PREVIOUS HOUR

ASC- KS/1.00/1Y

ֳ֬ (. .. ׸֮) : ӡ , ׮֋, ׮֋

ӿ ֤ : ֮ ֤ ؓ֟ ֤֕ ֟ lean period פ ־֮֬ ֟ ֕ ָ ׮ֳԸ ָ֬ ױ ֣ ֮ ִ ׾֮֬ , օ ָ ׮ִԻ ֯ӛ ָ ִ ָ ִ ־֮֬ ָ ָָ ֮֟ ֮ ׬ָ פ , ֮ ֮ ׬ָ ״ֻ ָ 꿵 ָ ֵ , ֮ ׮־ֵ ִו օ . ֬ӟ ֵ ֮ כ ָ ָ וֻ ָ ֤ - וֻ , ֻ ָ ֕ ָָ ״ֻ ֕ ֕ ָָ , ֮ ׻֋ ֮ ׸ߕ , ןֹ ׿־ ֵ֤ ״ֻ֛֮ ָ-ִ߮ ֵ֮ ׸ ߅ ֻ ֜ ֣ . ֙ ָ֙ ߅ ֳָ ֮ ֋ ָ ֙ ָ֙ ֻ ָ ֲ ָ ׻֋ ֵ- ֮ , ӓ ֤ ָ߲ ֟ ָ ֋߅ , ֮ ָ ׻֋ ֵ ֮֕ן ֤ ֿ߮ ßֻ ӲӬ օ ִ ָ ֿ߮ ٕ֟ , ֻ ֋օ ֵ ֤֕ ִ ״ֻ֟ ָ ֤֕ ִ ֤֕ ״ֻ , ךև ִ ֮ , և , ֮ ׬ָ ԓ׸ خ , ߆ָև Ù֮ خ ִ ֳ ߤָ ָ֮ ׻֋ ֛ ֮ ָ ָ ㇵ ־ פ ֋ ֕ã֮, ֬ Ϥ ָ ו֮֟ ֓ , ֮ ֓ ֙ , ֕ ָָ וִָ ֛ ֮֟ ֵ ϲӬ ֮ ֤ ד־ֵֻ ßָ ֤׬ָ ӓ , 10 ֤ ו̻ ßָ ֤׬ָ ֮ֆ ӓ - Ӿ ֤׬ָ ӓ , ֮֮ߵ ָ ӟ ..(־֮֬).. ־ֻ ֟ - ֕߾ Ӭ ֻ 15 ןֿ֟ ֟ , ָ օ ï™ ֮ֆ ן־ օ ׻֋ , ָ߲ ֮ ֮ ֟ , 2015 , 껱 ֻ ׸ָ ..(־֮֬)..

ֳ֯֬ (. .. ׸֮) : ӡ , ֯ ו֋

ӿ ֤ : 껱 ֻ ָ ָ߲ ϟ ׸ָ þָָ ֺ פ ֋ ָ ָ߲ , ß֮ ׮ֵ ׌ ߔ , ֜ ߅ ֿ ֤ ֮֮ߵ ֤õ ִ֣Ԯ ֯ , ִ֣Ԯ օ ..(־֮֬) , ָ߲ ׻֋ ֟ Ӭ litmust test, ןִ ֤ ׻֋ ֲ , ִ ..(ִֵ ә). 'ָ߲ , ָ օ , օ' ߕ ֤ ָ߲ ֲֻ֟ , ֟ ־ ֮, ֮ ִ ..(־֮֬).. ׻֋ ָ߲ ֻܵ , ӟ ֤ , ֤õ , ֮֮ߵ ׾֮֫ ־, ִ֣Ԯ, ָ, ׮֤֮, , ״ֻ ...(ִֵ ә)..' ָ ֣ ֤ , ß ִ ֟ ' ...(־֮֬).., ִ ָ ִõ֋ , ֲֻ ׮ֹß , -

' ׾֓׻֟ ,

߸ ,

ә ֮֟ ,

™ ֻ ֟


-

֯ ֯ ,

ױ ִֻ֟ '

(1Z/LP ָ ֿ:)

 

