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					                                 RAJYA SABHA
                                        ————
                    List of Questions for WRITTEN ANSWERS
                to be asked at a sitting of the Rajya Sabha to be held on
                Thursday, March 11, 2010/Phalguna 20, 1931 (Saka)
                                        ————
       (Ministries: Prime Minister; Atomic Energy; Communications and
          Information Technology; Culture; Earth Sciences; External
           Affairs; Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation; Overseas
                Indian Affairs; Parliamentary Affairs; Personnel,
                   Public Grievances and Pensions; Planning;
                     Science and Technology; Social Justice
                       and Empowerment; Space; Tourism;
                           Urban Development; Water
                            Resources; Youth Affairs
                                   and Sports)

                          Total number of questions — 155

  Agency to evaluate Government's                 Use of thorium for nuclear power
            programmes                                       production
    1515. SHRI NANDI YELLAIAH: Will                   †1516. SHRI SHREEGOPAL VYAS:
the PRIME MINISTER be pleased to                             SHRI RAGHUNANDAN
state:                                                         SHARMA:
    (a) whether the Centre is finalizing a        Will the PRIME MINISTER be pleased
proposal to set up an independent agency       to state:
for evaluating Government programmes to           (a) the status of use of thorium in
ensure that the benefits of social sector      obtaining of atomic energy;
schemes reach the masses;
                                                  (b) the target fixed in Eleventh Five Year
   (b) whether the new agency under            Plan with regard thereto; and
independent evaluation organization,
which would be out of Government                      (c) if so, the details thereof?
control, is going to be created throughout
the nation for vigorous implementation of         Shortage of uranium for nuclear
Government programmes to make a                               reactors
significant impact on the 'aam aadmi';
and                                                1517. SHRI B.K. HARIPRASAD: Will
   (c) if so, the details and modalities of    the PRIME MINISTER be pleased to
such programmes, likely to be                  state:
implemented throughout the Nation?                    (a) whether only three out of India's
†Original notice of the question received in Hindi.


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seventeen nuclear reactors are working to        generation plants in the country have been
their full capacity due to critical shortage     able to generate less power than their
of indigenously produced uranium;                installed generation capacity during the
   (b) whether the three working reactors        past months of 2009-10;
source their supplies of uranium from               (b) if so, their generation capacity, plant
abroad especially France;                        and actual power generation by these
   (c) whether India has set a target of         projects during the said period;
production of nuclear energy at 20,000 MW           (c) whether this decline in production
by 2020; and                                     can be attributed to low availability of fuel;
   (d) if so, the contingency measures on        and
the anvil to solve the shortage of                  (d) if so, the facts thereof and the
indigenously produced uranium?                   reasons for low availability of fuel?

Compensation in case of accidents in             Private sector in nuclear power sector
         nuclear plants
                                                    1520.    SHRI N.R. GOVINDA-
   †1518. SHRI RAVI SHANKAR                                    RAJAR:
            PRASAD:                                          SHRI A. ELAVARASAN:
          SHRI SHIVANAND                            Will the PRIME MINISTER be pleased
            TIWARI:                              to state:
   Will the PRIME MINISTER be pleased                (a) whether Government is considering
to state:                                        to permit private sector in nuclear power
   (a) whether it is a fact that it has been     sector and decided to provide all necessary
accepted in principle that in the event of       resources for the nuclear power programme
accidents in atomic energy projects set up       to increase the present nuclear capacity
by foreign companies in the country, the         4000 MW; and
compensation would be awarded by                    (b) if so, the details thereof?
Government of India;
   (b) if so, the facts thereof; and
                                                       Installation of atomic plants
    (c) the steps Government has taken in
this direction, so far?                              1521. SHRI SYED AZEEZ PASHA:
                                                 Will the PRIME MINISTER be pleased to
                                                 state:
       Decline in nuclear power
              generation                            (a) whether there are any plans to
                                                 expand atomic energy plants in the country
   †1519. SHRI SHIVANAND                         through installation of more power
            TIWARI:                              generation capacity;
          SHRI RAVI SHANKAR                          (b) the fresh steps which are being taken
            PRASAD:                              to increase generation of atomic energy in
   Will the PRIME MINISTER be pleased            the short term;
to state:                                           (c) the targeted increase in the year
   (a) whether it is a fact that atomic energy   2011;

†Original notice of the question received in Hindi.
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   (d) the funding requirement therefor;              Security of nuclear installations
and
                                                     †1525. SHRIMATI MAYA SINGH:
   (e) the details thereof?                      Will the PRIME MINISTER be pleased to
                                                 state:
        Atomic plant in Haryana                     (a) whether the lack of coordination
  †1522. DR. RAM PRAKASH: Will the               among security agencies and local police
PRIME MINISTER be pleased to state:              deployed for the security of nuclear
                                                 complexes in the country has ever come
   (a) whether there is any proposal under       forward;
consideration of Government to build an
atomic energy generation plant in Haryana;          (b) whether any type of accident has
   (b) if so, the details thereof; and           ever happened in nuclear plants of the
                                                 country;
   (c) the total cost of the project?
                                                     (c) whether Government feels the need
                                                 of some improvements in the security of
         Nuclear plant in Surat                  nuclear bases keeping in view the current
   1523. SHRI NATUJI HALAJI                      terrorist accidents; and
THAKOR: Will the PRIME MINISTER                    (d) if so, the measures being taken by
be pleased to state:                             Government?
   (a) whether it is a fact that Government
has decided to set up 2,000 MW of nuclear
power plant in Surat with Central assistance              Sealing of mobile towers
to meet the demands of the country;
   (b) if so, whether it is also a fact that          1526.    SHRI GOVINDRAO
GSGENCO and National Power                                       WAMANRAO ADIK:
Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) are                       SHRI SANJAY RAUT:
going to sign the agreement very soon; and          Will        the Minister   of
   (c) if so, the details thereof?               COMMUNICATIONS              AND
                                                 INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY be
                                                 pleased to state:
    Passport under Tatkal scheme
                                                    (a) whether it is a fact that there have
  1524. SHRI GIREESH KUMAR                       been lots of problems faced by the cell
SANGHI: Will the MINISTER OF                     phone users and service providers due to
EXTERNAL AFFAIRS be pleased to state:            sealing of mobile towers;
   (a) the norms to issue passports under
the Tatkal scheme;                                    (b) if so, Government's reaction thereon;

    (b) whether Government has evolved               (c) whether Government is considering
any mechanism to deal with the complaints        to issue new guidelines for installing mobile
rising out of delay in issuing passports under   towers by protecting cell phone users and
the Tatkal Scheme; and                           service providers in the country; and
   (c) is so, the details thereof?                    (d) if so, the details thereof?
†Original notice of the question received in Hindi.
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      Akshaya Centres in Kerala                Samiti of Jaipur district on Jaipur-Delhi
                                               Highway; and
   1527.    SHRI K.E. ISMAIL:
            SHRI M.P. ACHUTHAN:                   (c) the action proposed nto be taken to
                                               improve this situation?
   Will        the Minister   of
COMMUNICATIONS              AND
                                                      Loss to Government exchequer
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY be
pleased to state:                                 1529. SHRI N.R. GOVINDARAJAR:
                                               Will        the     Minister   of
    (a) whether it is a fact that the Kerala   COMMUNICATIONS               AND
State has requested the Department of IT,      INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY be
to provide revenue support to all the 2200     pleased to state:
Akshaya Centres, Citizens Services
Centres in Kerala which has agreed to             (a) whether Government has appointed
provide revenue support to 229 centres at      a Committee to look into the under-
present; and                                   reporting of revenue by R-Com to TRAI
                                               thereby causing loss to Government
   (b) if so, the details and Government's     exchequer;
reaction thereto?
                                                  (b) whether the Committee have since
                                               submitted its report to Government;

   Telephone facility in Rajasthan                 (c) if so, the complete details of finding
                                               of the report of the Committee; and
   †1528. SHRI LALIT KISHORE
                                                  (d) the legal and administrative action
            CHATURVEDI:
                                               Government propose to take against
          DR. GYAN PRAKASH
                                               R-Com for evading payment of licence fee,
            PILANIA:
                                               indulging in illegal profiteering and depriving
   Will        the Minister   of               Government of its legitimate dues?
COMMUNICATIONS              AND
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY be
pleased to state:
                                                            Gramin Dak Sewaks
   (a) the number of such villages in
Rajasthan where there is no arrangement           1530. SHRI MOINUL HASSAN: Will
for communications, there is facility of       the Minister of COMMUNICATIONS
WLL Telephone but no land line, there is       AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
facility but it often remains out of order,    be pleased to state:
mobile phones do not get signals due to            (a) whether Government is thinking to
absence of tower facility, mobile phones of    give social status to the "Gramin Dak
other service providers get signals but        Sewaks" like other regular staff of Postal
BSNL does not get the same;                    Department because "Gramin Dak Sewaks"
                                               are also serving the nation; and
   (b) whether till date no tower facility
could be provided in Viratnagar Panchayat             (b) if not, the reasons therefor?
†Original notice of the question received in Hindi.
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   Panchayat Sanchar Seva Yojana                       Investments made by foreign
                                                               companies
   1531. SHRI MANOHAR JOSHI: Will                   1533. SHRI MANOHAR JOSHI: Will
the Minister of COMMUNICATIONS                   the Minister of COMMUNICATIONS
AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY                       AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
be pleased to state:                             be pleased to state:
   (a) the number of villages covered under         (a) the details of the investments made
the Panchayat Sanchar Seva Yojana in the         by the foreign companies in the
country, State-wise;                             communication sector;
                                                    (b) the impact thereof in this sector;
   (b) the number of villages yet to be
                                                 and
covered by this Yojana, State-wise;
                                                     (c) the details of the proposals
   (c) whether it is a fact that the Yojana is   approved by Government during the last
not giving desired result in rural areas;        three years along with the sectors where
                                                 such investments are likely to be made by
   (d) if so, the reasons therefor; and
                                                 Government?
   (e) the steps taken to make the Yojana
successful?                                               Mobile segment market
                                                    1534. SHRI SITARAM YECHURY:
            MTNL's wage bill                     Will        the   Minister   of
                                                 COMMUNICATIONS             AND
   1532. SHRI B.S. GNANADESIKAN:                 INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY be
Will        the     Minister   of                pleased to state:
COMMUNICATIONS               AND                    (a) the expected increase of mobile
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY be                        segment market in India for the next five
pleased to state:                                years;

