PREVIOUS HOUR

-YSR/VKK-HMS/1n/12.00

DR. K. MALAISAMY (CONTD.): I agree with you. While doing so, how you can manage with the Treasury Benches, with the Opposition Benches and with the UNPA, are the things you have to consider. As far as I am concerned, what I could suggest to you is that when you allocate time, when you give a chance, you have to be extra considerate with the Opposition, still more considerate with the UNPA and still more considerate with AIADMK which is led by a famous leader, a marvellous leader and a mass leader, Madam Jayalalitha. Thank you, Sir.

(Ends)

DR. KARAN SINGH (NCT OF DELHI): Mr. Chairman, Sir, Dr. Manmohan Singh, the Leader of the House and the Leader of the Congress Party in the Rajya Sabha, has already conveyed on behalf of all of us, our very warm support to you and our pledge that we will cooperate with you in every way. Sir, as the Deputy Leader of the Congress Party and as the Chairman of the Ethics Committee, there is one point I would like to add. The Ethics Committee, which I have had the honour to chair for the last few years, has drawn up a code of conduct for Members of Parliament. This code of conduct has been accepted by both Houses and by all parties and has been reiterated time and again. My submission to you is that as you manage the proceedings of the House, you could keep before you that code of conduct and urge the Members that they should keep their debate within those parameters. A lot of the problems that arise -- a mention has been made of the disruption of the House and so on -- would disappear if all the Members voluntarily accept that universally accepted code of conduct. Sir, as everybody ended up with a verse, I will also end up with a verse of Allama Iqbal, which defines leadership in the most exquisite manner.

"׮ Ӥ, ֮ פ֮־֕, ,

ܟ ֱ, ߸--ָ ׻֋"

(Ends)

DR. P.C. ALEXANDER (MAHARASHTRA): Sir, you have been listening to warm felicitations by leaders of political parties represented here. I stand before you and the House as an independent to extend warm felicitations to you for your well deserved election as the Vice-President of the country, in which capacity you are also the Chairman of this House. You must have heard a good deal about the Rajya Sabha being an unruly House. You must have read in the media that very little business is being transacted within the House and the House spends time more on demonstrations than on debates. But, Sir, I wish to inform you that I have been watching the proceedings of this House from my days as a junior officer from the Officer's Gallery and now, I have the privilege of sitting inside here. I should say, looking around the Members of the House, in my long experience of witnessing as an outsider, I have never seen such an eminent collection of talents in various fields of service to the nation as I see in the present Rajya Sabha. I should say this not merely about the Members of the political parties, but also for the Members of the independent group, particularly the nominated Members. Looking at the independent group and the nominated Members, you will see that some of the best brains of the country are present in this House. So, this is a House of extraordinary abilities, talents and capacities. The only trouble is that the rules of the House do not allow the independents or the nominated Members the opportunities to speak in this House and when they get the opportunities, the rules do not allow them to speak for more than five or six minutes at a time. I am not blaming the rules but, I hope, even with these rules staying as they are, you as the Chairman should exercise your discretion, look at the person who is standing up, think of the contribution he is capable of making on a particular subject and then, you have enough power to relax the rules of four or five minutes that weighs us down in this House. I knew you for a quarter of century and I have interacted with you on various occasions and I know the depth of your knowledge and the greatness of your experience.

(Contd. by RSS/1O)

1O/RSS-KLG/12.05

DR. P.C. ALEXANDER (CONTD.): One last thing I wish to say here. Many people in this House or outside the House may see you or speak of you or write of you as a Muslim Vice-President. This is unfortunately a wrong tendency in our country. We have elected a President of the country, and still, people refer to her as Mahila President. She may be a Mahila, but she is the President of the country. You are a very good Muslim in your individual life. I know that. But, you are the Vice-President of the country, and we don't see you as a Muslim, not as a minority, but as a great citizen of this country, elevated to the second highest position. We can congratulate you; I congratulate you. I can't speak of a party. I congratulate you from the bottom of my heart on your elevation to this high office. Thank you. (Ends)

