PREVIOUS HOUR

RSS/VNK/1B/12.00

 

The House re-assembled at twelve of the clock,

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN in the Chair.

 

FELICITATIONS TO INDIAN HOCKEY TEAM

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MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: Hon'ble Members, on behalf of the whole House and on my own behalf, I congratulate the Indian Hockey Team for winning the Seventh Asia Cup Title against South Korea held in Chennai on Sunday, the 9th September, 2007... (Interruptions)... The victory, no doubt, would boost the morale of the Indian Hockey team...(Interruptions)...

We wish the Indian Hockey Team all success in future tournaments and hope that they would bring more laurels for the country.

(End)

 

PAPERS LAID ON THE TABLE

 

1.  SHRI A.R. ANTULAY: Sir, I lay on the Table a copy each (in English and Hindi) of the following papers:-

(i) (a) Annual  Report  of  the  Central  Wakf  Council,  New Delhi, for the year 2005-2006.

(b)    Annual Accounts of the Central Wakf Council, New Delhi, for the year 2005-2006 and the Audit Report thereon.

(c)    Review by Government on the working of the above Council.

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

(ii) Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of India (Ministry of Minority Affairs) and the National Minorities Development and Finance Corporation (NMDFC), for  the   year 2007-2008.

2.  SHRI SUSHILKUMAR SHINDE: Sir, I lay on the Table:-

I.  A copy each (in English and Hindi) of the following Notifications of the Ministry of Power, under section 179 of the Electricity Act, 2003:

(1) CEA/PLG/LF/9/40/07 dated the 19th April, 2007, publishing the Central Electricity Authority (Furnishing of Statistics, Returns and Information) Regulations, 2007, along with delay statement.

(2) L-7/25(5)/2003 dated the 27th April, 2007, publishing the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (Terms and Conditions of Tariff) (Second Amendment) Regulations, 2007, along with delay statement.

(3) L-7/25(6)/2004 dated the 27th April, 2007, publishing the Indian Electricity Grid Code (Amendment) 2007, along with delay statement.

(4) 2/2(1)/2006-CERC dated the 31st July, 2007, publishing the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (Recruitment, Control and Service, Conditions of Staff) Regulations, 2007.

(5) 7/1(2)/2007-CERC dated the 17th August, 2007, publishing the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (Leased Accommodation) Regulations, 2007.

 

II.  (1)  A copy each (in English and Hindi) of the following papers, under sub-section (5) of section 45 and sub-section (5) of section 59 of the Damodar Valley Corporation Act, 1948:--

(a) Annual Report and Accounts of the Damodar Valley Corporation, Kolkata, for the year 2005-2006, together with   the Auditor's Report on the Accounts.

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

(2)   Statement (in English and Hindi) giving reasons for the delay in laying the papers mentioned at (1) above.

III. A copy each (in English and Hindi) of the following papers:

 (i) Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of India (Ministry of Power) and the Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam Limited (SJVNL), for  the  year 2007-2008.

(ii) Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of India (Ministry of Power) and the NTPC Limited, for  the  year 2007-2008.

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4. SHRI  P.R. KYNDIAH: Sir, I lay on the Table a copy (in English and Hindi) of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of India (Ministry of Tribal Affairs) and the National Scheduled Tribes Finance and Development Corporation (NSTFDC) for the   year 2007-2008.

 

5.  SHRI H.R. BHARDWAJ: Sir, I lay on the Table:-

I. A copy (in English and Hindi) of the Ministry of Law and Justice Notification S.O. 728 (E) dated the 8th May, 2007, publishing the Conduct of Elections (Amendment) Rules, 2007, under  sub-section (3) of  section 169 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951.

II. A copy each (in English and Hindi) of the following Notifications of the Ministry of Law and Justice (Department of Legal Affairs), under sub-section (3) of section 15 of the Notaries Act, 1952:--

 

(1)   G.S.R. 319 (E) dated the 1st May, 2007, publishing the Notaries (Second Amendment) Rules, 2007.

 

(2)   G.S.R. 330 (E) dated the 8th May, 2007, amending G.S.R.319(E), dated 1st May, 2007 to substitute certain entries in the Notification.

6. SHRI KAPIL SIBAL: Sir, I lay on the Table a copy (in English and Hindi) of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of India (Ministry of Science and Technology, Department of Biotechnology) and the Bharat Immunologicals and Biologicals Corporation Limited (BIBCOL), for  the year 2007-2008.

7. SHRI SURESH PACHOURI: Sir, I lay on the Table, a  copy     each (in English and Hindi) of the following papers:--

   (a)  Annual Report of the Central Information Commission (CIC), for the year 2005-2006,  under sub-section (4) of section 25 of the Right to Information Act, 2005. 

 

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

8. SHRI MD.ALI ASHRAF FATMI: Sir, I  lay on the Table a copy each  (in English and Hindi) of the following papers:

(i)   (a) Annual Report and Accounts of the Rajasthan Council of Primary Education, Jaipur,  for the year 2004-2005, together with the Auditor's Report on the Accounts.   

(b)  Statement by Government accepting the above Report.