    (a) whether it is a fact that MTNL's            (b) the plans by BSNL to meet the
wage bill rose to Rs. 600 crores to              expected growth in the market; and
around Rs. 2,200 crores in 2008-09 and              (c) whether the capacity augmentation
48 per cent of MTNL's revenue were used          plans for BSNL is to meet the expected
to pay wages and salaries in 2008-09 and         growth?
at the same time its net profit from
operations went down considerably;                 National and International roaming
                                                                charges
   (b) if so, the details thereof;
                                                    †1535. SHRI RAJIV PRATAP RUDY:
    (c) the action proposed by Government        Will        the    Minister    of
to increase net profit from the operations       COMMUNICATIONS               AND
at least to cover salary to be paid to the       INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY be
employees; and                                   pleased to state:
   (d) the details thereof?                           (a) whether it is a fact that telecom

†Original notice of the question received in Hindi.
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companies fix national and international       number portability of mobile phones;
roaming charges and call transfer rates        and
arbitrarily without informing the                 (b) if so, the action taken in this regard?
consumers;

   (b) the details thereof;                                Income of BSNL

    (c) the parameters prescribed by              1538. SHRI M.V. MYSURA REDDY:
Telecom Regulatory Authority of India to       Will        the     Minister   of
fix international roaming and call transfer    COMMUNICATIONS               AND
rates; and                                     INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY be
                                               pleased to state:
   (d) the details thereof?
                                                  (a) the total income of the Bharat
                                               Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) in
                                               2009-10;
           IT Industry sector
                                                  (b) whether it is a fact that the total
   1536. SHRI P. RAJEEVE: Will the             income of the BSNL in 2004-05 and
Minister of COMMUNICATIONS AND                 2008-09 is almost same;
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY be
pleased to state:                                  (c) if so, the reasons for unbelievable
                                               decline in net profit from Rs. 10,183 crores
   (a) whether the IT Industry sector in       in 2004-05 to Rs. 576 crores in 2008-09;
the country had fully recovered from the          (d) whether it is also a fact that this is
economic recession;                            due to gross failure of BSNL management
                                               to deliver on planning, HR, sales and
    (b) whether there is any study conducted
                                               marketing; and
by his Ministry to evaluate the loss of job
to engineering graduates in the IT Industry       (e) if so, in what manner Government is
sector; and                                    planning to push BSNL up and stay in the
                                               competition?
    (c) the current status and scope of new
openings in the IT Industry in the coming
financial year?                                      Franchise of BSNL WiMax
                                                  1539.        SHRI PRASANTA
                                               CHATTERJEE: Will the Minister of
          Number portability                   COMMUNICATIONS             AND
                                               INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY be
   1537. SHRI T.T.V. DHINAKARAN:               pleased to state:
Will        the     Minister   of                 (a) the names of the companies
COMMUNICATIONS               AND               shortlisted for franchise of BSNL WiMax;
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY be                      and
pleased to state:
                                                  (b) the mandatory guidelines for
   (a) whether there are some hurdles in       shortlisting the companies?
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    Spectrum upto 10MHz without                     (a) whether it is a fact that Government
          additional payment                    is unlikely to meet its deadline to roll out
                                                Mobile Number Portability (MNP) across
   1540. SHRI PENUMALLI MADHU:                  the country;
Will        the   Minister   of
COMMUNICATIONS             AND                     (b) if so, the reasons therefor; and
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY be                          (c) by when this is likely to be
pleased to state:                               implemented?
    (a) whether it is a fact that some of the
telecom operators have been given spectrum               Spectrum related fees
from 4.4 to 6.2 MHz, 6.2 to 8 MHz and
then upto 10 MHz without any additional            1543.            SHRI            RAJEEV
payment in various circles;                     CHANDRASEKHAR: Will the Minister
   (b) if so, the details of such allocation    of      COMMUNICATIONS                   AND
since 1996, the companies and allocation        INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY be
of spectrum to each company, year-wise          pleased to state the details of fees paid by
and company-wise; and                           each licensee, circle-wise, for total spectrum
                                                usage/any other spectrum related fees, till
   (c) the reasons behind allocating scarce     date?
spectrum free of cost?

                                                           Cyber Police Force
              BSNL towers
                                                   1544. MS. SUSHILA TIRIYA: Will the
   1541. SHRI BHAGAT SINGH                      Minister of COMMUNICATIONS AND
KOSHYARI: Will the Minister of                  INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY be
COMMUNICATIONS           AND                    pleased to state:
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY be
pleased to state:                                  (a) whether it is a fact that there is a
                                                proposal to set up a Cyber Police Force;
    (a) whether Government has plans to         and
set up more BSNL towers in the hilly areas;
                                                   (b) if so, the details thereof?
   (b) whether Government is considering
to merge BSNL and railway reservation
systems;                                                 Private courier service
   (c) if so, the details thereto; and             1545. SHRI SANTOSH BAGRODIA:
   (d) if not, the reasons therefor?            Will        the   Minister   of
                                                COMMUNICATIONS             AND
                                                INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY be
      Mobile number portability                 pleased to state:
   1542.       SHRI   RAJEEV                       (a) whether Government has plans to
CHANDRASEKHAR: Will the Minister                insist on private couriers to cover
of     COMMUNICATIONS     AND                   uneconomic and distant areas all over the
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY be                       country; and
pleased to state:                                  (b) if not, in what manner Government
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plans to cover all the villages in the country   been discrimination in allotment of
under postal services?                           spectrum to GSM operators initially;
                                                     (b) if so, the names of the GSM
           Broadband coverage                    operators and the amount of initial spectrum
                                                 allotted, both 4.4 MHz and 6.2 MHz in
   1546. SHRI BHAGIRATHI MAJHI:                  each circle to the GSM operators; and
Will        the   Minister   of
COMMUNICATIONS             AND                      (c) the criteria for issuing different MHz
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY be                        spectrum to different operators?
pleased to state:
    (a) whether Government is making                     India's urban teledensity
efforts for broadband coverage to reach             1549. SHRI B.K. HARIPRASAD: Will
different parts of the country in three years;   the Minister of COMMUNICATIONS
   (b) if so, the details worked out so far;     AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
and                                              be pleased to state:
   (c) the status of such coverage in the           (a) whether India's urban teledensity has
districts rural agency areas under each          now crossed the 100 per cent mark with
panchayat in the country, State-wise?            urban networks serving close to 70 per
                                                 cent of India's 500 million mobile phone
                                                 users and accounting for more than 75 per
           Post offices in U.P.                  cent of the telecom operators' revenues;
   1547. SHRI MOHAMMED ADEEB:                        (b) whether India's rural teledensity still
Will        the   Minister   of                  lags behind at 18 per cent and whether the
COMMUNICATIONS             AND                   figure could be still lower because of many
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY be                        urbanized areas like Gurgaon are classified
pleased to state:                                as 'rural' areas; and
   (a) the details of Post Offices and              (c) whether funds under Universal
Branch Post Offices in Uttar Pradesh where       service obligations from telecom operators
Post Masters/Branch Post Masters and             are being collected for rural telephony
Postmen have not been provided;                  projects?
   (b) the reasons for the same; and
   (c) the steps taken/being taken to            CVC guidelines on BSNL post-tender
provide such personnel in each Post Office                  negotiations
and Sub-Post Office?
                                                    1550. SHRI B.K. HARIPRASAD: Will
                                                 the Minister of COMMUNICATIONS
    Allotment of spectrum to GSM                 AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
              operators                          be pleased to state:
   1548. SHRI AMAR SINGH: Will the                  (a) whether in the case of tender by
Minister of COMMUNICATIONS AND                   Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) in
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY be                        2007, post-tender negotiations forced the
pleased to state:                                bidder to reduce price from the originally
                                                 quoted $ 107 per line to $ 90 per line;
   (a) whether it is a fact that there has
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   (b) whether in the case of current BSNL        (c) the future action plan prepared for
tender for 43 million GSM lines the lowest    the coming Eleventh Five Year Plan?
bidder has brought down the prices, during
post-tender negotiations, to the extent of
40 per cent of the originally quoted price           Himalayan Communities
thereby saving $ 1 billion for the BSNL;         1553. SHRI GIREESH KUMAR
and                                           SANGHI: Will the PRIME MINISTER
   (c) whether the Central Vigilance          be pleased to state:
Commission probing the deal has ruled out        (a) whether Government has any
post-tender negotiations which violates the   scheme under consideration to preserve and
extant CVC guidelines?                        develop Himalayan Communities;
                                                 (b) if so, the details thereof; and
   Growth of domestic IT and ITeS                (c) whether NGOs participation is being
              market                          considered to study and develop Himalayan
   1551. SHRI R.C. SINGH: Will the            Communities?
Minister of COMMUNICATIONS AND
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY be
                                                Scheme for visiting Fellow in Art,
pleased to state:
                                                     Culture and Heritage
   (a) whether any assessment has been
made about the growth of domestic IT and        1554. SHRI      DHARAM PAL
ITeS market in the next five years;           SABHARWAL: Will the PRIME
   (b) if so, the details thereof;            MINISTER be pleased to state:
   (c) whether it is also true that India's      (a) whether Government has announced
software market has grown only Rs. 1000       a scheme to encourage research work by
and odd crores in 2010 when compared to       academic institutions to make them more
2009; and                                     research friendly;
   (d) if so, the reasons therefor?              (b) if so, complete details of the scheme;
                                                 (c) whether Government has earmarked
Consumer finance for purchase of IT           funds for heritage information
             products                         dissemination to public;
                                                 (d) whether a scheme for "visiting
   1552. SHRIMATI T. RATNA BAI :
                                              Fellow in Art, Culture and Heritage" has
Will        the   Minister   of
                                              been prepared; and
COMMUNICATIONS             AND
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY be                        (e) if so, the details in this regard?
pleased to state:
    (a) whether lack of consumer finance
for purchase of IT products coupled with           National Register of Martyrs
high interest rates and economic downturn,
have crippled the growth of domestic             1555. SARDAR TARLOCHAN
infotech industry;                            SINGH: Will the PRIME MINISTER be
                                              pleased to state:
   (b) if so, the details thereof in the
Eleventh Five Year Plan; and                     (a) whether it is a fact that Government
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is preparing National Register of                 (a) the details of main glaciers in India,
Martyrs;                                       and effect of global warming;
   (b) if so, who is the authority to take        (b) the environmental, hydrological and
decisions on selection of names;               demographic implication of this
  (c) the names of the High Power              phenomenon;
Committee formed for this purpose;                (c) its effect on rivers; and
   (d) the policy of the Government about
those persons who fought against British           (d) the action Government proposes in
imperialism since 1846;                        this regard?
   (e) whether Government is aware about
the historic Martyrdom of General Sham           Model for accurate climate forecast
Singh Attariwala in the battlefield; and
   (f) the position of including the names        1558. SHRI R.C. SINGH: Will the
of Martyrs of Kuka Movement?                   Minister of EARTH SCIENCES be pleased
                                               to state:
       Study on climate change                    (a) whether it is a fact that Indian
                                               Meteorological Department (IMD) is
  1556. SHRI AMIR ALAM KHAN:                   developing a model for accurate climate
Will the Minister of SCIENCE AND               forecast for helping the farmers; and
TECHNOLOGY be pleased to state:
                                                  (b) if so, the details thereon?
   (a) whether Government has conducted
any study on the climate change in the
Himalayan Glaciers;
                                                   Interlinking of rivers by China
   (b) if so, the outcome thereof;
    (c) the funds allocated and utilized for      1559.    SHRI PRAKASH
research on Himalayan Glaciers during the                    JAVADEKAR:
last two years;                                            SHRI PRABHAT JHA:
   (d) whether Government proposes to            Will the Minister of EXTERNAL
increase the fund for carrying out intensive   AFFAIRS be pleased to state:
study of our Glaciers; and
                                                   (a) whether Government is aware of the
   (e) if so, the details thereof?             fact that China is working on large projects
                                               of interlinking other rivers with Tibet sector
        Effect of global warming               and the water emanating from this place
                                               would not reach India causing drying up of
   1557. DR. GYAN PRAKASH                      several rivers;
             PILANIA:
          SHRI LALIT KISHORE                      (b) if so, the reaction of Government
             CHATURVEDI:                       thereto; and
  Will the Minister of SCIENCE AND               (c) the pressure mounted so far by
TECHNOLOGY be pleased to state:                Government against the attitude of China?
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   Agreement with Bangladesh and                       Maps of Indo-China boundary
    Pakistan for minority people
                                                     1562. SHRI VIJAY JAWAHARLAL
   †1560. SHRI RAGHUNANDAN                       DARDA: Will the Minister of
            SHARMA:                              EXTERNAL AFFAIRS be pleased to
          SHRI SHREEGOPAL VYAS:                  state:
  Will the Minister of EXTERNAL                     (a) whether it is a fact that maps drawn
AFFAIRS be pleased to state:                     by various agencies in India relating to Indo-
                                                 China boundary, are quite different from
   (a) whether agreements had been signed        each other;
with Bangladesh and Pakistan to protect              (b) if so, whether authenticated records
the life, property and dignity of minority       of proper mapping of the area are available
people living there;                             with the Survey of India or any other such
   (b) if so, whether there is any monitoring    Government entity;
system to ensure its compliance;                    (c) whether a cohesive unambiguous
                                                 policy exists for demarcation of our land
    (c) whether a report thereto has been        borders; and
prepared, if so, whether it has been placed
in the House; and                                   (d) if so, the steps that were adopted to
                                                 get back the lost territory?
    (d) the extent of increase or decrease in
their population till date since the inception
of these nations?                                  Extradition agreement with countries
                                                     †1563. SHRI BRIJLAL KHABRI: Will
     Possibility of attacks on High              the Minister of EXTERNAL AFFAIRS be
              Commissions                        pleased to state:
                                                     (a) whether it is a fact that Government
  1561. SHRI MAHENDRA MOHAN:                     is considering for extradition agreement with
Will the Minister of EXTERNAL                    several countries;
AFFAIRS be pleased to state:
                                                      (b) if so, the details thereof;
    (a) whether Government is aware that            (c) the names of the countries with
the terror groups had plans to target Indian     whom India has extradition agreement at
High Commissions located in various              present; and
foreign countries;
                                                    (d) the number of terrorists/criminals
   (b) if so, whether Government has taken       extradited to India under this agreement?
up the matter with the various foreign
countries where possible terror attacks are              Agreement with Bhutan
expected;                                            †1564. SHRI BRIJLAL KHABRI: Will
                                                 the Minister of EXTERNAL AFFAIRS be
   (c) if so, the details thereof; and           pleased to state:
   (d) the details of steps Government has          (a) whether it is a fact that recently there
taken to strengthen its security at all the      has been agreement on some issues between
High Commissions in the foreign countries?       India and Bhutan;
†Original notice of the question received in Hindi.
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   (b) if so, the details of those issues;                Indo-France nuclear deal
   (c) the basis for agreement between the        1567. SHRI NAND KUMAR SAI:
two countries; and                              Will the Minister of EXTERNAL
    (d) amount allocated by Government          AFFAIRS be pleased to state:
to complete these projects?
                                                    (a) whether civil nuclear cooperation
                                                deal between India and France has come
       Selection of Haj pilgrims                into force;
    1565. SHRI ABDUL WAHAB                            (b) if so, the details in this regard; and
PEEVEE:     Will the Minister of
EXTERNAL AFFAIRS be pleased to                     (c) the extent to which India would be
state:                                          benefited by the implementation of said
                                                deal?
    (a) the criteria for selection of Haj
pilgrims;
   (b) the details thereof;                        Indo-Russian role in Afghanistan
   (c) the fate of applicants who apply
every year; and                                     †1568. SHRI PRABHAT JHA: Will
                                                the Minister of EXTERNAL AFFAIRS be
   (d) whether they would get a chance for      pleased to state:
Haj?
                                                   (a) whether Government agrees that the
                                                strategic role of India and Russia in
      Passport offices in Gujarat               Afghanistan has great significance; and

