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ENVIRONMENT POLLUTION IN INDUSTUIAL CLUSTERS QUESTION NO 148

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT AND FORESTS

RAJYA SABHA
STARRED QUESTION NO 148
TO BE ANSWERED ON 8TH MARCH, 2010


ENVIRONMENT POLLUTION IN INDUSTUIAL CLUSTERS

QUESTION

148. SHRI B. K. HARIPRASAD:

Will the minister of ENVIRONMENT AND FOREST be pleased to state:
  1. whether the Central Pollution Control Board has recently released a study report ranking the environmental pollution in almost 88 industrial clusters in the country;
  2. whether the study was based on the parameters of a Comprehensive Environment Pollution Index recording incidence of pollution in water, land and air;
  3. whether, according to this study, 10 major industrial hubs in the country had reached a very alarmingly high level of pollution; and
  4. if so, the details thereof?

 

ANSWER

THE MINISTER OF STATE (INDEPENDENT CHARGE) FOR ENVIRONMENT AND FORESTS
(SHRI JAIRAM RAMESH)

  1. to d. :

    A Statement is laid on the table of the House.
    STATEMENT REFERRED TO IN REPLY TO RAJYA SABHA STARRED QUESTION NO.148 DUE FOR REPLY ON 08.03.2010 RAISED BY SHRI B.K.HARIPRASAD REGARDING ENVIRONMENT POLLUTION IN INDUSTRIAL CLUSTERS
    a.&b. : The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has recently released a study report on “ Comprehensive Environment Assessment of Industrial Clusters” ranking the environmental pollution in 88 industrial clusters in the country based on the Comprehensive Environmental Pollution Index (CEPI). The CEPI index, on a scale of 1 to 100, is based in the parameters related to incidence of pollution in water, land (ground water) and air.
    c.&d. : the study report of CPCB has identified 10 major industrial clusters in the country having CEPI of more than 80, which is an alarmingly high level of pollution. These clusters are Ankleshwar (Gujarat), Vapi (Gujarat), Ghaziabad (Uttar Pradesh), Chandrapur (Maharashtra), Korba (Chhatisgarh), Bhiwadi (Rajasthan), Angul-Talcher (Orissa), Vellore-North Arcot (Tamil Nadu), Singrauli (Uttar Pradesh/Madya Pradesh), and Ludhiana (Punjab). The details are available at Annexure.

GROUND RENT/LEASE LICENCE FEE FOR PROPERTIES IN DELHI QUESTION NO 201

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF URBAN DEVELOPMENT

RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO 201
TO BE ANSWERED ON 11TH MARCH, 2010


GROUND RENT/LEASE LICENCE FEE FOR PROPERTIES IN DELHI

QUESTION

201. SHRI B. K. HARIPRASAD:

Will the minister of URBAN DEVELOPMENT be pleased to state:
  1. Whether a performance audit by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India of the Land Development Office of Government has revealed huge discrepancies between the value of Government land rented/leased out and ground rent/lease receipts in case of Delhi properties;
  2. Whether the CAG has assumed that by extension, similar situation should prevail in other cities as well, with prime land aggregating thousands of acres with potential value ranging from Rs.1,18,000 crore to Rs.3,44,000 crore fetching very low ground rent/lease licence fee; and
  3. The steps that are being taken by the Government to effect upward revision of ground rent/lease licence fee in line with the prevailing market rates?

 

ANSWER

THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF URBAN DEVELOPMENT
(SHRI SAUGATA ROY)

  1. to c.
                A Statement is laid on the Table of the Sabha.

STATEMENT REFERRED TO IN REPLY TO RAJYA SABHA STARRED QUESTION NO. 201 FOR 11.03.2010 REGARDING GROUND RENT/LEASE LICENCE FEE FOR PROPERTIES IN DILHI

  1. to c.:
                The present formula for determination of ground rent for lease lands for Delhi is based on a decision communicated by the Government on 06.12.1983 and circulated on 18.01.1984 wherein various issues including the determination of letting value of land on the basis of market values were considered. The Performance Audit Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India for the year ended March, 2008 (No. 6 of 2009-010) has compared the ground rent receipts on government leased lands, based on the formula for enhancement of ground rent for Nazul lease evolved in 1084, with the current market value. The CAG’s findings are that the 1984 formula has no relationship with the current letting/market values of these properties located in prime locations with a potential value ranging from Rs.1,18,000 crore to Rs.3,44,000 crore. The recommendations of the CAG is under examination for an appropriate decision.
UNCLAIMED DEPOSITS IN DORMANT ACCOUNTS QUESTION NO 456

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF FINANCE
DEPARTMENT OF FINANCIAL SERVICES

RAJYA SABHA

UNSTARRED QUESTION NO 456
TO BE ANSWERED ON 2ND MARCH, 2010/PHALGUNA 11, 1931 (SAKA)
UNCLAIMED DEPOSITS IN DORMANT ACCOUNTS

QUESTION

456. SHRI B. K. HARIPRASAD:

Will the minister of Finance be pleased to state:

  • whether according to data released by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) recently, unclaimed deposit worth Rs. 1,188 crores are lying with banks in the country in 1.92 crores dormant accounts.
  • whether on earlier occasions such unclaimed accumulated deposits were utilized in social welfare sector projects upon the directives of the Supreme Court; and
  • if not, the details thereof ?

ANSWER

THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF FINANCE
(SHRI NAMO NARAIN MEENA)

  • to c :
     According to Reserve Bank of India (RBI) the unclaimed deposits lying with Schedules Commercial Banks as an December 31, 2008 are as under :-

No. of Accounts: 10092141
Amount of Unclaimed Deposits: Rs. 1188.07 crore

The amount of unclaimed deposits lies with the respective Banks and is utilized by them for this general business like any other deposits.

CONDITIONS OF UNDER FIVE CHILDREN QUESTION NO 504

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF HEALTH AND FAMILY WELFARE
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND FAMILY WELFARE

RAJYA SABHA

504. SRI B. K. HARIPRASAD;
TO BE ANSWERED ON 2ND MARCH,2010
CONDITIONS OF UNDER FIVE CHILDREN

QUESTION

504. SRI B. K. HARIPRASAD;

Will the Minister of HEALTH AND FAMILY WELFARE be pleased to state:

  • whether Government has taken note of the Nation Family Health Survey of 2005-06 (NFHS-3) revealing starting figures on the sad plight of India's under five populations;
  • whether according to the Survey almost half of children under the age of five, 48 per cent are stunted or too short for their age and 43 per cent are underweight; and
  • whether the present use of Aanganwadi Centres are abysmally low as overall national average only 33 per cent of children in the country received service from Aanganwadi Centres ?

ANSWER
THE MINESTER OF HEALTH & FAMILY WELFARE
(SHRI GHULAM NABI AZAD)

  • & b:
     As per the National Family Health Survey of 2005 - 06 (NFHS III), of the children under 5 years of age, 42.5% are underweight and 48% are stunted.

    Various steps taken to prevent Nutritional deficiency is as follows:
    1. Infant and young child feeding - ensuring early initiation (within one hour of birth) and exclusive breast feeding till 6 months, and timely complementary feeding after 6 months with continued breast feeding till 2 years
    2. Supplementation of anaemic children with iron supplements from the age of 6 months to 60 months.
    3. Nutrition counseling of care givers by health care personnel, utilizing Village Health and Nutrition Days (VHNDs)
    4. Health and nutrition education to improve over all dietary intakes and promote consumption of iron and folate-rich foodstuffs
    5. Provision of Ante-natal and Post Natal Care Service including prevention and treatment of Anaemia by supplementation with Iron and Folic Acid tablets during pregnancy and lactation.
    6. The State Governments are establishing Nutritional Rehabilitation Centres (NRC) in districts to address to address Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) and underlying complications.
  1. :
      No. As per the information received from the Ministry of Women and Child Development, 11.04 lakh operational Anganwadi Centres covers a population of 11.85 crore children (0-6 years), and out of these 7.18 crore children ( 6 months to 6 years ) constituting 60.61% are provided supplementary mutation under ICDS scheme as on 31.12.2009
ISSUING OF MINERAL LICENCES QUESTION NO 531

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF MINES

RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO 531
TO BE ANSWERED ON 3TH MAY 2010


ISSUING OF MINERAL LICENCES

QUESTION

531. SHRI B. K. HARIPRASAD:

Will the minister of MINES be pleased to state:
  1. Whether, as a part of the proposed new legislation to replace the outdated Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act, 1957, the Government proposes to hand out licences for minerals other than coal on ‘first in the queue’ basis; and
  2. Whether this decision goes against the Anwarul Hoda Committee’s recommendations for competitive open auction bidding with the caveat that value adder be preferred over non-value adder?

 

ANSWER
MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF DEVELOPMENT OF NORTH EASTERN REGION
(SHRI B.K. HANDIQUE)

  1. A statement is laid on the Table of the House.
  2. A statement is laid on the Table of the House.
CONSULATION MEETING WITH STAKEHOLDERS ON WTO ISSUES QUESTION NO 608

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF COMMERCE & INDUSTRY
DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

RAJYA SABHA

UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 608
TO BE ANSWERED ON 3ND MARCH,2010

CONSULATION MEETING WITH STAKEHOLDERS ON WTO ISSUES

QUESTION

608. SRI B. K. HARIPRASAD

Will the Minister of COMMERCE & INDUSTRY be pleased to state:

  1. whether during a stakeholder consultation meeting on WTO issues organized by FICCI, UNCTAD and the Centre for WTO Studies, India has opposed US President Barack Obama's proposal to tax US companies outsourcing jobs to other countries including India;
  2. the other issues deliberated on the status of services negotiations and on the slow pace of work being done in the area of liberalizing movements of professionals and workers; and
  3. if so, the details thereof?

 

ANSWER

THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY
(SHRI JYOTIRADITYA M. SCINDIA)

  • to c:
      The US President's proposal to tax US companies outsourcing jobs to other countries including India came up at the stakeholder consultation organized by FICCI, UNCTAD and Centre for WTO Studies on WTO issues. The likely adverse impact of various US legislation proposals in the IT and BPO industry in India was also discussed. Among the other issues which was discussed in respect of services sector included India's Modes 4 (Movement of Natural Persons) and 1 (Cross Border Supply) interest and lack of visible progress shown by developed countries in addressing the same.

REVIEW OF SEZ ACT QUESTION NO 609

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF COMMERCE & INDUSTRY
DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

RAJYA SABHA

UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 609
TO BE ANSWERED ON 3ND MARCH,2010
REVIEW OF SEZ ACT

QUESTION

609. SRI B. K. HARIPRASAD:

Will the Minister of COMMERCE & INDUSTRY be pleased to state:

  1. whether a panel set up by Government has recommended a comprehensive review of the Special Economic Zones Act and also a ban on the transfer of land for these projects;
  2. whether the SEZs have till now proved to be real-estate play while getting tax breaks of sorts; and
  3. whether Government would create a special purpose vehicle that would own land on which new development takes place, earning rents, dividends and capitals gains for its farmer shareholders and thus promoting the SEZ concept?