ָ֮ (׸) : ָ , ֯ ָ֤ ׻֋ ֛ ֟ ָ֮ ֤ ֯ ו Ù ָ , ֮ ָ, և׸ ߿֮, ֯ ꌙ , Ù ָ ֯ օ ֯ ֌ ָ, և׸ ߿֮ ֤ ֵ? ִ , ָ ß ֲ ִ , ֲ ߙ ָ

ָ, ֯ ָ ֯ ו Ù ָ , ֮֯ ִ օ ։ ָ ָ֮ ֯ ָ߱ ִ֟ ߮ ֛ , ֲ ׮ֵ ָ Ù כ ֋, ָ -և ӱ , ָ ָ ֮־껣 և-״׮Ù ӱ ָ ָ ֤ô֟ ֲ פ , ֲ ֋ ߮ ֌ ֯ ߱ ߮ ֌ ֮֯ ִ ׮ֳֵօ ֌ ֲ ׿ ִ ֮ Ù ֵ׸ ֮, ָ ִ ֯ וִ , ֤ ֮֯ ָ ִ , ֻ ֕ ֯ ָ

ָ ֟, ֯ ׸ָ ֕ ֵ ֲ ֯ Ù ֟ , ָ Ù ֯ ׻֋ ֛ , ֟ ֻ֟ ֯ ָ֤ ֮־֤

(ִ֯)

֮ (ָ™) : ֳ֯ן , ׿־ ָ ֤ ֯ þ֟ , ׳֮Ӥ ֯ ָ™ן ֮ ֤ ֳ֯ן ֮ ֟ ֯ ׾֮֫ , ָ ֮֯ ִ , ֯ ֤֕ , ܵ ֵ , ֜ ûִ ׮־֙ և ָֻ ֮ ֲ ִ ֵ֤ ֮ , ִ ך , ֟ ֮ ִ֮ ֯ ֺ ֯ ו ָ , ֛ ִ , ָ ׾ ׾ ָ ִ ֻ ֤ , ֿ , ו֮ ִ ֮ ֟ , ״֡

ָ, ݵ ֟ ֤ ֯ ֳ֯ן ֟ ֮֟ ִ - ׻֋ ך ֳ ׻֋ ֻ ו֮֟ ִ ֤ ֯ , ֮ ִ ֯ ָ

1/ ָ

aka-mks/12.10/1p

֮ (֟) : פ ֯ ֕ ֳ ֱ ֮֮ ׻֋ ™ ״֡֟ ֤־ ־ֿ ֲ ֤ ו֮֟ ״֡֟ ֯ ֤õ , ֆ , ו֮֟ ֤־ ֯ ׮ִ , ֤õ ֮ ֮ ֯ ֱ֟ ֜ ׻֋ ו֮֟ ִ , ֤ ִ ֯ ָ ֯ , ֤õ ״֡֟ ֳ ֟ ִ ך ֟ ֲ ֯ ָ ֲ ׾ ֯ ֕ ֳ ֮֮ ִ ך , ָ

֮֟ ׻֋ ֲ ֯ ֟ ׮¯ ׮¯ ߾֮ ֮ ִ , ָ , ֯ ׮¯֟ ִ ֯ ™ן ִ ֮֯ ֤ ֯ ™ן ִ ָ 2020 ָ ן ™ India should be a developed country by 2020. ֮֯ ָ ׻֋ ֳ ֵ֟ ־ֿ , ֳ ֮֯ ִ֮ ־ֿ ָ ׻֋ ֯ ֤ ״ֻ , ָ

֯ ܵ ֵ ֯ ֮֟ ֙ ׿־ ֤ ܵ , ָ ܵ ֮֯ ܵ ׻֋ ִ , ܵ ֤õ ׻֋ ִ , ָ ֌ ֯ ן , ָ ִ֮ ֮ :-

Ӥ ֮ ֤߸

֮ , ֟

(ִ֯)