                                                    (b) if so, the details thereof and the
    1566. SHRI NATUJI HALAJI
                                                initiative taken by Government of India in
THAKOR:     Will the Minister of
                                                this direction?
EXTERNAL AFFAIRS be pleased to
state:
   (a) whether it is a fact that according to      Assessment of Chinese diplomacy
the principle approvals considered by his
Ministry, new passport offices at Rajkot
                                                    1569. DR. E.M. SUDARSANA
and Vadodara in Gujarat State have to be
                                                NATCHIAPPAN: Will the Minister of
established in the year 2009 for further
                                                EXTERNAL AFFAIRS be pleased to
extension of services in the State;
                                                state:
    (b) if so, the outcome thereon so far and
the number of districts that may be covered         (a) whether Government is assessing
under such proposed new passport offices;       the Chinese diplomacy in and around India
                                                by developing ports and trade against
    (c) whether his Ministry has finalized
                                                Indian trade and commerce; and
the office accommodation at Rajkot to start
the office within stipulated time; and             (b) if so, the diplomatic efforts that have
   (d) if so, the details thereof?              been taken to withstand such trade war?

†Original notice of the question received in Hindi.
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  Titanium Dioxide plant in Orissa               Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT)
                                                 is yet to be ratified by the US;
    1570. SHRIMATI RENUBALA
PRADHAN: Will the Minister of                        (b) if so, by when it is likely to be
EXTERNAL AFFAIRS be pleased to                   ratified; and
state:                                              (c) the reaction of Government to raising
   (a) the fate of Indo-Russian joint            objections about the veracity of the thermo-
venture Titanium Dioxide Plant in Orissa;        nuclear test?
   (b) whether Russian Government is
backed from the joint venture project;
                                                    Projects assisted and financed by
   (c) if so, whether the Government of             China and Pakistan in Sri Lanka
Russia is showing its interest to set up
such plant separately; and                          1573. DR. K. MALAISAMY: Will the
   (d) whether Government has given its          Minister of EXTERNAL AFFAIRS be
permission to the Russian Government for         pleased to state:
the project?                                         (a) whether it is a fact that China has
                                                 already come with a big Harbour Project in
              Indo-Pak talks                     Hambantota and Power Station near
                                                 Colombo despite the assurance given by
   1571.     SHRI V. HANUMANTHA                  Sri Lanka to India that they would not seek
               RAO:                              help from Pakistan and China;
             DR. T. SUBBARAMI
               REDDY:                                (b) the other projects assisted and
                                                 financed by China and Pakistan in Sri Lanka;
     Will the Minister of EXTERNAL               and
AFFAIRS be pleased to state:
                                                    (c) the stand of India on the earlier
    (a) whether Foreign Secretaries level        assurance given to India by Sri Lanka?
talks between India and Pakistan were held
to discuss various issues;
    (b) if so, whether this meeting was called     Passport to nationals from Pakistan
only after the Union Home Minister
influenced its counterpart Pakistan's Foreign
                                                    1574. SHRI N.K. SINGH: Will the
Minister; and
                                                 Minister of EXTERNAL AFFAIRS be
    (c) the subject discussed and to what        pleased to state:
extent they were successful and whether
                                                    (a) whether Government is aware that
further talks are likely to be held in future?
                                                 several Regional Passport Offices (RPOs)
                                                 have issued passports to Pakistan nationals
           Ratification of CTBT                  who have connections with the terrorists;
    1572. SHRI GIREESH KUMAR                        (b) if so, the facts and details thereof;
SANGHI:     Will the Minister of                     (c) whether the proper verification has
EXTERNAL AFFAIRS be pleased to                   not been conducted and passports issued
state:                                           to foreign nationals; and
   (a) whether it is a fact that the                (d) if so, the steps Government
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proposes to take to cancel such passports        Property rights to slum dwellers
and to ensure strictness in issuing
passports?                                       1577. SHRI T.T.V. DHINAKARAN:
                                              Will the Minister of HOUSING AND
                                              URBAN POVERTY ALLEVIATION be
 Discussion with Nepalese President           pleased to state:
   1575. SHRI N.K. SINGH: Will the               (a) whether it is proposed to direct State
Minister of EXTERNAL AFFAIRS be               Governments to give property rights to
pleased to state:                             slum dwellers; and
   (a) whether the President of Nepal has        (b) if so, the details thereof?
recently visited India and held discussions
with leaders on several issues;                       Livelihood to urban poor
   (b) if so, the details thereof;
                                                1578.  SHRI      PYARIMOHAN
    (c) whether Government has offered        MOHAPATRA: Will the Minister of
major assistance to revive insurgency         HOUSING AND URBAN POVERTY
affected Nepal's saging economy;              ALLEVIATION be pleased to state:
   (d) if so, the details thereof; and            (a) details of schemes proposed to be
    (e) to what extent the relation between   undertaken to provide means of livelihood
both the countries have been further          to the urban poor;
strengthened?                                    (b) whether such schemes have been/
                                              are being linked with slum rehabilitation
                                              projects to ensure easy repayment; and
   Privatization of passport issuing              (c) whether the skill sets and
                process                       professional expertise of slum dwellers can
                                              be taken as the basis for employment/self
  1576. SHRI A. VIJAYARAGHAVAN:               employment and loans arranged from
Will the Minister of EXTERNAL                 financing institutions to enable generation
AFFAIRS be pleased to state:                  of higher income and consequent capability
   (a) whether his Ministry has outsourced    for repayment?
the passport issuing system to a private
vendor who would also control the related         Master Plan for slum dwellers
software including the personal data of
passport holders;                               1579. SHRIMATI MOHSINA
                                              KIDWAI: Will the Minister of HOUSING
   (b) whether any other countries have       AND       URBAN             POVERTY
privatized the passport issue system;         ALLEVIATION be pleased to state:
   (c) if so, whether there are any               (a) whether Government has asked the
developed counties in that list; and          State Governments to amend the existing
   (d) whether all security aspects have      city planning models and prepare master
been examined while privatizing the           plan to address the needs of the slum
passport issue apparatus in the country?      dwellers;
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   (b) if so, the details of action plan          (b) the number of urban unemployed
prepared by the State Governments;             people provided jobs under SJSRY;
   (c) whether the parameter of the Rajiv             (c) whether targets were fulfilled; and
Awas Yojana for slum dwellers has since               (d) the targets set for the current year?
been formulated; and
   (d) if so, the details thereof?
                                                  Agreement for safeguarding human
                                                           rights of PIOs
           Affordable housing
                                                      †1582. SHRI SHREEGOPAL VYAS:
                                                             SHRI RAGHUNANDAN
  1580. SHRI DHARAM PAL                                        SHARMA:
SABHARWAL: Will the Minister of
HOUSING AND URBAN POVERTY                        Will the Minister of OVERSEAS
ALLEVIATION be pleased to state:               INDIAN AFFAIRS be pleased to state:

   (a) whether Government is considering           (a) the names of the countries
to provide affordable housing for all          agreements have been signed with on
throughout the country;                        safeguarding the human rights of the people
                                               of Indian origin;
   (b) if so, the details in this regard;          (b) if not, in what manner their human
   (c) whether Government has made any         rights would be protected and the name of
assessment regarding likely demand of          the safeguarding agency; and
housing by the year 2015; and                     (c) the names of the countries that have
   (d) if so, the details thereof?             reported violation of their human rights?



  Funds under SJSRY for Rajasthan                 Protection of Human Rights of PIOs

   1581.    SHRI LALIT KISHORE                   1583. SHRI RUDRA NARAYAN
              CHATURVEDI:                      PANY: Will the Minister of OVERSEAS
            DR. GYAN PRAKASH                   INDIAN AFFAIRS be pleased to state:
              PILANIA:                             (a) whether any discussion has taken
                                               place for the protection of the human rights
   Will the Minister of HOUSING AND            of the people of Indian origin;
URBAN POVERTY ALLEVIATION be
pleased to state:                                 (b) whether international treaties are
                                               obstacles in this regard;
    (a) the details of funds sanctioned and        (c) whether any discussion has been
released for Rajasthan State by her Ministry   made to bring this matter under the purview
for implementation of the Centrally            of the Human Rights Commission of India;
sponsored Swarna Jayanti Shahari Rojgar        and
Yojana (SJSRY) during the last three years
and till date;                                        (d) if so, the details thereof?

†Original notice of the question received in Hindi.
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 Civil servants joining private sector             received more than 15000 complaints every
                                                   year; and
  1584. SHRIMATI JAYANTHI
NATARAJAN: Will the PRIME                             (c) if so, the details thereof and the steps
MINISTER be pleased to state:                      proposed by Government to provide
                                                   adequate staff to CVC?
   (a) whether Government has imposed
certain restrictions of civil servants joining
private sector; and
                                                     Penalty on Government employees
   (b) if so, the details thereof?
                                                       1587. SHRI PENUMALLI MADHU:
                                                   Will the PRIME MINISTER be pleased to
  Filling of seats under SC/ST quota               state:

   1585. SHRI       RANJITSINH                         (a) whether it is a fact that Government
VIJAYSINH MOHITE-PATIL: Will the                   is seriously pondering over to deduct as
PRIME MINISTER be pleased to state:                penalties from salaries of errant
                                                   Government employees if there are delays
    (a) the steps that are being taken to fulfil   in providing citizen services like issuing
the vacant seats in all category posts under       ration cards, driving licences,election cards,
SC/ST quota in all Central Government and          etc.;
PSUs under Government of India;
                                                      (b) if so, the details of the proposal;
   (b) whether Government has collected
figures of total vacant seats in all category         (c) whether Government is planning to
posts under above quota;                           enact legislation for this purpose; and

   (c) if so, the details thereof; and                (d) if so, the details thereof?

   (d) if not, by when Government
envisages to do so?                                      Anti-corruption machinery
                                                                 in country

          Understaffing in CVC                       1588. SHRI             SHYAMAL
                                                   CHAKRABORTY: Will the PRIME
    1586. SHRI A. ELAVARASAN: Will                 MINISTER be pleased to state:
the PRIME MINISTER be pleased to
state:                                                (a) whether there is any effective and
                                                   credible anti-corruption machinery in the
    (a) whether it is a fact that the Central      country;
Vigilance Commission (CVC), the apex                  (b) if so, the details thereof;
body of our country to deal with corruption,
is understaffed with less than 200 people;            (c) the staff strength of Central Vigilance
                                                   Commission (CVC) which is supposed to
   (b) whether CVC is supposed to check            check corruption in more than 1500 Central
corruption in more than 1500 Central               Government departments many of them
Government departments, many of them               being as big as Income Tax Department,
are as big as IT, Railways, Excise etc. and        Railways, Excise etc.;
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   (d) whether CVC has power to                 Status' to a State;
prosecute to take disciplinary action against         (b) presently, names of such States;
guilty officials; and
                                                   (c) whether Government has received
    (e) the number of guilty officials who      any proposal from the State Government
got punishment on the basis of CVC report?      of Rajasthan for giving special status;
                                                      (d) if so, the details thereof;
  Exposure of corruption due to RTI
                                                   (e) the reaction of Government thereto;
  1589. SHRI             SHYAMAL                and
CHAKRABORTY: Will the PRIME                        (f) in what manner Rajasthan compare
MINISTER be pleased to state:                   with above States, on various development
   (a) the number of people, who are            parameters?
reportedly exposing corruption and seeking
punishment for the guilty with the advent
of Right To Information (RTI); and                       Funds for deprived sections
    (b) the number of complaints that have         1592. SHRI VIJAY JAWAHARLAL
so far been acted upon?                         DARDA: Will the PRIME MINISTER be
                                                pleased to state:
           Filling of vacant posts                 (a) whether Government is planning to
                                                undertake adequate quantification of funds
    †1590. SHRIMATI MAYA SINGH :                spent on SCs/STs, which is 25 per cent of
Will the PRIME MINISTER be pleased to           our population so that deprived sections
state:                                          of the society are progressively brought
   (a) the steps taken by Government in         equal at level with remaining 75 per cent;
several fields to fill up the vacant posts          (b) if so, whether Government will keep
and for new appointments;                       in view the observations made in UN State
   (b) whether Government has taken any         of the World's indigenous Peoples' Report,
step toward new appointments in last three      2010 that indigenous People, i.e. Tribals,
years according to the educated                 across the world suffer disproportionately
unemployed and their passing age; and           high level of poverty, illiteracy, poor health
                                                and human rights abuse, so the built-in
  (c) the number of vacant posts in             disadvantaged groups within the intended
Government sector in the last three years?      beneficiaries derive equal benefits; and
                                                   (c) the percentage of 2007-08 and
     Parameters for special status              2008-09 budgetary funds that were spent
                                                towards upliftment of SCs/STs groups?
   1591.     DR. GYAN PRAKASH
               PILANIA:
             SHRI LALIT KISHORE                             Development councils
               CHATURVEDI:
                                                    1593. SHRI MANGALA KISAN: Will
   Will the PRIME MINISTER be pleased           the PRIME MINISTER be pleased to
to state:                                       state:
   (a) the parameters for according 'Special          (a) the number of development councils
†Original notice of the question received in Hindi.
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like Bundelkhand in the country, giving the           Unspent funds under SJSRY
figure, State-wise;
                                                    1596.    SHRI GOVINDRAO
   (b) whether Government is willing to                        WAMANRAO ADIK:
fund for the development of the other                        SHRI SANJAY RAUT:
council area of the country, on the
Bundelkhand funding pattern; and                   Will the Minister of URBAN
                                                 DEVELOPMENT be pleased to state:
   (c) if so, whether Western Odisha
development council will be funded by               (a) whether funds under Swarna Jayanti
Government on Bundelkhand pattern                Shahari Rozgar Yojana (SJSRY) remained
considering it to be most underdeveloped         unspent in various States including
and most poverty striken area in the             Maharashtra during the years 2008-09 and
country?                                         2009-10;
                                                    (b) is so, the details thereof and the
   Budget for Education and Health               reasons therefor;
                                                    (c) whether SJSRY has since been
    1594. SHRI PARIMAL NATHWANI:                 revamped during the current financial year
Will the PRIME MINISTER be pleased to            in Maharashtra;
state:
                                                    (d) if so, the details thereof and the
   (a) whether policies adopted by the           reasons therefor; and
States mean that they do not have enough
money to spend on Education and Health;             (e) the steps taken/being taken by the
                                                 Union Government to monitor the
   (b) if so, the amount of funds transferred    implementation of the scheme?
from Centre to States for Education and
Health during the last five years, State-wise;
   (c) whether States have utilized these              Floor Area Ratio of Motels
funds fully for the purpose for which these          1597. DR.   JANARDHAN
were allotted; and                               WAGHMARE: Will the Minister of
   (d) if not, the names of defaulting States?   URBAN DEVELOPMENT be pleased to
                                                 state:

           Growth rate target                       (a) whether Government has received
                                                 representations from Hotel and Motel
    1595. SHRI DHIRAJ PRASAD SAHU:               Association of Delhi to increase the Floor
Will the PRIME MINISTER be pleased to            Area Ratio (FAR) of motel in and around
state:                                           Delhi to meet the requirement of rooms for
   (a) whether the Eleventh Five Year Plan       Commonwealth Games 2010;
have fixed their target to achieve the 10 per       (b) if so, the details thereof; and
cent growth rate during the term 2007-12;            (c) whether Government proposes to
    (b) if so, whether present rate of growth    allow increase of FAR motels in and around
is as per fixed targets and will achieve 10      Delhi which are of Star category and meets
per cent by the end of Eleventh Five Year        all security and other facilities rather than
Plan; and                                        considering providing accommodation at
   (c) if not, the steps being taken to          Pahar Ganj and Karol Bagh areas which
achieve the growth rate target?                  are highly conjested and insecure?
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  Strategy to meet energy intensity                (b) whether it is also a fact that Rural
           reduction target                     Development Ministry sought 60 per cent
                                                increase in the allocation to this Scheme;
   1598.    DR. T. SUBBARAMI                    and
              REDDY:
            SHRI V. HANUMANTHA                      (c) if so, the reasons for resistance from
              RAO:                              the Planning Commission?
   Will the PRIME MINISTER be pleased
to state:
    (a) whether Planning Commission has           Bio-technology Regulatory Authority
set up an expert group to decide strategy
to meet energy intensity reduction target         1601. SHRI SITARAM YECHURY:
of 20-25 per cent by 2010 which                 Will the Minister of SCIENCE AND
Government had announced on eve of              TECHNOLOGY be pleased to state:
Copenhagen climate negotiations;
                                                   (a) whether Government has prepared
   (b) whether expert group will review         any draft legislation to constitute Bio-
existing status of studies on low carbon        technology Regulatory Authority;
growth plans and conduct further analysis
to assess options open to Government to             (b) if so, the details thereof; and
achieve target it has set itself;
                                                    (c) whether it is also a fact that the
    (c) if so, by when expert group is likely   proposed act stipulates imprisonment of
to submit its report; and                       critiques of GM foods?
    (d) its main recommendations and by
what time final decision in this regard is
likely to be taken?                               First human genome sequencing in
                                                                India

           Sole identity proof                    1602. SHRI P. RAJEEVE: Will the
                                                Minister of      SCIENCE AND
  1599. SHRI Y.P. TRIVEDI: Will the             TECHNOLOGY be pleased to state:
PRIME MINISTER be pleased to state:
                                                   (a) whether the sequencing of first
   (a) whether the proposed unique              human genome in India achieved by the
identification number may become the sole       Council of Scientific and Industrial Research
identity proof for opening new bank             (CSIR) has put India at par in scientific
accounts and getting all other services; and    research with advanced nations;
   (b) if so, the details thereof?
                                                   (b) whether the Indian human genome
                                                sequencing was achieved with indigenous
     Increase in funds for NREGA                technology
  1600. SHRI R.C. SINGH: Will the                  (c) whether the CSIR has developed
PRIME MINISTER be pleased to state:             indigenously the necessary instruments and
    (a) whether it is a fact that Planning      reagents to carry out human genome
Commission is not in favour of raising funds    sequencing;
for NREGA;                                          (d) whether the costs of human genome
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sequencing technology developed by CSIR           provide remaining financial assistance other
are less than that in other countries; and        than it received?
   (e) if so, the reasons therefor?
                                                         Benefits of retired employees
 National Bio-technology Regulatory                 1605. SHRI A. VIJAYARAGHAVAN:
              Authority                           Will the Minister of SCIENCE AND
  1603. SHRI NAND KUMAR SAI:                      TECHNOLOGY be pleased to state:
Will the Minister of SCIENCE AND                     (a) whether it is a fact that the retirement
TECHNOLOGY be pleased to state:                   benefits of many employees retired from
   (a) whether Government propose to set          Central Road Research Institute (CRRI), a
up a Regulatory Authrority for Bio-               constituent establishment of CSIR are
technology, product and processes;                pending for quite long time;

   (b) if so, the details in this regard; and           (b) if so, the details thereof;

   (c) the time by which the National Bio-           (c) if so, whether steps would be taken
technology Regulatory Authority in the            to process the same and sanction the
country will be set up?                           respective retirement benefits without
                                                  delay; and
                                                        (d) if not, the reasons therefor?
 Database for climate impact studies
  1604. SHRI A. VIJAYARAGHAVAN:                       Developmental scheme for SC/ST in
Will the Minister of SCIENCE AND                              Andhra Pradesh
TECHNOLOGY be pleased to state:
    (a) whether NISCAIR, a constituent                1606. SHRIMATI T. RATNA BAI:
establishment of CSIR in collaboration with       Will the Minister of SOCIAL JUSTICE
Jawaharlal Nehru University and with              AND EMPOWERMENT be pleased to
cooperation of UNESCO, had initiated              state:
project, "Development of Database for                (a) whether some districts in Andhra
Climate Impact Studies in India with              Pradesh were on fast-track mode of
Special Reference to Lakshadweep";                development in the State in the schemes
   (b) if so, the details and present status      exclusive for SC/ST;
including financial support received as on           (b) if so, the details in the Eleventh Five
today;                                            Year Plan; and
   (c) if so, whether CSIR had submitted              (c) the funds allocated and spent in the
same towards National Missions of Climate         district in each sector?
Change;
   (d) if so, whether Research Council of                Dry Latrines (Prohibition) Act
NISCAIR was held during the year 2008
and 2009 and started to provide financial               1607.    DR. GYAN PRAKASH
support to project; and                                            PILANIA:
                                                                 SHRI LALIT KISHORE
   (e) if so, whether steps will be taken to                       CHATURVEDI:
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   Will the Minister of HOUSING AND                 Norms for grants-in-aid under Deen
URBAN POVERTY ALLEVIATION be                            Dayal Disabled Persons'
pleased to state:                                        Rehabilitation Scheme
   (a) whether all States adopted the               1609. PROF. P.J. KURIEN: Will the
Employment of Manual Scavengers and               Minister of SOCIAL JUSTICE AND
Construction of Dry Latrines (Prohibition)        EMPOWERMENT be pleased to state:
Act, 1993, and have implemented the same
properly, if so, State-wise details;                 (a) the norms for sanctioning grants-in-
                                                  aid etc. under the Deen Dayal Disabled
   (b) the number of persons that have            Persons' Rehabilitation Scheme (DDDPRS)
been punished under this Act, so far, the         by his Ministry;
details thereof, year-wise, State-wise;
                                                     (b) whether a number of schemes for
   (c) whether any survey has been                grant-in-aid recommended by Government
undertaken regarding implementation of this       of Kerala under DDDPRS, are pending
Act;                                              with his Ministry;
   (d) if so, the outcome thereof, State-            (c) if so, the details thereof, including
wise; and                                         the period of pendency, and the reasons
   (e) the total number of Rural                  therefor; and
Households and the number out of them                 (d) the action Government would take
that have converted dry latrines into             to clear such pendency?
sanitary latrines, State-wise?
Grants-in-aid to NGOs in the field of               School recognition for free education
          under privileged                                       to SC/ST
   1608.     SHRI      RANJITSINH                    1610.   SHRI    GOVINDRAO
VIJAYSINH MOHITE-PATIL: Will the                  WAMANRAO ADIK: Will the Minister
Minister of SOCIAL JUSTICE AND                    of    SOCIAL    JUSTICE    AND
EMPOWERMENT be pleased to state:                  EMPOWERMENT be pleased to state:
    (a) whether Government has any plan              (a) the number of projects received in
to reduce their grants-in-aid in the next         his Ministry for releasing grant for free
financial year for the Non-Government             education schools for different States;
Organisations (NGOs) working in the field
of under privileged;                                  (b) the number of States in which
                                                  schools for 100 children were running on
    (b) if so, the reasons for reducing grants-   free ship by different NGOs between 2006
in-aids to the NGOs;                              to 2009;
    (c) the Budgetary support under grants-           (c) names and number of school projects
in-aid to NGOs in last three financial years;     rejected either by the State Government or
    (d) the amount of grants that have            by his Ministry on the ground of non-
already been sanctioned during last three         recognition of schools; and
financial years i.e. 2007-08, 2008-09 and            (d) reasons for not relaxing the school
2009-10; and                                      recognition condition when some schools
   (e) the details thereof?                       were/are running on free ship for SC/ST
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and physically handicapped during 2008                    Plans for Mars mission
and 2009?
                                                  †1613. SHRI PRABHAT JHA: Will the
                                                PRIME MINISTER be pleased to state:
    Social security agreements for                  (a) whether ISRO has made any short
            weaker sections                     or long term plan for Mars Mission;
                                                   (b) if so, the details of allocated amount
   1611. SHRI MOHD. ALI KHAN: Will              and the progress made so far under this
the Minister of SOCIAL JUSTICE AND              plan; and
EMPOWERMENT be pleased to state:                  (c) the target of ISRO in respect of
   (a) whether Government has signed            manned space mission?
social security agreements particularly for
the minorities and weaker sections of the
society;                                                Growth in tourism industry
   (b) if so, the details for Eleventh Five           1614.   MS. MABEL REBELLO:
Year Plan, year-wise and country-wise;                        DR. T. SUBBARAMI
                                                                REDDY:
   (c) the purpose behind each such
agreement;                                         Will the Minister of TOURISM be
                                                pleased to state:
   (d) the implementation status thereof,
country-wise for the Eleventh Five Year             (a) whether tourism industry is poised
Plan; and                                       for huge growth as foreign tourist arrivals
                                                in India show an upward trend;
   (e) the funds allocated and spent for
such agreements implementation for the             (b) whether during December, 2009 the
above period?                                   tourist industry foreign tourists arrival in
                                                India registered a 21 per cent growth over
            Mission to Mars                     the corresponding month in 2008, foreign
   1612. SHRI RAJKUMAR DHOOT:                   tourists arrival in 2009 had declined 17.6
Will the PRIME MINISTER be pleased              per cent during the first 11 months but
to state:                                       revived sharply in December;
   (a) whether it is a fact that Russians are      (c) whether inspite of threats from
planning to send 4-6 persons in its mission     various countries the tourists traffic has
to Mars this year;                              increased; and
   (b) if so, the deails thereof;                  (d) the concrete measures being taken
                                                by his Ministry in this regard?
    (c) whether it is also a fact that NASA
is also planning to establish a colony on
the surface of Mars;                                  Business activities by foreigners
   (d) if so, the details thereof;                1615.  SHRIMATI          VIPLOVE
   (e) whether Indian Scientists are also       THAKUR: Will      the Minister of
involved in these missions; and                 TOURISM be pleased to state:
   (f) if so, the details thereof?                    (a) whether Government is aware of the