-ASC/LP-TDB/1.05/1z

ӿ ֤ (֟) : ֲ ֣ ֮֮ߵ ֤õ ֳָ ֟-֟ ָ ֮־֤ ׾ ו ָ ... ֮ ״׮ִִ ִ , ݵָ ֮ ָ ֮ ָ߲, ָ ׌ ״ֻ, Ӿ ־ ׾֬֋ ״ֻ 2020 ß֮ ׮ֵ ֻ ׌ ֻ ֋օ ָ ָ ֲ֤֤ؕ, ִ ׾, ִ ִר ֲ֤֤ؕ

(ִ֯)

THE VICE-CHAIRMAN (PROF. P.J. KURIEN): Now, we take up the Special Mentions. ...(Interruptions)... All Special Mentions are to be laid on the Table of the House.

SHRI VIJAY J. DARDA: Sir, I want to seek a clarification from the hon. Minister. ...(Interruptions)...

THE VICE-CHAIRMAN: I will allow you after the Special Mentions. ...(Interruptions)...

SHRI VIJAY J. DARDA: Sir, the hon. Minister is ready to reply to my question. ...(Interruptions)...

THE VICE-CHAIRMAN: No, clarifications. Now, you take your seat. ...(Interruptions)...


SPECIAL MENTIONS

PB

K.D. MALVIYA OIL MUSEUM

SHRI SILVIUS CONDPAN (ASSAM): Sir, it is gratifying to mention here that about a few years ago, the Government of India, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas was kind enough to approve the proposal of setting up K.D. Malviya Oil Museum at Khanapara in Guwahati city, Assam. The entire official process of earmarking fund and site for location of the museum and even foundation for the same was laid. Some years ago, tenders were invited, and, I believe, it is at the sage of awarding work for execution of the proposal. As far as I know, the validity of the decision of having the said museum will be over by 31st January, 2008. Such apathetic approach to this proposal has drawn the attention of the people of Assam with great resentment.

May I, therefore, draw the attention of the hon. Minister, Petroleum to impress upon the Department to timely execute the proposal of setting up the museum? Thank you. (Ends)

(Followed by 9B)

MCM

BAN ON EXPORT OF MEAT AND COW SLAUGHTER

ֻ (֜) : , ֟ ָָ ֮־ָ, 2008 ֻ֮ ߙ ֚ ֮ ֵ֮ ֻ֮ ֮ ׾ָ֓ ִ ׮ֵԟ ֣ ֜ ֻ ֵ ֿ ֵ ֛ þã ֿ ׮ֵԟ ݵ ָ ׾ ֤ ϣִ ã֮ ָ , ָ ן ׌ ֲֻ֟ ׾ ֟ ߓ ֟ ٣ ֻ֤ ָ ֮ ֟ ׮ָָ ֜ ִ ֣ ָ ֵ ֵ, , , פ ֿ ֮ ֻ ֟ ׻֋ ׻֋ ֬ , ן׸ ֵ ׾֮֬ -ӿ ߴ ָ֟ ִ -ӿ ד֟ ֵ

, ָꌟ ֿ ָָ ָ, , ֲ ֤ ֵ ֜֋, ׮ֵԟ ָ ֋ -ӿ ֋ ֮־֤ (ִ֯)

(9c ָ )

9c

PATHETIC PLIGHT OF TRANSGENDERS

SHRI TIRUCHI SIVA (TAMIL NADU): Sir, I would like to draw the attention of the House to the pathetic plight of the unprivileged and uncared for lot of transgenders in this country. They undergo a lot of mental stress and trials and tribulations, for the society is yet to see eye-to-eye with their problems. This has resulted in some of them trying to indulge in activities which would shake the very roots of peaceful life of democracy. The society treats them with a forlorn attitude and as third-rate citizens due to their biological problems for which they are in no way responsible.

Sir, I would request the Government to extend a helping hand to this neglected lot who have great potentials like any other well-known citizen in the country. To address and redress the grievances of the transgenders, the Government may appoint a committee which would go into their manifold problems, identify their issues and suggest suitable remedial measures. Any further delay will worsen their precarious plight. The Government of Tamil Nadu has taken steps to do SRS free of cost for them in Government hospitals. The Union Government may give subsidy for their surgeries as a mode of financial assistance which would help them a lot. I urge the Government to take necessary steps immediately, with the utmost concern, to identify this emotional issue and redress the aggrieved transgenders. (Ends)

HK

CONCERN OVER THE ACUTE SHORTAGE OF COOKING GAS IN MIZORAM.

