Saugata Roy raises a Point of Order on the functioning of the Lok Sabha


Mera jo Point of Order hai on Rule 25 and Rule 31(1). Rule No. 31 (1) says, ‘A list of business for the day shall be prepared by the Secretary-General, and a copy thereof shall be made available for the use of every member.’ Kal jo List of Business tha, in that three Bills were included – the first was the Tribunal Commission, the second was the Dam Safety Bill. Members would have prepared for the Dam Safety Bill for today. But suddenly this morning we see that The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Amendment) Bill, 2019, The POCSO Bill and the The Arbitration and Conciliation (Amendment) Bill, 2019 are included. The Parliament cannot function at the whims and fancies of anyone. Neither the Parliamentary Affairs Minister nor the Minister of State nor the Secretary-General can change parliamentary functioning at will.

You read this, Sir, Rule 25: ‘On days allotted for the transaction of Government business, such business shall have precedence and the Secretary-General, shall arrange that business in such order as the Speaker may, after consultation with the Leader of the House, determine.’ Iss mein Business Advisory Committee nahin aata hai. You are mentioning the Business Advisory Committee. But the purpose of the Business Advisory committee is only to fix the time, the order of business and the list of business. It is prepared by the Lok Sabha.


Saugata Roy speaks on The Code on Wages Bill, 2019 


Sir, I rise to speak on The Code on Wages, 2019. I will not speak for too long because the Bill was placed in this House in 2017, then it went to the Standing Committee, then it came back and it was again placed in 2018. This is a codification of that Bill. Basically it is an amalgamation of four Acts – The Minimum Wages Act, 1948, The Payment of Wages Act, 1936, The Payment of Bonus Act Act, 1965 and The Equal Remuneration Act, 1976. I will later explain whether this Bill is an improvement on these Acts. Now this amalgamation has been done at the behest of the employers. The Government has proposed that it will put all the labour laws in five codes. The employers, CII, I saw in a statement, want only one code and the Government has bent somewhat to assuage their feelings.

Sir, but it is not the law that really matters. You are coming from Kalyan, which is a centre of the cashew industry. The condition of workers in this country is very bad, so bad that I feel unable to do trade unions anymore because the workers will have a bargaining power as long as the management is making a profit. As soon as it starts making losses, the question becomes how many workers’ jobs you maybe able to save.

Sir, I got tired of negotiating for retaining workers in a company let alone their wages. This pathetic situation has been happening ever since liberalisation started in the country in 1991 and this has been acclimated in the few years of the NDA rule, when the employers are feeling very strong. So we have the Minimum Wages Act and the Payment of Bonus Act. Now who will calculate the allocable surplus from the profit after analysing the balance sheet? Nobody! What help will the Government give them to calculate the allocable surplus? Nothing!

Well, the Payment of Bonus Act here is also in the course of business, minimum 8.33 per cent and maximum 20 per cent is fixed but as far as allocable surplus is concerned or productivity link bonus is concerned. This is the pathetic situation of workers in this country, that they are fighting with their backs to the wall to save their existing privilege.

In trade unions, we say that existing benefits cannot be curtailed, I can show you company after company where the existing benefits of workers have been curtailed, where employment has been curtailed. By the way, neither State Governments nor the Central Government has been able to prevent that. Now in India it is said that the manufacturing is only 20 per cent of GDP. The main income comes from the service sector. How many unions are there in a call centre? None! How many unions are there in the IT industry? None! Women are working in the IT industry. What protection are you able to give them through trade unions? Nothing! The workers are caught in this whirlpool where they are losing their basics.

I don’t know but even in the BJP there might be some people who think of the workers, others are not much concerned, they are just ‘Jai Shri Ram’ people so they are not concerned but those who think about the organised working class will realise that unless the organised working class can survive there will be nothing.

Another thing is, formally, the public sector was there. Public sector was seen as an ideal employer. Now public sector companies are shutting down one by one. I just went to Sadananda Gowda to please save one company in my constituency, Bengal Chemicals, from being strategically sold. So the public sector, which was an ideal employer, is now shrinking. So there is nobody, no fallback for the working classes. So they are not getting wages, they are being deprived of bonus and you see Chairman sa’ab, if a company defaults on payment of wages, you will have to go to the payment of wages court. Who will write the application for the workers? We white-collared people entered into trade unions because the workers cannot write an application in English. The Bill talks about appointing a facilitator; will your facilitator help the trade unions or the ordinary workers to draft petitions, to draft appeals to different courts? These are matters to be thought over.

