Shri P.G. Mankad, Secretary (Industrial Policy & Promotion), Ministry of Commerce and Industry, has emphasised the need for institutionalising the dialogue mechanism with foreign investors so as to get regular feedback about the problems and hurdles being faced by them. In a feedback session with a delegation of Japanese investors in India here last evening, Shri Mankad underlined the need for holding such sessions stating that these provide an occasion to the Japanese investors in India to discuss business opportunities and various investment related issues. In his introductory remarks, Shri Mankad said that while such meetings are an opportunity for his Department to receive information regarding the perception of foreign investors about the investment climate in the country, the feedback from the investors also provides a vital input in the policy formulation process of the government. The Japanese delegation was led by Mr. Hiroshi Hirabayashi, Ambassador of Japan in India and it included representatives of some of the top Japanese companies having presence in India. The Indian delegation included senior officials from Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion, Department of Commerce and Department of Revenue.

    To a query raised by one of the investors about consistency in the policy framework in the country, Shri Mankad said that the policy changes being brought about by the government in the past few years have been consistent and on predictable lines making the system progressively liberal. Some of the investors raised problems relating to personal income tax matters, in response to which Shri Mankad suggested that while the investors could give the details of their individual problems to him which could be taken up with the concerned authorities, a separate session could be organised dedicated specifically to income tax matters where officials dealing with direct taxes from the Ministry of Finance would be called to sort out the various problems being faced by the investors. Japanese investors also raised problems relating to procedural bottlenecks, infrastructural problems, high incidence of import duties and multiple taxation on manufacturers. Shri Mankad assured the investors that he would take up their problems with the different Ministries.





    The Minister for Human Resource Development Dr. Murli Manohar Joshi has emphasised the need for inculcating equal respect for all cultures. Initiating a debate on "education, social and economic development" at the Commonwealth Education Ministers’ Conference at Halifax in Canada last night, he said this has been the objective of various educational initiatives undertaken in India. He pointed out that a recent review of school curriculum has laid special emphasis on this aspect. In the Navodaya schools also students from one region are encouraged to study in another enabling them to gain inter-cultural experience and wider exposure to variety and cultural identity.

    Dr. Joshi cautioned against mechanisation of knowledge and stressed on creativity in education. He said knowledge should encourage creative education so that individuals could meet the challenges of the future. This has become all the more important in view of the impact of Information Technology which has produced a shift from manufacturing sector to service sector and only the creative individuals and societies can cope with the tasks. According to him, information technology should be so developed that the digital divide is avoided and cultural identity and linguistic richness are also preserved.

    Dr. Joshi underscored the need for new models of education so that quality education is made accessible to all. Only under this condition, education can produce the desirable impact on economy and social development, he said. The aim of education should be to develop full potential of the individual and create a non-exploitative and non-violent society, he added.

    Sharing India’s experience Dr. Joshi said pluralism in our culture had been perceived since the Vedic times and was expressed in various ways and forms. Pluralism can be dealt with either by erecting the ideal of tolerance or of synthesis. He pointed out that the Indian way is the way of synthesis that goes beyond tolerance. That is why, he said, India had harboured the growth of Zoroastrianism, Buddhism, Jainsim, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Sikhism and others. People from all over the world have sought solace, comfort and asylum in India, he added.

    Earlier, intervening in the deliberations, Dr. Joshi shared with other Commonwealth Ministers, India’s experience in educating the masses. He said India’s literacy level had crossed 62 per cent by 1997 and is above 65 per cent at the current level. Over 180 million students have access to education and the male-female literacy divide has also come down. India today has over 9 lakh schools, 11000 colleges and 229 universities, he added.





    The Centre will fund setting up of 1734 fast track additional courts at district levels in all the States throughout the country with effect from April 1, 2001. In this connection, the Government of India has decided to release a sum of Rs. 202.27 crores to all the States in the current financial year (2000-2001). Out of this, Rs. 50.56 crores has just been released to the State Governments. The remaining amount will be released at the earliest so that necessary infrastructure for fast track courts is set up at the district levels.

    The current year’s amount forms part of a total of Rs. 502.90 crores that the Centre would be releasing as a special problems grants to the State Governments for setting up of 1734 fast track additional courts follwing the award of the Eleventh Finance Commission at the initiative of the Department of Justice in the Ministry of Law, Justice and Company Affairs.

    The special problems grants of Rs. 202.27 crores to the States in the current financial year would be utilised for construction of court rooms and other preparatory arrangements so that the fast track courts start functioning from April 1, 2001.

    The fast track courts will take up on priority sessions cases and other criminal cases involving undertrials. Accordingly, all undertrial cases from the existing 13,000 district and subordinate courts will be transferred from April 1, 2001 to the proposed fast track additional courts for their expeditious disposal.

    The fast track courts will be a boon for decongesting the jail population in the country. At present, 180,000 undertrials are in jails all over the country. The State Governments spend about Rs. 55 per day per head on the maintenance of these

    undertrials. The annual expenditure on undertrials is thus about Rs. 361.35 crores. With the proposed expeditious disposal of cases of these undertrials by the fast track additional courts, avoidable expenditure on maintenance of undertrials would be saved and the amount so saved would be incurred on developmental expenditure. This would also remedy a major human rights problems.

    These 1734 fast track additional courts will dispose of 20 lakh cases in a period of four years from April 1, 2001. Out of these, about 10 lakh cases would be pending sessions cases. Presently, 2.4 crore cases are pending at the district and sub-ordinate courts in the country.

    The remaining amount out of the total special problems grants of Rs. 502.90 crores will be released to the States within the next four financial years ending March, 2005.

    Out of Rs. 202.27 crores special problems grants in the current financial year, Rs. 10.06 crores has been allocated to Andhra Pradesh, Rs. 0.53 crores to Arunachal Pradesh, Rs. 2.37 crores to Assam, Rs. 21.30 crores to Bihar, Rs. 3.54 crores to Chhattisgarh, Rs. 0.56 crores to Goa, Rs. 19.39 crores to Gujarat, Rs. 4.22 crores to Haryana, Rs. 1.09 crores to Himachal Pradesh, Rs. 1.34 crores to Jammu and Kashmir, Rs. 10.36 crores to Jharkhand, Rs. 10.87 crores to Karnataka, Rs. 4.37 crores to Kerala, Rs. 9.94 crores to Madhya Pradesh, Rs. 21.75 crores to Maharashtra, Rs. 0.40 crores to Manipur, Rs. 0.40 crores to Meghalaya, Rs. 0.40 crores to Mizoram, Rs. 0.37 crores to Nagaland, Rs. 8.34 crores to Orissa, Rs. 3.33 crores to Punjab, Rs. 9.68 crores to Rajasthan, Rs. 0.40 crores to Sikkim, Rs. 5.68 crores to Tamil Nadu, Rs. 0.33 crores to Tripura, Rs. 5.24 crores to Uttaranchal, Rs. 28.24 crores to Uttar Pradesh and Rs. 17.75 crores to West Bengal.

    The Centre has decided in consultation with the Chief Ministers of States and the Chief Justices of High Courts to monitor the progress of the proposed fast track additional courts.





    Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport, which is now operating a CAT-II (Category-II) approach and landing system is upgrading for operations under CAT-IIIA conditions. This will enable aircraft to make an approach and land under low visibility conditions upto visibility minima of 200 meters as against the current visibility minima of 350 meters for CAT-II operations.

    All civil and electrical works have been completed and all CAT-II facilities like runway center line lights, touch down zone lights and approach lights on main runway 10/28 have been commissioned with effect from 1st November, 2000.

    In order to commission CAT-IIIA ILS (Instrumental Landing System), most of the activities have been completed, except the following:

  1. Review of aeronautical study carried out by Airport Authority of India (AAI) to identify obstructions penetrating the obstacle limitation surfaces.
  2. Flight testing of CAT-IIIA ILS with the help of aircraft and equipment being hired from ICAO.

    The ICAO consultants are expected to arrive soon for accomplishing these tasks

    One of the essential components of CAT III operations is the provision of Runway Visual Range (RVR). The RVR equipment imported from Germany, has arrived in India and its installation is in progress. It is expected to be tested, calibrated and commissioned by 1st week of December, 2000. This state of the art equipment to sample and measure visual range along the runway is being installed at three locations along the runway to support very exacting requirements under CAT III conditions. These equipment are capable of measuring RVR in the steps of 25 meters down to 50 meters of visual range.

    AAI is arranging through ICAO, the flight testing and calibration of CAT IIIA ILS along with the associated lighting systems by an agency in Germany. An aircraft fitted with calibration equipment for CAT IIIA system is expected to arrive on 7th December and the flight testing is likely to be completed by 10th December, 2000.

    Airline Pilots, who are trained and certified for operations under CAT IIIA would be able to land under low visibility conditions.

    The project involved amongst other works, upgradation of ground lighting from CAT-II to CAT-IIIA system, which entailed inter-alia the development of infrastructure and allied facilities to meet the operational requirements for precision approach and lighting in CAT-IIIA conditions at IGI Airport, New Delhi. The electrical works involved laying of approximately 400 kms. of airfield lighting cable within the operational area, installation of more than 2000 state of the art technology imported Inset light fittings on the central line of Runway. Taxiways and Parking Bays on the appron. The project cost of Rs. 43.16 crores included strengthening and resurfacing of main runway and taxi track at I.G.I. Airport.

    Airports Authority of India is taking all possible measure to see that in the ensuring winter, the diversion of flights due to fog at Delhi Airport is minimal and does not pose much problem to the travelling public.