 

SHRI LALHMING LIANA (MIZORAM): Sir, Mizoram has been facing acute shortage of cooking gas for the last several months. There is no door-to-door delivery system, but at specified points, where consumers get their refilled cylinders, consumers have to stand in long queue at every point, and many of them have to stand for the whole night to get better chance in the next day. Still, they have to come home empty handed.

Mizoram receive supply of LPG refill from Borkhola Bottling Plant in Assam and Mualkhang Bottling Plant in Mizoram. While the Mualkhang Bottling Plant is very small and does not meet even one-third of the requirement of Mizoram, though it runs above the prescribed capacity most of the time, the LPG refilled supply of Mizoram from Borkhola Bottling Plant is very poor and irregular because the cylinders refilled in the Borkhola Bottling Plant were diverted and sold at the rate of Rs.400/- to Rs.500/- in the black market in the Barak Valley.

Therefore, I urge upon the Government to solve the problem of shortage of LPG by taking this following actions without delay:-

IOC Marketing Division and Assam Oil Division be directed for strict vigil to stop diversion and black marketing of filled cylinders and also to give the due share of Mizoram through their agents.

Appoint more agents and give more connection to Mizoram as there are still sizeable number of families who do not have LPG connection.

Capacity of Mualkhang Bottling Plant be increased and enlarged.

The present age-old payment system of draft be discontinued and payment be made through the Core Banking system so as to avoid delivery of refilled LPG to the agents.

Thank you.

(Ends)

(Followed by KSK)

GS

NEED FOR EARLY CLEARANCE OF PENDING PROPOSALS OF MADHYA PRADESH GOVERNMENT FOR ELDERLY PEOPLE.

ֵָ ִ (֬ Ϥ) : , 2004-05 ִ ӓֻ֮ ֮ 14 ß־, -ָ ӓֻ֮ 2 ß־ ֣ ִ ־֮ ׮ִ 2 ß־ և ׮֙ ß־, ָ 19 ß־ þן ֬ Ϥ ֕ ֮ ִ֬ ָ ָָ ֵ ֕ þ ֵ

: ָָ ֳ ß־ ֻ֟ þ ֵ ֮־֤ (ִ֯)

KSK/9F

NEED TO FORMULATE SPECIAL SCHEMES FOR DEVELOPMENT OF TOURISM IN SIKKIM - A PEACEFUL STATE

SHRI O.T. LEPCHA (SIKKIM): Sir, Sikkim is a popular tourism destination for its culture, scenic beauty and bio-diversity. Tourism is one of the fastest growing sectors in the State of Sikkim with the salubrious climate, natural beauty and the fine cultural heritage.

Sikkim has tremendous potential and immense possibilities for future economic growth with equity and employment opportunities. It is considered as the backbone of Sikkim's economy. Tourist industry provides adequate employment to all the people of Sikkim. It should be developed by giving additional financial assistance.

Sir, there are large number of places of tourist attraction, particularly the snow clad mountains, the lakes and unspoiled forest areas and valleys of flowers. The monasteries in Sikkim should also be developed to attract Buddhist tourists from countries like Japan and South Eastern countries.

Sir, Sikkim is a fast emerging tourist destination in the Eastern Himalayas. It is endowed with all the natural resources, adventure, pilgrimage, men and material that are necessary for making it a major tourist destination and it should also be developed as "Mini Switzerland". For this purpose, adequate facilities such as resorts, hotels, restaurants, surface and air transports, entertainment, souvenirs, etc. should be developed.

Sir, I earnestly urge upon the Central Government to formulate special programmes and schemes for the development, expansion and promotion of tourism sector in the interest of Sikkim State.

(Ends)

GSP/9G

CONCERN OVER THE PROBLEMS OF GRAMEEN DAK

SEWAKS OF POSTAL DEPARTMENT.