DR. BIMAL JALAN (NOMINATED): Sir, I too would like to add my voice to felicitate you in this Chamber. To welcome you, a lot has been said by more distinguished Members about the achievements, the distinction and the contribution that you have made to our society. Sir, this House has had some extremely distinguished leaders of our society in your position, and I am sure that we are very fortunate in having you too in the same position. Sir, I do not want to say much because all your qualifications, everything that you bring to this House is well-known. But with your permission, I would just like to add a word on one of the issues that has been discussed, which is the role of the Rajya Sabha, and this I do from a somewhat different perspective from the one that we have heard from some of the distinguished speakers before me. I am a non-party person; I am a non-elected Member, a nominated Member. It also distinguishes us from the independent elected Members, that we are non-elected, non-partisan Members. Now, the Constitution did provide this. We are here because the Constitution provides that the ordinary citizen of India should be represented in some way, in his own capacity, as it were, non-elected, i.e. non-political, non-leader, non, non, non. I mean we may have some achievements to our credit in some different spheres of our life, but the whole point is that we should come here. I am here for a very short term in the sense that all of the distinguished Members that you hear are here for 15 years, 20 years, 30 years, for seven terms, eight terms, but I am here for one term. (Contd. by TMV/1Q)

-MKS-TMV-NB/1Q/12.15

DR. BIMAL JALAN (CONTD.): Therefore, I should say one or two words about the role of the Rajya Sabha. From the perspective of an average citizen, who is here for a short time, and hopefully I must share the view of Dr. Alexander that this House has a very distinguished body of persons from all walks of life, on all sides of the House, irrespective of party affiliations. So, it is not a point about the individuals or about the quality of the talents that we have in this House, but what we have done to the House. That is what I want to tell you.

This House has two or three different characteristics than the Lok Sabha. First, it does not dissolve itself. It is supposed to be the House of States, the Council of States. It is supposed to represent the States rather than the parties. It is also supposed to have indirect elections. The whole point is that the legislators of the State Assemblies would elect the representatives who can represent that State. Now, what have we done over a period of time? It has nothing to do with the individuals; it has nothing to do with the parties, but it has something to do with the way in which you handle this House of Elders. You have the anti-defection law. You have the whip. The parties decide who will be here. The States nominally vote the legislators. But they have no choice. It is open voting. You can't defect. There is the whip. So, depending on your party's strength, depending on your bargaining power, you can elect anyone. This House is also dominated by parties which was not the original policy. It was supposed to be dominated by the representatives of the States, which was done indirectly. It is not happening. I am mentioning this not as a complaint because we are very privileged to be here. We don't have the electoral backing for us. All of you are leaders, we are individuals. But if you are worried about the separate role of the Rajya Sabha, then you have to give some thought to the kind of rules that we have framed, over a period of time, through legislation. It is that which is giving a kind of undissolving role to this House, which was envisaged in our Constitution. Maybe, it is not necessary. Then, let us say it is not necessary. It is a duplicate of the Lok Sabha dominated by parties and that is it. There is no harm in it. You can go through the same legislative agenda on which you have neither the "yes" nor the "no" power. You can always pass whatever legislation you want, once it has been passed by the Lok Sabha. You can do whatever you want. The executive is supreme. You can dissolve the House and reconvene after a week. That doesn't matter. But what I am saying is that if you want the same thing, let us accept that it is the same thing as the other House. The only advantage is that we don't have to dissolve ourselves. The only advantage is that we can nominate and elect the Members as we wish, and some of us have the great privilege of being here and also have the advantage of being here without elections. So, the House has its advantages. But it is not a different role. Thank you very much. (Ends)

SHRI TIRUCHI SIVA (TAMIL NADU): Mr. Chairman, Sir, on behalf of my party, DMK, I extend profusely our heartiest congratulations to you on having been elected as Vice-President of this vast nation and the Chairman of this august House. Having served the nation in various capacities, you have made your mark on all the tracks that you have come along all these days. Along with the Members of this House, the people of this nation repose their confidence in you, and you will certainly uphold the dignity and tradition of this august House and safeguard the principles of democracy. We, trained like soldiers by our esteemed leader, Dr. Kalaignar, assure you the fullest cooperation in maintaining the decorum of this House; and I am of the strong opinion that your tenure as Chairman of this House will, of course, have a place in history. Thank you. (Ends)

