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SHRI JAITLEY CONDOLES THE DEATH OF ALI SARDAR JAFRI

    The Minister for Information and Broadcasting Shri Arun Jaitley has condoled the death of noted Urdu poet and Jnanpith award winner Shri Ali Sardar Jafri who passed away in Mumbai, today. Describing Shri Jafri as one of the leading lights of the progressive Urdu literary movement, Shri Jaitley in his condolence message said that Shri Jafri’s contribution to highlight the cause of the oppressed class and realities of life through his works will be remembered for long.

 

 

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DR. C.P.THAKUR TO LAY THE FOUNDATION STONE FOR RS.422 CRORE N.E.REGIONAL INSTITUTE OF HEALTH & MEDICAL SCIENCES AT SHILLONG ON 8TH AUGUST, 2000

    Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Dr. C.P.Thakur will be laying the foundation stone for the North Eastern Region, Indira Gandhi Regional Institute for Health & Medical Sciences at Shillong on August 8, 2000.

    The Rs. 422 crore project will have a 500 bedded super specialty hospital. It will also have the facilities for P.G.teaching in 35 disciplines and a Nursing College.

    Selling up of such Institute is expected to provide the much needed premier institute for Health care to the needs of people of North Eastern Region. Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura will be benefited by this Regional Institute for Health and Medical Sciences.

 

 

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POWER GRID CORPORATION SETTING UP OPTICAL FIBRE NETWORK TO ENTER INTO TELECOM BUSINESS

    The Power Grid Corporation of India is entering a new era with the commissioning of its Delhi Chandigarh Optical Fibre Network by the Prime Minister Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee on August 2, 2000. The Corporation, which is profitably in the business of transmitting power across the country, has decided to make additional use of its existing power transmission lines network for setting up an Optical Fibre Network across the country. It will entail laying of 52,000 kms. of optical fibre including setting up of a number of Tele-stations at an estimated cost of about Rs. 5000 crore. This will not only increase the tele density in the country but will also accelerate application of information technology in urban and rural areas.

    The Power Grid Corporation has for laying the optical fibre network developed a three pronged strategy with the help of renowned international consultants viz, IVO Power Engineering, Finland, Pricewaterhouse Coopers. UK and Simons, UK. The network will be laid in two phases. Under the first phase the corporation proposes to utilize the spare/excess capacity of the network available in the Unified Load Despatch and Communication Schemes which will link major cities in Northern and Southern Regions. The Phase II envisages installation of additional ten thousand kms. of optical fibre cables connecting 56 cities including the state capitals by 2002. However, some of the major cities like Varanasi, Agra, Lucknow, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Bangalore would be connected by 2001.

    In the final phase, POWERGRID proposes to enter into telecom business as a National Long Distance Operator by forming a Joint Venture with telecom companies of national and international repute. To further enhance its commercial value, POWERGRID envisages to establish linkages with international optical fibre network and in this direction, is looking for a strategic partner to have a strategically located landing station in the country.

 

 

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Rajya Sabha

INSTALLATION OF COLLISION WARNING SYSTEM IN PASSENGER AIRCRAFTS

    It has been made mandatory w.e.f. 1st January, 1999 to install Airborne Collision Avoidance System (ACAS)-II in all aircraft having certified seating capacity of more than 30 or a payload capacity of more than 3 tonnes operating in Indian airspace. Aeroplane having certified seating capacity of 10 to 30 or payload capacity of 1 to 3 tonnes, have been required to install ACAS-I upto 31.12.2003.

    The cost of the system varies from aircraft to aircraft. The expenditure on the system is borne by the concerned airline/operator.

    This information was given by the Minister for Civil Aviation, Shri Sharad Yadav in a written reply to a question asked by Shri P. Soundarajan in Rajya Sabha today.

 

 

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Rajya Sabha

AI’s SHARE IN WORLD TRAFFIC AND CARGO

    Top seven airlines of the world account for 34% of the revenue of the top 150 airlines.

