֮֬)..

ֵָ : ֳ֯ן , ..(־֮֬)..

ֳ֯ן : , ֯ ך

ֵָ : ֳ֯ן , ֻ ו ָ ֤ ֤ ׾ִ֮ϟ֯ ֟ , ϴ֟ Ϭִ֮ӡ և ֋

׸ ־ָ : ֳ֯ן , ָ ָָ ֮ և ׾֯ ָ, ִ , ו֮ ִ ָ ֮ , ָ ֕֋ ֻ֮ ֟ , ֲ ִ ָ֮ ֮ ָ ֮֟ӡ ݵ ӡ ָ֟ ו ָ ָ ֕֙ , ו ָ ֙ ֻ , ָ כ , ָ ֮ ִ ָ ֮ ײ  ו֮֟ ָ֮ , ָ ָָ ֻ , ֙ ֻ֟ , ָ ֤ ֻ ָ ֕֙ , ָ ֕֙ ָ Ӥ ײ  ָ ָ ֮ , ָ ֤֮ ϵ ֕֙ ָ , ָ߱ , ׾֯ ָ , ֻ֮ , ֣ ֣ ׿ֿ ָ ֕ ־ ֻײ , ָ֬׿ֻ NDA ָָ ָ ײָ ֕֯ ָָ ִֵ և ׻֋ ־ ֕ ֵ֤ , ָ ָ ֛ ֟ , ֻ ִָ פ , ו ׻֋ ָ߱ ֋ ֟,'ד֢ , ּ ', օ ־ ֕֙ ָ ױ ֻ֮

ֳ֯ן , ֕֙ ֲ ֵ֟ ָ ֛ ִ ֵ֜ ֵ, ׻ ׿ֿ և ֕ և ֜ , և ׻֋, ׻֋ ־ֿ ß , ־ֿ ߕ և ָ ֛ ֵ ָ ־ ׾ ׻֋, ׾ßָ ׻֋ ֱ ׿ ־֮֬ ֵ ӟ׻֟ ָ-ָ ֟ , ָ ָ ׿ֿ ֟ ׻֋ - Ӭ , ԙ ָ ֕ , ֕֙ ־֮֬ և , ײֻ ӡ ֮ ֕֙ , ֮ ֤ ֟ ֨ ֟ , ײ֟ ֟ ָ ֟ ׿ֿ և ֕֙ ӟ׻֟ , ֳ ֕ ֳ ״ֻ ֣ ֣ և ֮ֆ ֮ ִ ֕֙ ֵ , ׻֋ ִ ־֮֬ ֵ

֟ ־ - ָ ־ֿ , ָ ֣-Ù ָ ֮ ֻ כ , ָ ӡ ֮ פ֮ , ִ ָ ֱ ֛ ('1q/sch' ָ ָ)

SCH/12.15/1Q

׸ ־ָ (֟): ִ -׾֬֋ ֮ , ִ֟ פ כ -Ù, ִ ִܵ ֟ , ֱ ִ ֵ ִ ׻֋ ־ -־ ֱ-ֱև , ֮֮ߵ ӡ ֮ פ֮ , ָ ϵ

ָ ֟, ֮֟ ָ ֵ - ָ ךָ ֤ 1984 ךָ ָ ֛ և , ߙ , ׻֋ ϵ օ ִֵ ӡ ֮ ָ , ךָ ָ ֛ և ֮և և ֙ þ Ϭ֮ ӡ, ߴ֟ ׮ Ӭ þֵ ךָ օ כ ֟ և , ִ ׯ֙ ֯, ךָ ײָ ֮֕֬ , ֕ ׯ֙ ֯ ֜ ִܵ פ ֵ ֵ֮ ו ׯ֙ ֯ ִ ָ ֟ , ߔ ֤ , ָӛ ִִ ֮֕֬ ֙ օ ֲ ׾֬֯ ֮֕֬ ֮-֮ ׻֋ ֵ ֵ , ֮֜ ךָ ֯ וֻ ד֟ ֟ , ׾֬ ״ֻ

ָ, ֙ פ -- ײΕ ֮ , ֟ þ֟ ֮ ָ ָ ײָ, ָӛ ֵ , ײָ ָ ײָ ׻֋ ֵ ֵ օ -Ù, ٕػ ֻ ֟ , Ùߴָ ӕ ׮ָ ֙ , ׻֋ ß , ߅ ׯ֔ פ ָӛ ܵ ӡ ֲ ֻ ָӛ ֟ ֻ֟ ָ -- ײΕ ֮֮ ־ֿ ֻ, ָӛ ִ ָ ײָ , ׻֋ פ ׮ָ ֙ ӕ ߓ -- ײΕ ֵ֮ ֋, ֵ֤ ֛ ֻײ ߅

