PREVIOUS HOUR

1b/12.00/skc-gs

 

The House reassembled at twelve of the clock,

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN in the Chair.

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MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: Papers to be laid on the Table.

ߴ֟ ִ þָ֕ : ֳ֯ן ߅ ...(־֮֬)...

ֳ֯ן : ֯ ו֋ ...(־֮֬)... ֯ ֮ ו֋ ...(־֮֬)...

PAPERS LAID ON THE TABLE

 

SHRI S. JAIPAL REDDY: Sir, I lay on the Table, under section 58 of the Delhi Development Act, 1957, a copy (in English and Hindi) of Notification of the Ministry of Urban Development (Delhi Division) G.S.R. 161 dated the 2nd July, 2007, publishing the Delhi Development Authority, Engineer Member Recruitment Rules, 2006,  together with delay statement.

 

SHRI T.R.BAALU: Sir, I lay on the Table under section 36 of the Inland Waterways Authority of India Act, 1985, a copy (in English and Hindi) of the Ministry of Shipping, Road Transport and Highways (Department of Shipping)  Notification No. 3 dated the 20th January, 2007, publishing the Inland Waterways Authority of India (Classification of Inland Waterways in India) Regulations, 2006.

 

SHRI MANI SHANKAR AIYAR: Sir, I lay on the Table a copy each (in English and Hindi) of the following papers:

(i) Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of India (Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region) and the North Eastern Handicrafts and Handlooms Development Corporation Limited (NEHHDC), for  the year 2007-2008.

(ii) Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of India (Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region) and the North Eastern Regional Agricultural Marketing Corporation  Limited (NERAMAC), for  the year 2007-2008.

 

SHRI SURESH PACHOURI: Sir, I lay on the Table, under sub-section (1) of section 37 of the Administrative Tribunals Act, 1985,  a copy (in English and Hindi) of the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions (Department of Personnel and Training) Notification G.S.R. 536 (E) dated the 3rd August, 2007, publishing the Central Administrative Tribunal (Salaries and Allowances and Conditions of Service of Chairman, Vice-Chairmen and Members) Amendment Rules, 2007.

 

SHRI K.H. MUNIAPPA: Sir, I lay on the Table, under section 10 of the National Highways Act, 1956,  a copy each (in English and Hindi) of the following Notifications of the Ministry of Shipping, Road Transport and Highways (Department of Road Transport and Highways):-

 

(1) S.O.  1226 (E) dated the 26th July, 2007, regarding acquisition of land with or without structure from Km.90.220 to Km.131.000 (Meerut-Muzaffarnagar  Section) of National Highway No.58  in Muzaffarnagar District,  Uttar Pradesh.

 

(2) S.O. 1227 (E) dated the 26th July, 2007, regarding acquisition of land with or without structure from Km.52.250 to Km.90.220 (Meerut-Muzaffarnagar  Section) of National Highway No.58 in Meerut District,  Uttar Pradesh.

 

SHRI NAMO NARAIN MEENA: Sir, I to lay on the Table, under section 26 of the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986,  a copy each (in English and Hindi) of the following Notifications of the Ministry of Environment and Forests, (CP Division):-

 

(1) S.O. 506 (E) dated the 31st March, 2007 amending Notification No. S.O.671 (E) dated the 30th September, 1996 to substitute certain entries regarding extension of tenure of Loss of Ecology (Prevention and Payments of Compensation) Authority for the State of Tamil Nadu.

 

(2) S.O. 679 (E) dated the 27th April, 2007, amending Notification No. S.O.93 (E) dated the 29th January, 1998 to substitute certain entries regarding extension of tenure of Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority.

 

(3) S.O. 1219 (E) dated the 26th July, 2007 amending Notification No. S.O.93 (E) dated the 29th January, 1998 to substitute certain entries regarding extension of tenure of Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority.


REPORT OF THE DEPARTMET RELATED PARLIAMENTARY STANDING COMMITTEE ON PERSONNEL, PUBLIC GRIEVANCES, LAW AND JUSTICE

DR. E.M. SUDARSANA NATCHIAPPAN (TAMIL NADU): Sir, I present the Twenty-second Report (in English and Hindi) of the Department-Related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice on the Gram Nyayalayas Bill, 2007.

 

REPORTS AND STATEMENT OF THE DEPARTMENT RELATED PARLIAMENTARY STANDING COMMITTEE ON SOCIAL JUSTICE AND EMPOWERMENT

 

SHRI SILVIUS CONDPAN (ASSAM): Sir, I lay on the Table a copy each (in English and Hindi) of the following Reports and Statement of the Department-related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Social Justice and Empowerment:

(i)        Twenty-seventh Report on Scheme of Assistance to Disabled Persons for purchase/fitting of Aids and Appliances(ADIP);

(ii)     Twenty-eighth Report on The Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Bill, 2007; and

(iii) Statement showing further action taken by the Government on the recommendations contained in Twenty-first Action Taken Report of the Standing Committee on Social Justice and Empowerment (2006-2007) (Fourteenth Lok Sabha) on the recommendations contained in Fifteenth Report (Fourteenth Lok Sabha) on the subject National Backward Classes Finance and Development Corporation of the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.

