PREVIOUS HOUR

VK-VNK/1B/12.00

The House reassembled at twelve of the clock,

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN in the Chair.

-------

PAPERS LAID ON THE TABLE

 

 

־߸ ֤ : , ׮ִ׻֟ ֡ ֳ ֙ ָ ֟ :

I. A copy each (in English and Hindi) of the following papers, under sub-section (1) of section 619A of the Companies Act, 1956: -

 

 

(a) Eighteenth Annual Report and Accounts of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands Integrated Development Corporation Limited (ANIIDCO), Port Blair, for the year 2005-2006, together with the Auditor's Report on the Accounts and the comments of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India thereon.

 

 

(b) Statement by Government accepting the above Report.

 

 

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

 

SHRI SURESH PACHOURI: Sir, on behalf of Shri B.K. Handique, I lay on the Table -

I. A copy each (in English and Hindi) of the following papers, under sub-section (1) of section 619A of the Companies Act, 1956:-

 

 

(i) (a) Twenty-eighth Annual Report and Accounts of the Hindustan Fertilizer Corporation Limited (HFCL), New Delhi, for the year 2005-2006, together with the Auditor's Report on the Accounts and the comments of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India thereon.

 

 

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

 

 

(ii) (a) Fourth Annual Report and Accounts of the Brahmaputra Valley Fertilizer Corporation Limited (BVFCL), Namrup, Assam, for the year 2005-2006, together with the Auditor's Report on the Accounts and the comments of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India thereon.

 

 

Review by Government on the working of the above Corporation.

 

 

(iii)(a) Fifty-second Annual Report and Accounts of the Hindustan Antibiotics Limited (HAL), Pune, for the year 2005-2006, together with the Auditor's Report on the Accounts and the comments of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India thereon.

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

ןֻֻ ׸ : , ׮ִ׻֟ ֡ ֳ ֙ ָ ֟ : -

 

 

I. A copy each (in English and Hindi) of the following papers, under sub-section (1) of section 619A of the Companies Act, 1956 -

 

 

(i) (a) Thirty-sixth Annual Report and Accounts of the Madhya Pradesh State Agro Industries Development Corporation Limited, Bhopal, for the year 2004-2005, together with the Auditor's Report on the Accounts and the comments of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India thereon.

 

 

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

 

 

(ii) (a) Fortieth Annual Report and Accounts of the Punjab Agro Industries Corporation Limited, Chandigarh, for the year 2005-2006, together with the Auditor's Report on the Accounts and the comments of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India thereon.

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

SHRI NARANBHAI RATHWA: Sir, I lay on the Table

 

 

I. A copy (in English and Hindi) of the Ministry of Railways (Railway Board) Notification No. G.S.R 540 (E) dated the 9th August, 2007, publishing the Railway Passengers (Manner of Investigation of Untoward Incidents) Amendment Rules, 2007 under section 129 of the Railways Act, 1989.

 

 

II. A copy (in English and Hindi) of the Report on the Progress made in the intake of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes against vacancies reserved for them in recruitment and promotion categories on the Railways for the year ending 31st March, 2006. (ENDS)

MESSAGES FROM LOK SABHA

(i)              The Competition (Amendment) Bill, 2007.

(ii)           The Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production Supply and Distribution) Amendment 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 Competition (Amendment) Bill, 2007, as passed by Lok Sabha at its sitting held on the 6th September, 2007."

(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 Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production Supply and Distribution) Amendment Bill, 2007, as passed by Lok Sabha at its sitting held on the 6th September, 2007."

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

(Ends)

REPORT ON INDIAN PARLIAMENTARY PARTICIPATION AT INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE

 

SECRETARY-GENERAL: Sir, I lay on the Table a copy each (in English and Hindi) of the Report on the Participation of Indian Parliamentary Delegation at the 116th Assembly of Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) held at Nusa Dua, Bali (Indonesia) from 29th April to 4th May, 2007. (Ends)

REPORT OF THE DEPARTMENT RELATED PARLIAMENTARY STANDING COMMITTEE ON HEALTH AND FAMILY WELFARE

 

ָ (ָ Ϥ) : , ־ ֻ îָ֟ ֵپ֮ ׿ Ӭ֮ ã֮, ׾֬, 2007 ӲӬ ׾ֳ-Ӳ׬֟ þã ׸ָ ӲӬ ֤ߵ ãֵ ״ן ־ ן־ ( ֣ ) ֳ ֙ ָ ֟ (Ends)

EVIDENCE TENDERED BEFORE THE DEPARTMENT RELATED PARLIAMENTARY STANDING COMMITTEE ON HEALTH AND FAMILY WELFARE

------

ָ (ָ Ϥ) : , ־ ֻ îָ֟ ֵپ֮ ׿ Ӭ֮ ã֮, ׾֬, 2007 ӲӬ ״ן ִ פ ֋ ן ֳ ֙ ָ ֟ (Ends)