    Out of the total scheduled (international and domestic) traffic (passenger, freight and mail) carried by all the International air Transport Association (IATA) member airlines, about 32% is carried by IATA member airlines from the United States.

    Out of the total traffic carried by IATA member airlines, Air India’s share is around 0.4%.

    This information was given by the Minister for Civil Aviation, Shri Sharad Yadav in a written reply to a question asked by Shri Prem Chand Gupta and Shri Sanjay Nirupam in Rajya Sabha today.

 

 

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Rajya Sabha

BRITISH AIRWAYS SERVICES FROM CALCUTTA

    The Calcutta services of British Airways were being operated in conjunction with Delhi. This was leading to extra aircraft time and crew problem. British Airways had submitted a proposal that they will continue their operations to Calcutta provided they are allowed three additional frequencies per week separately for the Calcutta operation. This has been agreed to by the Government of India subject to similar rights being granted to Air India on a reciprocal basis.

    This information was given by the Minister for Civil Aviation, Shri Sharad Yadav in a written reply to a question asked by Shri V.P. Duraisamy in Rajya Sabha today.

 

 

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PRIME MINISTER CONDOLES THE DEATH OF ALI SARDAR JAFARI

    The Prime minister, Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee has expressed deep grief over the passing away of noted Urdu poet and Jnanpith winner Ali Sardar Jafri in Mumbai on Tuesday, 1st August, 2000.

    In a condolence message, the Prime Minister has said –

    "Ali Sardar Jafri will be remembered as a revolutionary, intellectual and orator. Throughout his life he used his intellectual abilities to relentlessly campaign against imperialism, oppression and class discrimination. As a student leader at Aligarh Muslim University, Ali Sardar Jafri shot into prominence when he joined the freedom movement. He was sentenced to jail on several occasion but that did not dampen his spirit.

    His five volumes of prose, critical and autobiographical essays – Nai Duniya Ko Salam, Pathar Ki Diwar, Ek Khwab Aur, Pairahan Sharur, Lahoo Pukarta Hai - are lasting contributions to Indian literature. Among his other notable works are Diwan-e-Ghalib, Diwan-e-Mir, Kabir Bani and Prem Vani (Poems of Mirabai).

    I met Ali Sardar Jafri on several occasions and I remember carrying a compilation of his poems, "Sarhad", to Lahore last year. We were supposed to meet some months back but his illness came in the way.

    I convey my heartfelt condolence to all relatives, friends and admirers of Ali Sardar Jafri and join them in praying for the departed soul."

 

 

LOK SABHA

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NO GENETICALLY MODIFIED CROP COMMERCIALLY INTRODUCED YET

    No Genetically modified crop has yet been commercially introduced in the country. This information was given in the Lok Sabha today by the Minister of State for Science and Technology Shri Bachi Singh Rawat in a written reply.

    Shri Rawat said, such crops can be permitted to be introduced only after the government is satisfied about their bio-safety and agronomic advantage. He further said that at present, the government is permitting field trials only after taking into account all safety precautions, under the Indian Environment (Protection) Act – 1986.

    No open field trial is authorized before the assessment of the information obtained on the risks involved. The materials are also tested in laboratories and contained in green house conditions for generating additional safety information.

    At present, genetically modified crops of cotton, tobacco, tomato potato, brinjal, cauliflower, cabbage and mustard have been permitted to undergo field trials in Indian environment conditions.

 

 

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LOK SABHA

RSP PURCHASES FROM SMALL SCALE INDUSTRIES

    The Rourkela Steel Plant (RSP) has purchased materials like spares and consumables from small scale industries worth Rs.77 crore during April-June, 2000. It made purchases material worth Rs.208.03 crore during 1999-2000. Purchases from small scale units during the previous two years was of Rs.205.09 crore and Rs.215.14 crore respectively.

    This information was given by the Minister for Steel, Shri B.K. Tripathy in a written reply in the Lok Sabha today.