Today, having a labour court or not having a labour court, these laws were there earlier. If you see this Bill and go through the four Acts – The Minimum Wages Act, The Payment of Wages Act, The Payment of Bonus Act Act, and The Equal Remuneration Act – there is not much difference. So the same things have been amalgamated into one.

There are only a few good features. For the first time floor wages for the whole country in different geographical areas, have been fixed, good thing. Another new thing – inspectors-cum-facilitators are being appointed to overcome the ‘Inspector raj’. Inspectors only went to companies and took their money and came away. So it facilitated a self-working class; it will be a good thing. Third is, now there is an appellate authority against payment avoidance. Fourth, now an under-secretary-level officer of the Government of India has been appointed to dispose of cases, punishable with Rs 50,000. That’s a good thing. Some cases will be disposed of.

Advisory bodies at the Central level and the State level are being formed. It’s a good thing though I know, we’ll meet once in one year and drink tea and some biscuits and depart. I have been members of many advisory boards in my life; they have no purpose because they have no executive power. So they will just say, some people shout a little, others will sit quiet, tea and samosa will come, they will take that and depart. So that will have no solution.

This Bill, so I say, is an amalgamation. It provides all the essential elements of wages, equal remuneration, payment and bonus. Now regarding minimum wages, I will say that even for the implementing minimum wages, we have to struggle. But at least minimum wages are some protection and some organisations like Central Government organisations, once a minimum wage is notified, pay that. So minimum wages is good. Now, you said that minimum wage will take into consideration skill differential, skills required and outwardness of the work and geographical location. This is good formula for minimum wages. And they will appoint as many committees as necessary. The good formula for minimum wages and they will appoint as many committees as necessary, it is a good thing.The Bill has included working journalists including TV journalists also. Sales promotion employees will be covered.

The Labour Minister, I think you went to Kolkata, you had a meeting with sign workers where BJP has formed a union. But for a Central Minister to go to a few workers does not behove. You didn’t go? Then it’s ok.

Sir, the last point, the overtime has been fixed. It will be twice the normal rate of deduction. So, I shall speak again when the occupational thing, this Code on Wages, makes the book only smaller; it does not solve any problem. Think of a way to give workers a little more strength. Think of a way so that workers can lead their own union and do not need the babus like you to write their petitions and letters. Think of a way where workers can work without the help of advocates from outside who make a killing out of their misery. We want wages, we want the organised working class to survive intact. Of course, the Ambanis and the Adanis will be happy but the nation will be very very unhappy.

With these words, I have nothing against this Bill. I have many amendments for which I will notice, 20 or, so amendments. But they are all procedural. Basically, the idea of having a single law I am not objecting to and you have maintained the basic right that workers had. So I have no objection to the Bill as such. With these words Sir, I end my speech.


Saugata Roy asks a Question on reduction in ESI contribution


Thank you for clubbing the Question Sir and giving me an opportunity. Sir, two things are not clear. The Labour Minister is the Chairman of the ESI Corporation. They have reduced the employer contribution from 4.75 to 3.25; also the employees’ contribution. All the trade unions oppose this reduction of the employers’ contribution. 

Further, the ESI is s a good scheme for the workers. It is good that it is being extended but there are crores of ESI dues from different companies. In jute mills, which are there in my area, there are ESI dues amounting to Rs 100 crore. Also the ESI hospitals are not running properly, as the earlier Member had mentioned.

May I ask the Hon’ble Minister, through you Sir, as to what is the reason for reduction employers’ contributions? Is it to give relief to the capitalists and the big industry owners? What is the minister doing to recover ESI dues from companies which are in default and whether he will set up a committee to look into the state of affairs in the ESI hospital in my constituency? There is an ESI hospital in Kamarhati also; it is in doldrums. Will the minister appoint a committee to look into the affairs of the ESI hospitals?


Saugata Roy speaks on the death of children in a hospital in Muzaffarpur


Sir, we are concerned over the death of children in the SK Medical College and Hospital, Muzaffarpur. The death toll has touched 150 so far. Although I saw that the Health Minister went there, he has not made any statement in this House on the reason of death of so many children.

Now, new facts have come to light about the Central Government run Kalawati Saran Children’s Hospital, a super-speciality hospital in Delhi. It is reported that in six years, over 6000 child deaths were reported at Kalawati Saran Children’s Hospital, which is a referral hospital for children from all over India. The most common causes of death at the hospital include premature birth, respiratory infections, septicemia and other infections. Fifty per cent of the deaths are reported in the first 48 hours of admission, which indicates a serious condition of the children. The infrastructure in Kalawati Saran Children’s Hospital is inadequate to meet the demands of the patients.

