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(Part I—Questions and Answers)
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]
ORAL ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS
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
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*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;
(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
723 P S.D.
workmen engaged in the
work on the bridge.
(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
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
Shri Shahnawaz Khan: They v/ere
never permitted on that line. The line
is still under con¥truclion, and only
trains carrying construction material
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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
Shfi M. V. Krishnappa: It is not
self-supporting; we are trying to make
Shri M. L. Dwivedi: What is the
working cost per acre, and what is
the charge per acre levied from the
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
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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«354. Sardar Hukam Singh: WiU
the Minister ot Health be pleased to
(a) whether experiments are pro
posed to be conducted with B.C.G.
Vaccination for immunisation from
(b) if so, whether the result of these
experiments in other countries have
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
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
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
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
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
Shri Alagesan: For the entire con
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
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:
(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,