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

DR. E.M. SUDARSANA NATCHIAPPAN (TAMIL NADU): Sir, I present the Twenty-third Report (in English and Hindi) of the Department-related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice on the Government's Policy of Appointment on Compassionate Ground. (Ends)

REPORTS OF THE DEPARTMENT RELATED PARLIAMENTARY STANDING COMMITTEE ON RAILWAYS

SHRI TARINI KANTA ROY (WEST BENGAL): 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 Railways: -

 

(i)  Twenty-eighth Report on action taken by the Government on the recommendations/observations contained in the Twenty-fourth Report (Fourteenth Lok Sabha) of the Committee on "Land Management",

 

(ii)           Twenty-ninth Report on action taken by the Government on the recommendations/observations contained in the Seventeenth Report (Fourteenth Lok Sabha) of the Committee on "Railway Production Units -Workshops and Maintenance of Rolling Stock",

 

(iii)        Thirtieth Report on action taken by the Government on the recommendations/observations contained in the Sixteenth Report (Fourteenth Lok Sabha) of the Committee on "Expansion of Railway Network - New Lines, Gauge Conversion, Doubling and Electrification", and

 

(iv)         Thirty-first Report on action taken by the Government on the recommendations/observations contained in the Twenty-first Report (Fourteenth Lok Sabha) of the Committee on "Terminal Facilities in Metropolitan Cities".

 

(Ends)

REPORT OF THE DEPARTMENT RELATED PARLIAMENTARY STANDING COMMITTEE ON ENERGY

SHRI JESUDASU SEELAM (ANDHRA PRADESH): Sir, I lay on the Table a copy (in English and Hindi) of the Twenty-first Report of the Department-related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Energy on "Damodar Valley Corporation (Amendment) Bill, 2007" pertaining to the Ministry of Power. (Ends)

 

REPORT OF THE DEPARTMENT RELATED PARLIAMENTARY STANDING COMMITTEE ON INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

------

SHRI PRAVEEN RASHTRAPAL (GUJARAT): Sir, I lay on the Table a copy (in English and Hindi) of the Fiftieth Report of the Department-related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology (2007-2008) on "Information Technology (Amendment) Bill, 2006".

 

(Ends) (Followed by RG/1C)

RG/MP/12.05/1C

ANNOUNCEMENT RE. GOVERNMENT BUSINESS FOR THE WEEK COMMENCING 10th SEPTEMBER, 2007

------

THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF PARLIAMENTARY AFFAIRS (SHRI SURESH PACHOURI): Sir, I beg to announce that the Government Business during the week commencing Monday, the 10th September, 2007, will consist of:-

(i)  Consideration of any item of Government Business carried over from today's Order Paper.

(ii)  Consideration and passing of the Indian Boilers (Amendment) Bill, 1994.

(iii)                    Consideration and passing of the following Bills, as passed by Lok Sabha:-

iii.1.                 The Competition (Amendment) Bill, 2007; and

iii.2.                 The Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution) Amendment Bill, 2007.

(iv)Discussion on the Statutory Resolution seeking disapproval of the National Capital Territory of Delhi Laws (Special Provisions) Ordinance, 2007 and consideration and passing of the National Capital Territory of Delhi Laws (Special Provisions) Bill, 2007, after it has been passed by Lok Sabha.

(v)Consideration and passing of the following Bills, after they have been passed by Lok Sabha:-

v.1.The Aircraft (Amendment) Bill, 2006;

v.2.The Payment and Settlement Systems Bill, 2006; and

v.3.The Factories (Amendment) Bill, 2005.

(Ends)

...(Interruptions)

ֵ֮ ֻ ָ : ָ, 挻ߵָ ߻ ָ ....(־֮֬)...

ֵָ : ָ, ָ 168 挻ߵָ ߻ ָ ֓ .....(־֮֬)... ָ, ָ ֓ ָָ ִ֕ ? ....(־֮֬)....

ߴ֟ ִ þָ֕ : ֳ֯ן , ֯ ָ ֟ ׮֋ ....(־֮֬)... ֳ֯ן .... (־֮֬)...

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: Now, we take up the Zero Hour mentions. Shri Santosh Bagrodia...(Interruptions)

SHRI SANTOSH BAGRODIA: How can I speak amidst this noise? (Interruptions)

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: Now, Shri Murli Deora to introduce a Bill.

BILL INTRODUCED

THE RAJIV GANDHI INSTITUTE OF PETROLEUM TECHNOLOGY BILL, 2007

THE MINISTER OF PETROLEUM AND NATURAL GAS (SHRI MURLI DEORA): Sir, I move for leave to introduce a Bill to declare the institution known as the Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology to be an institution of national importance and to provide for its incorporation and for matters connected therewith.

The question was put and the motion was adopted.

