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SHRI OSCAR FERNANDES: Sir, I lay on the Table a copy (in English and Hindi) of the Ministry of Labour and Employment Notification G.S.R. 431(E) dated the 15th June, 2007, under sub-section (3) of section 7 of the Employees Provident Funds and Miscellaneous Provision Act, 1952, together with delay statement.

SHRI SHRIPRAKASH JAISWAL: Sir, I lay on the Table, under section 11 of the State Emblem of India (Prohibition of Improper Use) Act, 2005, a copy (in English and Hindi) of the Ministry of Home Affairs Notification G.S.R. 643 (E) dated the 4th October, 2007, publishing the State Emblem of India (Regulation of Use) Rules, 2007.

SHRI E.V.K.S. ELANGOVAN: Sir, I lay on the Table a copy each (in English and Hindi) of the following papers:


(a) Fifty-third Annual Report and Accounts of the Synthetic and Rayon Textiles Export Promotion Council (SRTEPC), Mumbai, for the year 2006-2007, together with the Auditor's Report on the Accounts.


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


(a) Thirty-eighth Annual Report and Accounts of the Handloom Export Promotion Council, Chennai, for the year 2006-2007, together with the Auditor's Report on the Accounts.


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

SHRI JAIRAM RAMESH: Sir, I lay on the Table a copy each (in English and Hindi) of the following papers:


(a) Annual Report and Accounts of the Indian Diamond Institute (IDI), Surat, for the year 2006-2007, together with the Auditor's Report on the Accounts.


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

SHRI SHRIPRAKASH JAISWAL: Sir, I lay on the Table, under section 77 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, a copy (in English and Hindi) of the Ministry of Home Affairs Notification G.S.R. 544 (E), dated the 13th August, 2007, publishing the Disaster Management (Notice of Alleged Offence) Rules 2007.



THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF HOME AFFAIRS (SHRI SHRIPRAKASH JAISWAL): Sir, I lay on the Table a copy each (in English and Hindi) of the following papers:-

(i) Proclamation [G.S.R. No.723(E)], issued by the President on the 20th November, 2007, under article 356 of the Constitution in relation to the State of Karnataka, under clause (3) of the said article.


(ii) Order [G.S.R. No.724(E)], dated the 20th November, 2007, made by the President under sub-clause (i) of clause (c) of the above Proclamation.


(iii) Report of the Governor of Karnataka dated the 19th November, 2007, to the President recommending the issue of the Proclamation.




MS. MABEL REBELLO (JHARKHAND): Sir, I beg to lay on the Table a copy of the Eighteenth Report (in English and Hindi) of the Standing Committee on Petroleum and Natural Gas on the 'The Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology Bill, 2007' for the year 2007-2008.


THE MINISTER OF FINANCE (SHRI P. CHIDAMBARAM): I lay on the Table a statement (in English and Hindi) showing the second batch of the Supplementary Demands for Grants (General) for the year 2007-08.




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SHRI K. CHANDRAN PILLAI: Sir, I associate myself with this issue raised by the hon. Member.





SHRI NABAM REBIA (ARUNACHAL PRADESH): Mr. Deputy Chairman, Sir, through you, I would like to draw the attention of the Government to an issue, which is of very urgent nature and also of utmost importance. Sir, lot of intrusions, incursions are taking place from China side in the Indian territory, especially, in the State of Arunachal Pradesh and the State like Sikkim. Now, on 30th October, the Chinese Army invaded into the Indian territory and demolished a Buddhist statue at Bum La in Tawang District of Arunachal Pradesh. I would like to know whether the Government of India is aware of this happening or not.

Sir, China still does not recognize the McMahon Line as the border between the two countries. Recently, it has come in the print media that the Chinese Advisor, Attache, in the Chinese Embassy has openly claimed that particularly Tawang belongs to China and the claim of China is that 96,000 sq. km. area of Arunachal Pradesh belongs to China whereas the total area of Arunachal Pradesh is nearly 84,000 sq. kms.