, ֵָ֮֯ ֻ ã֮ ִ֬ ֻ ײָ ־֮֬ ֵ օ ִ֟ 1996 ֕֙ ו ֵ ׻֋ ־ , ֣ ֮ ֲי ֵ , ֲ ־֕ ִ ֜ ִ֟ ִֵ ֻ ӡ, ֤ߵ ֻ ֤ ֮֮ פ ֵԾ ? ָ ׻֋ ֮ ֲֻ ֲֻ ֮ ϵ ֋ ֕֙ ׻֋ ׿ ֲי ֋ ...(־֮֬) , ֵָ֮֯ ֻ , ֻօ

ָ ֟ ײָ ָ ־ ֛ ֮֋ և և , ָ ֬ ָ ָ֮ ֮ ֵ ֵ ֯ ֮֟ ָ ךָ ־ ֳ 109 ̴߮ ָ ֛ , ו ֵ֟ 1R/MCM ָ ָ

MCM-SK/1R/12-20

׸ ־ָ (֟) : ָ֟ ϵ ֻ ו ִ߮ ֵ֤ ӡֵֻ ָ ִ ו ׾ ӟ ֕֙ ָ ӟ׻֟ ָ , ִִ ֲָ ִ֤ߵ , וִ֮ ֕֙ ָ և ֵ ֕֙ ָ ָ߲ , ֋ ֡ , ֳ ֮ ֵ ָ߲ ֻ, ִ֟ ֻײ ָ߿ӛ ֻ , ו֮ ֵ֟ ٣ , ָ߲ ָ ֕ ꆸ ״֛ , ßָ ָ ִ , ֕ ָ߿ӛ ֱ ֵ ֕֙ ן ׾ ָ ִ֕ ֲ ָ߲, ׯ֔ ׻֟ ָ ֕֙ ֮ ֵ ׾֬ֆ ֳ

, ֲ ֣, ֕֙ ִ֣Ԯ ֿ ֮ ־ פ , ӡ , ֮ ֻ פ ָ ֺ ׾ָ֓ (ִ֯)

0 סֵ (ָ֟) : ֮־֤ ֳ֯ן , 000 ָԮ ֮֮ߵ ߴ֟ ׮ֵ Ӭ ׮֤֮ ָ ָ ֮֮ߵ Ϭ֮ ӡ 0 ִ֮ 韾 ֮֮ߵ ӡ ֻ ֤ 2007-2008 ׻֋ ֕֙ ß , ָ , ֕֙ ו֮֟ ָ ֋ ֮ פ ֕֙ ִ ֤ ֕֙ ׻֋ ֓ ֮֮ߵ ӡ ־ïֿ, ־ ָ֮ ֕֙ ß ׻֋ ֮־֤ , 000 ָָ ן ִ ֤ ׮ ֵ ֕֙ ןֱ , ֕֙ ߸, ָ߲, ֤֕, ָ֯, , ֛ , ֆ ֆ ֳ ׮ ֵ֮ ֵ ֳ ֳ ֮ ֻ ֕֙ , ôָ ֕ 4-5 ֻ ֲ ־ ָ ֓ ֟ ָߵ ֱ ׻֋ ֵ֤ ? ֲ ־֤ ָ֤֟ - , ָߵ ֻ , ֻ֮ ֵ֤-֮ ֟ ֟ ӡ ֤֬ ֡ ו֮ ֮ ϲֻ ֟׾ ϲӬ֮ ׸ ָ֟ ָ ֙ ֻ ֱ ֣ , ֙ ׮ֻ ֱ ֙ ָ ֵ ןפ 14 ָ ӓֻ֮ ןפ ߲ סֵ ֮ וֻ ֮ ֻ 20 ָ ֋ ָ ֳ ׸և ִ֟ ֮֮ߵ ӡ ٿ֟ 000 ָָ ֱ ן ן ָ ׾֯ ״֡ ֟ , ֕ ־ Ծ־ã ֮ ־ֿ ֮ , ו ןפ ֻ סֵ ׬ ׬ ֟ ֕֙ ӳ߸ ֣ ֮ ֻ ֡ ָָ ֮֜ ׻֋ ֋-֋ ֵ ֟ ֋ ֣ ֋ ֛ ָ և ָ ִ ׌ ׌ ֕֙ ָ ֟ ֕֙ ӟ ֬ ֵ֟ ָ ϴ  ָ ֮ ן ֌ ֕֙ ־ ־ԕ׮ ׮֕ ָ ָ ִ