REPORTS OF THE DEPARTMENT RELATED PARLIAMENTARY STANDING COMMITTEE ON URBAN DEVELOPMENT

 

SHRI MANOHAR JOSHI (MAHARASHTRA): Sir, I lay on the Table a copy each (in English and Hindi) of the following Reports of the Department-related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Urban Development (2007-2008):

 

(i)  Twenty-third Report of the Committee on "Directorate of Estates"; and

(ii)           Twenty-fourth Report of the Committee on action taken by the Government on the Recommendations contained in the Seventeenth Report (Fourteenth Lok Sabha) on "Central Public Works Department (CPWD).

 

STATEMENT RE. IMPLEMENTATION OF TWENTY-SEVENTH REPORT OF THE DEPARTMENT RELATED PARLIAMENTARY STANDING COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE

THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE (DR. AKHILESH PRASAD SINGH): Sir, on behalf of my senior colleague, Shri Sharad Pawar, I lay a copy of a statement on the status of implementation of recommendations contained in the Twenty-seventh Report of the Department-related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Agriculture.

 

STATEMENT RE. IMPLEMENTATION OF TWENTY-FIRST REPORT OF DEPARTMENT RELATED PARLIAMENTARY STANDING COMMITTEE ON RURAL DEVELOPMENT

 

THE MINISTER OF PANCHAYATI RAJ (SHRI MANI SHANKAR AIYAR): Sir, I lay a copy of a statement on the status of implementation of recommendations contained in the Twenty-first Report of the Department-related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Rural Development.

STATEMENT RE. ABOLITION OF EMIGRATION CHECK REQUIREMENT SUSPENSION SYSTEM

THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF PARLIAMENTARY AFFAIRS (SHRI SURESH PACHOURI): Sir, on behalf of Shri Vayalar Ravi, I lay a copy of a statement regarding abolition of Emigration Check Requirement Suspension (ECRS) system.

(Ends)

...(Interruptions)...

.. ׻ֵ : ֳ֯ן օ ...(־֮֬)... ֤ ã֟ ָ ׾֯ ֮ פ ...(־֮֬)...

ֳ֯ן : , օ (Interruptions) I will listen to you. (Interruptions) ֯ ו֋ ...(־֮֬)...

DR. V. MAITREYAN: Sir, we are not here to listen to any statement. We want to have JPC. (Interruptions)

.. ׻ֵ : ָ, ן֯ ֮ ...(־֮֬)...ָ, ן֯ ֮ ן ֋ ...(־֮֬)...

ߴ֟ ִ þָ֕ : ֳ֯ן , ָ ֤ , օ ...(־֮֬)... ׾֯ ֛ ֮ ...(־֮֬)... ן֯ , ֈ ֮ ...(־֮֬)...

.. ׻ֵ : ֳ֯ן , ׾֯ ֮ ...(־֮֬)... ן֯ ֤ ֮ פ ֵօ ...(־֮֬)...

SHRI MANOHAR JOSHI: Sir, what is the problem in allowing the Leader of Opposition to speak? (Interruptions) He should be allowed to speak. (Interruptions)

ߴ֟ ִ þָ֕ : ָ, ן֯ ֤ ...(־֮֬)...

.. ׻ֵ : ָ, ן֯ ֤ ֮ ן ״ֻ֟ ...(־֮֬)...

ֳ֯ן : ֋ ...(־֮֬)... (1 ָ )

-SKC-GS/ASC-HK/12.05/1C

.. ׻ֵ : ׯ֔ ֟ ֻ , ֮ ן ֟ ...(־֮֬)..

ֳ֯ן : ֯ ..(־֮֬)..

ߴ֟ ִ þָ֕ : ָ, ן֯ ..(־֮֬). օ ...(־֮֬)..

ֳ֯ן : ֯ ׻֋, ..(־֮֬)..֯ ֮ ...(־֮֬).. ֈ ֛ ...(־֮֬).. When the House is not in order, how can ..(Interruptions)..

DR. V. MAITREYAN: We only want JPC. ..(Interruptions)..

SHRI RAVULA CHANDRA SEKAR REDDY: We want Joint Parliamentary Committee on the Indo-US nuclear deal. ..(Interruptions)..

. . ׻ֵ : ... (־֮֬). ㆻ ָ ..(־֮֬)...

ֳ֯ן : ֟և, ? ..(־֮֬)..

.. ׻ֵ : ֤ ֵ ֟ ...(־֮֬).. ן֯ ևיև ...(־֮֬)..

ߴ֟ ִ þָ֕ : ֯ ..(־֮֬) ׻֋ ....(־֮֬)..

.. ׻ֵ : ֲ ..(־֮֬)..ֈ ֯ ֛יև ׸ ..(־֮֬).. ָ ָ ...(־֮֬).......

