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-MKS-TMV-HMS/2A/1.00

CONCERN OVER WORLD WILDLIFE FUND REPORT

ABOUT FAST DYING OF GANGA AND INDUS RIVERS

 

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(ִ֯)

 

THE VICE-CHAIRMAN (SHRI SANTOSH BAGRODIA): Shri Rajniti Prasad. He is not present. Shri Harish Rawat. He is not present. Shrimati N. P. Durga.

NEED FOR OVERHAULING MICROFINANCE BILL

SHRIMATI N. P. DURGA (ANDHRA PRADESH): Mr. Vice-Chairman, Sir, my Special Mention relates to the need for overhauling the Microfinance Bill. The objective of Microfinance Bill is to promote and develop orderly growth of the microfinance sector in rural and urban areas to create an environment, especially in respect of women and disadvantaged sections, for universal access to integrated financial services of banks, besides regulating the functioning of microfinance organisations.

A major flaw in the Bill is non-representation of the Rashtriya Mahila Kosh in the Microfinance Development Council. Ninety per cent of the micro-credit borrowers are women and the Rashtriya Mahila Kosh, which is providing credit to poor rural women and advising the NABARD, is left out from the Microfinance Development Council. Secondly, the Bill excludes Non-Banking Financial Companies and companies registered as "not-for-profit" under section 25 of the Companies Act, which deal with 90 per cent of microfinance. They are imposing exorbitant interest and resorting to inhuman methods of recovery which drive women to commit suicide. Instead of controlling them, it seeks to regulate societies, cooperative societies and trusts registered under the State laws, which handle only 10 per cent of microfinance, with conditions such as profitability, 15 per cent capital adequacy ratio, three years experience and NABARD certification. Thirdly, the Bill allows microfinance organisations with Rs.5 lakhs capital base to mobilise thrift. This restricts the expansion of capital that was created by the Self-Help Groups. If thrift is allowed, the purpose of Self-help Groups will be defeated and women would find themselves at the mercy of moneylenders. Fourthly, the Bill does not put any cap on rate of interest. Finally, the State Governments are not consulted on this Bill in spite of the fact that many microfinance organisations are registered under the State laws.

Therefore, I request the Government of India to look into these flaws in the Bill and set the things right. Otherwise, this Bill is inimical to the interests of poor women. Thank you. (Ends)

THE VICE-CHAIRMAN (SHRI SANTOSH BAGRODIA): Shrimati Shobhana Bhartia. She is not present. Shrimati Supriya Sule.

DEMAND FOR APPROVAL OF SUPPLY OF

ADDITIONAL NATURAL GAS TO MAHARASHTRA

 

SHRIMATI SUPRIYA SULE (MAHARASHTRA): Mr. Vice-Chairman, Sir, my Special Mention relates to the demand for approval of supply of additional natural gas to Maharashtra. The Maharashtra Government has requested the Government of India to provide additional natural gas or LNG for Maharashtra. This request was forwarded to the Government of India under the signature of the Hon'ble Chief Minister on 19.6.2002. As the implementation of Dahej-Uran pipeline is in progress, in this regard the matter of allocation of additional gas to Maharashtra is being pursued with the Government of India. However, so far Maharashtra has not been able to get additional supply of gas. In spite of the fact that the Chief Minister of Maharashtra had sent several reminders, and the latest one is dated 26.6.2005, the Centre has not taken any action so far.

(Contd. by RG/2B)

 

 

RG/PSV/1.05/2B

SHRIMATI SUPRIYA SULE (contd.): Neither the Centre has sought any clarifications nor have any reasons been given for delaying the supply of additional gas for Maharashtra. The Maharashtra Government needs this additional gas immediately and the State Government has been persuading the Government of India for the last five years, but the Union Ministry has not taken any action so far.

As the matter is urgent, I urge upon the Union Government to seriously consider the issue and provide additional natural gas to Maharashtra at an early date, considering the serious power crisis in the State. (Ends)

SHRI VIJAY J. DARDA (MAHARASHTRA): Sir, I associate myself with this Special Mention.

