RAJYA   SABHA

Parliamentary Bulletin

 

PART  - I

 

(TWO HUNDRED AND FIFTH SESSION)


No. 4529]   
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 17, 2005

Brief Record of the Proceedings of the Meeting of the Rajya Sabha held on the 17th August, 2005

 

 

11-00 a.m.

1.     Starred Questions

        Answers to Starred Question Nos. 321 to 325 were orally answered. Answers to remaining questions (326 to 340) were laid on the Table.

2.     Unstarred Questions

        Answers to Unstarred Question Nos. 2349 to 2503 were laid on the Table.

12-00 Noon

3.     Papers Laid on the Table

The following papers were laid on the Table:—

1.     A copy (in English and Hindi) of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of India (Ministry of Power) and the National Thermal Power Corporation Limited (NTPC), for the year 2005-2006.

2.     A copy (in English and Hindi) of the Ministry of Home Affairs Notification No. F 13/5/2005/HP-I/Estt./2649, dated the 14th July, 2004, publishing the Delhi Police (Appointment and Recruitment) (Second Amendment) Rules, 2005, under sub-section (2) of section 148 of the Delhi Police Act, 1978.

 

3.     A copy (in English and Hindi) of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (Department of Commerce) Notification S.O. 1017 (E), dated the 15th July, 2005, publishing the Tea (Marketing) Control (Amendment) Order, 2005, under sub-section (3) of section 49 of the Tea Act, 1953.

        #4.    A copy (in English and Hindi) of the Ministry of Finance (Department of Revenue) Notification No. 32/2005-Central Excise, dated the    17th August, 2005, seeking to exempt  excise duty on Cement and Steel used in the construction of residential houses, by way of refund, in Tsunami affected districts of States of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Union Territories of Pondicherry and Andaman and Nicobar Islands by approved construction agencies, together with Explanatory Memorandum on the Notification under sub-section (2) of section 38 of the Central Excise Act, 1944.

12-01 p.m.

4.     Message from Lok Sabha — Reported

        Secretary-General reported to the House a message from Lok Sabha informing Rajya Sabha that Lok Sabha at its sitting held on the 16th August, 2005 had agreed without any amendment to the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2005, passed by the Rajya Sabha on the 29th July, 2005.

 

12-02 p.m.

5.     Statements of the Committee on the Welfare of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes

 

Shri Robert Kharshiing laid on the Table a copy each (in English and Hindi) of the statements showing final Action Taken Replies of the Government on the recommendations/observations contained in  Chapter I of the following Action Taken Reports of the Committee on the Welfare of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (2005-2006): —

 

(i)    Forty-third Report (Tenth Lok Sabha) on “Formulation, Implementation and Monitoring of Reservation Policy”;

 

(ii)   Forty-sixth Report (Tenth Lok Sabha) on “Atrocities on Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes and pattern of Social Crimes towards them”;

 

(iii)  Fifth Report (Eleventh Lok Sabha) on “Reservation for and Employment of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes in Indian Bank and credit facilities provided by the Bank to them”;

 

(iv) Eleventh Report (Thirteenth Lok Sabha) on “Reservation for and Employment of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes in All India Radio and Doordarshan”; and

(v)   Third Report (Fourteenth Lok Sabha) on “Working of the Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India Limited (TRIFED)”.

12-03 p.m.

6.     Calling Attention to Matter of Urgent Public Importance

        Shri Manoj Bhattacharya called the attention of the Minister of   Chemicals and Fertilizers to the steep rise in prices of drugs and misuse of drugs in the country and remedial measures taken by Government with regard thereto.

Shri Ram Vilas Paswan, Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers and Minister of Steel, made a statement.

       

        Thereafter, Members sought clarifications on the statement.

1-38 p.m.

        The House adjourned and re-assembled at 2-15 p.m.

2-15 p.m.

7.     Government Bills — Returned

        *(i) The Appropriation (Railways) No. 3 Bill, 2005, as passed by Lok Sabha.

        *(ii)        The Appropriation (Railways) No. 4 Bill, 2005, as passed by Lok Sabha.

        Shri Lalu Prasad, Minister of Railways, moved motions for the consideration of the Bills.

        The following Members took part in the discussion:—

        2-16 p.m.        1.        Shri Ram Nath Kovind

 

        2-39 p.m.        2.        Shri Moolchand Meena

        2-56 p.m.                        3.                        Shri Tarini Kanta Roy

        3-09 p.m.                        4.                        Shri S.P.M. Syed Khan

        3-15 p.m.                        5.                        Shri Santosh Bagrodia

        3-36 p.m.                        6.                        Shri Datta Meghe

        3-44 p.m.                        7.                        Shri K. Rama Mohana Rao

        3-54 p.m.                        8.                        Prof. Ram Deo Bhandary

        4-03 p.m.                        9.                        Ms. Pramila Bohidar

        4-07 p.m.                        10.                        Shri Surendra Lath

        4-21 p.m.                        11.                        Shri Manoj Bhattacharya

4-28 p.m.                        12.                        Shrimati Jamana Devi Barupal

4-36 p.m.                        13.                        Shri N. Jothi

4-46 p.m.                        14.                        Shri Bashistha Narain Singh

4-53 p.m.                        15.                        Shri Kamal Akhtar

&5-00 p.m.                        16.                        Shri Lekhraj Bachani

5-08 p.m.                        17.                        Shrimati Savita Sharda

5-13 p.m.                        18.                        Shri Rudra Narayan Pany

5-17 p.m.                        19.                        Shri Vijay J. Darda

5-25 p.m.                        20.                        Prof. R.B.S. Varma

       

5-26 p.m.

        Shri Lalu Prasad replied to the debate.

#6-26 p.m.

        The motion for consideration of the Appropriation (Railways) No. 3 Bill, 2005 was adopted.

        Clauses 2, 3 and the Schedule were adopted.

        Clause 1, the Enacting Formula and the Title were adopted.

6-27 p.m.

        The motion moved by Shri Lalu Prasad that the Bill be returned was adopted and the Bill was returned.

 

6-28 p.m.

        The motion for consideration of the Appropriation (Railways) No. 4 Bill, 2005 was adopted.

        Clauses 2, 3 and the Schedule were adopted.

        Clause 1, the Enacting Formula and the Title were adopted.

6-29 p.m.

        The motion moved by Shri Lalu Prasad that the Bill be returned was adopted and the Bill was returned.

6-30 p.m.

8.     Statements by Ministers

6-30 p.m.

        (1)   Shri S. Regupathy, Minister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs, laid on the Table a statement (in English and Hindi) regarding  ‘Status of implementation of the recommendations contained in the Hundred and Ninth Report of the Department-related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs’.

6-31 p.m.

        (2)   Shri E. Ahammed, Minister of State in the Ministry of External Affairs, made a statement regarding reduction of fee for issuance of duplicate passports for those people whose passports were damaged due to unprecedented rain and floods in Mumbai and other parts of Maharashtra recently.

6-32 p.m.

        The House adjourned till 11-00 a.m. on Thursday, the 18th August, 2005.

 

 

 

 

YOGENDRA NARAIN,

                                        Secretary-General.

 

 

 



#  At 4-58 p.m.

*  Discussed together.

&  From 4-58 p.m. to 5-00 p.m. see item no. 3(4).

#  From 5-59 p.m. to 6-03 p.m. some points were raised.