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The House re-assembled at thirty minutes past two of the clock,

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN in the Chair.

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MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: Now, a statement by Shri Sharad Pawar.

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STATEMENT RE: INCREASE IN MSP FOR WHEAT AND MANAGEMENT OF WHEAT SUPPLY

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THE MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE, CONSUMER AFFAIRS, FOOD & PUBLIC DISTRIBUTION (SHRI SHARAD PAWAR) : Sir, Government have been concerned about the food security of the country and the need to increase productivity in agriculture. We have also been concerned about the deteriorating terms of trade in agriculture. It is our commitment that the farmers in this country will be given a better deal to ensure their well being and prosperity. Last year, we had no option to import Wheat to meet the needs of PDS and also the demands of the open market.

The minimum support price for wheat in 2000-01 was Rs.580. It was Rs 630 in 2004-05, an increase of Rs 50 in four years.

When this Government came to power, this short-sighted policy had started showing its impact on production. The wheat production had fallen to low levels of 68 million tons in 2004-05. The production rose marginally to 69.35 million tons in 2005-06. Last year the MSP was Rs.650 over which we announced a bonus of Rs 50 per quintal. This year we followed it up with an increase in MSP by 100 rupees making it Rs. 750 per quintal. The farmers responded admirably and have increased the area under wheat and have also increased productivity. But for the unseasonal rain and hail storms, we would have benefited from a bumper crop.

Government recognises this great effort. We are grateful to our farmers for this response. To give better returns to our farmers, Government has decided to declare a bonus of Rs 100 per quintal for this Rabi season. This is in addition to the increase in MSP announced already. This will mean that the farmers will get Rs. 850 per quintal of wheat against Rs. 700 last year.

I sincerely hope that our farmers will welcome this announcement whole-heartedly and contribute more to our procurement operations. I would like to assure the farmers that the Government will do everything possible to support them get better returns from their land.

The Government is also committed to ensure that there is no shortage of wheat in the country. To avoid any shortage in the country, the Government has also decided to permit duty free import of wheat till 31st December, 2007.

The Government is committed to provide adequate food-grains to the poor sections of society, particularly the BPL and AAY through the public distribution system. It has also been decided that the Government will import, if necessary, adequate quantities of wheat to meet the requirements of the Public Distribution System, and other welfare schemes like Mid Day meals, ICDS, other employment and nutrition programmes etc. STC will be asked to take preparatory steps to import upto 3 million tons in case of need. (Ends)

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: Now Private Members' Business. (Interruptions)

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SHRI V. NARAYANASAMY: Sir, I would like to raise a very important matter.

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: Not on Statement, please. (Interruptions)

SHRI V. NARAYANASAMY: Sir, a threatening letter is written to a judge of the Supreme Court. (Interruptions) Such threatening letters have started reaching even the Supreme Court judges of the country. It is a very serious matter, Sir. (Interruptions) Sir, it is a very serious matter...(Interruptions).. (Contd. by pk/1d)

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SHRI JANARDHANA POOJARY: Sir, this is a very serious matter...(Interruptions).. A Judge..(Interruptions).. in the court ..(Interruptions)..

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SHRI V. NARAYANASAMY: Sir, it is a very serious matter...(Interruptions)..

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SHRI V. NARAYANASAMY: Sir...(Interruptions)..

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: Mr. Narayanasamy, you can raise the issue on Monday...(Interruptions).. This is Private Members' Business. ..(Interruptions)..Let us take the Private Members' Bill...(Interruptions)... The House is adjourned for ten minutes.

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The House then adjourned at thirty-seven minutes

past two of the clock.

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The House re-assembled at forty-seven minutes past two of the clock.

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN in the Chair.

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PRIVATE MEMBERS' BUSINESS

BILLS INTRODUCED

THE NATIONAL FILMS DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY BILL, 2006

SHRIMATI HEMA MALINI (NOMINATED): Sir, I beg to move for leave to introduce a Bill to provide for the establishment of a National Films Development Authority for ensuring the overall development of film industry and for matters connected therewith and incidental thereto.

 

The question was put and the motion was adopted.

SHRIMATI HEMA MALINI: Sir, I introduce the Bill.

(Ends)


THE JHUGGI-JHOPRI, SLUMS AND PAVEMENT DWELLERS

(BASIC AMENITIES, WELFARE AND

MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS) BILL, 2006

 

SHRIMATI HEMA MALINI (NOMINATED): Sir, I beg to move for leave to introduce a Bill to provide for the basic amenities like drinking water, sanitation, electricity, healthcare, etc. to the dwellers of jhuggi-jhopri cluster, slums and pavements or footpaths of the country and for non-removal or demolition of clusters or from the pavements without providing alternative habitation to the dwellers and for matters connected therewith and incidental thereto.

The question was put and the motion was adopted.

SHRIMATI HEMA MALINI: Sir, I introduce the Bill.

(Ends)

THE REGISTRATION OF FOREIGNERS (AMENDMENT) BILL, 2006

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The question was put and the motion was adopted.

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(Ends)

THE DIVORCEE WOMEN WELFARE BILL, 2007

MS. PRAMILA BOHIDAR (ORISSA): Sir, I beg to move for leave to introduce a Bill to provide for maintenance and welfare measures to be undertaken by the State for the divorcee women or separated women and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

The question was put and the motion was adopted.