In this case, Sir, I think the Government of India can take a lesson from West Bengal where the Government under Mamata Banerjee has set up large number of SNCUs. The government has brought down the number of child deaths drastically and also brought down the MMR, the Maternal Mortality Rate, drastically.

The Government should make efforts to improve the infrastructure of Central Government-run hospitals and take steps throughout the country to reduce the instances of child deaths due to inadequate facilities.

Thank you, Sir.

Saugata Roy asks a Supplementary Question on EPF-based pension


Thank you very much, Sir. You are very kind. I want to ask a straight question to the Minister. He has suggested a very complicated way of taking decisions – CBT ka meeting hoga, phir consultation hoga, phir budgetary help aayega. Yeh sab ke baad abhi worker ko keval Rs 1,000 minimum pension milta hain. Yeh pehle Rs 300 tha, sarkar ne bada ke Rs 1,000 kiya, lekin yeh bhi bahut kam hain, Mantri avagat honge. Main seedha ek declaration chahta hoon Mantri se: Yeh pension Rs 1,000 se bada ke kitna karenge aur kab karenge, iss ke bade mein aap kripiya yeh House ko avagat karainge?

Saugata Roy proposes inclusion of matters of BSNL employees not getting salaries & closure of Jet Airways in the list of Govt business


Sir, I propose that the following items be included in the list of Government business for the week commencing on June 24, 2019.

1. The condition of the public sector company, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), which is making huge losses, is very serious. Both permanent and contract workers of BSNL are not being paid their salaries for months. The contract workers are not receiving salaries for five to six months. This is a pathetic situation in a public sector undertaking.

2. The matter of Jet Airways, which was the premier airlines in the country and which is now lying closed, needs the attention of the Government. It has now been referred to the NCLT (National Company Law Tribunal). There are 20,000 employees, of which 1,000 are from Kolkata. All of them are out of their jobs. The Government should not sleep. It should do something about reopening Jet Airways.

Thank you, Sir


Saugata Roy speaks on the Supplementary Demands for Grants


Sir, I rise to speak on the Supplementary Demands for Grants and Demands for excess grants moved by Shri Piyush Goyal, currently holding charge of finance, corporate affairs, railways and coal. (He is ) the most burdened minister in the history of independent India.

Sir, the supplementary demands are to the extent of Rs 11,697 crore, but of this the budget outgo is only about Rs 5,951 crore, and rest are made by savings of the department, to the tune of Rs 5,745 crore.

Sir, before going into the main subject there are some points that need to be mentioned. Mr Venugopal has spoken about the Rafale deal. It is one of the biggest scandals of independent India. The country is going to lose Rs 2,500 crore in the the Rafale deal and the Reliance Aero which is going to make Rs 25,000 crore, which is already in debt. Mr junior Ambani’s company is set to gain Rs 25,000 crore. I think a full fledged investigation should be done on the Rafale deal.

Sir, Mr Nishant was speaking about a certain aspect of the economy. I want to remind Mr Goyal that last month GST collection was less by Rs 40,000 crore and this is not a good state of the economy. I also want to mention Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi. As we know, Mehul Choksi has taken shelter in Antigua and Nirav Modi is God knows where. Till now, I don’t know where is Lalit Modi. I had spoken about the ‘Modi syndicate’ earlier and I hope the government clears the air regarding this.

Sir, Mr Nishant trying to said that the economy is in a very bad position. Let me remind the Government that inflation has touched 5.8% in the highest length. Sir, I may also mention that NPAs have risen to 11.6% of their advances. Many banks have stopped giving advances at all, which speaks very badly about economy.

Sir, the actual number of employees fell to 406 million from 2016 to 2017-18. The government which had promised to provide 20 million employments per year, is actually faced with falling employment.

Sir, the current account deficit is now going to cross 2% in 2018-19. The investment ratio has steeply declined from 31.3% of GDP in 2013-14 and has remained stagnant at about 28.5%. All is not well in the state of Modi (not of Denmark).

Sir, so the government tries to cover it up with polarising stands as they have done in Assam with the NRC, as they will attempt to do maybe in Ayodhya, I shall not deal with that.

