PREVIOUS HOUR

RSS/SC/1b/12.00

The House re-assembled at twelve of the clock,

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN in the Chair.

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PAPERS LAID ON THE TABLE

 

1. SHRI SURESH PACHOURI: Sir, on behalf of SHRI B.K. HANDIQUE, 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  Chemicals and Fertilizers, Department of Chemicals and Petrochemicals) and the Hindustan Antibiotics Limited (HAL), for  the year 2007-2008.

(ii) Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of India (Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers, Department of Chemicals and Petro Chemicals) and the Bengal Chemicals and Pharmaceuticals Limited (BCPL), for  the year 2007-2008.

2.  SHRIMATI PANABAKA LAKSHMI: Sir, I lay on the Table

I. A copy (in English and Hindi) of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (Department of Health and Family Welfare) Notification G.S.R. 997 (E), dated the 19th June, 2007, amending S.O. 463 (E) dated the         29th March, 2007, for extending to the State of Sikkim and appointing the 19th June, 2007, the date on which the said Act will come into force in the State of Sikkim, under sub section (3) of section 6 of the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, 1971.

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

 

(a) Annual Report and Accounts of the National Institute of Homoeopathy (NIH), 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 Institute.

 

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

 

 

 

3. ֳָև : , ׮ִ׻֟ ֡ ֳ ֙ ָ ֟ :

I. A copy (in English and Hindi) of the Ministry of Railways (Railway Board) Notification G.S.R. 435 (E), dated the 15th June, 2007 publishing the Railways (Punitive Charges for Overloading of Wagon) Rules, 2007, under  section 199 of the Railways Act, 1989.

 

II. A copy (in English and Hindi) of the Ministry of Railways (Railway Board) Notification G.S.R. 14  dated the 27th January, 2007, publishing the Railways Protection Force (Amendment) Rules, 2006, under sub-section (3) of section 21 of the Railway Protection Force Act, 1957, together with delay statement.

 

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)  Fortieth Annual Report and Accounts of the  Orissa Agro Industries Corporation Limited (OAIC), Bhubaneswar, for the year 2001-2002, 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)  Thirty-sixth Annual Report and Accounts of the  Himachal Pradesh Agro Industries Corporation Limited, Shimla, 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.

5. DR. AKHILESH PRASAD SINGH: Sir, I lay on the Table

I. A copy (in English and Hindi) of the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution  (Department of Food and Public Distribution) Notification G.S.R. 423 (E), dated the 13th June, 2007, publishing the Warehousing Corporation   (Amendment) Rules, 2007, under sub- section (3) of section 41 of the Warehousing Corporations Act, 1962.

II. A copy (in English and Hindi) of the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution (Department of Food and Public Distribution) Notification S.O. 1309 (E)/Ess. Com/Sugarcane, dated the 31st July, 2007, publishing the Sugarcane (Control) (Amendment) Order, 2007, under sub- section (6) of section 3 of the Essential Commodities Act, 1955.

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MESSAGE FROM LOK SABHA

 

The Inland Vessels (Amendment) Bill, 2007.

 

SECRETARY-GENERAL: Sir, I have to report to the House the following message received from the Lok Sabha, signed by the Secretary-General of the Lok Sabha.

 

In accordance with the provisions of rule 120 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in Lok Sabha, I am directed to inform you that Lok Sabha, at its sitting held on the 30th August, 2007, agreed without any amendment to the Inland Vessels (Amendment) Bill, 2007, which was passed by Rajya Sabha at its sitting held on the 22nd August, 2007.