SHRI S. ANBALAGAN (TAMIL NADU): I wish to draw the attention of this august House towards the problems being faced by the Grameen Dak Sewaks. As on 31.03.2004, the total number of Grameen Dak Sewaks was 3,10,269, which is higher than the non-gazetted postal employees. The total number of 1,26,866 Branch Post Offices in all over the country are being managed by them. Grameen Dak Sewaks such as Branch Post Masters, Mail Carriers, Packers and Delivery Agents are performing the same duty like regular postal employees. The minimum age limit for the Grameen Dak Sewaks is 18 years and the retirement age is 65 years. They have to travel thirty to forty kilometers per day to carry their mailbags either walking or by cycle. But their basic pay scales are fixed in between Rs. 1,220/- to Rs. 1,740/-.

After putting in their sincere service, they are getting an ex-gratia of Rs. 20,000 to Rs. 30,000 only, without any other financial benefits such as pension etc. They are not even provided medical reimbursement facilities or CGHS facilities, which are provided to other Government or PSU employees. Though they are working in Central Government department, their status is of 'rural poor'. Their position becomes pathetic after their retirement. I request the Government, through this House, to provide them the following facilities, namely, a) fixation of salaries at par with the other Government employees, b) provision of pension and GPF facility, c) provide casual leave, earned leave and medical leave, d) provision of HRA, CCA and TA/DA, e) provision of LTC, and, f) refund of Tuition fee and grant of children education allowance. Thank you.

(Ends)

ASC

Need for administrative reforms in the working

of various Ministries and PSUs.

 

ߴ֟ ֵ ֮֓ (ָ Ϥ) : , Statistics & Programme Implementation Ministry ׸Ԯָ 13 ӡֵֻ 866 ׸֮ֆ 297 ִ-֕ ֲָ ָ ֻ ֟ 3 24 ָ 473 ֜, 3 75 ָ, 888 և ָ 51 ָ 415 ֋ ׬ ֓ ָ߲ ֮֟ և ֲԤ

ִֻ 16 ֻ ֤ ֲ ֤ ֻ ӡֵֻ ׸ (93), ӓָ (36), ־ָ (27), ׻ִֵ (25), ֻ (25)

1996 ָָ ֮ ߴָ Public Undertakings ָ ֻ 2 ָ ֋ ֤ ֓ ֻ֮ ֓ 17 ָ ֋ ֤ , ָ ֙ ֮ ֻ Undertakings פ ֋

ߴָ և ֻ֟ ָ ִ ׸֮֋ , ֮֟ ֻ ֻ ֮֟ ֲԤ , ו ֤Կ օ ׸֮ֆ 90 ֕ ֱ Administrative Weakness inefficiency , ׻ ™ָ֓ ו֮ ׾ֳ ܿ ו ָ red-tapism, lack of transparency, answerability & information

: ָָ Ͽ֮ ß ß ֮֮ ׻֋ ־ֿ Ͽ׮ ָ ֋ (ִ֯)

SK

NEED FOR SCIENTFIC DEVELOPMENT FOR

RURAL PEOPLE IN THE COUNTRY

SHRI VIJAY J. DARDA (MAHARASHTRA): Sir, while addressing the first Indian-EU Science Ministerial Conference in New Delhi during February, 2007, His Excellency, the President of India, strongly urged for evolving a world knowledge forum to bring together the core competence of different countries and to identify and implement 25 research projects that would take the benefits of scientific development to the grassroots people. He also implored universities to increase the output of higher education from the existing 11 per cent to 20 per cent by 2012, 30 per cent by 2020 and 50 per cent by 2040. His clarion call to equip Indian youth with either a world-class higher education or with world-class skill sets is timely. Fostering of India-EU joint programmes in strategically important research fields of advanced materials, nanoscience and nanobiology strengthens our resolve. Joint efforts must be initiated by India and EU initially in the field of education, science, technology and related disciplines. Formal signing of an expression of interests for participation of the facility for anti-proton and ion reactor, being set up by EU for finding answers to questions dogging the global scientific community relating to evolution of the universe is just a beginning. I, therefore, request the Government that all-out sincere efforts should be made to achieve the desired results within a pre-determined timeframe. Simultaneously, identification of research projects and programmes, and evolving modalities for building a wide and strong linkage between EU and India for increased scope for movement of manpower and resources in both directions will go a long way towards upgrading the quality of life of our deprived 200 million rural and urban people. Thank you.

