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SHRI PRAMOD MAHAJAN: We are discussing Supplementary Demands for Grants tomorrow. Even people can raise the issue of farmers in that.

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They will get ample opportunities to speak about it.

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He should not say that they will be able to speak tomorrow. They will never get a chance to speak.

MR. DEPUTY-SPEAKER: Now, I am telling you that Shri Athawale and this gentleman was not here. These two were not here. I called them. Mr. Basu was also not here.

SHRI ANIL BASU : What is my fault? I could have been called later. ....(Interruptions)

MR. DEPUTY-SPEAKER: You were not here. That is your fault.

SHRI ANIL BASU : For a few minutes, I went out and that too to the toilet. Is it unnatural for a Member? How are things going on in this House?

MR. DEPUTY-SPEAKER: Thirteen Members were absent. Had all of them gone for call of the nature?

SHRI ANIL BASU : The hon. Minister told that dinner will be offered, let the discussion be completed today. Now, he is changing his stand. How are things happening in this House?

MR. DEPUTY-SPEAKER: Now, let us decide five minutes for every Member. There are four or five Members to speak. Now, this gentleman, Shri Natchiappan, Shri Basu and one Member from the other side will speak.

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SHRI E.M. SUDARSANA NATCHIAPPAN (SIVAGANGA): Respected Deputy-Speaker, Sir, the problems of the agriculturists in my constituency are many, even though there are 3,400 irrigation tanks within a radius of 10,000 square kilometres. You can call my constituency a `Lake City' because all of them were naturally formed. If the monsoon is regular for two or three times, then the rain water fills up all these 3,400 irrigation tanks. These types of tanks were not properly maintained. Therefore, I suggest that the Ministers of Agriculture, Water Resources, Rural Development, Environment and Forests should sit together and formulate an integrated scheme so that we can get good crops every year, and at the same time, the ground water level can also be improved by this method.

The European Commission has already granted a certain amount, but it was not spent on all the tanks; it was spent only on three or four tanks. Therefore, there should be an integrated programme so that this aspect could be properly looked into. In a written reply to a question, it was mentioned that the National Water Development Agency has plans to link all the rivers in the Southern peninsula. The Government should take it up as a challenging project because it will help people in all the Southern districts of Tamil Nadu in getting water throughout the year. It will also benefit the people as they can go in for more crops. Thank you.

SHRI ANIL BASU (ARAMBAGH): Sir, the year 1999 can be named as a `year of agony' for the Indian farmers. When we are entering into the next millennium, the farmers of different strata, that is, poor, marginal and big farmers, are facing unprecedented crisis in our country.

Before going to my main point, I want to bring to the notice of the hon. Minister, through you, about a very important problem which my State is facing. Now, the Rabi cultivation has started. The IFFCO, the public sector fertiliser company, could not send fertilisers to West Bengal because there were no rail rakes available with them. Twelve rail rakes are required to send fertilisers to West Bengal. If those rail rakes are not made available to IFFCO, then the whole Rabi cultivation in West Bengal would suffer. I think, the hon. Agriculture Minister would take up this issue with his colleague the Railway Minister.

I do not know as to what is his term with the hon. Railway Minister. It is because after a lot of push and pull only my good friend Shri Nitish Kumar has been chosen by Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the hon. Prime Minister to head the Ministry of Agriculture. But there are reports in the print media and there is an apprehension also that his present dispensation is an ad hoc one and he is looking forward to the coming Assembly elections in Bihar. If the BJP and the Samta Party combine succeeds in Bihar, then he would have a major role to play there. I do not know as to how well he would do in this Ministry but I wish him well.

Sir, the main problem, besides land, is the problem of irrigation, good seeds, fertilizer, credit, storage, marketing and support price. These are the areas where the farmers of our country are facing crisis. After liberalisation and globalisation new challenges are emerging in the agriculture sector.

Now, the question is, how to deal with these emerging challenges? How to equip our farmers to deal with these challenges? I am sorry to say that the Union Agriculture Ministry has so far failed to equip our farmers to meet the new challenges.

Sir, I am in complete agreement with the views expressed by Prof. Ummareddy Venkateswarlu of the Telugu Desam Party. I also support my senior colleague, Shri Raghuvans Prasad Singh. When he was the Minister he tried very much to separate and create an autonomous institute known as the ICVR which would have been separate from ICAR. I think, the present Agriculture Minister should give importance to this proposal of creating a separate autonomous institute as the ICVR. The veterinary section should be separate from the ICAR.

Sir, there is no legislation, even after 52 years of our Independence, for the agricultural workers who are the backbone of the farmers. There are about 11 crores of agricultural families in this country. Through their sweat and toil, the farmers are feeding the people of this country. But these agricultural workers, who mostly belong to the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes community, are being neglected. There is no legislation for them. We have tried to do something for them in the State of West Bengal. We have introduced pension and provident fund for the farmers. Such type of schemes should be started throughout the country for the farmers. The Central Government must take an initiative regarding taking up this issue at the Central level.

MR. DEPUTY-SPEAKER: Please conclude now.

SHRI ANIL BASU : After liberalisation about 1300 items have been put under OGL and several commodities such as rice, wheat, sugar are being imported. I am told that rice is now coming to the Bombay port and after unloading price of rice is about Rs. 700 per quintal, that is, Rs. 7/- per kg. The scenario that is emerging after the WTO, liberalisation and globalisation is adversely affecting our whole economy. The Union Agriculture Ministry is not prepared to face up to these challenges. That is why there is so much frustration among the farmers of our country. More than 100 farmers have already committed suicide. The farmers of Andhra Pradesh, Punjab -those provinces which are very much developed in agriculture -- have committed suicide. Why is it so? It is because they are very much frustrated. There is a vicious circle of debt and repayment for which the farmers are suffering. Now, the Government now is boasting of issuing credit cards.

MR. DEPUTY-SPEAKER: Please conclude now.

SHRI ANIL BASU : How many credit cards have so far been provided to the farmers? In my constituency there are four lakh farmer families.

MR. DEPUTY-SPEAKER: You reserve something for the general budget discussion tomorrow and conclude now. Otherwise, I will be compelled to stop you.

SHRI ANIL BASU : I will conclude shortly, Sir.

Before coming to attend this Session, I tried to collect information in this connection. I found that only 1400 credit cards have been distributed so far by the nationalised banks. That comes to not even 0.4 per cent of the number of families. Therefore, I want to tell hon. Nitishji that pious platitudes will not work. Farmers are suffering very much. With the emerging challenges due to liberalisation and globalisation and with what happened in Seattle very recently, if we do not come forward to equip our farmers to meet the new challenges, our agricultural economy would be put in peril. I charge that this Government has no responsibility towards the farmers. Even the National Agriculture Policy has been formulated after the emerging challenges.

MR. DEPUTY-SPEAKER: Will you please conclude now?

SHRI ANIL BASU : I will speak only one sentence more, Sir.

To face these challenges, the Union Ministry of Agriculture must come forward with a new agriculture policy taking into consideration the challenges before the Indian farmer to help him to resolve these challenges.

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