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|ɪɮVx nɺɨƶ : ɽ Sɱ *

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... (ɴvx)

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... (ɴvx)

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... (ɴvx)

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ɦ{i ɽn : +{E ɽi ɮ ɴɱ Mɪ <ʱB + +{ ɨ{i Eʮ*

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... (ɴvx)

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... (ɴvx)

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ɦ{i ɽn : +{x |ɶx {U ʱɪ <ʱB + +{ ɨ{i Eʮ*

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... (ɴvx)

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SHRI HANNAN MOLLAH (ULUBERIA): Mr. Chairman, Sir, I would like to draw your attention to this oldest industry of this country. The jute industry is the mother of all the industries in this country. After getting funds from this industry, the criminal jute mill-owners have siphoned off funds from the Eastern Region and shifted to other parts of the country.

We had 103 jute mills in 1947, now the Minister says there are only 73 mills, and out of those, 34 are closed and only 34 are working. This is the credibility of the Government, whether of those sitting on that side or of those sitting on this side. There were 3,50,000 workers, now there are only 1,50,000 workers. This is the situation! It is a criminal negligence of the eastern region by those who are ruling in Delhi. Their attitude is to discriminate with and destroy the agriculturists and the jute mills workers of the eastern part of the country. Gradually and in a planned manner, they have killed the economy of the eastern region, and jute industry is one of the victims of the last fifty years' conspiracy and they are continuing with that. That is my first charge.

Secondly, the reply given by the Minister is unsatisfactory. Nothing is there except some sops. This is unfortunately. This is a very old and big industry on which lakhs of people are depending and this is the attitude of the Government! For the last one hundred years this industry has been earning foreign exchange and that money has been utilised for the development of this country. But this industry has never been modernised. During the late Rajiv Gandhi's Government, some plan was there that a Jute Development Fund will be created, but that money also has not been utilised and has been siphoned away. We do not want this roundabout talk, we want a concrete planning. We want to know what they want to do for the jute growers, what is their concrete planning for the JCI, what is their concrete plan for the jute industry, what is their concrete plan for the private jute industry, what is their concrete plan for the diversification and what is their concrete plan for the NJMC mills. We want clarifications to all these.

In my constituency, there are five jute mills and out of those, two are closed. All these jute mills are suffering and one mill, called the Kanoria Jute mill, is closed and that jute mills is with the BIFR. They are lamenting there. BIFR is a machinery for killing the industry; it is not for helping the industry. So, in that situation, I want the Minister to categorically tell us how the Government is going to help and develop the existing private jute mills which are suffering for want to raw material, machinery and other things.

The Minister should also categorically tell us when he is going to remove the delay in the implementation of the plan and the schemes for the modernisation of the NJMC mills; when he is going to do away with the uneconomic production mix in the NJMC mills; and how he is going to supply working capital to the NJMC mills. Non-supply of raw jute is another conspiracy to kill the NJMC mills. The Chairman of the JCI and the Chairman of the NJMC is the same person. JCI is for purchasing jute and for supplying it to the mills. Though they are purchasing jute but they are not supplying. That way, in a calculated manner, they are killing the industry. They are hand in glove with the synthetic industry. So, I would like the hon. Minister to tell us when he is going to implement, and strictly implement, the Compulsory Jute Packaging Act and whether the environment-friendly jute bags will be utilised for sugar, urea and fertilisers. We want to know whether there is any concrete plan for that.

As regards the JCI, they are closing the JCI shops. In my district also, some JCI purchasing centres are there but they are closing them.

The Chairman of the JCI, in a note, has said that JCI would be relieved of the burden of taking godowns on rent; JCI can operate viably with a much larger turnover with a handful of people only; computerisation can further help the project; large manpower at the disposal of JCI can be suitably deployed to take up other activities or JCI may rationalise the workforce at the appropriate time.

Sir, they are going to wind up the JCI centres. I oppose that. I request the hon. Minister not to close the JCI and that it should be provided with adequate funds and it should be strengthened.

SHRI PRIYA RANJAN DASMUNSI (RAIGANJ): Sir, I have been struggling for the last one month to get this matter to be discussed in this House. I am glad that this has now come up in the form of a Calling Attention.

Sir, through you, I would like to place a few issues before the hon. Minister. The synthetic lobby all over the country has made a deliberate attempt and rather conspiracy to destroy the entire jute and jute-related industry. The poorest of the poor of the Eastern U.P. and Bihar have been living on the jute economy of Bengal since the days of our national struggle. When I was representing the Howrah constituency I made a survey and I found that it is the backwards of Bihar and Eastern U.P. and the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes and the poorest of the poor Muslims are in the jute industry from the days of our national struggle. The villagers wait for the money orders to come and then the children would get the bread. That is the linkage between Bihar, Eastern U.P. and Bengal since the days of our national struggle. ...(Interruptions) I am sorry that I forgot about Orissa.

I would like to address this issue here. Incidentally the best quality of jute in the whole India is produced in North Bengal. The classified one, Raiganj Bottom comes from my constituency. The TD-5 quality is mostly from North Dinajpur.

The hon. Minister has said about this in his statement. I am shocked to read it. I also dealt with that Ministry for quite a long time. Who are providing you with this information? Do they go to the field? They said that the minimum support price operation - in spite of the increase of Rs. 100 per quintal - is fixed at Rs. 750 per quintal for TD-5. I am really astounded with this statement. Only last week I was in my constituency. It is difficult for the people to get even Rs. 700 per quintal. I demand that you take action against the officers who supplied this information to you. You send your own team to inspect Samsi, Tulsihata, Durgapur, Dhankol, Coochbihar, Moinaguri, Aurangabad, Purnea, Kishanganj and Shantipur. In all these centres, wherefrom the jute-growers come, the villagers are crying to get Rs. 700 per quintal. You forget the other amount.

I remember that in the days of Shrimati Indira Gandhi, the highest price that was offered was Rs. 1,400 per quintal in that regime.

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I am not going to hurt the feelings of the people of Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh. They have their right to get the best price for their farmers. But there is a deliberate negligence by the Government of India when it comes to the eastern front of the country. Why is this so? Why should Orissa, Bihar and Bengal suffer like this? Jute is the main crop. If jute is withdrawn from the country, I will tell you that the country will collapse.

The World Health Organisation gave you the direction that the food items should not be packed in the synthetic bags. Hence, jute should be in demand. Yet we are in the conspiracy of the synthetic lobby.

I, therefore, request the hon. Minister to look into this. I am thankful to him for his concern for N.J.M.C. The workers have telephoned me this morning from Howrah. They said that your amount of Rs. five crore will be to look after some of their wages at the moment.

I fully join with what Shri Rupchand Pal and Shri Basu Deb Acharia have said. We are talking of human rights.

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It is a very serious issue and I wish to cooperate with the Minister because the bureaucracy is letting the Minister down by not giving the true picture. As submitted by an all-party delegation very recently, will the Minister increase the working capital of the JCI to the tune of Rs. 100 crore, ensure that JCI goes to every Gunj and Haat which I mentioned, operate on their own support scheme, to buy raw jute to protect the farmers and to keep their supply to NJMC? My second question to the hon. Minister is, are you prepared to appoint a high-level inquiry committee, if not by the CBI, against all the officials of the NJMC, who had been in the office in the past, to find out how they have looted the empire in connivance with private operators of the market? All the ex-bosses of the NJMC have houses or properties everywhere. They looted this public sector corporation and, in some cases, they deprived the workers by not paying their provident fund. In connivance with others, they want to make it more sick so as to sell the land and other properties to private builders. This is going on in NJMC for quite some time now.