Shorthand practice audio dictation of Parliament debate speech of SHRI D. NARBULA (DARJEELING):
Sir, the Honourable Finance Minister through his budget for the year 2006-2007 has introduced several provisions, which would help to generate employment and thereby uplift the economic status of lakhs of people of our country. Many people living at the BPL category will develop and improve their economic status. A total amount of Rs. 12041 crores has been allocated for the development of the North Eastern Region in the year 2006-2007. This amount will certainly bring about a development in the North Eastern Region.
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I hail from the Darjeeling Parliamentary Constituency. The problems as well as the geographical situation of Darjeeling is very similar to that of the North Eastern Region but unfortunately we are not included in NER and therefore the people living in Darjeeling hill areas do not have any facilities. Therefore, I urge upon the honourable Finance Minister and UPA Government to provide similar facilities to the people of Darjeeling hill also.
In the present budget a sum of rupees 10041 crores has been provided for Sarva Siksha Aviyan for the year 2006-2007, towards the construction of 5 lakh additional class rooms and appointment of 1 lakh 50 thousands more teachers. This will definitely help to provide better education for students between the age group of 6 to 14 years and the said appointment will also generate employments. At present 12 crore children are being provided mid day meal and for the year 2006-2007 the fund allocation under mid-day meal scheme has been raised from 3010 crores to Rs. 4813 crores. Here I would like to say that in many areas the amount provided for mid-day meal is not utilized sincerely. I therefore request the Government to take strict measure to see that all sanction is used effectively in right manner.
The Hon’ble Finance Minster has proposed to increase the allocation of funds from Rs. 3,645 crores to Rs. 4680 crores under Rajiv Gandhi National Drinking Water Mission; this will help to cover 1 lakh 40 thousand Schools for providing Drinking Water Scheme. Sanitation is a grave problem to the people living the rural areas. The UPA Government has been trying to solve this problem and the present budget has raised the allocation from 630 crores to 720 crores in the year 2006-2007. This will help to solve the problems of drinking water and sanitation as well.
Health Centres have been lying in deplorable conditions in many places. A sum of Rs. 8207 crores have been allocated for community health centres to provide round the clock services under National Rural Health Mission Scheme. In my Constituency also Health Centres are completely neglected and are lying in very bad condition, I urge upon the Government to provide fund from the above allocation so that these Health Centres are also renovated and regular Medical Services are provided to the people living in such different rural areas of my Constituency.
Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya Scheme:- Under this scheme 1000 new residential schools for girls from ST/SC/OBC communities will be opened in 2006-07. This year’s budget has proposed to provide 300 crores for this scheme.
The Hon’ble Finance Minister has proposed to provide an incentive to the girl child who passes Class VIII and enrolls in a Secondary School. For such a girl student a sum of Rs. 3000/- will be deposited in her name, which she will be entitled to withdraw at the age of 18. The introduction of this Scheme will encourage Girls students for continuation of their studies.
The Hon’ble Finance Minister has proposed to enhance the old age pension from Rs. 75/- to Rs. 200/- per month, I welcome this proposal. The Hon’ble Finance Minister has also expected similar amount from the State Government so that the total amount of pension would become Rs. 400/-. I do not believe that State Government would concede this proposal, even if considered Rs. 400/- is too meager an amount to maintain the family with Rs. 400/- per month. As the number of the old age pensioners are limited in every State, I request to the Hon’ble Finance Minister to raise the old age family pension to the tune of Rs. 1000/- per month.
The Hon’ble Finance Minster has brought out a proposal to establish a Central Institute of Horticulture in Nagaland. I propose that a similar Institute of Horticulture be established in the hilly region of Darjeeling, which would help to develop the economy of the farmers of Darjeeling hill regions.
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