HOUSE OF THE PEOPLE Oral Answers 25 FEBRUARY 1954 Oral Answers 362 ¢«354. Sardar Hukam Singh: WiU the

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    (Part I—Questions and Answers) OFFICIAL REPORT


    H O U SE OF TH E P E O P L E

    Thursday, 25th February, 1954

    The House met at Two of the Clock. [ M r . S p e a k e r in the Chair]


    A c c id e n t o n C h u n a r - R o b e r t s g a n j L in e

    *0,52 / Subhag Singh: M. L. Agrawal:

    Will the Minister of Railways be pleased to state: *

    (a) whether it is a fact that a train carrying construction material fell down from a 50 feet high bridge on the 8th February, 1954, on the Chunar- Robertsganj line of the Northern Railway now under construction;

    (b) if so, the causes of this accident; and

    (c) how many persons were killed and injured in this accident?

    The Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Railways and Trans­ port (Shri Shahnawaz Khan): (a) Yes. At about 13-20 hours on 8th February, 1954, Construction Material Train No. 1, parted into two portions while run­ ning from Saktesgarh to Lusa station on the Chunar-Robertsganj line under -construction on the Northern Railway. The parted rear portion rolled back down a gradient and, on reaching a gap in a bridge where a pair of rails had been removed for construction work, capsized into the Korge below, killing and injuring a number of

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    (b) The provisional Finding of the Government Inspector ot Railways, who held an enquiry into this accident, is that it was caused by the breakage of draw-bar of a wagon.

    (c) 33 persons died. Three receiv­ ed grievous and five others minor injuries.

    Dr. Ram Subhag Singh: May I know whether the persons who received grievous injuries are still in hospital or they have gone out of the hospital?

    Shri Shahnawaz Khan: Three of them are still in the Mirzapur hospital.

    Dr. Ram Subhag Singh: Since when were goods trains introduced on that line?

    Shri Shahnawaz Khan: They v/ere never permitted on that line. The line is still under con¥truclion, and only trains carrying construction material are allowed.

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    The Deputy Minister of Foua and Agriculture (Shri M. V. Krislinappa): (a) The acreagc reclaimed by the Central Tractor Organisation before the monsoon of 1953 is 9,83,797. This includes 9,47,546 acres of kans land 36,251 acres of Jungle land.

    (b) The total capital outlay as on 1st April, 1953 is as follows;—

    Tractors Rs. 1,92.86.270

    Other Eduipment Rs. 3,73,42,892

    Land and Buildings Rs. 23,92,135

    T o t a l : Rs. 5,90,21,297

    (c) The average annual expendi­ ture by way of salaries is Rs. 41,12,000 and on other items inclusive of depre­ ciation is Rs. 1,71,51,000.

    SCiri M. L. Dwivedi: How does the working cost of the C.T.O. compare with the income derived from reclama­ tion work?

    Shfi M. V. Krishnappa: It is not self-supporting; we are trying to make U so.

    Shri M. L. Dwivedi: What is the working cost per acre, and what is the charge per acre levied from the cultivator?

    Shri M. V. Krishnappa: We charge Rs. 60 per acre if the area i» 200 acres; if the area is less, then a surcharge of 20 per cent, is made.

    Shri M. L. Dwivedi: Have the Pasha- bhai implements been handed over to the C.T.O.. and is the expenditure in­ curred thereon being charged to the r-ultivators?

    Shri M. V. Krishnappa: For about four years, i.e. during 1947 and 1951, we had to charge. Afterwards, it was felt that if was not right on our part to charge that amount. So. we are not charging subsequently.

    Seth Govlnd Das: Is the reclaimed land under cultivation, or rather is the whole land under cultivation as yet? Also, are the tractors which have .been used in order?

    Shri M. V. Krishnappa: We are re­ claiming land on behalf of various State Governments. It is their duty to see that the reclaimed land is brought under cultivation. I might inform hon. Member that almost the whole of this land, as soon as it is reclaimed, is brought under cultiva­ tion: if it is not. we try to see that it is brought under cultivation under our Grow More Food scheme.