(Ends)

 

 

STATEMENTS OF THE PUBLIC ACCOUNTS COMMITTEE

SHRI RAVULA CHANDRA SEKAR REDDY (ANDHRA PRADESH): Sir, I lay on the Table a copy each (in English and Hindi) of the Statements showing action taken by the Government on the Recommendations contained in the following Action Taken Reports of the Public Accounts Committee:-

 

(i) Sixty-first Report of the Committee (Tenth Lok Sabha) on Alleged unauthorised importations of plant and machinery, mis-declaration and under-invoicing of goods by a textiles manufacturer;

(ii) Fifth Report of the Committee (EleventhLok Sabha) on Building for Permanent Mission at New York;

(iii) Eighth Report of the Committee (EleventhLok Sabha) on Modvat Scheme- Fraudulent Availment of Credits;

(iv) Twenty-first Report of the Committee (EleventhLok Sabha) on Revision in the Format of Union Government Appropriation Accounts (Civil);

(v) Fourth Report of the Committee (Thirteenth Lok Sabha) on The Advance Licensing Scheme;

(vi) Sixtieth Report of the Committee (Thirteenth Lok Sabha) on Aircraft Accidents in Indian Air Force;

(vii) Sixth Report of the Committee (Fourteenth Lok Sabha) on Excesses over Voted Grants and Charged Appropriations (2000-2001);

(viii) Fifteenth Report of the Committee (Fourteenth Lok Sabha) on Refunds under the Income Tax Act, 1961;

(ix) Seventeenth Report of the Committee (Fourteenth Lok Sabha) on Union Government Appropriation Accounts (Civil) 1996-97; and

(x) Twenty-second Report of the Committee (Fourteenth Lok Sabha) on Excesses over Voted Grants and Charged Appropriations (2001-2002).

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ALLOCATION OF TIME FOR DISPOSAL OF GOVERNMENT

AND OTHER BUSINESS

 

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: I have to inform Members that the Business Advisory Committee in its meeting held on Thursday, the 30th August, 2007, has allotted time for the Government Legislative Business as follows:-

 

BUSINESS TIME ALLOTTED

 

1. Consideration and passing of the following Bills:-

 

(i) The Carriage by Road Bill, 2005 1 Hour

 

(ii) The Indian Boilers (Amendment) Bill. 1994. 2 Hours

2. Consideration and passing of the following Bills,

after they have been passed by Lok Sabha:-

 

(i) The Payment and Settlement Systems 3 Hours

Bill, 2006.

 

(ii) The Competition (Amendment) Bill, 2007 3 Hours

 

(iii) The Aircraft (Amendment) Bill, 2006 2 Hours

 

The Committee has recommended that the sitting of the Rajya Sabha fixed for Monday, the 3rd September, 2007, may be cancelled.

The Committee further recommended that the House may sit up to 6.00 P.M. and beyond, as and when necessary, for the transaction of Government Legislative and other Business, and if required, the House may dispense with the Lunch Hour.

(Ends)

STATEMENT RE. STATUS OF IMPLEMENTATION OF TWENTY-FIRST AND TWENTY- FOURTH REPORTS OF DEPARTMENT-RELATED PARLIAMENTARY STANDING COMMITTEE ON RAILWAYS

THE MINISTER OF STATE FOR RAILWAYS (SHRI R. VELU): Sir, I lay a statement on the status of implementation of recommendations contained in the Twenty-first and Twenty-fourth Reports of the Department Related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Railways.

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(Ends)

 

 


ANNOUNCEMENT RE. GOVERNMENT BUSINESS FOR THE WEEK COMMENCING 5TH OF SEPTEMBER, 2007

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THE MINISTER OF STATE FOR PARLIAMENTARY AFFAIRS (SHRI SURESH PACHOURI): With your permission, Sir, I rise to announce that the Government Business during the week commencing Wednesday, the 5th of September, 2007 will consist of:-

 

1. Consideration and passing of the following Bills:-

 

                        The Carriage by Road Bill, 2005;

 

                        The Indian Boilers (Amendment) Bill, 1994;

 

                        The Merchant Shipping (Amendment) Bill, 2007,

as passed by Lok Sabha; and

                        The Aircraft (Amendment) Bill, 2006, after it has

been passed by Lok Sabha.

 

2. 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.

 

(Ends)

 

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: Now, Special Mentions...(Interruptions)...


SPECIAL MENTIONS

HMS

CONCERN OVER DENIAL OF LOANS BY PUNJAB NATIONAL BANK

IN SIDHARTHNAGAR DISTRICT OF UTTAR PRADESH

 

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YSR

NEED TO EXPLORE ALTERNATIVE SOURCES OF ENERGY

SHRI KARNENDU BHATTACHARJEE (ASSAM): I rise to point out that the need of the hour is to find out alternative sources of energy. With the rising level of carbon dioxide, the global warming may go up to such an extent that it may endanger the future existence of maritime countries, to which our country is no exception.