So, Sir, from that angle or from the international angle, Arunachal Pradesh still remains a disputed territory. We feel lot of insecurity there and we are not able to know as to what stand the Government of India is taking. We are told that a lot of negotiations are going on, lot of discussions are going on but we are yet to know exactly what negotiations are going on or what discussions are going on. Recently, when the hon. Home Minister, Shri Shivraj Patil visited Arunachal Pradesh, people were asking: Home Minister of which country is coming to Arunachal, whether he is the Home Minister of China or the Home Minister of India. Why are you keeping us in the dark? We really want to know this. Sir, we, the people of Arunachal feel that the State of Arunachal Pradesh is an integral part of India, and, therefore, please do not keep us in the hanging position. We really want to know what exactly is the Government of India doing.

Sir, after the Chinese Army invaded into our territory and demolished the Buddhist statue, it is reported that the Indian Army has just shifted the statue and placed it somewhere down below Tawang. Why has this act of cowardice been done on the part of Indian Army? Sir, nothing has come from the mouth of the Government, no reaction has come from the Government till now. We are in a dilemma. Therefore, I want a clear statement on the stand taken by the Government of India on this issue. We, the people of Arunachal Pradesh, should not be kept in such suspense. Thank you very much.


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SHRI S.S. AHLUWALIA: Sir, I also associate myself with this issue.

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: The entire House associates itself with the matter raised by the hon. Member. Shri Santosh Bagrodia. Not here. Mr. Ravula Chandra Sekar Reddy. Mr. Reddy, I think, you have already spoken on this issue before the Question Hour. You are not supposed to mention you are aggrieved.

DR. K. KESHAVA RAO (ANDHRA PRADESH): Sir, I have also given a notice to speak.

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: There is no notice of yours.

DR. K. KESHAVA RAO: There is something wrong. (Followed by 1p-sk)


SHRI RAVULA CHANDRA SEKAR REDDY: Sir, suspension of Question Hour notice was there. I mentioned about that.

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: Okay, okay. You have three minutes.


SHRI RAVULA CHANDRA SEKAR REDDY (ANDHRA PRADESH): The present issue, the agitation of farmers, which is taking place in Andhra Pradesh with regard to the Minimum Support Price for paddy. Farmers are agitating. Today, the whole of Andhra Pradesh is observing bandh against the attitude of the Central Government and inaction on the part of the State Government. Sir, the demand of farmers is to give Rs. 1,000 per quintal for paddy at par with wheat. The investment, time-consumption and risk factor are more for paddy than for wheat. I don't know why this disparity is there in between these two crops. Sir, during 90s, the prices of wheat and paddy were equal. Now suddenly, it was raised to Rs. 1,000 per quintal for wheat, whereas for paddy, it is kept at Rs. 645 per quintal and thereafter a bonus of Rs. 50. Again, on insistence of farmers and a delegation from Andhra Pradesh, led by my leader, Shri N. Chandrababu Naidu, which met the Prime Minister, they have again increased Rs. 50 as bonus. It will, in no way be helpful to the farmers, Sir. In all, it will come to only Rs. 745 per quintal for paddy, whereas, in case of wheat, it is Rs. 1,000 per quintal. We have no objection for giving Rs. 1,000 per quintal for wheat. But, why is this disparity, why is this discrimination there against paddy? Paddy farmers are in real distress. About 5,000 farmers have committed suicide in Andhra Pradesh alone. About 1,10,000 farmers have committed suicide in the whole country during the past three years. The reply given by the Government of India, through the Ministry of Agriculture, is incorrect. They say that there is some wastage in paddy. It is not like that, Sir. Every part of paddy is useful and there is a price for every by-product of paddy. Sir, I demand that the rate of paddy should be Rs. 1,000 per quintal and it should be nothing short of wheat. The farmers are agitating since 10-15 days. This is the third day since they have been on fast-unto-death. Last night, police disrupted their camp in Andhra Pradesh. This is highly unjustified on the part of the Government of Andhra Pradesh. Sir, we condemn the inaction and partisan attitude of the Government of India against the paddy farmers. And, we demand of a debate in the House ...(Interruptions)..

SHRI SITARAM YECHURY: Sir, I associate myself with the sentiments raised by the hon. Member. ...(Interruptions)..

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Sir, we also associate ourselves ...(Interruptions)..

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: Let him speak. ...(Interruptions).. He has given a notice, let him speak. ...(Interruptions).. You can associate later on. ...(Interruptions).. I will give you time. ...(Interruptions).. Those who have given the notice ...(Interruptions).. It is the sentiment of the entire House. Let the hon. Members who have given notice, express their views. Shri D. Raja.