SHRI SITARAM YECHURY: Let us discuss it.. ..(Interruptions)..

. ִ ӛָ : ָ, ֯ כ֮ ...(־֮֬)..

ֳ֯ן : ֕ ֮ כ֮ , There is a Short Duration discussion on it. ..(Interruptions).. The subject is in Business list. ..(Interruptions).. Please discuss it today. ..(Interruptions).. I appeal to the House to discuss it. ..(Interruptions)..

DR. V. MAITREYAN: We only want JPC. ..(Interruptions).. We want JPC and no discussion. ..(Interruptions)..

SHRI N. JOTHI: We want JPC. ..(Interruptions)..

ֳ֯ן :֯ ָ ָ-ָ ֟ , ֲֻ֟ ? .. ...(־֮֬).. Now we are taking up Special Mentions. ..(Interruptions)..

(Followed by 1d/KSK)


KSK/12.10/1D

SPECIAL MENTIONS

DEMAND TO APPOINT CORRESPONDENTS OF

DOORDARSHAN IN D.D. NEWS AGENCY

 

־ָ (ײָ) : ֳ֯ן , ֳ 19 ֤ Ԯ Ӿ֤֟ֆ ׮ֵ׌ ׮ֵָ 1 1 ִ֮֮ ևԅ ꮮן ״ֻ , ׻ ֲָָ ִ֮ ׬ָ פ ֋ ֟ߕ ֮ ׮š ָߵ ֮ ׬׸ ִ ֛ ֙ ֵֵֻ ӿ ֮ ִ֮ Ԯ ׮ֵֻ֤ ֻ ָ וִ ֵ ֙ ִָ֓ ִ֤ ׸šִ ֵ ִָ֓ ִ֤ և ϳָ ꅠ ֻ֟ י ד, 1 ׸šִ ׬ָ , ִָ֓ և ϳָ ֮֮ ׻֋ ׬ ׮ֵֻ֤ ֤ ֮ ־֕ ֤ ֻ ϳ־ ָև և ֣ ׾ןֵ ׾֪֮ ֵֿԕ֮ ֻ֟ ֤ ָ֬ ָ ֲ֤ ֟ Ӿ֤֟ֆ ϳָ ֵ֮ ֵ, ָ ס־ ֵօ ִָ֓ ׮֤ פ ֡ ֿ ָ Ӿ֤֟ ϳָ ֟

: ֻ , ָָ ӲӬ ™ߵ ßָ ָ ִ֮ ן ֵ֮ ֋, Ӿ֤֟ֆ ϳָ ֣ ֻ֟ ֤ ׾֪֮ ׾ןֵ (ִ֯)

NB

DEMAND FOR POST-MATRIC SCHLORSHIP TO

SCHEDULED CASTE STUDENTS IN RAJASTHAN

׻֟ ֟ (֕ã֮) : ֳ֯ן , ׯ֔ ߮ ֕ã֮ ֕ ד֟ ן ֡ Ù י ֡־ע ֮֟ ִֻ ֤ Ͽ ֋ ֣״ ֬״ ׿ ßָ ָ ׿ ןֿ֟ ר ֣-֣ ד֟ ן ֡ ܵ ר þֳ׾ ֟ ד֟ ן 1,40,923 ׾֪٣ֵ ־ ֡ פ , וִ֮ 1,26,544 ֡ ֡־ע և 14,379 ׾֪֣ ֡־ע ד֟ ׯ֔ 1,32,037 ׾֪٣ֵ ־ 1,23,186 ׾֪٣ֵ ֡־ע և ֳ֠ 9 ָ ׾֪֣ ֡־ע ׯ֔ ֻ ֳ֠ 33 ֵ ֡־ע ֵ

ֳ֯ן , ֕ ָָ ׮ָָ ֡ ־ָ ד֟ ֡ ֮֟ ׻֋ , ָָ ֯עֵ ֯עֵ ׬ָ ßָ ָ ֓ ָӟ ִ֮֬ ׮ ׾֢ ӡֵֻ ו֮֟ ׿ ״ֻ֟ , ֮ ִ ֻ֮ օ ãן ד֟ ן ֳ ֡ ֡־ע ؛כ ߙ ֡־ע , ֕ ָָ ָ ֛ ϵ֟ ־ԣ خ֤ߵ ָָ ֳ ֡־ע ֮ ִ֟

ֳ֯ן , ֡ ֡־ע ֮֟ ׻֋, ָָ ֻ֟ ָ֮׿ þ ׾µ ־ã

(ִ֯)

-MKS-TMV

DEMAND FOR REJECTING PROPOSALS SEEKING PERMISSION

FOR FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENT IN DEFENCE P.S.Us

 

