(a) the average number of wagons loaded (FWW) per day from each Coalfield during 1990-91 and 1991-92 till date;

(b) whether less number of wagons were loaded during the above period;

(c) if so, the reasons therefor; and

(d) the steps taken by the Government to increase the loading of wagons?

THE MINISTER OF STATE OF THE MINISTRY OF COAL (SHIR P.A. SANGMA): (a) The details of daily average wagon loading in the subsidiaries of Coal India Ltd. and Singareni Collieries Company Ltd. during the year 1990-91 and during April-November, 1991 (Provisional) are given as under:-

(In Four Wheeler Wagons per day)

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(b) to (d). There has been perceptible improvement in overall daily average loading performance during the current year. Steps are being taken to further improve rail loading by closely monitoring daily performance of despatch in coordination with Railways.

Danger Zones In Asansol-Raniganj area

*423. SHIR CHITTA BASU: Will the Minister of COAL be pleased to state:

(a) the number of places which are prone to caving in and as such have been identified as danger zone'in Asansol-Raniganj area; (b) the number of families likely to be affected thereby; and (c) the steps taken/being taken for their rehabilitation?

THE MINISTER OF STATE OF THE MINISTRY OF COAL (SHRI P.A. SANGMA): (a) 45 locations in Asansol-Raniganj area of West Bengal have been identified as unsafe areas based on the declaration of Director General of Mines Safety, Govt. of West Bengal and the areas listed by the Central Mine Planning and Design Institute Ltd., in

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the Master Plan of Raniganj Coalfield. Details of these locations are given attached statement.

(b) and (c). In the recent times, some cases of subsidence in the Raniganj area have been reported causing damage to some houses and affecting the persons. Due to subsidence which occurred in Dhandadih village on 5th July, 90.15 houses developed to cracks. These houses have been repaired by Management of ECL. In April, '91 due to subsidence in Bahula Colliery of Kenda area, 30 temporary houses were damaged. 32 of 54 persons affected have been rehabilitated.

With a view to checking the growth of habitation over unsafe areas, the Govt. of West Bengal had passed legislation, in 1979 prohibiting the construction over such unsafe areas. Inspite of enactment of legislation the growth of settlement over the subsidence prone areas has not been contained and has been growing on unabated.

The management of ECL could demolish houses and shift its employees to safe places whenever the situation so warranted. However, its efforts to do so for out-siders did not have the desired effects. Necessary remedial measures are taken by ECL to shift the affected persons due to subsidence as and when required.