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

(ii)  (a) Annual Report and Accounts of the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Rajya Mission, Itanagar,  for the year 2004-2005, together with the Auditor's Report on the Accounts.   

(b)  Statement by Government accepting the above Report.

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

(iii) (a) Annual Report and Accounts of the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Rajya Mission, Itanagar,  for the year 2005-2006, together with the Auditor's Report on the Accounts.   

(b) Statement by Government accepting the above Report.

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

(iv) (a) Annual Report and Accounts of the Tamil Nadu State Mission of Education for All, Chennai,  for the year 2004-2005, together with the Auditor's Report on the Accounts.   

(b) Statement by Government accepting the above Report.

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

(v) (a) Annual Report and Accounts of the Haryana Prathmik Shiksha Pariyojna Parishad, Chandigarh, for the year 2005-2006, together with the Auditor's Report on the Accounts.

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

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

(vi) (a) Annual Report and Accounts of the Paschim Banga Sarva Shiksha Mission (PBSSM), Kolkata, for District Primary Education Programme (DPEP) and Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), West Bengal, for the year 2005-2006, together with the Auditor's Report on the Accounts.   

(b) Statement by Government accepting the above Report.

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

(vii)(a) Annual Report of the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT), New Delhi, for the year 2005-2006.   

(b) Annual Accounts of the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT), New Delhi, for the              year 2005-2006, and the Audit Report thereon.

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

(c) Statements giving reasons for the delay in laying the papers mentioned at (a) and (b) above.

9. SHRIMATI MEIRA KUMAR: Sir, I lay on the Table:-

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

        (a)  Thirty-third Annual Report and Accounts of the  Artificial Limbs Manufacturing Corporation of India (ALIMCO), Kanpur,  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.

(2). Statement (in English and Hindi) giving reasons for the delay in laying the papers mentioned at (1) above.

II. A copy each (in English and Hindi) of the following papers:

(i) (a) Annual Report on the working of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989, for the year 2005, under sub-section (4) of section 21 of the above Act.

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

(ii)(a)  Annual Report on the Protection of Civil Rights Act, 1955, for the year 2005,  under sub-section (4) of section 15A of the above Act. 

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

(iii) (a)  Annual Report and Accounts of the Pt. Deendayal Upadhyaya Institute for the Physically Handicapped (IPH), New Delhi, for the year 2005-2006, together with the Auditor's Report on the Accounts.   

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

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

(iv)  (a) Annual Report and Accounts of the National Institute for the Visually Handicapped, Dehradun, for the year 2004-2005, together with the Auditor's Report on the Accounts.   

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

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

(v)   Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of India (Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment) and the National Backward Classes Finance and Development Corporation (NBCFDC), for  the year 2007-2008.

10.  SHRIMATI D. PURANDESWARI: Sir, I lay on the Table:-

I. (1) A copy each  (in English and Hindi) of the following papers under sub-section 3 of section 34 of the Aligarh Muslim University (Amendment) Act, 1981:

(a)  Annual Report of the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), Aligarh,  for the  year 2005-2006.

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

(2).  Statement (in English and Hindi) giving reasons for the delay in laying the papers mentioned at (1) above.

II. (1) A copy each (in English and Hindi) of the following papers, under sub-section (3) of section 29 of the Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University Act, 1994.:-

(i) (a)  Annual Report of the Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University, Lucknow,  for the year 2004-2005.

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

       

 (ii) (a)  Annual Report of the Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University, Lucknow,  for the year 2005-2006.

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

      (2) Statements (in English and Hindi) giving reasons for the delay in laying the papers mentioned at (1) above.

III. A copy  each (in English and Hindi) of the following papers:

(i) (a) Annual Accounts of the Mizoram University, Aizawl, for the  year 2003-2004, and the Audit Report thereon, under sub-section (4) of section 31 of the Mizoram University Act, 2000.

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

(ii) (a) Annual Accounts of the Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University, Lucknow, for the years  2002-2003, and the Audit

 

Report thereon, under sub-section (4) of section 30 of the Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University Act, 1994.

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

(iii)    (a) Annual Accounts of the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), New Delhi, for the year 2005-2006, together with the Auditors Report on the Accounts under Sub-section (4) of section 29 of the Indira Gandhi National Open University Act, 1985.   

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

(iv)  (a) Annual Accounts of the Visva-Bharati, Santiniketan,   for the year 2005-2006, and the Audit Report thereon, under sub-section (4) of section 36 of the Visva Bharati (Amendment) Act, 1984.

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

(v) (a) Annual Report and Accounts of National Institute of Technology, Silchar,  for the year 2005-2006, together with the Auditor's Report on the Accounts.   

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

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

(vi) (a) Annual Report and Accounts of the National Institute of Technology, Hamirpur, Himachal Pradesh,  for the year 2005-2006, together with the Auditor's Report on the Accounts.   

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

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

(vii) (a) Annual Report and Accounts of the  National Institute of Technology, Karnataka, Surathkal,  for the year 2005-2006, together with the Auditor's Report on the Accounts.   

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

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

(viii) (a) Annual Report and Accounts of the Sardar Vallabhbhai National Institute of Technology, Surat,  for the year 2003-2004, together with the Auditor's Report on the Accounts.   

