03.12.92 *t02

WRITTEN ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS

[English]

Project linked with HBJ Pipeline

145. SHRI CHANDRESH PATEL: Will the Minister of PETROLEUM AND NATURAL GAS be pleased to state:-

(a) the projects to which HBJ pipeline was to supply gas as per original plan;

(b) whether these projects have been completed;

(c) if not, the reasons for delay and by when these are likely to be completed;

(d) whetherthe gas earmarked for these projects has been diverted for other use;

(e) if so, the details thereof; and

(f)the reasons therefor?

THE MINISTER OF PERTROLEUM AND NATURAL GAS (SHRI B.

SHANKARANAND):(a) six fertilizer plants at Vijaypur, Aonla,Jagdishpur, Sawai Madhopur, Babrala and Shahjahanpur.

(b)Three of them have been completed and three are delayed.

41 Written Answers

(c) Three projects were delayed due to change in location/promoters, delay in tinalisation of product pattern, late notification of deemed export benefits and foreign exchange constraints and are likely to be completed in the next two to three years.

(d) to (t). On account of the delay in completion of the three projects alternate consumers were allotted gas to minimise the loss due to under utilisation of investment on natural gas.

Soil Conservation

146. SHRI ANADI CHARAN DAS: Will the Minister of AGRICULTURE be pleased to state:

(a) the States where the schemes for "Integrated Watershed Management in the Catchmentsof Flood Prone Rivers"areunder operation with 100 percent Central assistance as a vegetative coverage with soil conservation measures;

(b) whether many such scheme has been submitted to the Union Government by the Government of Orissa;

(c) if so, the details thereof;

(d)whether funds have been sanctioned for the scheme after the approval by the Union Government;

(e) if so, the details thereof; and

(f) if not, the reasons therefor?

THE MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE (SHRI BALRAMJAKHAR): (a)The Centrally Sponsored Schemes of Integrated Watershed Management in the Catchments of

42 Written Answers

Flood Prone River is being implemented in the States of Bihar, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal.

(b) and (c). Yes Sir. A request from the State Government of Orissa has been received for inclusion of the catchments of Brahmani,Baitarni and Kansbans river under th on-going Centrally Sponsored Scheme, Integrated Watershed Management in the Catchments of Flood Prone Rivers.

(d) and (t). On account of resources constraint, it has not been possible to cover additional catchments under the scheme.

Wheat Production

147.DR. LAXMINARAYAN PANDEYA: SHRI K. PRADHANI:

Will the Minister of AGRICULTURE be pleased to state:

(a) whether the production of wheat has been stagnant during the last three years;

(b) if so, the details of wheat production during each of the last three years;

(c) whether the Government have felt the need to draw a long-term plan to boost the production of wheat to meet the growing demands by 2000 A.D.,; and

(d) if so, the various strategies proposed to be adopted by the Government in this regard?

THE MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE (SHRI BALRAMJAKHAR): (a) and (b). The production of wheat during the last three years has been under:- --------------------------------------------------------------------- Year (Million tonnes) Production --------------------------------------------------------------------- 1989-90 49.85 43 Written Answers

---------------------------------------------------------------------- Year (Million tones) Production ---------------------------------------------------------------------- 1990-91 55.13 1991-92 55.09 ---------------------------------------------------------------------- (c) and (d). The Government have been reviewing the demand and supply situation of various commodities including wheat from time to time and undertaking various programmes and strategies to increase the production to meet the increasing demand. The various strategies for increasing the production of wheat in the country include the continuance of on-going programme of Special Foodgrain Production Programme (SFPP) Wheat during the 8th Plan period; production and distribution of adequate quantities of certified seeds of newly evolved wheat varieties; upgradation of wheat technology through continued research on development of location specific varieties; strong price and market support, etc.

School for Handicapped Children

148. SHRI MANJAY LAL: Will the Minister of WELFARE be pleased to state:

(a) the percentage of aid being given to the societies which are running schools for the mentally retarded/physically handicapped children;

(b) whether the Government have any plan to give full aid to the societies running such schools; and

(c) if so, the details thereof?

THE MINISTER OF WELFARE (SHRI SITARAM KESRI): (a) 90% of the cost of the project in accordance with the norms under the scheme of assistance to organisations forthe disabled persons, is given as grant-in-

44 Written Answers

aid to the societies running schools for Mentally Retarded/Physically Handicapped children

(b) No, Sir.

(c)Does not arise.

Right to Information

149. PROF. PREM DHUMAL: SHRI ATAL BIHARI VAJPAYEE:

Will the Minister of HOME AFFAIRS be pleased to state:

(a)whether there is any proposal to bring forward a legislation in the matter of providing Right to Information; and

(b) if so, the details thereof?

THE MINISTER OF HOME AFFAIRS (SHRI S.B. CHAVAN): (a) and (b).