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Sl. No.        Area                          Location
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1    Barakar Town, Plasdanga            Chunch Victoria Area, BCCL. 
     Village Bengunia town.                            
2.   Mahabir Colliery excluding Gowal   Kunustoria Area, ECL      
     Bastee                             (Mahabir Colliery)
3.   Fatehpur village and past C.I.Road   Sitarampur Area, ECL                
                                         (Dhemomain Colliery)
4.   Janakpur Village, Konda bazar Kulti     Ramnagar Colliery      
     Foundary, Kulti workshop.               (IISCO)
5.   Kenda village                        Kenda Area, ECL (New Kenda 
                                             Colliery)
6.   Soabpur village.                        Sripur Area.
7.   Chotdhama & Pankiary village.           Seetalpur  Colliery 
                                             Sodepur Area.
8.   Aluthia & other villages.               patmahana Colliery,      
                                             Sitarampur.
9.   Private Houses near Hindustan           Ushagram, Asansol.      
     Pilkington Glass Factory.
10.  Bhutdoba/Kalipahari under Road.         Kalipahari                    
                                             Colliery Sripur Area.
11.  Borachak, Raghunathbati,                Ramjibanpur    
     E.Rly,j East Baraboni                   Colliery, Sirarampur
     Loop two santal Bastees                 Area.
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12.       Mahabir Colliery Excluding Gowala Bastee.
13.       Planiganj Town.
14.       Gorpari & Reckitt & Colmen Blue Factory.
15.       Janakpur Village, Kendua Bazar Kulti Foundary, Kulti town.
16.       Kenda village.
17.       Kuldanga village.
18.       Sanctoria village.
19.       Santhal Bastee.
20.       Sodepur village.
21.       Monoharbahal.
22.       Aluthia & other village.
23.       Bahla (Motibazar)/including Kajora-Haripur
          D. B. Road & Bastee.
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Mahabir Colliery, KNT Area.
Raniganj Town, KNT Area.
Dhappra West Block, Sripur Area.
Ramnagar Colliery (IISCO).
New Kenda Colliery, Kenda Area.
Parasea Colliery, KNT Area.
Seetalpur Colliery.  Sodepur Area.
Balbaid Colliery, KNT Area.
Poidih Colliery, Sodepur Area.
Monoharbahal Colliery, Sitarampur Area.
Patmolhana Colliery, Sitarampur Area.
Bahula Colliery, Kunda Area.
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24.  Balsukh ceramics.             Salanpur Area.
25.  Barakar town, Palasdanga      Chanch Victoria Area (BCCL).   
     Village, Beguina town
26.  Borachak, Ragunath Bastee,    Ramjibanpur  
     E. Rly. East Baronobi Loop,   Colliery, Sitarampur Area.
     two Santhal Bastee.
27.  Mahabir Colliery excluding    Mahabir Colliery, KNT Area.
     Gowala Bastee.
28.  Raniganj Town.                Kunustoria.
29.  Chatrisdanga village.         Sripur Colliery, Sripur Area.
30.  Dangarpatti.                  Khas Kajors Colliery, Kajora.
31.  Sikarpukur village            --do--
32.  Dhasal village                Krishnanagar Colliery, Kenda.
33.  Fatehpur village & part of    Dhemomain Colliery, Sitarampur      
     G.T.Road.                     Area.
34.  Haripur village, Raniganj     Haripur Colliery, Kenda Area.
     Suri Road.
35.  Hurmadanga village            Jamuria Colliery, Sripur Area.
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1      2                             3
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36.  Jamuria Bazar.                --do-
37.  Janakpur village,        Ramnagar Colliery (IISCO)
     Kendua Bazar, Kulti 
     Foundary, Kulti Town.
38.  Kenda village.           New Kenda Colliery, Kenda Area.
39.  Kuardih village          Kuardih Colliery, Satgram Area.
40.  Palsbon village.         Ghanasshyam Colliery, Kajora Area.
41.  Sanctoria village.       Seetalpur Colliery, Sadepur Area.
42.  Santhal Bastee.          Belbaid Colliery, KNT Area.
43.  Seebpur village.         Sripur Area.
44.  Sodepur village.         Poidlih Colliery, Sodepur Area.
45.  Bastee and part of       New Ghusick Colliery Sripur Area.
     village, Ushagram North  
     of G.T. Road, Asansol.
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                     Pak Interference In Kashmir
 *424. SHRI CHANDRESH PATEL: Will the Minister of EXTERNAL 
AFFAIRS be pleased to state:
     (a)  whether  the European Community have asked Pakistan to  stop 
interference in Kashmir;
     (b)  if so, the precise details in this regard; and
     (c)  the reaction of the Government thereto?
     THE  MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS  (SHRI 
EDUARDO FALEIRO): (a) and (b). Yes, Sir. The European Community has 
both  directly  to  Pakistan and in public  urged  the  Government  of 
Pakistan to take effective steps to prevent interference in Kashmir.