Sir, the other thing I want to mention is that Mr Nishant was talking about how India has progressed. May I mention one thing, what is India’s share in the world exports? It is currently 1.8% of the world exports. They say India is the fifth largest economy, Modi Ji ko sab log khatir karte hain, but exports remain at 1.8% and also bank credit growth hit a 20-year low at the present moment. Situation is not very conducive.

Sir, I also want to mention that the government’s announcement of MSP falls far short of Swaminathan Commission report and desire. So how will we give the farmer his due? How shall we prevent farmers’ suicide? These are not very clear.

With this state of the economy Sir, Mr Goyal has come forward with his demands for supplementary grants.

I may mention that the biggest grants in the Supplementary Budget is being given to Air India, to the tune of Rs 980 crore. Sir, what is the state of Air India? Air India is our national carrier. The government had announced that it would disinvest Air India. They could not find a global buyer, global partner in this effort.

Now what is the state of Air India? The pilots are not getting their salaries regularly. When we travel by aircrafts, the air hostesses complain that they are not being paid their incentives. Now, if a pilot has mental unrest, how do I expect him to fly a modern dreamliner? This is putting the lives of the people at risk; these pilots are the best pilots in the world. This is what the Government has done talking about disinvestment in Air India for two years.

Sir, I may also mention in this regard other things about Air India. They have a financial restructuring plan, this was approved by previous UPA regime. But that financial restructuring plan has not come through. The Turn Around Plan (TAP) includes budgetary support amounting to Rs 30,231 crore spread over 10 years ie. up to FY 2020-21 and also equity support for the payment of principal/ interest of the non-convertible debentures. The national carrier has a debt of Rs 48,000 crore. I would like to know from the hon Minister, since he has proposed this (amount of) Rs 980 crore for Air India, what is the Turn Around Plan for Air India and how does he hope to write off the debts or deal with the debts?

Sir, the other thing is the rest of the supplementary demands are not very controversial and are all of small amounts so I am not dealing with them at length, Sir. But they have give a supplementary demand of Rs 1057 crore for defence. It is defence which is in peril with regards to Rafael jets. So, defence which has a budget of more than Rs 2 lakh crore, is really in jeopardy, I can mention that, Sir.

The total supplementary grants that has been given, is Rs 1 lakh each to various subjects. At this stage when the Minister has come with this first batch of supplementary demands, there will be more supplementary demands for the current year, I want to ask him that why doesn’t he enlighten the House about the state of the economy? He has spoken a lot about the ‘Ujjwala Yojana’, the ‘Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana’, the ‘Mudra Yojana’. I want to know what is the cumulative effect of all these schemes?

Mr Goyal has held several meetings with bankers but he has not been able to show a way out of the present morass in the banks, with the total Non-Performing Assets amounting to Rs 9 lakh crores, and banks like Dena Bank asked to stop lending altogether. How will the economy develop, how will capital formation take place if the banks, the principle engine of growth in economy, are in such a horrible position?

Sir, one interesting thing I would like to say is that Rs 280 crore, small amount, has been sanctioned for providing grants for creating capital assets for developing modern freight village at Varanasi. Why Varanasi? You have so many places in Bangla on the banks of the Ganges. Why no freight terminal in Bangla? That’s a matter I would like to know.

The other is Ministry of Textiles has been given Rs 1,500 crore. I want to know what the condition of the textile weavers is today. The government subsidies and grants are not reaching them.

All in all we are living in a difficult situation. After demonetisation, the GDP growth had fallen to 6.1%. The Ministry says that ‘green shoots’ are showing, GDP growth may increase this year but the way farmers are committing suicide speaks another tale.

Sir, we have to support supplementary demands for grants because we have to let the government run. But I have to say that all is not well in the state of Mr Modi. The Modis are all escaping from the country; Nirav and Lalit and their friend Mehul Choksi and we don’t know which Modi will escape from the country next.

Thank you, Sir.

Saugata Roy speaks on The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Second Amendment) Bill, 2018


I rise to speak on the Insolvency Bankruptcy Code, Second Amendment Bill 2018. This Bill seeks to replace the Ordinance which was promulgated on June 6, 2018. Before I speak on the Bill itself, two points need to be mentioned. Nothing personal. I want to know if Mr Piyush Goyal is a caretaker Finance Minister or a full fledged Finance Minister, because this question has been raised that the Twitter handle of the Finance Ministry shows Mr Arun Jaitley as the Finance Minister. Sir, at the back of the Bill it is written, Shri Piyush Goyal, Minister of Railways, Coal, Finance and Corporate Affairs. So, what he speaks and what he says, I want this clarification to be made.