In a situation like this, people should turn their mind to alternative sources of energy. The need for greener energy is imperative in the background of global warming, glacier melting, etc.

India and China are the two energy hungry countries. The current production of power in India is 1,30,000 Megawatt which will be doubled, if not more, within next decade.

India's oil bill today is a mind-boggling figure of Rs.2,20,000 crore. In a situation like this, we should look for alternative sources of energy.

The foremost idea that comes to my mind is the development of bio-diesel which requires cultivation of jatropha plantations. We should strive for cultivation of the same, wherever possible, throughout the country. Thereafter, bio-diesel outlets should be opened along the highways.

In Assam, jatropha mission has been set-up by the Government and the private sector also.

Therefore, I urge upon the Government to provide necessary infrastructure along with funds to the technologists in Assam to look into the possibilities of jatropha cultivation, wind power energy, bio-diesel, ethanol, and coal liquefaction as alternative sources of energy. Thank you, Sir. (Ends)

VKK

CONCERN OVER FREQUENT

ACCIDENTS IN ORDNANCE DEPOTS

SHRI SANTOSH BAGRODIA (RAJASTHAN): Sir, I rise to commend the attention of this House to the recent destruction of one of the biggest ordnance depots in J&K and subsequent accident in the Jabalpur Ordnance Factory. These accidents have not only caused collateral loss of life and property, but large amount of vital ordnance was also destroyed. By one estimate, the forces have lost ordnance worth Rs.1200 crores in such accidents that have taken place with disturbing frequency since the year 2000. Such accidents do affect the combat preparedness of our forces. The strategic significance of such accidents should be examined in context of the unstable political situation in our neighbourhood. It must be recalled that similar accidents took place in Rajasthan during the mobilization of forces for Operation Parakram. The coincidence is conspicuous and gives rise to the apprehension that our ordnance factories, depots and supply lines can become vulnerable at critical times. I seek that the Government should replenish the loss expeditiously so that the combat preparedness is not hampered. The Government should make an enquiry of such accidents involving the intelligence and security agencies and inform the Parliament of the steps to secure and sanitize ordnance supply lines and depots. Further, the ordnance factories and depots must be modernized to avoid short circuits. Personnel handling ordnance should strictly adhere to safety measures. Most of the ordnance is kept exposed in open space. DRDO must be asked to build fire-resistant ordnance storage shelters. Technology must be developed to dispose of old and sensitive ammunition. (Ends)

KLG

CONCERN OVER LEAKAGE OF CHARTERED ACCOUNTANTS ENTRANCE EXAMINAION PAPER

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: ãן ָָ ־ã ֵ֮, ו ߵ ׸ ָֆ ָ ָ-ָ ֻ ֙ֆ ָ ֲ ֵ (ִ֯)

RSS

CONCERN OVER EXORBITANT PRICING OF

GAS BY PRIVATE GAS PRODUCER IN KG BASIN

 

SHRI MOINUL HASSAN (WEST BENGAL): Sir, it is a matter of grave concern that a private gas producer is being given a free hand by the Ministry of Petroleum to fix the pricing of natural gas from KG Basin, which has a direct bearing on cost of fertilizer and power. Taking advantage of the present gas shortage scenario, it is reportedly benchmarking the gas price to about 5 dollar per million British thermal unit (btu) as against prevailing administrative price of 2 dollar per million btu approximately supplied to 85 per cent of the consumers at present by ONGC/OIL. Such hike of gas price, if approved, will be passed on to common man by the power industry and to the Government Exchequer by the fertilizer industry through increase in quantum of subsidy, to annul the increase in production cost of power and fertilizer. It is an attempt to abdicate the Government responsibility under the cover of "market determined" price. It is to be noted that private gas producers who were awarded gas fields for exploration under the New Exploration Licensing Policy (NELP), are merely contractors and not owners and they are bound by the Production Sharing Contract (PSC). Thus, as per PSC, the private contractor has no business to fix gas price for power and fertilizer PSUs, which are Government nominees. I urge upon the Prime Minister to immediately intervene and direct APM pricing of gas from KG Basin for power and fertilizer which are basic utilities for common good. (Ends)