     (c)  The Government of India welcomes the understanding shown  by 
the  European  Community of the facts.  It is our hope  that  Pakistan 
will immediately take effective measures to stop all such interference 
in our internal affairs.
                    Review of Increase In Visa Fee
 *425. SHRI R. SRIDHARAN: Will the Minister of EXTERNAL AFFAIRS 
be pleased to state:
     (a)  whether the Government propose to review the recent increase 
in the visa fee for foreign tourists visiting India; and
     (b) if so, the details thereof?
     THE  MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS  (SHRI 
EDUARDO FALEIRO): (a) The visa fee for foreign tourists visiting India 
has been reviewed.
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     (b) The revised visa fee for foreign tourists effective from 12th 
December, 1991 is as follows:
          i) Tourist visa valid for one month
          ...............  Rs. 125/-
          ii)  Tourist visa valid upto six months
          ..............  Rs. 625/-
          iii) Tourist visa valid upto one year
          ............... Rs. 1300/-
          iv) Tourist visa valid upto 5-years
          ...............  Rs. 2600/-
         Uniform pricing policy for Agricultural Commodities
*426. SHRI M.G. REDDY:
 SHRI RAMA KRISHNA KONATHALA:
 Will the Minister of AGRICULTURE be pleased to state:
     (a)  whether  the  Union  Government propose  to  bring  about  a 
uniform pricing policy for agricultural commodities in all States; and
     (b)  if so, the details thereof?
 THE MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE (SHRI BALRAM JAKHAR): (a) and (b). 
The Government announces uniform support prices for the whole  country 
for  major agricultural commodities and organises purchase  operations 
through public, cooperative agencies, etc.  The Government decides  on 
the uniform support price for various agricultural commodities  taking 
into  account the recommendations of the Commission  for  Agricultural 
Costs and Prices, the views of the State
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Governments concerned Central Ministries, etc.
                 Allotment of L.P.G. Distributorships
 *306. SHRIMATI MALINI BHATTACHARYA: Will the Minister of PETRO-
LEUM AND NATURAL GAS be pleased to state:
     (a)  whether  there  have  been complaints  from  Eastern  Region 
regarding  the allotment of LPG distributorships by the Oil  Selection 
Board;
     (b)  whether,  in spite of the Government directive, priority  of 
well-run  co-operatives in getting such distributorships has not  been 
maintained; and
     (c)  it  so,  the steps taken by the Government  to  ensure  fair 
allotment of such distributorships?
 THE MINISTER OF PERTOLEUM AND NATURAL GAS (SHRI B. SHANKARANAND): 
(a)  In a few cases some persons went to court against  the  selection 
made   by  the  Oil  Selection  Boards.   In  some   others,   certain 
representations were made.
     (b)  and  (c).   There  is  no  separate  quota  for  cooperative 
societies.   Other  things being equal, preference is to be  given  to 
cooperative   societies  over  other  candidates  who  apply  in   the 
'open'category.
                   Import of Ship-Building Material
 *431. SHRIMATI DIPIKA CHIKHLIA: Will the Minister of SURFACE 
TRANSPORT be pleased to state:
     (a)  the  amount  spent on import of ship building  material  and 
equipments during each of the last three years;
     (b)  whether the Government propose to
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encourage indigenous production of these items; and
     (c)  if  so,  the  steps  taken/proposed  to  be  taken  by   the 
Government in this regard?
     THE  MINISTER OF THE MINISTRY OF SURFACE TRANSPORT (SHRI  JAGDISH 
TYTLER): (a) The amount spent on import of ship-building material and 
equipments  by Public Sector Shipyards during each of the  last  three 
years is given below:-
1988-89                  Rs. 93.66 crores
1989-90                  Rs. 102.46 crores
1990-91                  Rs. 83.21 crores
     (b) Yes, Sir.
     (c)  Ministry  of  Surface Transport has a  scheme  of  providing 
Grant-in-Aid  to  the entrepreneurs who  develop  import  substitution 
items  indigenously.  Grant-in-Aid upto 70% of the  total  development 
cost is made available for this purpose.
            Simplification of Baggage Clearance Procedures
 432. SHRI S.B. SIDNAL: Will the Minister of FINANCE be pleased to 
state:
     (a)  whether  the  Central  Board  of  Excise  and  Customs   has 
simplified  the  baggage  clearance  procedure  at  the  international 
airports in the country; and
     (b) if so, the details thereof?
     THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF FINANCE (SHRI  RAMESHWAR 
THAKUR): (a) Yes, Sir.
     (b)  The  scale of checks at green channel has been  considerably 
reduced, Customs officers have been told to be polite and