(1S ָ ֿ:)

GS-YSR/12.25/1S

. סֵ (֟) : ֳ֯ן , ֮֮ߵ ӡ ֟ ׻֋ ׾ֿ ֮־֤ ָ ֵ ָ ָ֜ , ֮ , ׻ ָ ־ ֵ ׾֬ և ֻ ׫ߵ ָ֬ ûָ߯ ָ , ׻ ֛ 00, 00 00 Ù ֵ

֮ ә י ֜־ ׻֋ ֕֙ ָ ֮ ֻ ֕ ֵ ֻ ֵ֟֟ ֛ ֵ ֵ֙ ֵ ֣ ִ֟ ߓ ֟ ׾֬ Ϥ֮ և ֕֙ ִ ֤ ו ָ ׸ֵ֟ և , , ߕֻ, -, ևÙ ֛ ֵ֙ ֵ ֣ , ߴ, , ֤ ׮ֵ֤ ӓ ִָ ֵ ß և ָ ָ-ָ ׸ֵ֟ ߴ ֵ , ו ߬ ֳ ָָ ִ ֤ ״ֻ֟

ָ֮ ֕֙ ִ ֤ ֮ ֟ և-և ׾֬֋ ֲֻ ֮ ֟ և , ִ ׸ß , ו ָ ׾ßָ ֓ , ִ ֟ ־ ׯ֔ ָ֟ ֵ֤ ֵ֤ ־ ׾֬ֆ ֮֜ ֓ ־ ָ֟ כ ֡ ֻ סֵ ׾֬ֆ ָ ׾ֿ ֮ פ ֵ ׻֋ , וִ ֤־ ָ֧ ֮ ߙ ־֮֬ ֵ

, ־ֻ ֻ ָ ָ֧ ֮ ֮ , Ͽ ָָ ? ָָ ߵ֟ ן Ͽ ԟ ָָ ߵ֟ ן ز֤ ִ ֤ ֳ ֮

, ӡ ־ ֡ ֻ ֆ ִõֆ ֮ 45 ׬ ֵ ֆ ׸š ׸ ׻֋ ꆸ ֣ ֮ ־֮֬ , ׻֋ ׾ֿ ֮־֤ , ӡ ׾µ ֡-֡ֆ , ׾µ , ֆ , ֡-֡ֆ Ùֱ ֻꌿ֮ ߿֮ 0000 ևֻ ָ ׻֋ ֵ 50 ןֿ֟ , ָ ֮

, ׯ֔ ֻ ֓ ִ֮ ־ ָ ֮ ֛ ך ִ ִ-ִ և ә ֛ ֛ ӡ ֟ ָ ׾ֿ ֮ פ Ù ױ ֣ כ ֵԻֵ .ָ.. ֈә ֮ ׮Ե ׻ֵ ֵ ֣ ִ ߋ פ -י ׾ָ֟ ׮Ե , י ֈә ܵ ֮֜ ִ , ִֵ ֓֟

־ ָ ï ֵ כ ߙ ֮֜ ֮ , ϳ־ ׾ ׿ ֮ ׾ֿ ָ כ ־֮֬ ֵ , ֲ ֻ ׾ֆ ׻֋ ֮ ָߵ

סֵ ׻֋ 32 և כ ֻ֮ , 23 כ ׾ßָ 14 כ ֮֜ ׮Ե ׮׿֟ ִ ֮֟ ֳ օ ֣ - ׯ֔ ֻ 4 ֻ 8 ֵ ָ߲ ֻ֮ ׮Ե ׻ֵ ֵ , Ͽ֮ߵ

־ -־ ֮ ֟ ֓, 2008 ïֻ ־ 같 17 ָ ֵ ָ֤֟ ֮ , , ؙ ػ Ù֯ ־߮ ֵ ֵ

, ӡ ־ ִ߮ ָ ֕֙ ׮ִ ׮Ե ׻ֵ , ָߵ ִֵ ֮ ֟ ֟ ֟ , ֮ ֕ ָ֟ ָ , ߋ ָָ ֕ ӡ, ָ Ù , ֳָև ϵ֟ ָ ӡ ֻ ֤ ׯ֔ ָ ָ֟ פ ?