SHRI MURLI DEORA: Sir, I introduce the Bill.

(Ends)

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: Now, we take up the Carriage by Road Bill, 2005...(Interruptions) Shri T.R. Baalu. ...(Interruptions)

THE CARRIAGE BY ROAD BILL, 2005

 

THE MINISTER OF SHIPPING, ROAD TRANSPORT AND HIGHWAYS (SHRI T.R. BAALU): Sir, I move:

"That the Bill further to provide for the regulation of common

carriers limiting their liability and declaration of value of goods delivered to them to determine their liability for loss of, or damage to, such goods occasioned by the negligence or criminal acts of themselves, their servants or agents and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto, be taken into consideration."

 

The question was proposed.

 

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: Would any hon. Member like to speak on this? (Interruptions) You are not allowing...(Interruptions)

Now, the question is:

"That the Bill further to provide for the regulation of common

carriers limiting their liability and declaration of value of goods delivered to them to determine their liability for loss of, or damage to, such goods occasioned by the negligence or criminal acts of themselves, their servants or agents and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto, be taken into consideration."

 

The motion was adopted.

 

(Interruptions)

 

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: We shall now take up clause-by-clause consideration of the Bill. ...(Interruptions) In clause 2, there are two amendments (No.4 and 5) by the hon. Minister.

Clause 2 - Definitions

SHRI T.R. BAALU: Sir, I move:

(iii)That at page 2, line 12, for the word "goods", the words "documents, goods or articles" be substituted.

 

(iv)  That at page 2, line 16, for the word "goods", the words "documents, goods or articles" be substituted.

 

The questions were put and the motions were adopted.

Clause 2, as amended, was added to the Bill.

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: In clause 3, there is one amendment (No.6) by the hon. Minister...(Interruptions)

Clause 3 - Persons not to engage in business of common carrier

without registration

 

SHRI T.R. BAALU: Sir, I move:

(v)     That at page 2, lines 43-44 be deleted.

The question was put and the motion was adopted.

Clause 3, as amended, was added to the Bill.

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: In clause 4, there are six amendments (Nos. 7 to 12) by the hon. Minister...(Interruptions)

Clause 4 - Application for grant or renewal of registration

SHRI T.R. BAALU: Sir, I move:

(vi)  That at page 3, line 6, after the word "business", the words "stating that the application is for the main office", be inserted.

(vii)                  That at page 3, for lines 8 to 29, the following be substituted, namely:-

"(3) An application for grant or renewal of certificate of registration for the main office shall contain the details of branch office, if any, to be operated outside the jurisdiction of the State or Union Territory in which the main office is to be registered in such form and manner as may be prescribed:

Provided that an application for the purpose to open or close a branch office shall be made to the registering authority having jurisdiction over the main office.

A registering authority shall, before granting or renewing a certificate of registration, satisfy itself that the applicant fulfils such conditions as may be prescribed."

(viii)               That at page 3, after line 39, the following proviso be inserted, namely:-

"Provided further that if such refusal has not been communicated within sixty days of the date of application, the registering authority shall grant or renew certificate of registration within a further period of thirty days."

(ix)  That at page 3, line 40, after the words, bracket and figure "sub-section (5)", the words "shall contain the details of branch offices to be operated in various States and Union Territories, and" be inserted.

(x)    That at page 3, for lines 46 to 50, the following be substituted, namely:-

"(7) The holder of a certificate of registration shall -

a.      maintain a register in such form and manner as may be prescribed;

b.      for shifting the main office mentioned in the certificate of registration, submit an application to the registering authority which granted the certificate of registration:

Provided that such registering authority shall grant or refuse permission for shifting the main office with thirty days from the date of receipt of such application and that no application for shifting the main office shall be refused unless the applicant has been given an opportunity of being heard and reasons for such refusal are given in writing by the registering authority:

Provided further that in case the registering authority has not either granted or refused the permission within thirty days it could be deemed that the permission for shifting has been granted."

(xi)That at page 4, for lines 6 to 8, the following be substituted, namely:-

"(d) display at prominent place in its or its main office and each branch office, if any, a certificate of registration in original or certified copy thereof attested by the concerned registering authority, a notary or a Gazetted Officer of the Central or State Government;

(8) A common carrier shall not load the motor vehicle beyond the gross vehicle weight mentioned in the registration certificate whose registration number is mentioned in the goods forwarding note or goods receipt, and the common carrier shall not make or allow such vehicle to be loaded beyond the gross vehicle weight."

The questions were put and the motions were adopted.

Clause 4, as amended, was added to the Bill.


MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: In clause 5, there is one amendment (No. 13) by the hon. Minister.