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prompt  in  clearance of passengers.  Separate Customs  Counters  have 
been  opened  to  facilitate  clearance  of  senior  citizens,  women, 
children, handicapped persons and Non-Resident Indians.
Loans advanced by Financial Institutions In Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat
 *433. SHRI MAHESH KANODIA: 
 SHRI DATTATRAYA BANDARU:
 Will the Minister of FINANCE be pleased to state:
     (a)  the  amount  of  loans  sanctioned  by  the  public   sector 
financial  institutions in Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat during 1990  and 
1991 so far;
     (b)  the  amount actually released by these  institutions  during 
the above period in these States; and
     (c)  the steps taken or proposed to be taken by the Government to 
release the
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remaining amount of sanctioned loans?
     THE  MINISTER  OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF FINANCE  (SHRI  DALBIR 
SINGH): (a) and (b). The All India Financial Institutions do not 
maintain data on a calendar year basis and as such it is not  possible 
to  indicate  sanctions  and  disbursements  during  1990  and   1991.  
However,  assistance  sanctioned  and  disbursed  by  the  All   India 
Financial  Institutions  namely Industrial Development Bank  of  India 
(IDBI),  Industrial  Finance Corporation of India  (IFCI),  Industrial 
Credit  and  Investment  Corporation  of  India  (ICICI),   Industrial 
Reconstruction Bank of India (IRBI), Small Industries Development Bank 
of  India (SIDBI) Life insurance Corporation of India, (LIC),  General 
Insurance Corporation (GIC), Unit Trust of India (UTI) Tourism Finance 
Corporation  of  India  (TFCI)  Risk  Capital  &  Technology   Finance 
Corporation  (RCTC), Shipping Credit and Investment Company  of  India 
(SCICI) and Technology Development & Information Company of India Ltd. 
(TDICI)  in the State of Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh during  the  years 
1989-90  (April-March), 1990-91 (April-March) and April to  September, 
1991 is given below.
                           (Rs. in crores)
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         1989-90              1990-91                  1991 
     (April-March)         (April-March)          April-September)
     Sanc-     Disbur-   Sanc-     Disbur-        Sanc-     Disburse-
     tions     sements   tions     sements        tions     ments
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Gujarat   1587.8    935.7     2557.8    1397.3    695.8    707.2
Andhra     997.2    671.1     1569.1     965.3    354.2    518.4
Pradesh
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     (c)  Disbursements  are  made  over  a  period  of  time  against 
specific  requests  of  the units and actual  needs  of  the  projects 
subject  to  compliance of essential documentation and  fulfilment  of 
various  conditions stipulated by the institutions.  Therefore,  there 
is  a  time  lag between sanctions and  disbursements.   Efforts  are, 
however,   continuously   made  by  the   institutions   to   expedite 
disbursements in order to minimise the gap
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between sanctions and disbursements.
                         Losses In BIC Units
 *434. SHRI M.V. CHANDRASEKHARA MURTHY: Will the Minister of 
TEXTILES be pleased to state:
     (a)  the  production  in  various  units  of  the  British  India 
Corporation Limited during the last one year;
     (b)  the loss incurred by these units during
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the same period and the reasons therefor;
     (c)  whether  the Government propose to restructure the Board  of 
Directors of the Company; and
     (d)  if so, the details thereof and if not, the reasons therefor?
     THE  MINISTER  OF STATE OF THE MINISTRY OF TEXTILES  (SHRI  ASHOK 
GEHLOT): (a) The value of production in the units of the British India 
Corporation  Ltd during 1990-91 and during the period April,  1991  to 
November, 1991 was as under:-
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Name of the Unit                   Value of Production
                                      (Rs. in crores)
                              1990-91        Apr. '91-Nov. '91
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Cawhpore Woollen Mills
Branch (Lalimli), Kanpur, U.P.   16.10            9.25
New Egerton Woollen Mills
Branch (Dhariwal), Punjab     14.19               7.02
(b)  The loss incurred by these units during the aforesaid period  was 
as under:-
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Name of the Unit                   Loss incurred(Rs. in crores)
                                1990-91           Apr. '91 -Nov.'91
Cawnpore Woollen Mills
Branch (Lalimli), Kanpur, U.P.  15.58                  10.30
New Egerton Woollen Mills