    The details of the work undertaken abroad by the Geological Survey of India (GSI) during the last two years are as follows:

    BHUTAN: Bhutan Unit of GSI continued investigation, aided by drilling for base metal, as well as for limestone for the calcium carbide, caustic soda and cement industries. It also undertook geological mapping and geochemical sampling in quartzite. The programme envisaged for the field season 2000-2001 includes (i) investigation for gypsum, platinum group of elements, and minor/industrial minerals, and (ii) geotechnical studies of road sections. Besides this, GSI gave geotechnical assistance to the Tala Hydro Electric Project, Chennery Mini Hydel project and Yonglachu Mini Hydel project.

    BANGLADESH; The Government of India has signed a treaty with Government of Bangladesh on sharing of Ganga Waters of Farakka. Under this agreement Ministry of Water Resourc3s has formed an expert team consisting of members from various organisations, including Geological Survey of India. The team visited Bangladesh to hold meetings between November 14-17, 1998 and February 11-16, 1999. The work is in progress.

    MYANMAR : The team members from Central Water Commission and GSI carried out joint site inspection in November, 1999 followed by preliminary field investigation in April 2000 to develop the Tamanthi Hydro Electric Project. Reports have been submitted.

    NEPAL: GSI carried out field work between April, 99 and November, 99 at Pancheshwar project.

    Since the work undertaken abroad by GSI was under bilateral technical cooperation programmes, no revenue has been earned by GSI.

    This information was given by the Minister of State for Mines Shri Jaysingrao Gaikwad Patil in a written reply to a question from Shri B.J.Panda, in the Rajya Sabha today.






    Government have approved expansion of mines and alumina refinery complex and aluminium smelter and capative power plant of National Aluminium Company (NALCO). The existing bauxite deposit of Panchpatmali Mines located in Koraput District of Orissa will also cater to the additional requirement of Bauxite due to expansion of mines and alumina refinery for the present. The details of expansion programme of mines and alumina refinery, aluminium smelter and captive power plant of NALCO are as under:















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MAY, 2002





MAY, 2002

    This information was given by the Minister of State for Mines Shri Jaysingrao Gaikwad Patil in a written reply to a question from Shri B.J.Panda, in the Rajya Sabha today.






    India’s exports during April-October 2000-2001 are valued at US $ 25013.99 million which is 20.51 % higher than the level of US $ 20757.15 million during April-October 1999-2000. In rupee terms, the exports were Rs 112646.15 crore, which is 25.59 % higher than the value of exports during April- October 1999-2000. Exports during October 2000 are valued at US $ 3685.22 million ($ 3.68 billion) which is 16.81.% higher than the level of US $ 3154.91 million in October, 1999. In rupee terms, the exports were Rs 17078.98 crore, which is 24.59% higher than the value of exports during October 1999.

    India’s imports during April-October 2000-2001 are valued at US $ 30270.27 million representing a growth of 14.00% over the level of imports valued at US $ 26552.71 million in April-October 1999-2000. Oil imports during April-October 2000-2001 are valued at US $ 9732.92million which is 84.15% higher than oil imports valued at US $ 5274.88 million in the corresponding period last year. Non-oil imports during April-October 2000-2001 are estimated at US $ 20537.35 million which is 3.48% lower than the level of such imports valued at US $ 21277.83 million in April-October 1999-2000. Imports during October 2000 are valued at US $ 4258.13 million which is 9.22% higher than the level of US $ 3898.59 million in October 1999. In rupee terms, the imports increased by 16.50%.

    The trade deficit for April-October 2000-2001 is estimated at US $ 5256.28 million which is lower than the deficit at US $ 5795.56 million during April-October 1999-2000.

    Tables giving details of exports, imports and trade balance, according to the provisional estimates of Directorate General of Commercial Intelligence & Statistics (DGCI&S), are attached.



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    Minister for Urban Development and Poverty Alleviation Shri Jagmohan has emphasised the need for inculcating the virtues of high character and commitment in the young mind through the tools of education. Inaugurating the function to mark the second Foundation Day of Shri Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University here today, Shri Jagmohan said that the task of injecting moral fervour, discipline and rectitude in the youths and maintaining the same at high level has yet to be fully fulfilled.

    "The country requires men and women of high character and commitment. It is only such persons who can bring about a truly fair and just government by fair and just means and strengthen India’s unity and integrity to enable to become a mighty country – mighty in thought, mighty in deeds, mighty in culture and mighty in service to humanity. Then alone, the underlying motivation and mission of building a strong nation would fully fructify", he added.

    Exhorting the young students to develop the power of 7 C’s – Creative, Compassionate, Constructive, Committed, Courageous, Contemplative and Consistent - in their character, the Minister stated that the power of Indian mind, the greatest assets of the Indian Civilisation, found expression in its pre-eminent philosophy, religion, culture and way of life.

    " Unfortunately, with the passage of time, the power of Indian mind began to wane and India suffered a decline in every arena of its activity. The need of the hour, therefore, is to recapture the creative power of the Indian mind and also to regain the habit of thinking deeply and independently", Shri Jagmohan stressed.

    Underlining the need for mastering new technologies and knowledge, the Minister pointed out that the world is changing at a mind boggling pace and human knowledge is doubling every ten years. " In the past decade, more scientific and technological advance has taken place than in all human history. The computer power is doubling every 18 months. The Internet is doubling every year. Information, Communication and Digital Technologies are moving and converging very fast. A new civilisation is emerging. New life styles, new values and new techniques of influencing others’ mind are developing. The world is becoming closer and the developed and powerful countries could impose new kinds of injustices and inequalities".







    The Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Dr. C.P.Thakur, has called upon all educated people to join the fight against HIV/AIDS. He appealed to the people not to hate the AIDS- affected persons, but to have sympathy for them.

    Dr. Thakur was speaking to the Chief Ministers of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Maharashtra in a video conference from the National Informatics Centre here to the sate capitals of Hyderabad, Bangalore and Nagpur respectively, last evening. The video conference was organised by NACO and UNAIDS in connection with the World AIDS Day on December 1, 2000.

    The Minister said that the Government was totally committed to fight against HIV/AIDS. He urged the CMs to step up the awareness campaign so as to educate the entiresociety. There was need to get the stigma about the epidemic removed so as to ensure a peaceful and normal life for the affected persons, he added.

    The Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Shri Chandra Babu Naidu, said that every one should resolve to break the silence and start talking about AIDS. It was time to start discussion on the issue of legalisation of commercial sex. The Chief Minister of Karnataka, Shri S.M.Krishna, suggested that there should be greater coordination between States in fighting the epidemic. He said that a regional conference on the issue would be held in January 2001. The Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Shri Vilas Rao Deshmukh, said that AIDS could be prevented through awareness programmes. He said that the politicians should start speaking about AIDS.

    The Chief Ministers of the respective sates said that they would distribute condoms through the public distribution system as also through vending machines placed at different locations. They also said that Union Government should provide more resources to the states for fight the epidemic.





    The Minister of State for Social Justice & Empowerment, Smt. Maneka Gandhi will give away the National Awards for the Welfare of the Persons with Disability at Vigyan Bhawan here on Sunday, the 3rd December. This coincides with the International Day for the persons with Disability, which is celebrated every year on 3rd December.

The Awards are given in various categories which include the awards for Institutions, Individuals, Creative disabled persons, Employees & Employers of private and public sectors and some special awards.

The awards are given to recognize the persons with disabilities who have shown courage and strength to overcome their disabilities and achieved success and also to the individuals and institutions who have worked devotedly for such persons.

The List of awardees for the year 2000 is as follows:

S.No. Name of the awardee


1. Narayan Sewa Sansthan,

"Sewa Dham",

483, Hiran Magri, Sector No. 4,

Udaipur-313 002 (Rajsathan).

2. National Association for the Blind,

11, Khan Abdul Gaffar Khan Road,

Worli Seaface,

Mumbai-400 025 (Maharastra).

    1. Smt. Parsanben Narandas Ramji

Shah Society for Relief &

Rehabilitation of the Disabled,

C/o K.L. Institute for the Deaf,

Vidya Nagar, Bhavnagar (Gujarat)





Orthopaedically Disabled

1. Dr. D.B. Bhandare,

Shivram Apartments,

Dr. Atamram Borker Road,

Panaji, Goa-403001.

2. Dr. R.A. Aggarwal,

Agrawal Othopaedic Hospital,

Jubilee School Road,

Goarkhpur-273 001 (Uttar Pradesh).

Visually Disabled

1. Dr. Puttaraj Kavi Gavaogalu,

Pontiff, Sree Veereshwara


Gadag-582 101 (Karnataka).

Hearing and Speech Disabled

1. Prof. Dr. S. Prabakar Immanuel,

Holy Cross Service Society,

96-B, Ettupattai Bangalow, Behind G.H.,

Puthur, Trichy-620 017.

Mental Retardation

1. Dr. Haramohan Sinha,

Pesident, Society for Mental

Health Care, Anandaniketan,

P.O. Khajurdihi, Via- Katwa

Distt. – Burdwan-713 518 (West Bengal).

Leprosy Disabled

1. Shri Hira Lal Sharma,

Asha Gram Trust,

P.O. Barwani,

Distt. Barwani-451 551.


Sector-I : Government

Hearing Disabled

1. Shri Chand Pasha, H.No. 29-761,

Vinaynagar Nerdmet

Secunderabad-500 556.