 

ANSWER

THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY
(SHRI JYOTIRADITYA M. SCINDIA)

  • & b:
      Pursuant to the decision of Empowered Group of Ministers (EGOM) in its meeting held on 5th April, 2007 that the State Government have been informed on 15th June, 2007, that the Board of Approval will not approve any SEZs where the State Governments have carried out of or propose to carry out compulsory acquisition of land for such SEZs after 5th propose to carry out compulsory acquisition of land for such SEZs after 5th April, 2007. in terms of Rule 11(9) of the SEZ Rules, 2006, sale of land in SEZ is not allowed. Processing area is uniformally fixed at 50% of the total area of all SEZs. Various activities regarding social infrastructure carried out in the non-processing area within SEZ which are eligible for tax benefits are already notified. Quantum of houses, commercial area, hospital and educational institutions are decided by the Board of Approval after an assessment of the functional requirement of the zone including its employees.
  1. :
     No such proposal is under consideration for the present.
PROJECTS THROUGH JNNURM QUESTION NO 864

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF URBAN DEVELOPMENT

RAJYA SABHA

UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 864
TO BE ANSWERED ON 4th MARCH,2010
PROJECTS THROUGH JNNURM

QUESTION

864. SRI B. K. HARIPRASAD

Will the Minister of Urban Development be pleased to state:

  1. whether Government has finalized in consultation with World Bank officials, the terms of the proposed $ 1 billion loan for JNNURM's on-going projects;
  2. whether future JNNURM disbursals will be reform-linked and provided only to select States;
  3. whether the process of identification of the cities where reforms have been carried out is complete; and
  4. if so, the details thereof ?

ANSWER

THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF URBAN DEVELOPMENT
(SHRI SUGATA ROY)

  1. :
      No, Sri. The World Bank assistance is not being sought for already approved on-going projects of Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM).
  2. :
      The JMMURM is for reforms driven, fast track, planned development of identified cities. States/Cities execute a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with Government of India indicating their commitment to implement identified reforms. The first installment for projects sanctioned under Urban Infrastructure & Governance (UIG) of Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNUTM) is released on signing of MoA. The balance amount of assistance is released in three installments upon receipt of Utilisation Certificates to the extent of 70% of the grants (Central & State ) and subject to achievement of milestones agreed for implementation of mandatory and optional reforms at the State and Urban Local Bodies (ULBs)/ Parastatal level as envisaged in the MoA. Accordingly the Central Sanctioning and Monitoring Committee (CSMC) before releasing the future installment i.e., the second and subsequent installments of Additional Central Assistance (ACA) satisfies itself as regards the physical and financial progress of the projects under implementation and achievements\ of milestones as agreed upon by the States and ULBs for implementation of reform. Nation Steering Group (NSG) under JNNURM in its meeting held on 24-11-2009 decided enter-alia that in the case of sanctioned projected the release of further installment of ACA is not to be withheld while the Ministry constantly pursues with the States to complete the reform commitment.
  1. & d:
      Reforms are required to be achieved by the States and ULBs during the Mission period as per the timelines committed in the Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) and reforms appraisal is a continuing process. The States/Cities report their achievement of reforms in their Quarterly Progress Reports (QPRs). The Reform Appraisal Agencies of this Ministry periodically visit States/Cities and assess the achievement of reforms vis-a-vis time lone committed.
FUNDS FOR JNNURM SCHEME QUESTION NO 865

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF URBAN DEVELOPMENT

RAJYA SABHA

UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 865
TO BE ANSWERED ON 4th MARCH,2010
FUNDS FOR JNNURM SCHEME

QUESTION

865. SRI B. K. HARIPRASAD

Will the Minister of URBAN DEVELOPMENT be pleased to state:

  1. whether the Planning Commission has commented that it will be difficult to spare additional Government funds to the JNNURM scheme that has run out of its initial corpus and there is need for private funds to flow in;
  2. whether the Planning Commission has also cautioned that the scheme may lose momentum for want of adequate funds and that there is need for private funds to come in for city development;
  3. whether the World Bank commitment for $1 billion loan for JMNMURM scheme stands;
  4. whether the Mumbai-Metro Project us an initiative totally funded by private investors;
  5. if so, whether Government would create bankable PPP projects to lure the private investors?

 

ANSWER

THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF URBAN DEVELOPMENT
(SHRI SUGATA ROY)

  • & b:
      Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission(JNNURM) was launched on 03-12-2005 with an Additional Central Assistance (ACA) outlay of Rs. 50,000 crore. Implementation of JNNURM in the first four years has shown that there is huge demand for infrastructure projects for providing basic needs like Water Supply, Sewerage, Solid Waste Management, Storm Water Drainage, City Transport, etc, both from Mission cities and non-Mission cities. An additional allocation of Rs.5000 crore was provided by the Government to Urban Infrastructure Development Scheme for Small & Medium Towns (UIDSSMT) and Rs. 6000 crore to Urban Infrastructure & Government (UIG) sub-component of JNNURM in February, 2009, JNNURM Mission aims to leverage and incorporate private sector efficiencies in development, management, implementation and financing of projects, through Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangements, wherever appropriate. The Eleventh Plan document also stresses that there is a substantial need and potential for private sector participation in the Water Supply and Sanitation Sectors.
  1. :
     The proposal of this Ministry seeking World Bank assistance has been recommended/posed by Department of Economic Affairs to World Bank for International Bank of Reconstruction & Development (IBRD) loan assistance of upto USS 1 billion.
  2. :
     No, Sir,
  3. :
     Does not arise in view of (d) above.
VISION DOCUMENT OF RAILWAYS QUESTION NO 1032

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS

RAJYA SABHA

UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 1032
TO BE ANSWERED ON 5th MARCH,2010
VISION DOCUMENT OF RAILWAYS

QUESTION

1032. SRI B. K. HARIPRASAD

 Will the Minister of RAILWAYS be pleased to state:

  1. WHETHER vision document of Railways for next decade envisages a cumulative investment of Rs. 13.87 lakh crores by 2020 to achieve annual growth of 10 per cent over this period;
  2. whether it would be difficult for Government to provide such support with a running fiscal deficit of 6.9 per cent of the GDP;
  3. if so, whether Government would consider corporatization of Railways into three companies i.e., infrastructure operator, freight operator and passenger service operator;
  4. whether such arrangement would allow infrastructure arm to raise both equity and debt funds as clarity over revenues would help attract private investors; and debt
  5. if so, the details thereof and reaction of Government thereto?

 

ANSWER

THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(SHRI E. AHAMED)

  1. :
     Yes, Sir.
  1. to c:
    Government support is an essential component of the implementation of Vision 2020, sithin the constraints of overall financial position of Government. Corporatization of Railways into three companies i.e. infrastructure operator, freight operator and passenger service operator does not offer a satisfactory solution to the issue of investment.
  1. & E:
      Do not arise.
UGRADATION AND EXPANSION OF RAILWAYS QUESTION NO 1033

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS

RAJYA SABHA

UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 1033
TO BE ANSWERED ON 5th MARCH,2010
UGRADATION AND EXPANSION OF RAILWAYS

QUESTION

1033. SRI B. K. HARIPRASAD

Will the Minister of RAILWAYS be pleased to state:

  1. whether earlier Governments ignored upgradation and expansion of Railways from 1950-51 to 2007-08 with its freight share plunging from 89 per cent in 1950-51 to 30 per cent in 2007-08;
  2. whether India added a mere 10,000 km railway track to the 54,000 km railway track it inherited at an abysmal rate of 161 kms a year;
  3. whether during 2004-05 to 2008-09, India added just 220 kms. A year against China's 1100 kms. A year; and
  4. the present status of on-going new railway line projects covering a sanctioned length of 11,985 kms.?

 

ANSWER

THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(SHRI E. AHAMED)

  1. & b:
      Upgradation and expansion of Indian Railways is an ongoing process. As on 10.04.1950, Indian Railways had 53,596 Kilometers of route length consisting of 25,258 Kilometers Broak Gauge, 24,185 Kilometers Miter Gauge and 4153 Kilometers of Narrow Gauge routes. The total Route Kilometer increased to 64015 Kilometers in 31.03.2009. the Broad Gauge Network length increased to 52808 Kilometers by 31.03.2009, by laying of new lines and large scale gauge conversion of existence meter and narrow gauge lines.
  1. :
      During 2004-2005 to 2008-2009, 1093 Kilometer of New Lines were laid.
  2. :
      As on 01.04.2009, there are 109 new line ongoing projects which are in various stages of progress and on completion would all 11,985 Kilometers of new Broad Gauge Line.
KYOTO SUMMIT VIS-À-VIS GREEN TECHNOLOGY QUESTION NO 1092

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT AND FORESTS

RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO 1092
TO BE ANSWERED ON 8TH MARCH, 2010


KYOTO SUMMIT VIS-À-VIS GREEN TECHNOLOGY

QUESTION

1092. SHRI B. K. HARIPRASAD:

Will the minister of ENVIRONMENT AND FOREST be pleased to state:
  1. Whether out of 15 European nations represented at the Kyoto Summit on carbon emissions, 10 have still not met the targets agreed there and with the US never ratifying the agreement, the world is likely to achieve barely 5 per cent of the promised Kyoto reduction;
  2. Whether the country should invest in green technology that offers cheaper alternatives to fossils fuel based ones as emission reduction technology is expensive; and
  3. Whether the country should initiate a move to negotiate an agreement to increase radically spending in green-energy research and development to a total of 0.2 per cent of global GDP or $ 100 billion a year?

 

ANSWER

THE MINISTER OF STATE (INDEPENDENT CHARGE) FOR ENVIRONMENT AND FORESTS
(SHRI JAIRAM RAMESH)

  1. As per Kyoto Protocol, Annex-I Parties agreed to reduce their overall emissions by at least 5% below their 1990 levels by the end of first commitment period i.e. 2012. the then fifteen member nations of European Union (EU) agreed to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by 8% in the same period. As the commitment period is not yet over, it would not be appropriate to conclude that 10 out of EU nations have not met their targets.
  2. Energy security is vital for the economic growth of country and reduction of poverty. India has been investing for many years in green technologies including wind and biomass based technologies. Lately, further momentum has been given to the solar technology under the National Solar Mission. However, as renewable power is costly, the Government is also investing in clean coal technologies so that coal can be used in a most efficient manner to generate power.
  3. The technology development and Transfer issue is under active discussion at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC). The discussions include a Technology Mechanism to accelerate the technology development and transfer in support of adaptation and mitigation activities. In the negotiations, India along with other developing countries have insisted that Annex-I Parties should commit between 0.5 to 1.0 % of their GDP towards adaptation, mitigation and technology development & transfer to developing countries.
POWER SITUATION QUESTION NO 1179

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF POWER

RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO 1179
TO BE ANSWERED ON 8TH MARCH, 2010


POWER SITUATION

QUESTION

1179. SHRI B. K. HARIPRASAD:

Will the minister of POWER be pleased to state:
  1. whether with the current updates available. Government can now project the quantum of capacity addition, e\with a degree of certainty, likely to be achieved in the current plan and whether this figure is likely to cross 62,000 MW pan-India;
  2. whether Government had earlier disclosed that overall Aggregate Technical and Commercial (AT&C) losses dropped from 38.86 per cent in 2001-02 to 34.54 per cent in 2005-06;
  3. whether concurrently the commercial losses of State power utilities reduced from Rs. 29,331 crores to Rs. 19,546 crores during this period; and
  4. what are the reasons for Government not updating the figures of AT & C losses beyond 2005-06?