 

 

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LOK SABHA

MERGER OF HSCL WITH SAIL

    Hindustan Steel Works Constructions Limited (HSCL) is engaged in construction and related activities. As construction is not a core activity of SAIL and the company is committed to separating its non core-activities such as power, oxygen and special steels, to facilitate its turnaround, merger of HSCL with SAIL cannot be considered.

    Visveshvaraya Iron & Steel Limited (VISL) is engaged in production of special steels and ferro-alloys. It was a subsidiary of SAIL and was subsequently merged with SAIL in 1998. Its merger with SAIL was based on the consideration that both the companies were involved in producing alloys and special steels. However, as a part of the restructuring plan approved by Government of India, SAIL will continue only in the business of carbon steel. So, it will also be divesting VISL.

    This information was given by the Minister for Steel, Shri B.K. Tripathy in a written reply in the Lok Sabha today.

 

 

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LOK SABHA

JOINT VENTURES FOR SAIL UNITS

    Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) has decided to concentrate on its core business and to separate such activities/units which are either unviable or non-core and ancillary to its main business, in view of its unsatisfactory liquidity position and to improve long term competitiveness.

    Accordingly, SAIL has initiated the process of conversion of the following assets into joint ventures while protecting the jobs of the existing employees:

    1. Power Plants at Bokaro, Durgapur and Rourkela
    1. Oxygen Plant – II of Bhilai Steel Plant
    2. Salem Steel Plant (SSP), Salem
    3. Alloy Steels Plant (ASP), Durgapur
    4. Visvesvaraya Iron & Steel Plant (VISP), Bhadravati
    5. Fertiliser Plant at Rourkela
    6. Indian Iron and Steel Company (IISCO)

    This information was given by the Minister for Steel, Shri B.K. Tripathy in a written reply in the Lok Sabha today.

 

 

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LOK SABHA

NEW STEEL PLANTS

    In the post liberalisation era, private sector companies are setting up or have proposed to set up steel plants in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh.

    The Union Government at present has no proposal to set up any new public sector steel plant. According to the New Industrial Policy announced in July 1991, ‘Iron and Steel’ has been removed from the ‘list of Industries reserved for the Public Sector’ and is exempted from the requirement of compulsory licensing; save for certain locational restrictions. No Industrial Licence is therefore, required for setting up of iron and steel plants and the entrepreneurs are free to set up such plants in the permissible locations.

    This information was given by the Minister for Steel, Shri B.K. Tripathy in a written reply in the Lok Sabha today.

 

 

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LOK SABHA

MECON’S STEPS TO INCREASE PROFIT

    The functioning of MECON Limited has been adversely affected due to a slow down in the steel sector. The company made a loss of Rs.27.16 crore in 1999-2000 and Rs.11.17 crore in 1998-99.

    The Government has taken a number of steps to increase its profitability. They are: downsizing of the company by giving voluntary retirement, diversification of MECON into non-steel areas and restructuring of the organisation by creating "Lines of Business" in a phased manner with orientation to specific market segments to ensure greater thrust. Besides, economy measures have been introduced to cut down non-value adding costs and reduce expenditure.

    This information was given by the Minister for Steel, Shri B.K. Tripathy in a written reply in the Lok Sabha today.

 

 

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LOK SABHA

SAIL’S PRODUCTION TARGET FOR 2000-01

    Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) had to regulate production since 1997-98 due to sluggish market conditions. With the improvement of the market demand in 1999-2000, production of saleable steel increased to 9.53 million tonnes. The target for production of saleable steel by SAIL is fixed at 10.215 million tonnes for 2000-01.

    The accounts of individual plants of SAIL are prepared separately to assess their profitability. Incentives to the employees are given on the basis of performance in the respective units which is linked to various parameters like volume of production, operating indices, cost of production, quality of products etc.

    This information was given by the Minister for Steel, Shri B.K. Tripathy in a written reply in the Lok Sabha today.