CONCERN OVER SHORTAGE OF L.P.G. IN CHHINDWADA AND NEARBY DISTRICTS IN MADHYA PRADESH

 

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֮ ׾ִֻ ֯ ãן ֲ ֳꌟ ָ ֮ ִ֯ ֟ , ֲ ֲ֕ ׬ ִ ָ ֯ ֛ ™ָ֓ ֣ ֲָ֕ ֜־ ״ֻ

֋ ָָ ֳꌟֆ ָ׮ֵ ֟ ֟ ٟ֯ ꌿ֮ ܵ ָ֬ ָ ׮׿֟ ֋ ֮־֤ (ִ֯)

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NEED FOR RECOGNITION OF CONTRIBUTIONS TO FOREIGN EXCHANGE RESERVES BY UNSKILLED INDIAN MIGRANT WORKERS

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SHRI VIJAY J. DARDA (MAHRASHTRA): Sir, India has a foreign exchange reserve of nearly 172 billion dollars. The FDI component hovers around 4 billion dollars a year. We all know how this mammoth figure of 172 billion dollars, which we often hold as a mirror of our economic development, has been built up brick by brick. Our merchandise exports, our software exports, etc., are nowhere near this magic figure of 172 billion dollars. The RBI data states that the total remittance by Indian expatriates in the last six years, that is, up to 2005-06, has been a staggering 114 billion dollars, with figures of 2005-06 itself being 24.6 billion dollars. But it may be mentioned that these Non-Resident Indians and People of Indian Origin, are not big entrepreneurs, but millions of migrant workers who slog it out in the Middle-East, Canada and many parts of Africa, are welders, fitters, maids, carpenters, unskilled labour, masons, drivers, etc. Moreover, these remittances have brought about such changes in the developmental landscape of India, which ideally is the Government's responsibility. These expatriates have literally transformed the destinies of many in States of Kerala, Punjab, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, etc. But the irony is that instead of recognizing their contribution, what the Government has succeeded in doing is creating unnecessary impediments and terming them as an unorganized force. Thus the Government should not only suitably recognize their contributions, but also create a respectable and enabling environment for seamless flow of these remittances. (Ends)

DR. E.M. SUDARSANA NATCHIAPPAN (TAMIL NADU): Sir, I associate myself with it. (Followed by 2C)

TDB-KLG/2C/1.10

DEMAND TO CELEBRATE NEW YEAR FROM CHAITRA PRATIPADA

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DEMAND TO EXPAND ROAD CONNECTIVITY

IN NORTH-EASTERN STATES

 

SHRI MATILAL SARKAR (TRIPURA): Sir, development in infrastructure of the North-Eastern States is on the main focus. The entire region is surrounded by countries, namely, China, Myanmar, Bangladesh and Bhutan. Only a narrow corridor of 22 kilometres is connecting the region with the other parts of the country. In area, it occupies nine per cent of the whole country. Its population is about 3.9 crores, with 30 per cent as the tribal component. As regards economy, the region possesses oil and natural gas, forest wealth, tea, rubber, agriculture, horticulture, mineral wealth, and a good bulk of educated youth. Rainfall is in abundance in the region. All of these ingredients culminate to indicate that the region has intrinsic potential to prosper and develop.

The main hurdle in the infrastructural sector is the lack in connectivity. As compared to nine per cent area of the country, the region registers only six per cent road and three per cent rail connectivity. This deficiency refers to both the inter-State connectivities, connectivities within the respective States and also with the neighbouring countries coming under 'Look East' Policy. Particularly, the road connectivity may not admit of any excuse in respect of nature of terrains, barring selected areas. It is lamentable that industry cannot develop despite immense possibilities.

I urge upon the Central Government to undertake the task of road connectivity extensively in the region on a war-footing basis to expedite the progress. (Ends)

SHRI SILVIUS CONDPAN (ASSAM): Sir, I associate myself with this Special Mention.

SHRI PRASANTA CHATTERJEE (WEST BENGAL): Sir, this is a very important issue. I also associate myself with this Special Mention.

SHRI SAMAN PATHAK (WEST BENGAL): Sir, I associate myself with this Special Mention.

CONCERN OVER EVICTION NOTICE SERVED TO

TRIBAL PEOPLE IN ASSAM

 

SHRI URKHAO GWRA BRAHMA (ASSAM): Sir, after the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Right) Bill, 2007 was passed, it was an impression that no tribe would be harassed and evicted from the forest land. But, recently, some 30 to 40 tribal families in the district of Morigaon, Assam have been noticed to leave their ancestral land within forest and partially evicted too, which is a violation of the spirit of the newly enacted Act. The Government is urged upon to ensure the security of the tribal people living in the forest land. On the other hand, fresh encroachment over the forest land within the district of Kokrajhar and Chirang is taking place by some non-tribal people, which is creating tension in the area. The Government is urged upon to check further infiltration in the forest land within BTAD area of Assam. (Ends)