(Ends)

RG

D.A.V.P. ADVERTISEMENTS TO TELUGU AND URDU NEWSPAPERS

 

SHRI SYED AZEEZ PASHA (ANDHRA PRADESH): Sir, it is a matter of great concern that DAVP advertisements in various regional newspapers, especially, Telugu and Urdu, have reduced, and they are not getting their due share.

Telugu is spoken by a large number of people in our country. Yet, the share has reduced from 72 lakhs last year to 36 lakhs in 2006-07. The same step-motherly approach is there for Urdu newspapers, which is getting a mere 3.08 per cent in the current year. Surprisingly, these newspapers, which were getting 4.07 per cent in the year 2003-04, has been slowly sidelined, and has been reduced to 3.62 per cent in the year 2004-05, and to 3.75 per cent in 2005-06. Now, the share is further reduced to 3.08 per cent, for reasons best known to the Ministry and its officials.

Sir, the role of Urdu, during the independent movement and thereafter, is highly appreciable. The poetries in Urdu are unparalleled amongst Indian languages. Likewise, the role of Urdu newspapers in disseminating latest and unbiased news to the readers is also commendable. Hence, I strongly urge upon the Government to re-consider its advertisement policy vis-a-vis Urdu and Telugu newspapers and immediately enhance the quantum of money considerably.

(Ends)

(Followed by 9L)

RSS

CONCERN OVER ARREST AND TORTURE OF INNOCENT

PERSONS IN HYDERABAD TWIN BOMB BLAST CASE.

KUMARI NIRMALA DESHPANDE (NOMINATED): Sir, after the twin blasts in Hyderabad, many young men from the minority community were taken away by the police, kept in undisclosed places and tortured. After protests by various sections, including human rights activists, some of them were released, but quite a few are still in jails. The Minorities Commission appointed by the A.P. Government also confirmed that these young men were tortured in an inhuman way. This is a very serious matter. Those who have been proved to be guilty, may be punished according to law, but the innocent should be immediately released. Using third-degree methods by the police should be stopped and justice be done to the innocent citizens. (Ends)

LP

PUBLIC DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM IN MADHYA PRADESH

懵 (֬ Ϥ) : ֳ֯ן , ׾ֿ ִ֬ ָָ ֮ ֟ ֬ Ϥ ה֛, ־֮, , ָ ֳ וֻ ־ԕ׮ ׾ָ֟ ֻ ֣ ֵ߮ ֮ֆ, ו֮ ӟԟ ִ ֤ ֕ Ϥֵ ֮ ־֮֬ , ӟԟ ָ߲ ֤֕ ߵ ß ֕ ֮ ָָ ָ ٟ֯ ֋ ֻ Ϥֵ

֮ߵ ֻ ֵ ׾֤ ֿ ֻ֮ ׻֋ ֟ ָָ ָ ׾֤ ִ ָ ֵ֟ ֵ ֣ Ϥֵ ־ԕ׮ ׾ָ֟ ֻ ӟԟ ֬ Ϥ ֤֕ ֣ ָ߲ פֵ ָָ ָ Ϥֵ ֋ ֮ ׻֋ ֲ֕ ֛ ו ָ ִ ֯

֋, ָָ ֬ Ϥ ־ԕ׮ ׾ָ֟ ֻ ٟ֯ ֋ ֻ ׯ ׻ֵ ֋ ֣ ־֢ ֮ ݵ ٟ֯ ֋ ׾ָ֟ ָ߲ ֤֕ פֵ (ִ֯)

 

AKG

REQUEST FOR TIMELY COMPLETION OF MUZAFFARPUR-

DARBHANGA RAILWAY LINE

 