SHRI MOINUL HASSAN (WEST BENGAL): Sir, a proposal is reportedly initiated by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry to permit 50 per cent FDI in Defence PSUs as per the recommendations of the Kelkar Committee which was formed during the NDA regime. The Kelkar Committee's major objective is to give open access to foreign and private capital in the strategic sector of defence production. It is a matter of grave concern that the Government, in spite of the strong opposition against the corporatisation of ordnance factories by various central trade unions like CITU, Defence Employees' Federations, DPSU unions, is going ahead with this proposal. It is a matter of serious security threat to the country if assets, which are created for building sophisticated technology-intensive defence weapons, go to the foreign hand in the name of "technology" and "investment". It clearly shows that it is not the defence requirement but the lure for arms export business which is being eyed by such defence MNCs. Such arms export business by MNCs, with cheap Indian labour and ready-made infrastructure of Defence PSUs, is contrary to the national interest and it would never be allowed by the patriotic people of India. Hence, I urge upon the Government to reject the proposal to permit FDI in Defence PSUs and scrap the Kelkar Committee recommendation pertaining to ordnance factories and Defence PSUs. (Ends)

VNK

DEMAND FOR TAKING APPROPRIATE STEPS FOR

DEVELOPMENT OF D. D. URDU CHANNEL

ק (ָ Ϥ) : --֤֕ ֲ ֯ ״ ׮ֳ֮ ֻ ֲ ֲ֤֤ؕ ָ ֻ ֮ ֕ ֮ ֮ ״ ֛ 㮤 ָ ָ ו 㮤 ֲ Ͽ , ו ֟ ֲ ֛֟ , ָ ו ֮ ָ ֮ ֻ ִֻ֮ ֮ ߅ ָ ֲ , ֲ ָ ӡ פ ֱ ׯ֔ ֻ ָָ ֻ ֮ օ Ϭִ֮ӡ ִ֮ ׻֋ ֛ 㮤 ֟ ָ ß ׯϵָ֮ ӿ ׻֋ 500 ֋ ׮ֵ ֲ ֛ ֻ ֵ֮ ֋օ ֤ ֻ ָ , ֻ ֟ ֣ ֵ, ֻߴ ָ̲ ֣ ֵ , ֻ ֣ ӿ ִ ֮ ֱ ֮ ָ׸----ִ , פ ָ ָ , ֕--ֱ ָ, --ִ֮

: ָָ ֻ ׾ ָ ׻֋ ד֟ ֋ (ִ֯)

شری شاہدصدیقی "اترپردیش" : جنگآزادی میںسبسےاہمبھومکانبھانےوالی،انقلابزندہبادکانعرہدینےوالی زبانآجخوداپنی جنمبھومی میںسسکاورتڑپرہی ہے۔ کسی نےٹھیککہاہےکہاردواسسندرناری کی طرحہےجسکی سندرتاکی سبپرشنساکرتےہیں،جسکی قربتکوسبتڑپتےہیں،مگرجسےاپنےگھرمیںرکھنےکاحوصلہکسی کےپاسنہیںہے۔ اردونہمسلمانوںکی زبانتھی،نہہےاورنہہوگی۔ یہبھارتکی سبسےچھوٹی،سبسےخوبصورتبیٹی ہے۔ بھارتکییہبیٹی لوکتنتر کےاسمندرمیںانصافمانگرہی ہے۔ پچھلےسالسرکارنےایکاردوچینلکااعلانکیاتھا۔ پردھانمنتری شری منموہنسنگھہنےاردوکےلئےبڑی سندرباتیںکہی تھیں۔ ہمارےدوستپریہرنجنداسمنشی جی نےکہاکہاسکےلئے500 کروڑروپےدےکردنیاکاسبسےبڑاچینلبنایاجائےگا۔ اسوعدہکوبھی ایکسالگزرنےجارہاہے،ابتکاردوچینلکاپتہکہیںنہیںہے۔ جیسااردوکےساتھہکیاگیا،جیسااردوتعلیماوراخباروںکےساتھہہوتاآیاہے،ویساہی اردوچینلکےساتھہہورہاہے۔ میںمنشی جی سےشماپوروک فیضکی زبانمیںصرفاتناکہوںگاکہ

ہمپرورش لوحوقلم کرتے رہیں گے

جودلپرگزرتی ہےرقمکرتےرہیںگے

ایکطرزتغافلہےسووہانکومبارک

ایک عرض تمنا ہے سو کرتے رہیں

آخرمیں،میںچاہتاہوںکہسرکاراردوچینلکےوکاساورپرسارکرنےکےلئےاچتقدماٹھائیں۔

"ختمشد"


-TMV/VK

DEMAND FOR STOPPING CONSTRUCTION OF NEW DAM ON MULLAI PERIYAR RIVER IN KERALA

 

SHRI C. PERUMAL (TAMIL NADU): Sir, instead of raising the height of the existing dam over the Mullai Periyar River in Kerala from 136 feet to 142 feet, in accordance with the Supreme court's order, the State of Kerala is vigorously taking steps to build a new dam over the river to circumvent the order. This would cause tremendous damage to the people of Tamil Nadu, especially the farmers.