DR. FAROOQ ABDULLAH (JAMMU AND KASHMIR): Mr. Chairman, I represent the National Conference of Jammu and Kashmir. I congratulate you on becoming the Chairman of this House and the Vice-President of this great nation. I am very grateful to those friends who wanted to nominate me, and I am glad that you are the one who has been elected. Dr. (Shrimati) Najma Heptulla would say that there are many more friends on whom you can rely, and I am sure that you will be successful one day. (Contd. By VK/1R)

-TMV/VK/MP/1R/12.20

DR. FAROOQ ABDULLAH (CONTD): To the Treasury Benches, I would like to say that I had been the Chief Minister of a very difficult State. How did I win the opposition? I did it by trying to accommodate them as best as I could. Even in zero hour, Mr. Prime Minister, when the Minister is not supposed to reply to some of the important points that are raised, if the Government had a report, I would rise up and try and speak so that the opposition could get the benefit of the knowledge that the Government had. Sir, as I have said and I am sure all of you must know it, this House is a very difficult House. Dr. Alexander did say that there are wise men here. But, unfortunately, the wise man's voice never gets up. There are people who shout and shout so severely that nothing is heard. I pity those children who look at those television programmes and see us fighting as if we are in a fish market. One of the things which I would like to tell the hon. Members is that we are unable to accommodate each other. The Communist Party of India threatens the Government on the nuclear issue. I wonder whether they will stand to that when it comes to it. We are trying to really score points for elections. Are we really building a strong India? Do we really think of the poor who are suffering today, who are in the middle of floods whether in Bihar or in Bengal or in other parts of the nation? I wonder whether we really do think of that. If we vow to think of that, then I don't think the disruptions in the House should be so severe that we collect our Rs. 1000/- and walk out without being bothered about what is happening to the nation. Dr. Karan Singh did bring the rules before you. How many of us have really read those rules or will ever obey those rules? This is a difficult House. You are sitting on a Chair which is full of thorns. May God give you courage of running it. The only way you run it is, Sir, I will tell you frankly, if you will be just, not because of the party that has elected you, but trust in the Almighty that he alone is the one who is the giver and he alone does take. If you are just to all sides, whether this side or that side or the middle, there will be no trouble in this House. You will hear us. I hope they will patiently hear you. If they speak, we should hear them patiently. We should not feel that we are going to score points because it is finally the people of India who will elect whichever Government has to come in two years. They are not the people that were there in 1952 when Pt. Jawaharlal stood for elections. They have changed. They are educated. They know what is right and what is wrong. I congratulate you on behalf of my party and on behalf of my people who suffer everyday irrespective of their religion. I agree with Dr. Alexander that you are a born Muslim. But above all when you are sitting on the Chair, you are an Indian and you are a just Indian and we expect justice from you as Indian. May God give you that courage. May God give courage to all of us who sit on this side or that side or in the middle that we will defend India's integrity and Indian's honour at all times to come, irrespective of anything. Thank you. (Ends)

SHRI SHARAD ANANTRAO JOSHI (MAHARASHTRA): Mr. Chairman, Sir, everybody from all parties has congratulated you on your accomplishments and on your election to this high post of the republic and of this House. I, on behalf of myself and on behalf of the Swatantra Bharat Party, the only liberal party in this country, join all in congratulating you.....(Interruptions). (Contd. by RG/1S)

RG/SC/12.25/1S

SHRI SHARAD ANANTRAO JOSHI (contd.): I am only one but you are all coming to my point of view. Sir, I feel that this is more than an occasion for self-congratulations that this House has found wisdom to elect a person of your accomplishments, qualities of intellect and heart. There have been weapons to the rowdy behaviour in this House. As a first-time Member and as a long-term farm leader, I would like to state that the reason is that the present rules do not bring in light the interventions of the people who make a significant contribution. Even an Edmund Berg or a Mark Anthony would go unlistened to while those boisterous elements, who shout, get reported because unfortunately the Presiding Authority often yields to them and adjourn the House. One request I would like to make to you is, as a Member who had never been to the Well and as a Member who had never shouted, please do not succumb to the pressures of adjourning the House; let the House continue as it is, and ensure that even those who represent only small groups get an occasion to speak and put forward their points of view. Thank you very much.