Multiple Disabled

1. Shri Ratnesh Kumar Saraf

Department of Mathematics,

Govt. Kamala Nehru Girls College,

Damoh – 482 002 (M.P.)

Orthopaedically Disabled

1. Lt. Cdr. Uday Kumar Sondhi,

160-D, Nofra-1,

Dabolim, Airport Road, Goa.

2. Shri S. Dhamotharan,

Type-I, Block A/04,

Heavy Alloy Penetrator Project,


Tiruchirappalli-620 025

Visually Disabled

1. Smt. Anuradha Mohit,

Deputy Chief Commissioner for

People with Disability,

I.P.H. Campus, 4, Vishnu Digamber Marg,

New Delhi-110 002.

Sector.II : Public Sector

Hearing Disabled

1. Shri Suresh Gopinathan Pillai,

32, Kaveri,


Mumbai- 94.

Orthopaedically Disabled

    1. Shri Balbir Singh,

207, BARA, Mallital,

Nainital-263 001 (U.P.)

Visually Disabled

1. Shri Muralidharan T.N.,

Highly Skilled Technician,

Keltron Component Complex Ltd., Kannur Distt., Kerala.

2. Shri Bhola Nath Dwivedi,

Production Department,

Artificial Limbs Manufacturing

Corporation of India,

G.T. Road, Kanpur-208016 (U.P.)

Sector-III : Private Sector

Hearing Disabled

1. Shri Shiv Raj Gupta,

A-2/4A, DDA Flats,

Lawrence Road,


Orthopaedically Disabled

1. Shri P.C. Subbanna,

H.No. 1-9-648/19,

Achuyut Reddy Nagar,



2. Shri Ram Kumar,

Block-A, Staff Qtr.,

Room No. A,

Behind G.B. Pant Hospital,

New Delhi-110 002.

3. Ms. Fatima Bibi Yousaf Sayed,

Hathikhana Genda Falia,

Fatepura, Vadodara-6.

4. Shri Shah Kamlesh Hasmukhlal,

A/18/212, Krishnanagar,

Sahijpur Bogha,


5. Shri Nitin Dnyaneshwar Gaikwad,

2/9, "E" Type, MSEB Colony,


Pune-411 007.

Mentally Retarded Disabled

    1. Shri G. Manoharan,

61/1, Sathamagalam, New Colony, Madurai-20.

Visually Disabled

1. Shri Desai Jyotindra Dolatray,

At. Post Mograwadi,

Desai Falia,

Ta. Distt. Valsad (Gujarat).

2. Shri Ishwari Prasad Patidar,

696, Sudama Nagar,

Indore-452 009.


Sector-II: Public Sector

    1. Tractors and Farm Equipment Ltd.,

"J" Rehab Centre,

Madurai Theni Road,

Nagamalai Pudukottai Post,

Madurai-625 019.

Sector-III: Private Sector

    1. Sree Ramana Process,
    2. 1-7-270, Sarojinidevi Road,

      Secunderabad-500 003.


      1. Shri Dharmendra Kumar Gupta,

      Flat No. 219, Pocket-E,

      Mayur Vihar, Phase-II,

      Delhi-110 091.

      2. Shri Rameshkumar Ambalal Patel,

      4, Raichandnagar,

      Near Vishal Petrol Pump, Sabarmati,

      Ahmedabad (Gujarat).

      3. Shri Attar Singh,

      D-1, (New), A.T.I. Campus,

      Udyog Nagar,

      Kanpur-208 022 (Uttar Pradesh).




      1. Shri Buse Gowda,

      C/o Ashok Kumar,

      (T) 13, 33rd Cross,

      11th Main, 4th T Block,



      2. Ms. Sheela,

      ED-373, Sector - Q,

      Aliganj, Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh).

      3. Shri K. Sheshagiri Rao,

      Sai Enclave, Flat No. G-3,

      Opp. Bank of India, Neredmet,


      Hyderabad-500 056.


      1. Smt. Madhur Bhandari,

      8102, Sector – C,

      Pocket – 8, Vasant Kunj,

      New Delhi – 110 070.

    3. National Institute of Design,

Ahmedabad (Gujarat).


For Adaptability of innovation

1. Shri Coline Murray,

P.No. 1178, PD Department,

Artificial Limbs Manufacturing

Corporation of India,

G.T. Road, Kanpur (Uttar Pradesh).

2. Shri R.S. Hiremath,

Chief Executive FLEXITRON,

114, 6th Cross, 6th Block,


Bangalore-560 095.

3. Shri S.N. Goswami,

Chief Executive,

WEBEL Mediatronics Limited, P-1, Taratala Road, Calcutta-700 088.


    1. Shri Alok Sikka,
    2. Flat No. 13, New Shakti Sadan,

      Plot No. 27, Sector – 13,

      Rohini, Delhi-110 085.

    3. Shri E. Eric Fernandes,
    4. Room No. C-9,

      Telecom Staff Qtr.,



    5. Shri Sanghsewar Mahobodhi,
    6. Leh, Ladhakh.

    7. Shri Manwar Alam,
    8. Village & P.O. Chewara,

      Distt. – Mongyer (Bihar).

    9. Dr. T.S. Sethi,
  • Prof. & Head,

  • Deptt. of Orthopaedy,

    Govt. Medical Collage,

    Barzula, Srinagar-190 005





    Iraq has been importing tea under Food-for-oil programme in accordance with the procedure prescribed by UN. However, no quantity has been fixed to be imported from India as the process is based on selection through tenders. As per information received from our Indian Embassy in Baghdad, Indian companies have been awarded contracts for supply of tea to Iraq for a total quantity of 6700 tons under phase 7 of the food-for oil programme.

    A number of steps have been undertaken to enhance the share of Indian tea exports under this programme. These include greater participation in the Baghdad International Trade Fair, step up Indian exports through the mechanism of Indo-Iraq Joint Commission Meetings, contact through visit of Indian business delegations to Iraq etc.

    This was indicated by Shri Omar Abdullah, Minister of State for Commerce and Industry, in a written reply in the Lok Sabha today.





    In order to arrest the decline in prices of tea, the government through the Tea Board has taken various steps which include implementation of a scheme through the Tea Board with effect from 1/5/2000 wherein subsidy is provided to the small growers of tea (holding upto 10.12 hectares of tea plantation) for an amount equal to the shortfall between the auction price and Rs.55 per kg. subject to a maximum of Rs.8 per kg; launch of a Quality upgradation Programme in the Nilgris district of Tamil Nadu for improving quality of tea manufactured by small growers; increase in basic customs duty on tea from 15% to 35%, ban on sale of tea in Domestic Tariff Area by 100% Export Oriented Units (EOUs) and units in Export Processing Zones (EPZs). This was stated by Shri Omar Abdullah, Minister of State for Commerce and Industry, in a written reply in the Lok Sabha today.

    As regards coffee, the Government of India through the Coffee Board, besides operating several plan schemes and development activities aimed at intensive cultivation, replanting, quality improvement and water augmentation, has also been providing necessary support in the form of agricultural research, extension, arrangement of credit and finance and other necessary backup support like supply of seed for planting purposes, etc. Further, thrust is being given for increasing productivity of coffee particularly in the small growers sector and improving quality of the product. The Board is also encouraging the large growers to produce specialty coffees, which fetch attractive premiums in developed countries like USA and European union. Although, consequent upon liberalisation of coffee trade in 1996, the Coffee Board is not longer directly involved in the marketing activities and the prices are determined by the market forces of demand and supply, Government of India through Coffee Board closely monitors the market price situation and if the situation warrants, will take suitable ameliorative measures so as to safeguard the interests of the coffee growers, Shri Abdullah said.

    The average all India auction prices of tea during 2000 for the period January to October declined to a level of Rs.62.44 per kg. as against Rs.72.44 per kg. over the corresponding period of 1999. Regarding coffee, the international prices have fallen due to over production and resultant surplus supply. Since nearly 80% of the coffee produced in India is exported, fluctuations in international price have resulted in low realisations of prices. However, the domestic prices of both the varieties of the coffee are at present higher than the international prices.





    Imports are being closely monitored and the government is determined to ensure through the appropriate use of the above mechanisms that imports do not cause any serious injury to the domestic producers, Shri Omar Abdullah, Minister of State for Commerce & Industry, said in a written reply in the Lok Sabha today. Some of the recent measures towards that end are as follows:

  1. Import duties on a number of items have been increased, for example, the duty on arecanut has been raised from 35% to 100%, on poultry products from 35% to 100%, on wheat from 0% to 50%, on skimmed milk powder from 0% to 60%, on apple from 35 % to 50% and on rice from 0% to 80%.
  2. Suo-moto anti-dumping investigations have been initiated in respect of import of battery cells, battery operated toys and sports shoes from China.
  3. Import of all packaged commodities have been made subject to compliance of all the conditions of the Standards of Weights & Measures (Packaged Commodity) Order 1977, as applicable on domestic producers.
  4. Import of 131 products has been made subject to compliance of the mandatory Indian quality standards as applicable to domestic goods. For compliance of this requirement all manufacturers/exporters of these products to India shall be required to register themselves with Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS). The list of 131 products includes various food preservatives and additives, milk powder, infant milk food, certain kinds of cement, household and similar electrical appliances, gas cylinders and multipurpose dry batteries.