 

 

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STATEMENT BY HOME MINISTER IN RAJYA SABHA ON 1.8.2000 IN RESPONSE TO THE CALLING ATTENTION MOTION MOVED BY SHRI SURESH PACHOURI, MP ABOUT BOMB BLASTS IN VARIOUS PARTS OF THE COUNTRY

    The major concerns of the internal security scenario in the country centre around Pak-sponsored terrorism in Jammu & Kashmir, inter-linked and externally supported subversive activities of militant groups in the North East and the violence perpetrated by the Left-Wing extremist groups in some States.

    Resort to the use of bombs and Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) by various militant and extremist groups has remained a regular feature in recent years. The targets in these incidents of explosions have been innocent people, selected VIPs, important political leaders and Security Force personnel. In Jammu & Kashmir, militants have come to notice using sophisticated explosive devices and causing damage to life and property. Use of explosives for causing blasts in trains by various terrorist and insurgent groups in some parts of the country have also been reported. The Left-Wing extremist groups in Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Bihar have also been using IEDs. They have also come to notice stockpiling explosives for use during elections.

    A series of bomb blasts had also occurred in church premises in the States of Goa, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka in the months of June and July. The investigations carried out by Central Agencies and the police forces of the three States have revealed that a group known as Deendar Anjuman having their links in Pakistan, is involved in the incidents with the aim to create differences between various communities. Nine culprits are reported to have been arrested so far. Further investigations are going on.

    ‘Public Order’ and ‘Police’ are State subjects as per the Constitution. The State Governments are primarily responsible for maintenance of law & order. The Central Government has been regularly reviewing the situation with States to sensitise them to various dimensions of internal security problems and to take stock of action taken in response to developments. Advisories are sent to State Governments whenever intelligence inputs regarding impending developments are received. Para-Military Forces are sent to the affected States on their request and assistance is provided for raising India Reserve battalions. Schemes for reimbursement of Security Related Expenditure have been instituted for North-Eastern States, Jammu & Kashmir as well as States affected by Left wing extremism. Funds are also provided to States for modernization of Police Forces, to equip them to deal with law & order problems as well as terrorism, more effectively.

    As a result of prompt investigations conducted by the State Police, a number of cases of bomb blasts have been successfully worked out and involvement of various outfits has come to light. Appropriate follow-up action is being taken by all concerned .

 

 

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Lok Sabha

COAL PRODUCTION TARGET ACHIEVED

    The target fixed for coal production for 1999-2000 has been fully achieved. The figures of target, actual (provisional) and achievement (%) are given below:

Target(m.t.) Actual(Provisional)(m.t.) Achievement(%)

298.90 300.05 100.38

    This information was given by the Minister of State (independent charge) for Coal, Shri N.T. Shanmugam in a written reply to a question asked by Shri B.K. Parthasarathi in Lok Sabha today.

 

 

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Lok Sabha

ENHANCEMENT OF QUALITY OF COAL PRODUCTS

    Indian coal in general has high ash content and low calorific value. Despite that, it has certain plus points like low sulphur and low trace elements compared to coal of other important coal producing countries. Against the average gross calorific value (GCV) of Indian coal of about 4900 K.Cal/KG, the imported coal from different coal producing countries has GCV of more than 6000 K.Cal/KG.

    The steps taken by Coal India Limited to improve the quality is as below:

  1. Coal faces are being properly planned in both underground and open cast mines.
  2. OB benches are kept in advance to obviate mixing with coal.
  3. Trained personnel are being engaged in sidings/loading points to supervise handling/loading of coal.
  4. Provision of quality evaluation of coal supplies to major consumers on the basis of third party/joint sampling analysis.
  5. Coal beneficiation plants are being encouraged for Non-Coking coal. Five such plants viz. Piparwar, Gidi, Kargali, Dugda and Bina are already functioning.
  6. Bombay Suburban Electric Supply corporation (BSES) has also come up with one washery in the private sector at Dipka.
  7. Selective mining by conventional mode and surface miners has been introduced.