(Ends)

SHRI DINESH TRIVEDI (WEST BENGAL): Mr. Chairman, Sir, this is a very pleasant occasion of welcoming you to this high Chair of the temple of democracy. On behalf of Trinamool Congress, I welcome you, Sir. I have seen that there are three occasions in this House when there is pin-drop silence. One is, when we welcome; the other is, when we bid farewell, and the third is the sad occasion of obituary.

I will try and stick to the occasion for which we have assembled here today. We are very proud and privileged to be a Member of this temple of democracy, and you are doubly privileged to be on this high Chair of democracy. Sir, there will be many occasions which, I am sure, will come when we can discuss the pros and cons of running this House. I have a lot to say, but today, I will not use that occasion. I would plead only one thing before you. We have talked about protection of minorities, which is very essential. Today I seek your protection, because you are the protector, to protect the rights of the majority, and the majority, I am talking about is we the backbenchers. I am sure you will be very kind to us. Thank you very much, Sir. I once again welcome you. (Ends)

׿š ֵָ (ײָ) : ֳ֯ן , ֳ ִ׮֟ ֤õ ָ ֯ ֱ֟ ִ֮ ׻֋ ֤ ָ ֮ ׻֋ ֮ ־֮ ֌ , ֮֯ ߾֮ ָ֤֮ ָ ָ֤֮ ָ ֮ ֤ ֯ ָ ֯ ָ ֮ ׻֋ ֤ , ֤ ٙ , ֲ ֋ ֯ - ֢ ָ ן֯օ ֮ ״ֻ֟ ֢ ־ֻ ֲָָ ֛ ־ֲ֤ ӳֻ֟ ָ ֟ ֲ ֢ ־ֻ ̲֕ פև ֛ , ִֵ - ֮ פև ֛

(1-ߋ ָ ֟)

1t/12.30/ks-mcm

׿š ֵָ (֟) : ֟ ָ ָ ֯ ӵִ ֯ ׮Ե ֮֯ ֮ ָ֤֮ ֱ֟ ֛״ ߻ ָ - ֤ ֯ ֌־ ֕ ֳ ؛ ן ֮ ׾ ו ֯ ֻ , ֤ ֯ ػ ן ֮օ ֳ֯ן , ָߵ ֤ ָָ֋ ׫ߵ Ӆ ֵ, ָ ָ ؛ ִ֬ ָ ֤ ֻӟ ִõֆ ָ ׾ָ֓ ִ օ ߤ ֮ ֵֻ ֯ ֋ ֣ ֤ ֵԾ ״ֻ ֋ ׾µ ָ֟ ֻ֮ ָ֤ ߤ ֤õ ֣ ֯ ֤ ־, ֯ ִ֮ ־֮, ֯ ӵִ ִֵ ֟ ֻ - ֤ פև ֛ ן ֮ ֻ ָ ֯ ֣ ֤ ָ , ֤ ֵ օ ֮ ֮ ֟ ִ֯ ֮־֤ (ִ֯)

DR. BARUN MUKHERJEE (WEST BENGAL): Sir, I rise on behalf of my party, the All India Forward Block, to congratulate you heartily on your assuming the high office of the Chairman of this august House and the Vice-President of this great democratic country of ours. We are happy and proud to receive a great personality like you in whom various glorious streams of knowledge and experience have merged together. We hope the House will be greatly benefited by your wisdom and guidance. As you would appreciate, there may be conflicting ideas and divergent views amongst many of us, and these are very often expressed through occasional fiery speeches by many of the hon. Members in the House. But on one point we are all together and that is, the interests of the country. I hope that you would always guide the House towards this common point of view of all the hon. Members.