֮ ֻ ӛ (ײָ) : , ֬ ־ ֕߯ ߮ ָ ֣ ָ ׮ִԻ ã֟ ߙ և ֛ և ִ֮ ׸֟Ԯ ֵ ָ ָ ֯ ִ׮֟ ֟Դ֮ ֡ ָ Ͽ . 1308, פ 30 ־ִָ, 2007 ָ Ͽ , ָ ֮ ӟ֯Ϥ ֟־ ֤ ָ ׮ִ֬߮ ׮ִ ׮׿֟ ִֵ־׬ ֟ -ָ- ֣ ָ-׮ִԻ -ָӕ ִ֮ ׸֟Ԯ ׸֮ ֵ ָ ֣ ߴ ï™ ֟և ֪ׯ ֮֮ߵ ӡ ׸֮ֆ ִֵ ָ ֙ ֤ ָ ׮ִ֬߮ --֣ ׮ִ ֮ 2012 , ׮֬׸ ִֵ־׬ ָ ֮֬ ֲֻ֟ ֛ ־֮֬ ָ ְ ߓ ׮ִ ׻֋ -ӕ׮ֵظ ֵ֟֟ ־ 2007-08 ֕֙ ״ֻ ֵ , ָ ִֻ ֵ ָ ׸֮ֆ ׮ִ ָ ײָ, ָ Ϥ ß֮ ֳ ߬ ִ ֋օ

: ׸ ָև ֯ ׾ֵ ֤ ָָ ֮ ™ (ִ֯)

SCH

NEED TO STRENGTHEN RURAL POLICE IN RAJASTHAN

׻֟ ֟ (֕ã֮): ִ׸ ™ ß֮ ֮ ֻ ӟָ™ߵ ߴ ָ ã֟ ָ ֕ã֮ ןӾֿ߻ ֕ ׾ֿ ָ ׮ָָ ־ã ֲ֕ ׻֋ ֻ և , ֯ ןš֮ ֯ ã֮ ֟פ ִ׾֟ ִ ֟ ֮ ֟ ָָ ֵԯ ׾ֿ ֵ֟ Ϥ֮ ׮־ ׾ֵ ָ פ 05.09.2006 ֮֮ߵ Ϭ֮ ӡ ֟ ִܵסֵ ִ֮ ׾ßָ ֓ ߅ ֮ ֕ã֮ ִ׮֟ ֬׸ ײ֮ ָ ֵ֟ ־ֿ , ֣ ל ָָ ׾֢ߵ ֵ֟/֮ ־ֿ

ִ ׻ ל Ùև , ״׻֙ , כ֮ ׸־ ֙׻ֵ֮ ׻ ֻ ר ָ þֵ ָ ָָ ß֮ ׻ ל ֬׮ ӓָ ־ã ֣ ߵ ׾ֿ ãׯ֟ ־ֿ

֕ã֮ ß֮ ֮ ֻ ֛ ӟָ™ߵ ߴ ֕ ׬ӿ ׾ִֵ֟㌟ ׻ ן ׿ָ ֕ ׻ ãן ִו ٣ ֋, ןׯϵ ׸ ָ ֟פ ׮ ֮ ָ ֮֮ ֕ Ӹ֮֟ ׾ ӓָ ־ã ָ ֣ ֤֟ ן׾׬ֵ ִ ׾ֿ ִ֬ ׾ֿ ٣ ֵ֟

(ִ֯)


TMV

REQUEST FOR TAKING IMMEDIATE MEASURES REGARDING CONTINUOUS STRIKE BY DOCTORS IN ANDHRA PRADESH

 

SHRIMATI N. P. DURGA (ANDHRA PRADESH): Sir, due to conflict between the doctors of Nilofer Hospital at Hyderabad and the local MLA, the innocent patients, particularly, infants and children, have become the scapegoats. The doctors are on strike and are not attending even the critical cases brought to the hospital. At present, there are nearly 1,300 children in the hospital, including 220 in the ICU who are not being attended to. Due to negligence of doctors, 15 children have already died in two days and the number of deaths is mounting. The doctors have also called on a State-wide strike yesterday. Now, in support of the doctors of Nilofer, Indian Medical Association and also doctors from other Government hospitals are supporting. So, before the situation goes out of hands, I request the Government of India and the Health Ministry to come to the rescue of innocent children who are on the death-knell. I also request the Government of India to direct the State to immediately intervene.