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

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

(ix) (a) Annual Report and Accounts of the Sardar Vallabhbhai National Institute of Technology, Surat,  for the year 2004-2005, together with the Auditor's Report on the Accounts.   

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

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

(x) (a) Annual Report and Accounts of the National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu,  for the year 2003-2004, together with the Auditor's Report on the Accounts.   

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

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

(xi) (a) Annual Report and Accounts of the National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu,  for the year 2004-2005, together with the Auditor's Report on the Accounts.   

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

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

(xii) (a) Annual Report and Accounts of the National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu,  for the year         2005-2006, together with the Auditor's Report on the Accounts.   

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

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

(xiii) (a) Annual Report and Accounts of the Dr. B.R. Ambedkar National Institute of Technology,  Jalandhar,  for the year 2004-2005, together with the Auditor's Report on the Accounts.   

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

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

(xiv)(a) Annual Report and Accounts of the National Institute of Technology, Kurukshetra, Haryana,  for the year 2005-2006, together with the Auditor's Report on the Accounts.   

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

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

(xv) (a)     Annual Report and Accounts of the School of Planning and Architecture (SPA), New Delhi, for the year 2005-2006, together with the Auditor's Report on the Accounts.   

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

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

  (xvi) (a) Thirty-sixth Annual Report of the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi, for the year 2005-2006.

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

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

(xvii) (a) Annual Report and Accounts of the Indian Institute of Advanced Study (IIAS), Shimla, for the year 2005-2006, together with the Auditor's Report on the Accounts.

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

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

(xviii)(a) Annual Report of the Malaviya National Institute of Technology, Jaipur, for the year 2004-2005. 

(b) Annual Accounts of the Malaviya National Institute of Technology, Jaipur, for the year 2004-2005, and the Audit Report thereon.

(c)   Review by Government on the working of the above Institute.

(d) Statements giving reasons for the delay in laying the papers mentioned at (a) and (b) above.

(xix)   (a)     Annual Report and Accounts of the  Indian School of Mines (ISM), Dhanbad,  for the year 2005-2006, together with the Auditor's Report on the Accounts.

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

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

(xx)   (a)      Annual Accounts of the Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, for the year 2005-2006, and the Audit Report thereon.   

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

(xxi)  Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of India (Ministry of Human Resource Development, Department of Higher Education) and the Educational Consultants India Limited (Ed. CIL), for the year 2007-2008.

 

STATEMENT RE. IMPLEMENTATION OF SEVENTEENTH REPORT OF DEPARTMENT-RELATED PARLIAMENTARY STANDING COMMITTEE ON SOCIAL JUSTICE AND EMPOWERMENT

THE MINISTER OF TRIBAL AFFAIRS (SHRI P.R. KYNDIAH) : Sir, I make a statement regarding status of implementation of recommendations contained in the Seventeenth Report of the Department-related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Social Justice and Empowerment. (Ends)

 

 

 

STATEMENT RE. IMPLEMENTATION OF FIFTEENTH, SIXTEENTH, TWENTY-FIRST, TWENTY-THIRD AND TWENTY-FOURTH REPORTS OF DEPARTMENT-RELATED PARLIAMENTARY STANDING COMMITTEE ON SOCIAL JUSTICE AND EMPOWERMENT

THE MINISTER OF SOCIAL JUSTICE AND EMPOWERMENT (SHRIMATI MEIRA KUMAR): Sir, I make statements regarding status of implementation of recommendations contained in the Fifteenth, Sixteenth, Twenty-first, Twenty-third and Twenty-fourth Reports of the Department-related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Social Justice and Empowerment. (Ends)

STATEMENT RE. IMPLEMENTATION OF ONE HUNDRED FORTY-FIRST, ONE HUNDRED FIFTY-SEVENTH, ONE HUNDRED SIXTY-SECOND, ONE HUNDRED SIXTY-EIGHTH, ONE HUNDRED SIXTY-NINTH, ONE HUNDRED SEVENTIETH AND ONE HUNDRED SEVENTY-SECOND REPORTS OF DEPARTMENT-RELATED PARLIAMENTARY STANDING COMMITTEE ON SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, ENVIRONMENT AND FORESTS

THE MINISTER OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY AND MINISTER OF EARTH SCIENCES (SHRI KAPIL SIBAL): Sir, I make statements regarding status of implementation of recommendations contained in the One Hundred forty-first, One Hundred fifty-seventh, One Hundred sixty-second, One Hundred sixty-eighth, One Hundred sixty-ninth, One Hundred Seventieth  and One Hundred Seventy-second  Reports of the Department-related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Science and Technology, Environment and Forests. (Ends)

STATEMENT RE. IMPLEMENTATION OF FIRST, FIFTH AND FOURTEENTH REPORTS OF DEPARTMENT-RELATED PARLIAMENTARY STANDING COMMITTEE ON PERSONNEL, PUBLIC GRIEVANCES, LAW AND JUSTICE

THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF PERSONNEL, PUBLIC GRIEVANCES AND PENSIONS AND MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF PARLIAMENTARY AFFAIRS (SHRI SURESH PACHOURI): Sir, I make statements regarding status of implementation of recommendations contained in the First, Fifth and Fourteenth Reports of the Department-related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice.