(1 ָ ָ)

SC/12.30/1T

0 סֵ (֟) : ֣ ֛ߋ ָָ ֮ ֻ֮ ׯ֔ ָ ֻ ָ֟ פ , ָ ֮ ֋ ֛ߋ ֻ֮ 2000-01 192.65 ֋ ָ֟ פ ֋ ֲ ֮ ָ ָָ ֕֙ , ֯ߴ ֕֙ , ִ 138 ֋ ָ֟ ׻֋ פ ֋ 2001-02 ֛ߋ 165.61 ֋ ָ֟ פ ֲ 2005-06 ָ ָָ 194 ֋ פ ֛ߋ 2002-03 166 ָ֟ ׻֋ פ , ו ֮ ָ ָָ ָ ֻ, 2006-07 257.17 ֋ ָ֟ פ 2003-04, ֛ߋ ָ ֻ , ִ 262.03 ָ֟ פ , ִ֮ ֻ, ָ ָ֟ ӡ 444.46 ֋ פ ָ ָ ״ֻ ֋ ֛ߋ ֻ֮ ָ ֻ 786.29 ֋ ָ֟ ״ֻ ו ֮ ָ ָָ 1033.63 ֋ ָ֟ פ ׻֋ ֕ ӡ - ֬և ֣ ӡ ֮־֤

׾ֵ֕ ָ : ָ, ָ ֤ ֤õ ֮֮ߵ Ͼ ™ֻ ָ ֟և ָ֟ ֲ ֯ ֙ ֤õ ֵ֟ օ ..(־֮֬).. ָ-ָ ֟ , ֣ ֵ֟ օ

0 סֵ : ֟ ..(־֮֬).. ֟ , ֲ ִ ִ ֯ ׮֋ ֮ ֋ ..(־֮֬).. , ֮ , ֟ , ֟ ..(־֮֬)..

ֵ֮ ֻ ָ : , ֯ ה, ֮..(־֮֬)..

0 סֵ : ָ, ֯ ֟ ..(־֮֬)..

ֳ֯ן : ߅..(־֮֬)..

0 סֵ : ִ ֵ֯-Ӧ ָָ߲ ֯, ֯- ֲ֤֤ ֯ , 㴲և-ִ ֯, ֛-߻֛ Ӭִ߬-ֻ֮֯ - ״ֻ ӓ ֵ ָ֟ ֋߅ ֣ ֮֙ ֋օ ֲ֤֤-ֲ֤ ֯ , ָ ֵ֜ ֋ ֣ ֲ֤֤-ֻ ֯ ֵ֜ ֋օ ߮ ֵ և ӕ ֵ ֣ ֋ ־֕Ԯ ֟ ֵ ־֕Ԯ ָ֟ ֱ ֵ֤ օ ïߛ ֜߅ ֣ ׾µ ֵ ָ֟ ״ֻ , ָߵ ֮ , -Ӳ ػ ׻֋ 0.10 ֋ ָ֟ פ ׾֪ ֵ - ֮-ֻӾ օ ֣ ߮ ֋ ־ ִ ֋ וִ ӟָ֮- ֵ ֕ ֋߅ ϟָ֮֯- -֙ (߻֛-߸ִ) ־֕Ԯ ִ , ־ ֋օ ן׸ ָ֟ Ӥ ߌ ֵ֜ ֵ , ֤ ִ ָ֟ ָ ֤ ։ ׾֯ ֮֯ ֤ ִֵ פ, ׻֋ ֤ ֟ , ֻ ֟ ֛ ã֟ ־ Ùֱ ֻ , 16.87 ֓ ׾ßָߵ ׾֬ֆ ו֟ ֮ ևԆևԋ, ֲ֤֤ ־ ֱÙָ ִ ָ ׸֓ ָ ֵ֮ ־ ״֡ , ִ ִ , ӲӬ ߤ ָ ӡ ִ ֮ ָ , ־ֿֆ ֟ ֿ ӡ ָ ֺ ֮ ׯ֔ ֕֙ Ӥ ֮֯ ߸ և ֻ ֟ , ָ פ-ֲ֤֤ þ ֵӟ ֮֕֬ ֯ ָ (1 ָ ֟)