I, therefore, urge upon the Central Government to convene an emergency meeting of the States and authorities concerned for stopping all works on building a new dam and for strongly persuading the State of Kerala to raise the height of the existing dam to 142 feet in the mutual interests of the people and farmers of both the States. Such a step will augur well for national integration, social and economic coexistence and amity between the neighbouring States and also solve the long pending river water dispute, totally in line with judicial pronouncements. (Ends)

MP

DEMAND TO TAKE INNOVATIVE STEPS TO

REMOVE TERRORISM FROM THE COUNTRY

ֵ ֿ Ͼֻ (™ߵ ֮֕֬ , פ) : , ׯ֔ ֱ ִֵ ׾ , וִ ָ ״ֻ , ֤֟ ӳ߸ ִ֮ ֻ ֤֟ ׮֯֙ ׻֋ ׸ ׾֟ ֯ך ֮ ׻֋ ӡ ԕ֟ , ָ ־ã ָ և ָ ָ Ӳ׬֟ ֬׮ִ ӡ/ ָ, ־ Ù֮ פ ã֮ ָ ٴֵ ֲֻ ֋ ֮ ֟פ ֵ ָ ןֲӬ ֋ ֮ ׻֋ ׾֢ߵ ֮ ׾ֳ ׬ ֮ ֣-֣ ׾֢ߵ ׮־ ֮ ֮ ׮׿֟ ֮ ׾ֿ ׿ פ ֮ , ו ֤֟ ן׾׬ ֟ ֻ

ֻ, ָ֮ ֛ ֛ ܵ ֵ פ-ןפ ָ סֵ ״ֻ֟ , 㯟ָ֓ ׾ֳ ֟ ֣ ׾ֿ ׿ ֆ ֤֟ ׾ָ ֮ ֵ ֮ ָ ־ã ֯ ָָ ֤֟ Ӳ׬֟ ִß ֮֋ ӟָ™ߵ ßָ ָ ״ֻ- ә , ו ֤֟ Ӳ׬֟ ן׾׬ ӟָ™ߵ ßָ ָ ִ֮

֤ ִ֬ ָָ ֤֟ ׮֯֙ ָꌟ ־ ָ ֮ן֯ ׾ָ֓ ־ֿ ™

(ִ֯)

RG/9G

IDENTIFY AND PROMOTE TALENTED PRODIGY

SHRI SANTOSH BAGRODIA (RAJASTHAN): Sir, I rise to command the attention of this House to an unseemly controversy around a child prodigy, Budhiya. Ever since the child prodigy was shown his sporting talent, this promising prospect is being undermined by unbecoming controversies. Like previous occasions, once again the country stands to loose yet another talented prodigy. While the child's natural development and health must not be compromised, it is also important that the Government ensures that his talent must be nurtured and promoted with scientific methods under expert trainers. The recent trend in sports and creative fields indicate that there exists a vast reservoir of talented youth in the smaller towns. They need to be cultivated with proper training and opportunities. The National Sports Policy expects the local bodies, Panchayati Raj institutions, educational institutions, clubs and federations to identify and cultivate young talents in rural and remote areas and create sporting infrastructure. However, one only wonders if local bodies and Panchayati Raj institutions have taken any step of consequence in this respect. The media has been highlighting the remarkable accomplishments of these promising young people from distant small towns, who seek opportunities to flourish. In this age of information connectivity, it is incumbent upon the Government to reach out to the remote areas to recognise the talent, give them the training, financial aid and opportunities, which their native towns lack. Sports, innovation and creative arts should become a viable career for vibrant talents to flourish. Schemes should be formulated to achieve the National Sports Policy objectives. (Ends)

SC

DEMAND FOR INSTALLATION OF TRAFFIC SIGNALS

ON BUSY ROUNDABOUTS IN DELHI

֮ ֤ (ָ Ϥ) : , פ ß ֌ ָ ֵ֟֟ ׮ֵӡ ױ և ݮֻ ־ ֛ ָ ֵ־ ԙ ӳ׾֟ ֻ֮ ֮ ֌ ִ ֮֟ ֣-֣ ֤ ׻֋ ֮ ֮ ӳ־ ֵ ֌ ֤֕ ߲ ӓ ֓ ׻֋ ֌ ״ֻ֮ ֻ ӟ , .., ֻ ֛ ָ ԙ ׮ִӡ ׻֋ ֮ ֌ ָ, ָ ֛ ״ֻ֟ , ֛ ָ ֻ ׻֋ ֌ ָ ֵ֟֟ ׮ֵӡ և ֺ þֺ ֙ ָ פ ֌ ָ ָ ־ã ֵ

: ָָ ֮ ֌ ָ ״ֻ֮ ֻ ָ ָ ד֟ ֵ֟֟ ׮ֵӡ և ־ã ׾ִֻ פ ֵ֟֟ ׻ ָ ֋

(ִ֯)

MCM

CONCERN OVER POLLUTION CAUSED BY SUGAR MILLS AND DEFORESTATION IN WESTERN UTTAR PRADESH

 

