SC/ST quota seats in varsities given to others

Mr Moolchand Meena (Congress) today said that universitY seats reserved for the SCs and STs were being given to other castes and demanded that the policy of reservation for these categories be implemented in letter and spirit.

Raising the issue as a special mention in the Rajya Sabha, Mr Meena said the universities were not implementing the policy as they were being deprived of grants.

In another special mention, Mr Eduardo Falerio (Cong) demanded that a semblence of autonomy be given to the Archaeological Survey of India, bringing it directly under the control of the Central Board with its accountability to Parliament.

Mr Janeshwar Mishra (SP) said the minds of the young generation were being sought to be 'polluted' by some advertisements on the TV by Doordarshan and other channels by presenting our culture in a distorted form. He demanded a statement from the government terming it as a serious issue and an assault on Indian culture .

Mr Dasari Narayan Rao (Cong) drew attention of the House to the problem of language newspapers facing high tariffs of the DoT and urged the government to intervene to restore concessions.

Mr K S Duggal (Nominated) spoke of the noise caused by the round-the-clock working by construction companies which were building multi-storeyed buildings, demolishing the old ones and pleaded that their working hours be restricted from morning to evening.

Mr Bhagat Ram Manhar (Cong) demanded setting up of post-graduate medical institute at Bilaspur in Chhattisgarh state in view of the large cases of leprosy, malaria, sexually transmitted diseases, cancer occuring in the region.

Dr C Narayan Reddy (Nominated) appealed to the HRD minister to do something to improve the deplorable condition of the 105-year-old school building in Rajkot (Gujarat) which was associated with Gandhiji.

Mr W.Angou Singh (Cong) called for delegation of power to grant railway concession to sportsmen and women of Manipur and North East Region to non-railway head o/a specially to Imphal Rly o/a.

Mr R. Ramaiyya, TDP, raised the issue of shortage of vaccines in Andhra Pradesh due to which children could not be vaccinated. He urged the government to make available immediately adequate stocks of vaccines to the State as children were more prone to Japanese fever during winter.

Mr V V Raghavan, CPI, stressed the need for laying a coastal railway line between Mangalore and Cochin and urged that the provision for making this line be made in the 2001-2002 budget.

Mr Khagan Das, CPM, drew the attention of the House towards insurgency in Tripura and demanded posting of at least three army battalions to tackle the situation.

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