 

ANSWER

THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF POWER
(SHRI BHARATSINH SOLANKI)

  1. a capacity addition target of 78,700 MW have been set for the Eleventh Plan. According to the latest assessment of the Central Electricity Authority, a Capacity addition of 62,374 MW is likely to be achieved with a ‘high level of certainty’ during the Eleventh Plan period. A capacity of 20,352 MW has already been commissioned till 11.02.2010 and a capacity aggregating to 42,022 MW is likely to be commissioned with a ‘high level of certainty’ during the balance period of the Eleventh Plan. In addition, projects totaling to 12,590 MW are being attempted for commissioning on ‘best efforts’ basis during the Eleventh Plan period.
  2. The Aggregate Technical and Commercial (AT&C) losses of the State sector distribution utilities at the national level have reduced from 38.86% in 2001-02 to 33.02% in 2005-06.
  3. The overall commercial lasses (without subsidy) of the State power utilities reduced from Rs.29331 crore in 2001-02 and Rs.20,869 crore in 2005-06.
  4. The AT&C losses have been updated upto 2007-08.
SALE OF AIR TICKETS BY TRAVEL AGENTS QUESTION NO 1213

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF CIVIL AVIATION

RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO 1213
TO BE ANSWERED ON 9TH MARCH, 2010


SALE OF AIR TICKETS BY TRAVEL AGENTS

QUESTION

1213. SHRI B. K. HARIPRASAD:

Will the minister of CIVIL AVIATION be pleased to state:
  1. whether more than 85 per cent of air tickets in the country are sold through travel agents at a fixed commission of up to 5 percent;
  2. whether foreign airlines operation in India had done away with the fixed commission model for travel agents, replacing it with a transaction fee model ranging from Rs.250/- to Rs.5000/- based on the ticket price;
  3. whether Government has taken any final decision of restoring the fixed commission regime for travel agents on sale of tickets of foreign airlines; and
  4. if so. The details thereof?

 

ANSWER

THE MINISTER OF STATE (INDEPENDENCE CHARGE) OF THE MINISTRY OF CIVIL AVIATION
(SHRI PRAFUL PATEL)

  1. This ministry does not maintain such data. However, bulk of the airlines tickets are sold through travel agents, who are paid commission by the airlines at a mutually agreed rate.
  2. IATA Agents Association of India (IAAI) and the Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI) have reported that several foreign airlines have replaces the commission by the transaction fees to be paid to the travel agents by the customers.
  3. No, sir.
  4. No, sir.
ETHANOL BLENDED PETROL PROGRAMME QUESTION NO 1317

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF PRTROLEUM & NATURAL GAS

RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO 1317
TO BE ANSWERED ON 9TH MARCH, 2010


ETHANOL BLENDED PETROL PROGRAMME

QUESTION

1317. SHRI B. K. HARIPRASAD:

Will the minister of PRTROLEUM & NATURAL GAS be pleased to state:
  1. to what extent the sharp sugarcane production shortfall this year will affect Government’s Ethanol Blending Programme (EBP) and whether sugar mills are likely to default on ethanol supply in the previous round of contracts;
  2. whether the recent changes in the Sugarcane Central Order, 1966 allows ethanol supplies to EBP only after meeting domestic sugar needs and ethanol needs of other sectors like alcohol and chemicals;
  3. whether last month Brazil cut the mandatory amount of ethanol mixed into gasoline to 20 per cent from 25 per cent due to lower sugarcane production and
  4. of so, the details thereof?

 

ANSWER

THE MINISTER OF STATE for PRTROLEUM & NATURAL GAS
(SHRI JITIN PRASADA)

  1. the sugar industry has submitted to MoPNG that the potential alcohol production during the year 2009-10 was likely to be 160 crore litres. After supplying 90 crore litres alcohol for potable purposes, the balance available alcohol for fuel ethanol and other purposes would be about 70 crore litres. There have bin shortfalls in the supply of ethanol in the period 2006-2009.
  2. No. there is no such law, order, instructions or rule which provides that ethanol supplies to EBP are to be made only after the needs of alcohol and chemicals sectors are met.
  3. The Government of India has launched the EBP Programme based on the indigenous availability of ethanol. The Government of India is not importing ethanol for this programme. Therefore, level of sugarcane production in Brazil is of no consequence to the EBP Programme in India.
  4. Does not arise.
FACILITIES AT INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY APPELLATE BOARD QUESTION NO 1387

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF COMMERCE & INDUSTRY
DEPARTMENT OF INDUSTRIAL POLICY & PROMOTION

RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO 1387
TO BE ANSWERED ON 10TH MARCH, 2010


FACILITIES AT INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY APPELLATE BOARD

QUESTION

1387. SHRI B. K. HARIPRASAD:

Will the minister of COMMERCE & INDUSTRY be pleased to state:
  1. Whether the Chennai-headquarter of Intellectual Property Appellate Board has been provided adequate and proper conference room facilities and work space for lawyers and supporting staff during its sittings at Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Ahmedabad apart from Chennai;
  2. Whether most of the parties appearing before the Tribunal are international companies, expecting the facilities and status of the venue of the sittings to match international standards; and
  3. If so, the details thereof?

 

ANSWER

THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF COMMERCE & INDUSTRY
(SHRI JYOTIRADITYA M. SCINDIA)

  1. to c. :
    The Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAD) was established in September, 2003 to hear appeals against the decisions of Controller of Patents, Registrar of Trade Marks and Geographical Indications. The Headquarters of IPAB is located at Chennai in rented premises.
    The Intellectual Property offices (IPO) of Controller General of Patents, Designs and Trade Marks (CGPDTM) located at Delhi, Mumbai, and Kolkata are providing space and other logistic support for lawyers / representatives of parties and supporting staff for holding sittings of the Board at these locations. Since the IPO does not have its own building at Ahmedabad, the Circuit Bench sittings at Ahmedabad are held in the Gujarat High Court (old building). Some of the parties appearing before the Tribunal are international companies. However, generally they are represented by Indian lawyers.
PROTECTION OF WORKERS RIGHTS AND PRIVILEGE QUESTION NO 1453

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT

RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO 1453
TO BE ANSWERED ON 10TH  MARCH, 2010


PROTECTION OF WORKERS RIGHTS AND PRIVILEGE

QUESTION

1453. SHRI B. K. HARIPRASAD:

Will the minister of LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT be pleased to state:
  1. Whether there is an emerging trend in denial of workmen’s rights by Courts, citing the unbearable burden on the financial health of the establishment due to globalization and liberalization regime;
  2. Whether in pursuit of protection of state policies framed under the concept of globalization and liberalization, the Courts are proving apathetic to workers rights and privileges; and
  3. The steps being taken to ensure that the fundamental rights of workmen are not sub- judiced in the pursuit of globalization policies of the establishment?

 

ANSWER

THE MINISTER OF STATE LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT
(SHRI HARISH RAWAT)

  1. to c. :
                The Courts decide cases applying extant laws to given facts of the case and the Constitution provides independence to the courts of law to perform this function. However, the Government has the interests and rights of the workers in mend and enforces the extant laws to suitably protect the rights of the workmen.
SHORTAGE OF URANIUM FOR NUCLEAR REACTORS QUESTION NO 1517

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
DEVELOPMENT OF ATOMIC ENERGY

RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO 1517
TO BE ANSWERED ON 11TH MARCH, 2010


SHORTAGE OF URANIUM FOR NUCLEAR REACTORS

QUESTION

1517. SHRI B. K. HARIPRASAD:

Will the PRIME MINISTER be pleased to state:
  1. Whether only three out of India’s seventeen nuclear reactors are working to their full capacity due to critical shortage of indigenously produced uranium;
  2. Whether the three working reactors source their supplies of uranium from abroad especially France;
  3. Whether India has set a target of production of nuclear energy at 20,000 mw by 2020; and
  4. If so, the contingency measures on the anvil to solve the shortage of indigenously produced uranium?

 

ANSWER

THE MINISTER OF STATE, INDEPENDENT CHARGE FOR SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY AND EARTH SCIENCE, MINISTER OF STATE FOR PMO, PERSONNEL, PUBLIC GRIEVANCE AND PENSIONS AND PARLIAMENTARY AFFAIRS.
(SHRI PRITHVIRAJ CHAVAN):

  1. There are 18 nuclear power reactors in operation in the country. Out of these, 4 reactors use imported fuel and operate at full capacity. Fuel has been imported from France and Russia for these reactors. Other reactors operate at maximum of 70% of their capacity due to shortage of indigenously produced uranium.
  2. There are 18 nuclear power reactors in operation in the country. Out of these, 4 reactors use imported fuel and operate at full capacity. Fuel has been imported from France and Russia for these reactors. Other reactors operate at maximum of 70% of their capacity due to shortage of indigenously produced uranium.
  3. Reaching a total nuclear power capacity of 20,000 MW by 2020 is possible.
  4. The capacity of about 20,000 MW will by fueled through a mix of indigenous and imported uranium. While long term fuel supply agreements would be entered into for reactors to be set up based on international co-operation, efforts are being made to augment domestic fuel supply by opening of new mines and augmenting ore processing facilities.
INDIA’S URBAN TELEDENSITY QUESTION NO 1549

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATION AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY DEPARTMENT OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS

RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO 1549
TO BE ANSWERED ON 11TH MARCH, 2010


INDIA’S URBAN TELEDENSITY

QUESTION

1549. SHRI B. K. HARIPRASAD:

Will the minister of COMMUNICATION AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY be pleased to state:
  1. Whether India’s urban teledensity has now crossed the 100 per cent mark with urban networks serving close to 70 per cent of India’s 500 million mobile phone users and accounting for more than 75 per cent of the telecom operator’s revenues;
  2. Whether India’s rural teledensity still lags behind at 18 per cent and whether the figure could be still lower because of many urbanized areas like Gurgaon are classified as ‘rural’ areas; and
  3. Whether funds under Universal service obligations from telecom operators are being collected for rural telephony projects?

 

ANSWER

THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATION AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
(SHRI GURUDAS KAMAT)

  1. As on 31.01.2010, the urban teledensity of India is 113.78%. As on 31.01.2010, there are 372.10 million urban wireless telephones (about 68.27%) out of 545.05 million total wireless telephones in the country. The revenue figures for rural and urban areas separately are not available.
  2. No, sir. The rural teledensity of India stands at 22.18% as on 31.01.2010. teledensity figures are derived from the subscriber data provided by the operators and the population projections, for urban and rural areas of the country, published by the Office of Registrar General & Census Commissioner, India.
  3. Yes, sir.
INDIA’S RANK IN EDUCATION DEVELOPMENT INDEX QUESTION NO 1772

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT
DEPARTMENT OF HIGHER EDUCATION


RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO 1772
TO BE ANSWERED ON 12TH MARCH, 2010


INDIA’S RANK IN EDUCATION DEVELOPMENT INDEX

QUESTION

1772. SHRI B. K. HARIPRASAD:

Will the Minister of HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT be pleased to state:
  1. Whether according to global monitoring report 2010 of the UNESCO, India has been ranked 105 among 128 nations on Education Development Index;
  2. Whether the findings indicate that the enrolment ratio in primary education, both gross and not enrolment ratios, has improved in India over the years;
  3. Whether in respect of three other components of the survey namely adult literacy, gender specific education for all and survival rate to grade V. India is found to be wanting; and
  4. Whether only 66 per cent of the children enrolled in grade I survive to grade V with an effective drop out rate of 34 per cent?