SHRI D. RAJA (TAMIL NADU): Sir, with great agony, I raise this issue. ...(Interruptions)..

SHRI V. NARAYANASAMY: Sir, Mr. Raja is not concerned with the farmers. ...(Interruptions)..


SHRI D. RAJA: I am concerned with the farmers.

SHRI RAVULA CHANDRA SEKAR REDDY: He is concerned with the people of this country. ...(Interruptions)..

SHRI V. NARAYANASAMY: I am talking about Mr. A. Raja not Mr. D. Raja. ...(Interruptions)..

SHRI SITARAM YECHURY: D. Raja stands for 'democratic' Raja. ...(Interruptions)..

SHRI D. RAJA: Sir, with great agony, I raise this issue. The plight of farmers is very miserable all over the country and the plight of paddy growers is more miserable all over the country. It is not an issue which concerns only the State of Andhra Pradesh. It is an issue which concerns the entire nation. The paddy growers in all the States are agitating. As it is happening today in Andhra Pradesh, the Tamil Nadu farmers have announced a day of agitation. That will be on 27th of this month. I understand that this problem cannot be delayed by the Government. This has to be addressed with a sense of concern and urgency. It is of no use quoting Jawaharlal Nehru all the time, "Anything can wait, not the agriculture". But, in reality, nothing waits except agriculture. The UPA Government should understand, when it claims that it is a Government of aam aadmi, that the farmers are the real aam aadmi. Their distress continues. The crisis in agriculture deepens. Here, I think, the Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices, even if it comes out with some data, that data is being questioned. Even the investigators, who have to visit the fields, they do not visit. There are many press reports that the field investigators do not visit or interact with farmers to understand their problems. (Contd. by ysr-1q)


SHRI D. RAJA (CONTD.): That is why I appeal to the UPA Government that the paddy growers should be given the Minimum Support Price of Rs. one thousand per quintal. Wheat growers have already got the Minimum Support Price. Now, it should be the turn of paddy growers and they must get the Minimum Support Price of Rs. one thousand per quintal. This issue cannot be delayed by the UPA Government.


DR. V. MAITREYAN: Sir, I associate myself with the mention made by the hon. Member.

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: I am calling those who have given notices. You can associate yourself with the mentions only after I exhaust all the names who have given notices. (Interruptions)

PROF. P.J. KURIEN: Sir, he is a son-in-law of Kerala, but he mentioned only Tamil Nadu. (Interruptions)

SHRI D. RAJA: I include Kerala now. (Interruptions) There was an agitation in Tamil Nadu. (Interruptions) That is why I said, 'all over the country.' (Interruptions)

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: He said, 'entire country.' (Interruptions) Mr. Raja, please sit down.

DR. K. KESHAVA RAO (ANDHRA PRADESH): Sir, there is no gainsaying the fact that all farmers, particularly paddy growers, do require this kind of a support. But there has to be a difference between what is called an incentive support in administered price and the support price. That is why I am not trying to make any grievance against the wheat growers. When the production of wheat was going down, some kind of incentive was given to them and some kind of support price was raised. But, at the same time, the farmers are saved. Because they have to save the community. The farmers of Andhra Pradesh ...(Interruptions) They have raised one issue. The issue is simple. Their risk factors are greater than that of the wheat growers. Two, their fate depend on the vagaries of nature. Three, it is sometimes two crops or three crops and sometimes no crops at all. So, the risk is increasing by every season. They wanted to be on a par with the wheat growers. So, I think it is not only Andhra Pradesh as Mr. Raja said, all over the country paddy growers...(Interruptions)

SHRI D. RAJA: I said..(Interruptions)..

DR. K. KESHAVA RAO: I am supporting Mr. Raja. I might not have as good English as you have. But, nonetheless, as he says, the paddy growers of the entire country need this kind of a support. (Interruptions)


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DR. M.S. GILL (PUNJAB): Sir, I will not waste time of the House. Rice paddy constitutes 70 per cent of the crop in India; Wheat is only 30 per cent. I totally endorse his view. It is not a matter of Andhra Pradesh alone; it is a matter concerning the whole India. The Government should look into it and increase the price of paddy for all of them.


MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: This is the sentiment of the entire House. (Interruptions)

SHRI SITARAM YECHURY (WEST BENGAL): Sir, the maximum number of farmer suicides that are taking place are amongst the paddy growers and the cotton growers. The paddy price is a very critical input because the latest studies have shown that in the last seven years, every thirty minutes one farmer is committing suicide.

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: That is why I said that it was the sentiment of the entire House. (Interruptions)

SHRI SITARAM YECHURY: This announcement is to be made by the Government at the earliest. (Ends)

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: It is the sentiment of the entire House. (Interruptions)

SHRI D. RAJA: Sir, you must convey it to the Government. (Interruptions)

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: I have conveyed it through the Chair that it is the sentiment of the entire House.

PROF. P.J. KURIEN: Sir, make the procurement price Rs.1000 per quintal on a par with wheat.

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SHRI SHANTARAM LAXMAN NAIK (GOA): Sir, I am raising a very serious issue. (Interruptions) This incident took place recently when girls from Goa were molested while travelling by train to Rajasthan. A group of 57 girls from the Home Science College, Panaji, Goa, were molested in a train in Rajasthan in the last week of October.

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SHRI SHANTARAM LAXMAN NAIK (CONTD.): They have revealed this only recently. The incident came to light only because initially, the girls did not disclose this fact. According to eyewitnesses, around 200 youths boarded the Jodhpur-Howrah Express at Nadbai in Bharatpur district. They were going to Jodhpur to appear in a test for the post of police constables. They attacked and molested the girls as the train was passing through Dausa. In fact, to mention what is being reported is a bit embarrassing, but, still, I would like to mention it. According to the report, the students who travelled said that the youths masturbated in front of them. They even climbed on the sleeping girls and attacked them. Even the female teachers accompanying the girl students were molested. Now, Sir, it has been found that these boys have run away from the villages. Railway Protection Force and Police are after them. But, they are not getting them. This is the responsibility of the Railways. Not only that, it is also the responsibility of the Government of Rajasthan which is headed by a lady Chief Minister. (Ends)

SHRIMATI PREMA CARIAPPA: Sir, we condemn this.

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: Okay. The Government should take note of this. (Ends)



SHRI PRASANTA CHATTERJEE (WEST BENGAL): Sir, I would like to draw the attention to a news item appeared in today's 'Indian Express' that Maoists blow up a railway track in Bihar and killed a CPI (M) activist in Purulia.

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: You should not read from the newspapers.

SHRI PRASANTA CHATTERJEE: Sir, landmines were also planted there. On Monday, the Maoists blew up a railway track in Birbhum district also. The CPI (M) local party leader, his name is Sufal Mandi, was murdered at Balrampur. This has been stated by the Police Administration that this is the handy work of Maoists. We all know that some time back, an MP of Jharkhand Mukti Morcha Party, Sunil Mahato, was murdered brutally. Everybody is aware of that. Creating violence in Nandigram for the last 11 months, they gave a Bandh call in support of Nandigram. The activities of the Maoists continue there. Sir, as appears, he was dragged out from his home on late night on Monday. While many of the houses were ransacked and blazed, his bullet-ridden dead body, tied to a tree, was found and six landmines have been found from the spot. The Maoist poster was strewn all over the body of our local party leader, Sufal Mandi. This is not a single incident. Many have been murdered in the area of Purulia distrct and other areas also. There is a direct hand of the Maoists, according to Police. Even the name of the Ranjit Pal was drawn. Police said that Dalma squad of which Ranjit Pal is a member, who was associated with an MP's murder, is involved with this killing incident. Sir, that is why, our National Security Adviser has pointed out, while referring to the case of Nandigram, it was very tricky, and he said that it was a clear case of Maoists involvement. Mr. Narayanan said that. We will discuss that issue tomorrow. So, the Maoists' activities are not confined to one State, but to a very larger number of States, endangering the lives of citizens.

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: We will definitely discuss that issue tomorrow.