(Ends) Followed by 1c)

MKS/MP/12.05/1C

MOTION FOR ELECTION TO THE JOINT COMMITTEE ON OFFICES OF PROFIT

THE MINISTER OF LAW & JUSTICE (SHRI H. R. BHARDWAJ): Sir, I move the following motion:

That this House concurs in the recommendation of the Lok Sabha that the Rajya Sabha do elect one Member of the Rajya Sabha to the Joint Committee on Offices of Profit in the vacancy caused by the retirement of Shri P.G. Narayanan from the Rajya Sabha and resolves that the House do proceed to elect, in accordance with the system of proportional representation by means of the single transferable vote, one Member from among the Members of the House to the said Joint Committee, to fill the vacancy.

 

The question was put and the motion was adopted.

(Ends)

...(Interruptions)...

MOTION FOR ELECTION TO THE AGRICULTURAL AND PROCESSED FOOD PRODUCTS EXPORT DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY (APEDA)

THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF PARLIAMENTARY AFFAIRS (SHRI SURESH PACHOURI): Sir, on behalf of my colleague, Shri Jairam Ramesh, I move the following motion:

That in pursuance of clause (d) of sub-section (4) of Section 4 of the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority Act, 1985 (2 of 1986), read with Rule 3 of the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority Rules, 1986, this House do proceed to elect, in such manner as the Chairman may direct, one Member from among the Members of the House to be a member of the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority to fill up the vacancy that will be arising therein w.e.f.  September 22, 2007 consequent on the expiry of the tenure of Shri Ravula Chandra Sekar Reddy as a member of the Authority.

 

The question was put and the motion was adopted.

(Ends)

...(Interruptions)...

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: Except Government Legislative Business, nothing is going on record.

MOTION FOR ELECTION TO THE SREE CHITRA TIRUNAL INSTITUTE FOR MEDICAL SCIENCES AND TECHNOLOGY, THIRUVANANTHAPURAM

THE MINISTER OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY (SHRI KAPIL SIBAL): Sir, I move the following motion:

That in pursuance of clause (j) of Section 5, read with sub-section (1) and (2) of Section 6 of the Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology, Trivandrum Act, 1980 (No. 52 of 1980), this House do proceed to elect, in such manner as the Chairman may direct, one Member from among the Members of the House, to be a member of the Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram.

The question was put and the motion was adopted.

(Ends)

...(Interruptions)...

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: Interruptions are not going on record. ...(Interruptions)...

 

BILL INTRODUCED

THE UNORGANISED SECTOR WORKERS' SOCIAL

SECURITY BILL, 2007

 

THE MINISTER OF STATE (INDEPENDENT CHARGE) OF THE MINISTRY OF LABOUR & EMPLOYMENT (SHRI OSCAR FERNANDES): Sir, I beg to move for leave to introduce a Bill to provide for the social security and welfare of unorganised sector workers and for other matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

The question was proposed.

SHRI TAPAN KUMAR SEN: Sir, I want to raise my serious objection... ...(Interruptions)...

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: Nothing is going on record. ...(Interruptions)... Shri Tapan Kumar Sen. ...(Interruptions)...

SHRI TAPAN KUMAR SEN (WEST BENGAL): Sir, I rise to record my serious objection to the Unorganised Sector Workers' Social Security Bill, 2007 in its present form and structure. ...(Interruptions)... The Bill, in its present form, is nothing but an expression of pious intent without any substantive time-bound justiciable and enforceable social security measure and appropriate funding arrangement. ...(Interruptions)...

The Bill only provides for constitution of Social Security Advisory Boards and similar Boards at the State level, basically advisory in character, and commitment for actual social security remained open-ended. ...(Interruptions)... The Bill contains neither a compelling provision regarding the floor level social security and its universal coverage to all unorganised sector workers, nor a clearly defined funding obligation and a time frame. Without these basic ingredients of an enactment, this Bill, in its present form, stands to be reduced to some pages in the statute book. ...(Interruptions)... My question is: Why such a hoodwinking exercise for 93 per cent of country's workforce contributing more than 65 per cent to growing GDP numbers? ...(Interruptions)...

The Bill under introduction totally ignores, rather mocks at, the commitment of "comprehensive protective legislation" for the unorganised sector workers made by the UPA combine in its National Common Minimum Programme. ...(Interruptions)... It is deplorable that the Government did not bother to give any credence to the recommendation of the National Commission for the Enterprises in the Unorganised Sector (NCEUS) constituted by the Government, and officially notified precisely for the same purpose of devising measures on the working conditions and social security for the unorganised sector workers. ...(Interruptions)... The Commission recommended and forwarded to the Government drafts of two separate comprehensive legislations for the unorganised sector workers and the agricultural workers along with a social security scheme. The Government must come out as to whether they have rejected the recommendation of the Commission as is clear from the content of this Bill, and if so, the reason therefor. ...(Interruptions)...