MS. PRAMILA BOHIDAR : Sir, I introduce the Bill. (Ends)

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THE FREEDOM FIGHTERS AND THEIR FAMILIES (WELFARE) BILL, 2007.

SHRI JAI PARKASH AGGARWAL (NCT OF DELHI): Sir, I beg to move for leave to introduce a Bill to provide for the welfare of freedom fighters and their families and for matters connected therewith. 

The question was put and the motion was adopted.

SHRI JAI PARKASH AGGARWAL: Sir, I introduce the Bill.

(Ends)

THE PREVENTION OF INSULTS TO NATIONAL HONOUR (AMENDMENT) BILL, 2007.

SHRI JAI PARKASH AGGARWAL (NCT OF DELHI): Sir, I beg to move for leave to introduce a Bill further to amend the Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971

The question was put and the motion was adopted.

SHRI JAI PARKASH AGGARWAL: Sir, I introduce the Bill.

(Ends)

THE TRADERS, BUSINESSMEN, PROFESSIONALS AND SELF-EMPLOYED PERSONS (WELFARE AND SOCIAL SECURITY) BILL, 2007.

SHRI GIREESH KUMAR SANGHI (ANDHRA PRADESH): Sir, I beg to move for leave to introduce a Bill to provide for the welfare and protection of such citizens, who are in business or trade, including small trades, commerce and industry, small and medium scale industries and professionals like doctors, advocates architects, artists, artisans, actors, sportsmen, including a large number of self-employed persons and pay taxes to the Government but are not covered under any of the existing welfare schemes in respect of their social and financial security, by providing them facilities of pension, family pension, medical assistance, etc., and to provide them a life of dignity, peace and financial security in their old age or disability, and for the welfare measures to be undertaken by the State for the said category of citizens and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

The question was put and the motion was adopted.

SHRI GIREESH KUMAR SANGHI:: Sir, I introduce the Bill.

(Ends)

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: Shri Vijay J. Darda to introduce the Bill. Not present. Shri S.S. Ahluwalia.

THE RIVERS DESILTATION AUTHORITY OF INDIA BILL, 2007.

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The question was put and the motion was adopted.

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(Ends)

THE FINANCIAL RELIEF TO THE NATURAL CALAMITY VICTIMS BILL, 2007.

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The question was put and the motion was adopted.

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(Ends)


THE JHARKHAND ATOMIC AUTHORITY BILL, 2007.

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The question was put and the motion was adopted.

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(Ends) (Followed by 1g/GS/KSK)

KSK/GS/2.55/1G

THE VIOLENT AND INDECENT VIDEO GAMES (PROHIBITION ON DISTRIBUTION, SALE AND ADVERTISEMENT) BILL, 2007

 

SHRI MAHENDRA MOHAN (UTTAR PRADESH): Sir, I beg to move for leave to introduce a Bill to provide for prohibition on distribution, sale and advertisement of video games showing violence and indecency in their operations in the country and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

The question was put and the motion was adopted.

SHRI MAHENDRA MOHAN: Sir, I introduce the Bill.

(Ends)

THE HERBAL MEDICINES (REGULATION OF PRODUCTION, DISTRIBUTION, SALE AND ADVERTISEMENT) BILL, 2007

 

SHRI MAHENDRA MOHAN (UTTAR PRADESH): Sir, I beg to move for leave to introduce a Bill to provide for regulation of production, distribution, sale and advertisement of herbal medicines in the country and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

The question was put and the motion was adopted.

SHRI MAHENDRA MOHAN: Sir, I introduce the Bill.

(Ends)

 

THE POPULATION CONTROL AND FAMILY WELFARE BILL, 2007

SHRI MAHENDRA MOHAN (UTTAR PRADESH): Sir, I beg to move for leave to introduce a Bill to provide for measures to control the population; promotion of small family norms by providing incentives for small family or one child norm through sterilization, by the Central and State Governments and disincentives for those who do not opt for small family norm and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

The question was put and the motion was adopted.

SHRI MAHENDRA MOHAN: Sir, I introduce the Bill.

(Ends)

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: Now, we will take up Bills for consideration and passing. The Agricultural Produce (Remunerative Prices) Bill, 2006....(Interruptions).

SHRI V. NARAYANASAMY: Sir, the Supreme Court Judge....(Interruptions).

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: Mr. Narayanasamy, it is your Bill.

SHRI V. NARAYANASAMY: Sir,...(Interruptions).

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MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: Do the Government have anything to say?

THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF LAW AND JUSTICE (SHRI K. VENKATAPATHY): Sir....(Interruptions).

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RE. CONCERN OVER THREAT TO JUDGES; AND THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS

 

SHRI K. VENKATAPATHY: Mr. Deputy Chairman, Sir, the Government is taking a serious note about it and we will react as soon as we receive a report from the Chief Justice of India in this connection. We will give utmost protection to the Judges and their family members.

SHRI S.S. AHLUWALIA: What is this, Sir?

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SHRI V. NARAYANASAMY: Sir, if this is the situation of a Supreme Court Judge, what will happen to the ordinary citizens?...(Interruptions). A Supreme Court Judge has....(Interruptions).

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