׻ (׸) : , ׿ִ ָ Ϥ ֵԾָ ָ֟ ֮, ״ֻ ָ ֵ ֣ ׾ ־ֵ ָ֟ ײ֛ ָ Ϥ ߮ ״ֻ ָ ׬ Ϥ ו ִ ׸ ߾֮ ָ ֵ ׿ִ ָ Ϥ ֻ ӟ ָ ֻ ְָ ׮֮ ֻ ֟ ֻ ֻ ֤ ֟ , ו ֮ ֟ ֤ ֻ ֟ ֮־ ֣ ֿ þã ָ ן ϳ־ ֛ ָ ߮ ״ֻ Ϥ

, ֯ ִ֬ ָָ Ϥ ֮ ֣ ֵԾָ ײ֛ ֻ ׾ֹ ϳ־ ָև ֮֕߾֮ ֵ֓ ֋ ֮־֤ (ִ֯)

ks

SUICIDES BY FARMERS

SHRI SHARAD ANANTRAO JOSHI (MAHARASHTRA): Sir, suicides by farmers continue to be a matter of serious concern to the nation as a whole. What happened to the package announced by the Prime Minister and why the assistance did not reach the farmers is intriguing even to the specialist enquiry committees appointed by the Prime Minister's Office as also by the president of the Congress Party in the Maharashtra State.

Non-performing assets amounting to Rs. 500 crores towards loans given for payment of interest on sugar plagued the Maharashtra State Land Development Bank. Since the bank went into liquidation, the only source of long-term loans for the small and marginal farmers dried up; this contributed substantially to the number of farmers driven to suicide. It was in this background that the Prime Minister had asked the Government of Maharashtra to present a statement on the measures taken to check the spate of suicides.

The Government of Maharashtra has informed the Prime Minister's Office that a sum of Rs. 600 crores was given to NABARD as soft loan towards one-time settlement. However, the amount has been given at a high rate of interest of 12 to 14 per cent. Since NABARD gives credit to the land development banks at the rate of 9.5 per cent, it is clear that the credit provided by the Government of Maharashtra would actually worsen the situation and increase the tendency among the farmers to desperately take recourse to suicides. The Government may kindly look into the matter. (Ends)

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NEED TO CONTROL DROPOUT RATE AMONG SC/ST STUDENTS

SHRI M.V. MYSURA REDDY (ANDHRA PRADESH): Mr. Deputy Chairman, Sir, I would like to draw the attention of the House towards the problem of dropout among Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe students in our country. According to a recent report, dropout rate among SC and ST students is going up faster than that of the general category students. The gap in gross dropout rate between the general category students and SC/ST students which was 6.7 per cent and 15.1 per cent in 2001-2002 respectively went up to 10.4 per cent and 16.6 per cent in 2003-2004. This trend is continuously increasing in rural areas.

Sir, it is observed that there are several deficiencies and shortcomings such as poor utilisation of funds, non-distribution of free textbooks and uniform, lack of mid-day meals, non-availing of schemes and programmes for these reserved categories students by the various States and delay in releasing of funds by the Central Government. There are no basic infrastructure facilities in hostels set up for SC/ST students. In Andhra Pradesh, several hostels which have been checked, there were no proper toilet and water supply.

According to a Press report, huge funds were released for Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat and Maharashtra for the welfare of SC/ST students, but it is a matter of grave concern that none of the States have utilised those funds given by the Central Government, while 18 other States did not get any single penny from the Central Government during the period 2001-2006. This is a very serious matter and the Government should take effective measures for implementation of welfare schemes launched by the Government for these reserved communities. I, therefore, urge upon the Central Government to review the schemes formulated and to spread the light of education among SC/ST communities by providing basic incentives and facilities. Thank you, Sir. (Ends)

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STUDENTS STUDYING MBBS COURSE IN CHINESE UNIVERSITIES

PROF. P.J. KURIEN (KERALA): Medical Council of India is approving the MBBS degree of the students studied in Chinese Universities after a screening test which comprises of three written papers based on a condensed syllabus. Nearly 10,000 average middle-class family students have gone to China for studying MBBS course as, in China, the cost of studying the MBBS course is low and affordable compared to India and also the same curriculum of Medical Council of India is adopted in Chinese Universities. The cost of study of MBBS course in China is Rs.8 lakhs for four-and-a-half years including fee, food and accommodation. Their ultimate aim is to practise in India after study abroad and they are better acquainted with the common diseases and treatments in India. So, it is unfair to show disparity towards them by enforcing a screening test when they studied their course in a curriculum which is the same as that of India.

Considering the above facts, I would request the Government to make necessary amendments to the Medical Council of India Act so that they are permitted to do their internship in Indian colleges and hospitals. Also, the medical degree from China be made equivalent to Indian degree and those with MBBS degree from China may be given registration in the Indian Medical Council without a screening test. (Ends)

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DEMAND FOR APPROVAL OF PREPARATION OF LAND DEVELOPMENT PLAN OF EASTERN COASTAL PORT OF MUMBAI

 

SHRIMATI SUPRIYA SULE (MAHARASHTRA): Sir, the Maharashtra Government submitted a proposal in the month of June 2006 to the Union Government advising the authorities of Mumbai Port Trust to jointly work with the Government of Maharashtra in preparation of development plan of eastern coastal part of Mumbai City. This will facilitate the process of transforming Mumbai City into a world-class city.