†Original notice of the question received in Hindi.
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fact that a number of foreign tourists are        (b) if so, the details thereof and by when
engaged in running pizza parlours, adventure   they are likely to be announced?
tourism, cafes and restaurants-cum-hotels
and the organic fruit business activities in
proxy, in Manali, Shanag, Vashishit, Naggar,          Buddhist tourism in India
Bagsunag and Nashla of Himachal Pradesh          1618.  SHRI       PYARIMOHAN
over the years;                                MOHAPATRA: Will the Minister of
   (b) if so, the steps Government has         TOURISM be pleased to state:
taken in this regard;                             (a) the details of old and new schemes
    (c) whether Government proposes to         to attract Buddhist tourists to India;
issue instructions to the State Governments       (b) whether important places of
to appoint a Tourism Officer to oversee        Buddhist interest in Odisha have been
such business activities being carried out     included in such schemes; and
by foreign tourists; and
                                                  (c) if so, the allocation made and the
   (d) if so, the details thereof?             connectivity developed for the purpose?
       Incredible India campaign
                                                        Hotel rooms for CWG
   1616. SHRI MOHD. ALI KHAN:
Will the Minister of TOURISM be pleased          1619.   SHRI       SHANTARAM
to state:                                      LAXMAN NAIK: Will the Minister of
  (a) whether Government has spent any         TOURISM be pleased to state:
amount on 'Incredible India' campaign;            (a) the number of hotel rooms of various
   (b) if so, the details thereof in the       categories available in Delhi at present;
Eleventh Five Year Plan;                           (b) whether Government proposes to
   (c) the steps being taken for the           provide additional rooms capacity in view
sensitization programmes and awareness         of the forthcoming Commonwealth Games;
campaigns in the remaining Eleventh Five          (c) if so, details of the projects
Year Plan particularly in the wake of          undertaken by various agencies;
upcoming Commonwealth Games 2010,
                                                  (d) the number of additional rooms
when a large number of foreigners are
                                               proposed to be provided;
expected to visit India; and
                                                  (e) the expenditure involved therein; and
   (d) if so, the details worked out so far
and expenditure made so far at each level?        (f) other related details?


      Foreign tourists in country                    Plan for attracting tourists
   1617. SHRI VARINDER SINGH                     1620.    DR.       JANARDHAN
BAJWA: Will the Minister of TOURISM            WAGHMARE: Will the Minister of
be pleased to state:                           TOURISM be pleased to state:
   (a) whether Government proposes to             (a) whether Government is aware of the
take new initiatives to attract more foreign   fact that tourism is a big source of income;
tourists in the country; and                   and
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    (b) if so, what plan Government has             Conversion of ancient buildings as
envisaged to develop the existing tourist                     tourist spots
spots and to create new tourist centres with
artistic vision to attract tourists from all        1623. SHRI TARIQ ANWAR: Will the
over the world?                                   Minister of TOURISM be pleased to state:
                                                      (a) whether there is any scheme under
                                                  which the ancient buildings can be converted
                                                  into major tourist spots;
Crime against women and children at
          tourist centres                            (b) if so, the details of such locations
                                                  which are converted into tourist spots,
                                                  State-wise;
  1621. SHRIMATI JAYANTHI
NATARAJAN: Will the Minister of                      (c) whether public private partnerships
TOURISM be pleased to state:                      can be used in these infrastructures; and
   (a) whether Government has formulated             (d) if so, the details thereof?
a detailed code of conduct for all service
providers in the tourism sector to prevent
sex related crimes against women and
children at tourist centres in the country;          Commercial activities in fragile
                                                       Himalayan environment
   (b) if so, the details thereof;
                                                    1624.  SHRIMATI          VIPLOVE
   (c) whether Government intends to              THAKUR: Will the Minister of
publicise the code in a big way; and              TOURISM be pleased to state:
   (d) if so, the details thereof?
                                                      (a) whether Government is aware of the
                                                  fact that motorcar rallies and other
                                                  commercial tourism activities are being held
 State specific infrastructure plan for           frequently in Himalayan ranges damaging
                 tourism                          fragile Himalayan environment in Himachal
                                                  Pradesh;
    1622. SHRI RAJNITI PRASAD: Will
the Minister of TOURISM be pleased to                (b) if so, the details thereof;
state:
                                                      (c) whether it is a fact that sacred
   (a) whether it is a fact that recently there   mountains are being desecrated by
has been huge growth in the number of             commercial tourism activities that litter the
tourists in Bihar;                                slopes with garbage and hasten the melting
                                                  of glaciers;
    (b) if so, whether Government would
consider for a State specific infrastructure          (d) if so, whether necessary approval
developmental plan so that the tourists           from Union Government/State Government
visiting various historical places get a good     is obtained for conducting such commercial
hospitality and nice impression; and              activities in fragile Himalayan environment;
                                                  and
   (c) the details of plans and financial
allocation for the State of Bihar for                (e) if so, the details of approval obtained
promotional activity in tourism sector?           during the last three years, activity-wise?
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        Himalayan Ski Village                        Fund allotted for CWG 2010
  1625.  SHRIMATI          VIPLOVE                 1627.    SHRI KAMAL AKHTAR:
THAKUR: Will the Minister of                                SHRI NAND KISHORE
TOURISM be pleased to state:                                  YADAV:
   (a) whether the environment clearance          Will the Minister of URBAN
for setting up of Himalayan Ski Village         DEVELOPMENT be pleased to state:
(HSV) in the Kullu-Manali area of Himachal
Pradesh has not been obtained from Union           (a) the details of the fund allocated to
Government or State Government;                 his Ministry for urban infrastructure
                                                development in Delhi in view of
   (b) if so, the action taken against the      Commonwealth Games 2010, till date,
company in this regard;                         category-wise, such as slum development,
    (c) whether it is a fact that               VIP area development, NDMC area
environmental clearance is not necessary        development etc.; and
to be a part of detailed project report (DPR)      (b) the details of funds utilized so far,
and it could be sought later; and               category-wise, till-date?
   (d) if so, the details thereof?
                                                  National Real Estate Development
                                                              Council
    Crisis communication plan for                 1628. SHRI SYED AZEEZ PASHA:
            foreign tourists                    Will the Minister of URBAN
                                                DEVELOPMENT be pleased to state:
  1626. SHRIMATI SHOBHANA
BHARTIA: Will the Minister of                      (a) whether Government has formed a
TOURISM be pleased to state:                    National Real Estate Development Council;
                                                   (b) if so, the purpose of this real estate
    (a) whether Government has devised a        promotional body;
crisis communication plan to disseminate
information to foreign tourists in the event      (c) the names of members of this
of any terror attack;                           Council;
                                                  (d) the role of Government in this
   (b) if so, the details thereof;              Council; and
    (c) whether the impact of terror attacks       (e) the steps proposed to protect
on tourism industry has affected adversely;     interests of middle class people in the
                                                country?
   (d) if so, whether the developed
countries like USA and UK have advised
their citizens not to visit India in view of    Proposals for water supply from Assam
recent attacks; and
                                                  1629. SHRI BIRENDRA PRASAD
   (e) if so, the steps Government              BAISHYA: Will the Minister of URBAN
proposes to create confidence amongst           DEVELOPMENT be pleased to state:
foreign tourists in the country?                   (a) whether Government has cleared all
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the proposals received for water supply            (c) the names of the districts in Madhya
amounting to Rs. 1100 crore from the State     Pradesh selected for the development of
Government of Assam;                           urban poor areas, the details thereof,
    (b) if so, the present status and total    district-wise; and
allocation, project-wise thereof, along with       (d) the process of selecting these
implementing agency; and                       districts?
   (c) the time by which it is likely to be
completed?                                                Kochi Metro Rail Project
                                                  1632. SHRI ABDUL WAHAB
   Regularization of unauthorized              PEEVEE: Will the Minister of URBAN
         colonies in Delhi                     DEVELOPMENT be pleased to state
    1630. SHRI PARVEZ HASHMI: Will             whether there is any development about
the      Minister   of    URBAN                the proposed Kochi Metro Rail Project,
DEVELOPMENT be pleased to state:               the details thereof?

   (a) whether it is a fact that about 1600
unauthorized colonies are going to be            Stoppage of funds under JNNURM
regularized in Delhi;                            1633. SHRI RAJIV PRATAP RUDY:
   (b) if so, the time-limit given for         Will the Minister of URBAN
regularization;                                DEVELOPMENT be pleased to state:
   (c) whether it is also true that large          (a) whether the State Governments are
number of unauthorized colonies are still      facing a threat of stoppage of JNNURM
coming up on green/agriculture land in         Funds due to their failure to bring in
various areas of Delhi in connivance with      reforms;
Police, land owing agencies and Revenue               (b) if so, the details thereof;
Department of Delhi; and
                                                  (c) the details of the States affected till
   (d) if so, the action Government has        date;
taken to stop the encroachment of
Government/agriculture land from the                (d) the reforms suggested to the States
hands of land grabbers to stop unauthorized    till date and the steps required to qualify
constructions?                                 for JNNURM funds; and
                                                      (e) the details thereof?
  Scheme under JNNURM in M.P.
  †1631. SHRI RAGHUNANDAN
SHARMA: Will the Minister of URBAN               Urban Infrastructure Development
DEVELOPMENT be pleased to state:                     Scheme for Maharashtra
   (a) the funds provided to each of the         1634. SHRI BHARATKUMAR
four districts in Madhya Pradesh selected      RAUT: Will the Minister of URBAN
under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban          DEVELOPMENT be pleased to state:
Renewal Mission (JNNURM);                         (a) whether Government has sanctioned
   (b) the time-limit fixed to complete        94 projects under the Urban Infrastructure
these schemes;                                 Development Scheme for Small & Medium
†Original notice of the question received in Hindi.
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Towns of Maharashtra State and the                   (a) whether it is a fact that the price of
number out of which Central funds have            land given to the farmers for acquisition of
not been released for some projects so far;       land by Government is much below the
   (b) the reasons therefor;                      market price for the public purposes;