The Bill, in its Statement of Objects and Reasons mentioned about a huge deficit in labour protection and welfare measures in respect of the unorganised sector workers. But the Bill, in its content, totally ignored the labour-protection issues, and in respect of social security, the Bill contains nothing substantive but an open-ended indication on some welfare schemes without any enforceable and justiciable measures for universal coverage, justiciability and funding mechanism. ...(Interruptions)... This kind of open-ended indications suits better in mileage seeking political statements, and not in any legislation. The overwhelming majority of the country's workforce making a major contribution to country's growing GDP numbers do not warrant such humiliating treatment. ...(Interruptions)...

My question to the hon. Minister is: What about the comprehensive protective legislation for the unorganised sector workers as committed in NCMP? ...(Interruptions)... Will the hon. Minister clarify that the present Bill, which is not acceptable and workable in its present form, will be reformulated based on two draft bills, submitted by the NCEUS, for unorganised sector and agricultural sector workers to the Government on 6th August, 2007? ...(Interruptions)...

(Ends)

SHRI OSCAR FERNANDES: Sir,.......(Interruptions)...

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: The question is:

That leave be granted to introduce a Bill to provide for the social

security and welfare of unorganised sector workers and

for other matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

 

The motion was adopted.

 

SHRI OSCAR FERNANDES: Sir, I introduce the Bill. (Ends)

(Followed by TMV/1D)

-MKS-TMV-SC/1D/12.10

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: Special Mentions. (Interruptions)... Shri Lalit Kishore Chaturvedi. (Interruptions)...

SPECIAL MENTIONS

HMS

REQUEST TO RELEASE REMAINING FUNDS UNDER SGRY TO THE STATE OF RAJASTHAN

 

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KLG

OF DEMAND TO GIVE PROMOTIONAL OPPORTUNITIES TO

CORRESPONDENTS DOORDARSHAN

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MKS

CONCERN OVER HORRENDOUS SCENARIO

OF CHILD LABOUR

 

DR. GYAN PRAKASH PILANIA (RAJASTHAN): Sir, the latest Report of International Labour Organisation (ILO), released on 12.6.07, to mark the World Anti-Child Labour Day, says that more than 20 per cent of child labourers, aged between 5 and 14 years, in India work in the fields or hunt in forests for a livelihood. Manufacturing and repair are the next two sectors where lakhs of children work despite a ban on child labour, in place since 2006. In percentage terms, more than 22 per cent and 25 per cent of the working children are employed in these two sectors.

The Report, titled 'Child Labour Facts and Figures: an analysis of Census 2001', was compiled by ILO after analysing the last census. It divides child and adolescent labour into two categories: 5 to 14 years and 5 to 17 years. In real terms, in the first age group, the total work force in India is 126.67 lakhs; in the second, 283.48 lakhs. The share of workers aged 5 to 14 and 5 to 17 years in the total workforce of the country is 3.15 per cent and 7.05 per cent respectively. Besides the sheer number of child workers in India, the National Sample Survey Organisation says that rural families are being forced to send their children to work due to poverty and hunger.

Above all, the ILO Report exposes the myth of ban on child labour. Hence, I would urge the Government to save the Indian Childhood from the curse of bonded labour. (Ends)

aka

CONCERN OVER POOR ENROLMENT OF STUDENTS

IN SOME SCHOOL OF THE COUNTRY

 

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NB

 

NEED TO TAKE MEASURES TO REMOVE OBSTACLES IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY IN THE COUNTRY

 

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ָָ ִõֆ ׮ָ ־ֿ (ִ֯)

-TMV

DEMAND FOR STREAMLINING CROP INSURANCE SCHEME

SHRI SHARAD ANANTRAO JOSHI (MAHARASHTRA): Sir, through this Special Mention, I wish to point out the bizarre working of the Crop Insurance Scheme which is designed to provide succour to the farmers who got in the debt trap.

In Ambejogai tehsil of Beed district of the Monarch Rod region of Maharashtra, the farmers have taken crop insurance for crops of arhar, sesame, soyabean and moong on 21st July, 2006.

The Government had approved payment of an amount of Rs.149 lakhs which was the claim of the farmers in this tehsil. The District Central Bank issued cheques in the name of individual farmers.

Two farmers of Hivra village received cheques for Rs.2 and Rs.5 only. These farmers had to spend Rs.5 for getting the delivery of the cheques and are now called upon to deposit, at least, Rs.300 for opening an account in the bank in order to be able to encash the cheques.

I, therefore, urge upon the Government to look into the ways in which the Crop Insurance Scheme is working at some places. (Ends)

VK

CONCERN OVER ISSUANCE OF COASTAL ZONE MANAGEMENT NOTIFICATION LEADING TO ADVERSE IMPACT ON FISHERMEN

 

SHRI JANARDHANA POOJARY (KARNATAKA): Sir, the Centre proposes to issue a Notification for Coastal Zone Management in replacement of the Coastal Regulation Zone Notification of 1991.

The CMZ would allow establishment of SEZs, ports, tourist resorts, mining, etc., covering a large area through expansion of the coastal zone up to 12 nautical miles into the ocean. Resultantly, the fishing communities would be displaced from their traditional fishing sites.