A number of reminders were also issued to the Union Minister for an early decision in the matter. As the matter is urgent and will transform Mumbai City into a world-class city, it is necessary that this proposal be implemented at any early date.

Sir, keeping in view its importance, I urge upon the Government to kindly take immediate decision and work together with the Government of Maharashtra. Thank you. (Ends)

SSS

CONCERN OVER GLOBAL WARMING

SHRI MOTILAL VORA (CHHATTISGARH): Weather forecasting is a high-risk profession. Global Warming is not science fiction any more but a looming reality. The United Nation's Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has predicted that temperatures will rise by 4 degrees by the end of the century. Climate change is caused by a variety of factors but our thirst for fossil fuels is at the heart of the crisis. India will be one of the worst affected by climate change. According to the UN report, in the Himalayas, rapidly melting glaciers will cause floods followed by a dip in river flow. The decrease could see the Gangetic plains turn infertile. Cholera and malaria would increase because of floods. Cereal yields in South Asia could drop by 30 per cent by 2050, devastating an agriculture-led rural economy like India. Food insecurity and loss of livelihood along with cultivable land is a nightmarish scenario. India's vast coastline means flooding from rising sea levels could inundate thickly populated areas. It will also lead to salination of ground water. There is the threat of a shrinkage of grasslands which has serious implications for India which has the world's largest cattle population. Over 25 per cent of our plant and animal species will face extinction. Unfortunately, India has a dismal record on this front preferring to point fingers at countries like the US rather than focussing on what it should be doing. It is a timely warning. Now, there is very little time to tackle a global problem in which all countries have to cooperate. If we can reverse the trend or even slow it down, that will be the most precious gift for the generation to follow. (Ends)

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NEED TO STOP MANUAL SCAVENGING IN THE COUNTRY

SHRIMATI N. P. DURGA (ANDHRA PRADESH): Shameful, disgraceful, degrading, dehumanizing, disgusting, obnoxious, abhorrent, a blot on humanity, are some of the words which can be used to describe manual scavenging. Over the years, we have set up Committees and Commissions, enacted laws and spent hundreds of crores to eradicate manual scavenging, but in vain. Even after 60 years of Independence, nothing has been changed. As per Safai Karmachari Association, India has 13 lakh scavengers and 1.25 lakh dry latrines in 21 States and UTs. They are living in a pathetic situation; 62% have respiratory diseases; 32% have skin diseases, 42% suffer from Hepatitis, 23% have trachoma. In various affidavits submitted to the Supreme Court, Government of India and the States have stated that scavenging has been eradicated from the States. But, everybody knows the ground reality. And, many States have not adopted the Employment of Manual Scavengers & Construction of Dry Latrine (Prohibition) Act, 1993, stating that they do not have any manual scavenger. Apart from individuals and community, Railways is also contributing its bit to manual scavenging. We know that railway tracks are cleaned manually at stations and elsewhere since coaches have open discharge system. They don't have 'fully-sealed latrines'. So, I request the Railways to provide immediately fully sealed latrines in all trains. I would earnestly appeal to the Government of India to immediately direct the States to take measures to eradicate scavenging in a time-bound manner and if States fail to do so, I suggest to stop grants given to those States. (Ends)

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CONCERN OVER LATE RUNNING OF TRAINS

SHRI SYED AZEEZ PASHA (ANDHRA PRADESH): Sir, it is a matter of great concern that trains are gaining notoriety for running late. It seems, 90 per cent of the trains are running late, thereby causing innumerable sufferings to the passengers. Even though there is a gap of 3-4 hours for catching connecting trains, yet the trains are reaching 4-5 hours behind schedule. The passengers, who are having reservation in the connecting trains, are suffering a lot, and, most of the time alternate reservation is impossible due to non-availability of accommodation. It is a matter of great surprise that even prestigious trains which used to run as per schedule previously are also reaching late. In spite of giving additional loose time to cover the delay, it is in no way helpful to make up the delay. Further, the late trains do not get priority on the tracks and delay is added further. As a result, announcements in railway stations are changed several times.

It is needless to say that 99 per cent trains are running as per schedule during emergencies. Then in the normal days, is it not possible to follow the schedules accurately? I request the Ministry to take up this serious lapse seriously, while gearing up and punishing the erring officials seriously. Let us bring back the glory of the Indian Railways through running trains at accurate times. (Ends)

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CONCERN OVER EXORBITANT RISE IN THE PRICES OF MILK.