MKS

NEED TO REDESIGN ALL GOVERNMENT PROGRAMMES

FOR PROVIDING EMPLOYMENT TO POOR AND UNSKILLED PEOPLE IN THE COUNTRY

 

MS. MABEL REBELLO (JHARKHAND): Sir, between 1993-94 and 2004-05, when our economy grew at a very high rate, the percentage of Indians who are extremely poor and poor, i.e. people living below the poverty line, steadily came down, but the percentage of Indians belonging to marginally poor and poor steadily went up. In 2004-05, people who were extremely poor and poor were only 21.8 per cent compared to 30.7 per cent in 1993-94. But during these years, the percentage of people belonging to marginal and vulnerable groups increased from 51.2 to 55. This meant that the number of people living below the official poverty line declined, only to swell the number of people living just above the poverty line, and they still remained abysmally poor by any standard.

The number of people belonging to extremely poor and poor came down from 274 million in 1993-94 to 237 million in 2004-05, despite a substantial growth of population during this period. But the marginal group consuming less than Rs.15 per day increased from 168 million in 1993-94 to 274 million in 2004-05. The vulnerable group, having a per capita consumption of less than Rs.20/- per day, increased from 290 million to as high as 392 million. As a result, the total number of people in India belonging to the poor and vulnerable group in 2004-05 was 836 million, constituting about 77 per cent of our population.

Sir, all Government programmes should be redesigned and targeted towards these 77 per cent of the poor of India. All employment programmes must be directed to the landless and unskilled. These people should be provided with a minimum social security covering health, life, accident and old age pension. Similarly they should have access to assured PD system in order to alleviate them from hunger and poverty. (Ends) (followed by 1c)

MKS-ASC/12.05/1C

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: Now, the reply on the flood situation. ...(Interruptions)... You don't want to have the reply. ...(Interruptions)... Please go back to your seats. ...(Interruptions)... ...(Interruptions)... You don't want to listen to the Minister. ...(Interruptions)... First, you want the reply. ...(Interruptions)... Do you want to have the reply on the flood situation in the country or do you want the disturbance? ...(Interruptions)... You go back to your seats. ...(Interruptions)... You go back to your seats and tell me whatever you have decided. ...(Interruptions)... What you are saying is not going on record. ...(Interruptions)... You go back to your seats. ...(Interruptions)... You go back to your seats. ...(Interruptions)... Go back to your seats. ...(Interruptions)... What you want to say, go back to your seats and say. ...(Interruptions)... You are shouting. I am not getting what you want to have. ...(Interruptions)... You go back to your seats.. ...(Interruptions)... You go back to your seats. ...(Interruptions)... ֯ ׾ָ֓ , ׻֋ ...(־֮֬).. ׻֋ ...(־֮֬).. ָ , ׸֛ ָ ֋օ ...(־֮֬)..

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MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: This is not the rule. ...(Interruptions)... This is not the rule. ...(Interruptions)... The House is adjourned till 12.30.

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The House then adjourned at seven minutes past

twelve of the clock.

-MKS/TMV/VK/LP/1D-1E/12.30, 12.35

The House re-assembled at thirty minutes past twelve

of the clock, MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN in the Chair.

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SHRI M. VENKAIAH NAIDU: Sir, let me stand and request you to give us an opportunity for a second to hear us. (Interruptions)... ֮֯ ִֵ פ..(־֮֬)..״׮Ù ֮ ֲ ..(־֮֬)..

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SHRI M. VENKAIAH NAIDU: Sir, we failed. But my request is that we are also senior Members. (Interruptions)... When things are said outside the Parliament, do you expect us to keep quiet? (Interruptions)... Please allow me. (Interruptions)...

ֳ֯ן : ֟ ..(־֮֬).. You have to give a proper notice. (Interruptions)... I agree. (Interruptions)... You have to give a proper notice. (Interruptions)... Statement by the Minister.