 

ANSWER

THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT
(SMT. D. PURANDESWARI)

  1. Yes, Sir.
  2. Yes, Sir.
  3. In the report under reference, the challenges d\referred to India include low levels of school retention, high adult illiteracy and marked gender disparities. However, the report uses three years old data, therefore, it does not reflect the present ground scenario of education in the country.
  4. In the report under reference, the challenges d\referred to India include low levels of school retention, high adult illiteracy and marked gender disparities. However, the report uses three years old data, therefore, it does not reflect the present ground scenario of education in the country.
CREATION OF SECOND SAFETY FUND QUESTION NO 1816

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS

RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO 1816
TO BE ANSWERED ON 12TH MARCH, 2010


CREATION OF SECOND SAFETY FUND

QUESTION

1816. SHRI B. K. HARIPRASAD:

Will the Minister of RAILWAYS be pleased to state:
  1. Whether Railways is likely to create a second safety fund mainly to ensure accident free running of trains;
  2. Whether the prime area of utilization of such newly raised funds would be in a acquiring train protection and warning system;
  3. The scope for expansion for installation of anti-collisions;
  4. The present status of upgradation of signaling systems; and
  5. Whether adequate allocations are likely to be included in the Budget 2010-2011 for this purpose?

 

ANSWER

THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(SHRI E. AHAMED)

  1. No, sir.
  2. No, sir.
  3. The Anti-Collision Device (ACD), developed by Konkan Railway Corporation Limited (KRCL) has been in service trial as a pilot project on North-East Frontier Railway (NFR). Based on experience on  NFR, specifications for ACD have been revised to improve efficacy, reliability and availability of the ACD. The improved version of the ACD to revised specification are proposed for in-service trails on three more Zonal Railways (Southern, South Western & South Central Railway).
  4. Signaling System on Indian Railway has been progressively upgraded by providing Electrical/Electronic Interlocking signaling system at about 4400 stations, Block proving by axle counter in about 2200 block sections, LED signals at about 3400 stations and data loggers at about 3500 stations.
  5. Allocations are proposed keeping in view the Railway’s operational requirement, replacement of overaged assets and modernization of equipments.
COMMERCIAL CULTIVATION OF BT. BRINJAL QUESTION NO 1871

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT AND FORESTS

RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO 1871
TO BE ANSWERED ON 15TH MARCH, 2010


COMMERCIAL CULTIVATION OF BT. BRINJAL

QUESTION

1871. SHRI B. K. HARIPRASAD:

Will the Minister of HUMAN ENVIRONMENT AND FORESTS be pleased to state:
  1. Whether Government’s decision to disallow the commercial cultivation of Bt. Brinjal, against earlier clearance by the Genetic Engineering Approval Committee, is prompted by the findings of the France-based team of experts in Caen University;
  2. Whether the French bio-tech experts had declared cultivation of genetically modified brinjal as unsafe and toxic;
  3. Whether the French expert study was sponsored by an international NGO Greenpeace with its aggressive green peace agenda; and
  4. If so, the details thereof?

 

ANSWER

THE MINISTER OF STATE (INDEPENDENT CHARGE) FOR ENVIRONMENT AND FORESTS
(SHRI. JAIRAM RAMESH)

  1. :
    No, Sir. The Government’s decision to impose a moratorium on commercial cultivation of Bt. Brinjal approved by the GEAC is based on the concerns expressed by some of the State Governments, NGOs and some sections of the scientific and farming communities on the safety of Bt. Brinjal from the point of view of its long-term impact on human and environment.
  2. d. :
    Prof Gilles-Eric Seralini University of Caen, France has reviewed M/s Mahyco’s data on Bt. Brinjal. The report “efforts on Health and Environment of Transgenic Bt. Brinjal” concludes that Bt. Brinjal cannot be considered as safe for human consumption or release into the environment. The review was commissioned by Green peace, an international NGO.
CONCENTRATED SOLAR THERMAL UNITS ON LOW-RISE BUILDINGS QUESTION NO 1922

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF NEW AND RENEWABLE ENERGRY

RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO 1922
TO BE ANSWERED ON 15TH MARCH, 2010


CONCENTRATED SOLAR THERMAL UNITS ON LOW-RISE BUILDINGS

QUESTION

1922. SHRI B. K. HARIPRASAD:

Will the Minister of NEW AND RENEWABLE ENERGRY be pleased to state:
  1. Whether Government is working on the possibilities of retrofitting concentrated solar thermal units on low-rise buildings and even on large apartment clusters to produce enough power to meet basic requirements of its residents;
  2. Whether a mega solar thermal power plant in Nevada, US has been upgraded from its earlier capacity of 40 MW to the present 394 MW; and
  3. Whether the vast expanse of almost 2.13 lakh sq. miles of desert land in Rajasthan and Gujarat can accommodate huge solar power plants as the Dubai based International Renewable Energy Agency has already conducted studies on setting up of large solar energy plants in desert areas?

 

ANSWER

THE MINISTER OF NEW AND RENEWABLE ENERGRY
(DR. FAROOQ ABDULLAH)

  1. Presently, solar thermal technologies for power generation for installation on roof tops are not commercially available in the country. However, solar water and air heating and steam generation systems are installed on buildings to meet a variety of heat requirements.
  2. Solar thermal power plant in Nevada, US is of 64 MW capacity and has been operating since 2007. no plans to upgrade its capacity have been reported so far.
  3. As per solar radiation data available from India Meteorological Department, the western part of India, largely comprising of Rajasthan and Gujarat States, is suitable for large scale installations of solar power plants.
PHALGUNA 25, 1931(SAKA) LOCAL AREA BANKS QUESTION NO 2017

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF FINANCE
DEPARTMENT OF FINANCIAL SERVICES

RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO 2017
TO BE ANSWERED ON 16TH MARCH, 2010


PHALGUNA 25, 1931(SAKA) LOCAL AREA BANKS

QUESTION

2017. SHRI B. K. HARIPRASAD:

Will the Minister of FINANCE be pleased to state:
  1. Whether the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has given in-principle approval for setting up of the Local Area Banks (LABs) with jurisdiction over three contiguous districts;
  2. Whether the Raghuram Rajan Committee appointed by Planning Commission has recommended setting up of LABs as it felt these banks are more effective in reaching out to poorer households and local small and medium enterprises;
  3. Whether as of mow, the country has around 120 revenue blocks with no banking facilities; and
  4. Whether the LABs will be allowed to set up banking facilities initially in these areas?

 

ANSWER

THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF FINANCE
(SHRI NAMO NARAIN MEENA)

  1. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has reported that the Local Area Bank Scheme was introduced in 1996. The Scheme envisaged Local Area Banks with a minimum capital of Rs.5 crore and an area of operation comprising three contiguous districts. Although six local banks were licensed by RBI, at present only four Local Area Bands are functioning. The Raghuram Rajan Committee has recommended for allowing more entry to private, well-governed, deposit taking small finance or local area bank after the publication of report of the Raghuram Rajan Committee.
  2. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has reported that the Local Area Bank Scheme was introduced in 1996. The Scheme envisaged Local Area Banks with a minimum capital of Rs.5 crore and an area of operation comprising three contiguous districts. Although six local banks were licensed by RBI, at present only four Local Area Bands are functioning. The Raghuram Rajan Committee has recommended for allowing more entry to private, well-governed, deposit taking small finance or local area bank after the publication of report of the Raghuram Rajan Committee.
  3. In July, 2009, a total of 129 unbanked blocks were identified in the country. As a result of the concerted efforts made by the Government, RBI and the Banks for providing banking facilities in these unbanked blocks, the number of such blocks has come down to 93 in February, 2010. Government is monitoring the progress being made in this regard on an ongoing basis.
  4. RBI is not considering allowing setting up of any local area bank in the country.
ENTERTAINMENT TAX ON IPL QUESTION NO 2020

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF FINANCE
DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE

RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO 2020
TO BE ANSWERED ON 16TH MARCH, 2010


ENTERTAINMENT TAX ON IPL

QUESTION

2020. SHRI B. K. HARIPRASAD:

Will the Minister of FINANCE be pleased to state:
  1. Whether the State Government of Maharashtra has decided to levy entertainment tax on the Indian Premier League (IPL), an arm of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI);
  2. Whether till 2007, the BCCI qualified for tax exemption for promoting sports as charitable c\activity and whether BCCI has over the years generated huge surplus through media rights and sponsorship spending only 10 per cent of the surplus on promotion of cricket;
  3. Whether the IT department has raised a tax demand on BCCT’s income for 2006-2007 onwards; and
  4. Is so, the details thereof?

 

ANSWER

THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF FINANCE
(SHRI S.S.PALANIMANICKAM)

  1. to d. :
    The information is being collected.
CASTE INFORMATION IN ENSUING CENSUS QUESTION NO 2804

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF HOME AFFAIRS

RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO 2804
TO BE ANSWERED ON 21ST APRIL, 2010/VAISAKHA 1, 1932 (SAKA)


CASTE INFORMATION IN ENSUING CENSUS

QUESTION

2804. SHRI B. K. HARIPRASAD:

Will the Minister of HOME AFFAIRS be pleased to state:
  1. whether Government proposes to include caste information in the ensuing 2001 census enunerations;
  2. whether the Mandal Commission’s implications for caste based mobilization and policies have necessitated inclusion of caste in the census operations;
  3. whether the Hon’ble Supreme Court had earlier opined that immense social strife would follow if caste is included in the census data; and
  4. if so, Government’s present take theron?

 

ANSWER

THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF HOME AFFAIRS
(SHRI NAMO NARAIN MEENA)

  1. to d.
    The Government does not as a matter of policy collect any information on Castes other than Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes since Independence. In 2011 Census also no Question on Caste other than Scheduled Tribe is proposed to be included.
DISCUSSION ON AMENDMENT IN RTI ACT QUESTION NO 2982

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF PERSONNEL, PUBLIC GRIEVANCES AND PENSIONS

RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO 2982
TO BE ANSWERED ON 22TH APRIL 2010


DISCUSSION ON AMENDMENT IN RTI ACT

QUESTION

2982. SHRI B. K. HARIPRASAD:

Will the PRIME MINISTER be pleased to state:
  1. Whether the Central Information Commissioner and his State counterparts met and discussed the issue of amendments to the RTI Act, especially the clause mandating exclusion of frivolus and vexation complaints from the purview of the Act;
  2. If so, the concensus emerging therefrom;
  3. Whether Government is likely to propose in all seven amendments to the RTI Act; and
  4. If so, the details thereof?