Government has been considering appropiate steps towards openness and transparency in the functioning of Government. In view, however, of the importance and complexity of issues involved, formulation of definite views/ proposals would necessarily take time.

Supply of Gas to Power Stations

150.SHRI CHHITUBHAIGAMIT: SHRIMATI BHAVNACHIKHLIA:

Will the Minister of PETROLEUM AND NATURAL GAS be pleased to state:

(a)whether the Government of Gujarat

45 Written Answers

have approached the Union Governmentfor supply of gas to Utran and AEC Power Stations in that State;

(b)if so, the details thereof; and

(c)the action taken in this regard?

THE MINISTER OF PETROLEUM AND NATURAL GAS (SHRI B.

SHANKARANAND):(a) Yes, Sir.

(b) and (c). AEC Vatwa and Uttaran power stations are being supplied 0.40 MMSCMD and 0.25 MMSCMD of natural gas respectively.

Additional 0.45 MMSCMD is to be supplied to Uttaran power station after laying of pipeline and development of the Gandhar field in stages.

Bodo Phobiem

151.SHRI BIRSINGHA MAHATO: SHRI CHITTA BASU:

Will the Minister of HOME AFFAIRS be pleased to state:

(a) whether the three-member expert Committee set up by the Government in September, 1990 to go in depth into the Bodo problem in Assam has since submitted its report;

(b) if so, the salient features of the report; and

(c) the reaction of the Government thereto?

THE MINISTER OF HOME AFFAIRS (SHRI S.B. CHAVAN): (a) Yes, Sir.

(b) The Expert Committee has recommended a mechanism for devolution of legislative, administrative,judicial and financial powers in two distinct identified sectors having concentration of Plains Tribals to the

46 Written Answers

North of river Brahmaputra in Assam. A three-tier structure at the village, group of villages,and apex levels for this purpose has been recommended for each sector. The constitution of a Legislative Council for the State of Assam has also been recommended.

(c)The All Bodo Students'Union (ABSU) and the Bodo Peoples' Action Committee (BPAC) have rejected the recommendations of the Expert Committee. In view of this, discussions have been held at State and the Central Government levels to find an amicable and acceptable solution to the problem of Plains Tribals through negotiations with the concerned parties.These efforts are continuing.

[Translation]

Slums and Urban Villages of Delhi

152.SHRI S.N. VEKARIA: SHRIMATI SURYAKANTA PATIL:

Will the Minister of URBAN DEVELOPMENT be pleased to state: (a) whether any steps have been taken or are proposed to be taken by the Government for providing essential civic amenities inthe slum areas and urban villages of Delhi;

(b)if so, the details thereof; and

(c)the progress of development work done so far?

THE MINISTER OF URBAN DEVELOPMENT (SHRIMATI SHEILA KAUL): (a) Yes, Sir.

(b) Under the Slum Improvement and Clearance Scheme of Delhi Administration (now the Government of National Capital Territory) slum tenements have been constructed and environmental improvement 47 Written Answers

scheme for the provision of basic amenities has been implemented in the notified slum areas. Structural repairs and renovation of Katras in the walled city of Delhi are being carried out. The notified urban villages are developed by the provision of water supply, sewarage, drainage, roads, electrification, parks etc. through funds made available to Municipal Corporation of Delghi and New Delhi Municipal Committee.

(c) Under the Slum Improvement and Clearance Scheme of Delhi Administration, about 15 lakhs slum dwellers are reported to have been benefitted till the end of March, 1992 while 1132 katras were repaired over the same period. The expenditure incurred by Municipal Corporation of Delhi on the development of urban villages is reported to be Rs. 2324 lakhs upto the end of March 1992.

Counter Magnate City Scheme

153.SHRI SANTOSH KUMAR GANGWAR: Will the Minister of URBAN

DEVELOPMENT be pleased to state:

(a) whether the Government have approved any scheme for development of cities under the Counter Magnate City Scheme; (b) if so, the details thereof; and

(c)the allocation made during 1991-92, city-wise.

THE MINISTER OF URBAN DEVELOPMENT (SHRIMATI SHEILA KAUL): (a) and (b). 5 Towns have been selected by National Capital Region Planning Board as counter magnets as a part of the Eight Plan strategy. They are:-

(i)Kota (Rajasthan)

(ii) Gwalior (Madhya Pradesh)

48 Written Answers

(iii)Bareilly (Uttar Pradesh)

(iv)Patiala (Punjab) and

(v)Hissar (Haryana)

(c) So far Rs. 1.00 Crore each have been disbursed as loan in March, 1992 by National Capital Region Planning Board to the Government of Punjab and Madhya Pradesh for the development of counter magnet cities of Patiala and Gwalior.

[English]

Natural Gas

154. DR. VISWANATHAM KANITHI: Will the Minister of PETROLEUM AND NATURAL GAS be pleased to state:

(a)whether the increasingly emanating natural gas is being used for various purposes in the country;

(b) to what extent the natural gas can replace coal or oil in generating required energy for the industries;

(c) the proportion of unutillised gas to that of utilised gas; and

(d)the steps contemplated to maximise the use of gas so generated?

