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March  01

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PRESS COMMUNIQUE

    The Haj Committee Bill, 2000 as introduced in Rajya Sabha on 15th December 2000, has been referred to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on External Affairs headed by Smt. Krishna Bose, M.P. for examination and report. The Bill proposes to establish a Haj Committee of India and State Haj Committees for making arrangements for the pilgrimage of Muslims for Haj and for various matters connected therewith. The Bill defines the authority of the Central and State Governments in the area of Haj Policy and Management besides providing for a reformed and representative Haj Committee, with an effective mechanism to ensure financial propriety, and above all to eliminate ambiguities relating to jurisdictional matters.

    In this connection, it has been decided to invite memoranda/comments/ suggestions on the Bill from the general public and organisations/ associations/ NGOs, etc., who may be interested in the subject matter of the Bill. All interested persons, organisations, associations, NGOs, etc., may obtain the copies of the Bill from, and send their views to Shri A.K. Singh, Deputy Secretary (E&Q), Room No. 018, Ground Floor, Parliament House Annexe, New Delhi-110 001 (Tel. Nos. 3034049 & 3034180) so as to reach him within three weeks of publication of this notice.

    The memoranda/comments/ suggestions, which might be submitted to the Committee would form part of the record of the Committee and be, therefore, treated as strictly confidential. It should not be circulated by anyone, as such an act would constitute a breach of privilege of the Committee.

    Those who are desirous of giving oral evidence before the Committee, besides sending memoranda/comments/ suggestions, are requested to intimate the aforesaid officer. Request to this effect may be considered by the Committee and persons/organisations/ associations/ NGOs shall be informed.

 

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CREATION OF NEW COURTS

    A Centrally Sponsored Scheme for development of infrastructural facilities for the judiciary is in operation since 1993-94. Allocations to the State Governments/Union Territory Administrations are made on the basis of norms fixed by the Planning Commission. Accordingly, the State Governments are required to contribute equivalent matching share against the funds released by the Central Government. The State Governments are free to spend more than their matching share.

    On the basis of the recommendation of the 11th Finance Commission, the Government has sanctioned a scheme for creation of 1734 courts in the States at the rate of Rs.29 lakhs per court. An amount of Rs. 502.90 crore has been allocated for the purpose.

    This information was given by the Minister for Law, Justice and Company Affairs and Shipping, Shri Arun Jaitley in a written reply to a question from Shri A. Venkatesh Naik in Lok Sabha today.

 

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FAST TRACK COURTS

   The Government have decided to set up 1734 additional courts in the country on the basis of the recommendations of the Eleventh Finance Commission. These courts are expected to serve as fast track courts for the expeditious disposal of long pending cases, priority being given to sessions cases and cases involving undertrails in jails.

    The first priority of these courts will be the disposal of long pending sessions cases and other criminal cases involving undertrials in jails. These courts will be set up by State Governments in consultation with respective High Courts and are likely to be functional from April, 2001. These courts will continue till March, 2005. Each court is expected to dispose of 14 sessions cases or 25 other criminal/civil cases per month. It is expected that these courts will dispose of about two million cases by the year 2005.

    This information was given by the Minister for Law, Justice and Company Affairs and Shipping, Shri Arun Jaitley in a written reply to a question from S/Shri Suresh Ramrao Jadhav and Adhir Choudury in Lok Sabha today.

 

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GROSS REGISTERED TONNAGE OF SHIPS

    Tonnage acquisition targets are fixed during the Plan period and efforts are made to provide conducive atmosphere to encourage tonnage addition. The Government had set up a Shipping Policy Committee in 1997 which has examined the various issues relating to shipping industry and identified measures for development of the National Merchant Fleet with reference to the fiscal and other incentives, cargo and allied support mechanisms required for Indian flag vessels. The Committee has made 31 recommendations, out of which 17 have been accepted by the Government and the balance recommendations including the following, are being vigorously pursued with the concerned Ministries.

    1. Tax relief of Indian seafarers
    2. Enhancement of depreciation from 20 per cent to 40 per cent
    3. Infrastructure status to coastal shipping
    4. Introduction of Tonnage Tax in lieu of Corporate Tax

    This information was given by the Minister for Law, Justice and Company Affairs and Shipping, Shri Arun Jaitley in a written reply to a question from Prof. Ummareddy Venkateswarlu in Lok Sabha today.

 

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HATE CAMPAIGNS AND COMMUNAL RANTING

    The Election Commission has informed that during elections, a large number of complaints/representations from various political parties, organisations, candidates, etc. are received raising charges and counter-charges. The Election Commission has stated that it looks into these complaints/representations and takes action wherever necessary and as such it is difficult to furnish details since no specific memoranda have been mentioned in the Question.

    This information was given by the Minister for Law, Justice and Company Affairs and Shipping, Shri Arun Jaitley in a written reply to a question from Shri M.V.V.S. Murthi and two others in Lok Sabha today.

 

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WELFARE FUND FOR LAWYERS

   The matter concerning setting up of a welfare fund for lawyers is under consideration of the Government. It is, however, difficult to indicate any definite time-frame within which the said fund may be set up, since the same involves various steps, including inter-departmental consultation.

    This information was given by the Minister for Law, Justice and Company Affairs and Shipping, Shri Arun Jaitley in a written reply to a question from Dr. S. Venugopal in Lok Sabha today.

 

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INSTITUTE OF EXCELLENCE IN CORPORATE GOVERNANCE

   The Study Group on Corporate Excellence set up by the Government had submitted its Report to the Government on December 20, 2000. This Report contains several far reaching recommendations that would take standards of Corporate Governance in the country to commanding heights. One of the important recommendations made by the Group is to set up, under the aegis of Department of Company Affairs, an Independent, Autonomous Centre for Corporate Excellence to mainly accord accreditation and promote policy research and studies, training and education and awards in the field of corporate excellence through improved corporate governance.

    The matter relating to setting up of the Institute is under active consideration of the Government.

    This information was given by the Minister for Law, Justice and Company Affairs and Shipping, Shri Arun Jaitley in a written reply to a question from Shri Iqbal Ahmed Saradgi and three others in Lok Sabha today.

 

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DIRECT CONTAINERS SERVICE TO SOUTH-EAST ASIA

    The Shipping Corporation of India Ltd. (SCI) is contemplating starting a direct container service to South-East Asia and Far East during mid 2001. A feasibility study based on the market reports is being carried out for taking a decision in the matter.

    SCI plans to start the service by the End of 2nd quarter of 2001.

    As the proposal is in planning stage, the details of the implications of the proposed service cannot be worked out till the completion of the feasibility study.

    This information was given by the Minister for Law, Justice and Company Affairs and Shipping, Shri Arun Jaitley in a written reply to a question from Shri G. Mallikarjunappa in Lok Sabha today.

 

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BUDGET ALLOCATION FOR EDUCATION, S&T AND WCD UP

    The Budget allocation for the Ministry of Human Resource Development for the year 2001-02 has gone up by about 10% from Rs. 6,910 crore to Rs. 7570 crore compared to last year. The allocation for science and technology went up by Rs. 91 crore from Rs. 856 crore representing an increase of about 9%.

    The Department of Elementary Education and Literacy got Rs. 4,000 crore, Rs. 71 crore more while the Department of Secondary and Higher Education got Rs. 1920 crore, Rs. 199 crore higher.

    The Department of Women and Child Development also received a higher allocation of Rs. 1650 crore, Rs. 190 crore higher.

    In case of science and technology, the DST received Rs. 48 crore more, from Rs. 362 crore last year while the DSIR Rs. 4 crore more compared to Rs. 358 crore. The DBT received Rs. 175 crore representing an increase of nearly 30%, indicating the importance the Government attaches to biotechnology.

The Budget allocation for the Department of Ocean Development has been raised to Rs. 142 crore, Rs. 7 crore more.

 

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SHRI THOOPAL TAKES OVER AS MEMBER TRAFFIC , RAILWAYS

    Shri R.K.Thoopal, General Manager, South Eastern Railway has taken over as the new Member (Traffic), and ex-officio Secretary, Railway Board on the superannuation of Shri Shanti Narain here yesterday.

    Shri Thoopal who joined the Indian Railway Traffic Service in 1964 , has held many a prestigious posts with Eastern, Central , South Central, Western and South Eastern Railways as also in Railway Board. The highly experienced officer has worked with different Departments like Operations, Commercial, Safety, besides traffic , costing and computerisation.

    Known for his studies on various aspects of Railways, the project reports prepared by Shri Thoopal include Strategy for augmenting capacity on high density routes, Multi-Skilling, impact of bulk movement on costs and pricing policy, passenger traffic and related amenities, and Vision 2010 for Indian Railways.

 

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MOROCCO MINES MINISTER MEETS MR PATWA

    Mr. Mustafa Mansouri, Minister for Mines, Industries and Commerce, Government of Morocco today met the Union Minister Shri Sundar Lal Patwa and the Minister of State for Mines Shri Jayasingrao Gaikwad Patil and discussed bilateral cooperation in the Mines sector. The Minister offered exchange of experts and scientists between the two countries to strengthen mutual ties. He wanted India to assist in streamlining the Mapping and Data Management in Mining sector of Morocco.