 

ANSWER

THE MINISTER OF STATE (INDEPENDENCE CHARGE) OF THE MINISTRY  OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY; MINISTER OF STATE (INDEPENDENT CHARGE) OF THE MINISTRY OF EARTH SCIENCES; MINISTER OF STATE IN THE PRIME MINISTER’S OFFICE; MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF PERSONNEL, PUBLIC GRIEVANCES AND PENSIONS; AND MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF PARLIAMENTARY AFFAIRS.
(SHRI PRITHVIRAJ CHAVAN)

  1. The issue of amendments to the RTI Act including regarding rejection of vexations and frivolous requests was discussed in a meeting held with the Chief information Commissioners and Information Commissioners in 14.10.2009
  2. Different views were expressed in the meeting, but the general view of the Information Commissioners was that there was no need to amend the Act, and that if need be, the issues involved may be addressed by amending the rules.
  3. While no indication can be given at this stage regarding the amendments which will be incorporated in the Act as discussions with the various stakeholders are yet to be held. The proposal under consideration covers, inter-alia, amendment to enlarge the scope of suo-motu disclosure, to avoid frivolous or vexatious representations, to modify the provision about disclosure of cabinet papers, to make a provision for giving current charge of Chief Information Commissioner to any Commissioner, to provide the constitution of Benches of the Commission and to incorporate a new section empowering the Commission to make regulations.
  4. While no indication can be given at this stage regarding the amendments which will be incorporated in the Act as discussions with the various stakeholders are yet to be held. The proposal under consideration covers, inter-alia, amendment to enlarge the scope of suo-motu disclosure, to avoid frivolous or vexatious representations, to modify the provision about disclosure of cabinet papers, to make a provision for giving current charge of Chief Information Commissioner to any Commissioner, to provide the constitution of Benches of the Commission and to incorporate a new section empowering the Commission to make regulations.
ERADICATION OF BEGGARY BEFORE CWG QUESTION NO 3009

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF SOCIAL JUSTICE & EMPOWERMENT

RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO 3009
TO BE ANSWERED ON 22TH APRIL 2010


ERADICATION OF BEGGARY BEFORE CWG

QUESTION

3009. SHRI B. K. HARIPRASAD:

Will the Minister of SOCIAL JUSTICE & EMPOWERMENT be pleased to state:
  1. Whether a massive beggary eradication drive is being launched to make the capital free from beggars well before the Commonwealth Game slated for the end of this year;
  2. Whether according to independent estimates Delhi has a beggar population lf around 1.00 lakh, comprising of those below 18 at 30 per cent and the rest male and female between 18 and 70 years; and
  3. Whether Government is likely to use the Bombay Prevention of Begging Act, 1959 extended to 18 other States including Delhi which may cause overcrowding of jails and shelter homes?

 

ANSWER

THE MINISTER OF SOCIAL JUSTICE & EMPOWERMENT
(SHRI D. NAPOLEON)

  1. to c.
      The Government of NCT of Delhi has informed that the Bombay Prevention of Begging Act, 1959 is in operation in Delhi since 1960. Drive against is a regular feature and action is taken against beggars as per provisions contained in the Act. They have appointed 13 anti begging squads to apprehend the beggars from different places of Delhi. 3 Courts (including 2 Mobile Courts) are working under the above said Act.
    The Government of NCT of Delhi has also informed that they sponsored a survey of beggars in Delhi in 2006 in collaboration with Department of Social Welfare, University of Delhi. As per the survey report the estimated (projected) number of beggars was 58,570. thereafter, no other survey has been conducted by the Government of NCT of Delhi and there is no authentic statistical data available to indicate the actual number of beggars in Delhi.
    No such proposal is under consideration of the Ministry.
INCREASE IN RETIREMENT AGE OF JUDGES QUESTION NO 3310

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF LAW AND JUSTICE
DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE

RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO 3310
TO BE ANSWERED ON 26TH APRIL 2010


INCREASE IN RETIREMENT AGE OF JUDGES

QUESTION

3310. SHRI B. K. HARIPRASAD:

Will the Minister of JUSTICE be pleased to state:
  1. Whether Government would consider increasing the retirement age of Judges by at least three years in the huge backlog of cases pending in courts;
  2. If so, whether this requires a constitutional amendment; and
  3. Whether Government would also consider curtailing long vacations for Judges, considered a relic from colonial times, to make them dispose of more cases?

 

ANSWER

THE MINISTER OF JUSTICE
(DR. M. VEERAPPA MOILY)

  1. to c.
      Government, at present, is not considering to increase the age of retirement of Judge. Increasing the age of retirement of Judges would require amendments in Articles 124 and 217 of the Constitution of India in accordance with the procedure laid down in article 368(2) of the Constitution of India.
    Government does not have under consideration any proposal to curtail vacations in courts.
PRODUCTION OF PULSES QUESTION NO 3067

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE & COOPERATION

RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO 3067
TO BE ANSWERED ON 23TH APRIL 2010


PRODUCTION OF PULSES

QUESTION

3067. SHRI B. K. HARIPRASAD:

Will the minister of AGRICULTURE be pleased to state:
  1. Whether in 1998-99, the country’s pulse production peaked at 14.91 million tomes and ever since the pulse production had never caught up with the population growth at an average of 1.3 per cent to 1.5 per cent per annum;
  2. Whether despite rise in prices on average annual basis during this period by 6.3 per cent for Chana, 6.1 per cent for Arhar, 6.5 per cent for Moong and 8.6 per cent for Urad, no corresponding crop migration from cereals to pulses had taken place;
  3. Whether it would be futile to attempt bringing more acreage under pulses; and
  4. If so, whether Government would focus on improving productivity?

 

ANSWER

THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE AND MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS, FOOD AND PUBLIC DISTRIBUTION
(SHRI K.V.THOMAS)

  1. Yes, Sir. The production of pulses in the country has peaked at 14.91 million tones during 1998-99 and 2003-04.
  2. The area coverage under pulses in the country during 1998-99 was 23.50 lakh hectares. Thereafter, the area under pulses has remained lower except during 2007-08 when it was marginally higher at 23.63 lakh hectares.
  3. There is scope for expansion of pulse cultivation in the country. As per estimates, more than 25 lakh hectare can be brought additionally under pulses cultivation. This includes use of rice-fallow, intercropping, catch cropping etc., Indian Council of Agriculture Research is implementing a programme to improve the productivity through development of hybrids in pegeonpea and high yielding varieties in different pulse crops having inbuilt resistance to different biotic stresses and response to nutrients and irrigation. The package technology with improved varieties is being demonstrated for enhancement of productivity and adoption by the farmers.
  4. There is scope for expansion of pulse cultivation in the country. As per estimates, more than 25 lakh hectare can be brought additionally under pulses cultivation. This includes use of rice-fallow, intercropping, catch cropping etc., Indian Council of Agriculture Research is implementing a programme to improve the productivity through development of hybrids in pegeonpea and high yielding varieties in different pulse crops having inbuilt resistance to different biotic stresses and response to nutrients and irrigation. The package technology with improved varieties is being demonstrated for enhancement of productivity and adoption by the farmers.
SHORTAGE OF SKILLED MANPOWER IN POWER SECTOR QUESTION NO 3334

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF POWER

RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO 3334
TO BE ANSWERED ON 26TH APRIL 2010


SHORTAGE OF SKILLED MANPOWER IN POWER SECTOR

QUESTION

3334. SHRI B. K. HARIPRASAD:

Will the minister of POWER be pleased to state:
  1. Whether the Indian power sector is increasingly feeling the shortage of skilled manpower like engineers, supervisors and technicians;
  2. Whether the man/MW ratio for the power generation and transmission in the country was 9.42 at the end of Ninth Five Year Plan and later declined to 7 per cent by the end of Tenth Five Year Plan and is projected at 5.82 by the end of the current Plan; and
  3. Whether a report by the Institute of Energy Management and Research has identified lack of training infrastructure as the prime reason for the shortage of manpower for the power sector?

 

ANSWER

THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF POWER
(SHRI BHARATSINH SOLANKI)

  1. There is no shortage of manpower of required qualification in any category of engineer, supervisor and technicians in the country considering the numbers passing out of the existing engineering colleges, Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs), Vocational Training Institutes (VTIs) and other institutions each year. However, there is shortage in some critical power related trades in some geographical locations and also there are shortcomings in the skill set of ITI trained skilled workers for utilization of their services in the power sector.          To overcome these, the Ministry of Power and the Central Electricity Authority (CEA) have initiated “Adopt an ITI” scheme since July 2007. under this scheme, the State Government ITI’s are being adopted by CPSUs (Central Power Sector Utilities) and Private Project developers under Public Private Partnership scheme of the Directorate General of Employment and Training, Ministry of Labour and Employment to invest in augmentation and up-gradation of the training assets of ITIs  around their project areas, especially in respect of trades that are relevant to the power industry. CPSUs have adopted 52 ITIs and private developers have also adopted 12 ITIs.
  2. Yes, Sir. As per the report of Planning Commission Working Group on Power for 11th Plan (constituted by Planning Commission), overall man/MW ratio for the power generation, transmission and distribution in the country was 9.42 at the end of the Ninth Plan and later declined to 7 percent by the end of the 10th Plan (based on actual achievements as on 31.12.2006 and expected achievement in the remaining period of the 10th Plan) and was projected at 5.82 by the end of the current Plan. Due to the introduction of more sophisticated technology and automation, the Man/MW ratio is declining over the years.
  3. Yes, Sir. The interim report on Human Capital Challenges in the Indian Power Sector by the Institute of Energy Management and Research has stated that the infrastructure for Thermal Induction is sufficient but it is grossly inadequate for Hydro and Power System induction. It has been further stated that inadequacy of infrastructure for Refresher Training required to upgrade skills and knowledge is a key reason for inadequate availability of manpower with right skills and competencies in the sector.
    However, as per our estimates, there is no shortage of manpower of any category in power sector though there are shortcomings in the required skills. To impart required skills and competencies, there are 68 training institutes including 8 in Hydro and 14 in T&D fields recognized by the CEA for imparting training in various power sector fields of thermal/hydro/T&D/power management.
USE OF LEDs QUESTION NO 3335

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF POWER

RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO 3335
TO BE ANSWERED ON 26TH APRIL 2010


USE OF LEDs

QUESTION

3335. SHRI B. K. HARIPRASAD:

Will the minister of POWER be pleased to state:
  1. Whether the Oil and Natural Gas Commission Energy Trust is going to set up a solid-state light emitting diode (LEDs) project for substantial savings of power used for lighting, to a tenth of its current consumption;
  2. Whether Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs) have already been put in place of conventional incandescent lamps and if so, whether any subsidy is being given for switching over from conventional bulbs to CFLs;
  3. Whether the Bureau of Energy Efficiency has set up demonstration projects for LEDs across 23 States for providing LEDs in villages or such projects for street lighting; and
  4. How Government proposes to overcome high initial costs of LEDs?

 

ANSWER

THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF POWER
(SHRI BHARATSINH SOLANKI)

  1. Yes, sir. Oil & Natural Gas Corporation Energy Centre, managed by Oil & Natural Gas Corporation Energy Centre Trust, is pursuing LED Project as Energy Conservation Project and has invited Expression of Interest (EOI) for selection of Joint Venture Partner for assembling and packaging of LED luminaries in India.
  2. Yes, Sir. The Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) has prepared a nationwide scheme, Bachat Lamp Yojana (BLY) through which private-sector CFL suppliers would provide Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs) at the cost of incandescent lamps. The valance cost of the CFLs would be recovered by the private-sector CFL suppliers through the carbon credits that accrue to the projects under the Clean Development Mechanism of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Hence no subsidy is given for switching over from conventional bulbs to CFLs. Two pilot projects at Vizag and Haryana have distributed CFLs.
    In order to minimize the transaction costs associated with the preparation and registration of a large number of CDM projects, BEE has prepared a Small-Scale Pragramme of Activities (SSC-PoA) under which it will coordinate as the PoA Managing entity. Each individual CDM project developed by the private-sector CFL supplier would by an add-on to this SSC-PoA.
  3. Yes, Sir. The Bureau of Energy Efficiency had launched a nationwide LED VILLAGE CAMPAIGN to convert the existing incandescent bulbs (ILB) in the house holds and the street lights of one village with LEDs in 27 states.
  4. The Bureau of Energy Efficiency is providing financial support for implementation of the LED Based street lighting in 23 municipalities and LED Village Campaign as demonstration Rrojects with the Objective to showcase the new technology for lighting using LEDs so that a comparison can be demonstrated between LED and conventional lighting technologies. The energy savings achieved through this would also facilitate the State Governments/U.T. Administration in replicating these demonstration projects in other parts of the state through various Departments/Agencies. This will in turn create demand in market for LED based lighting applications which would with economies of scale, reduce the cost of LEDs.
    In order to overcome the high initial cast as a barrier, the National Manufacturing Competitiveness Council (NMCC) constituted a Core Group chaired by Additional Secretary, Ministry of Power in December, 2009 in an attempt to take forward the policy outline prepared by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) to promote LEDs by aggregating demand in various states and encouraging domestic manufacturing to reduce costs. The Cor Group conducted brainstorming session with the industry and other stakeholders on 26th February, 2010.