Clause 5 - Suspension or cancellation of registration

SHRI T.R. BAALU: Sir, I move:

(13) That at page 4, for lines 9 to 30, the following be substituted, namely:-

"5(1) If the registering authority is satisfied that the holder of certificate of registration has failed to comply with any of the provisions of sub-section (7) of section 4, it may give a notice by registered post or through electronic media or by any verifiable means to the holder of certificate of registration to rectify within a period of thirty days and in case such a holder fails to do so, it may revoke the certificate of registration on completion of enquiry.

(2) If a complaint is received by the registering authority against a common carrier from a consignor in respect of,-

( i ) non-issuance of receipt of goods;

( ii ) non-disclosure of the whereabouts of the goods in transit when asked by the consignor or consignee;

( iii) detention of goods for delivery without valid reasons;

( iv ) demand for unreasonable additional charges at the time of delivery, which were neither disclosed nor agreed upon between the consignor and the consignee earlier; and

( v ) non-payment of charges agreed and payable to truck-owners;

it may give a notice by registered post or through electronic media or by any other verifiable means to the holder of certificate of registration to rectify the same within a period of thirty days and in case such holder fails to do so, it may revoke certificate of registration for a period as may be prescribed under the rules on completion of that enquiry.

(3) If the registering authority or any other authority so authorised under Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 has received proof of violation of provision of sub-section (8) of section 4, it shall be competent to impose the penalties prescribed under section 194 of Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 on the common carrier notwithstanding the fact that such penalties have been already imposed on and realised from the driver or the owner of the goods vehicle or the consignor.

(4) Any action for revocation of certificate of registration shall not be taken under sub-sections (1) and (2) unless the holder of the registration is given an opportunity of being heard in the enquiry and reasons for such action are given in writing by the registering authority.

The registering authority in whose jurisdiction the main office of the common carrier is located shall be competent to take action under sub-sections (1) and (2) and any other registering authority who has noticed the violations of sub-section (1) of section 5 or has received complaints under sub-section (2) shall report such matter to the registering authority having jurisdiction over the main office.

When the certificate of registration is revoked, the holder of the certificate of registration shall surrender the certificate of registration to the registering authority within a period of thirty days and it would be incumbent on the holder of the certificate of registration to complete the delivery and transactions in respect of the consignments already accepted by the common carrier from any consignor prior to the revocation of the certificate of registration.

The holder of a certificate of registration may, at any time, surrender the registration to the registering authority which granted the registration and on such surrender the registering authority shall, after obtaining declaration from the holder of the registration that no liability outstanding against him and he would discharge such liability if he is held liable, revoke the certificate of registration;

Provided that if the surrender is in respect of a branch office, the endorsement in respect of the branch office would be deleted from the certificate of registration and such deletion shall be notified by the registering authority having jurisdiction over the main office to such other authorities as may be prescribed."

The question was put and the motion was adopted.

Clause 5, as amended, was added to the Bill.

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: In clause 6, there is one amendment (No.14) by the hon. Minister...(Interruptions)

Clause 6 - Appeal

SHRI T.R. BAALU: Sir, I move:

That at page 4, lines 38-39, for the words "specified by the State Government by notification in the Official Gazette", the word "prescribed" be substituted.

The question was put and the motion was adopted.

Clause 6, as amended, was added to the Bill.

Clause 7 was added to the Bill.

(Continued by 1D)

1d/12.10/ks

 

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: In Clause 8, there is one amendment (No. 15) by Shri T.R. Baalu.

Clause 8 - Goods forwarding note

 


SHRI T. R. BAALU: Sir, I move:-

 

That at page 5, line 3, after the word "consignment", the words

"and goods of dangerous or hazardous nature." be inserted.

 

The question was put and the motion was adopted.

Clause 8, as amended, was added to the Bill.

 

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: In Clause 9, there is one amendment (No. 16) by Shri T.R. Baalu.

Clause 9 - Goods receipt

 

SHRI T. R. BAALU: Sir, I move:-

 

That at page 5, after line 17, the following be inserted, namely:-

 

"(4) The goods receipt shall include an undertaking by the common carrier about the liability under section 10 or section 11.".

 

The question was put and the motion was adopted.

Clause 9, as amended, was added to the Bill.

 

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: In Clause 10, there is one amendment (No. 17) by Shri T.R. Baalu.

 

Clause 10 - Liability of common carrier

 

That at page 5, lines 19-20, for the words "shall be limited to

ten thousand rupees or the value of consignment declared in

the goods forwarding note, whichever is less" the words

"shall be limited to such amount as may be prescribed

having regard to the value, freight and nature of goods,

documents or articles of the consignment" be substituted.

 

 

The question was put and the motion was adopted.

Clause 10, as amended, was added to the Bill.

 

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: In Clause 11, there is one amendment (No. 18) by Shri T.R. Baalu.

 

Clause 11 -- Rates of charge to be fixed by common carrier

for carriage of consignment at a higher risk rate

 

SHRI T. R. BAALU: Sir, I move:-

 

That at page 5, line 39, after the words "printed or written notice, in", the words "English and" be inserted.