Certain international Conventions ratified by India i.e. the Convention on Biological Diversity and the FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries, mandate (i) protection and encouragement of customary use of biological resources in accordance with the traditional and cultural practices that are compatible with the conservation or sustainable use requirements and (ii) consultation with the representatives of the fisheries sector and the fishing communities in the decision-making processes and their involvement in other activities related to coastal area management planning and sustainable development.

The fishing communities of the Coastal Karnataka have strongly opposed the CZM Notification and have demanded framing of a comprehensive legislation complying with the International Conventions in consultation with them.

While opposing the licenses issued to 110 deep-sea foreign fishing trawlers contrary to the Murari Committee recommendations, the fishing community has demanded regularisation of the 3,000 marine villages along the coastal India.

Since the proposed CSM Notification has generated resentment among the poor fishermen of Coastal Karnataka comprising Dakshin Kannada, Udupi and Uttar Kannada districts, and are likely to turn violent, I appeal to the Government to defer its issuance. Thank you.

(Ends)

RG

NEED TO CHECK CRIME AGAINST CHILDREN

SHRI SANTOSH BAGRODIA (RAJASTHAN): Sir, I rise to command the attention of the House to the alarming trend of increasing abuse of children. The society is becoming hazardous for our children. The country has, for long, had a skewed sex ratio, with recurrent reports from all over the country of female foetuses being recovered. Even after birth, the girl infants are being dumped by their parents. A girl child is vulnerable to sexual abuse by neighbours, close relatives or even teachers. Sacrosanct relationships have been besmirched by lust. Young girls mostly from vulnerable families have been forced into trafficking and pornography. Another aspect is increasing cases of kidnapping of infants and children for ransom by organised gangs with linkages in several States. The security agencies have not been able to decisively burst such inter-State gangs. Yet another dimension of the problem is the abuse of children by insurgent and terrorist groups as their recruits. More precarious social and material conditions prevail in slums and sundry colonies, where the children are exposed to crime at an early age. I request the Government to take following measures: The Government should compile a handbook of laws and local enforcing agencies for circulation in schools, police stations and parents. Special efforts should be made to provide education and vocational training to the children living in slums by opening more schools. The Government should launch special drive against organised gangs involved in kidnapping and the culprits should be tried under special and more stringent laws. (ENDS)

VNK

DEMAND FOR EARLY COMPLETION OF

NATIONAL HIGHWAY NO. 215

 

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ks

REQUEST FOR CENTRAL ASSISTANCE FOR COMPLETION OF PENDING PROJECTS ON THE BANGALORE-MYSORE ROUTE

 

SHRIMATI PREMA CARIAPPA (KARNATAKA): Sir, day by day the movement of freight and passenger traffic on the Bangalore-Mysore rail route has been increasing rapidly. The existing trains are not able to meet the travel needs of passengers. To ease the travel of passengers and benefit the people, I appeal to the Government to consider the demands of:

                        adding additional bogies to the existing trains;

                        introduction of new train;

                        taking up doubling of Bangalore-Ramanagara rail route upto Mysore city.

The Government of Karnataka has made a provision of about Rs. 25 crores for the doubling and electrification of the track between Ramanagar and Mysore.

Considering the demand of the people of Karnataka, I request the Central Government to sanction and release adequate Central assistance on priority basis for the completion of this pending project at an early date. (Ends)

TDB

NEED TO TAKE EFFECTIVE MEASURES FOR REPAIRING, MAINTENANCE, WIDENING AND CONVERTING INTO FOUR-LANING OF NATIONAL HIGHWAY - 31-A

 

SHRI O.T. LEPCHA (SIKKIM): Mr. Deputy Chairman, Sir, I would like to draw the attention of the Government towards repair and maintenance of National Highway 31-A in Sikkim State.

Sir, Sikkim is a popular tourist destination for its culture, scenic beauty and bio-diversity. The tourist industry provides adequate employment to the people of the State. Sikkim being a land-locked and peaceful State is isolated from the rest of the North-Eastern Region and it is covered by three countries such as China, Nepal and Bhutan. The Sikkim Government receives around four lakh tourists per annum. There is only one life-line of NH-31A in Sikkim. There is no air link/rail link and no alternative highway of NH-31A. Numerous public and private run buses, taxis, jeep services, four-wheelers, etc., connect the Bagdogra Airport, NJP/Siliguri railway stations to Gangtok on National Highway 31-A. But it is a matter of grave concern to all of us that the National Highway-31A which links Siliguri to Gangtok is in a very deteriorated and bad condition. The people of Sikkim, Northern Bengal, Darjeeling and Kalimpong have been facing a lot of difficulties due to bad condition of this existing road. Roads are maintained by the Ministry of Surface Transport and are mainly responsible for not repairing, maintenance and widening of NH-31A. They are not paying appropriate attention towards maintenance and upgradation of the road. This National Highway-31A should be converted into four-laning in public interest.

Sir, there is an urgent need for repair, maintenance and upgradation of NH-31A for solutions of various road-engineering problems. It is requested that a Central team should visit this National Highway and effective measures should be taken in this respect.