Branch (Dhariwal), Punjab        6.65                   4.42
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     The  main reasons for the loss have been severe  working  capital 
constraints,   obsolete  plant  and  machinery,  non-availability   of 
essential   raw  material,  heavy  interest  burden,  high   cost   of 
production, etc.
     (c)  and  (d).  There is no such proposal under consideration  at 
present,   as  the  interests  of  the  Governments   are   adequately 
represented.
               Financial Aid to Neighbouring Countries
 *435. SHRIMATI D.K. BHANDARI: Will the Minister of FINANCE be 
pleased to state:
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     (a)  whether the Government have been providing financial aid  to 
some neighbouring counties;
     (b)  whether there is any mechanism to ensure that the  financial 
aid is utilised for the purposes for which it has been given;
     (c)  if so, the details thereof; and
     (d)  if not, the reasons therefor?
     THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF FINANCE (SHRI  RAMESHWAR 
THAKUR): (a) Yes, Sir.
     (b)  to  (d).   The  bulk  of  financial  aid  extended  by   the 
Government of India whether as credit or grant is project linked.  The 
aid  is  disbursed either on reimbursement basis or  on  the  physical 
progress of the project with constant monitoring by both sides.
         Extension of Janata Cloth Scheme to Handloom Sector
 *436. SHRI ATAL BIHARI VAJPAYEE:
 SHRI SHANKERSINGH VAGHELA:
 Will the Minister of TEXTILES be pleased to state:
     (a)  whether  there  is any proposal to extend the  Janata  Cloth 
Scheme  to  lungies,  towels, napkins etc. in order  to  provide  some 
relief to handloom weavers who are in a miserable conditions;
     (b)  if so, the steps taken by the Government in this regard; and
     (c) the results thereof?
     THE  MINISTER  OF STATE OF THE MINISTRY OF TEXTILES  (SHRI  ASHOK 
GEHLOT): (a) Lungies have already been
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allowed  for  production under the Janata Cloth  Scheme.   The  Scheme 
provides for a great amount of flexibility in determining the hems  to 
be produced.  Central Government from time to time reviews the list of 
items  allowed  for  production on the basis  of  identified  consumer 
preferences  of  the target group and on the  recommendations  of  the 
State  Level Implementation Committees (SLIC).  The items like  towels 
and napkins can also be included if specific proposals to this  effect 
are received from SLIC of the concerned State.
     (b)  and (c).  The Janata Cloth Scheme which originally envisaged 
production  of cotton sarees. dhoties and lungies only in counts  upto 
40s has been suitably revised allowing production of cotton items such 
as  sarees, dhoties, lungies, shirting and long cloth in  counts  upto 
and  including  60s.   Production  of woollen  items  such  as  shoddy 
blankets, shoddy shawl, pure wool shawl, lio/pattu or gents shawl  and 
woollen  cloth in running length have also been allowed from  1.4.1989 
on  popular demand from the weavers in hill areas nd areas of  woollen 
production  with  view  to providing  sustained  employment  to  these 
weavers.   In addition to these, items of regional and  area  specific 
consumer preference like Adivasi Saree, Ghagra, Lugudi, Pchara, Odhni, 
Mekhala,  Dekhana,  Chrihti, Phenk etc. have also  been  approved  for 
production under the scheme.
[Translation]
                       Purchase of Jute by JCI
 *437. SHRI DEVENDRA PRASAD YADAV:
 SHRI RAM SHARN YADAV:
 Will the Minister of TEXTILES be pleased to state:
     (a)  the production of raw jute during last year and the quantity 
purchased by the Jute
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Corporation of India in each state;
     (b)  whether the purchase made was only one third of the  rawjute 
produced in that year and
     (c)  if so, the reasons therefor?
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     THE  MINISTER  OF STATE OF THE MINISTRY OF TEXTILES  (SHRI  ASHOK 
GEHLOT)-  (a)  The estimated production of raw jute and  the  quantity 
purchase by JCI during the 1990-91 jute season is given below:
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State          Production          Procurement by JCI
                                      & Cooperatives
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Assam          10.7                     1.01
Bihar          10.0                     0.72
Meghalaya       0.6                     0.02
Orissa          4.3                     0.08
Uttar Pradesh  1.0                      --
Tripura        0.9                      0.01
West Bengal   55.0                      6.40
Andhra Pradesh 6.0                      0.28
Other States   1.5                      --
All India     90.0                      8.52
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