    Shri Patwa said India is ready to extend all help and cooperation to Morocco to strengthen its technical cooperation in Mining sector. He offered to send a group of GSI and IBM experts to study the mapping and data management in Morocco. He desired that some scientists should come to attend the International Conference on lead and zinc in India.

    India is one of the most important trading partners for Morocco. On the basis of the export of Phosphate and Phosphoric Acid alone, India ranks within the first five export markets of Morocco. The mineral industry of the Kingdom of Morocco is a major source of revenue. The main revenue generating industrial activity is the mining and processing of phosphate rock and fertilisers. It has also small to medium size base metal deposits (lead, zinc, silver, copper) and also industrial minerals such as chemical grade magnesia, Baryte, flurspar, etc.

 

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LOK SABHA

NATIONAL TOURISM POLICY

   A draft Tourism Policy prepared by the Government includes action plans for promoting tourism, as an instrument for employment generation and economic development through public and private participation. It also includes provisions for facilitating foreign investments and incentives for hotel and related tourism industry. This was stated by Shri Ananth Kumar, Union Minister of Tourism & Culture in a written reply to Col. (Retd.) Sona Ram Choudhary, in the Lok Sabha today.

    Shri Ananth Kumar further informed that number of suggestions have been received from the States regarding the tourism policy, which include –

 

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EXPORTS UP BY 24 PER CENT IN DOLLAR TERMS IN JANUARY

TRADE DEFICIT DECLINES

INDIA'S FOREIGN TRADE DATA: APRIL-JANUARY 2000-2001

    India’s exports during January 2001 are valued at US 3407.38 million ($ 3.4 billion) which is 24.01% higher than the level of US $ 2747.69 million in January, 2000. In rupee terms, the exports were Rs.15859.26 crore, which is 32.53% higher than the value of exports during January 2000. Exports during April-January 2000-2001 are valued at US $ 35656.91 million (i.e. $ 35.65 billion) which is 20.70 % higher than the level of US $ 29541.59 million (i.e. $ 29.54 billion) during April-January 1999-2000. In rupee terms, the exports were Rs.162334.29 crore, which is 26.93% higher than the value of exports during April-January 1999-2000.

    India’s imports during April-January 2000-2001 are valued at US $ 41891.35 million ($ 41.8 billion) representing a growth of 8.65% over the level of imports valued at US $ 38556.61 million in April-January 1999-2000. Oil imports during April-January 2000-2001 are valued at US $ 13658.58 million which is 74.77% higher than oil imports valued at US $ 7815.29 million in the corresponding period last year. Non-oil imports during April-January 2000-2001 are estimated at US $ 28232.77 million which is 8.16% lower than the level of such imports valued at US $ 30741.32 million in April-January 1999-2000. Imports during January 2001 are valued at US $ 3839.28 million which is 8.43% higher than the level of US $ 3540.95 million in January 2000. In rupee terms, the imports decreased by 15.88%.

    The trade deficit for April-January 2000-2001 is estimated at US $ 6234.44 million which is lower than the deficit at US $ 9015.02 million during April-January 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.

IMPORTS & EXPORTS -- TRADE DATA (PROVISIONAL)

FOR APRIL-JANUARY 2000-2001

(Unadjusted for late returns)

(US $ Million)

JANUARY

APRIL-JANUARY

EXPORTS

1999-2000*

2747.69

29541.59

2000-2001

3407.38

35656.91

% Growth 2000-01/

1999-2000

24.01

20.70

IMPORTS

1999-2000*

3540.95

38556.61

2000-2001

3839.28

41891.35

% Growth 2000-01/

1999-2000

8.43

8.65

TRADE BALANCE

1999-2000

-793.26

-9015.02

2000-2001

-431.90

-6234.44

(Unadjusted for late returns)

(Rs. Crore)

JANUARY

APRIL-JANUARY

EXPORTS

1999-2000*

11966.19

127892.06

2000-2001

15859.26

162334.29

% Growth 2000-01/1999-2000

32.53

26.93

IMPORTS

1999-2000*

15420.82

166934.57

2000-2001

17869.50

190533.55

% Growth 2000-01/

1999-2000

15.88

14.14

TRADE BALANCE

1999-2000

-3454.63

-39042.51

2000-2001

-2010.24

-28199.26

 

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THE OVERALL STORAGE POSITION OF 70 MAJOR RESERVOIRS OF THE COUNTRY IS BELOW AVERAGE

    The Central Water Commission (CWC) monitors storage position of 70 major and important reservoirs spread all over the country of which 26 reservoirs have significant hydro-power benefit with installed capacities of more than 60 MW. Out of these 70 reservoirs, there are presently only 42 reservoirs where this year’s storage capacity is less by 20% or more than the average of previous years. However, out of the 26 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 20% of the designed capacity and the present storage is 68% of the last year’s storage and 65% of the last 10 years storage during the same period. The overall storage position is below average by 53.37% as on 23.02.2001.

    The storage in Ukai is (21% of designed live storage), Sabarmati (3%), Kadana(7%), Shetrunji (3%), Bhadra (0%), Damangaga (50%) and Dantiwada (1%) in Gujarat; Mahi Bajaj Sagar (18%) and Jhakam (21%) and Rana Pratap Sagar (31%) in Rajashthan; Gandhi Sagar (0%), Tawa (5%), Bargi (27%) in Madhya Pradesh; Minimata Bango (38%) and Mahanadi (1%) in Chattisgarh; Hirakud (34%), Balimela (9%), Salandi (31%), Rengali (39%) and Upper Kolab (22%) in Orissa.

    Besides, the storage in Nagarjuna Sagar (22%), Sriram Sagar (14%) and Somasila (24%) in Andhra Pradesh; Tenughat (28%) and Tilaiya (6%) in Jharkhand; Gobind Sagar (20%) and Pong Dam (19%) in Himachal Pradesh; Krishna Sagar (44%), Tungabhadra (32%), Ghataprabha (23%), Malaprapha (3%), Harangi (16%) and Supa (47%) in Karnataka; Kallada (49%) and Idamalayar (48%) in Kerala; Jayakwadi (29%), Bhima (9%), Mula (33%), Yeldari (24%), Girna (10%) and Khadkwasla (20%) in Maharashtra; Lower Bhawani (10%), Aliyar (20%) and Sholayar (6%) in Tamil Nadu; Matatila (13%) in Uttar Pradesh and Mayurakshi (32%), Kangsabati (14%) in West Bengal are also very low.

    The basin wise storage position is better than the average of previous 10 years in Cauvery & neighbouring East Flowing Rivers and less than 20% of average of previous 10 years in Krishna and West Flowing rivers of South. The basin wise position is less by 20% or more than the average of the previous 10 years in the Mahi, Sabarmati, Indus, Rivers of Kutch, Ganga, Narmada, Mahanadi & 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.

 

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BUDGET PROVIDES THRUST TO AGRICULTURAL SECTOR REFORMS AND MANAGEMENT OF FOOD ECONOMY

    The infrastructural investment on Gram Sarak Yojna, Rural Electrification Works and National Highway Development Programme including promise of additional flow of credit to agriculture will provide a Thrust to production and development of
Agriculture Sector.

    The Finance Minister has stressed that provision of adequate flow is critical for agricultural production. The total level of agricultural credit is expected to increase to Rs. 64,000 crores in the year 2001-02, representing an increase of 24% over the level of current year. In order to step up investment in rural infrastructure, the Rural Infrastructure Development Fund corpus will be increased from Rs. 4,500 crores to

    Rs. 5,000 crores next year and the interest rate charged by NABARD will be reduced from 11.5% to 10.5%.

    Under the Kisan Credit Card Scheme 110 lakh cards have been issued so far. All eligible farmers are proposed to be covered under the Scheme within next 3 years. A personal insurance package would be extended to card holders covering them against risks to accidental death or permanent disability up to a limit of Rs. 50,000 and

    Rs. 25,000, respectively. Further, the promotion of Self Help Groups will be accelerated by NABARD to link one lakh additional groups in 2001-02, providing access to credit to additional 20 lakh families. Share croppers and tenant farmers will also become eligible for the Scheme and special attention will be given to SC/ST categories. A Micro Finance Development Fund has also been set up in NABARD with contribution of Rs. 40 crores each by NABARD and RBI. NABARD will be permitted to continue to issue Capital Gains Tax Exemption Bonds like last year.

    The resources from watershed development fund, set up with a corpus of Rs. 200 crores with NABARD, would be used to promote people’s participation for implementing irrigation schemes. The Credit Link Subsidy Scheme for construction of cold storages announced in 1999 have helped in creation of additional capacity of 9.69 lakh tons. A subsidy of Rs. 78 crores was given last year for setting up of these cold storages. The Scheme is now being extended to cover rural godowns and would considerably reduce the possibility of distress sale. Five years tax holiday has been provided as also 30% deduction of profits for next 5 years to those enterprises who are engaged in the integrated business of handling transportation and storage of foodgrains

    In order to promote extension services and strengthening the transfer of technology while providing self-employment opportunities to agricultural graduates in rural areas, the scheme for agri-clinics and agri-business centres will be launched with the support of NABARD.