    This information was given by the Minister of State (independent charge) for Coal, Shri N.T. Shanmugam in a written reply to a question asked by Shri A. Narendra in Lok Sabha today.

 

 

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LOK SABHA

INCREASED FUNDS FOR IAY

    The allocation of funds for Indira Awaas Yojana (IAY) housing for the current financial year i.e., 2000-2001 has been enhanced to Rs.1613.69 crores which is Rs.13.69 crores more than the allocation of Rs.1600 crores for the year 1999-2000.

    In a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today, the Minister of State for Rural Development, Shri Subhash Maharia informed that the Government has prepared a detailed Action Plan and launched a number of new initiatives for the improvement of housing system in the rural sector. These include Credit-Cum-subsidy Scheme; Innovative Stream Awaas Yojana and Pradhan Mantri Gramodaya Yojana – Gramin Awaas. The Minister added that while the Pradhan Mantri Gramodaya Yojana – Gramin Awaas has been launched in 2000-2001, the remaining Schemes went into operation in 1999-2000.

 

 

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WEBSITE ON FORT RAIGAD INAUGURATED

    The Home Minister, Shri L.K. Advani inaugurated the Website on fort Raigad "www.raigadropeway.com" in his office at Parliament House, here today. The occasion marked the Lokmanya Tilak Punyatithi. Shri Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak founder of Shri Shivaji Raigad Smarak Mandal (SSRSM) had restored the glory of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and the importance of Fort Raigad, which is always remembered as the capital of national resistance and the final resting place of the Great Founder of Indian Liberation. To overcome the inaccessibility of Fort Raigad to the pilgrims, particularly the aged, disabled and children, the SSRSM also decided to construct a Ropeway facility.

    The Ropeway facility, a charitable public service venture was undertaken by the Jog Engineering Limited of Mumbai. The Ropeway after its operation in April, 1996 has enabled pilgrims of all age groups to visit Fort Raigad which is of great national importance. Similarly the website has provided e-Ropeway to re-live the glorious history of Fort Raigad and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. The Main features of the website are history of Fort Raigad, Photo gallery, story books, information about Lokmanya Tilak, SSRSM, the Ropeway, reservation details and nearby places of interest for the pilgrims.

 

 

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EXPORTS UP BY OVER 27% IN DOLLAR TERMS IN FIRST QUARTER

INDIA'S FOREIGN TRADE DATA FOR APRIL-JUNE 2000

    India’s exports during April-June 2000-2001 are estimated at US $ 10194.34 million (or $ 10.1 billion) which is 27.65% higher than the level of US $ 7986.28 million (or $ 7.9 billion) in April-June 1999-2000. In rupee terms, the exports were Rs.44954.82 crore, which is 31.29% higher than the value of exports during April- June 1999-2000.

    Exports during June 2000 are valued at US $3325.71 million which is 27.55% higher than the level of US $ 2607.36 million in June, 1999. In rupee terms, the exports were Rs.14862.35 crore, which is 32.15% higher than the value of exports during June 1999.

    India’s imports during April-June 2000-2001 are valued at US $ 13177.09 million representing a growth of 27.25 % over the level of imports valued at US $ 10355.66 million in April-June 1999-2000. Oil imports during April-June 2000-2001 are valued at US $ 3935.41 million which is 94.26 % higher than oil imports valued at US $ 2025.83 million in the corresponding period last year which is one of the main reasons for the increase in imports. Non-oil imports during April-June 2000-2001 are estimated at US $ 9241.68 million which is 10.95% higher than the level of such imports valued at US $ 8329.83 million in April-June 1999-2000.

    Imports during June 2000 are valued at US $ 4124.05 million which is 13.27% higher than the level of US $ 3640.78 million in June 1999. In rupee terms, the imports increased by 17.35 %.

    The trade deficit for April-June 2000-2001 is estimated at US $ 2982.75 million which is higher than the deficit at US $ 2369.37 million during April-June 1999-2000.