STATEMENT RE. FOLLOW-UP ACTION ON

RECOMMENDATIONS OF SACHAR COMMITTEE

 

THE MINISTER OF MINORITY AFFAIRS (SHRI A. R.ANTULAY): Hon. Deputy Chairman, Sir, as there was lack of authentic information about the social, economic and educational status of the Muslim community of India, a High Level Committee was constituted on 9th March, 2005 under the chairmanship of Justice Rajinder Sachar to prepare a comprehensive report on this subject. The report was prepared after detailed and wide ranging consultation with State governments, non-governmental organizations, universities and academic bodies, intellectuals, women, youth and specialized organisations and bodies of the Central Government.

 

2. The High Level Committee (popularly known as the Sachar

Committee) submitted its report on 17th November, 2006. The report was tabled in both Houses of Parliament on 30th November, 2006.

3. The Sachar Committee brought out the stark reality about the condition of the Muslim community. The salient findings of the Sachar Committee are at Annexure.

 

4. The recommendations of the Sachar Committee have been considered by Government and a decision has been taken regarding the follow up action. The salient features are as follows:-

(i) Targeted intervention is proposed for improvement of basic

amenities and employment opportunities in 90 identified minority concentration districts which are backward in terms of various developmental parameters.

 

Appropriate measures will be taken to improve the deficiency in civic amenities and economic opportunities in 338 identified towns and cities with a substantial population of minorities. An inter-ministerial task force is already working on this to recommend appropriate strategies in this regard.

An inter-ministerial group has been constituted to plan and monitor the implementation of a comprehensive programme for skill and entrepreneurship development among the Muslim community and for ensuring easy and smooth access to credit to the minorities. "Clusters", having a substantial presence of the Muslim community, especially of those engaged in artisanal activities, will be given focussed attention. The group has commenced its deliberations.

Public sector banks will open more branches in Muslim concentration areas, financial institutions will promote micro-finance among the minorities, especially women, public sector banks will monitor the disposal of loan applications for minorities and maintain reasons for rejection, Reserve Bank of India will maintain district-wise and bank-wise data regarding disposal of applications on its website and the flow of credit to minorities, would be monitored regularly. The data can be accessed under the Right to Information Act. Efforts will be made for stepping up priority sector lending to minorities from the present level to 15% over a period of three years.

A multi-pronged strategy will be adopted for addressing the problem of educational backwardness of the Muslim community. The outreach of upper primary schools will be expanded, particularly for Muslim girls, and where necessary, with "girls only" schools, more Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalayas (KGBV) will be opened in areas with substantial Muslim population; priority would be given to the opening of secondary and senior secondary schools in areas of Muslim concentration, a special literacy drive will be taken up in districts with a substantial population of Muslims, Block Institutes of Teacher Education (BITEs) would be established to impart pre-service and in-service training to primary, upper primary and secondary level teachers in such areas, additional allocation will be made for opening women's hostels in schools and universities, the Madarasa Modernization Programme will be revised to enhance the components eligible for assistance, the midday meal scheme will be extended, especially in educationally backward Muslim concentration blocks and the question of equivalence of qualifications from Madarsas for subsequent access to higher education will be addressed.

Three scholarship schemes are proposed exclusively for the minorities, A merit-cum-means scholarship scheme for 20,000 students from the minority communities for pursuing technical and professional courses has been approved already. The other two, viz., a pre-matric and a post-matric scholarship scheme will be introduced shortly. A revised coaching and remedial tuition scheme has been approved to improve the employability and academic performance of students belonging to the minority communities. Guidelines have been issued already to improve the representation of minorities, in Government, public sector enterprises, public sector banks etc. The Corpus of the Maulana Azad Education Foundation (MAEF) would be augmented and its operations expanded and streamlined.

Dissemination of information regarding health and family welfare schemes will be done in Urdu and regional languages and in such districts, blocks and towns with a substantial minority population.

A comprehensive amendment of the Wakf Act is proposed to address existing deficiencies at the earliest.