    In order to maximise productivity and production in agriculture sector regionally differentiated strategies need to be adopted. The budget has made a provision of Rs. 61 crores for the scheme "On-Farm Water Management" for increasing crop production in Eastern India. Further a provision of Rs. 38 crores has been made for the "Technology Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture in the North Eastern States". The Scheme will play an important role in the overall development of the region and in generating employment.

    In order to provide increased protection to producers, the import duty on crude oil will be increased from the present rate of 35-55% to a uniform rate of 75%. On refined oil, import duty will be raised to 85% from the present level of 45-65%. Crude palm oil imported by vanaspati manufacturers will attract a duty of 55% against existing 25% only for sick industries. Others will pay 75%.

    A major boost has been given to the Food Processing Industry by exempting fruit and vegetables from Excise Duty. This will encourage value addition in the agriculture/horticulture sector. To rationalise the fertilizer subsidy, a phased programme of complete de-control of urea by the year 2006 has been announced. While maximum retail price arrangement will be continued, the unit specific retention price system will be modified and replaced by a group specific system.

    On management of food economy two important points have been made. FCI will procure foodgrains for maintaining food security reserves and State Govts. will be given financial assistance to enable them to procure and distribute foodgrains to BPL families at subsidised rates. A comprehensive review of the essential Commodities Act is also proposed with a view to removing restrictions on free inter-State movement of foodgrains and agriculture produce, and also storage and stocking of such commodities..

    The budget allotment for the year 2001-02 in the plan sector for agriculture and cooperation is 1970 crores, for Department of Agriculture Research & Education is Rs. 684 crores, for Animal Husbandry & Dairying is Rs. 300 crores and for food processing is Rs. 55 crores.

 

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Gujarat Earthquake

CONTRIBUTIONS TO PM’S RELIEF FUND CROSS 200 CRORE MARK

    The sentiment of sympathy for, and the resolve to stand united with the victims of the earthquake in Gujarat finds a forceful manifestation, as contributions to Prime Minister’s Relief Fund continue to pour in unabated. Till date, the total contributions to the PM’s Relief Fund have crossed the Rs. 200 crore mark, doubling itself within a fortnight. Just two weeks back, the contributions to the PM’s Relief Fund had crossed the Rs. 100 crore mark.

    The Prime Minister has been finding time from his busy schedule to receive cheques in certain cases. Shri Vajpayee had earlier appealed to the nation to contribute generously to the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund. Since then, people from all walks of life have been making contributions to the Relief Fund, including individuals and industries, prominent personalities, religious and political organisations, media organisations, prominent personalities, business houses, banking institutions, school children and government institution as well as public sector undertakings.

List of major contributors

Sl. No.

Particulars

Amount(In Rupees)