SHRI SILVIUS CONDPAN (ASSAM): Sir, I associate myself with this Special Mention. (Followed by 2d-ks)

2d/1.15/ks

DEMAND FOR STOPPAGE OF CONSTRUCTION OF DAM

ON RIVER PALAR IN TAMIL NADU

 

SHRI P. G. NARAYANAN (TAMIL NADU): Sir, the River Palar, flowing through the northern districts of Tamil Nadu, is the lifeline of the people of Vellore, Kancheepuram and Chennai. An ayacut of nearly one lakh acres of land in the northern districts of Tamil Nadu is getting irrigation facility from Palar. The Palar, with its sand strata, is the only major source for providing drinking water to several towns and villages in the above-mentioned three districts. Any diminution of supplies in the river would cause severe problems affecting the people living along the banks of Palar. Now, Andhra Pradesh Government is planning to construct a reservoir across the River Palar in the Kuppam area and the work would be taken up shortly. This will cause serious problems to farmers and people of Tamil Nadu. The unilateral action of Andhra Pradesh in proceeding with the construction of the dam without furnishing information and without taking the concurrence of Tamil Nadu is totally illegal. I would urge the Central Government to intervene in the matter and take concrete steps to stop the construction of the dam across the Palar River. (Ends)

SHRI DR. K. MALAISAMY (TAMIL NADU): Sir, I associate myself with what the hon. Member has mentioned.

SHRIMATI S. G. INDIRA (TAMIL NADU): Sir, I also associate myself with what the hon. Member has mentioned.

DR. ANBUMANI RAMADOSS (TAMIL NADU): Sir, I also associate myself with what the hon. Member has mentioned.

SHRI C. PERUMAL (TAMIL NADU): Sir, I also associate myself with what the hon. Member has mentioned.

DR. E. M. SUDARSANA NATCHIAPPAN (TAMIL NADU): Sir, I also associate myself with what the hon. Member has mentioned.

SHRI S. ANBALAGAN (TAMIL NADU): Sir, I also associate myself with what the hon. Member has mentioned. (Ends)

REQUEST FOR DECLARATION OF KRISHNAGIRI, DHARMAPURI, THIRUVANNAMALAI, AND VELLORE DISTRICTS OF TAMIL NADU AS DROUGHT-AFFECTED DISTRICTS

 

SHRI C. PERUMAL (TAMIL NADU): Sir, Krishnagiri, Dharmapuri, Thiruvannamalai and Vellore districts of Tamil Nadu do not have any water resources for agricultural activities. The groundwater level in these districts is not adequate for providing drinking water to the people in these districts. There are no industries in these districts where people can get jobs for earning their livelihood. These districts consist of remote villages which have not been provided with any drinking water facility. The borewells that have been provided in these villages usually go dry in the summer season. People have to walk to distant places to fetch drinking water for themselves. Agriculturists are unable to continue their farming activities without adequate rains. The failure of monsoons over the past so many years in these districts has been adding to the problems of agriculturists in these districts. These districts have been dry for the past several years. The people of these districts have already decided to migrate to the nearest State of Karnataka, particularly to Bangalore, to get jobs for livelihood. Both the Governments at the Centre and in the State have failed to take any serious steps to declare the four districts as the drought-affected districts and to provide Central assistance to these areas in order to stop the people from migration. Now, I would request the Government at the Centre, through this House, to declare Krishnagiri, Dharmapuri, Thiruvannamalai and Vellore districts of Tamil Nadu as the drought-affected districts, and to release adequate financial assistance so as to provide basic amenities in those areas to stop the people from permanent migration. (Ends)

SHRI DR. K. MALAISAMY (TAMIL NADU): Sir, I associate myself with what the hon. Member has mentioned.

SHRIMATI S. G. INDIRA (TAMIL NADU): Sir, I also associate myself with what the hon. Member has mentioned.

DR. E. M. SUDARSANA NATCHIAPPAN (TAMIL NADU): Sir, I also associate myself with what the hon. Member has mentioned.

SHRI S. ANBALAGAN (TAMIL NADU): Sir, I also associate myself with what the hon. Member has mentioned.

(Ends)

(Followed by 2e/kgg)

 

KGG/MCM/1.20/2E

Demand to take steps to ban excess emission of

green house gases in collaboration

with developed nations

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THE VICE-CHAIRMAN (SHRI SANTOSH BAGRODIA): Now, Shri Ali Anwar is absent, Shrimati Brinda Karat is also absent.

The House is now adjourned for lunch till 2.30 p.m.

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The House then adjourned at

twenty-one minutes past one of the clock

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