 

The question was put and the motion was adopted.

Clause 11, as amended, was added to the Bill.

 

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: In Clause 12, there is one amendment (No. 19) by Shri T.R. Baalu.

 

Clause 12 -- Conditions limiting exonerating

the liability of the common carrier

 

SHRI T. R. BAALU: Sir, I move:-

 

That at page 6, line 5, after the words "prohibited goods", the words "or goods on which due tax was not paid or insufficiently paid" be inserted.

 

 

The question was put and the motion was adopted.

Clause 12, as amended, was added to the Bill.

Clauses 13 and 14 were added to the Bill.

 

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: In Clause 15, there is one amendment (No. 20) by Shri T.R. Baalu.

 

Clause 15 - Right of common carrier in case of consignee's default

 


SHRI T. R. BAALU: Sir, I move:-

 

That at page 7, after line 7, the following be inserted, namely:-

"(4) Unless otherwise agreed upon between the common carrier and consignor, the common carrier shall be entitled to detain or dispose off the consignment in part or full to recover his dues in the event of the consignee failing to make payment of the freight and other charges payable to the common carrier at the time of taking delivery".

 

The question was put and the motion was adopted.

Clause 15, as amended, was added to the Bill.

Clause 16 was added to the Bill.

 

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: In Clause 17, there is one amendment (No.21) by Shri T.R. Baalu.

 

Clause 17 -- General responsibility of common carrier

 

SHRI T. R. BAALU: Sir, I move:-

 

That at page 7, line 24 be deleted.

 

The question was put and the motion was adopted.

Clause 17, as amended, was added to the Bill.

 

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: In Clause 18, there are two amendments (Nos. 22 and 23) by Shri T.R. Baalu.

 

Clause 18 -- Punishment for contravention in relation to non-registration, carrying goods of dangerous or hazardous nature, or prohibited goods

 

SHRI T. R. BAALU: Sir, I move:-

 

That at page 7, line 32, for the words "one thousand rupees", the

words "five thousand rupees" be substituted.

 

That at page 7, line 33, for the words "five thousand rupees", the

words "ten thousand rupees" be substituted.

 

The questions were put and the motions were adopted.

Clause 18, as amended, was added to the Bill.

 

Clause 19 was added to the Bill.

 

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: In Clause 20, there are four amendments (Nos. 24 to 27) by Shri T.R. Baalu.

 

Clause 20 -- Power to make rules

SHRI T. R. BAALU: Sir, I move:-

 

That at page 8, line 17-18, for the words, brackets and figures

"and the fee which shall accompany such application under sub-section (2) or sub-section (3) of section 4", the words, brackets and figures "for main office or branch office and the fee thereof under sub-sections (2) and (3) of section 4;" be substituted.

 

That at page 8, line 19, after the word "conditions", the words "of

eligibility" be inserted.

 

That at page 8, after line 27, the following be inserted, namely:-

"(f) fee for submitting the memorandum of appeal under sub-section (2) of section 6;"

 

That at page 8, for lines 28 to 39, the following be substituted,

namely:-

"(g) the form and manner in which a goods forwarding note shall be executed by the consignor under sub-section (1) of section 8;

 

the form and manner in which a common carrier shall issue goods receipt under sub-section (1) of section 9;

 

liability of the common carrier for loss of, or damage to any consignment under sub-section (1) of section 10;

 

the procedure and safeguards to be complied with for carrying goods of dangerous or hazardous nature under sub-section (1) of section 13;

 

the specification of the goods of dangerous or hazardous nature to human life and the label or class of labels to be carried or displayed in or on the motor vehicle or on such goods in the course of their transportation under sub-section (2) of section 13; and

 

any other matter which is required to be, or may be, prescribed".

 

The questions were put and the motions were adopted.

Clause 20, as amended, was added to the Bill.

 

Clauses 21 and 22 were added to the Bill.

 

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: In Clause 1, there are two amendments (Nos. 2 and 3).

 

Clause 1 -- Short title, extent and commencement

SHRI T.R. BAALU: Sir, I move

 

That at page 1, line 2, for the figure "2005" the figure "2007" be

substituted.

 

That at page 1, for lines 4 to 7, the following be substituted,

namely:-

 

"(3) It shall come into force on such date as the Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, appoint".

 

The questions were put and the motions were adopted.

Clause 1, as amended, was added to the Bill.

 

 

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: In the Enacting Formula, there is one amendment (No. 1) by Shri T.R. Baalu.

 

The Enacting Formula

 


SHRI T. R. BAALU: Sir, I move

 

That at page 1, line 1, for the word "Fifty-sixth" the word "Fifty-eighth" be substituted.

 

The question was put and the motion was adopted.

The Enacting Formula, as amended, was added to the Bill.