    As per Article XI of GATT, maintenance of Quantitative Restrictions on imports is not permitted. However, to provide protection to the domestic producers, the government can, if the situation so warrants, utilise the mechanism of raising the applied tariffs within the bound rates, if such a gap exists and take measures such as anti-dumping action, imposition of countervailing duties and safeguard actions which are permissible under the WTO agreements.






    Shri Manohar Joshi, Minister of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises has said that a comprehensive approach has been adopted in the process of finalizing the targets for PSEs under the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) system whereby the MOU is signed by the Chief Executive of the PSE on behalf of the management and the Secretary concerned of the Administrative Ministry on behalf of the Government of India. The MOU negotiations are not confined between these two parties alone and the representatives from other nodal agencies of Government such as Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation and Planning Commission are also actively involved in this process of finalization of MOUs, the Minister added. He was speaking at the parliamentary Consultative Committee meeting attached to the Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises here on Wednesday. Dr. Vallabhbhai Kathiria, Minister of State for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, Shri Atmaram Maganbhai Patel (MP), Shri Basudev Acharya (MP), Secretary, Heavy Industries and senior officials of the Ministry were also present at the meeting.

    Initiating the discussion on the "System of Memorandum of Understanding in the Central Public Sector Enterprises (PSEs)", Shri Manohar Joshi stated that MOU system is an important initiative of the Government towards reforming the PSEs and in the present environment of intensive competition, it is very necessary to make the MOU system an effective tool of the Management.

    Explaining the background of the MOU system Shri Manohar Joshi said that before the introduction of MOU system a confusion used to exist because of conflicting objectives/goals of the PSEs as there was no system through which the accountability in the real sense for the results could be ensured. There was also no adequate autonomy for the PSEs especially in their day-to-day operations. Through the MOU system this anomalous situation was sought to be removed, Shri Joshi added. Under the MOU system, the targets of the PSEs are defined very clearly before the beginning of the financial year and the performance of the management is evaluated against these very defined targets at the end of the year.

    The Heavy Industry Minister further informed that the efforts are being made to arrive at the targets for PSUs after analyzing the comparison with other similar firms in the public or private sector, comparison with the performance of same PSE in the previous year, professional judgement by the third party, administrative Ministry and all the enterprises. Similarly in selecting the parameters the factors such as the nature of operations of PSE, its final viability and other aspects related to the growth of PSE in the short and long run are given due consideration, he added.

    Stating that MOU system may not have fully achieved all its objectives, Shri Manohar Joshi said that efforts are on to further fine-tune the system to make it more effective and vibrant. He expressed hope that the suggestions of the Hon’ble members of Parliament would go a long way in evolving a more comprehensive policy to strengthen the MOU system and make it more useful for the development of PSEs in future.

    Shri Basudev Acharya, MP suggested that when objectives as stated in the MOU’s are not achieved, an effective system of monitoring might be evolved to ensure that the MOU system works smoothly.






    Expenditure Reforms Commission (ERC), headed by Shri K.P. Geethakrishnan, in its reports entitled "Rationalising Fertilizers Subsidies" has recommended dismantling of the existing Retention Price-cum-Subsidy Scheme and in its place introduction of a Concession Scheme in a phased manner in four phases. ERC has recommended uniform rates of concession for each category of urea units after dividing them into five groups based on feedstock used and the vintage of plants in respect of gas based urea units. The Commission envisages that in the Phase-I maximum retail price arrangement will be continued. The concessions available to each group of units have been so calibrated as to enable the units to sell at the stipulated maximum retail price in the Phase-I of the proposed scheme. In the subsequent phases, declining rate of concessions has been built on possible energy savings as envisaged in the report, keeping the interest of the farmers in mind. The report recognises the need to have a gradual and phased out transition which is structured to move from the unit-wise Retention Price-cum-Subsidy Scheme through essentially a group based system where the economic viability of all existing plants is preserved to ensure a desired level of self-sufficiency in indigenous urea production, however, with reduced support from the Government.

    The Report of the ERC is under examination by the Department of Fertilizers and inter-ministerial consultation will be held soon to finalise the views of the Government on the recommendation of the ERC.

    However, the issues pertaining to reassessment of capacities of urea manufacturing units, also referred to in the ERC Report, have been referred to a Committee headed by Dr. Y.K.Alagh for suitable advice and recommendation.

    This was stated by the Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilizers, Shri Satya Brata Mookherjee in a written reply to a question by Shri Prem Chand Gupta in the Rajya Sabha today.






    In 1990-91, total expenditure on subsidy on fertilizers was Rs. 4389.06 crore and during 1999-2000, the expenditure on subsidy (on urea) including expenditure on concession on sale of decontrolled phosphatic and potassic fertilizers was
Rs. 13,244.07 crore. Thus, the percentage of increase in the amount of subsidy on fertilizers during 1999-2000 was nearly 202% of the subsidy expenditure incurred in 1990-91. The consumer sale-price had also been increased during the above period.

    Urea is the only fertilizer which is at present under statutory price, distribution and movement control. In 1990-91, the statutorily notified sale price of urea was Rs.3600/- per tonne, while in 1999-2000 the sale price of urea is Rs. 4600/- per tonne.

    This was stated by the Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilizers, Shri Satya Brata Mookherjee in a written reply to a question by Dr. D. Masthan and Shri Ram Jethmalani in the Rajya Sabha today.






   There is no move under consideration to take over control of any sports organization by the Government. In the draft National Sports Policy, which is under process of finalization, provisions have been made to strengthen the activities of National Sports Federations. It is proposed that the Central Government, in conjunction with the State Government, the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) and the National Sports Federations will concertedly pursue the twin objectives of "Broad-basing" of sports and "achieving of Excellence" in Sports at the National and International levels. The Government and the Sports Bodies have to demonstrate orientation towards the achievement of results and ensure tangible progress in the field of sports so as to make the functioning of sports bodies/Associations transparent, professional and accountable.

    Our performance in Sports has not deteriorated. During the last 2 to 3 years, India’s performance in most of the major international championships/games has been improving – though marginally. Still there is scope for further improvement of India’s performances in international events. In the 1998 Asian Games, India won 35 medals including 7 gold medals. In this game Men Hockey Team got gold medal after a long gap of 32 years. This performance is certainly better than India’s performance in the 1994 Asian Games, when India could win only 23 medals. In 1998 Commonwealth Games, India got 25 medals including 7 gold which was again better than 1994 Commonwealth Games, when India got 24 medals. In South Asian Federation Games (SAF), India’s performance was spectacular as we won 197 medals including 102 gold. In 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, though the performance in term of medal tally is the same over the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, overall performances in different disciplines have been improved.

    This was stated by the Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports, Shri Pon. Radhakrishnan in a written reply to a question by Shri Vijay Singh Yadav in the Rajya Sabha today.






    Under the Scheme of "Grants for Creation of Sports Infrastructure", Central assistance is rendered to State Governments and NGO’s who are active in field of sports for creation of various sports facilities. State wise details of NGO’s including Maharashtra to whom the Central assistance has been sanctioned under the scheme from 1998-99 to 2000-2001 (as on 30.11.2000) is as below:


No. of proposals of NGO’s


Central assistance sanctioned

(Rs. in lakhs)

























    The Scheme was reviewed during 1998 and to make it more popular and effective, admissible assistance for various projects was enhanced. Accordingly, the revised scheme has received good response and so far 136 sports projects all over India including 18 above projects of NGO’s have been approved involving central assistance of Rs. 39.61 crore.

    ‘Sports’ is a State subject. It is primarily the responsibility of the State Governments to create sports facilities at various places of the State including rural areas. However, in order to supplement their efforts in this direction, the Central Government provides Central assistance to State Governments etc. for creation of sports facilities under the Schemes of "Grants for Creation of Sports Infrastructure" and "Grants to Rural Schools".

    This was stated by the Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports, Shri Pon. Radhakrishnan in a written reply to a question by Shri Satish Pradhan in the Rajya Sabha today.






   The prices of scheduled bulk drugs and scheduled formulations are fixed by the Government in accordance with the provisions of Drugs (Prices Control) Order, 1995. The prices of non-scheduled formulations are fixed by the manufacturers themselves. The percentage increase in the Wholesale Price Index (Base Year 1981-82=100) from December, 1994 to December, 1999 is 30.55 for all commodities and 70.22 for drugs and medicines.

    This was stated by the Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilizers, Shri Satya Brata Mookherjee in a written reply to a question by Shri Balwant Singh  Ramoowalia in the Rajya Sabha today.






    A team of experts from the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution has been deputed to collect samples of paddy arriving in markets in Bihar for analysing the quality of grains for procurement for central pool. This was done following a request from the Chief Minister of Bihar, Smt. Rabri Devi for relaxation in specification norms of paddy on account of heavy rains/floods in Bihar. In a letter addressed to Shri Shanta Kumar, Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution the Bihar Chief Minister had requested the limit for damaged and discoloured grain to be increased from 4 per cent to 8 per cent; reduction in the out turn ratio of rice from 67 per cent to 64 per cent and increase in the number of procurement centres by the Food Corporation of India in the State.

    The Department of Food and Public Distribution had decided to operate 30 procurement centres in Bihar against 19 at present and 12 last year. A decision on relaxation in specifications of paddy procurement norms will be taken after analysing the samples collected by the expert team from the State.





    The Department of Food has fixed a quantitative ceiling of 2 million tonnes of wheat for export during the current financial year 2000-2001. The State Trading Corporation of India Ltd. (STC), Minerals & Metals Trading Corporation of India (MMTC) and Projects & Equipment Corporation of India Ltd. (PEC) have been nominated as agencies for export of wheat from Government stocks.