1 Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd

120000000.00

2 Government of USA

US$ 100000.00

3 NHPC Ladies Welfare Assn

200001.00

4 Smt. Malini Parthasarathy, Exec.Editor, THE HINDU

200000.00

5 Shri Mahendra Prasad, MP

100000.00

6 St. Mary’s School, New Delhi

100000.00

7 Exports & Imports Ltd, New Delhi

100000.00

8 Shri Aditya Dhoot

100000.00

9 Smt. Vidya Goyal

100000.00

10 Smt. Sangita Goyal/Usha Goyal

100000.00

11 ShriI.K. Gujral, former P.M.

50000.00

12 M/s. Sahara Airlines

3100000.00

13 M/s. Deeksha Holding Ltd

1100000.00

14 M/s. Jagaran Prakashan Ltd

100000.00

15 M/s. Sarvottam Caps Ltd

1100000.00

16 M/s. Flex Industries Ltd

1100000.00

17 M/s. Himachal Futuristic Commn.Ltd

2100000.00

18 Samajawadi Party

1100000.00

19 M/s. Sona Koyo Steering Systems Ltd

500000.00

20 M/s. Reliance Industries Ltd, Mumbai

25000000.00

21 M/s. Reliance Petroleum Ltd, Mumbai

25000000.00

22 Government of Bhutan

20000000.00

23 M/s. Ranbaxy Ltd

2000000.00

24 Ravi K. Sinha

100000.00

25 Reckitt Ben

500000.00

26 Ganeshji Mandir

1000000.00

27 Shri Vyas Ram Sood

100000.00

28 Shri Ashok Kumar Jain

100000.00

29 Shri prithvi Lal Singh

200000.00

30 VSNL

100000000.00

31 British Business Group

100001.00

32 M/s. Ranbaxy Labortories

2000000.00

33 M/s. Arvind Laboratories

500000.00

34 Jankidas Kapur Sec. Public School

121000.00

35 Shri Hrishikesh Mukherjee

100000.00

36 M/s. Banglore Sweaters Ltd, Chennai

100000.00

37 M/s. Madras Knitwear Ltd, Chenai

100000.00

38 M/s. Wellknit Apparels Ltd, Chennai

100000.00

39 Dravidar Khazhagam Trust, Chennai

100000.00

40 M/s. Chunnu International

100000.00

41 Shri Shanta Kumar, Minister for Consumder Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, New Delhi

25000.00

42 Shri Pramod Mahajan, Minister of Parliamentary Affairs & IT

25250.00

43 Smt & Shri P.K. Dave

10000.00

44 Shri V. Dhananjay Kumar, MOS for Textiles

4000.00

45 Premvati Raghubir Charitable Trust

100000.00

46 M/s. Vivek Financial Focus Ltd

100000.00

47 Shri Jyoti Sagar

100000.00

48 M/s. J.L. Morison Ltd

200000.00

49 Khadi & Village Industries Commission

2000000.00

50 M/s. Jaya Advertising Agency

100000.00

51 M/s. Jaisudan Medical Foundation, Mumbai

100000.00

52 M/s.Dalal Engg. Pvt. Ltd

100000.00

53 Shri Vaiko,MP

15500.00

54 Shri H. Kannappan, MOS(NCES)

25000.00

55 Shri Gingee Ramachandran, MOS(Finance)

25000.00

56 Dr. C. Krishnan,MP

15500.00

57 JG Hindu Vidyalaya Metric Hr. Sec.School, Chennai

600000.00

58 Governor, UP

500000.00

59 Employees of Railways

150000000.00

60 Ms. Mamata Banerjee, Minister of Railways

24000.00

61 M/s. Lucknow Builders Association, Lucknow

101000.00

62 Children of City Montessori School, Lucknow

100000.00

63 M/s. Khattri Perfumers(P) Ltd

1100000.00

64 Lucknow Development Authority

500000.00

65 Lucknow Nursing Homes Assn, Lucknow

51000.00

66 Delhi Race Club

500000.00

67 Grey Iron Foundry, Jabalpur

175000.00

68 Mount St, Mary’s School, Delhi Cantt

350000.00

69 Dawoodi Bohra Community,Mumbai

5000000.00

70 Indian Pharmaceutical Association

250000.00

71 Engg. Projects(I) Ltd, New Delhi

225000.00

72 Chief Justice & Judges of Supreme Court

240000.00

73 Officers and Staff of Supreme Court of India

323488.00

74 Shri K.C. Pant, Dy. Chairman, Planning Commission

10000.00

75 Shri R. Venkatraman, former President of India

25000.00

76 Sangat Sahatgawad, Delhi

100000.00

77 The people of Nepal

6244146.11

78 Corporation Bank

10000000.00

79 Shri G. Mallikarjunappa,MP

100000.00

80 Food Corporation of India Ltd

20000000.00

81 Staff of Central Warehousing Corporation

20000000.00

82 Staff of Bureau of Indian Standards

10000000.00

83 NCCF

200000.00

84 ShAH Karim Al-Hussaini Aga Khan

25000000.00

85 Shri Sri Taralabal Jagatguru

100000.00

86 Shri Irfan Khan

5000000.00

87 Som Dutt Group of Companies

3000000.00

88 Shri C.M. Oberoi

250000.00

89 Ms. Padma Narasimhan

100000.00

90 Employees of Canara Bank

123566.21

91 Armenian Holy Church of Nazreth

2500000.00

92 Employees of MTNL

14200000.00

93 TCIL

10000000.00

94 ITI Limited

10000000.00

95 HCI, Singapore

1053973.00

96 NLC Ltd

20000000.00

97 Container Corporation of India Ltd

10000000.00

98 Shri Ajay Nath Jha

100000.00

99 GNOIDA

100000.00

100 Panacea Biotec Ltd

2100000.00

101 Gandhi Seva Loka Association,Jakarta

908000.00

102 Shri N.R. Dongre

100000.00

103 Indian Social Centre

200000.00

104 M/s. EIH Ltd

2500000.00

105 DG IT(Inv)

185000.00

106 PSU Banks

123100000.00

107 Ordnance Equipment Factory, Kanpur

322777.00

108 Expatriate Community, Dubai

117333.00

109 Indian Ladies Assn, Dubai

200000.00

110 Shri Shabbir Shaikh Abbas

110000.00

111 Gulf Indian High School,Dubai

100000.00

112 Shri Mahesh Menda, Dubai

100000.00

113 Shri G.V. Eswar, Dubai

100000.00

114 IETE, New Delhi

100000.00

115 Government and People of Sikkim

5100000.00

116 M/s. First Comm. Brokerage, Dubai

100000.00

117 Trigon Gulf FZCo., Dubai

151697.00

118 M/s.Mangalam Arts, Jaipur

100000.00

119 Radha Soami Satsang Seas

10000000.00

120 Geap International, Dubai

151000.00

121 Indian Association, Sharjah

500000.00

122 Jindal Photo Films Ltd, New Delhi

1100000.00

123 Indian Association, Sharjah

475000.00

124 Dalai Lama

500000.00

125 Lily Das Malik

100000.00

126 Shri V.P. Singh, former PM

100000.00

127 Family food Centre, Doha

300000.00

128 Usha Amorphous Metals Limited

111148.00

129 CSL Securities Pvt. Ltd, New Delhi

1000000.00

130 M/s. Consortium Securites Limited

1000000.00

131 Employees of Vysya Bank Ltd, Bangalore

3500000.00

132 Eagle Flask Industries Ltd,Pune

1000000.00

133 State Bank of India

20000000.00

134 Dr. S. Ramadoss

200000.00

135 Hutchison Whampoa Ltd

5000000.00

136 Jagadguru Shri Kripaluji Maharaj

500000.00

137 Prime Minister of Helenic Republic of Greek

US $ 100000.00

138 M/s. Churchill India Pvt. Ltd

380500.00

139 IAF Contingent at Sierra Leone

101792.00

140 WAPCONS

186572.00

141 M/s. Swaralaya

100000.00

142 M/s. Easun Reyrolle Ltd

200000.00

143 Shiromani Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee

1100000.00

144 Association of Corporation & Apex societies of Handlooms

250000.00

145 Sundaram Finance Ltd & employees

4328469.00

146 Fiat Sundaram Auto Finance Ltd

500000.00

147 Wheels India Ltd – Staff

400000.00

148 Sundharams P. Ltd

500000.00

149 Madras Auto Service

500000.00

150 Wheels India Ltd

1000000.00

151 Lakshmi General Finance Ltd

1000000.00

152 Brakes India Ltd

2000000.00

153 Indian Motor Parts & Accessories Ltd

1000000.00

154 Government of Japan

US $ 700000.00

155 M/s.Centurion Bank

501001.00

156 20th Century Finance and Consultance

151000.00

157 TCFC Finance Ltd

201000.00

158 20th Century Holdings Pvt. Ltd

101000.00

159 MPLAD-Shri Santosh Gangwar

1000000.00

160 Shri Santosh Gangwar, MOS (Petroleum)

23110.00

161 Rau’s IAS Study Circle

100000.00

162 M/s. Haldiram Manufacturing Co

200000.00

163 M/s. Bhavani Shankar Chits (P) Ltd

100000.00

164 Saranathan College of Engg, Trichy

100000.00

165 Smt. Indira Gandhi College, Trichy

100000.00

166 National College, Trichy

100000.00

167 Mahatma Gandhi Centenary Vidyalaya

100000.00

168 Pondicherry Instt. Of Medical College

100000.00

169 M/s. GMMCO Ltd

1100000.00

170 M/s. National Engg. Industries Ltd

1000000.00

171 GMAC-TCFC Finance Ltd

101000.00

172 Tarapore Group of Companies

1000000.00

173 Hotel Aadithya

200000.00

174 Narbod Constn p. Ltd

200000.00

175 Dwarka Dass Goverdhan Dass Vaishnav College

500000.00

176 Soft Sol India Limited

100000.00

177 Bhai Gian Chand Mohan Singh Trust

100000.00

178 Shri S.N. Sadh Trust

500000.00

179 Ashok Vihar Welfare Society, Ltd

500000.00

180 MRSI

114500.00

181 ITPO

1000000.00

182 Staff of IIT, Mumbai

100000.00

183 TNCC Trust

500000.00

184 Deccan Herald

4000000.00

185 GAIL

50000000.00

186 EXSTMORP India P. Ltd

100000.00

187 Through MOS (Tourism)

1000000.00

188 Anand Educational & Charitable Trust

100000.00

189 Dr. C.P. Srivastava, KCMG, IAS (Rtd)

100000.00

190 Daewoo Motors India Ltd.

300000.00

191 Chairperson, Coffee Board, Bangalore

250000.00

192 M/s Kappa Electricals

100000.00

193 Steel Authority of India Ltd.

10000000.00

194 Steel Authority of India Ltd.

5600000.00

195 Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Ltd

4000000.00

196 National Mineral Development Corp.

2500000.00

197 Manganese Ore. (India) Ltd.

1000000.00

198 Manganese Ore. (India) Ltd.

1000000.00

199 Ferro Scrap Nigam Ltd.

1500000.00

200 Metal Scrap Trading Corpn. Ltd.

500000.00

201 Kudremukh Iron Ore. Company Ltd.

2500000.00

202 Hindustan Steelworks Construction Ltd.

150000.00

203 Mecon Ltd.

500000.00

204 Bharat Refractories Ltd.

401000.00

205 Indian Institute of Metals

100000.00

206 M/s Siddhartha Polymers Ltd.

100000.00

207 M/s Hi-Magnetics Ltd.

100000.00

208 SAIL

5749410.00

209 Mr. N.K. Raghunathan

1000000.00