Before I conclude, I have one humble submission, Sir. Please, do allot some time not only to Members of big parties but also to Members of those parties which are bracketed here as 'other parties'. Let all of us contribute collectively to the proceedings of this august democratic House. Thank you. (Ends)

SHRI K. NATWAR SINGH (RAJASTHAN): Mr. Chairman Sir, I do not hold any position in the Government or in my party. I am speaking to you as someone who has known you for over 45 years, and known you extremely intimately. I just want to reiterate what Shri Tarlochan Singh said, that when the Non-Aligned Summit took place in March 1983, you were Chief of Protocol and I was Secretary-General of the Summit, under Shrimati Indira Gandhi. (Contd. By 1u/tdb)

TDB/1U/12.35

SHRI K. NATWAR SINGH (CONTD.): At the Commonwealth Conference in the same year, in November, you were the Chief of Protocol and I was the Chief Coordinator. And when Indiraji passed away, you, Tarlochan Singhji and I worked so hard because our hearts were broken, our lives were cut into two, to see that nothing went wrong for her funeral. I just want to say two things. Your refinement of character reminds one of Dr. Zakir Hussain. Having known you so long, all I can say is that we are singularly fortunate that an Indian of your eminence, of your distinction, of your temperament and your sensitivity presides over this House. We wish you good luck; we wish you success. You will need both, Mr. Chairman. Till ten days ago, I addressed you by your first name, now I shall address you as "Sir". All the best to you in the years to come. (Ends)

DR. (SMT.) KAPILA VATSYAYAN (NOMINATED): Mr. Chairman, Sir, it would be fate that you determined that I should follow Shri Natwar Singh because as he has said, some of us have known you for four decades and more. I was hesitant to speak here because articulation in words is not necessary to speak about either your accomplishments or the hopes or for that matter stand here to give you advice. But, Sir, as I look at that Chair and you in that Chair, as an old woman, I remember, as Dr. P.C. Alexander remembers, sitting there or elsewhere, the great people who have occupied that Chair and the legacy that that Chair brings with it, a Dr. Radhakrishnan, a Dr. Zakir Hussain, not to mention the entire galaxy of those giants. Equally important has been the legacy that has adorned this, the nominated Members, the Rashtra kavi Maithlisaran Gupt who aroused this nation, a Dinkar and many, many others, a Rukmani Devi, a Prithvi Raj Kapoor, who in each of their fields was responsible for changing the destinies of this country at very vital fundamental levels. And, finally, I rise because I wish to endorse very strongly and quite explicitly the points that have been made by respected Dr. P.C. Alexander and Dr. Bimal Jalan in respect of both timings as also the rules and the nature of the Rajya Sabha, if it is to be the Rajya Sabha, a Sabha of wisdom. Thank you, Mr. Chairman.

(Ends)

MR. CHAIRMAN: Hon. Leader of the House, Hon. Leader of the Opposition, Hon. Members of the Rajya Sabha, the Indian Parliament, an individual in a multitude of a billion becomes a celebrity when summoned by your sovereign decision to become the thirteenth incumbent of this august office of the Republic. The virtue of the democratic process is obvious. Equally evident is the burden of the twin responsibilities entrusted. The enormity of the task induces humility. (Contd. by 1w-kgg)

kgg/1w/12.40

MR. CHAIRMAN (contd.): I am overwhelmed by the warmth of your welcome and the confidence you reposed in my stewardship of this office. I can hardly find words to express my gratitude. I do pledge my utmost effort to discharge my duties with fairness and impartiality and to make every effort to protect and defend the rights and privileges of this Council.