I also demand that the Government of India should pay Rs.5 lakhs as compensation to the kin of the deceased and a Government job should also be given to each of the families which lost its child. Thank you. (Ends)

VK

DEMAND FOR RENAMING OF MADURAI AIRPORT

SHRI SU. THIRUNAVUKKARASAR (MADHYA PRADESH): Sir, Shri Muthuramalinga Thevar, who is well known as Pasumpon Muthuramalinga Thevar, was born on 30th October, 1908 in Ramanathapuram district in Tamil Nadu. He was one of the leading freedom fighters and trade union leaders. He dedicated his entire life for nationalism, national unity and anti-imperialism and stood against separatism. He was arrested and jailed for nearly 10 years for the sake of the country and the people. He fought against the Criminal Tribes Act of 1920 of Britishers, which harassed the backward and most backward people. He had won all the elections he contested. Five times, he won the Assembly elections and three times Parliamentary elections. His biography was included in the high school textbooks in Tamil Nadu. His cemetery in Pasumpon was announced as an official memorial. A life size portrait of Muthuramalinga Thevar was installed in Tamil Nadu Assembly in 1980 when Dr. M.G. Ramachandran was the Chief Minister of the State. He is one of the national leaders and worshipped and respected by millions of people in Tamil Nadu. The Chennai International and domestic airports are named after Dr. C.N. Annadurai and Shri K. Kamarajar. Like that, I request the Central Government, particularly the Civil Aviation Minister to name Madurai Airport after Muthuramalinga Thevar as Pasumpon Muthuramalinganar airport. The hon. Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Dr. Kalaignar Karunanidhi has also made the same request to the Central Government. So, I urge upon the Central Government to pass orders renaming Madurai Airport as Pasumpon Muthuramlinganar Airport.

DR. E.M. SUDARSANA NATCHIAPPAN (TAMIL NADU): Sir, I associate myself with this issue. (Ends)

(Followed by 2A-KGG)


kgg/2a/1.10

MR. CHAIRMAN in the Chair

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VALEDICTORY REMARKS

MR. CHAIRMAN: Hon. Members, the Winter Session which was the 212th Session, commenced on the 15th November, 2007. The Session, as scheduled, comes to an end today, the 7th December, 2007.

The Session had 17 sittings in all and the House sat for more than 84 hours. During the Session, more than 18 hours were lost on the issues like Nandigram, bomb blasts in Uttar Pradesh, protest over the AIIMS Bill, 2007; Draft National Mineral Policy, and Anniversary of demolition of Babri Mosque at Ayodhya.

The House, however, made up this loss by skipping lunch recess and sitting late for about 26 Hours to complete legislative and other important business. This is significant.

On the opening day of the Session, Dr. V. K. Agnihotri, the new Secretary-General of Rajya Sabha was introduced to the House.

During the Session, a new Member, Shri Ambeth Rajan, from the State of Uttar Pradesh, joined us in the House.

During the Session, the House condoled the death of Shri Jana Krishna Murthy K., a sitting Member and three former Members of the Rajya Sabha, namely, Dr. L.M. Singhvi, Shri S. R. Bommai and Shir Jagdish Prasad Mathur. The House was adjourned on the 15th November, 2007 as a mark of respect to the memory of Shri Jana Krishna Murthy K.

There were 12 suo-motu Statements by Ministers, which were either made or laid. These Statements related to: -

(a) Recent cyclone and devastation caused by it in Bangladesh;

(b) National Policy for Farmers;

(c) Serial bomb blasts in the State of Uttar Pradesh;

(d) Violence by All Adivashi Students Association of Assam);

(e) Stay of Ms. Taslima Nasreen in India;

(f) Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme (IGNOAPS);

(g) Status of National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA);

(h) Status of implementation of the components of Bharat Nirman relating to the Ministry of Rural Development;

(i) HINDRAF demonstration in Malaysia; and

(j) Scheduled Tribes and other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006.

34 Statements were made or laid in pursuance of the Direction of the Chairman, Rajya Sabha, dated the 24-9-2004 on the status of implementation of recommendations contained in the Reports of various DRPS Committees.