    As on November 1, 2000 the central pool has a stock of 17.99 million tonnes of rice and 26.5 million tonnes of wheat as against a norm of 6.5 million tonnes of rice and 11.6 million tonnes of wheat as on October 1, 2000. FCI has been permitted to offer wheat for export at a price not lower than the central issue price for BPL category which at present is Rs. 4150 per tonne.





   The Tourism and Culture Minister Shri Ananth Kumar has said that the Department of Culture will organise a large international seminar and an exhibition of the Harappan artefacts to draw attention to the rich cultural heritage of the country. Delivering the inaugural address at a National Seminar on Harappan Civilisation here today, Shri Ananth Kumar said, Harappan civilisation is the only living civilisation of the world of which we should be proud of. He said the civilisation goes beyond the river basin, the community and nationality having universal values as its corner stone.

    Describing Indus Valley Civilisation as the cradle of our civilisation, Shri Ananth Kumar said we have to contradict the claims on Harappan civilisation by some other country. He said, the excavation at several sites far from the Indus Valley bears testimony to the breadth of the civilisation. The Minister called upon the archaeologists to help develop a sense of pride among the students by transmitting the knowledge of our rich cultural heritage.

    The Seminar also coincides with the Annual Conference of the Indian Archaeological Society, the Indian Prehistoric and Quaternary Studies and the Indian History and Culture Society. On this occasion, eminent archaeologists Shri M.N. Deshpande and Dr. Muhammad Abdul Nayeem were honoured with Dr. V.S. Wakankar Award and Prof. A.K. Narapan Award for the year 2000 respectively.







    The Home Minister, Shri L.K. Advani today advised Pakistan to seize the peace initiative offer made by New Delhi in the form of cease-fire in Jammu & Kashmir. Speaking at the Raising Day Parade of the BSF here, he asked Pakistan to consider the Ramzan cease-fire seriously and end cross-border terrorism to help resumption of Bi-lateral talks between the two countries. Shri Advani said Pakistan has been isolated internationally due to its engagement in cross-border terrorism and the Lahore bus travel initiative by the Prime Minister, Shri Atal Behari Vajpayee had provided Islamabad an opportunity to come out of this isolation. But Pakistan lost that opportunity when it sent its forces into Kargil last year. He said if Pakistan utilizes the Ramzan cease-fire opportunity it could change history. He said both the countries should live in a friendly way which can benefit both as a large amount of resources are diverted to defence preparedness.

    Shri Advani also gave away President’s Police Medal for Gallantry, Presidents Police Medal for Distinguished Service and Bar to Police Medal for Gallantry to BSF personnel. An impressive parade followed by Acrobatic demonstrations by the Force marked the occasion.





    An international Seminar on "Protection of India’s Intellectual Wealth in the New Millennium" opens here tomorrow to take stock of the scenario in the back-drop of major changes in intellectual property concepts technologies laws and practices in the last few years. Organised by the National Research Development Corporation in association with the Institute of Intellectual property Research and Practice, the seminar will be attended among others by experts from European Patent Office and eminent patent attorneys from the United States and Germany.

    The focus of the seminar will be on IPR in IT software and chemicals and pharmaceuticals, the areas which are of great interest to India. The Minister of State for commerce and Industry Shri Omar Abdullah will be inaugurating the seminar while the key-note address would be delivered by Dr. R.A. Mashelkar, DG. CSIR.





    The Employees’ State Insurance Corporation has taken up a pilot project of issuing photo identity cards to insured persons and their dependant family members covered under the E.S.I Scheme in Noida/Delhi area. The job, assigned to the leading Central Public Sector Enterprise CMC Ltd., is likely to be completed by 31st December, 2000. For this purpose six centres have been established in Noida area for easy access of insured persons and their dependants for having the photographs taken. In Delhi area the work has also been taken up simultaneously and is expected to be accomplished within the next few months. Delhi has a beneficiary population of about 24 lakhs while Noida has 6 lakhs.

    The Corporation intends to start the process of issuing identity cards to its beneficiaries in other States and Union Territories across the country, after the job is completing in Delhi and Noida area.

    Photo identity cards in respect of insured persons and their dependants are being issued in pursuance of the specific recommendation of the Sathyam Committee to control impersonation by anti-social elements for availing medical facilities under the scheme. The identity cards will also protect the genuine clients from any harassment or delay in getting proper healthcare facilities in medical institutions of ESI.





    The 21st Annual General Meeting of the Society of National Institute of Hydrology (NIH), Roorkee under the aegis of Union Ministry of Water Resources will be held tomorrow in New Delhi. The meeting will be presided by Shri Arjun Charan Sethi, Union Minister for Water Resources and Smt. Bijoya Chakravarty, Union Minister of State for Water Resources will deliver the welcome address.

    The NIH has been functioning as a premier Institute in the area of Hydrology in the country since 1978. It was established with headquarters at Roorkee in the newly formed Uttranchal State by the Government of India as an Autonomous society aided by the Union Ministry of Water Resources. The NIH society is headed by the Union Minister of Water Resources as its President and the Union Minister of State for Water Resources as Vice-President. The Ministers in charge of the Irrigation in the States (for 10 States to be nominated for every three years by the President of the Society), the Secretaries of different Ministries in the Government of India concerned with water and related areas, and experts in Hydrology and water resources are the members of the Society. Director, NIH is the Member-Secretary. The NIH has been established with the sole objectives to undertake aid, promote and coordinate systematic and scientific work in all aspects of Hydrology. Besides, the Institute is to cooperate and collaborate with other National and International organisations in the field of Hydrology.

    Keeping in view the need to deal with specific Hydrological problems of different regions of the country and for providing effective interaction at field level with the States, the Institute started setting up Regional Centres from 1987 onwards. The Regional Centres for Hard Rock region, North-Eastern region and Western Himalayan region were established at Belgaum, Guwahati and Jammu respectively during the 7th Five Year Plan period (1985-90). In 1991, under 8th Five Year Plan scheme one Regional Centre for Ganga Plains at Patna in Bihar and one for Deltaic and East Coast region at Kakinada in Andhra Pradesh were set up. One more centre for Ganga Plains (South) at Sagar in Madhya Pradesh was set-up in December, 1995.






    The outstanding balance of 13.85% Government Stock, 2000 is repayable at par on 27th December 2000 and no interest will accrue thereon from that date. In the event of a holiday being declared on 27th December, 2000 by any State Government under the Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881, the loan will be repaid by the paying offices in that State on the previous working day.

    To facilitate repayment of the said loan on the due date, the holders may tender the securities duly discharged at the Public Debt Offices, Treasuries/Sub-Treasuries and branches of State Bank of India and its Associate Banks (at which they are enfaced/as also registered for payment of interest) 20 days in advance of the due date for repayment of loan.

    Full details of the procedure for receiving the discharge value may be obtained from any of the aforesaid paying offices.





    Replying a discussion under rule 193 in Lok Sabha, Union Agriculture Minister Shri Nitish Kumar informed that in place of National Fund for Calamity Relief, Government will set up a National Calamity Contingency Fund (NCCF) during the current session of Parliament to provide relief to States affected by floods, drought or any other natural calamity.

    He said that the Government would provide financial assistance to States affected by such calamities from the NCCF on the basis of reports of the Central teams which have toured or would be touring the affected States. He assured members that there was no political discrimination by the Government in giving relief to affected States. This is a transitional phase and a new calamity fund is to be set up as per the recommendations of the Xth Finance Commission.

    Shri Nitish Kumar informed that a high power committee on disaster management had been set up by the Centre whose final report is expected by March 31, 2001. On the basis of their report a National Centre for Calamity Management would be set up to regularly monitor natural disasters across the country and recommend to the NCCF release of funds.

    Central teams have already visited Chhattisgarh, West Bengal and Orissa. Team to Rajasthan will be leaving on January 4, 2001. Further he informed that no report of any death due to hunger has been received by the Ministry of Agriculture.





    Shri Murasoli Maran, Union Minister of Commerce & Industry, who is convalescing in Chennai, has cleared a spate of foreign direct investment (FDI) cases involving FDI worth Rs.526 crore. Shri Maran has approved 106 such cases. The proposals cover various sectors like agriculture, bio-technology, machine tools, software development, Internet related services, tourism, textiles, software development, consultancy, telecommunications, food processing, pharmaceuticals, insurance, automobiles, power generation, NBFC activities, air transport services, engineering services and container terminal. Earlier, the Foreign Investment Promotion Board had submitted its recommendations to Shri Maran. The list of proposals cleared by the Minister is as below:


Sl. No Name of the company & Regn. No. Activity Percentage of FDI/NRI investment Amount of FDI/NRI inflow

(Rs. In crore)