Ours is a parliamentary democracy whose form and objectives are inscribed in the Constitution. Its institutions have stood the test of time. We, nevertheless, need to reiterate and reinvigorate our commitment to them and to their operational modalities. In such a system, the majority to my right and the minority to my left, both play an equal part. Here, I can do no better than to recall the words in this House of the first Vice-President of India, Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan of revered memory and I quote: "A democracy is distinguished by the protection it gives to minorities. A democracy is likely to degenerate into tyranny if it does not allow the opposition groups to criticise fairly, freely and frankly the policies of the Government. But, at the same time, minorities also have their responsibilities. Well, they have every right to criticise, their right to criticise should not degenerate into wilful hampering and obstruction of the work of Parliament. All groups, therefore, have their right and have their responsibilities."

Over the years, this House has developed rules of procedure and conventions for the conduct of business. These have been amplified by the rulings of the Chair. They constitute an invaluable compendium. The assigned duty of the Chair is to ensure that all play by these rules. The referee in a game of hockey or football does carry coloured cards in his shirt pocket. A good game, however, is one in which the need to use these cards does not arise. It is my fervent hope that with your cooperation, the latter mode would characterise our common endeavour.

Hon. Members, even though I am a new comer to this august body, as a citizen I am not unaware of its deliberations. Much has been done, continues to be done and would be done here to promote the national agenda. In an era of rising expectations, however, our work has to respond to changing perceptions and requirements of the people and particularly of the weaker sections of our society. They, after all, constitute the overwhelming majority of our population.

The challenge lies in the need to ensure equitable distribution of the fruits of development. The challenge also is to seek justice through substantive equity and meaningful fraternity. The will to do so is one aspect of it. Institutional efficacy and a delivery mechanism is another. Both are integral to the process of change. Delays aggravate matters. We need to recall Macaulay's caution: "Excesses of people are directed against those whom they suspect of interfering with the public good." Each of these imposes an additional responsibility on the representatives of the people. A few days back, my very distinguished predecessor rightly observed, "The quality of governance in a democracy will critically hinge on the quality of business transacted in the Parliament."

(Contd. by kls/1x)


KLS/LT/1X-12.45

MR. CHAIRMAN (CONTD): I make bold to suggest that an awareness of this would be a first step in meeting public expectations.

I conclude with an Urdu couplet that has often been a fair guide to me personally:

ß֕ ֤ؕ, ֲֻ ֤ؕ,

֤ؕ ֕ --וֻ

I thank you once again for the welcome extended to me.

KLS/LT/1X-12.45

(MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN IN THE CHAIR)

RE: UNSTARRED QUESTION NO.2024

ANSWERED ON 14TH AUGUST, 2006.

THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF MINES (DR. T. SUBBARAMI REDDY): Sir, I lay on the Table a statement (in English and Hindi) correcting the reply given in the Rajya Sabha on the 14th August, 2006 to Unstarred Question 2024 regarding Quantum of bauxite in Chhattisgarh.

(Ends)

PAPERS LAID ON THE TABLE

 

SECRETARY GENERAL: Sir, I lay on the Table a statement (in English and Hindi) showing the Bills passed by the Houses of Parliament during the Two Hundred and Tenth Session of the Rajya Sabha and assented to by the President.

 

  SHRI SURESH PACHOURI: Sir, I lay on the Table, under sub-clause (a) of clause (2) of article 123 of the Constitution, a copy each (in English and Hindi) of the following Ordinances:

(1)     The State Bank of India (Amendment) Ordinance, 2007 (No.5 of 2007), promulgated by the President on the 21st June, 2007.

(2)     The National Capital Territory of Delhi Laws (Special Provisions) Ordinance, 2007 (No.6 of 2007), promulgated by the President on the 29th January, 2007.

 

 

SHRI A.R. ANTULAY: Sir, I lay on the Table

I. A copy each (in English and Hindi) of the following papers, under section 13 of the National Commission for Minorities Act, 1992:

 

(a) Thirteenth Annual Report of the National Commission for  Minorities,  New Delhi, for the year 2005-2006.

 

(b)   Review by Government on the Working of the above Commission.

 

(c)  Action Taken Memorandum on the Recommendations contained in the above Report of the Commission.