 

 

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LOK SABHA

RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE GADKARI COMMITTEE

    The Minister of Rural Development , Shri Sundarlal Patwa in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today said that the National Rural Road Programme is currently being formulated.

    He said the National Rural Road Development Committee (NRRDC) set up under the Chairmanship of Shri Nitin Gadkari has submitted its report. The main recommendations of the Committee are :

    1. The Government should take up on priority the task of providing good all-weather roads to each and every village in the country in order to free them from the deprivation from lack of access to facilities of health care, education etc. A time bound programme should be drawn up for the task.
    2. The roads should have black top surface. The width of the carriage way should be 3.75 meters and the width of formation should be 7.5 meters. All the necessary cross drainage works and minor bridges should be constructed.
    3. The Union Government should set up a National Rural Road Development Agency. Its chairman should be of the status of Cabinet Minister of the Union Cabinet considering the onerous task entrusted to it.
    4. The Agency should be authorized to raise finances for the programme by borrowing from suitable sources.
    5. The earmarked portion of special cess on petrol and diesel collected every year should be made available for this progremme. The Rural Development Department should also make available to the agency Rs.2,500 crores each year from its outlays. This should be non-lapsable.
    6. The Central Government should also raise Rs.5,000 crores by issuing tax-free bonds @ maximum 8% for the first five years. Interest on these bonds as far as guarantee for repayment should be given by the Central Government. However, principal repayment would be arranged by the Agency from its funds.
    7. In order to ensure full accountability of the Agency to the lenders regarding the quality and proper standards for these works, the agency should itself execute the programme with full co-operation from the State Governments/Zilla Parishads.
    8. The land acquisition is to be done by the State Governments.
    9. In special difficult areas, the construction work would be entrusted to the Border Road Organization (BRO).
    10. The agency should set up a computer/internet based online Management and monitoring System.
    11. A Committee under the chairmanship of State Chief Secretary should be set up in each state for co-ordination.
    12. There should be a separate organization for quality audit and monitoring for the road works for the agency in each district.
    13. After completion of the works, the completed works should be handed over to the State Governments/Zilla Parishads for further maintenance. It should be ensured that adequate provision is made for the maintenance.
    14. The Government should encourage the development and use of pneumatic tyred carts instead of the iron tyred ones presently used by way of giving subsidies towards conversion and tax-exemption on tyres.

 

 

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GOVT. TO STREAMLINE PADDY PROCUREMENT PROCESS IN PUNJAB

    The Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution is actively considering the streamlining of paddy procurement process in Punjab to safeguard the interest of paddy growers in the State. Various options including procurement of paddy through levy route system rather than Custom Milled Rice (CMR) route is under consideration of the government which is more beneficial to farmers. However, no decision has been taken by the Ministry to switch over entirely to levy route system.

    Procurement of paddy for central pool is generally undertaken through levy route and custom milled rice route system. Under levy route certain portion of the finished product is handed over to the Food Corporation of India at a fixed rate as per levy orders whereas, under CMR, the Food Corporation and the State Governments procure paddy from the mandis and get it milled in the rice mills for which State Governments have to pay incidental charges for their operation which covers cost also. For Punjab the levy percentage is 75 under the levy orders. Procurement of rice through the levy route is a simple operation where the only aspect to be considered is the percentage of levy prescribed and the quality of rice.

    Under CMR route procurement is more costly and storage losses are higher. This also entails problems like lack of storage space and the possibility of deterioration of stocks.

    The market arrivals of paddy in Punjab during 1999-2000 were 108.66 lakh tonnes out of which 26 lakh tonnes were purchased by the millers and 83 lakh tonnes were purchased by the FCI and state agencies. The total production of rice in Punjab during Kharif 1999-2000 was estimated at 87.16 lakh tonnes which is around 130 lakh tonnes in terms of paddy. 83 per cent of the total production is sold through the net work of 1162 mandis where farmers get minimum support price of their produce without any reservation as the mandi transactions are well documented and no irregularities can be done by the millers and traders in the purchase of paddy. Since most of the paddy is sold in the mandis, it is not possible for millers and traders to purchase paddy below the Minimum Support Price.