01. M/s.Haw Par Medicals (India) Pvt Ltd Production and distribution of pharmaceutical products such as tiger balm Amendment in the existing FC approval No fresh inflow involved
02. M/s.Bharti Global Ltd Mfr and mktg. of empty hard gelatine capsules Increase in foreign equity from 49% to 100% 5.46
03. M/s. Max India Ltd Life insurance business in the linked and non-linked categories 26% 27.30
04. M/s. Lastra Niraj Pvt Ltd Mfr. of offset pre-sensitized plates for printing purposes 51% 5.75
05. M/s. Tudor India Ltd Mfr. Of automotive batteries Increase from 74.8% to 83.63% 17.50(No physical inflow)
06. M/s.KJS India Pvt Ltd establishment of ventures in the area of agro based food processing Amendment in the existing FC approval No fresh inflow involved
07. M/s.Fleetguard Filters Ltd Filters and filter components Amendment in the existing FC approval No fresh inflow involved
08. M/s. KOMET Prazisionswerkzeuge Robert Breuning GmbH Mfr.of precision cutting tools. 100% 7.00
09. M/s.Seranova India Pvt Ltd telecom services including Internet services Amendment in the existing FC approval No fresh inflow involved
10. M/s. M.M. Imagine Technologies Pvt Ltd Development of computer software Amendment in the existing approval No fresh inflow involved
11. M/s. Cargo exchange.Net (India) Pvt Ltd Providing Internet base forum 100% 0.10
12. M/s. Sterling Culturally Diversified Services Inc., USA Human resource consulting, executive research, software development and export of Indian goods 100% 0.12
13. M/s. Yahoo Web Service India Pvt Ltd Providing web space for banner advertising 100% 0.62(no physical inflow)
14. M/s. Unwiredsoft India Pvt Ltd Software development 100% 0.05
15. M/s. Melstar Information Technologies Ltd Software supply 11.06% 23.45(physical inflow is only

approx. 6.00 only)

16. M/s. AEA Technology Plc., England Mktg. And sales of products of AEAT and services 100% 0.23
17. M/s. Serviont Global Solutions Ltd Information Technology and Software development NRI /Equity 3.3% 0.0275
18. M/s. Mrdoit IT Services Pvt Ltd Information technology and software development NRI equity 100% 0.05
19. M/s. Selco International Ltd Power Generation 40% 6.80
20. M/s.Dodson Lindblom Hydro Power Developing hydro power projects Amendment in the existing FC approval No fresh inflow involved
21. M/s.Hinduja National Power Corporation Ltd To set up a Power plant amendment in the existing FC approval No fresh inflow involved
22. M/s. Caterpillar Power Ventures International (Mauritius) Ltd Generation and transmission of electric energy 49% 7.00
23. M/s.Bharti Cellular Ltd Cellular mobile telecom services Amendment in the existing FC approval No fresh inflow involved
24. M/s. Speed India.com Holdings Pvt Ltd Portals and investing in Internet related projects 49% 17.28
25. M/s. Gujarat JHM Hotels Setting up of

4-star hotel

Increase from 46.92% to 85.40% 2.56
26 M/s.Johnson Matthey Ceramic (I)Ltd production of Zircon Opacifier Amendment in the existing FC approval No fresh inflow is involved
27. M/s.Carbon & Rotary Components Pvt Ltd slipperings, carbon brushes Increase in foreign equity from 50% to 70% 0.44
28. M/s.Control Techniques India Pvt Ltd Static converters, Board Panels Amendment in the existing FC approval No fresh inflow is involved
29. M/s.Ormed Medical Technology Ltd Orthopaedic appliances Increase in foreign equity from 70% to 100% 0.69
30. M/s.Indswep Energy Systems Pvt Ltd Plate heat exchanger Increase in foreign equity from 90% to 100% 0.06
31. M/s.RGK Controls & Components Pvt Ltd Electrical and electrical switches Increase in foreign equity from 51% to 100% 3.57
32. M/s.Sigma Marine and Protective Coatings India(P)Ltd all types of paints and coatings etc. Increase in foreign equity from 70% to 100% 0.03 (?)
33. M/s.More Group India Pvt Ltd introduction of new concept of street furniture Increase in equity from 85.44% to 94.45% 6.70
34. M/s. Williams Plc., UK Mfr. and sell of Security equipment such as vaults, vault door, safe deposit lockers etc. Increase in equity from 53.84% to 100% 39.04

(Including premium)

35. M/s. Munoth Financial Services Ltd NBFC activities 28.56% 20
36. M/s. Jumpstartup Venture Fund 1, LLC, Mauritius Offering retail customers of finance products such as home loans, car loans, etc. 10.88% 0.3
37. M/s. Lucas TVS Ltd Mfr. Of automotive electrical equipments/items Amendment in the existing FC approval No fresh inflow is involved
38. M/s. Whitaker Publishers India Pvt Ltd Printing and publication of books on various subjects 100% 8.6
39. M/s. Hewlett – Packard Europe BV sale and services of testing and measurement equipment, electronic components etc. Amendment in the existing FC approval No fresh inflow is involved
40. M/s. RDI Print & Publishing Ltd Publishing of Reader’s Digest Magazine in India Amendment in the existing FC approval No fresh inflow involved
41. M/s. DTS Information Systems (Pvt) Ltd Development of computer software Increase in foreign equity from 99% to 100% 0.15
42. M/s. e-Wonders.com Pvt Ltd Development of computer software Increase in foreign equity from 98.66% to 99% 0.59
43. Mr. Manish Arora Mfr. Of cricket bats 70% 0.14
44. M/s. Smart Convenience Card.com Pvt Ltd providing a secure anonymous and convenient payment for internet transactions 26% 4.6
45. M/s. Mod Apparels Pvt Ltd Setting up of Pizza restaurants 100% 2.62
46 M/s.GNB Technologies(India) Pvt Ltd /Pacific Dunlop Holdings (Singapore) Pte Ltd Mfr. and Mktg. of value regulated lead acid batteries and parts thereof Amendment in the existing FC approval No fresh inflow involved
47 M/s. Auma India Ltd Mfr. Of Valve Actuators and Valve operators Increase in foreign equity from 64.98% to 100% 0.14
48 M/s. MBL Research & Consultancy Group Ltd Market Research and consultancy Increase in foreign equity from 87.45% to 100% 0.025
49 M/s. UPS Logistics Group Investments, Inc., USA Business development, sales, marketing, information technology finance, operations management of logistics related activities etc. 60% 9.2
50. M/s. Widex ApS, Denmark Mfr, design, undertaking quality management, services and trading of products in the field of high quality digital hearing aid etc. 80% 1.24
51. M/s. Unifrax Limited Mfr ceramic fibre Increase in foreign equity from 58.91 to 74.23% 0.3
52. M/s. Varun Finance Pvt Ltd Ceramic tiles Increase from 16.04% to 28.24% 2
53. M/s. Italia Glass Pvt Ltd Marketing of Glass mosaics 33% 0.19
54. M/s.Tata Home finance Ltd housing finance and related activities 30% 17.32
55. M/s. Pfizer Corporation Explore sourcing and export from Indian bulk drugs and formulations Amendment in the existing FC approval No fresh inflow involved
56. M/s.Globo Coim BV To undertake Mfr, sale and trade in products used in the mfr of shoe soles etc. Expansion of activities No fresh inflow involved
57. M/s. Metro Cash & Carry GmbH., Germany To establish state of the art cash and carry complexes for food and non food products 100% 138
58. M/s. Citicorp Overseas Software Ltd Software development 100% 2
59. M/s. Marutinandan Tatech Agro Plantations Ltd Dehydrated vegetables 50% 0.61
60. M/s.Asia Online(India)Pvt Ltd To develop IT related services through the medium of the internet Expansion of activities No fresh inflow involved
61. M/s. Minnal Communications India Pvt Ltd Providing software for television and movies 100% 2
62. M/s. John Brown Technologies (I) Pvt Ltd Integrated and quality engineering services to various public and private sector industries 20% 1.95
63. M/s.Fugro Geomics (P) Ltd Offshore/Near-shore surveys, GIS and mapping services, land surveys and systems engineering Increase in foreign equity from 51% to 74% 0.0064
64. M/s. Procurite International Pvt Ltd Petroleum Jelly 100% 0.27
65. M/s. Concert Holdco B.V., The Netherlands Providing support services to licensed telecom service providers etc. 100% 4.65
66. M/s.SEW Eurodrive India (P) Ltd After sales service of geared motors and other equipment and setting up of assembly unit for the mfr of selected components etc. Expansion of activities No fresh inflow involved
67. M/s. Star Granites Pvt Ltd Mfr. Of cut & polished granite monuments, tiles and slabs Increase in foreign equity from 58.33% to 90% 1.52
68. M/s.Modiluft Ltd re-launching the airlines Amendment in the existing FC approval 1.16
69. M/s. Giddings & Lewis India Ltd Mfr. Of metal cutting including grinding machines Increase in foreign equity from 76% to 83% by way of conversion of loan into equity No fresh inflow involved
70. M/s. Waters (India) Ltd Mfr. Of High performance liquid chromatograph Amendment in the existing FC approval No fresh inflow involved
71. M/s.Samcor Glass Ltd Mfr. Of glass parts/glass shells for Black and white TV picture tube Amendment in the existing FC approval No fresh inflow involved
72. M/s.Silicon Automation Systems India Ltd data processing, software development and computer consultancy services Acquisition of shares 11.04
73. M/s.R. Systems International Ltd Software development
74. M/s.Chakkilam Infotech Ltd Software development Equity restructuring 0.75
75. M/s. E-Comm Solutions Pvt Ltd Software development 69.08% 2.00
76. M/s.BPB Holding (I) Pvt Ltd Mfr. And sale of Gypsum Board Increase in foreign equity from 74% to 79.98% 3.375
77. M/s. Astra Microwave Products Ltd Microwave components for telecommunication equipment 6.94% 0.25
78. M/s. SML Labels (Dong Ying) Pte Ltd, Singapore Mfr. Of woven labels; printed labels; printed tickets; pvc patches, trims & tapes etc. 100% 1.66
79. M/s. Anteena Builders (P) Ltd Business of development of resorts and farm houses 100% 2.94
80. M/s.Kaufmann Leather Work Pvt Ltd Leather goods Restructuring of equity No fresh inflow involved
81. M/s.Sinar Mas Pulp & Paper (India) Ltd Mfr. Of paper board including coated paper Expansion of activity No fresh