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

 

(a)    Annual Report of the Maulana Azad Education Foundation (M.A.E.F.),   New Delhi, for the year 2005-2006.

 

(b)    Annual Accounts of the Maulana Azad Education Foundation (M.A.E.F.), New Delhi, for the year 2005-2006, and the Audit Report thereon.

 

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

 

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

SHRI SUSHILKUMAR SAMBHAJIRAO SHINDE: 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 Power) and the National Hydroelectric Power Corporation Limited (NHPC), for the year 2007-2008.

 

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

 

(iii) Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of India (Ministry of Power) and the Tehri Hydro Development Corporation Limited (THDC), for  the year 2007-2008.

  SHRIMATI D. PURANDESWARI: Sir, I lay on the Table, under  section 28 of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956, a copy (in English and Hindi) of the Ministry of Human Resource Development (Department of Secondary and Higher Education) Notification No.F.No.1-1/2002 (PS) Exemp, dated the 19th August, 2006, publishing the UGC (Minimum Qualifications Required for the Appointment and Career Advancement of Teachers in Universities and Institutions affiliated to it) (Second Amendment) Regulations, 2006, together with delay statement.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON EMPOWERMENT OF WOMEN

 

KUMARI NIRMALA DESHPANDE(NOMINATED): Sir, I lay on the Table a copy (in English and Hindi) of the Twelfth Report of the Committee on Empowerment of Women  (2006-2007)  on Plight of Indian Women Deserted by NRI Husbands.

(Ends)

 

ANNOUNCEMENT RE: GOVERNMENT BUSINESS FOR THE WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY, 13TH AUGUST, 2007

 

THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF PARLIAMENTARY AFFAIRS (SHRI SURESH PACHOURI): With your permission, Sir, I rise to announce that Government Business during the week commencing today, the 13th of August, 2007 will consist of:-

(v)            Consideration and passing of the Inland Vessels (Amendment) Bill, 2005.

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

                   The Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Order (Amendment) Bill, 2007; and

                   The Warehousing (Development and Regulation) Bill, 2007.

(vii)      Discussion on a Statutory Resolution seeking disapproval of the State Bank of India (Amendment) Ordinance, 2007 and consideration and passing of the State Bank of India Amendment) Bill, 2007, after it has been passed by Lok Sabha.

(viii)   Discussion on a 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.

(ix)         Consideration and passing of the Merchant Shipping (Amendment) Bill, 2004, after it has been passed by Lok Sabha.

(Ends)

PETITION REGARDING ENHANCEMENT OF PENSION TO VETERAN AND RENOWNED ARTISTS LIVING IN INDIGNANT CONDITION

SECRETARY GENERAL: Sir, I report to the House the receipt of a petition signed by Shri Shivendra Tripathi, a resident of Rewa (Madhya Pradesh) praying for enhancement of pension to veteran and renowned artists living in indigent condition. (Ends)

LEAVE OF ABSENCE

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: Hon. Members, I have to inform Members that a letter has been received from Shri Pyarimohan Mohapatra stating that he is unable to attend the House as he has to go abroad on a personal work. He has, therefore, requested for grant of leave of absence from 14th August, 2007 to 11th September, 2007 of the current Session of the Rajya Sabha.

Does he have the permission of the House to remain absent from all meetings of the House during the current Session?

(No hon. Member dissented)

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: Permission to remain absent is granted.

(Ends)

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BILL INTRODUCED

 

THE PRIVATE DETECTIVE AGENCIES (REGULATION) BILL, 2007

 

THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF HOME AFFAIRS (SHRI SHRIPRAKASH JAISWAL): Sir, I beg to move for leave to introduce a Bill to provide for the regulation of private detective agencies and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

 

The question was put and the motion was adopted.

 

SHRI SHRIPRAKASH JAISWAL: Sir, I introduce the Bill.

 

(Ends)

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: The House is adjourned to meet at 2.00 P.M.

...

The House then adjourned for lunch

at fifty-one minutes past twelve of the clock.

 

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