SHRI PRASANTA CHATTERJEE: I would like to draw the attention of the Ministry of Home Affairs for doing the needful and taking up the matter with all the States. (Ends)

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DR. GYAN PRAKASH PILANIA (RAJASTHAN): Sir, the chilling data contained in UNICEF's latest report on 'State of the World's Children' shows that 80 per cent of India's districts have recorded a decline in sex ratio since 1991. The worst offender is Punjab, where the ratio of girls has dropped from 875 in 1991 to 798 girls for every 1000 boys in 2001. In Punjab, the number of girls in rural areas is 799 per 1000 boys, compared with an even grimmer number of 796 in urban zones. Punjab is closely followed by Haryana, which has recorded a 60-points drop from 879 girls in 1991 to 819 in 2001, followed by Chandigarh, Himachal and Uttaranchal. A surprise entry to this hall of shame is Arunachal Pradesh, where the child sex ratio has dropped from 982 girls to 964. Delhi, with all its cosmopolitan pretensions, has a 47-point drop from 915 girls to 868. Only Kerala, Pondicherry, Lakshadweep have seen improvement in the girl-boy ratio, and they deserve congratulations for this.

The all-India average is 927 girls for 1000 boys, which puts the country right at the bottom of the chart internationally. In fact, it fares even worse than countries like strife-wrecked Nigeria which has 965 girls and our neighbour Pakistan which has 958 girls. According to the report, only China with 832 girls per 1,000 boys ranks below India on this dubious front.

In view of the above alarming scenario of female foeticide and consequent declining sex ratio, I would strongly urge the hon. Health Minister to take urgent steps to stem this tide of shame. Thank you.


SHRI AJAY MAROO (JHARKHAND): Sir, I associate myself with the special mention made by the hon. Member, Dr. Gyan Prakash Pilania.

MS. MABEL REBELLO (JHARKHAND): Sir, I also associate myself with the special mention made by the hon. Member, Dr. Gyan Prakash Pilania.

DR. M.S. GILL (PUNJAB): Sir, I also associate myself with the special mention made by the hon. Member, Dr. Gyan Prakash Pilania.



SHRIMATI PREMA CARIAPPA (KARNATAKA): Sir, as the economy of India is rising, simultaneously, the standard of living is also improving. The proper care and help to the older people are being neglected in this fast living lives by their younger ones. Hence, old-age homes have become the real need in the fast developing world for the people of older age.

As far as Karnataka State is concerned, there are very few old- age homes in the State. They are not much popular in general. For the greater interest of the old-aged persons of different classes in the society, the Government should open more old-age homes of different categories, in various parts of the State of Karnataka. Some old-age homes should be on paid membership basis for the affording/upper class people. For a middle class society, separate homes, with lesser charges, and free old-age homes for the poorer classes, should be provided. Some homes should be exclusively for women.

I urge the Government that old-age homes should have all the basic necessities like proper food, hygienic condition, proper medical care, proper communication facilities etc. To keep themselves engaged in some entertainment and leisure activities, they should have recreation clubs inside it. There should be proper and regular medical check-up drives by doctors with sophisticated facilities. Members should have the scope to choose/help their home and colleagues according to their personal interests. More schemes should be made by the concerned Ministry for the betterment of existing as well as for opening new old- age homes with proper facilities.

I personally feel that the Government should look into improving the health and living conditions of the aged persons. Thank you.


SHRI JANARDHANA POOJARY (KARNATAKA): Sir, I associate myself with the special mention made by the hon. Member, Smt. Prema Cariappa.

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SHRI TARLOCHAN SINGH (HARYANA): Sir, it relates to honouring India's first Defence Minister, Sardar Baldev Singh.

Sir, India's first Defence Minister, late Sardar Baldev Singh, was in the team of Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru when the first interim Government was formed in 1946, and he was taken as a representative of the Sikhs. He went with Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru and Mohd. Ali Jinha to represent India at the time of declaration of Independence of the country in London. He refused to accept any allurement and declared the decision of the Sikh community to remain in India. This historic announcement led to the division of Punjab, and India was able to get east Punjab. Sardar Baldev Singh was appointed India's first Defence Minister in 1947, and he was responsible for modernising the Indian Army and handling of the attack on Kashmir by the raiders.

Till today, nothing has been done to honour his deeds. I request that the Government should at least release a commemorative postal stamp and install a life-size statue in the Defence Ministry campus.


DR. M.S. GILL (PUNJAB): Sir, I associate myself with his Special Mention. (Ends)

DR. K. KESHAVA RAO (ANDHRA PRADESH): Sir, I also associate myself with his Special Mention. (Ends)




SHRI VIJAY J. DARDA (MAHARASHTRA): Sir, I am very lucky. Whenever you are in the Chair, I get opportunities. So, for me you are a lucky person.