A suitable agency would soon assist in the development of wakf properties so that the augmented income could be utilized for the purposes intended.

All personnel, like government employees, teachers, health personnel would be sensitized to the importance of diversity and social inclusion.

Civil Rights Centres will be opened in universities, beginning with Central universities.

A High Level Committee has been constituted to review the Delimitation Act and the concerns expressed by the Sachar Committee regarding anomalies in the representation of Muslims have been considered by this Committee.

It has been decided in principle to set up an Equal Opportunity Commission (EOC) to look into grievances regarding discrimination. An expert group will study and recommend its (EOC's) structure and functions.

In order to promote diversity and social inclusion in educational institutions, work places and living spaces, an expert group has been constituted to propose an appropriate "diversity index". Such an index can be the basis for providing incentives for better representation in all three areas mentioned above.

A National Data Bank (NDB) and an autonomous Assessment and Monitoring Authority (AMA) will be soon set up which will analyse the data so generated and suggest appropriate policies to Government on a continuous basis.

ANNEXURE

 

SALIENT FINDINGS OF THE SACHAR COMMITTEE

 

(i) Education:

(a)The literacy rate among Muslims was 59.1%, which was below the national average of 64.8 %.

 

(b)The mean years of schooling (MYS) is lower compared to the average MYS for all children.

 

(c)25% of Muslim children in the age of 6 - 14 year age group have either never attended school or have dropped out.

 

(d)The majority of Muslim girls and boys fail in their matriculation examination or drop out before that.

 

(e)Less than 4% of Muslims are graduates or diploma holders compared to about 7% of the population aged 20 years and above.

 

(f) There is a strong desire and enthusiasm for education among Muslim women and girls across the board.

 

(g)Schools beyond primary level are few in Muslim localities. Exclusive schools for girls are fewer.

 

(h) Lack of hostel facilities is a limiting factor, especially for girls.

 

(i) Muslim parents are not averse to modern or mainstream

education and to sending their children to affordable
Government schools. They do not necessarily prefer to send
children to madarsas. However, the access to government
schools for Muslim children is limited.

(ii) Skill development:

 

(a) Skill development initiatives for those who have not

Completed school education may be particularly relevant for some sections of Muslims given their occupational structure.

 

(b) The skill demands in the manufacturing and service sectors are changing continuously and youth with middle school education would meet these needs.

(c) A rehabilitation package for innovative re-skilling and for upgrading the occupational structure in the wake of liberalization is seen as an urgent need.

 

(iii) Employment and economic opportunities:

 

(a)Self-employment is the main source of income of Muslims. They are engaged more in self-employed manufacturing and trade activities compared to others.

 

(b)The share of Muslim workers engaged in street vending is the highest. More than 12 per cent of Muslim male workers are engaged in street vending as compared to the national average of less than 8 per cent.

 

(c)The percentage of women Muslim workers undertaking work within their own homes is much larger at 70 per cent compared to all workers at 51 per cent.

 

(d)The share of Muslims in the total workers engaged in the tobacco and textiles/garment related industries are quite significant.

 

(e)The share of Muslim workers in production related activities and transport equipment operation is much higher at 34%, as against 21% of all workers.

 

(f) More than 16 per cent of Muslims were engaged as sales workers, while the national average was only about 10 per cent.

 

(g)While the participation of Muslim workers is relatively higher in production and sales related occupations, their participation was relatively lower in professional, technical, clerical and to some extent managerial work.

 

(h)Muslims, by and large, are engaged in the unorganized sector of the economy and have to bear the brunt of liberalization.

 

(i) The participation of Muslims in regular salaried jobs is much less than workers of other socio-religious categories.

 

(j) Muslims are relatively more vulnerable in terms of conditions of work as their concentration in informal sector employment is higher and their job conditions, even among regular workers, are less for Muslims than those of other socio-religious communities.

 

Percentage of households availing banking facilities is much lower in villages where the share of Muslim population is high.

 

(iv) Poverty and development:

 

(a)About 38 % of Muslims in urban areas and 27 % in rural areas live below the poverty level.

 

(b)Muslims are concentrated in locations with poor infrastructure facilities. This affects their access to basic services like education, health facilities, transport, etc.