The other point I want to note is that yesterday there was a big victory for the Opposition in this country against this government. Mr Piyush Goyal in a letter to our Joint Committee on the Financial Resolution and Deposit Insurance Bill, said that they have decided to withdraw the Bill. This is the first time in the face of opposition by the Opposition the Government has withdrawn the Bill, about which there was very serious nationwide outcry. There were provisions where systemically important financial institutions would go into depositors money to bail in. Had that Bill been brought, the Opposition would not have to do anything, they would lose the election, anyway. So, good wisdom has prevailed on them, which is good. But I see it as a victory of the Opposition.

Thirdly, I remember, when the original Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code was brought to this House, Mr Jaitley wanted to pass it in a hurry. I had to speak for one hour that day; that Bill was referred to a Standing Committee and ultimately to a Joint Committee, and ultimately the Bill was passed and this Bill became a part of the law. Now I, do not know why within two years of having a new Bill which was drafted after much consultation, the Minister desires, or the Government wants, to bring in so many changes in the Bill which is only two years old. They did the same with the Companies Law. An Act which is not tested, they went in for a Amendment and they are doing the same with this.

Now this is not to say that there is nothing good about this amendment. One good thing is about the relief given to the home-buyers. They will be part of the financial creditors. The Bill clarifies that the allottees in real estate projects will be considered as financial creditors. Now I was wondering if this collides with the Real Estate Regulation Act (RERA) where also there is a regulator because it has been found that wherein RERA its limited; it is limited to one construction company. But as one of my friends explained to me that if it comes under this Bill then the whole company will be affected, like Jaypee. Jaypee is not giving flats in Greater Noida to people who have deposited money. Now this Bill will allow the flat allottees to claim their money as creditors and maybe they can get the money back. This is a good point in the Bill.

The weakness of the Bill is that it establishes the rights of the rich over the ordinary people. Because the unsecured creditors will be finished with this Bill. That has not been defined but a said company has dues to many small people, small suppliers, small traders; now if you give 51% resolution then only the big capitalists will get their due and unsecured creditors will get nothing. Another thing about the Bill I will point out in details later is that this Bill seeks to create a monopoly. You see Tatas are buying Bhushan Steel; which means what? Two or three steel companies like the Tatas, Jindals, they will gobble up all the steel industry then they will form a cartel and control the steel prices. Like Mr Gadkari had said recently about cement companies that they are cartelising the industry. This cartelisation will take place in the steel industry through this Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code.

The other good point about this Bill is that, for the first time it covers the MSMEs. Earlier MSMEs were not fully touched, the Bill states that the ‘eligibility criteria of the resolution applicants regarding NPAs and guaranters will not apply to person applying for resolution of MSMEs. The Central Government may modify or remove other provisions of the code while applying to MSMEs. Normally, there would not be many buyers for MSMEs. Unless you give some concessions to MSMEs, which employ large number of people will just be left closed. So this inclusivity is a good step in this matter.

Then, one of the dangerous part of the Bill – I will go into later how it has affected – is voting thresholds of the creditors. The code specifies that “all decisions of the committee creditors be taken by majority of at least 75 per cent of the financial creditors.” This Bill lowers the threshold to 51 per cent, and for certain key decisions voting threshold has been reduced from 75 per cent to 66 per cent. These include appointment and replacement of the resolution professional and approval of the resolution plan. This is dangerous for corporate democracy, as I will show later.

Sir, I need not go into the actual details of the position of the banking industries. We are in the worst crisis and there is a slow push towards denationalisation of banks. There are 963 wilful defaulters who together owe Rs 1.1 lakh crore to banks, according to a Government reply. Banks are in dire trouble. Now the Reserve Bank has stepped in and they have introduced what is known as Prompt Corrective Action (PCA). What does that mean? The Reserve Bank has asked certain banks to not expand, that is, open new branches. They have told a bank like Dena Bank that you cannot lend at all. What will banks do if they cannot lend? A bank’s income comes from lending the money of depositors. Now in order to save banks, the Reserve bank is introducing PCA – which implies that you don’t lend at all. They say that they see some hope in the IBC.

Now the moot question is whether IBC is the solution. What is IBC leading to? IBC is leading to crony capitalism. I’ll give you a few examples. Let us see Bhushan Steel, where the loan outstanding to NCLT was Rs 56,000 crore. The Tatas have taken over the company for Rs 35,200 crore. So, banks have lost Rs 21,000 crore, that’s a haircut of nearly 40 per cent. Is it resolution?