MP-MKS/1U/12.35

. סֵ (֟) : ïߛ ֮֜ ֺ , ֣ frequency ֜ ֯ ֟ פ ֺ ™ ִֵ ֮ ֓֟ ׻֋ ֕ פ ֵ ߸ִ- ֵָ ־ֿ ָ֟ ٿֵֻ ܵ ã֮ , ׻֋ ָ ִֵ Ӥ ֵ ־ ׸֮̾ ױ ֻ ֮ ֣ ָ .և.. ׸־֮ quota ֵ֜ ֮ Ӳ ִֵ Ù֮ ָ ؿ և כӛ , ו ָ ֮ ֺ ֣ , Ù ־ Ù֮ ״ֻ ֮

ָ֟ ׻֋ Ӳև ׻֋ ֵָ ־ֿ Ӳָ 6311 6312 ֮-ס־ ֯ Ù פ ֮ ־ֿ , ו ָ֟ ֈ כ ֣ connectivity ֜ ־ָ֮-Ӧ ֯ ־ָ֮-֛߮ ֯ Ù ֜ Ù֮ ָ פ ֮ ָ 1835 Ù֮ ֮ ӡ , ֮֯ ֻ ߣ ã֮ ֟ ߅ ֧-̸֕ -ָ Ӳ֕ ֮֜ ֟ , ו ־ , ִ ֻ ֻ ֯ ֋

ָ, וֻ -׾ָ֮ և ָ ã֟ ֜Ӿ ֻ ܟ ֺ , ֯ ֻ ֻ ־ ߲ ֋ , : renovation ָ concrete road, waterproof cover shed boundary wall ׮ִ ֮ Ù֮ ߓ ָײΕ ֣״ ָ ֵ֮ ֮ ֣ סֵ ׾֬ֆ ֮ ֟ Ù֮ ָ ׾֬֋ ֲֻ ֮ ־ֿ , וִ Ӳָ 1, 2 3 ָ cover shed ֵ֜ ֮, ָ.. ؛ ֙ Ù ֵ ֮, ..և. ... ֿ߮ ֮, י י ؛ ֿ߮ פ ־ֿ ׾֬ֆ ָ ֮ פ ֮ ߤ ָ ֋ ֋ ִß ز֤ ָ ӡ ֮ ֻ ֻ , ֿ , ֮־֤ (ִ֯)

DR. GYAN PRAKASH PILANIA (RAJASTHAN): Sir, like Prof. Alka Balram, I am also one of the fans of great Laluji.

ָ, ֛ ִ֮ ״ֻ, ֮ ߤ օ * -ֵָ ײֻ ...(־֮֬)... ....(־֮֬)....

֮ 㯟 : * ...(־֮֬)... ָ, ? ....(־֮֬)....

֕߾ ㌻ : ָ, ؛ ׮־և, ײֻ ֻ֟ ֟ ....(־֮֬)...

ֳ֯ן : ׮ֻ ו֋ ....(־֮֬)...

֮ 㯟 : ֯ ֮ ֤ , ֯ ֮ ֮ ָ ....(־֮֬)....

ֳ֯ן : ֮ ׮ֻ פ

. ֮ ֿ ׯֻ׮ֵ : ֲֻ֟ ֮ ֮ ....(־֮֬)... ֯ ׮֋, ? ...(־֮֬)...

ֳ֯ן : כ ....(־֮֬)...

. ֮ ֿ ׯֻ׮ֵ : ֯ ֮ ָ ...(־֮֬)...

. ִ ӛָ : ָ, .... (־֮֬)...

ֳ֯ן : , , ֯ ך........... ׮ֻ פ ....(־֮֬)... ׮ֻ פ

. ֮ ֿ ׯֻ׮ֵ : ӡ ....(־֮֬)...

ֳ֯ן : ׮ֻ פ ֵ ...(־֮֬)... ך....ך

. ֮ ֿ ׯֻ׮ֵ : humour sense ֟ ....(־֮֬)....

֕߾ ㌻ : *

ֳ֯ן : ׮ֻ ו֋, ֋օ

. ֮ ֿ ׯֻ׮ֵ : humour ....(־֮֬)... humour ....(־֮֬)....

ֳ֯ן : ֯ ָ ͅ

. ֮ ֿ ׯֻ׮ֵ : humour Ͽ ֯ * ֟ , * ....(־֮֬)...

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* Expunged as ordered by the Chair.

ֳ֯ן : ׯֻ׮ֵ , ֯ ׻֋

. ֮ ֿ ׯֻ׮ֵ : words quote ָ

ֳ֯ן : ֯ quote ֟ ו֋

. ֮ ֿ ׯֻ׮ֵ : quote - " ִֿ פ֮ ֻ, ׸פ ָ" - ֲ , ׸פ ָ ׻֋ ָ Ͽ ֟ , ֯ ֱֻ ֟ ִ֟ ? ....(־֮֬)....