 

(c)About a third of small villages with high concentration of Muslims do not have any educational institutions.

 

(d)There is a scarcity of medical facilities in larger villages with a substantial Muslim concentration. About 40% of large villages with a substantial Muslim concentration do not have any medical facilities.

 

(e)Muslim concentration villages are not well served with pucca roads.

 

(f) Policies to deal with the relative deprivation of the Muslims in the country should sharply focus on inclusive development and
mainstreaming of the community while respecting diversity.

 

(v) Social conditions:

 

(a) A community-specific factor for low educational achievement is that Muslims do not see education as necessarily translating into formal employment.

 

(b) The Muslim population shows an increasingly better sex ratio compared with other socio-religious communities.

 

(c) Infant and childhood mortality among Muslims is slightly lower than the average.

 

(d) There has been a large decline in fertility in all the religious
groups including Muslims.

(Ends)

 

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

 

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: We will now continue with the Short Duration Discussion. (Interruptions)....

SHRI YASHWANT SINHA: The Parliament has to give us protection. (Interruptions)... The House has to give us protection. (Interruptions)...

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: You have given notice for suspension of Question Hour. (Interruptions)... That was a Question Hour matter. (Interruptions)... There is no notice pending now. (Interruptions)...

ߴ֟ ִ þָ֕ : ֮֮ߵ ֤ ִ֮֮ ..(־֮֬).. ׾֯ ֤ ..(־֮֬)..

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: The Government has replied. (Interruptions)... ٻִֵ ײ֮֕ ..(־֮֬).. ״׮Ù ֮ ו֋ ..(־֮֬)..

ߴ֟ ִ þָ֕ : ֮֮ߵ ֤ ִ֮֮ ..(־֮֬)..

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: That can be discussed later. (Interruptions)...

ק : ... ָ ..(־֮֬)..

شری شاہدصدیقی : جے۔پی۔سی۔ کےبارےمیںبولیں ۔۔مداخلت۔۔

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: We are going to discuss the nuclear deal. (Interruptions).... It has been taken up in the Business Advisory Committee. (Interruptions)... The Government has agreed. (Interruptions)...

ߴ֟ ִ þָ֕ : ֤ ִ֮ ..(־֮֬)..

SHRI YASHWANT SINHA: The House can't function, Sir. (Interruptions)... How do you expect this House to function? (Interruptions)...

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: We are going to discuss the nuclear issue. (Interruptions)... We are going to discuss it. (Interruptions)... We are going to discuss it. (Interruptions)... The time has to be allotted. (Interruptions)... We are discussing it. (Interruptions)... You will get an opportunity. (Interruptions)... The Government can't escape. (Interruptions)... The Government can't escape. (Interruptions)...

SHRI YASHWANT SINHA: The House can't function.... (Interruptions)...

ֳ֯ן : ״׮Ù ֮ ו֋ ..(־֮֬)...

ߴ֟ ִ þָ֕ : ָ ز֤ ..(־֮֬)..ָָ ֤ ִ֮֮ ..(־֮֬)..

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: What is very important? (Interruptions)... You please listen to the Minister. (Interruptions)... This can come afterwards. (Interruptions)... The country is suffering from floods. (Interruptions)... We can discuss it later. (Interruptions)... Let the hon. Minister reply. (Interruptions)... From the national point of view, it is very important. (Interruptions).... , ֯ ֛ ָ ׸և ֮ ..(־֮֬).. ..(־֮֬).. ..(־֮֬).. ..(־֮֬)..ٻִֵ ֻ֟ ..(־֮֬)..ֲ ֯ ..(־֮֬).. ..(־֮֬).. ֯ ..(־֮֬).. .(־֮֬).. We are asking. (Interruptions)... We are requesting. (Interruptions)... ..(־֮֬).. ׸Ù ֈ ֻֆ..(־֮֬)..֯ ֋ ..(־֮֬).. כߕ֮ ֱֻ ..(־֮֬)..

The House is adjourned till 2.30 p.m.

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The House then adjourned at thirty-five minutes

past twelve of the clock

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