So, I request the Government of India to take immediately necessary steps for repairing, maintenance, widening and converting into four laning of the National Highway-31A. Thank you, Sir. (Ends)

kgg

DEMAND TO INCREASE NUMBER OF SEATS IN COURSES

FOR C.A., C.S., ETC

 

SHRI GIREESH KUMAR SANGHI (ANDHRA PRADESH): Sir, India's growth rate has been very encouraging. With this, a lot of new avenues have emerged and there has been a spur in various segments, particularly industries and services. All the multinationals are now looking at India for investments. The salaries in the private sector are increasing rapidly and there is an acute shortage of manpower in some key areas such as Company Secretaries, Chartered Accountants, Lawyers, Architects, Civil Engineers, etc. This shortage is expected to continue and create a disproportion in demand and supply, resulting in abnormal salaries. The reason for this is limited number of seats available in these courses, particularly in C.A. and C.S. Therefore, the number of seats need to be increased and the quality and standard of education raised to match the day's need and demand. We also need highly committed researchers to carry on research work on par with the developed countries. We have 362 universities in our country, whereas Japan has got 4000 universities and for the size of our country one can easily estimate how many more universities we need with facilities of Post Graduation and Ph.D. courses. In order to make India a knowledge economy, we need to concentrate on education and make available all the modern facilities and infrastructure to our universities and other educational institutions. Undoubtedly, India can be an international hub for higher and technical education in the years to come. I would, therefore, urge upon the Government to examine the matter and initiate suitable remedial measures in this direction. (Ends)

KLS

NEED TO PREVENT WEAPONISATION OF SPACE

SHRI VIJAY J. DARDA (MAHARASHTRA): Sir, our Foreign Minister has pleaded for de-weaponisation of space after the debris left behind by China's satellite killing missile test. Firstly, it is necessary to identify the lacunae in the internal legal framework and outline definitive treaty to de-weaponise outer space. Presently, there is a plethora of legal documents on this subject like Limited Test Ban Treaty of 1963, Outer Space Treaty of 1967, Convention on the Prohibition of Military of 1976, and Moon Agreement of 1979. While LTBT prohibits "any nuclear weapon test explosion from being carried out in the atmosphere beyond its limits including outer space', but this treaty does not cover conventional weapons. Similarly, OSD does not deal with weapons other than Weapons of Mass Destruction. MA is relatively comprehensive, but it has been signed by about eleven countries. CPM prescribes soft obligations on the signatories not to engage in military or any other hostile use of environmental modifications techniques in outer space. Thus the only practical way is through widespread negotiations with the assistance of specialised agency of UNO or any other internal body to enact an international treaty explicitly on the subject of prevention of weaponisation of outer space. Broadly such a treaty should have key obligations on the member states, neither to place in orbit around the earth any objects carrying any kind of weapons nor to install such weapons on celestial bodies, and nor to station such weapons in outer space in any other manner. Let us take the lead in this direction. Thank you. (Ends)

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

MATTERS RAISED WITH PERMISSION OF CHAIR.

RE: CONCERN OVER BEATING OF AN

INNOCENT MUSLIM BOY BY POLICE

 

SHRI SANTOSH BAGRODIA (RAJASTHAN): Sir, I would like to draw the attention of the House to the beating of an innocent Muslim boy by the police in a vindictive manner. (Interruptions)....

(Ends)

RE: SUPPLY OF ARMS AND AMMUNITIONS AND

DEFENCE EQUIPMENT TO BANGLADESH BY CHINA

 

SHRI V. NARAYANASAMY (PUDUCHERRY): Sir, I would like to raise a matter relating to supply of arms and ammunitions and defence equipment to Bangladesh by China. (Interruptions)....

(Ends)

RE: ALLEGED REPORT ON CONSTITUTION OF A

INDO-SRI LANKAN HIGH LEVEL COMMITTEE ON DEFENCE

 

SHRI D. RAJA (TAMIL NADU): Sir, there is a conflicting report appearing in The Hindu today that the announcement made by Sri Lanka on Thursday on the constitution of an "Indo-Sri Lanka High Level Committee on Defence" was the result of incorrect interpretation about the recent visit of an official delegation to New Delhi. (Interruptions).... What is the correct interpretation? (Interruptions)....

(Ends)

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: Now, we shall take up the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution) Amendment Bill, 2007. (Interruptions)... Dr. Anbumani Ramdoss.

THE CIGARETTES AND OTHER TOBACCO PRODUCTS

(PROHIBITION OF ADVERTISEMENT AND REGULATION

OF TRADE AND COMMERCE, PRODUCTION, SUPPLY

AND DISTRIBUTION) AMENDMENT BILL, 2007

 

THE MINISTER OF HEALTH AND FAMILY WELFARE (DR. ANBUMANI RAMDOSS): Sir, I beg to move:

That the Bill to amend the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products

(Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution) Act, 2003, as passed by Lok Sabha, be taken into consideration.

....(Interruptions)...

Sir, the Cigarette and Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution) Act, 2003, makes it mandatory for depiction of skull and cross bones and other pictorial warning as may be specified in the packs of cigarette and other tobacco products. The proposed amendment to the Act would make the requirement of depiction of skull and cross bones optional rather than mandatory.