. ִ ӛָ : ל, և ל և ֜

ֳ֯ן : ӛָ ....ߕ̅

. ֮ ֿ ׯֻ׮ֵ : ֛ ִ ...(־֮֬)...

(1W/LP ָ ֿ:)

-MKS-TMV-LP/1W/12.40

ֳ֯ן : ׮ֻ פ օ ׮ֻ פ ..(־֮֬)..

. ֮ ֿ ׯֻ׮ֵ : ֛ ִ ..(־֮֬)..֕֙ ֵ , ֻ ֛ ׸֟Ԯ , ױ ָ ֋ ׸ ֱ ֵ ִָ֟ ? ִָ֟ ָ֤ ֯ ֮? ..(־֮֬).. ֤ ִ ֕ ֲ ֵֻ֟ ִָ֟ ֵ ߴָ ֛߅ ֵ ׮֋, ֲ Ͽ֟ ֟ , ֯ ֣ ֟ ו֋ ֵ ߴָ ֛, , ֵ ָ ֮֟ ֵ ֮ ֌ ܵ ӡ ־ ֻ ֤ פօ ֵ ָ ֻ , ִ Ӥ ..(־֮֬)..

. ִ ӛָ : ӲӬ

. ֮ ֿ ׯֻ׮ֵ : , ֯ ָ ׮֋ ߅ ֮ ֟ , ֵ ߴָ ֛, ֵ ָ ߴָ ֛, ֵ ָ ߙ֮ ӕꌿӮ ֤ ߴָ ֛, ֤ ߴָ ֛߅ ָ , ӡ ֮ , ־ ןֳָ, ָ ֛ ֙׸ , , כ ֤ ֛ ֵ֟֟ ָ ־ ؛ ϳ־, ϳ־ ֛ , ָ ؛ ִֿ , ֮ פ֋օ ׸ և , ֵ֮ ,

"The National Highways Authority of India has blamed over-loaded vehicles for 60 per cent of the damage to the national and State highways. The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways too links nearly 20 per cent of road accidents to overloading". ָ כ ֻֻ , ֮ ֮ ֺ ֯ ָ߲ ־֕ , ׻֋ ֮֯ ָ߲ ׻֋ ׮ֻ ָ߲ ֤ ָ֬ כ ֮־ָ ָ - ָ ֟ ֮־ָ, ֵ֤ ֮֯ ָ֕ , ֯ ָ ָ ֋, ׻֋ ָ߲ , ֕ French Revolution ִֵ ֤ ֵ, ֲ Marie Antoinette, ִ , , ֮ , "Don't talk of bread. Talk of cakes. We will give you cakes". ֮֯ ָ߲ ߯ פ ָ߲ , ָ֬ ָ ֵ ֵ֟ ֟ ֯ ־ ו֋, ֮ ... ֮ 滛 Ù, ֮ 滛 և, ָ־ , ִ ֮ ָ߲ ßֻ , ꆸ ״֛ ֵ֤ ֺ ֋ ָ߲ ִ ָ ״ֻ߅ ָ߲ ָ , ָ߲ ִ ֯ ֕ ֮֋Ӆ ָ߲ ֻ֟ ֌ ֮֯ , ֯ ׯ֔ ֕֙ ֮ , "The poor want to move up in life and travel by AC just as I do want to be Prime Minister". ָָ, ֯ ֮ ֮֯ ָ , ֯ ָ߲ ־ ־ֻ , ֵ ֮֯ , ֲ (1xָ ָ)

NB/1X/12.45

. ֮ ֿ ׯֻ׮ֵ (֟) : ִ ֻ֮ ֻ ה, և ֻ֮ ֻ ה ? punctuality ־ֻ , ֕ ؙ , heading - " ֡ ֻ " ־ָ כ פ - ױ֟ ֯ - 6 ә , ִϯֻ ֯ - 11 ә , ֬ ֯ - 4 ә , ֮֕֬ ֯ (־֛ ) - և ә , ׮ִ֕߮-֕ꮦָ-֙ ָ߲ ֯ - ֜ ָ ә , ֯ - 6 ә , ֻ֟ ֟ ֯ ֤ ִֵ ָ֤ , ֣ ׮־ Kindly ensure punctuality of trains which is very vital. , , ׾֬ punctuality - ָ ߕ key-words