 

 

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VICE PRESIDENT CONDOLES THE DEATH OF SHRI ALI SARDAR JAFRI

    Shri Krishan Kant, Vice President of India has expressed shock and grief on the passing away of Shri Ali Sardar Jafri. In a message he has said:

    "I am shocked and grieved to learn about the sudden passing away of Ali Sardar Jafri.

    A brilliant exponent of India’s culture of liberalism, secularism and humanism, Sardar jafri belonged to the class of progressive intellectuals. His powerful mind, eloquence, mastery over Urdu literature, dedication to scholarship and his sensitivity to the suffering of the toiling masses, have greatly contributed towards shaping and moulding the outlook of whole generation of Indians. In his death, the country has lost an eminent Urdu poet, a sensitive thinker, a respected intellectual and a prominent public personality.

    I send my heartfelt condolences to the members of the bereaved family and to many friends and admirers of Sardar Jafri."

 

 

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VICE PRESIDENT CONDOLES THE DEATH OF SHRI NANJIL K. MANOHARAN

    Shri Krishan Kant, Vice President of India has expressed shock and grief on the passing away of Shri Nanjil K. Manoharan, Minister of Revenue of Tamil Nadu. In a message he has said:

    "I am deeply grieved to learn about the passing away of Shri Nanjil K. Manoharan, Minister of Revenue of Tamil Nadu.

    Shri Manoharan was truly a mass leader who worked tirelessly for the uplift of the poor and down trodden. He distinguished himself as an able parliamentarian, an able political organiser and administrator. His self-less services for the people of the State shall always be remembered.

    I send my heartfelt condolences to the members of the bereaved family and to the large circle of his friends and admirers."

 

 

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TELECOM OFFICIALS UNDER POSTING TO NORTH EAST ASKED TO JOIN WITHIN THREE DAYS OF RECEIPT OF POSTING ORDERS

SPECIAL PACKAGE AVAILABLE TO SUCH OFFICIALS

    The Department of Telecom Operations (DTO) has issued instructions to its officers especially of the Junior and Senior Administrative grade and the Chief General Managers under posting to North-East to join their place of posting within three days of the receipt of transfer orders. Instructions have also been issued to all Telecom Circles in the country that those officers who are to join the North-East region must be relieved within three days. The decision was taken as part of the special emphasis given for the development of telecom facilities in the North –Eastern Region in which human resource development is considered to be of utmost significance. The Minister of Communications, Shri Ram Vilas Paswan has also emphasised from time to time the development of plans and projects with regard to telecom facilities in backward areas especially in Jammu-Kashmir and North-Eastern region should not suffer because of lack of human resources.

    A special package is also available for officers who are posted to the North-East. These include among others special duty allowance @ 12.5% of the Basic Pay for those who are posted from outside, special compensatory allowance as station of posting in North-East region, retention of Government accommodation at previous station of posting, double house rent allowance in lieu of Government accommodation, choice of station of posting on tenure of two years, two additional L.T.C.s called emergency passage concession either to Home Town or previous station of posting according to entitlement, enhancement rate of children and hostel subsidy, retention of telephone facility at previous station, enhanced provision for T.A. on transfer to North-East Region and enhanced road allowance for transfer in North-East region.

 

 

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PRIME MINISTER CONDOLES THE DEATH OF N K MANOHARAN

    The Prime Minister, Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee has expressed deep sorrow over the death of the Revenue Minister of Tamil Nadu, Shri Nanjil K. Manoharan.

    In his message, Shri Vajpayee called Shri Manoharan, a leading light of Dravidian movement and said that he will always be remembered for his erudition, administrative skills and commitment to the welfare of the people.