210 M/s EHPT India Private Ltd.

151550.00

211 India Based Members of Embassy of India, Beijing

113096.43

212 People of Republic of Maldives, Male

1150000.00

213 Staff of Vietnamese Instts., C/o Embassy of India, Hanoi

179121.00

214 M/s Helm India Pvt.Ltd., Mumbai

220000.00

215 Employees of Ord. Factory, Jawaharnagar, Maha.

813666.00

216 P.Venkatesan, C-DOT, Pusa, New Delhi

507646.00

217 IAL Shipping Agencies(Mumbai) P. Ltd., New Delhi

115991.00

218 H H The Dalai Lama, Lajpat Nagar

300000.00

219 Punjab National Bank, New Delhi

20000000.00

220 Bank of India, Mumbai

15000000.00

221 Central Bank of India, Mumbai

15000000.00

222 Oriental Bank of Commerce, New Delhi

10000000.00

223 Andhra Bank, Hyderabad

10000000.00

224 Bank of Baroda, Mumbai

10000000.00

225 Union Bank of India, Mumbai

10000000.00

226 Dena Bank, Cuffe Parade, Mumbai

5100000.00

227 Bank of Maharashtra, Pune

5000000.00

228 Punjab & Sind Bank, New Delhi

5000000.00

229 Workmen, Staff & Officers, High Explosives Factory, Pune

217158.00

230 Indian Overseas Bank, Chennai

5000000.00

231 Vijaya Bank, Bangalore

5000000.00

232 Syndicate Bank, Manipal

5000000.00

233 Allahabad Bank

2500000.00

234 UCO Bank, Kolkata

500000.00

235 Staff, Power Finance Corp., New Delhi

105676.00

236 Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Houncil,Darjeeling

1000000.00

237 Vikram Rathi, BLB Ltd., New Delhi

175000.00

238 Marubeni Corp. Banjara Hills, Hyderabad

200000.00

239 Krishak Bharat Coop. Ltd.

5000000.00

240 Krishak Bharati Coop. Ltd.

5000000.00

241 National Fertilisers Ltd.

5000000.00

242 Madras Fertilizers Ltd. Channai

600000.00

243 Madras Fertilizers Ltd. Channai

600000.00

244 Rashtriya Chemicals & Fertilizers Ltd. R-

Trombay

2500000.00

245 FACT, Kerala

2000000.00

246 Staff of National Fertilizers Ltd.

2500000.00

247 Staff of RashtriyaChemicals & Fert.

2500000.00

248 Paradeep Phosphates Ltd.

600000.00

249 Sh. Murli Manohar Joshi, Minister of HRD, New Delhi

25000.00

250 Individuals & Org. in Japan, Tokyo

2151566.00

251 Dr. Lal Pathlabs Pvt. Ltd.

200000.00

252 M/s Dabhol Power Company

500000.00

253 Jindal Drilling & Industries Ltd.

200000.00

254 M/s Vijay Lakshmi Transport Co.

100001.00

255 Members of National Hydroelectric Power

10000000.00

256 Members of Rural Electrification Cor.

300000.00

257 Mr. J. N. Kakkar

100000.00

258 Lord Swaraj Paul

770000.00

259 M/s Span Consultants Pvt. Ltd.

100000.00

260 Staff of Span Consultants Pvt. Ltd.

128662.00

261 Mr. Narayanan

100000.00

262 Taxation Bar Association

100000.00

263 Employees of Infogain India P. Ltd.

1100000.00

264 M/s Purana Dharamkarta Sarafa C. Tst

125000.00

265 M/s Delhi Electricals Traders Asso.

100000.00

266 M/s Main Gandhi Mkt. Traders Asso

100000.00

267 M/s Whole Sale Shoes Mkt. Ass.

100000.00

268 M/s Manohar Lal Kumar

100000.00

269 M/s Bharti Televentures Ltd.

2365000.00

270 Bharti Teletech Ltd.

290000.00

271 Bharti Telesoft Ltd.

220000.00

272 Janpath Yuva Udyog Vyapar Mandal

140000.00

273 Mr. Jaison Chacko, GM, All Balabh Trading & Contracting Co.

104168.00

274 Employees of TTK-LTG Limited

500000.00

275 Staff of Alfarden Group of Companies

100000.00

276 Delhi Electric Traders Asso.

130699.00

277 Staff of Globel Readymade Garments

200000.00

278 Staff of Qatar National Cement Co.

100000.00

279 Members of Indian Women’s Asso.,Doha

100000.00

280 GM, Ordnance Factory

300000.00

281 Mgt. & Staff of SATCO International Trading & Contracting Co., Doha

100000.00

282 Mr. Mohammad Khan

100000.00

283 Officers, Staff & Employees of Ordnance Factory, Katni

443078.00

284 RITES, New Delhi

5000000.00

285 M/s Shreyans Industries Ltd.

100000.00

286 S.D.M., Balachur

100000.00

287 Indian Culture Centre, Doha

100000.00

288 Mr. K.M. Kader, The Babby Shop, Doha

100000.00

289 Indian & Other employees of QAPCO

100000.00

290 Indian & Other employees of QAPCO

100000.00

291 Employees of Qaatar Gas RAS, GAS Members of Bharathi,

644905.00

292 Management & Staff of Qatar Design Consortium, Doha

100000.00

293 M/s Ajay Plastics Industries

100000.00

294 Delhi Yarn Merchants Charitable Trust

151000.00

295 Members of Gujarat Samaj, Doha

451111.00

296 Members of Music Lovers Group, Doha

100000.00

297 Best Western Dubai Grand Hotel

150000.00

298 Through Money Orders

148885.00

299 Students & Staff of Managing Committee of Ideal Indian School, Doha

800000.00

300 Employees of Central Institute of Plastics Engineering & technology, New Delhi

150000.00

301 Standard Chartered Grindlays Group

5100000.00

302 Staff of MMTC, Neelachal Ispat Nigam & Konark Metcoke L.

5000000.00

303 United School Orgn. Of India

100000.00

304 Staff of N.C. Jindal Public School

150000.00

305 Mr. Neville J. Raoch, Chairman Australia India Business Council

112500.00

306 M/s National Textile Cor. Ltd.

135000.00

307 Indian Women’s Association, Moscow

100000.00

308 Mr. George N. Harilela

100000.00

309 Embassy of the People’s Republic of China

200000.00

310 Wilbur Ellis Co.

225000.00

311 Connell Bros. Company Ltd., USA

225000.00

312 M/s George Williamson (Assam) Ltd.

1000000.00

313 M/s Singapore Airlines

10000000.00

314 M/s Ispat Karmet, Temirtau, Kazakhstan

279647.00

315 Staff of IKOS India P. Ltd.

131500.00

316 Mr. J. Laliotis

225000.00

317 Mr. Gargi Jain

712944.00

318 Through Money Orders

127909.00

319 Mr. Ravi Chandra

200000.00

320 Tech Semi Conductor Pvt Ltd. Employees

171883.00

321 High Commission of India, Singapore

130500.00

322 Reserve Bank of India Employees

4697403.00

323 Members of High Commission of India

333899.00

324 Shri Sanjeev Garg

100000.00

325 Oman Oil Company

125000.00

326 Sh. Azad Virji

139082.06

327 People Republic of China in India

549149.00

328 M/s Fujitsu General (Asia) Ptd. Ltd.

450000.00

329 Through Money Orders

187264.00

330 Pankaja Art & Credit Pvt. Ltd.

500001.00

331 Sh. Amitabh Bachchan

1100001.00

332 State Bank of India Employees

200000.00

333 Sh. Suresh Neotia, Chairman, Gujarat Ambuja Cement Ltd.

3100000.00

334 Shri Suresh Neotia

500000.00

335 Shri Mahender Nahata/Vinay Maloo

500000.00

336 Shri Ajay Devgan

1100000.00

337 Shri Boney Kapoor & Mrs. Sri Devi

500000.00

338 Shri Ravi Machhar

325000.00

339 Shri Sushil Gupta

800000.00

340 M/s Goyal Traders

100000.00

341 M/s Arya Shipbreaking Co. Ltd.

100000.00

342 Shri Ketan Prakash

2100000.00

343 Engineers India Limited

2000000.00

344 Shri Rajan Nanda

1500000.00

345 Shri Jhamu Sugandh

1100000.00

346 Shri Anup Mehta

251000.00

347 Shri Shekhar J. Mehta

251000.00

348 Shri Deepak Talwar

500000.00

349 Shri Anil Rai

146760.00

350 M/s Usha (India) Ltd.

171000.00

351 Mr Mohammed Zahoor Baig

100000.00

352 M/s Koshika Telecome Ltd.

212396.00

353 M/s M/s Information Technololgies Ltd.

208000.00

354 M/s Usha Ispat Ltd.

117097.00

355 Shri Ashutosh Garg

100000.00

356 Shri U.S. Bhartia

500000.00

357 Officers & staff of C.S.M.R.S.

119109.00

358 Shri U.S. Bhartia

200000.00

359 Shri U.S. Bhartia, India Glycols Ltd.

200000.00

360 Shri U.K. Upadhyay

500000.00

361 Ms. Vandana Luthra

500000.00

362 Shri Sirajuddin Qureshi

500000.00

363 Vivek Nagpal

1100000.00

364 Shri Sandeep Jajodia

500000.00

365 Shri Ashok Dhanoka

100000.00

366 Shri Atul Mehrotra

200000.00

367 Shri Mulchand Malu

500000.00

368 Shri Sahid Qureshi

100000.00

369 Officers & Staff of Delhi Metro Rail

363915.00

370 Shri Raj Chopra

100000.00

371 Shri Deepak Kothari

1100000.00

372 Shri Saurabh Srivastava

500000.00

373 M/s Sarvottam Caps Limited

1500000.00

374 M/s Exide Industries Limited

1000000.00

374 M/s Aremis Soft Corporation

4620000.00

375 Manshanti New Way Ashram

500000.00

376 M/c CMC Limited

3707090.00

377 Arcop Associates Private Ltd.

100000.00

378 Shri Ratnamuni Jain Giurls Inter College, Agra

100000.00

379 Solas Marine Services Co. LLC

250000.00

380 Workers, staff & Officers of Ammunition Factory, Pune

200000.00

381 Workers, staff & Officers of Ammunition Factory, Pune

800000.00

382 M/s Goan Cultural Society

100000.00

383 M/s Gestetner (India) Ltd.

500000.00

384 Employees of Petrofac International

300000.00

385 Employees & Management of Sri Ram Naik

250000.00

386 M/s Engineers India Limited

2000000.00

387 Employees of Jagdale Industries Ltd.

124700.00

388 Shri K.B. Madhavan

501001.00

389 Oil & Natural Gas Corpn. Ltd.

75000000.00

390 M/s Kochi Refineries Ltd.

20000000.00

391 DAV College Managing Committee

1000000.00

392 M/s IBP Company Limited

10000000.00

393 Indian Oil Corpn. Ltd.

75000000.00

394 Chennai Petroleum Corpn Ltd.

20000000.00

395 Shri S.N. Kaul

100000.00

396 Employees of NAD AL Sheba Pvt. Club

101183.00

397 Bharat Petroleum Corpn. Ltd.

7500000.00

398 Numaligarh Refinery Ltd.

100000.00

399 Bongaigaon Refinery & Petrochemicals

822646.00

400 Bharat Petroleum Corpn. Ltd.

50000000.00

401 Central Haj Committee

200000.00

402 Gori Shankar Amarnath Yatra Seva