֮֯ ֵ ֵ֙, ֛ ֮ , ֯ ֱ ֋, ֮֯ ִָ֟ , ֕ã֮ ֣ ֮֯ ֵ , ֲ ֯ ֮ ֻ ֕ã֮ ֲ ׯ֔ ֕ , ֕ã֮ ֲ ֛ ֕ , ֕ã֮ ֲ ֛ ß֮ ֕ , ֕ã֮, ו 1,040 ߙ ß֮ ֣ ֟ , ֯ ֲ ׾ֿ ֤־ ֟ , ִ ׯ֔ ָ ֮֯ 6 , ָ ֻ 2 ״ֻ 2 ֲ ֋ ֲ ִ֮ ׸֟Ԯ , ִ ֮ ֻ , ֮ ׯ֔ ָ 11 ׾ßָ , ָ ֱ 4 ֕ã֮ 4 כÙ , ו֮ כÙ ֙ ָ ֟ כÙ , ו֮ 60 ֻ ֤֕ ֤ כ , כÙ - ־֛օ ָָ, ֲ ֮ ֯ ֮ ָ߲ ׯ֔ ׻֋ , ֕ã֮ ׻֋ ֯ ̸֕-ֵ֟

ֳ֯ן , ־ ֮ ־ֻ , ֟ ӡ ֤ פ֮ 1952 ֵ֓ .. ֻ֮, ֮ ӌֵָ , פ ־ ™ָ֓ ִ֯ ֋, , , ֙׸ ָ ߅ ֕ ־ cesspool of corruption ֵ ã֮ ָ ֯ ֮ ״ֻ - י ֻ ֟ , י ֟ , ӕ׮ֵָ ֟ ־ ֮ ־ֻ , ָ֯ ִ פ - פ Railway Plunder Force ָ פ Railway Preference Force. ֯ Railway Protection Force þֵ pilferage ֱ ֯ ָ ֤ פ֮ ֮ ׻֋ accidents ־ֻ , ָ statistics quote , ֯ ֵֿ 85 88 ָ accidents, human error ֕ That mans someone of the Railway's staff has faulted somewhere. ׻֋ ׾ֿ خ ־ֿ , continuous training ־ֿ ָ ֛ ־ֿ , unmanned railway crossings , ָ ֋, ָ accidents 35 ָ accidents, unmanned railway crossings ָ

ֳ֯ן , ־ ֯ ֕֙ 㮤 , ֕ lifeline of the nation , ֮ ־ , 1962 ߮ ֻ ֤ ԙָ֮ ֙ , ֲ ߮ 1Y/AKG ָ ֿ:

AKG-RG/1Y/12.50

. ֮ ֿ ׯֻ׮ֵ (֟) : ֮־ָ, , ӛ ׻֋ ֛ ׻֋ և և critical areas , ֻ--ֻ և Need for inventory of stocks and material; need to save railway property from encroachment, ו ָ ֕ ֮ ֻ , ָ ߴ֮ ֮ ֺ ߅ About 30 per cent of the rail network carries more than 70 per cent of passenger and freight load. This system is overstretched as there is no capacity to meet the growing demand. This has a great bearing on safety. ׻֋ ߮ וֻ ֮ ֙ ָ ֻ וֻ ֮ freight ָ ֮ overstretch 껛 ָ ָ פ ֋

֮ ֵ֮ ֮ , ָ ֕֟ , ֯ ֮ , You are a wonderful Railway Minister and you deserve all praise and credit.

֕֙ ָ ֮ ֣ , ֲ , Ѭ օ ֵֻ֕ ֋ ִ ֮֯ ִ ֯ ֜-֜ ֵ־ ָ֤ ֮֮ ־ֿ ֯ Ͽ ׻֋ , ֮ safety ׻֋ ֛ ֮ ֮ ֯ ֵ֤ ֻܵ ֯ ֮ ִ ָ ֋ ִ ֻܵ ִ ָ ־ ָ blot ֯ ִ ָ Compensation ߾֮ : ״ֻ֟օ ֮־ָ, ִ ֯ Ծ

֯ ׳־֤ օ ֯ ܾ , ָ ֯ Ͽ ֟ , ָ colour ֮ ֯ ָ ֮ ֯ Ͽ , ִ֟ ֕ You deserve all praise. Thank you very much, Sir, for having given me this opportunity.