The Title was added to the Bill.

 

SHRI T.R. BAALU: Sir, I move:

 

That the Bill, as amended, be passed.

 

The question was put and the motion was adopted.

(Ends)

 

(Followed by 1e/tdb)

TDB-GS/1E/12.15

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: Now, statement by the Minister.

STATEMENT RE. SELECTION OF MINISTRY OF PARLIAMENTARY AFFAIRS FOR INDIRA GANDHI OFFICIAL LANGUAGE AWARD FOR 2005-06

 

֤ߵ ֵ ӡֵֻ ֕ ӡ ( ֓) : ֳ֯ן , ֤ ֤ߵ ֵ ӡֵֻ 2005-06 פ Ӭ ֳ֕ ָ ϣִ ָ ׻֋ ֵ 2000-2001 ӡֵֻ ָ ׻֋ ϣִ ã֮ ֯ օ ...(־֮֬)... ֤ߵ ֵ ӡֵֻ ӡֵֻ ָ ָָ ֳ֕ ן ֵԮֵ֮ ֣ ׬׬ ֵ פ ֤ ϵֿ֟߻ ...(־֮֬)...

(ִ֯)

 

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: Now, we take up the Special Mentions. ...(Interruptions)...

AKG

SPECIAL MENTIONS

CONCERN OVER ACUTE SHORTAGE OF COOKING GAS IN JHARKHAND

 

ֵ ֺ (ָӛ) : , ֤ ִ֬ ָָ ֮ ָӛ ָ ֟ ™ , ו ָ ֮֕֬ ѓ ׾׳֮ ֆ ָ ãן ׾׳֮ ֚ ִ֬ ָ-ϤԮ ֻֻ ֻ ֵ֟ ֟ ֱ ֮֕֬ ѓ כ֮ ֻ ֮ 2 ׬ ֳꌟ , ֲ ֮ ֡ 1 32 ָ ػ֛ ٟ֯ և Ͽ ָ פ ׻ִֵ ӡ ־ ֋߅ ֳꌟֆ ָ ػ֛ ׻֋ ׬ ׮֬׸ և , ֲ ׮ֵ ָ ػ֛ ׻֋ 21 פ ׬ ׮֬׸ և 21 פ ֤ ػ֛ ֲֻ ֵ ֵ㌟ ׮֤ ָ 15 פ ֤ ػ֛ ֋߅ ػ֛ ִ֮ ï™ פ-׮֤ ָ ׾ֳָ ãן , ו ״ֵ֕ ֳꌟֆ ֮֟ ֛ פ ãן ׾ִֻ ָ , ֳꌟֆ ֜ : ָָ ־ԕ׮ ֯ ָ ֻ֟ ß ٟ֯ ãן ִ֮ ֮֮ ׻֋ ׮ִԟ ׮ֵ ׮֤

(ִ֯)

HK

DEMAND TO INCLUDE KALLANAI IN WORLD HERITAGE LIST

SHRI TIRUCHI SIVA (TAMIL NADU): The grand Anaikut also known as Kallanai is an ancient dam built on the Cauvery river in the State of Tamil Nadu. It was built by the Chola king, Karikalan, around the first century A.D. and is considered one of the oldest water diversion or water regulator structures in the world, still in use. The Kallanai is a massive dam of unhewn stone 329 metres long and 20 metres wide across the mainstream of Cauvery. The purpose of the dam was to divert waters of the Cauvery across the fertile delta region for irrigation via canals. The dam is still in excellent condition and served as a model to later engineers including the Sir Arthur Cotton's 19th Century dam across the Kollidam, a major tributary of the Cauvery. The area irrigated by the ancient irrigation network of which the dam was the centrepiece was 69,000 acres. By the early 20th century, the irrigated area had been increased to about one million acres. Hence, owing to its ancient nature and as per clause (iv) of the selection criteria, which states to be an outstanding example of a type of building, architectural or technological ensemble, or landscape which illustrates significant stages in human history, Kallanai may be included in the World Heritage List. (Ends)

KSK

CONCERN OVER ROBBERIES IN RUNNING TRAINS IN JHARKHAND AND ORISSA DUE TO FAILURE OF LAW AND ORDER MACHINERY

 

SHRI BHAGIRATHI MAJHI (ORISSA): Sir, recently, I came to know that in the general coaches of the Jharkhand Sampark Kranti Express, robberies/dacoities have been taking place frequently, and the poor people of Jharkhand and Orissa, who work for years and save some money to take home for their family members, on the gun point, unknown dacoits take away their money. Also, those who are travelling in the general coaches do not know about the RPF control room and its telephone numbers or any other telephone numbers so that they can call and inform the Railway Police in time. Sir, it is very painful that these kinds of incidents are taking place, especially in every express train general coach, which is going to Orissa, Jharkhand, Bihar and U.P. These are the places where mainly, all farmers and labourers and other poor people are travelling. Sir, the Government should make an arrangement to ensure complete security of the passengers travelling so that these incidents do not take place. Also, most of the general-class passengers lack awareness regarding emergency helpline numbers of the Railway Department. This information should be printed on the general class tickets for any emergency and security guards should be posted in the trains passing through U.P., Bihar, Jharkhand and Orissa to minimise these incidents. (Ends)