... (Interruptions)....

The proposed amendment would facilitate the implementation of the specified health warnings. The early implementation of the provisions relating to specified health warnings is important as it would bring about awareness amongst the youth and children and also illiterate persons, about the serious and adverse health consequences of tobacco consumption.

.... (Interruptions) ....

Sir, I commend the Bill for the consideration of the House.

The question was proposed.

...(Interruptions)....

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: Does anybody want to speak on the Bill? (Interruptions)... Nobody wants to speak. (Interruptions).... The question is:

That the Bill to amend the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products

(Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution) Act, 2003, as passed by Lok Sabha, be taken into consideration.

The motion was adopted.

... (Interruptions)...

(Contd. By VK/1E)

VK-RG/1E, 1F/12.15, 12.20

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: We shall now take up clause-by-clause consideration of the Bill.

Clause 2 was added to the Bill.

Clause 1, the Enacting Formula and the Title were added to the Bill.

DR. ANBUMANI RAMDOSS: I beg to move:

That the Bill be passed.

The question was put and the motion was adopted.

(Ends)

....(Interruptions)....

THE COMPETITION (AMENDMENT) BILL, 2007

THE MINISTER OF COMPANY AFFAIRS (SHRI PREM CHAND GUPTA): Mr. Deputy Chairman, Sir, I move:-

That the Bill to amend the Competition Act, 2002, as passed

by Lok Sabha, be taken into consideration.

 

Sir, as an emerging economy, the need to curb monopolistic practices that may lead to unhealthy accumulation of economic power in an environment of scarce resources was felt and India enacted its first anti-trust law in the form of Monopolies and Restrictive Trade Practices, i.e. the MRTP Act, 1969. The thrust of this law was on prevention of concentration of economic power through monopolistic, restrictive and unfair trade practices.

...(interruptions)....

However, the economic reforms of the last two decades have enabled a greatly liberalized economic regime, which has also resulted in a change in the competitive environment in the country, as well as internationally. Today, the global economy is interlinked. Indian entities will have to compete not only against each other domestically but also in the international arena. In view of these trends, it is now recognized that the existing anti-trust regime is not adequate to squarely address issues of competition and anti-competitive practices in the market place, which is changing dynamically. Hence, the need for a new Competition Law was felt along with the creation of a Competition Regulatory Body and the Competition Act, 2002 was enacted. However, this Act faced a legal challenge necessitating some amendments, which are now before this august House.

.....(interruptions)....

Broadly, now the Competition Commission of India would be functioning as an expert body, along with the Competition Appellate Tribunal, which would hear appeals on the orders made by the Commission and also adjudicate on compensation claims, if any. A suitable arrangement has been proposed in the Bill so that the orders of these two bodies are properly implemented. Arrangements have also been proposed for the competition regulator to coordinate its work with other regulators through consultation.

I may mention that earlier the Bill has been extensively discussed and debated in the Standing Committee, which finally submitted its report on 12 December, 2006. I take this opportunity to thank the Standing Committee on Finance for the enlightened discussion and their valuable suggestions. We have attempted to address the suggestions of the Standing Committee keeping in view that the Competition Act had already been enacted earlier in 2002 and provided for a particular framework for competition regulation. The Bill has also been considered and passed by the Lok Sabha.

....(Interruptions)....

Sir, in recent times, the Indian economy has shown consistently good performance and has grown in size and diversity with functioning markets in many areas. Today, India is poised to play a meaningful role in the world economy. Now it is appropriate that we address the imperatives of competition so that we can bring out the best in the Indian market. This Amendment Bill is commended for the consideration of the House with this objective.

The question was put and the motion was adopted.


MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: We shall now take up clause-by-clause consideration of the Bill.

Clauses 2 to 50 were added to the Bill.

Clause 1, the Enacting Formula and the Title were added to the Bill.

SHRI PREM CHAND GUPTA: Sir, I move:

That the Bill be passed.

The question was put and the motion was adopted.

(Ends)

.....(Interruptions).....

OBITUARY REFERENCES TO:

(i) 80 pilgrims killed in Rajasthan truck mishap;

(ii) 10 people killed in flyover collapse accident at Punjagutta, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh.

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: Hon. Members, on 7th September, 2007, in an accident, more than 80 people lost their lives and 60 got injured when a truck carrying about 1`50 pilgrims to the annual fair of Babaramdeo Temple at Ramdevra in Jaisalmer fell into a deep gorge at Desuri-ka-Nall village in Rajsamand district of Rajasthan.

In Hyderabad, on 9th September, 2007, about ten people are also reported to have lost their lives due to collapse of a girder at a bridge construction site at Punjagutta Junction.

I am sure the whole House will join me in offering condolences to the bereaved families and pray for early recovery of those who got injured in these accidents.

I request Members to rise in their places and observe silence as a mark of respect to the memory of those who lost their lives in these tragedies.

(Hon. Members then stood in silence for one minute)

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: Secretary-General will convey to the members of the bereaved families our deep sense of sorrow and sympathy.

The House is adjourned till 4 o' clock.

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The House then adjourned at twenty-one minutes past twelve

of the clock.

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