Look at Electrosteel. It has a factory in Bokaro. The dues to the banks were Rs 13,600 crore. Vedanta, of Anil Agarwal, has purchased it for Rs 5,320 crore. Banks sacrificed Rs 8,400 crore. Therefore, haircut is 60 per cent. In Bhushan Steel it was 40 per cent, in Electrosteel it is 60 per cent. Now comes Alok Industries. The company owes to the banks Rs 30,000 crore. Reliance has taken it over for Rs 5,000 crore. So, the banks sacrificed Rs 25,000 crore, leading to a haircut of 83 per cent. As one member said, this Ordinance was brought so that Reliance could acquire Alok Industries for a cheap price. The percentage of shareholders’ agreement required for the deal to go through was brought down from 75 per cent to 66 per cent. Just for the sake of Reliance, the government brought in an ordinance.

So, I said that maybe, some change in the IBC, which all parties participated in, is a good law. When the bankers come to us they say that only hope they have for recovering some money is in IBC. But the IBC is not a panacea. It is not a cure for all ills of the banking system. We have let the country into a morass, into a blind alley and I really do not know how we will overcome. And again, see, one of the strong points for IBC was that within 180 days corporate insolvency would be resolved. The Bill is essentially limited in the sense as it deals with only one part, the individual bankruptcy has not yet been started.

Sir, you will know that Part 3 of the code, which deals with Insolvency and Bankruptcy of Individuals and Partnerships, is yet to be commenced. So far the IBC deals only with corporates and their insolvency resolution.

So now, you see the case of Ruias, i.e. Essar Steel. Essar Steel has crossed 270 days. It is nearly one year now because both the companies which were bidding, Nu Metal and ArcelorMittal, belonging to Lakshmi Mittal, were found by the resolution professional to be ineligible to participate in the bidding process. Nu Metal, because of its association with Revanth Ruia, son of the promoter of Essar Steel, and ArcelorMittal because of it posed banker’s money in capacity as a promoter of Uttam Barwasni. So, one year… in spite of IBC specifying that within 180 days companies have to be resolved, it has not happened.

So, I would urge the minister, in the deepening gloom that surrounds the banking industry, putting the hard-earned money of the depositors at risk and putting the future of the country’s economy at risk, IBC may have been a shining light but if IBC continues in this way, in an effort to support crony-capitalism, in giving haircut <interruptions>

Sir, the other thing I would like to mention, that only 12 companies were referred to NCLT by Reserve Bank; another 30 have gone for liquidation. The problem is you are not resolving the companies.

So Mr Goyal, I would like this law to succeed, because as an Indian I cannot afford to see that our banking industry collapse. Please see that the haircut advantages do not go to the pockets of big moneybags.

Thank you, Sir.

Saugata Roy makes an intervention on The Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill, 2018


Actually I have two small points; I do believe that this offence of trafficking is not known to the people in general. I saw a Hindi film called ‘Mardaani’ starring Rani Mukherjee which really brought out this problem of child trafficking. Would the Minister please consider promoting a film or films in different languages by noted directors to highlight the problem of particularly child trafficking?

The second question I want to ask that at the national level she has given the task of investigation to the NIA. The national investigative agencies are already overburdened with crimes concerning terrorism. I would like to ask her whether she would consider setting up a different national body for investigating crimes regarding trafficking? That would be very proper instead of burdening the already overburdened national investigative agencies.

Saugata Roy asks Question on setting up new nuclear plants


There are two mistakes in the reply given by the Hon’ble Minister. One, on page 1, Gorakhpur is mentioned being part of Haryana, which is not correct. The same should be corrected. On page 2, they’ve mentioned that in West Bengal, in Haripur, in-principle approval has been given for building a nuclear plant. The State Government has not cleared the project nor has it promised any land. I don’t know from where the Ministry got the fact that Haripur nuclear plant would be set up. The Minister should correct this.

But my question is regarding the problem of setting up new nuclear plants – it is a problem of civil liability for nuclear damage, and the insurance. The Minister has said in his reply that they have resolved this. No Bill, no legislation for civil liability for nuclear damage has been brought forward by the Government yet. Nor do we know what insurance will be paid to those who will be affected by nuclear disasters. I would like the Minister to clarify the position of the Government with regard to civil liability for nuclear damage and with regard to insurance pool.