 

 

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PRESIDENT CONDOLES THE DEATH OF ALI SARDAR JAFRI

    The President, Shri K R Narayanan, has condoled the death of Shri Ali Sardar Jafri, noted Urdu Litterateur and Jnanpith Award Winner. In a condolence message the President said:

    "I am deeply grieved to learn of the sad demise of the eminent Urdu literary figure, Ali Sardar Jafri, this morning in Mumbai. A revolutionary in outlook, in his writings and his own life, Shri Jafri espoused the cause of the common man in his works and stood for his rights, justice and dignity. His writings throbbed with the real life pulsation of common men and women, their needs and wants, hopes and despair, trials and tribulations.

    Shri Jafri will continue to live through his works in the minds of his countless readers and fans while his brilliant works will continue to inspire generations of lovers of literature and the reading public.

    I convey my heartfelt condolences to the members of the bereaved family and wide circle of his friends and admirers."

 

 

RAJYA SABHA

'38'

CONSERVATION OF SURFACE WATER

    Government of India has recognized the need for conservation and management of water resources. The utilizable surface water by conventional methods has been assessed as 690 BCM. To harness available water resources and augment water supplies, about 3600 large dams and reservoirs and 250 barrages have been constructed. A total live storage capacity of about 177 BCM has been provided by 1995. An additional live storage capacity of about 75 BCM will be created on completion of the dams, which are under various stages of construction. Proposals to take up additional dams to create a live storage of about 132 BCM are also under formulation/consideration. The replenishable groundwater resources are of the order of 432 BCM out of which about6 154 BCM has been developed for use.

    Water being a state subject, all water Resources Development Projects are planned and constructed by the State governments according to their priority with their own resources. Government of India under "Accelerated Irrigation Benefits Programme (AIBP)" is providing Central Loan assistance to State Governments for expeditious completion of ongoing multipurpose projects and completion of other medium and minor projects which are in the advanced stage of construction. Besides, the Government of India is also promoting Rainwater Harvesting through Watershed Management Programme, Artificial Recharge of Ground Water and Roof-top Rainwater Harvesting under the sector reform project of Accelerated Rural Water supply Programme under the Ministry of Rural Development for which technical and financial assistance is provided to the State Governments and other implementing agencies.

    This information was given by the Union Minister of State for Water Resources, Smt. Bijoya Chakravarty, in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today.

 

 

 

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FOREIGN AIDED WATER RESOURCES PROJECTS

    Presently, 18 water resources projects are being implemented with overseas assistance in various States.

    The water resources projects under implementation in Orissa with overseas assistance are given below:

S. No. Name of the Project Funding Agency Amount of Assistance

(in million)

Scheduled date of completion
1.

Orissa Water Resources Consolidation Project

World Bank US$ 290.90 30.09.2002
2.

Orissa Minor Irrigation Project

EEC ECU 10.70 31.12.2004
3.

Rengali Irrigation Project

JBIC Japan Yen 7760 05.03.2003
4.

Orissa Lift Irrigation Project

Kfw Germany DM 55.00 31.12.2000

    This information was given by the Union Minister of State for Water Resources, Smt. Bijoya Chakravarty, in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today.

 

 

 

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TRIBAL DEVELOPMENT AGENCIES IN ORISSA

   There are 21 Integrated Tribal Development Agencies in Orissa. They are functioning at Nilgiri, Baripada, Rairangpur, Karanjia, Kaptipada, Sundergarh, Panposh, Bonai, Kuchinda, Keonjhar, Champua, Parlakhemundi, Phulbani, Balliguda, Rampur, Koraput, Jeypur, Malkangiri, Nawarangpur, rayagada and Gunupur. The Integrated Tribal Development Agencies in the States are operational units for implementing the Tribal Sub-Plan strategy which has twin objectives namely, Socio-economic development of Scheduled Tribes and their protection against various forms of exploitation.

    This information was given by the Union Minister for Tribal Affairs, Mr. Jual Oram, in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today.