    (c) whether it is a fact that Planning           (b) if so, the reasons thereof; and
Commission has also given its directions              (c) whether it is also a fact that many a
that the cities of Maharashtra in which not       times land is acquired for ostensibly public
a single project is sanctioned, such projects     purposes by Government but ultimately it
should be funded; and                             is not used for public ends?
   (d) whether Government is considering
to increase the outlay for funding such               Regulation of real estate sector
projects in various cities of Maharashtra
State?                                              1637. SHRI AMIR ALAM KHAN:
                                                  Will the Minister of URBAN
                                                  DEVELOPMENT be pleased to state:
    Renovation of CPWD quarters
                                                      (a) whether the property prices
    1635. SHRI RAJNITI PRASAD: Will               continues to rise in the country particularly
the      Minister    of    URBAN                  in the NCR region;
DEVELOPMENT be pleased to state:                     (b) if so, the details thereof;
   (a) whether it is a fact that no renovation/       (c) whether Government has analysed
upgradation work is being taken up in the         the rising trend and its implications for the
vacant CPWD quarters of BKS Marg,                 vulnerable sections of the community;
Phase-I, New Delhi due to scarcity of fund;
                                                     (d) if so, the details thereof;
   (b) whether it is also a fact that a few
months back in a meeting held with the                (e) whether Government is considering
Chief-Engineer, CPWD, the RWA of this             to have a price regulatory mechanism and
colony was assured that many schemes              authority in real estate sector; and
would be taken up in the colony for the              (f) if so, the progress made in this
welfare of residents;                             direction and by when such regulatory
   (c) the reasons for non implementation         authority will be in place for regulation of
of the decisions taken in the bipartite           real estate sector?
meeting;
   (d) whether the allottees are being                Holiday Homes run by Central
forced to move into the flats that are in                     Government
very bad shape; and
                                                    1638. SHRI AMIR ALAM KHAN:
   (e) if so, the reasons therefor?               Will the Minister of URBAN
                                                  DEVELOPMENT be pleased to state:
     Price of land given to farmers                  (a) the details of Holiday Homes
                                                  presently run by his Ministry for Central
   1636. SHRI TARIQ ANWAR: Will the               Government Employees;
Minister of URBAN DEVELOPMENT
be pleased to state:                                 (b) whether Government is aware that
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there is no Holiday Home at Goa, Puri,              (a) whether it is a fact that Government
Mt. Abu, Darjeeling, Gangtok, Kodaikanal,        has reviewed the ongoing Metro Rail and
Srinagar, Madurai, Shillong, A and N             Flyover Roads project to ensure their
Islands, Lakshadweep, Puducherry,                completion before commencement of
Udaipur, Jaiselmer, etc. for the Central         Commonwealth Games;
Government Employees;                                 (b) if so, the details thereof;
   (c) if so, the reasons therefor;                 (c) whether any project will not get
   (d) the action taken by Government to         completed within the scheduled time; and
open the Holiday Homes at the above                   (d) if so, the reasons for delay?
places; and
   (e) whether Government has plans to
provide alternate accommodation to their            Report of Water Resources Group
employees till the Holiday Homes are                  1641.    SHRI SANJAY RAUT:
created?                                                       SHRI GOVINDRAO
                                                                 WAMANRAO ADIK:
 Real estate sector of Andhra Pradesh              Will the Minister of WATER
                                                 RESOURCES be pleased to state:
    1639. SHRI MOHD. ALI KHAN: Will
the      Minister    of    URBAN                    (a) whether it is a fact that there will be
DEVELOPMENT be pleased to state:                 50 per cent water deficit by 2030, according
                                                 to recent report of the Water Resources
    (a) whether Government urged                 Group;
contractors to look at building up human
resources in the real estate sector to be able     (b) if so, the details of the report and
to cope with the huge boom in construction       Government's response thereto; and
that is likely with increasing urbanization          (c) the details of steps taken or proposed
in the Eleventh and Twelfth Five Year Plan       to be taken for reducing supply-demand
under JNNURM;                                    gap of water by bringing more water
   (b) if so, the details worked out so far,     efficiency related schemes in the country?
State-wise especially in Andhra Pradesh;
    (c) the funds earmarked and utilized for          Report of Central Ground Water
such purpose in the Eleventh Five Year Plan,                  Board Authority
city-wise, especially in Andhra Pradesh; and
                                                      †1642. SHRI SATYAVRAT
    (d) the pending issues with his Ministry                   CHATURVEDI:
in this regard from each State especially                    SHRI MOTILAL VORA:
from Andhra Pradesh for the remaining
Eleventh Five Year Plan?                           Will the Minister of WATER
                                                 RESOURCES be pleased to state:
                                                    (a) whether according to the report of
Review on ongoing projects for CWG               Central Ground Water Board Authority,
  1640. SHRI RAJKUMAR DHOOT:                     there is a decline of 1.2 metre in ground
Will the Minister of URBAN                       water level every year in National Capital
DEVELOPMENT be pleased to state:                 Region (NCR) and the water level at some

†Original notice of the question received in Hindi.
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places has come down even upto                         Irrigation capacity of country
300 metres; and
                                                      †1645. SHRI RAJ MOHINDER
    (b) if so, the steps Government is taking                  SINGH MAJITHA:
to check the water exploitation by private                   SHRI RAVI SHANKAR
agencies in NCR and to stop water leakage                      PRASAD:
from pipelines and to educate people to
stop the wastage of water?                          Will the Minister of WATER
                                                  RESOURCES be pleased to state:
      Average availability of water                  (a) whether it is a fact that irrigation
  †1643. SHRI KAPTAN SINGH                        capacity in the country has been enhanced
SOLANKI: Will the Minister of WATER               during the year 2004 to 2009;
RESOURCES be pleased to state:                        (b) if so, the extent of this enhancement
   (a) whether the average availability of        and the estimates of total irrigation capacity
water in the country is only 2 hours per          at the beginning of the year 2009-10; and
day in spite of adequate water resources in
India;                                               (c) the percentage of this capacity from
                                                  each mode of irrigation, and the State-wise
    (b) whether Government is making any          position of capacity utilisation of irrigation
effort for the management of potable water        by each State?
in the country; and
   (c) if so, the details thereof?
                                                    Decline in water for irrigation use

       Land area under irrigation                     †1646. SHRI RAVI SHANKAR
                                                               PRASAD:
   †1644. SHRI SHIVANAND                                     SHRI RAJ MOHINDER
             TIWARI:                                           SINGH MAJITHA:
           SHRI RAJ MOHINDER
             SINGH MAJITHA:                         Will the Minister of WATER
                                                  RESOURCES be pleased to state:
  Will the Minister of WATER
RESOURCES be pleased to state:                       (a) whether it is a fact that owing to
                                                  increase in the demand of water for other
   (a) whether it is a fact that 104 million      than irrigation purposes the availability of
hectare land of the country has been brought      water for irrigational use is declining;
under irrigated land area;
    (b) if not, the reasons therefor and              (b) if so, the facts thereof;
whether it is also a fact that presently actual      (c) the extent of the decline between the
irrigation is possible only on 70 million         year 2004 to 2009;
hectare land out of them; and
                                                     (d) whether any concrete steps have
    (c) if so, the facts thereof, and the         been taken to address this problem; and
reasons for non optimal usage of available
irrigation capacity of the country?                   (e) if so, the details thereof?

†Original notice of the question received in Hindi.
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        Districts prone to floods                        Flood and erosion problem
   1647.    SHRIMATI SHOBHANA                     1649. SHRI BIRENDRA PRASAD
              BHARTIA:                          BAISHYA: Will the Minister of WATER
            SHRI N.K. SINGH:                    RESOURCES be pleased to state:
  Will the Minister of WATER                        (a) whether it is a fact that due to severe
RESOURCES be pleased to state:                  siltation in the river Brahmaputra, Barak
                                                and other major tributaries in Assam, the
   (a) whether Government is aware that         river beds get shallow resulting multichannel
several districts in the country are prone to   course of rivers which has been the major
floods;                                         cause of recurring floods in Assam;
   (b) if so, the details thereof;                  (b) if so, the details thereof including
                                                the identified locations/areas;
    (c) whether Government propose to               (c) the action taken by Government to
provide special assistance in cash and kind     check de-siltation and minimize channels
to those States which are prone to floods       to mitigate the flood and erosion problem,
to face such challenges; and                    and major schemes undertaken/proposed
   (d) if so, the details thereof?              to be taken; and
                                                   (d) the budgetary allocation made in this
                                                regard and amount spent so far, project-
           Eradi Commission                     wise/scheme-wise?

   1648. SHRI RAMDAS AGARWAL:                   Office building of Lower Ganga Division
Will the Minister of WATER RESOURCES
be pleased to state:                               1650. SHRI MOINUL HASSAN: Will
                                                the Minister of WATER RESOURCES be
   (a) whether it is a fact that Eradi          pleased to state:
Commission set up 25 years ago, Kaveri
Tribunal set up in 1991 and Krishna                (a) whether there is any proposal to
Tribunal set up in 2004 under Inter-State       construct an own office building of Lower
River Water Disputes Act, 1956 have not         Ganga Division, Central Water
so far submitted their final reports to         Commission, Berhampore, West Bengal;
Government;                                           (b) if so, the present position; and
   (b) if so, in what manner Government             (c) if not, the future progress of L.G.
propose to regulate functioning of tribunals    Division, C.W.C., Berhampore being a
and commissions, headed by retired old          traditional division office?
judges, which have taken many years to
submit their reports;
                                                         Wastage of drinking water
     (c) how much each panel cost country,
till date; and                                    †1651. SHRI KAPTAN SINGH
   (d) whether Government propose to            SOLANKI: Will the Minister of URBAN
bring forward any draft legislation in this     DEVELOPMENT be pleased to state:
regard during current Session of Parliament?          (a) whether it is a fact that water is

†Original notice of the question received in Hindi.
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wasted in large quantity in all the mega                      Old dams in India
cities including Delhi, Mumbai;
                                                     1654. PROF. P.J. KURIEN: Will the
   (b) if so, the details thereof;                Minister of WATER RESOURCES be
   (c) whether it is also a fact that             pleased to state:
Government has details about only 30 to             (a) the number of dams in India that are
60 per cent of the drinking water; and            more than 100 years old;
   (d) if so, the details thereof?                   (b) the steps taken by Government for
                                                  protection of these old dams;
   Scheme for improving irrigation                   (c) whether State Government of Kerala
                                                  has raised the question of safety of the 113
   1652. SHRI MANGALA KISAN:                      years old Mullaperiyar Dam; and
Will the Minister of WATER RESOURCES
be pleased to state:                                 (d) if so, the details thereof and the action
                                                  taken thereon?
    (a) the total irrigated land in the country
in comparison to the unirrigated land;
   (b) the details thereof, State-wise;              Irrigation projects under AIBP in
                                                             Himachal Pradesh
   (c) the reasons for non-irrigated land
percentage and whether there is any Central          †1655. SHRI SANJAY RAUT: Will the
scheme for improving irrigation;                  Minister of WATER RESOURCES be
                                                  pleased to state:
   (d) if so, the details thereof; and
                                                      (a) whether Government has received
   (e) by when States like Odisha,                some reports regarding small irrigation
Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand would be               projects for approval under Fina Singh
benefited by the Central Irrigation               medium irrigation project and Accelerated
Schemes?                                          Irrigation Benefit Programme (AIBP) from
                                                  State Government of Himachal Pradesh;
Irrigation potential of Andhra Pradesh            and

   1653. SHRI M.V. MYSURA REDDY:                     (b) if so, the details regarding approval
Will the Minister of WATER RESOURCES              of these projects and expenditure to be
be pleased to state:                              incurred on these projects?