THE MINISTER OF PETROLEUM AND NATURAL GAS (SHRI B.

SHANKARANAND):(a) Yes it is.

(b)It is estimated that by 1996-97, approximately 83 MMSCMD of gas would be utilised inthe country, which is energy equivalent to about 27 million tonnes of oil per annum.

(c) and (d). Only a small proportion of associated gas which is produced along with

49 Written Answers

oil and cannot be utilised is flared and is therefore unutilised.

Projects are under implementation to enable full utilisation of all gas produced by 1996-97.

[Translation]

Support Price for Agricultural Commodities

155.SHRIMATI SHEELA GAUTAM:

SHRI HARI KEWAL PRASAD:

Will the Minister of AGRICULTURE be pleased to state:

(a) whether procurement prices of rabi crops recommended by the Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices (CACP) are likely to be revised in the light of the hike in input costs;

(b) if so, whether any proposal in this regard has been prepared by the Ministry;

(c)whether the Union Government have taken any final decision in this regard;

(d)if so, by what time it is likely to be implemented; and (e) the support prices of these crops for 1992-93 season, crop- wise?

THE MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE (SHRI BALRAM JAKHAR): ( a) to (e).

The Price Policy for Rabi Crops of 1992-93 to be marketed in 1993-94 Season is at present under consideration of the Government.

[English]

Use of DDT

*156. SHRI SHARAD DIGHE: Will the Minister of AGRICULTURE be pleased to state:

50 Written Answers

(a)whether despite an embargo on the use of DDT in agriculture, almost seventy percent of the DDT produced in the country finds its way into the open market for use in farms and for storage of harvested produce;

(b) if so, whether the country is losing prestigious export markets for farm products as a result thereof; and

(c) if so, the remedial measures the Government propose to take in this regard?

THE MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE (SHRI BALRAM JAKHAR): (a) and (b). No such reports have been received.

(c) Question does not arise.

[Translation]

Conference of the Welfare Ministers

*157. SHRI LALBABU RAI:

SHRI MOHAMMAD ALI ASHRAFFATMI:

Will the Minister of WELFARE be pleased to state:

(a) whether a Conference of the Welfare Ministers of States and Union Territories was held in New Delhi on March 21,1992;

(b) if so, the details of the issues discussed and dicisions arrived at the Conference;and

(c) the steps taken to implement the decisions?

THE MINISTER OF WELFARE (SHRI SITARAM KESRI): (a) Yes Sir.

(b) Details showing the issues discussed

51 Written Answers

and the decisions taken at the Conference are laid on the Table of the House as Statement-1.

52 Written Answers

(c) The steps taken to implement the decisions also are laid on the Table of the House as statement-II.

53-54 Written Answers

STATEMENT-1

Recommendations Unanimously Adopted at the conference

---------------------------------------------------------------------- (i) Follow-up action on 1.0 The Conference noted the steps decisions taken in taken by the states in further-

the C'M's Confere- ance of the decision taken in

nce of October, the Conferences Chief Ministers

1991 held in October,1991.

(ii) Implementation of 1.1 The States agreed to intensify Reservation Policy & their efforts to clear the backl- ong in the filling up of vacanci- es reserved for SCs and STs in

accordance with the decision taken in the Conference of Chief Minis- ters.

(iii) Implementation of 1.2 The Conference noted that there PCR Act 1955 and has been enhanced demands from SCs & STs (Preven- the States for grant-in-aid under tion of Atrocities the Centrally Sponsored Schemes of Act, 1989 Protection of Civil Rights Act, 1955 and the SCs and STs (Prevent- ion of Atrocities) Act, 1989.

1.2.1 It was agreed that expeditious

action may be taken to:-

(a) Set up special/mobile cour- -ts and exclusive special

courts under the PCR and the Prevention of Atrocities Act,

1989 by States which are yet to take action;

(b) take appropriate regulatory and development measures in identified atrocity prone

areas to ensure that atroci- ties against SCs and STs are curbed;

55-56 Written Answers

(c) send data for preparing the Annual Reports under both

the PCR Act, 1955 and the

SCs and STs (Prevontion of Atrocities) Act, 1989 to

enable the laying of the

Reports on the Table of both the Houses of Parliament;

and

(d) Translate the PCR Act, 1955 and the SCs and STs (Preve- ntion of Atrocities) Act,

1989 into regional languages expeditiously by States in which it is yet to be done.

Liberation & 2.0 The Conference emphasised on the Rehabilitation of early implementation of the Sch- eme on the liberation and

Rehabilitation of Scavengers,

to promote skill development

among scavengers and their depe- ndents for their economic

rehabilitation and liberate all of them from the manual carrying of night soil within a period of of five years.

2.1 The States agreed to:-

(a) make available the data


[NEXT PAGE]