111000.00

403 Oil India Limited

10000000.00

404 National Stock Exchange of India Ltd.

10000000.00

405 Mr. Ralph Rau

115580.00

406 Oil India Limited

20000000.00

407 Hindustan Petroleum Corpn. Ltd.

50000000.00

408 Mr. K. P. Harinath

200000.00

409 Employees & Management of ORCHID

1000000.00

410 Employees of Finolex Industries Ltd.

140592.00

411 Petrol Emirates Contracting Co.

240000.00

412 Mr. N.K. Varma

100000.00

413 Mr. M. Ziaudeen

100000.00

414 All India LPG Distributors Federation

250000.00

415 M/s L.T.C. Limited

50000000.00

416 Abdul S. Jamal

200000.00

417 Sh. Moh’d Al Sadek

130000.00

418 Sh. K. Ranganathan

125000.00

419 Government of Thailand

US $ 50000

420 Employees of Vam Organics Ltd

507009

421 M/s. Winter Shoe Company

1000000

422 M/s. Park Exports

150000

423 M/s. Hewlett-Packard Company

5400000

424 M/s. Harvek Trading Co LLC

100000

425 Express Printing Services, Dubai

100000

426 All India LPG Dist. Federation

250000

427 M/s. I.T.C. Ltd

50000000

428 M/s. Precision Tech, Dubai

200000

429 Al Sadek Indu. & Trading Co., Sharjah

130000

430 Employees of American Express Bank Ltd

156790

431 NRIS/Genl. Public, C/o High Comm. Of India, Singapore

6117592

432 Rasu ThevanRavichandran, C/0 High Comm. Of India, Singapore

220742

433 M/s Sony Electronics, C/o High Comm. Of India, Singapore

168188.98

434 M.Ramanathan, C/o High Comm. Of India, Singapore

157433

444 M/s Punjabi Bagh Coop. Hsg. Society, ND

751000

445 M/s Super Katha Indu., Daulatpur,Delhi

100000

446 M/s Sita Ram Sunil Kumar, Khari Baoil, Delhi

100000

447 M/s Plastik Traders Asson., Mansarover Garden,Delhi

101000

448 M/s Lokesh Garments, Shahadra, Delhi

100000

449 M/s India Exports House., Sector-8, NOIDA, UP

100000

450 M/s Soul, Hauz Khas Village, ND

100000

451 Ms/ Prakash Textiles, OKHLA Phase-II, ND

100000

452 M/s VM Exports, Punjabi Bagh, ND

100000

453 M/s Texports Indu. Ltd., Andheri, Mumbai

100000

454 Madalal Manchanda, Kirti Nagar, ND

100000

455 Swaran Singh, Rajori Garden, ND

100000

456 M/s Rissho-Kosai-Ki,Tokyo, Japan

US $ 30000

457 B.P.Amoco Sharjah Oil Col, C/o CHI\\JI, Dubai

129114

458 Col. S.K. Sharam, Delhi Golf Club, New Delhi

430000

459 Employees of DUTCO, Dubai

100000

460 Employes of M/s Union Cement, Ras Al Khaima, UAE

138657

461 Employees of M/s Golf Cobla LLC, Dubai

177110

462 Mayapuri Iron Merchant Welfare Assoc., New Delhi

220000

463 Superlon Hosiery Indu., Lower Parel West, Bombay

200000

464 CR Jain, GM, ordance Factory, Yedumailgram, Medak

292377

465 Jat Samaj, Santacruz East, Mumbai

100000

466 Ramlinga Mills Ltd., Aruppukottai

100000

467 Dharam Chand Ladha Mal, Khari Baoli, Delhi

100000

468 Brig. R.D. Dhawan, Kotla Mubarakpur, New Delhi

200000

469 M/s UP Twiga Fiberglass, East of Kailash, New Delhi

153214

470 K. Venugopal, Dubai Express, Dubai

112464

471 Zambia India Friendship Assoc., Lusaka

146967.50

472 M/s Hrg Ltd., NOIDA-01

200000

473 Ahmed M. Pandor, CGI, Durban

118343

474 M/s Ansal Properties & Indu., KG Marg, New Delhi

100000

475 M/s Khaleej Ceramics, Dubai

104279

476 M/s MCT Group, Dubai

233484

477 TIPS Indus. Ltd., Andheri, Mumbai

1155105

478 N.K. Nageeve & Employees, Sharjah, UAE

169862

479 Hunt & Hunt Lawyers, C/o High Comm. Of India, Canberra

107905

480 Albert F Peters, Dubai

124008

481 Surma Valley Branch Indian Tea Assoc.

100000

482 Nathumal Kundnmal Sshada Trdg. Co., Dubai

101000

483 Officers and Staff of Ord. Factory, Dehradun

273160

484 Embassy of India, Tokyo

463734

485 Abdulhusain Bhaisaheb, Sharjaj

100000

486 Staff of Al Reyami Group, Dubai

300000

487 Magdy Kamal, Jabel Ali, Duabi

100000

488 Employes of M/s Khansahab Civil Engg., Dubai

290300

489 Rosy M. Shroff, Ruttonjee Estate Cononution, Hongkong

290401

490 Leo TH Lee, Tung Tai Finance Ltd., Hong Kong

279600

491 Noodin A.Ebrahim, North Point, Hong Kong

589970

492 Virdnra Anand, Tea Assoc. of Round Table

179641

493 Karim Boukarim, Gi;f Eternit Indu., Dubai

631791

494 Employes of M/s Gulf Eternit Indu, Dubai

201953

495 Moti M. Kipalani

126750

496 H.S. Rutton, Hong Kong

130539

497 S.R. Essey, Duabi

1250000

498 Shamrao Vitahl Coop Bank, C/o Indian Bankers Assoc.,ND

500000

499 Ram Buxani, Dubai

6408130

500 Mrs. Malathi Das, Indian School, Ajman, UAE

200000

501 Ashok Kriplani, Young Executive Group, Hong Kong

100000

502 Export Import Bank of India, Con. Circus, New Delhi

1000000

503 Indu. Devel. Bank of India, New Delhi

1000000

504 Ms. Eurasia International, Hong Kong

853671

505 Employee of Dubai Cable Co., Dubai

205175

506 Employees & Management,M/s Fire Protection Equipment, Dubai

100000

Total amount received till 26.2.2001

Rs.200.00 Crores

 

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RAJYA SABHA

BPL AND APL FAMILIES

    Based on the recommendations of the Expert Group on Estimation of Proportion and Number of Poor (Lakdawala Committee) the Government has applied state-specific poverty estimates in order to identify the poor i.e., persons living below the poverty line (BPL). The State-wise poverty estimates have been worked out by the Planning Commission from the national level poverty lines, using state-specific price indices and inter-state price differentials. The national poverty lines are expressed as monthly per capita consumption expenditure of Rs. 49.09 in rural areas and Rs. 56.64 in urban areas at 1973-74 prices corresponding to a basket of goods and services anchored on a norm of per capita daily calorie requirement of 2400 kcal in rural areas and 2100 kcal in urban areas.

    With a view to restructuring of Public Distribution System (PDS) for levy sugar, the Government has decided that w.e.f. February 1, 2001, levy sugar supply under PDS will be restricted to only BPL families except in case of North-Eastern States, Hilly States and Island Territories. The Government has also decided to allocate sugar under PDS on the basis of projected population as on March 1, 2000 and the per capita norm for allocation of sugar has also been enhanced from 425 gms. to 500 gms. per month.

    This information was given in Rajay Sabha today by the Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Shri Sriram Chauhan, in a written reply.

 

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RAJYA SABHA

DISTRIBUTION OF FOODGRAINS UNDER PDS

    Public Distribution System is implemented under the joint responsibility of the Central and State Governments/UT Administrations. The Central Government is responsible for procurement, storage and transportation of the PDS commodities up to the designated central godowns and making them available to the States. The responsibility for identification of the families living below the poverty line, issue of ration cards for distribution of essential commodities under the PDS to the consumers through the fair price shops in a transparent and accountable manner rests with the State Government.

    The State Governments have been requested to closely monitor the Public Distribution System at the Fair Price Shops (FPS) and other levels and to make foolproof arrangement for distribution of PDS commodities. They have been requested to actively involve the Panchayati Raj Institutions in monitoring and supervising the work of the FPS owners as a measure of social audit to check diversion of essential commodities distributed under the PDS. They have also been asked to eliminate bogus ration cards and initiate action against erring FPS owners under section 3 of the Essential Commodities Act 1955.

    This information was given in Rajay Sabha today by the Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Shri Sriram Chauhan, in a written reply.

 

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SMT. SWARAJ CONDOLES THE DEATH OF SHRI SIVARAMAN

    The Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Smt. Sushma Swaraj has condoled the death of veteran journalist and former editor of Tamil daily Dina Mani, Shri A.N. Sivaraman. In her condolence message the Minister said that Shri Sivaraman’s death is a great loss for the media world. She said that Shri Sivaraman, a freedom fighter always fought for the freedom of press and was a father figure of Tamil journalism.

 

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RAJYA SABHA

AGREEMENT FOR FOUR LANING OF NATIONAL HIGHWAY

    National Highways Authority of India have signed on 19.12.2000 a Memorandum of Agreement with a Malaysian Consortium headed by Malaysian Construction Industry Development Board for development of Tada-Nellore Section of National Highway-5 I a length of 110.8 km. and Ibrahimpatnam-Nandigama Section of National Highway-9 in a length of 35 Km. to 4-lane standards on Build Operate and Transfer basis.

    This information was given by Major General (Retd) B.C. Khanduri, Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways (Independent Charge) in the Rajya Sabha today in a written reply to a question by Smt. Vanga Geetha.