SCH

Need to pay more attention towards

the National Aluminium Company

 

ֵָ (): , ã֟ ֻ֮ ״׮ִֵ ֮ (ֻ) ןš ֣ ֳָ ־ԕ׮ ןš֮ ֮ ֻ֮ ֳ 2700 ֱ ָ ֮ פ ֋ ֮ß ֻ Ϥ־ ׯ ־ָ ә ֕ וֻ ã֟ ٙև̸ ֮ כ ׮֙ ã֟ , ֡ ן ֵ֣ݵ ֮ ־ Ӥ ֵ - ֣ ֕ ֵ ָ ֻ ן ֮ ָ ݵ ִ֮ ֛ ֻ ֮ ֻ ֛ ִ֮ ֛ ֮ ׮ ֻ֓ ֻ (֤֮ ֱ߻ ׻״֙) ֤֮ ػ ֈӛ, ־ ֮ ֣ ֻ ׮ֵ״֟ ٟ֯ ߋ ֲ֤֮ ֻ ֵ , ִ ָ֟ ֻ ٟ֯ ִֻ ߮ ӡֵֻ ԟ ֮, ֻ ־ ߓ ִֻ ֵ֮ ֮ ã֟ ֻ ָ ־ Ù֮ ãׯ֟ ֮ ׻֋ ֮֮ ֓ ֻ ֮ ׻֋ ָ ֮ ָ ֣ ָ֮ ߓ ™ߵ ִ֕ ֵ , ֵ֯ ֵ֮ ֮ ֮ ׮֤ ã֮ ׸

, ֮ ָ ֮ ß ׻֋ ׮ þ֣ ֟ : ׮֕ ׻֋ ֣ ӟ ֮֓ ׬ ֮ , ֣Ԯ (ִ֯)

PSV

DEMAND TO PLACE THE SACRED ASHES OF

LORD BUDDHA AT VAISHALI

0 ִ ӛָ (ײָ) : ֮־ָ, 1958 0 ӟ ֤׿־ ָ ֋ ֋ ֮֮ ֻ ֯ ־֮ ׾֡ ã-ֿ ָ ֙ ֵֻ ֵ օ ֻ ֮֟ ָ ׾֡ ãֵ ֻ ãׯ֟ ָ֟ 1984 ָ ָָ ָ ן׸ ׮֤, ֵԙ ֟ ך ״ן ֻ ãׯ֟ ֣ ָ ָָ ֓ ָ ֕ ָָ ׸֮ ֮֮ օ 1995 ן־ ֵו֟ 'ֻ ־' ָָ ן׮׬ֵ ָ ֻ ֵֻ ֮ ãֵ ãׯ֟ ֮ ״ֻ֟ ײָ ָָ ָ פ 8 , 2005 ׬֮֠ 25-./׾ 2-23/2000/67 ָ ' ִ Ԯ ֵֻ' ִ ֵֻ ãׯ֟ ׾֡ ãֵ ãׯ֟ ׮Ե ׻ֵ ֵ օ ֮֮ߵ ֵԙ ӡ, ָ ָָ ײָ ָָ ֤ ӲӬ ֡ ׻ , ָ ײָ ָָ ָ ׸֮ ֵԮֵ֮

ָ ָָ ֻ ֮֟ ־֮ֆ ֤ ׾֡ ãֵ ã֮֯ ֻ ֋ (ִ֯)

GSP

 

DEMAND FOR INCREASING RETIREMENT AGE OF

EMPLOYEES OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT AND PSUs

 

SHRI C. RAMACHANDRAIAH (ANDHRA PRADESH): Sir, I would like to raise an important issue regarding the urgent need to increase the retirement age of employees of the Central Government and the public sector undertakings to 65 years.

Recently, better health care and the demographic transition from low to high levels of fertility and high to low levels of mortality, like elsewhere in the developed countries, have resulted in increased life expectancy of our working population from 50 years to an impressive age range of 62 to 65 years. The Government should initiate determined measures to make the best of the opportunities that population ageing brings.

The retirement age of the Government employees in countries across the western hemisphere ranges between 62 years to 65 years, and, in some countries, it is 66 years.

Our fast growing economy has threw up the challenge of rising shortages of skilled experienced manpower, especially in the financial sector, more so, in the public sector banks and our failure to address the issue can stymie our prospects to emerge as a developed nation. For this purpose, we need to retain our present work force for some more years on the rolls and such initiative would certainly endeavour for the optimal use of our human resources and to benefit from the experience and expertise which a mature bureaucracy and technical workforce of public sector undertakings and research institutions offer.