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ֳ֯ן : ִ ̴֕߅ ֮֮ߵ ֤õ ã֟օ . ֮ ׯֻ

SHRI K. CHANDRAN PILLAI (KERALA): Sir, some of my colleagues have already spoken on this subject highlighting certain vital areas. Normally, when the Railway Budget is announced, the common man's anxiety is centred around three areas. All those aspects have been very well taken care of by the Railway Minister in this Budget. These are rail fare, freight charges and new trains. In the area of rail fare, there is, actually, a reduction, and this is an appreciable measure. But while evaluating the entire text of Budget, one thing is certain. The serious aspect of safety has been heavily compromised. So, firstly, adequate allocation is not there. And there is no meticulous plan which has been envisaged. I want to specifically refer to certain areas. The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Railways, after its evaluation regarding railway bridges, made a suggestion. Altogether the Railways have more than 1 lakh railway bridges, and amongst them, that is, nearly 50,000 bridges were built during the British period. Our Standing Committee suggested urgent reconstruction of 300 bridges. But, in the Budget, there is no serious effort to undertake that responsibility on a war-footing basis, within a time schedule. That is one point which I want to refer for the consideration of the Railway Minister. Another thing is that nearly 18,000 kms. stretch of track is to be renewed urgently.

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SHRI K. CHANDRAN PILLAI (CONTD.): That is a task that involves big money. But the point is, from the safety aspect, the renewal of this entire 18,000 kilometres of track is very much necessary.

Further, we all know that unmanned crossings are highly accident-prone. We have thousands and thousands of such unmanned crossings in the country. A proper approach must be evolved in this respect. This aspect has to be taken care of.

Another point that I wish to mention about the safety aspect relates to our loco-pilots who run the trains. There are nearly 40,000 plus of them in the country. They are the backbone of the railway workforce. They have been facing a very serious problem. This problem has been there with us for a very long time. We have been discussing this for many, many years now. The issue is that this vital workforce has not been enjoying the international 8-hour duty norm. Our Parliamentary Standing Committee, under the chairmanship of Shri Basudeb Acharia, had, recently, suggested the adoption of this eight-hour duty norm for our loco-pilots. I request the hon. Minister to give an assurance in this regard while replying to the debate. We have to redress this very genuine demand of our loco-pilots. We must ensure them the eight-hour duty facility. I am emphasising on this because it is very much related to safety in the running of our railways. The Railways are now in profit. There is no need of continuing with any restriction on the recruitment of people. Already there are so many vacancies in the Railways. In the Railway Protection Force only, 8000 vacancies exist. It is there in the Budget. So, on this issue pertaining to the loco-pilots, instead of this 12 to 14 hour duty, or even extended duty hours that we are practising now, let us adopt the eight-hour duty norm and recruit more and more pilots so that we can assure the country that we are really serious about safety in the running of our Railways. I am stressing on this point and I am also requesting the Minister to give an assurance while replying to the debate.

Another matter is the assessment of our total requirement of coaches and wagons. There has been no proper projection of this future requirement. This needs to be considered. In this Budget, one wagon factory has been announced to be set up in Kerala. That is a welcome step. We are happy with that. But the things like the capacity of the unit, the number of wagons that are going to be manufactured etc. need to be assessed and calculated on the basis of the total estimated requirement of wagons in the coming years. There has to be a correct picture of the requirement in the coming years. While saying that, I want to make one more point. What is the real safety-audit-certification record available in respect of our coaches and engines? Some of them are very old. Some of them have become totally obsolete. These are to be replaced. So, replacement is an issue. We should calculate our future requirement in a very comprehensive manner.

[THE VICE-CHAIRMAN (SHRI SANTOSH BAGRODIA) IN THE CHAIR]

Another aspect of the Budget which has been a disturbing one is that of Public-Private Partnership. Sir, we all know that, already, certain activities in Railways are being outsourced. Reservation and ticketing is outsourced. Catering is outsourced. Even the Retiring Rooms and the Yatri Niwas maintenance is outsourced. With this continued outsourcing and privatisation, where are we leading our country to? What has been our experience and the international experience, including Britain's experience, of privatisation of railways? We should be doubly cautious while moving on this path of privatisation. We are opposed to it. Our party is totally opposed to it for the sake of the safety of our passengers and the efficient running of our railways. The public sector is not inefficient. Nobody can say that. It is the public sector in which we can ensure accountability. Then, while speaking in the House, the hon. Minister referred to the issue of privatisation. Personally, he is not for privatisation. (Contd. by 2a/tdb)

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