 

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LOK SABHA

DEVELOPMENT OF NATIONAL HIGHWAY-54

    The development and maintenance of newly declared National Highway No. 54 in Assam has been taken up. The funds for construction/repair/maintenance are allotted State-wise and not NH-wise. For the State of Assam, funds to the tune of Rs. 58.00 crore for development works and Rs. 26.93 crore for repair and maintenance have been allotted during 2000-2001. Two estimates amounting to Rs. 541.23 lakhs for improvement of riding quality in respect of NH-54 have been sanctioned.

    This information was given by Major General (Retd), B.C. Khanduri, Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways (Independent Charge) in the Rajya Sabha today in a written reply to a question by Shri Iqbal Ahmed Saradgi.

 

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RAJYA SABHA

INVOLVEMENT OF PRIVATE SECTOR IN ROAD SECTOR

    National Highway Act, 1956 has already been suitably amended to enable private sector participation in National Highway projects and a number of other incentives in the for of tax concessions, duty free import of specified equipments, Capital Grant, permitting Foreign Direct Investment and External Commercial borrowings etc. have been given.

    There has been no FDI in National Highways so far. However, a project of four-laning of Tada-Nellore section of NH-5 and Ibrahimpatnam-Nandigama section of NH-9 is to be executed on BOT basis under the Memorandum of Understanding signed between India and Malasia. The total project cost is Rs. 760 crore with a capital grant of Rs. 167.50 crore. A part of this project cost is likely to be met from FDI.

    This information was given by Major General (Retd), B.C. Khanduri, Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways (Independent Charge) in the Rajya Sabha today in a written reply to a question by Shri Suresh Pachouri.

 

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LOK SABHA

USE OF LPG IN CARS

    Shri Ram Naik, Minister for Petroleum & Natural Gas informed the Lok Sabha in a written reply today that the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 has been amended in August, 2000 to permit the use of LPG as an automotive fuel. The draft Central Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Rules have been published on 12th February, 2001 inviting objections and suggestions from the public within 30 days. In addition, LPG (Regulation of Use in Motor Vehicles) order is under finalisation. Till these processes are completed, use of LPG as an automotive fuel remains prohibited.

    The Minister further informed the House that a public notice was issued by the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi on 13the January, 2001 cautioning the public against the unauthorised use of LPG as an alternate fuel in motor vehicles and asking them to abstain from retrofitment of LPG kit cylinders in their vehicles till LPG is approved for use as an automotive fuel. In view of this there is no contradiction in the Government's policy, he told.

 

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LOK SABHA

DEPENDENCE ON OIL PETROLEUM PRODUCTS

    Shri Ram Naik, Minister for Petroleum & Natural Gas informed the Lok Sabha in a written reply today that the quantum of imports of crude oil and petroleum products of a country depends on the level of its economic development as reflected in the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and the indigenous availability of the products. In developed countries, the per capita consumption levels are high, compared to India. The demand for petroleum products in India is growing at annual rate of 6-7%.

    The Government is fully aware of the need for conservation of oil and petroleum products. Mass awareness campaigns such as the Oil Conservation Fortnight are conducted throughout the country to encourage saving of oil by curbing wasteful use. The Government has further also intensified domestic exploration efforts under the New Exploration Licensing Policy (NELP). Enhanced oil recovery/improved oil recovery schemes have been implemented in several oil fields. Efforts to explore new areas such as deep-water and difficult frontiers as well as deeper layers of producing fields have been initiated. Speeding up development of newly discovered fields and use of new technologies for seismic survey, work-over and stimulation operations, acquiring acreage abroad through equity participation are other steps taken by the Government to reduce dependence on imports.

    Three pilot projects for blending of ethanol with motor spirit have been approved for implementation to study the operational, logistic and environmental aspects of such blending and obtain consumer feedback.

    Shri Naik added that the Government has also focussed on development of alternative indigenous sources, by initiating action to harness non-conventional sources of energy such as Coal Bed Methane, Gas Hydrates. The renewable energy sources such as Wind Power, small Hydro Projects, Bio-mass, Solar Energy and Urban & Industrial Waste, Bio-diesel, Di-Methyl Ether and Fuel cells are identified potential alternative fuels.

 

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PROGRAMME FOR DEVELOPMENT OF 500 MODEL VILLAGES AND 500 MODEL BASTIS ON THE ANVIL

    A major programme for the development of 500 Model villages and 500 Model Bastis over a period of five years is being launched. This was announced by the Rural Development Minister Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu in a meeting with the Minister of Culture and Tourism here today. Objectives of this programme is to adopt villages and bastis as Model villages and model Bastis for demonstration of integrated inputs for sustainable development of human settlements.

    Shri Naidu highlighted that these Model villages/Model Bastis will have the provision of adequate housing, basic amenities like water supply, approach road, drainage, sanitation, primary health centres, primary schools and community centres. Shri Naidu said that it will incorporate environment friendly, energy efficient, cost effective and affordable systems in the various settlement components. Shri Naidu further said approach to model village will be convergence of already ongoing schemes. This will include Pradhan Mantri Gramodaya Yojana (Gramin Awaas) for housing, Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana for rural connectivity, Rajiv Gandhi National Drinking Water Mission for water supply, Jawahar Gram Samridhi Yojana for rural infrastructure, Innovative Stream for Rural Housing and Habitat Development for innovative technology adoption and dissemination, KVIC for smokeless Chulhas and Bio-gas initiatives, MNES for Solar Photovoltaic/electrification requirements, Scheme for Rural Building Centres for technology dissemination, Samagra Awass Yojana for infrastructure and community facilities and Operation Blackboard for literacy improvement. The village to be a nodal centre and having the potential to act as a centre for providing services to many feeder villages in its vicinity, he further added.

    Shri Ananth Kumar, Union Minister of Culture and Tourism suggested that process of selection of villages has to be worked out. Shri Naidu pointed out that employment generation component has to be incorporated in this programme. Secretary, Rural Development, Shri Arun Bhatnagar, Secretary, Urban Development, Shri K. Kosal Ram, Secretary, Culture Dr. R. V. V. Ayyar and Chairman, HUDCO were also present in the meeting.

 

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RAJYA SABHA

EDIBLE OILS AND PULSES

    The Planning Commission has fixed a production target of 300.00 lakh tonnes for oilseeds and 165.00 lakh tonnes for pulses by the end of Ninth Five Year Plan i.e. 2001-02. In order to achieve these targets, two Centrally Sponsored Schemes namely, Oilseeds Production Programme (OPP) and National Pulses Development Project (NPDP) are being implemented in various States/Uts for increasing the production of these crops and to make the country self-sufficient.

    Under both these schemes financial assistance is provided for various inputs like production and distribution of seed, distribution of seed minikits, distribution of improved farm implements, sprinkler sets, rhizobium culture/PSB and micro nutrients. In order to disseminate the production technology amongst farmers, frontline demonstrations are organized by the ICAR. Besides, block and integrated pest management demonstrations are also organized through State Department of Agriculture.

    A new component of crash Programme for production of quality seeds of Groundnut, Soybean, Gram, Arhar, Moong, Urad and Moth has also been introduced during Ninth Plan under the schemes of OPP & NPDP from 2000-2001. In order to meet the contingent demand of seed during natural calamities, a seed bank scheme has also been introduced during the Ninth Plan.

    Presently Edible oils & pulses are being imported to meet the gap between demand and supply as production of these commodities is not sufficient to meet the requirements.

    This was stated by Union Agriculture Minister Shri Nitish Kumar today in Rajya Sabha in a written reply to question raised by M.Ps., Shri Raj Mohinder Singh and Shri Ram Jethmalani.

 

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LOK SABHA

REDUCTION IN SALES TAX ON PETROL AND DIESEL

    Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar, Minister of State for Petroleum & Natural Gas informed the Lok Sabha in a written reply today that the Union Minster for Petroleum and Natural Gas has appealed to the Chief Ministers of all the States to consider a pro rata reduction in sales tax on petroleum products so as to neutralise the impact of ad valorem sales tax on the revised prices of petroleum products effective 30.9.2000. The Government of Goa has reduced the sales tax on petrol and diesel by 3% effective 15.11.2000. Some of the State Governments viz. Maharashtra, Kartnataka, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh have expressed that lowering of sales tax rates is not desirable.

 

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CBDT ISSUES NOTIFICATION FOR INSERTION OF TWO NEW RULES 7A AND 7B IN THE IT RULES, 1962

    Income earned through manufacture and sale of plantation crops has both agricultural and non-agricultural component. No Central tax is levied on the agricultural income as the Constitution empowers only the States to tax income from Agriculture, and the Centre is empowered to tax income other than Agriculture. In the case of tea, Rule 8 of Income Tax Rules prescribes that forty per cent of income derived from the sale of tea grown and manufactured by the seller will be considered as if it were income derived from business. On similar lines, two new rules 7A and 7B have been inserted with reference to rubber and coffee. The new rule 7A prescribes that 35% of income derived from sale of centrifuged latex or cenex manufactured from rubber plants grown by the seller will be considered as if it were income derived from business. The new rule 7B prescribes that 40% of income derived from sale of coffee grown and manufactured by the seller, with or without mixing of chicory or other flavouring ingredients, will be considered as if it were income derived from business. The amendment will come into force on the 1st day of April 2002 and thus apply to assessment year 2002-2003 and subsequent years.