    Seth Govind Das: What about the tractors? Are they all in order, or, are some of them out of order?

    The Minister of Food and Agricul­ ture (Shri Kidwai): All the tractors are In order, and are in use.

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    L eprosy E lec tr ic T r a in s

    Oral Answers 25 FEBRUARY 1954 Oral Answers 362

    «354. Sardar Hukam Singh: WiU the Minister ot Health be pleased to state:

    (a) whether experiments are pro­ posed to be conducted with B.C.G. Vaccination for immunisation from leprosy; and

    (b) if so, whether the result of these experiments in other countries have been encouraging?

    The Deputy Minister of Health (Shrimati Chandrasekhar): (a) In- vestipia4:lon on the efficacy of B.C.G. vaccination as a prophylactic against leprosy, is contemplated in the Pilot Projects for the Control of Leprosy under the Five Year Plan.

    (b) It is too early to assess, from available scientific evidence, the value of results of B.C.G. vaccination in the control of leprosy in other countries.

    Sardar Hukam Sinffh: Dr. Muir, when he was in Madras, complained that there were a lot of tools but there was no staff available. ' May I know whether any attempt is being made to train some suitable staff?

    Shrimati Chandrasekhar: Under this scheme, we have addressed all the State Governments and we are awaiting their reply which may come within the next month. Then. all the necessary things will be made available.

    Sardar Hukam Singh: From the experiments that have been made so far, is it envisaged that we will be a.ble to cure the deformity caused by leprosy altogether?

    The Minister of Health (Rajkumari Amrit Kaur): It is not possible to talk about complete cures of defor­ mities, but certainly orthopaedic surgery has made amazing advances, and a great deal of orthopeedic sur­ gery is being done in certain centres with very beneficial effect.

    *̂ 355. Th. Lakshman Singh Charak: Will the Minister ^ RaUways be pleased to state whether it is a fact that an agreement Is proposed to be entered into with an Italian Firm for manufacturing electric trains for Indian Railways?

    The Deputy Minister of Railways and Transport (Shrl Alagesan): 50 Electric Multiple Unit Stock, intended for use in the Bombay Suburban Services, is being purchased from an Italian firm.

    Th. Lakshman Singh Charak: What would be the cost of each train?

    Shri Alagesan: The cost of coaches comes to £975,000.

    Th. Lakshman Singh Charak: For each one of them, or for the entire lot?

    Shri Alagesan: For the entire con­ signment.

    Shri Bhagwat Jha Azad: May I know if it is under the contemplation of Government to introduce electric trains in the industrial areas of Bihar?

    Shri Alagesan: Yes. The House may be aware of the electrification schemes of industrial areas, and also of the suburban areas of Calcutta, but it will be taken up only in stages.

    Shri Bhagwat Jha Azad: May I know whether it is to be introduced in the Eastern Railway be.yond Moghal Sarai?

    Shri Alagesan; A committee of rail­ way officers is going into the question and we arc awaiting its report.

    Shri T. N. Singh; Was this order placed, or is it being placed, as a re­ sult of negotiation with an Italian firm, or as a result of global tenders?

    Shri Alagesan: Global tenders were invited and various firms belonging to different countries tendered. Then there were negotiations too, and then this price was fixed and orders placed.

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    (b) whether this step had been taken on account of shortage of rice: and

    (c) the nature of agreement reach­ ed between the two Governments?

    The Deputy Minister of Food and Agriculture (Shri M. V. Krishnappa): (a) The Government of India ar­ ranged with the Ceylon Government an exchange of 30,000 tons of boiled rice with an equal quantity of Madhya Pradesh raw rice.

    (b) and (c). No, Sir; there is no shortage of rice as such in the coun­ try. The requirements of deficit States can be met out of internal surpluses. It was to meet a temporary shortage of boiled rice in Travancore-Cochin, where the consumers prefer boiled rice, that an exchange arrangement with the Ceylon Government, was made.

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    Kumari Annie Mascarene: May I know whether there is any difference in the price of rice that is Imported from Ceylon to Travancore-Cochin?

    Shri Ridwai: The question of price does not arise because we are ex­ changing it with our rice. Therefore,