    The recommendations made by the Core Group to overcome the major barriers in order to accelerate the penetration of LEDs are
    1. A robust institutional mechanism must be put in place both at the central and implementation level.
    2. Energy Efficiency Services Ltd. (ESSL) could be serve as an independent body for verification if so mandated by the appropriate regulatory body.
    3. Price and performance targets for key LED applications (such as for institutions and public lighting) should be identified in consultation with both LED lighting suppliers and potential buyers in institutional and municipal sectors with a view to aggregation demand.
    4. Public support in terms of world class technical assistance could by provided to consortia of committed users and LED suppliers to facilitate product design ( which meets the technical and aesthetic requirement of users), supply chain management, etc,. leading to development of world class products and production facilities.
    5. Technical standards for LEDs must by\e mandated by BIS at the earliest to ensure that good quality LEDs are preferred by customers;
    6. Testing protocols, infrastructure and accredited laboratories must be set up to ensure testing of LEDs for compliance to the technical standards;
    7. Monitoring and verification protocols for LEDs must be put in place either by the Centre/State institutions involved in these tasks, which are transparent and effective.
    8. Domestic manufacturing of LEDs for lighting needs to be encouraged in a phased programme. The most critical component i.e. Semiconductor Chip (heart of LED) can be taken up for manufacturing towards the end as its manufacturing involves high technology and huge investments. The manufacturing technology is closely guarded by few companies in the work\ls and may not be willing to part with this technology. The subsequent assembly of Semiconductor Chip into LED lighting device requires many other relatively low technology materials and processes. Domestic manufacturing of these technology materials and processes may be encouraged in the first phase.
PROPOSAL FOR CORPORATE SECTOR TO SET UP MEDICAL COLLEGES QUESTION NO 3449

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF HEALTH AND FAMILY WELFARE
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND FAMILY WELFARE 

RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO 3449
TO BE ANSWERED ON 27TH APRIL, 2010


PROPOSAL FOR CORPORATE SECTOR TO SET UP MEDICAL COLLEGES

QUESTION

3449.    SHRI B. K. HARIPRASAD:

Will the minister of HEALTH AND FAMILY WELFARE be pleased to state:
  1. Whether Government has proposed to allow the corporate sector to set up and run medical colleges;
  2. Whether globally recognized medical centres of excellence like John Hopkins and Harvard Medical School, integrate teaching hospitals, academia, research and practice with corporatization;
  3. Whether Government has also sanctioned 3991 more post-graduate seats in medical colleges across the country, with allocation of Rs1350 crore worth of assistance for upgrading State Government medical colleges; and
  4. If so, the details thereof?

 

ANSWER
MINISTER OF STATE FOR HEALTH AND FAMILY WELFARE
(SHRI DINESH TRIVEDI)

  1. As per amendment made in Minimum Requirements for 50/100/150 Admissions Annually Regulations, 1999, companies registered under Company Act are allowed to open medical colleges in the country.
  2. This Ministry does not maintain such information on foreign Universities.
  3. The Central Government gas a scheme for strengthening and upgradation of State Government Medical Colleges by way of one time grant of Rs.1350 crores for starting new Post Graduate (PG) disciplines and increasing PG scats by central funding during. 11th Plan. Under this scheme, approximately 4000 seats are envisaged to be increased. During the financial year 2009-10, a sum of Rs.16.00 crores has been released to ten Government Medical colleges in States of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Orissa.
VACCINES AT DISCOUNTED PRICES FOR DOCTORS QUESTION NO 3485

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF HEALTH AND FAMILY WELFARE
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND FAMILY WELFARE

RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO 3485
TO BE ANSWERED ON 27TH APRIL 2010


VACCINES AT DISCOUNTED PRICES FOR DOCTORS

QUESTION

3485. SHRI B. K. HARIPRASAD:

Will the minister of HEALTH AND FAMILY WELFARE be pleased to state:
  1. Whether a study report has revealed that many vaccine producers are offering vaccines at hugely reduced prices to doctors who in turn charge the full MRP price from the patients;
  2. Whether according to the report, the percentage of profit margin ranges from 30 to 69 per cent while in rupee terms the discount over MRP per vaccine dose ranges between RS.85.00 to Rs.620.00;
  3. Whether many vaccines require a minimum of three doses and hence the doctors’ profit margin could be as high as Rs.1800.00 per child vaccinated; and
  4. If so, the details thereof and Government’s reaction thereto?

 

ANSWER

THE MINISTER OF STATE FOR HEALTH AND FAMILY WELFARE
(SHRI DINESH TRIVEDI)

  1. to d.
      A study by Dr. Rakesh Lodha of the Department of Paediatrics, AIIMS and Dr. Anurag Bhargav of Jan Swasthya Sahyog in Chhatisgarh, published in a recent issue of the Indian Journal of Medical Ethics, reveals the huge difference in the price of vaccines offered to doctors. The percentage margin between the price to doctors and MRP ranges from 30% to 69%, while in rupee terms, the discount over the MRP per vaccine dose ranges from Rs.85 to Rs.620, the study says. Many vaccines require giving three or more doses and hence the profit margin could as high as Rs.1800 per child vaccinated.
    However, in an another study, consultant pediatrician Dr Yash Paul from Jaipur found the difference between MRP and price for doctors is very small for vaccines which are part of the National Immunization Programme.
NEW PROCUREMENT POLICY FOR DEFENCE EQUIPMENT AND HARDWARE QUESTION NO 3557

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF DEFENCE
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENCE

RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO 3557
TO BE ANSWERED ON 28TH APRIL 2010


NEW PROCUREMENT POLICY FOR DEFENCE EQUIPMENT AND HARDWARE

QUESTION

3557. SHRI B. K. HARIPRASAD:

Will the Minister of DEFENCE be pleased to state:
  1. Whether under the new procurement policy for defence equipment and hardware, the Government is likely to prefer bidders who have invested in development of indigenous design and production facility for defence hardware and equipments;
  2. How soon this new procurement policy will be functional;
  3. Whether according to the new procurement norms, the lowest Indian bidder will get 60 per cent of the indent and the second lowest the rest 40 per cent; and
  4. Whether likely price variations between bid-1 and bid-2 for the same specification is admissible under the extant CVC guidelines laid down for a transparent procurement policy?

 

ANSWER

THE MINISTER OF DEFENCE
(SHRI A.K.ANTONY)

  1. to d.
      Defence Procurement Policy-2008 (DPP-2008) came into effect from 1st September, 2008. there is a provision for periodical review of this procedure. DPP-2008 was last reviewed in 2009 and certain amendments were promulgated which became effective from 1st November, 2009.
CAGs OBSERVATIONS ON SCORPENE SUBMARINE DEAL QUESTION NO 3571

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF DEFENCE
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENCE

RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO 3571
TO BE ANSWERED ON 28TH  APRIL 2010


CAGs OBSERVATIONS ON SCORPENE SUBMARINE DEAL

QUESTION

3571. SHRI B. K. HARIPRASAD:

Will the Minister of DEFENCE be pleased to state:
  1. Whether despite both China and Pakistan rapidly bolstering their sub-marine fleets, India’s ambitious Scorpene project under which one vessel was to roll out every year from 2010, is already lagging 2 years behind schedule.
  2. Whether Government has already approved a huge cast escalation in the original cast of Rs.18,798 crores for construction six French Scorpene submarines at Mazgaon Docks in Mumbai;
  3. Whether a report of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India has commented adversely on the Government for taking nine years to finalise the Scorpene deal; and
  4. If so, the details thereof?

 

ANSWER

THE MINISTER OF DEFENCE
(SHRI A.K.ANTONY)

  1. to d.
      A Statement is attached.
BASIC AMENITIES TO WORKERS ENGAGED IN CWG-2010 QUESTION NO 3635

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT

RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO 3635
TO BE ANSWERED ON 28TH APRIL, 2010/VAISAKHA 1, 1932 (SAKA)


BASIC AMENITIES TO WORKERS ENGAGED IN CWG-2010

QUESTION

3635. SHRI B. K. HARIPRASAD:

Will the Minister of LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT be pleased to state:
  1. Whether enormous sums have been spent on the organization of Commonwealth Games-2010;
  2. Whether more than 1,00,000 workers are engaged in construction work related to the games and if so, whether these workers are camped in make-shift labour camps without basic amenities like water, toilet and privacy;
  3. Whether it would cost less than one per cent of the total project cost to fulfill the legal obligations of labour contractors and whether cess worth Rs.400 crores is lying unspent with Delhi Building and Other Construction Workers Board; and
  4. If so, the details thereof?

 

ANSWER

THE MINISTER OF STATE FOR LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT
(SHRI HARISH RAWAT)

  1. to d.
      The information is being collected and will be laid on the Table of the House
SECURITY CLEARANCE ON ALL NETWORK EQUIPMENTS QUESTION NO 3723

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY DEPARTMENT OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS

RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO 3723
TO BE ANSWERED ON 29TH APRIL 2010


SECURITY CLEARANCE ON ALL NETWORK EQUIPMENTS

QUESTION

3723. SHRI B. K. HARIPRASAD:

Will the minister of COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY be pleased to state:

  1. Whether the Department of Telecom has made it mandatory for all telecom operators in the country to get security clearance on all the network equipment;
  2. Whether in pursuance of this decision, Government proposes to set up a Telecom Testing and Security Certification Centre to address the security concerns associated with suspect venders;
  3. Whether this proposed testing and certification agency will be modeled after the China Information Technology Certification Centre; and
  4. If so, the details thereof?