The following issues were discussed at length for more than 21 hours in the form of Short Duration Discussions:-

The proposal to set up SEZ in Nandigram and consequent large scale violence;

Indo-US Nuclear Deal; and

The situation arising out of the misuse of funds provided by the Central Government under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Programme.

26 Notices for Suspension of Question Hour and 95 Notices for matters to be raised with the permission of the Chair were received during the Session.

Important matters were raised by Members during the Session.

More than 80 Special Mentions on Matters of Public Importance which were raised/laid on the Table by Members, with the permission of the Chair.

A reference to the victims of bomb blasts in Uttar Pradesh and Assam was made by the Chair in the House.

One Government Bill was withdrawn and one Government Bill was introduced during the Session. 15 Government Bills were passed/returned during the Session:

The Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) (Union Territories) Order Bill;

The Indian Boilers (Amendment) Bill;

The Sashastra Seema Bal Bill;

The AIIMS and PGIMER (Amendment) Bill;

The NCT of Delhi Laws (Special Provisions) Bill;

Appropriation Bills relating to the Supplementary Demands for Grants (General and Railways);

The Payment of Bonus Bill; the Indira Gandhi National Tribal University Bill;

The Armed Forces Tribunal Bill; and

The Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Bill. These were some of the notable Bills, which the House passed during the Session. However, as decided by the House, the consideration and passing of the Jawaharlal Institute of Post-Graduate Medical Education and Research, Puducherry Bill was deferred.

Three Government Resolutions including seeking approval of the President's rule in Karnataka were adopted by the House.

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MR. CHAIRMAN (CONTD): During the Session, 13 Private Members' Bills were introduced. The issue regarding Compulsory Voting and Prohibition of Pre-poll Survey and Exit Poll of Elections was discussed at length through a Private Member Bill. The issue regarding need to amend the Constitution by way of adding a new chapter on the Governance of Coalition Governments was also discussed at length through a Private Member Resolution.

During the Session, 91 Reports of various Parliamentary Committees including those of Department-related Parliamentary Standing Committees were presented or laid on the Table of the House. This is significant. These include a Report of the Committee of Privileges on the alleged derogatory remarks made against Members of Parliament by Shri Ronen Sen, India's Ambassador in the United States of America.

During the Session, a total number of 5046 notices, including 1244 in Hindi, of Questions were received from Members. Out of these, 4205 notices for Starred Questions and 841 were for Unstarred Questions. However, 340 Starred Questions and 2094 Unstarred Questions were admitted and answered. 47 Starred Questions were orally answered. 4 notices for Short Notice Questions and 7 notices for Half-an-Hour Discussion were received but none of them could be admitted. Some of the important papers that were laid on the Table of the House during the Session were the following:

(i) The National Rehabilitation and Resettlement Policy, 2007;

(ii) The White Paper on Disinvestment of Central Public Sector Enterprises;

(iii) Notifications publishing the Orders pertaining to delimitation of Parliamentary constituencies and Legislative Assembly constituencies of the 25 States, issued by the Delimitation Commission of India;

(iv) Report on the 'Youth in Panchayati Raj Campaign' an Appraisal of the Inter-State Interactive Experience-Sharing Programme;

(v) Statement on Azadi Express, and public response to it at different stations during the course of its journey;

(vi) Report on Dakshin Kranti Freedom Struggle in South India, and

(vii) Mid-Year Review of the India Economy, 2007-08

 

I thank the Leader of the House, the Leader of the Opposition, Leaders of various Parties and Groups and all the hon. Members for the kind co-operation extended by them in conducting the proceedings of the House.

I also thank the Deputy Chairman, Members on the Panel of Vice-Chairmen and the staff of the Secretariat for their help and cooperation.

Before we adjourn, may I extend to all of you my greetings and good wishes for the forthcoming festivals and other auspicious occasions ahead and Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Now, before we adjourn the House sine die, we will have the National Song.

(The National Song, "Vande Mataram", was then played.)

 

MR. CHAIRMAN: Now I adjourn the House sine die.

...

The House then adjourned sine die

at twenty minutes past one of the clock

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