inflow involved

82. M/s. ABB Holdings (South Asia) Ltd. mfr. Of actuator pumps Transfer of equity from Indian company to foreign company 0.14
83. M/s. Toshiba Plant Kansetsu Co. Ltd. Japan To conduct engineering, consulting, designing, construction etc. in the field of power generation transmission and distribution plants Expansion of activity No fresh inflow involved
84. M/s. Hingrorany Kamal R. Drafting, engineering design & analysis work for land surveys/civil/structural/environmental engineering 95% 0.14
85. M/s. ECOM Gill Coffee Trading Pvt Ltd Export of cured coffee beans to the overseas buyers 90% 0.45
86. M/s. Prasha Electronics Ltd Mfr. Of Precision Sheet Metal Components for electronics and Telecommunication Industries Amendment in the existing approval No fresh inflow involved
87. M/s. Spicer India Ltd Mfr. and propeller shafts, universal joints, other shaft couplings, drive axles with differential, transfer cars Amendment in the existing FC approval No fresh inflow involved
88. M/s. MWP Migma Ltd Mfr. Of transmission shafts, including cam shafts and crank shafts, engine parts and casings read Increase in foreign equity from 74% to 100% 3.24
89. M/s. Nugas Technologies Pty Ltd., Australia Setting up of a mfg. Unit for fabrication of stainless steel LPG tanks and cylinders 100% 1.54
90. M/s. Alltel Information (I) Pvt Ltd providing business solutions using information technology through the concept of out-sourcing Amendment in the existing FC approval No fresh inflow is involved
91. M/s. Veritas Software India Pvt Ltd Computer Software Development Amendment in the existing approval No fresh inflow involved
92. M/s. Systech Solutions Pvt Ltd Development of Computer Software Increase from 97.5% to 100%
93. M/s. Deccanet Designs Ltd Software development of supply services related to telecom Increase in foreign equity from 14.21% to 20.40% 2.02
94. M/s. First Carlyle Ventures, Mauritius IT, Telecommunications, Internet and Software Industry Transfer of investments No fresh inflow involved
95. M/s. Wanadu Inter active Inc., Computer Software Development 100% 0.5
96. M/s. ACC Rio Tinto Exploration Ltd exploration of minerals including, but not limited to gold, silver, diamonds, bauxite, copper, lead and zinc Increase in foreign equity from 50% to 56% 2
97. M/s. Ascent Hydro Projects Setting up of Hydro Power Projects Amendment in the existing FC approval No fresh inflow involved
98. M/s. RHW Management Schools Ltd Establishing of Management School imparting Management education 33.33% 0.17
99. M/s. LEP International (India) Ltd International freight forwarding by air and sea to and from India Increase in foreign equity from 80% to 100% 0.098
100. M/s. Pacific International lines (India) Pvt Ltd business of shipping, carriers by sea, air and land of goods, passengers etc. Increase in foreign equity from 51% to 100% 0.05
101. M/s. Chennai Container Terminal Ltd Development, maintenance and operation of a container terminal 77% 100.10

(physical inflow is only Rs. 97.50 cr.)

102. M/s. British Health Products India Ltd Health food/processed food Transfer of foreign equity into NRI No fresh inflow involved
103. M/s. Hilti India Pvt Ltd Service, market and transfer engineering know-how in construction industry, airports etc. Amendment in the existing FC approval No fresh inflow involved
104. M/s. FI Group Plc. Software development and export Amendment in the existing FC approval No fresh inflow is involved
105. M/s. U.D.I. Mauritius Ltd mfr. Filters and filtration systems for fuel, oil and air Increase in foreign equity from 76% to 100% 0.48
106. M/s. Hydra India Flex Pvt Ltd Mfr flexible metal hoses, metal billows and expansion joints Increase in foreign equity from 50% to 100% 1.75






    The Jan Shikshan Sansthan (JSS) was conceived as a scheme of non-formal, adult and continuing education for conducting vocational training and skill upgradation programmes. It is based on the polyvalent or multi-dimensional approach to adult education. The Jan Shikshan Sansthans in their courses and activities concentrate on the socio-economically backward and educationally disadvantaged groups of urban and rural areas.

    3,60,701 persons benefited by vocational and skill upgradation programmes conducted by the Jan Shikshan Sansthan during the last three years.

    This information was given by the Minister of State for Human Resource Development Smt. Sumitra Mahajan in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today.





   The Centrally Sponsored Scheme of Vocationalisation of Secondary Education provides diversifaction of educational opportunities to enhance individual employability and to provide an alternative for those pursuing higher education.

    Under the scheme, grants are provided to create infrastructural facilities in schools and institutions like construction of Worksheds, laboratories, buildings, purchase of tools, and equipment, library books, raw materials for conducting practical test etc.

    Ninety five vocational courses have been designed and developed for adoption by the State Governments depending upon their local conditions in areas such as Agriculture, Engineering and Technology, Business and commerce, Health and Para medical, Home Science, Humanities and other Sciences. Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) also has introduced vocational and job oriented courses in their affiliated schools in some of the above mentioned fields. In addition, Computer/Information Technology(IT) based courses are being imparted in some states. Central Board of Secondary Education is taking steps to introduce IT based courses in their affiliated schools.

    This information was given by the Minister of State for Human Resource Development Smt. Sumitra Mahajan in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today.






    According to Section 40 of Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972, which extends to all States/UTs, except the state of J&K, the State Governments may, by notification require any person to declare any Shahtoosh product in his control, custody or possession in such form, in such manner, and within such time as may be prescribed. Similar provision exists in Jammu and Kashmir Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1978 also. However, Tibetan Antelope from which Shahtoosh is derived is not included in Schedule I of Jammu & Kashmir Wildlife (Protection) Act. Therefore, such a declaration is not necessary in Jammu and Kashmir.

    Shahtoosh trade was in existence even before the enactment of Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 and people are allowed to keep the shahtoosh shawls in their possession or custody after fulfilling the prescribed legalities under the Act.

    This information was given by Shri T.R. Baalu, Union Environment and Forests Minister in reply to a question by Hon’ble Members, Smt. Ambika Soni and Shri Santosh Bagrodia, in the Rajya Sabha here today.






    The protection and management of forests, primarily, is the responsibility of the State Governments. There is no specific report with the Central Government regarding indiscriminate and unauthorised felling of trees in the forests of the country. However, due to the biotic pressures on the forests, incidents of illicit felling do occur in various parts of the country, which are detected and dealt with under the various provisions of Indian Forests Act and other relevant rules.

    The Central Government has requested the State Governments to strengthen the forest protection machinery and to declare forest protection, as a Plan item and invest more funds for the protection of forests through state plan budgets. Central Government has issued guidelines to all the States and UTs for involving the local people in the protection and management of forests under the Joint Forest Management (JFM) programme. The JFM programme was launched in June 1990 and so far 10.24 million ha. of forest lands are being managed by 36165 JFM Committees in 23 States of the country. Due to the implementation of JFM, significant changes have occurred in forest regeneration and protection.

    This information was given by Shri T.R. Baalu, Union Environment and Forests Minister in reply to a question by Hon’ble Member, Smt. Jayaprada Nahata in the Rajya Sabha here today.






    The World Health Organisation has sponsored a study to carry out an epidemiological study on respiratory morbidity due to air pollution in Delhi. The study was carried out by Vallabh Bhai Patel Chest Institute, Delhi, which indicated higher incidence of respiratory ailments amongst the people living in polluted areas in comparison to less polluted areas.

    The steps taken by the Government to control air pollution include the following :

  1. The Government has formulated a comprehensive Policy Statement for Abatement of Pollution, which lays stress on the prevention and control of pollution.
  2. The ambient air quality of Delhi is monitored regularly through a network of monitoring stations under the National Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Programme.
  3. Ambient air quality standards and emission standards for industrial units have been notified.
  4. Emissions from highly polluting industrial units and thermal power plants are regularly monitored and action is taken against the defaulting units.
  5. Environment Action Plan for reducing pollution in Delhi has been prepared by the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests, which is under implementation.
  6. Unleaded petrol is being supplied in Delhi. Sulphur is being progressively reduced in diesel. Fuel quality standards for petrol and diesel have been notified. Benzene content in petrol has been reduced from 3% to 1% or less.
  7. Gross emission standards for on-road vehicles and mass emission standards for all categories of new vehicles have been notified under the Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989.
  8. The Government is promoting the use of CNG as an alternative fuel.

    This information was given by Shri T.R. Baalu, Union Environment and Forests Minister in reply to a question by Hon’ble Member, Smt. Vanga Geetha, in the Rajya Sabha here today.





    The Central Water Commission (CWC) monitors storage position of 70 major and important reservoirs spread over the country of which 25 reservoirs have significant hydro-power benefit with installed capacities of more than 60 MW. Out of these 70 reservoirs, there are presently only 33 reservoirs where this year’s storage capacity is less by 20% or more than the average of previous years. However, out of the 25 reservoirs with significant hydro-potential, there are only 21 reservoirs which have storage built up less than the average of previous years. The combined storage capacity of these 70 reservoirs is presently 57% of the designed capacity and the present storage is 73% of the last year’s storage and 75% of the last 10 years storage during the same period. The overall storage position is below average by 34.12% as on 24.11.2000.