 

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UPGRADE PERFORMANCE FURTHER –DR. JOSHI TELLS KENDRIYA VIDYALAYA SANGATHAN

    The Minister for Human Resource Development, Dr. Murli Manohar Joshi, has urged the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan to further improve its performance. It will have to workout a plan to upgrade further the standard and quality of education of the Central Schools. Dr. Joshi was addressing the 69th Meeting of the Board of Governors of Kendriay Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS), here today. Some Central Schools have been doing much better than even public schools.

    Dr. Joshi was very keen on knowing the problems encountered by the KVS in building and opening new schools in various other parts of the country. He directed the Sangathan to speed up action in this regard and ensure that the schools are opened as scheduled.

    Matters relating to admission of children of employees of the Ministry of External Affairs, assured career progression scheme for the non-teaching staff of KVS and a new curriculum combining yoga and physical education also came up for discussion. Issues relating to the damage caused to the Kendriya Vidyalayas in the quake-hit Gujarat was considered. Arranging special classes for children, language option for IX and X class students was also discussed.

 

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LOK SABHA

PROTECTION TO GARMENT INDUSTRY

    National Textile Policy, 2000 does not make a mention of opening of textile industry to multinational companies. However, the garment sector has been de-reserved on the recommendations of Advisory Committee on Reservation and it is hoped that this decision would encourage investment from both domestic and outside sources. It is expected that it will not adversely affect the SSI units.

    This information was given by the Minister of State for Textiles, Shri V.Dhananjay Kumar in a written reply to a question by Shri Pawan Kumar Bansal in the Lok Sabha today.

 

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PORTAL ON INDIAN HANDICRAFTS TO BE LAUNCHED

    A portal containing comprehensive information on different crafts, artisans and related organizations will be launched by Shri Pramod Mahajan, Minister of Information Technology and Parliamentary Affairs tomorrow. The Office of the Development Commissioner Handicrafts has developed a GIS based portal on Indian Handicrafts named indianhandicrafts.org.in

    The services of professionals of Indian Institute of technology Delhi had been requisitioned for designing and developing this portal. Announcing this at a press preview here today, Ms Tinoo Joshi, Development Commissioner for Handicrafts has stated that the portal will meet the requirements of the Indian Handicrafts Industry.

 

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LOK SABHA

HANDICRAFTS EXPORTING UNITS

    The number of registered handicrafts units (including hand knotted carpet) in the country exporting handicrafts and carpet including the State of Madhya Pradesh, State-wise, is as under: -

S.No. Name of the State

Number of Units

1 Andhra Pradesh 74
2 Bihar 11
3 Delhi 3196
4 Goa 5
5 Gujarat 110
6 Haryana 209
7 Himachal Pradesh 8
8 J & K 96
9 Karnataka 151
10 Kerala 60
11 Madhya Pradesh 21
12 Maharashtra 616
13 Mizoram 1
14 Orissa 11
15 Punjab 156
16 Rajasthan 830
17 Tamil Nadu 303
18 Uttar Pradesh 2931
19 West Bengal 198
20 Pondicherry 4
Total 8991

    The steps taken to boost the export of Indian Handicrafts include: organization of buyer-seller's meet; overseas publicity; organization of workshops on design development; participation in various international fairs; sponsoring of sales-cum-study teams abroad and organization of Indian Handicrafts and Gifts fairs (Autumn and Spring) and Indian Carpet Expo by Export Promotion council for Handicrafts and Carpet Export Promotion Council respectively annually at New Delhi.

    This Information was given by the Minister of State for Textiles, Shri V.Dhananjay Kumar in a written reply to Shri Ramanand Singh in the Lok Sabha today.

 

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LOK SABHA

WEAVERS AFFECTED BY EARTHQUAKE IN JABALPUR

    In 1997-98 Central Assistance of Rs. 200.00 Lakhs was provided to the earthquake affected handloom weavers of Jabalpur area of Madhya Pradesh for construction, as per guidelines, of 1000 new Urban Workshed-cum-Houses under the Scheme. However, despite passage of more than three years, the State Government has not been able to utilize the funds, since no suitable land was identified for the construction of these units. The Central Govt. has now requested the State govt. to refund the funds sanctioned to them for the purpose.

    This information was given by the Minister of State for Textiles, Shri V. Dhananjay Kumar in a written reply to Smt. Jayashree Banerjee in the Lok Sabha today.

 

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KASHIRAM RANA WELCOMES TEXTILE PACKAGE ANNOUNCED IN BUDGET 2001-02

    Shri Kashiram Rana, Minister of Textiles has welcomed the announcement of a comprehensive "Textile package" in the Union budget 2001-02. Commenting on the Textile Package announced yesterday, the Textile Minister has said that this is expected to stimulate growth and help in the implementation of the new Textile policy 2000. "This budget has brought back textile sector into main focus by according it the required importance", Shri Kashiram Rana added. The textile Minister has particularly welcomed the "Integrated Apparel park scheme" announced with a provision of Rs 10 Crore which, he said, is expected to provide the textile sector much needed push. Shri V.Dhananjay Kumar, Minister of State for textiles and Shri Anil Kumar, Secretary, Textiles, were also present at the post budget press conference specially convened to address issues arising out of the Textile Package presented in the budget 2001-02.

    Shri Kashiram Rana also provided details of the other measures announced for the Textile sector:

Customs provisions

 

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MOBILE EMERGENCY HOSPITALS TO BE SET UP

MEETIGN OF THE CONSULTATIVE COMMITTEE OF THE MINISTRY OF HEALTH AND FAMILY WELFARE

    The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare will be setting up mobile emergency medical units so as to reach medical relief at the time of natural calamities. Informing the members of the Consultative Committee of Members of Parliament, Dr.C.P.Thakur, Minister for Health and Family Welfare said that the Units would have about 100 beds.

    The Minister informed the members about the various relief measures undertaken by the Ministry for the earthquake affected persons in Gujarat. Talking about the extensive damage to the health infrastructure in the State, Dr.C.P.Thakur said that five district/taluk hospitals, 21 CHCs, 48 PHCs, 227 sub-centres, 110 ISM facilities etc. have been fully destroyed, whereas 31 district/taluk hospitals, 67 CHCs, 166 PHCs, 584 Sub Centres and 118 ISM facilities had suffered substantial damage.

    Dr. Thakur informed the members that the District hospital at Bhuj would be reconstructed by the Centre. He also told them that in total Rs.5.75 crore worth of medical relief items were sent to Gujarat so far by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

    Video presentations on the medical relief operations by the Ministry's teams and the Red Cross teams were also made for the members of the Consultative Committee.

    Shri D. Venugopal, Shri Virender Kumar, Dr. R.C. Dome, Shri Bal Krishna Chauhan, Dr. M. Jagannath, Shri Iqbal Ahmed Saradgi, and Shri R.S. Patil, from Lok Sabha, and Dr. Y. Radhakrishna Murthy, Dr. M.N. Das and Prof. M.M. Agarwal, from Rajya Sabha attended the meeting.

 

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UPGRADE PERFORMANCE FURTHER –DR. JOSHI TELLS KENDRIYA VIDYALAYA SANGATHAN

    The Minister for Human Resource Development, Dr. Murli Manohar Joshi, has urged the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan to further improve its performance. It will have to workout a plan to upgrade further the standard and quality of education of the Central Schools. Dr. Joshi was addressing the 69th Meeting of the Board of Governors of Kendriay Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS), here today. Some Central Schools have been doing much better than even public schools.

    Dr. Joshi was very keen on knowing the problems encountered by the KVS in building and opening new schools in various other parts of the country. He directed the Sangathan to speed up action in this regard and ensure that the schools are opened as scheduled.

    Matters relating to admission of children of employees of the Ministry of External Affairs, assured career progression scheme for the non-teaching staff of KVS and a new curriculum combining yoga and physical education also came up for discussion. Issues relating to the damage caused to the Kendriya Vidyalayas in the quake-hit Gujarat was considered. Arranging special classes for children, language option for IX and X class students was also discussed.

 

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PORTAL ON INDIAN HANDICRAFTS TO BE LAUNCHED

    A portal containing comprehensive information on different crafts, artisans and related organizations will be launched by Shri Pramod Mahajan, Minister of Information Technology and Parliamentary Affairs tomorrow. The Office of the Development Commissioner Handicrafts has developed a GIS based portal on Indian Handicrafts named indianhandicrafts.org.in

    The services of professionals of Indian Institute of technology Delhi had been requisitioned for designing and developing this portal. Announcing this at a press preview here today, Ms Tinoo Joshi, Development Commissioner for Handicrafts has stated that the portal will meet the requirements of the Indian Handicrafts Industry.