   (a) the ultimate irrigation potential
assessed for the State of Andhra Pradesh;                Pending projects of Odisha
   (b) irrigation potential created as of           1656. SHRIMATI RENUBALA
January, 2010, in Andhra Pradesh; and             PRADHAN: Will the Minister of WATER
    (c) the assistance extended by                RESOURCES be pleased to state:
Government through Accelerated Irrigation            (a) the number of irrigation projects from
Benefit Programme, etc., to the State of          Odisha that are pending with the Central
Andhra Pradesh for early completion of            Water Commission (CWC) for clearance,
the projects and bring more area under            mention the names of the projects and details
irrigation in the State?                          on their status;

†Original notice of the question received in Hindi.
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   (b) the reasons for the delay in            providing water to companies from this
approval;                                      project in the name of intensifying
   (c) whether Government has given its        industrialization, instead of irrigation?
nod to Polavoram Project on river
Vansadhara to State Government of Andhra          Ongoing water resources projects
Pradesh despite the opposition of Odisha;
and                                               1659. MS. MABEL REBELLO: Will
                                               the Minister of WATER RESOURCES be
   (d) the number of areas of land that        pleased to state:
would be submerged in Odisha with the
construction of this project?                      (a) the ongoing water resources projects
                                               in the State of Jharkhand;

          Sardar Sarovar Dam                      (b) the quantum of funds that have been
                                               spent on these schemes;
   1657. SHRI VIJAYKUMAR RUPANI:                      (c) the details, scheme-wise;
Will the Minister of WATER RESOURCES
be pleased to state:                               (d) the quantum of funds that are needed
                                               to complete the ongoing schemes;
    (a) whether Government has received a
letter from Chief Minister of Gujarat                 (e) the details, scheme-wise;
relating to the issues of further raising of      (f) by when all the schemes would be
Sardar Sarovar Dam; and                        completed; and
    (b) if so, the steps Government intends        (g) the total irrigation potential when
to take for granting further permission for    all the schemes are completed?
construction of Sardar Sarovar Dam?

                                                      India's access to water resources
       Rengali Irrigation Project
                                                  1660. MS. SUSHILA TIRIYA: Will the
  †1658. SHRI RUDRA NARAYAN                    Minister of WATER RESOURCES be
PANY: Will the Minister of WATER               pleased to state:
RESOURCES be pleased to state:
                                                  (a) whether it is a fact that India has
    (a) whether Government is aware that       access to only 4 per cent of water resources;
construction on a project called 'Rengali
Irrigation Project', has been going on for            (b) if so, the reasons therefor; and
years;                                                (c) the steps taken in this regard?
   (b) if so, the details thereof;
   (c) the amount expended so far on this                  Par-Tapi-Narmada link
project and the source from which it has          1661. SHRI KANJIBHAI PATEL: Will
been mobilized;                                the Minister of WATER RESOURCES be
   (d) until when this project would be        pleased to state:
completed; and                                    (a) whether it is a fact that National
  (e) whether it is a fact that State          Water Development Agency (NWDA) had
Government has started the process of          taken up the preparation of Detailed Project

†Original notice of the question received in Hindi.
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Report (DPR) of Par-Tapi-Narmada link            Honour for medal winners of Boxing
as back as January, 2009; and                               World Cup
   (b) if so, the progress of DPR so far and      1664. SHRI A. ELAVARASAN: Will
time by which it will be completed?            the Minister of YOUTH AFFAIRS AND
                                               SPORTS be pleased to state:
     Contaminated ground water                      (a) whether it is a fact that four medal
                                               winners of Boxing World Cup in Moscow
   1662. SHRI RAJEEV SHUKLA: Will              in 2008 have not received a single rupee of
the Minister of WATER RESOURCES be             the assured prize money from Government,
pleased to state:                              till date;
    (a) the names of the States where ground       (b) whether Indian Boxing Federation
water has been found contaminated with         Secretary General had written several letters
salinity, iron, fluoride and arsenic, as per   in this connection;
statistics available with the Central Ground       (c) whether it is also a fact that
Water Board; and                               Government failed to hold the ceremony
                                               to honour these medal winners;
   (b) the remedial measures undertaken
by Government in this regard?                         (d) if so, the details thereof; and
                                                  (e) the steps taken by Government to
                                               give them their dues and honour?
        Construction of stadium
               for CWG
                                                            Unrest among players
   †1663. SHRI MOTILAL VORA:                      1665. SHRIMATI JAYANTHI
          SHRI SATYAVRAT                       NATARAJAN: Will the Minister of
            CHATURVEDI:                        YOUTH AFFAIRS AND SPORTS be
                                               pleased to state:
  Will the Minister of YOUTH AFFAIRS
AND SPORTS be pleased to state:                   (a) whether unrest among the hockey
                                               players, shooters and others with their
   (a) the number of stadium being             sports bodies came to light in the recent
constructed by Public Works Department         past;
(PWD) for Commonwealth Games;                         (b) if so, the details thereof; and
    (b) the number of stadiums out of them        (c) the remedial measures Government
that has been completed and the number of      has taken in this regard?
stadium for which it has been requested to
take under its control by Sports Authority                    Funds for hockey
of India (SAI);
                                                  1666. SHRI T.K. RANGARAJAN:
   (c) by when this request has been made      Will the Minister of YOUTH AFFAIRS
by PWD and the time when SAI took them         AND SPORTS be pleased to state:
under its control; and
                                                  (a) the details of funds Government
   (d) the reasons for its delay?              spend on the promotion of hockey in the

†Original notice of the question received in Hindi.
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country, year-wise for three years;                     South Asian Games in India
   (b) the measures evolved to monitor the        1668. SHRIMATI T. RATNA BAI:
spending of these amounts by the concerned     Will the Minister of YOUTH AFFAIRS
authorities; and                               AND SPORTS be pleased to state:
   (c) the details of funds earmarked and         (a) whether India is to host next South
disbursed to the players of the National       Asian Games;
Hockey team, year-wise details thereto?
                                                      (b) if so, the details worked out so far;
                                                  (c) the amount allocated for this
     Pooling of money for overall              purpose; and
      development of all sports
                                                      (d) the status of sponsors in this regard?
   1667. SHRI RAJKUMAR DHOOT:
Will the Minister of YOUTH AFFAIRS
AND SPORTS be pleased to state:                       Sports Authority of India and its
                                                                  centres
   (a) whether it is a fact that while one
sport in India has lot of money while the          †1669. SHRI KAPTAN SINGH
others do not have even for essential          SOLANKI: Will the Minister of YOUTH
infrastructure and to meet the physical        AFFAIRS AND SPORTS be pleased to
requirement of the players;                    state:
    (b) if so, whether Government will            (a) the norms set to open a centre by
consider pooling of money earned by            the Sports Authority of India (SAI);
different sports in India and regulate its        (b) State-wise details of the centres of
expenditure for the overall development of     the SAI;
all sports and players particularly national
games and national players;                       (c) whether Government is providing
                                               proper facilities in the centres of the SAI;
   (c) if so, in what manner Government        and
proposes to do so; and
                                                      (d) if so, the details thereof?
   (d) if not, the reasons therefor?


   NEW DELHI;                                                            V.K. AGNIHOTRI,
The 5th March, 2010                                                       Secretary-General.
Phalguna 14, 1931 (Saka)




†Original notice of the question received in Hindi.
                                 INDEX
                               (Ministry-wise)
Prime Minister                        : —
Atomic Energy                         : 1516, 1517, 1518, 1519, 1520, 1521, 1522,
                                        1523, 1525,
Communications and Information
  Technology                          : 1526, 1527, 1528, 1529, 1530, 1531, 1532,
                                        1533, 1534, 1535, 1536, 1537, 1538, 1539,
                                        1540, 1541, 1542, 1543, 1544, 1545, 1546,
                                        1547, 1548, 1549, 1550, 1551, 1552,
Culture                               : 1553, 1554, 1555,
Earth Sciences                        : 1558,
External Affairs                      : 1524, 1559, 1560, 1561, 1562, 1563, 1564,
                                        1565, 1566, 1567, 1568, 1569, 1570, 1571,
                                        1572, 1573, 1574, 1575, 1576,
Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation : 1577, 1578, 1579, 1580, 1581, 1607,
Overseas Indian Affairs               : 1582, 1583,
Parliamentary Affairs                 : —
Personnel, Public Grievances and
  Pensions                            : 1584, 1585, 1586, 1587, 1588, 1589, 1590,
Planning                              : 1515, 1591, 1592, 1593, 1594, 1595, 1598,
                                        1599, 1600,
Science and Technology                : 1556, 1557, 1601, 1602, 1603, 1604, 1605,
Social Justice and Empowerment        : 1606, 1608, 1609, 1610, 1611,
Space                                 : 1612, 1613,
Tourism                               : 1614, 1615, 1616, 1617, 1618, 1619, 1620,
                                        1621, 1622, 1623, 1624, 1625, 1626,
Urban Development                     : 1596, 1597, 1627, 1628, 1629, 1630, 1631,
                                        1632, 1633, 1634, 1635, 1636, 1637, 1638,
                                        1639, 1640, 1651,
Water Resources                       : 1641, 1642, 1643, 1644, 1645, 1646, 1647,
                                        1648, 1649, 1650, 1652, 1653, 1654, 1655,
                                        1656, 1657, 1658, 1659, 1660, 1661, 1662,
Youth Affairs and Sports              : 1663, 1664, 1665, 1666, 1667, 1668, 1669.


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