    The storages in Ukai (35% of designed live storage), sabarmati (6%), Kadana(8%), Shetrunji (3%), Bhadra (3%), Dantiwada (2%) in Gujarat; Mahi Bajaj sagar (18%) and Jhakam (15%) in Rajashthan; Gandhi sagar (2%), Tawa (51%), Bargi (58%) and Minimata Bango (52%) in Madhya Pradesh; Mahanadi (39%), Rengali (45%) and Upper Kolab (33%) in Orissa; and Girna (4%) in Maharashtra are very low.

    The storage position was better than the average of previous years in West flowing rivers of South and less than 20% average of previous years in the rivers Godavari, Krishna and Cauvery and neighbouring East flowing rivers. The basin wise storage position is less by 20% or more than the average of the previous years in case of rivers Mahi, Sabarmati, Indus and rivers of Kutch, Ganga, Narmada, Mahanadi and neighbouring East flowing rivers and Tapi.

    In order to derive the best possible benefits from the available water, CWC is keeping in touch with the Department of Agriculture and cooperation, Ministry of Agriculture and providing information on the weekly storage position to the Crop apprising the situation to various Departments and Ministries involved in Water Resources Planning.





    The following is the text of the speech of the Prime Minister, Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee at the interaction with industry on Government-Business partnership against HIV/AIDS here today:

    "I thank you for participating in this first interaction I have had with business leaders on HIV/AIDS.

    We have just seen a presentation about the serious challenge of HIV/AIDS that our country is facing today.

    I know that there is variance in statistics about the incidence of the disease in India. While we should strive to have a fairly accurate information about the size of the problem, there is no room for two views about its severity, either at present or in the future.

    Without any hesitation, let everybody realise that HIV/AIDS could become, if unchecked, the most frightening killer epidemic in India in this century.

    This realisation alone can wake up every section of our society to its responsibility in fighting this challenge. It alone can remove the complacency and half-heartedness with which our society is looking at this looming menace.

    No section of society, however, can fight this challenge on its own. All of us have to work together.

    The responsibility of business and industry in joining this collective struggle is self-evident. Once the geometric progression of the disease reaches a critical level, it will begin to take an ever-increasing toll on the productive sections of our population. The consequences of this on the economy of individual business units, as also on the national economy, can be devastating.

    It is, therefore, in the nation’s long-term interest for business to play a proactive role in dealing with HIV/AIDS now in order to ward off future problems.

    I may also add that your contribution to the national campaign against HIV/AIDS is intrinsic to your social responsibility, especially your responsibility towards local communities where your businesses are located.

    The experience of countries that have been successful in containing this scourge tells us that we can make a difference if Government, business and social institutions work together.

    I, therefore, sincerely call upon all of you – not big business alone, but every member of the business community, including medium and small business units – to join this battle.

    The battle has to be fought on four fronts:

    First, we should maximise public knowledge that, since there is no cure for this disease so far, prevention itself and prevention alone is the cure. Every Indian should also be made to know that even prevention is impossible through any vaccine, any drug, any injection or any operation. Awareness and responsible behaviour is the only reliable way of prevention.

    Second, we have to fully activate all our institutional and administrative measures to prevent the further spread of HIV/AIDS. If we can ensure this, it is quite clearly, half the battle won.

    Third, we have to take good care of the people who are already afflicted by this deadly virus. We should ensure that they suffer no discrimination and that their human dignity is not wounded in any way either at work place or at home. Sometimes when I read reports about suicides by HIV positive persons -- often because of the way their families and friends treated them -- I wonder how we can let such things happen in our country.

    Specifically, I urge you to remove the divide between work place and home for HIV positive persons. For them, even the work place should become homely. At the same time, owners and fellow-employees should regularly visit them and their families at home to give succour and solidarity.

    Fourthly, business houses should actively support focused research for prevention and cure for HIV/AIDS. There is already a global effort in this direction. Our medical research institutions, adequately supported by business groups, should fully participate in this global mission.

    Friends, This morning’s presentation has given you an idea of what Government is doing to prevent the spread of HIV-AIDS and for the care of afflicted persons. We are fully involving the State Governments and NGOs in our national campaign.

    I urge the corporate sector, and other sections of the Indian business community, to fully participate in Government’s efforts. In addition, you can undertake many initiatives on your own.

    This partnership should cut across traditional industry associations and business groups. Our endeavour should be to ensure how even bus and truck operators, garages and small roadside dhabas can effectively participate in this campaign.

    There is yet another area where your participation is both necessary and can be very effective. Studies all over the world, including in our country, have shown that migrant workers are especially vulnerable to this disease.

    Our society is urbanising very fast. The number of migrant workers is growing rapidly. Unfortunately, we have not paid enough attention to their working and living conditions. What compounds their condition is their unorganised nature.

    Most migrant workers are in some way or the other linked to business activities. I, therefore, urge the Indian business community to reach out to them.

    Take the message of HIV/AIDS to them.

    Contribute your utmost to improving hygiene, sanitation and the general condition of their work, habitation and healthcare.

    Show that you care for them as human beings, and not only as paid workers who are needed for your business operations.


    You have to act with a sense of responsibility towards the nation and towards your own businesses. You have to act philanthropically. And you have to adopt a leadership role.

    If I were to suggest an agenda for the proposed Partnership Against HIV/AIDS, its features would be:

    It is equally important for business and industry to support activities for income generation for families of employees who are either down with or have died of AIDS.

    I look forward to your suggestions so that we can set up a broad-based partnership, perhaps within a month.

    Let me assure you that Government will extend full support to your effort. The Ministries of Industry, Labour, Health and Family Welfare and other agencies of Government will actively participate in carrying the proposed programme forward.

    Together, let us strengthen our national campaign against HIV/AIDS. Together, let us pledge to win this battle".




Prime Minister’s meeting with business leaders on HIV/AIDS

    The Prime Minister Shri Atal Behari Vajpayee today urged leading industrialists of the country to forge alliances with the Government for joint efforts to control further spread of HIV/AIDS in the country and to minimize its impact on the society. He suggested that the business sector should form partnerships cutting cross-traditional industry associations and business groups with representation from all large, medium and small industries to participate in this national effort. The Prime Minister was speaking at an interaction with the captains of industry at a special meeting held on World AIDS Day.

    Underlining the need for concerted efforts to educate the people on HIV/AIDS, the Prime Minister said that the battle has to be fought on four fronts.

    Firstly, maximizing public knowledge that since there is no cure for HIV/AIDS, prevention and prevention alone is the cure.

    Secondly, activating institutional and administrative measures to prevent further spread of the disease.

    Thirdly, care and support for people who are afflicted by the virus and to ensure that they do not suffer any discrimination and loss of human dignity.

    Fourthly, support of business houses to focus research on prevention and cure for HIV/AIDS.

    The Prime Minister has stressed the importance of intervention programmes for migrant workers who are vulnerable to this disease. Enough attention has not been paid to the working and living conditions of this section of population. He urged the business community to take the message of prevention of HIV/AIDS to this unorgansied sector and to improve the health, hygiene and general conditions of their work and habitation. He stressed upon the effective participation of truck operators, workers in garages and small roadside Dhabas in this campaign.

    The Prime Minister has suggested an agenda for the proposed partnership against HIV/AIDS that should include:

    The Prime Minister desired that the broad-based partnership should be set up within a month’s time.

    Responding to the Prime Minister’s appeal, the three major industry groups, CII, FICCI and ASSOCHAM have assured their full support and participation in the national effort towards prevention and control of the disease. They said that a large number of companies already started HIV-related educational programmes for their workers and families. Industry Associations have assured that they would extend these programmes to cover all their member companies to ensure not only awareness generation but also to pursue the policy of non-discrimination on the job and economic rehabilitation of infected persons and their families, and ensure participation of small and medium and transport sector and integration of the HIV/AIDS control effort with RCH and Family Welfare. Organisations like Indian Oil Corporation, UTI, SAIL, RPG Enterprises promised to utilize their vast retail network for spreading the message of awareness across the country. All the business leaders have urged that free TV time should be made available on the national and regional channels of Prasar Bharati for telecast of AIDS awareness messages. They promised that they would be earmarking part of their advertisement budgets for the HIV/AIDS awareness campaigns. Some of the business leaders highlighted the importance of training and sensitizing doctors, nurses and para-medical staff in health care institutions and hospitals. There was also a suggestion that corporate should adopt districts in and around their industrial establishments and spread the message of prevention. The importance of counselling has also been highlighted by some of the participants.

    The meeting was attended by 45 major industrialists from major trade and industry associations, small-scale sector, transport sector and senior Secretaries from Ministries of Labour, Industry, Railways and Planning Commission.

    The Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare Dr. C.P. Thakur in his concluding remarks thanked the Prime Minister for taking the lead in providing political direction and support to the national programme for prevention and control of HIV/AIDS. He also exhorted the industrialists to effectively translate the decisions taken in the meeting into concrete action in the days to come.

    Earlier, Secretary (Health) Shri Javed Chowdhury in his introductory presentation briefed the participants about the HIV/AIDS problem in India and how the prevention and control programmes have expanded in the last five years. He informed the participants that the programme has moved from a centralized public health programme to a highly decentralised multisectoral programme involving various participants in the Government and non-Governmental sectors. He cited the example of sub-Saharan African countries where the devastating impact of HIV/AIDS has nullified all the gains made by these countries in the human development sector.