 

ANSWER

THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
(SHRI GURUDAS KAMAT)

  1. Sir, amendments have been issued in December, 2009 in the Licence Agreements of all Telecom Service Providers for security related concerns stipulating that the LICENSEE(S) shall apply to the Licensor for security clearance, along with the details of the equipment(s) as well as details of equipment(s) suppliers and manufacturers including Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM), before placement of the final purchase order for procurement/up gradation of equipment/software for provisioning of telecommunications services under the licence and that it shall also include any such activity by the franchisee, agents or person of that licensees. In case, no response is received from the Licensor within thirty working days, it shall be presumed that there is no objection to the procurement.
  2. The centre for Telecom Testing and Security Certification is one module of the proposed scheme for Centre of “Communication Security Research & Monitoring”, after a through study.
  3. The centre for Telecom Testing and Security Certification is one module of the proposed scheme for Centre of “Communication Security Research & Monitoring”, after a through study.
  4. The centre for Telecom Testing and Security Certification is one module of the proposed scheme for Centre of “Communication Security Research & Monitoring”, after a through study.
CANADIAN CYBER  AUTHORITY TEAM QUESTION NO 3724

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY DEPARTMENT OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO 3724
TO BE ANSWERED ON 29TH APRIL 2010


CANADIAN CYBER  AUTHORITY TEAM

QUESTION

3724. SHRI B. K. HARIPRASAD:

Will the minister of COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY be pleased to state:
  1. Whether the recent revelations by a Canadian Cyber Security team include deep penetration into Indian Security establishments including National Security Council, Military Intelligence Wings and even the Prime Minister’s Office be Chinese cyberspy network code named Shadow network;
  2. Whether the Shadow network is reported to have caused theft of documents from Indian missions abroad-Kabul, Moscow, Dubai, Islamabad, Kandahar etc,. and
  3. Whether the Canadian cyber sleuths based at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs have in hand more damaging reports for India?

 

ANSWER

THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
(SHRI SACHIN PILOT)

  1. The Government is aware of a report titled “Shadows in the Cloud Investigation Cyber Espionage 2.0” published by the group of researchers from the Munk school of Global Affairs, University of Toronto, Canada. The report pointed out penetration of the Indian information systems belonging to key Government organizations.
    The said report brought to light certain documents that have been perceived to be stolen from embassies abroad. An agency of the Government has been investigating such types of attacks by adversaries for some time. An investigation had already been launched into the matter prior to the reports that appeared in the media. The agency is working in close coordination with various agencies and service providers to identify reportedly affected computer systems, their locations and thereafter sanitizing them. The investigation will enable a comprehensive view in the subject to deal with the threats to be worked out.
  2. The Government is aware of a report titled “Shadows in the Cloud Investigation Cyber Espionage 2.0” published by the group of researchers from the Munk school of Global Affairs, University of Toronto, Canada. The report pointed out penetration of the Indian information systems belonging to key Government organizations.
    The said report brought to light certain documents that have been perceived to be stolen from embassies abroad. An agency of the Government has been investigating such types of attacks by adversaries for some time. An investigation had already been launched into the matter prior to the reports that appeared in the media. The agency is working in close coordination with various agencies and service providers to identify reportedly affected computer systems, their locations and thereafter sanitizing them. The investigation will enable a comprehensive view in the subject to deal with the threats to be worked out.
  3. The concerned Government agency is in close contact with the researchers who had prepared the report.
CONTROVERSIES ON THE DIVERGENT ESTIMATES OF POVERTY QUESTION NO 3768

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF PLANNING

RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO 3768
TO BE ANSWERED ON 29TH APRIL 2010


CONTROVERSIES ON THE DIVERGENT ESTIMATES OF POVERTY

QUESTION

3768. SHRI B. K. HARIPRASAD:

Will the PRIME MINISTER be pleased to state:
  1. Whether to set at rest the controversies on the divergent estimates of poverty by group of experts and committees, government has decided to fix the poverty line based on the criteria suggested by the S.D. Tendulkar headed task force;
  2. Whether a new survey for identifying below poverty line households is underway and if so, whether the methodology for the survey will be based on recommendations made by N.C. Saxena Committee and eminent economists like Jean Dreze and others; and
  3. Whether Government’s earlier estimates on poverty level was based on an outdated poverty line and commodity basket dating back to 1970s?

 

ANSWER

THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF PLANNING AND MINITER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF PARLIMENTARY AFFAIRS
(SHRI V. NARAYANASAMY)

  1. The Planning Commission is the nodal agency in the Government of India to estimate poverty in the country. The methodology for estimation of poverty is reviewed from time to time and accordingly, the Planning Commission constituted an Expert Group under the chairmanship of Prof. Suresh D. Tendulkar in December 2005. The Expert Group submitted its report on 8th December, 2009 and the planning Commission is seized of the recommendations.
  2. No, Sir. The Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD) conducts the Below Poverty Line (BPL) Census through States and UTs to identify the BPL households in the rural areas. Before conducting the next BPL Census, the MoRD had constituted an Expert Group (Saxena Committee) to recommend suitable methodology to identify the BPL households in the rural areas which submitted its report in August 2009. Before finalizing the methodology based on the recommendations of the Expert Group, the MoRD has sought the views of experts and other stakeholders.
  3. Since the year 1997, the poverty estimates are arrived at on the methodology contained in the Report of the Expert Group on Estimation of Proportion and Number of the Poor (Lakdawala Committee).the Poverty line was defined as per capita consumption level of Rs.49.09 per capita per month in rural areas and Rs.56.64 per capita per month in urban areas at 1973-74 prices at national level which corresponds 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. The National Poverty Line was disaggregated into State-wise poverty lines in order to reflect the State-wise price differentials and these poverty lines are updated using Consumer Price Index for Agriculture Labourers (CPL-AL) in rural areas and Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) for urban areas.
FAILURE OF PDS QUESTION NO 3884

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS, FOOD AND PUBLIC DISTRIBUTION DEPARTMENT OF FOOD AND PUBLIC DISTRIBUTION

RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO 3884
TO BE ANSWERED ON 30TH APRIL 2010


FAILURE OF PDS

QUESTION

3884. SHRI B. K. HARIPRASAD:

Will the minister of CONSUMER AFFAIRS, FOOD AND PUBLIC DISTRIBUTION be pleased to state:
  1. Whether the Central Vigilance Committee appointed by the Supreme Court has recently slammed the Public Distribution System as one of the most corrupt schemes in the country;
  2. If so, the facts thereof and whether the root causes of the failure of PDS in several States have been ascertained;
  3. If so, the details thereof;
  4. Whether in view of the CVC report in the poor functioning of PDS, the Union Government Proposes to take any steps to evaluate and improve the functioning of the PDS; and
  5. If so, the details thereof?

 

ANSWER

THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE AND MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS, FOOD AND PUBLIC DISTRIBUTION
(PROF. K.V. THOMAS)

  1. to e.
      The Central Vigilance Committee (CVC), set up by Hon’ble Supreme Court in the context of Writ Petition no. 196/2001 to study functioning of Public Distribution System (PDS), has submitted its reports to the Hon’ble Supreme Court in respect of 12 States/UTs, namely, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chandigarh, Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Orissa, Rajasthan, Kerala and Uttarakhand as well as a report in Computerisationof Public Distribution System (PDS) operations. Central Vigilance Committee has referred to certain deficiencies/shortcomings in the functioning of TPDS and has made recommendations for strengthening of TPDS. The reports of the Committee relating to States/UTs have been sent to concerned State/UT Governments to examine and send comments along with their action taken report.
    Government has issued directions to State Governments to streamline Functioning of TPDS by enforcing provisions of PDS (Control) Order, 2001. besides this, the Government has also issued instructions to States/Union Territories to strengthen Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS) by improving monitoring mechanism and vigilance, increased transparency in functioning of TPDS, use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) tools and improving the efficiency of Fair Price Shop operations.
IMPORT OF PULSES FROM MYANMAR QUESTION NO 3905

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS, FOOD AND PUBLIC DISTRIBUTION DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS

RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO 3905
TO BE ANSWERED ON 30TH APRIL 2010


IMPORT OF PULSES FROM MYANMAR

QUESTION

3905. SHRI B. K. HARIPRASAD:

Will the minister of CONSUMER AFFAIRS, FOOD AND PUBLIC DISTRIBUTION be pleased to state:
  1. Whether India had earlier planned to import three quarter million tones of pulses from Myanmar on Government ot Government commodity purchase bases which work out much cheaper than other routes;
  2. Whether the deal fell through because of Myanmar insisting on advance non-US dollar cash payment;
  3. Whether India was keen on using the balance of trade route, since advance cash payment violated Government to Government deal terms; and
  4. If so, the details thereof?

 

ANSWER

THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE AND MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS, FOOD AND PUBLIC DISTRIBUTION
(PROF. K.V. THOMAS)

  1. As per the Agreed Minutes, about one million tones of pulses were to be imported. Subsequently 30,000 tonnes of black matpe and 7,000 tonnes of green moong were contracted to be imported. However, only about 5,000 tonnes of black motpe, was imported.
  2. The main issue was their request for making payment prior to the fixation of price and quantity of pulses imported. Government decided not to proceed further on account of procedural complexities.
  3. Pulses were already being imported by the PSUs and private traders at zero duty under OGL.
  4. Pulses were already being imported by the PSUs and private traders at zero duty under OGL.
APATHY OF STATE GOVERNMENTS FOR LIFTING SUBSIDIZED PULSES QUESTION NO 3906

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS, FOOD AND PUBLIC DISTRIBUTION DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS

RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO 3906
TO BE ANSWERED ON 30TH APRIL 2010


APATHY OF STATE GOVERNMENTS FOR LIFTING SUBSIDIZED PULSES

QUESTION

3906. SHRI B. K. HARIPRASAD:

Will the minister of CONSUMER AFFAIRS, FOOD AND PUBLIC DISTRIBUTION be pleased to state:
  1. Whether out of four lakh tones of imported pulses with a subsidy of 10.00 per kg. offered to 28 States recently, only 9 States have responded so far, lifting a total of only 1.4 lakh tones;
  2. Whether many States have found the scheme unviable as getting the allotted pulses processed and distributed would raise their prices higher than those prevailing in the market;
  3. If so, the details thereof;
  4. Whether Assam and Bihar did not lift the allotted quota of subsidised pulses; and
  5. If so, the reasons therfor?

 

ANSWER
THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE AND MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS, FOOD AND PUBLIC DISTRIBUTION
(PROF. K.V. THOMAS)

  1. As the scheme was approved only in November 2008, progress was limited in 2008-09. however in 2009-2010 the authorized agencies have supplied more than 2.50 lac tones of imported pulses to 9 States namely West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Maharashtra, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh.
  2. Some of the State Governments such as Assam, West Bengal and Punjab have requested for supply of processed pulses. It has been decided that the requirement of processing of pulses may be arranged mutually between the State Governments and the PSUs concerned.
  3. Some of the State Governments such as Assam, West Bengal and Punjab have requested for supply of processed pulses. It has been decided that the requirement of processing of pulses may be arranged mutually between the State Governments and the PSUs concerned.
  4. Under this scheme, No state-wise allocations is made. As per the scheme, it is up to the State /UT Governments to place orders depending upon their requirement of quantity and variety of pulses, with the PSUs importing the pulses.
  5. Under this scheme, No state-wise allocations is made. As per the scheme, it is up to the State /UT Governments to place orders depending upon their requirement of quantity and variety of pulses, with the PSUs importing the pulses.
TAKING OWNERSHIP OF CATERING SERVICES QUESTION NO 3960

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS

RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO 3960
TO BE ANSWERED ON 30TH APRIL 2010


TAKING OWNERSHIP OF CATERING SERVICES

QUESTION

3960. SHRI B. K. HARIPRASAD:

Will the minister of RAILWAYS be pleased to state:
  1. Whether Railways has decided to take ownership of catering functions in all passenger and mail trains beginning with Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duronto trains;
  2. Whether a sub-Committee of Railway Board has highlighted the need to the end the present situation of duality of authority between the IECTC and Railways;
  3. Whether just 31 contractors have formed a cartel for handling catering services for all 264 mail/express trains that provide pantry car services; and
  4. Whether catering contracts obtained by multiple firms are owned by members of the same family?