Sir, I thank you for allowing me to make my Special Mention for setting up a Supreme Court bench at Nagpur. While inaugurating the first phase of the ambitious e-courts project, interlinking of all the courts across the country on 9th July, our former President envisaged change in the "face of judiciary" within the next five years. He advised the Supreme Court administration for fuller utilisation of national e-governance, and visualised a scenario of "a citizen filing a civil dispute case using National ID Card and getting justice within two weeks". Simultaneously, the Chief Justice of India also assured liquidation of huge arrears within a foreseeable future.

Establishing "evening courts", introducing "plea-bargaining system, setting up "fast track courts" etc., undoubtedly, contribute towards liquidation of arrears at district level. Let us also make a beginning from the Supreme Court of India, functioning at Delhi, involving litigants' woes facing harrowing time chasing the apex court for getting justice by their constant shuttling from four corners of our vast country to Delhi. Therefore, if a bench of Supreme Court could be established at Nagpur, it will go a long way towards not only liquidating the pending arrears but also assuring quicker delivery of justice in new cases. The UPA Government under the inspiring guidance of its Chairperson in consultation with the Supreme Court and other legal luminaries may initiate a time-bound process so that a Supreme Court bench could be established at Nagpur. A recent U.N. Report and the Government of India have already identified this city as a future metropolis. Besides its central location, its growing civic communication, aviation and power infrastructure would admirably fit in for setting up a bench of the Supreme Court of India at Nagpur. (Ends)

SHRI SHANTARAM LAXMAN NAIK (GOA): Sir, I associate myself with his Special Mention.

SHRI SHARAD ANANTRAO JOSHI (MAHARASHTRA): Sir, I associate myself with his Special Mention.

DR. M.S. GILL (PUNJAB): Sir, I associate myself with his Special Mention.

SHRI ROBERT KHARSHIING (MEGHALAYA): Sir, I also associate myself with his Special Mention.

SHRI RAJNITI PRASAD (BIHAR): Sir, I associate myself with his Special Mention.

DR. E.M. SUDARSANA NATCHIAPPAN (TAMIL NADU): Sir, I also associate myself with his Special Mention.


MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: There are a number of Members associating themselves with his Special Mention for Nagpur!




SHRIMATI N.P. DURGA (ANDHRA PRADESH): Sir, my Special Mention relates to the need to eradicate economic and social inequalities in India.

Sir, despite a glut of food and an increase in India's capacity to grow more, hunger remains one of India's major problems. Extreme inequalities violate the minimal level of social cohesion which is necessary for decency in civic life and for the moral, psychological, economic and social foundations of any democracy. As per the International Food Policy Research Institute, India is ranked at 94 out of 118 countries in Hunger Index. Even as per the National Commission for Enterprises in the unorganised sector, a frightening 77 per cent, i.e. 840 millions of Indians live on a pathetic Rs.20/- per day. This shows the depth and pervasiveness of poverty in India. Now, two per cent of world's richest own more than 50 per cent of global household wealth. (Contd. by TMV/1U)



SHRIMATI N. P. DURGA (CONTD.): When it comes to India, as per a report, there is a perceptible increase in inter-personal wealth inequality in India between 1991 and 2006. While the top 10 per cent of the population increased its share of total national wealth to 55 per cent, the share of the bottom 10 per cent fell, during the same period, to 0.21 per cent. The contrast between concentration of wealth at the very top and the prevalence of mass poverty, with the most appalling conditions of life at the bottom, is shocking. It is morally indefensible and unacceptable. We have to deal with the social and economic inequalities. So, I request the Government of India to do this by reversing the rapid onslaught of "Second Partition" between the privileged classes and hundreds of millions of toiling masses of our country. Thank you. (Ends)




SHRI SHANTARAM LAXMAN NAIK (GOA): Sir, seventy per cent of the graduates in India have a Degree either in Science or Arts or Commerce, and a large number of them are seeking white-collar jobs. They are frustrated as they do not get necessary response to their applications for jobs from private and public sectors due to their deficiency in specialised technical education.

One of the fast-growing sectors in today's society is information technology sector. Institutes have come up in the country, which train students in various methods and procedures of computer applications. A student can pursue his career as system administrator, network engineer, solution provider, etc., through these institutes and can get direct job placements in the open market.

