India is considered as a nation of lakhs and lakhs of villages. India is an agricultural country. It is the backbone of our economy. So, the farmers and agriculture workers constitute a major force in the productive sector, that is, agriculture. So, agriculture has to be given the utmost importance with regard to many of the policy decisions that the Government has taken.
CPIM in Parliament
Payment of Sugacane arrears to farmers.
According to the Indian Sugar Mill Owners Association, dues owed to the sugarcane farmers by the mills may touch record Rs.17,000 crores by the end of March, 2015. Including Tamil Nadu, every sugarcane-producing State is very much affected.
I stand here to draw the attention of the House to a very serious issue. I wish HRD Minister had been here. She was here only but it is my misfortune that I could not speak before her. The issue is that a few lakhs of para-teachers were not being paid full wages of teachers. They are running the school education system throughout the country but their livelihood and employment has been put to serious threat.
Sir, people from the Government, the same political combine, their other wings and associations, make such statements every day. What is the sanctity of the assurances being made, even by the Prime Minister, when such things have been happening every day?
I beg your indulgence in the matter of time to present my views on this Bill. I stand to oppose this Bill in totality. I demand that the House must scrap this. This is a Bill, which, at every stage, will hit the basic interests of the nation. Hon. Finance Minister, while presenting the Bill, said that this Bill aims at bigger insurance penetration, bigger coverage of health insurance, etcetra, etcetra to cover all the people.
DEMAND TO FORM UNIFORM POLICY FOR TREATMENT OF EFFLUENTS FROM TANNERIES IN THE COUNTRY
STATUTORY RESOLUTION RE.: DISAPPROVING THE INSURANCE LAWS (AMENDMENT) ORDINANCE, 2014 (NO. 8 OF 2014) & THE INSURANCE LAWS (AMENDMENT) BILL, 2015
SHRI K.N. BALAGOPAL (KERALA): Sir, the issue of rubber is a serious issue in the country. We have raised this issue several times in the past also. We gave this notice two weeks ago -- last week.
CALLING ATTENTION TO PLIGHT OF RUBBER FARMERS DUE TO FALL IN PRICES OF RUBBER