Hence, I call upon the Government to increase the retirement age of the employees of the Central Government and the public sector undertakings to 65 years forthwith.

(Ends)


RSS

CONCERN OVER INDOOR AIR POLLUTION CAUSED BY CHULHAS, BURNING COAL, WOOD AND ANIMAL DUNG AS FUEL

 

DR. GYAN PRAKASH PILANIA (RAJASTHAN): Sir, according to the World Health Organization, India accounts for 80 per cent of the 6,00,000 premature deaths that occur in South East Asia annually due to exposure to indoor air pollution. IAP resulting from chulhas burning wood, coal and animal dung as fuel, is claiming a shocking 500,000 lives in India every year, most of whom are women and children. Nearly 70 per cent of rural households in India don't even have ventilation. People rely on the burning of solid fuels to prepare their meals. Burning solid fuels emits carbon monoxide, particulates, benzene and formaldehyde which can result in pneumonia, asthma, blindness, lung cancer, tuberculosis and low birth weight.

WHO estimates that pollution levels in rural Indian kitchen were 30 times higher than recommended levels, and six times higher than air pollution levels found in New Delhi. The amount of total suspended particles present inside a kitchen has 1,000 times greater chance to penetrate deep into your lungs than the suspended particles outside. Women are constantly exposed to chulha smoke in India due to several cultural mindsets.

It is a tragic irony that the very act of preparing food, which is designed to aid and nurture a family, is putting that very same family at risk. A simple mechanism promoting smokeless chulhas and improving ventilation can reduce the incidents of IAP deaths by half. Hence, I would urge the Ministry of Environment and Forests to re-launch the smoke chulha campaign of the 1990s.

(Ends)

YSR

REQUEST FOR UPWARD REVISION OF CEILING UNDER PAYMENT OF BONUS ACT

SHRI TAPAN KUMAR SEN (WEST BENGAL): The Payment of Bonus Act, 1965 has become totally irrelevant throwing almost the entire productive workforce of the country out of its coverage. The obsolescence of the ceilings has reached such ridiculous extent that the majority of unskilled workforce in the industries is deprived of bonus payment. In the meeting with the Central Trade Unions held on 19th August 2006, Hon. Prime Minister assured in writing, "There has been discussion on the ceiling for bonus. I agree that the current ceilings were set more than a decade ago. We will soon consider this in the Cabinet and will take a favourable decision." But no action has yet been taken by the Government to meet the assurance of the Prime Minister. Even the consensus proposal of the highest tripartite forum, the 41st Indian Labour Conference, held on 27-28 April 2007 at New Delhi for upward revision of the ceilings for calculation and entitlement to Rs.3,500/- and Rs.10,000/- respectively has not been acted upon. In June 2007, the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) again wrote to Prime Minister reminding him of his assurance to the Central Trade Unions about the "favourable decision" on bonus. But yet, no action is visible, though one festival season had passed after August 2006 and another is in the offing. I urge upon the Government to please recall the assurance and take immediate steps for upward revision of the ceilings under the Payment of Bonus Act. (Ends)

VKK

DEMAND TO INCREASE COMPENSATION TO

FARMERS IN BORDER DISTRICTS OF PUNJAB

---

SHRI VARINDER SINGH BAJWA (PUNJAB): Sir, the Government are aware that there are thousands of acres of fertile and good crops producing land, across the border fencing on Pakistan side in Punjab, particularly in the districts of Gurdaspur and Amritsar.

The land owner farmers have access to their fields through gates provided in the barbed wire fencing under strict vigilance by the paramilitary forces guarding the fencing. The entry is allowed only during the day from 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. Naturally, under these strict conditions, the farmers are unable to make full use of their lands for production and other purposes, so necessary to the farmers and their families.

It was for this reason that the Government were giving a relief to the farmers @ Rs.4,000 per acre per year to compensate them for the loss that was caused to them due to restricted entry to their lands.

It is, however, informed that the above-mentioned relief was discontinued by the former Government in the State. As a result, hundreds of families in the two border districts of Gurdaspur and Amritsar are suffering.

It is, therefore, my earnest appeal to the Central Government that monetary relief to the farmers may be re-started at the rate of, at least, Rs.5,000 per acre per year. Needless to state that the increased rate is necessary because of the increase in the cost of living index over the years.

I am sanguine that my appeal, in this regard, would be appreciated and accepted by the Central Government, and I am sure that the present State Government would cooperate with the Centre in extending this relief measure to farmers in Punjab, in the border districts of Gurdaspur and Amritsar. (Ends)

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: The House is adjourned to meet at 2.30 p.m.

PREVIOUS HOUR

-----

The House then adjourned at eighteen minutes

past twelve of the clock.