We also find that the students are taking computer studies as one of the subjects in the vocational stream at the Higher Secondary School level and at the degree level. However, they acquire a limited knowledge at these levels.

Students, after finishing 10th or 12th standard, can pursue computer education directly in computer educational institutes, and they can get direct job placements thereby avoiding the unnecessary 3 years degree course as well as monetary liabilities.

Fees charged by these institutes are reasonable but due to the service tax of 12.36 per cent to be paid to the Central Government, the fees get inflated and it becomes a burden to those seeking knowledge in computer applications for obtaining employment.

The Central Government should, therefore, waive off the service tax in respect of computer institutes, which are operating in the country, as a measure of eradicating unemployment. Thank you. (Ends)




SHRI JANARDHANA POOJARY (KARNATAKA): Sir, it is my pleasure to raise a Special Mention regarding introduction of passenger trains on Bangalore-Hassan-Mangalore broad-gauge railway line.

This is in connection with the announcement made by the hon. Minister of State for Railways, Shri R. Velu, that passenger train services on the Bangalore-Hassan-Mangalore broad-gauge railway line would commence in the month of November, 2007. Recently, the General Manager, South Western Railway, announced that the railway line was complete with due clearance from the Commissioner of Railway Safety, after addressing certain concerns expressed by the Railway Board authorities. Yet, there is no sign of passenger train services on the section. It is reported that plying of passenger trains on the Bangalore-Hassan-Mangalore section is delayed merely because the Railway Board has so far not given its green signal for the same. It may be mentioned that goods-trains are plying on the Bangalore-Hassan-Mangalore broad- gauge railway line for the last few months.

The people of Karnataka have been waiting for years for completion of the gauge conversion of the Bangalore-Hassan-Mangalore section and operationalisation of passenger trains thereon. When commissioned, it would boost the economic development of the region.

The inordinate delay in operationalising passenger train services on this line has already spurred violent agitations on a number of times earlier. Any further delay is bound to be chaotic, since the railway line is ready for commissioning. I, therefore, urge upon the Central Government to immediately commission passenger train services on the Bangalore-Hassan-Mangalore broad-gauge railway line. Thank you.


SHRIMATI PREMA CARIAPPA (KARNATAKA): Sir, I associate myself with what has been stated by Shri Janardhana Poojary.


(Followed by VK/1W)




SHRI M.V. MYSURA REDDY (ANDHRA PRADESH): Mr. Deputy Chairman, Sir, the Government is aware that the four public sector general insurance companies such as the National Insurance Company Ltd., the New India Insurance Company Ltd., the Oriental Insurance Company Ltd. and the United India Insurance Company Ltd. have been rendering yeoman service to the people of the country by offering various policies for their benefits and also providing necessary funds for social development. During the year 1999, the Government amended the Insurance Act, 1938 allowing private insurance companies to operate its functions in different parts of the country including foreign insurance companies also. In the year 2002, the holding company of the four public sector general insurance companies, viz., the General Insurance Corporation of India was delinked and made a separate entity limiting its role to reinsurance business in the country. After the Insurance Act was amended, eight private companies entered into the filed of general insurance market. Competing with the private companies, the above four public sector general insurance companies have performed well. But the companies are doing similar services to the people. The service conditions are same in the four organisations.

The UPA Government committed itself in the National Common Minimum Programme that the Central Government would strengthen the public sector insurance. But it is a matter of grave concern that the Government has done nothing towards fulfilling its commitment. The merger of four public sector general insurance companies will result in huge advantages to the public sector and it will help the Government to invest more in social sector due to increased mobilization of people's savings and providing employment to the unemployed youths.

Therefore, I urge upon the Government to take effective steps for the merger of the four public sector general insurance companies in the national interest. Thank you.

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

SHRI RUDRA NARAYAN PANY (ORISSA): Sir, I also associate myself with this issue. (Ends)




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SHRIMATI JAYA BACHCHAN (UTTAR PRADESH): Sir, I also associate myself with this Special Mention.

SHRI SHARAD ANANTRAO JOSHI (MAHARASHTRA): Sir, I also associate myself with it.

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: The whole House associates itself with it.

The House is adjourned to meet at 2.00 p.m.


The House then adjourned at forty-six minutes past twelve of the clock.