 

ANSWER
MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(SHRI E. AHAMED)

  1. For bringing about overall improvement in the quality of railway catering, the catering policy is being reviewed. Temporarily however, the supervision of catering services on a few trains is being undertaken by railways on an experimental basis.
  2. No, Sir.
  3. As per present catering policy, a firm/company or an individual can hold a maximum of 15% of any category of major units. As present there are 36 different licensees managing pantry car licenses on 263 different trains which have been licensed out to private licensee. The ceiling limits laid down in the policy are being adhered to.
  4. As per present catering policy, a firm/company or an individual can hold a maximum of 15% of any category of major units. As present there are 36 different licensees managing pantry car licenses on 263 different trains which have been licensed out to private licensee. The ceiling limits laid down in the policy are being adhered to.
CONVENTION ON INTERNATIONAL TRADE IN ENDANGERED SPECIES QUESTION NO 4022

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT AND FORESTS

RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO 4022
TO BE ANSWERED ON 3TH MAY 2010


CONVENTION ON INTERNATIONAL TRADE IN ENDANGERED SPECIES

QUESTION

4022. SHRI B. K. HARIPRASAD:

Will the minister of ENVIRONMENT AND FORESTS be pleased to state:
  1. Whether the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna, scheduled to meet this month in Doha, is likely to debate the ban on fishing and trading of Bluefin Tuna;
  2. Whether India is likely to support the ban because of its commitment to save endangered species;
  3. Whether India is also likely to take up the issue of tiger farms in China at the Doha meet with the support of UK; and
  4. If so, the details therof?

 

ANSWER
MINISTER OF STATE (INDEPENDENT CHARGE) for ENVIRONMENT AND FORESTS
(SHRI JAIRAM RAMESH)

  1. Yes, Sir. The issue came up during the Conference of Parties (CoP15) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITIES) held during March, 2010 at Doha. India has supported the proposal of listing Blurfin Tuna in Appendix-II of Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITIES).
  2. Yes, Sir. The issue came up during the Conference of Parties (CoP15) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITIES) held during March, 2010 at Doha. India has supported the proposal of listing Blurfin Tuna in Appendix-II of Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITIES).
  3. India took up the issue of tiger farming in the Conference of Parties (CoP15) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) held during March, 2010 at Doha, India was keen that the language regarding “operations breeding tigers on a commercial scale”, taken from Decision 14.69 from the 14th Conference of Parties, be retained, either through incorporation in the Resolution, or through the continuation of Decision 14.69, China objected to this on the grounds that it was outside the scope of Convention, despite the fact that the 14th Conference of the Parties had voted this through with a comfortable majority. After prolonged deliberation and dialogue between India, China, the United Kingdom, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITIES) Secretariat and other range states, a consensus position was eventually achieved. Based on this consensus, a revised proposal was put forward by the United Kingdom, on behalf of European Community, and this proposal was adopted unanimously by the Conference of the Parties without any objections. The salient features of this consensus position on tiger farming is that;
    • Decision 14.69 dealing with “operation breeding tigers a commercial scale” will be retained as it is.
  4. India took up the issue of tiger farming in the Conference of Parties (CoP15) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) held during March, 2010 at Doha, India was keen that the language regarding “operations breeding tigers on a commercial scale”, taken from Decision 14.69 from the 14th Conference of Parties, be retained, either through incorporation in the Resolution, or through the continuation of Decision 14.69, China objected to this on the grounds that it was outside the scope of Convention, despite the fact that the 14th Conference of the Parties had voted this through with a comfortable majority. After prolonged deliberation and dialogue between India, China, the United Kingdom, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITIES) Secretariat and other range states, a consensus position was eventually achieved. Based on this consensus, a revised proposal was put forward by the United Kingdom, on behalf of European Community, and this proposal was adopted unanimously by the Conference of the Parties without any objections. The salient features of this consensus position on tiger farming is that;
    • Decision 14.69 dealing with “operation breeding tigers a commercial scale” will be retained as it is.
INSTALLATION OF FAULTY METERS BY POWER COMPANIES IN DELHI QUESTION NO 4108

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF POWER

RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO 4108
TO BE ANSWERED ON 3TH MAY 2010


INSTALLATION OF FAULTY METERS BY POWER COMPANIES IN DELHI

QUESTION

4108. SHRI B. K. HARIPRASAD:

Will the minister of POWER be pleased to state:
  1. Whether after a proper investigation, the Competition Commission of India has found that the privately owned power distributing companies in Delhi are guilty of indulging in anti-competitive practices and abusing their dominant position by inflating power bills through a faulty metering system;
  2. Whether the Commission also found that more than 90 per cent of the electricity meters in Delhi installed by the privately owned discoms, show 2.5 per cent more than the actual reading;
  3. If so, the details thereof?

ANSWER
MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF POWER
(SHRI BHARATSINH SOLANKI)

  1. Competition Commission of India (CCI) received information under Section 19(1) of the Competition Act, 2002 on 27th August, 2009 against 3 Discoms alleging violation of the provisions of Section 3 & 4 of the Competition Act, 2002. The matter is still under enquiry in the Competition Commission of India.
  2. Do not arise in view of (a) above.
  3. Do not arise in view of (a) above.
GOVERNMENT GUARANTEE FOR EDUCATION LOANS QUESTION NO 4206

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF FINANCE
DEPARTMENT OF FINANCIAL SERVICES

RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO 4206
TO BE ANSWERED ON 4TH MAY 2010


GOVERNMENT GUARANTEE FOR EDUCATION LOANS

QUESTION

4206. SHRI B. K. HARIPRASAD:

Will the minister of FINANCE be pleased to state:
  1. Whether large commercial banks including PSU banks are planning to seek the support of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to secure Government guarantee for education loans;
  2. Whether mounting bad loans in the education sector is the key concern for most of these banks as around 5 per cent of total education loans have become sub-standard loans; and
  3. Whether Government id likely to provide a guarantee, at least for loans below Rs.4.00 lakhs as students seeking loans upto this limit are exempted from providing any collateral or guarantee?

 

ANSWER
MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF FINANCE
(SHRI BHARATSINH SOLANKI)

  1. Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has reported that it has no information in this regard.
  2. Member banks have informed the Indian Banks’ Association (IBA) that there could be a high incidence of NPA positions in the particular band of loans granted up to Rs.4 lakhs, under the scheme, since the students need not provide any security for the loan.
  3. IBA had submitted a proposal for creation of Credit Guarantee Fund for loans up to Rs.4 lakhs. IBA has been advised to submit the proposal with complete data on irregular accounts, recovery and NPA with breakup of loan size so as to examine the same in right perspective.
PRIMARY HEALTHCARE SYSTEM QUESTION NO 4225

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF HEALTH AND FAMILY WELFARE
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND FAMILY WELFARE 

RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO 4225
TO BE ANSWERED ON 4TH MAY 2010


PRIMARY HEALTHCARE SYSTEM

QUESTION

4225. SHRI B. K. HARIPRASAD:

Will the minister of HEALTH AND FAMILY WELFARE be pleased to state:
  1. Whether Government has come across a recent working paper by the Centre of Globalization and Sustainable Development, terming India’s primary healthcare system as dysfunctional;
  2. Whether the Economic Survey 2009-10 highlights a shortage of 20,486 subcentres, 4477 primary health centre’s and 2337 community health centre’s based on 2001 population norm;
  3. Whether only 13 per cent of the rural residents have access to Primary Health Centre (PHC), 33 per cent to a sub-centre, 9.6 per cent to a hospital and 28.3 per cent to a dispensary or clinic; and
  4. If so, what are Government’s comments thereon?

 

ANSWER
MINISTER OF HEALTH AND FAMILY WELFARE
(SHRI GHULAM NABI AZAD)

  1. The report had said that since the launch of the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) on April 12, 2005 by Dr. Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of India, undoubtedly the Mission has achieved a great deal, especially in the area of putting in place an ASHA for every 1,000 population; creating greater awareness about ante-natal care, institutional delivery, post-natal care, and child immunization; raising institutional deliveries; raising the number of out-patients being provided with healthcare services in the health facilities; providing untied funds of all levels of facilities; and providing the much needed flexibility for outreath of services, and so on. These are all very commendable achievements. However, the scale of the challenge that remains is immense, but so too, we believe is India’s capacity.
  2. Yes
  3. No
  4. Does not arise.
UNESCO REPORT ON NAXAL ATTACKS QUESTION NO 4357

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF HOME AFFAIRS

RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO 4357
TO BE ANSWERED ON 5TH MAY 2010/VAISAKHA 15, 1932 (SAKA)


UNESCO REPORT ON NAXAL ATTACKS

QUESTION

4357.    SHRI B. K. HARIPRASAD:

            DR. JANARDHAN WAGHMARE:
Will the minister of HOME AFFAIRS be pleased to state:
  1. Whether Government has examined the UNESCO report figuring India among four countries that has seen a marked increase in systematic attack on schools, students and teachers between 2006 and 2009 by naxals;
  2. Whether the study found India among other 18 countries where children were forcibly or voluntarily recruited from schools, or an route to or from schools by armed groups for combat operations;
  3. Whether according to this report, nearly 300 schools were blown up by naxals between 2006 and 2009; and
  4. Whether Government has also examined Human Rights Watch, 2008 report, titled Dangerous Duty: Children and the Chhattisgarh Conflict?

 

ANSWER
MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF HOME AFFAIRS
(SHRI AJAY MAKEN)

  1. to d. : As per available inputs, report from Human Rights Watch titled ‘Sabotaged Schooling: Naxalite attacks and Police Occupation of Schools In India’s Bihar & Jharkhand States, lists 34 schools in Jharkhand and 16 in Bihar which were damaged by the Naxalites. State Governments have been directed to ensure expeditious repair/reconstruction of the damaged school buildings and greater involvement of the community in the management of the school to provide an effective and enduring protection of the schools

    Naxalites attacked 198 school buildings between 2006 and 2009 in the States of Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Bihar, Maharashtra and Orissa.

    Inputs indicate that the CIP (Maoist) in the States of Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Orissa recruit young children from time to time. In Bihar and Jharkhand, these children are enrolled in ‘Bal Dasta’ and in Chhattisgarh and Orissa, the children’s squad is known as ‘Bal Sangham’.

ACCESSING CENSUS DATA TO MARKETING COMPANIES QUESTION NO 4378

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF HOME AFFAIRS

RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO 4378
TO BE ANSWERED ON 5TH MAY 2010/VAISAKHA 15, 1932 (SAKA)


ACCESSING CENSUS DATA TO MARKETING COMPANIES

QUESTION

4378. SHRI B. K. HARIPRASAD:

Will the minister of HOME AFFAIRS be pleased to state:
  1. Whether 2011 census has been flagged off and whether this census would mark the first ever attempt to build a National Population Register which is considered a database for every single resident of India;
  2. Whether the census will be conducted in two phases, the first being House listing and Housing Census and the second the Population enumeration; and
  3. Whether the Census data will be accessible to others than the Government departments and if so, whether the data will be furnished to partly the expenses incurred in the census operations?

 

ANSWER
MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF HOME AFFAIRS
(SHRI GHULAM NABI AZAD)

  1. Yes, Sir.
  2. Yes, Sir.
  3. The individual level data is confidential as per the Census Act, 1948. However, the Tables generated and released as per the Tabulation Plan will be available for sale to both Government and Non-Government agencies.