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NEED TO INTRODUCE AFFORDABLE HOUSING SCHEMES

SHRIMATI SYEDA ANWARA TAIMUR (ASSAM): The world population is steadily moving to cities and towns. The United Nations Population Fund forecasts in its State of World Population report that by 2030 Asia and Africa could see a doubling of the urban population. In India, relatively prosperous cities attract a vast number of people from rural areas. It is very clear that the existing national schemes for housing, water supply, sanitation, infrastructure and public transport are grossly inadequate. The UPA Government, in its Common Minimum Programme, has highlighted the need for an affordable housing policy, which includes a dedicated shelter fund for the weaker section. The policy is yet to be finalized by the respective Ministries to meet the existing shortfall of 25 million dwelling units.

The housing shortfall in India evidently parallels China's. Both the countries are trying to increase the available stock, but China has acted more firmly in the face of high levels of speculation and rising prices. China has compelled its local Governments to promote low-cost housing.

A major cause for property boom in India is speculation This has to be controlled and nipped in the bud. So, I strongly suggest through this august House that the Government should reserve the land, adopt vertical construction in congested areas, reduce the prices of property through use of low cost materials to make the dwelling units available at the affordable price and the most important thing is partnership with the private sector. (Ends)

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CONCERN OVER PROPOSED STRIKE NOTICE BY PORT WORKERS

SHRI K. CHANDRAN PILLAI (KERALA): Sir, the Port Workers' Unions have been demanding the Port Trust Authorities and sought the intervention of the Ministry of Shipping for settling their long-pending demands. These demands are: (1) Restoration of age of retirement of port and dock workers as 60 years; (2) Merger of 50 per cent DA with pay w.e.f 01.01.2005; (3) Interim Relief @ Rs. 1000 p.m. to the workers and Rs. 500 p.m. to pensioners w.e.f. 01.01.2007; (4) Filling up of vacancies, including promotional vacancies; (5) Regular/Perennial nature of jobs should not be contracted out or outsourced; (6) Major Ports should not be corporatised; and (7) Reject the retrograde recommendation of the respective consultants as monitored by Rotterdam experts.

Despite several assurances by the IPA and the Ministry of Shipping to settle the issue amicably, no action has so far been taken. Now, the workers are forced to undergo indefinite strike on the above demands. Five recognised federations had jointly issued indefinite strike notice to the authorities.

I, therefore, urge upon the Government to intervene immediately to settle the matter amicably and to avert the impending strike.

(Ends)


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DEMAND TO ESTABLISH A MEDICAL COLLEGE AT NAGPUR ON THE LINES OF AIIMS, NEW DELHI

 

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MONTHLY PENSION FOR DIVORCED WOMEN

MS. PRAMILA BOHIDAR (ORISSA): Sir, I have been drawing the attention of hon. Members as well as the Government to the innumerable problems being encountered by women and raising concerns about issues pertaining to divorced and deserted women in the country, so as to sensitise ourselves to the gravity of the matter.

The shocking fact is that the number of divorced women has increased by leaps and bounds and so have their problems. A woman, after divorce, is treated differently and has to undergo a lot of untold miseries and sufferings in her fight to get justice and to lead her life with dignity. She has to lead a miserable life in the absence of any social security scheme. She is hated and ignored by the society and her own blood relations and in-laws. While there is a scheme to provide the benefit of pension to senior citizens, there is no such scheme for a divorced or deserted woman. Not only this, even the children of a divorced woman have to bear the brunt of social negligence and apathy shown towards her. In this backdrop, Government should seriously consider granting monthly allowance to the divorced or deserted women of the country for their sustenance. Even though Government has launched a scheme called Swadhar to rehabilitate such women, considering the magnitude of the problem, this is not enough.

It is, therefore, felt that a scheme providing financial assistance in the form of monthly pension should be introduced by the Government to ameliorate the conditions of divorced women.

(Ends)

DEMAND FOR IMMEDIATE ASSISTANCE TO CHATTISGARH FOR TACKLING PROBLEM OF NAXALISM.

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MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN : Now, Zero Hour. Shri Santosh Bagrodia...(Interruptions).

SHRI SANTOSH BAGRODIA: Sir,...(Interruptions).

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: Shri Raashid Alvi...(Interruptions). Zero Hour...(Interruptions).

Now, the hon. Home Minister will reply...(Interruptions).

THE HOME MINISTER (SHRI SHIVRAJ V. PATIL): Sir, I have already circulated a booklet giving information about the flood situation in different States in the country...(Interruptions). The booklet gives information about the flood situation, about the relief provided, about the foodgrains given, about the funds given, about the other equipments given to cope up with the difficulties...(Interruptions).

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: Now, Short Duration Discussion on....(Interruptions).

SHRI SHIVRAJ V. PATIL: Sir, some hon. members had raised a few good points with respect to the long-term measures...(Interruptions). I would have been very happy to speak on the long-term measures...(Interruptions). Unfortunately, because of the situation in the House, it is not possible for me to deal with those points....(Interruptions)....and talk about the policies the Government intends to adopt to provide long-term measures. (Interruptions).

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: Now, the discussion and reply on Short Duration Discussion is over. Thank you. (Interruptions) The House is adjourned till 2.00 p.m.

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The House then adjourned at twelve minutes past

twelve of the clock.

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