SRINAGAR, MAY 27- Minister for Parliamentary Affairs and Public Works, Mr. A. R. Veeri, today informed the House that 2.35 lakh high density fruit plants have been grown in Horticulture Development farm at Zainapora and distributed among the farmers during the last two years. He added that 1.62 lakh imported root stocks have been planted and kept under quarantine conditions at the farm for propagation and multiplication.
Replying to a question by Mr. Aijaz Ahmad Mir in Legislative Assembly, the Minister said that Zainapora Advanced Centre for Horticulture Development will be the major centre for propagation and distribution of high density planting and root stock material and will also cater to quarantine requirements of future imported root stocks and plants besides part of it would be used for demonstration of high density plantation.
The Minister said that precious and valuable plant material and root stocks of various kinds and varieties imported from Bulgaria, USA, Armenia and CITH have been planted in Zainapora horticulture farm. He said the plant material and clonal root stock are being propagated and multiplied on scientific lines at this farm and distributed among the farming community of the State to increase productivity for realizing better returns.
Construction of Gai Dessa-Fuji Gali, Gai Dessa- Bhatta, Bimna-Malan roads to be taken up under PMGSY: Veeri
The Minister for Parliamentary Affairs and Public Works, Mr. A. R. Veeri, informed the House that a proposal for construction of Gai Dessa-Panjan via Fuji Gali, Gai Dessa to Bhatta and Bimna to Malan roads has been incorporated in the revised core network of PMGSY for unconnected and left out habitations for which proposal stands already submitted to National Rural Development Agency for approval.
Replying to a question by Mr. Neelam Kumar Langeh in Legislative Assembly today, the Minister said that in this regard the DPRs worth Rs. 72.91 crore have been prepared by R&B Department Jammu adding that the said road projects are not approved yet in any scheme and once the approval is received from National Rural Development Agency the works would be taken up.
Upgradation of Chowkibal-Tangdhar under progress: Veeri
The Minister for Parliamentary Affairs and Public Works, Mr. A. R. Veeri, today said that development of road from Chowkibal to Tangdhar to National Highway Double Lane (NHDL) specification is in progress.
Replying to a question by Mr. Bashir Ahmed Dar the Minister informed the House that Baramulla-Kupwara-Tangdhar roads has been declared as National Highway (New NH-701). He said the road from Baramulla-Kupwara upto Chowkibal has already been developed as per NHDL specification during 2011.
Rs. 25.72 cr Hangul conservation project submitted to Centre: Lal Singh
Minister for Forests, Ch. Lal Singh today informed the House that for preservation and safety of Hangul, the Government has submitted a project report of Rs. 25.72 crore to the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests for approval.
The Minister was replying to a question by Mr. Mushtaq Ahmad Shah. He said the plan provides conservation, completion of construction and maintenance of conservation Breeding Centre as well as other provisions like veterinarian, research fellows, plan, training and Red Deer breeding expertise consultancy etc.
The Minister informed that as per records Shikargah is part of Tral-Cum-Khiram Rakh under the J&K Preservation Act-1942. He said these are deemed to be conservation reserves under J&K Wild Life Protection Act-1978.
He said for conservation of Hangul, construction of an off-display Hangul Conservation Breeding Centre was taken up in 2008-09, which continued upto 2011-12 with the assistance of Central Zoo Authority of India.
Rs 63 cr to be utilized on tourism infrastructure this fiscal: Naeem Akhter
Govt proposes to develop Surinsar-Mansar-Uttarbehni tourism circuit
Establishment of TDA at Basohli under consideration
Minister for Education, Naeem Akhter today informed the House that Rs 63 crore are to be utilized for development of various tourist related infrastructure in 20 Tourism Development Authorities across the State during current fiscal.
Replying to a question by Ranbir Singh Pathania, the Minister said that the focus of the CAPEX Budget would remain on completion/augmentation of ongoing approved works and strengthening of existing infrastructure at all tourist destinations of the State.
The Minister said that since the creation of Surinsar-Mansar Development Authority Rs 20.24 crore out of total allocation of Rs 23.20 cr have been incurred on the creation of different tourist related infrastructure in the jurisdiction of the Authority.
The Minister informed that Union Ministry of Tourism has also sanctioned two projects of Rs 9.37 crore for development of tourist infrastructure at Surinsar and Mansar tourism spots against which Rs 2.24 crore has been utilized.
To make Surinsar-Mansar a prime tourist destination under Prime Minister’s Special Package, the Minister said that the government has a proposal to develop Surinsar-Mansar-Uttarbehni circuit at a cost of Rs 74.05 crore for the creation of different facilities for pilgrimage tourism.
The Minister said there is no proposal for the establishment of Tourism Development Authority for Ramnagar. He however said that tourist infrastructure worth Rs 94 lakhs has been developed at potential spots in Ramnagar area by the Tourism Department from time to time.
The Minister said that almost all Tourism Development Authorities have adopted e-tendering, adding that there is no violation of financial code and no loss has been caused to the State exchequer.
In reply to another question by Jewan Lal, the Minister said that the proposal for the creation of Tourism Development Authority at Basohli is under consideration of the government. He said that in this regard, deliberations with various stakeholders are being held and the modalities of creation are being worked out.
The Minister said that there is no proposal for the creation of Development Authorities at Bani and Billawar areas. He said the tourism potential of these areas are being tapped though Lakhanpor-Sarthal Tourism Development Authority and by the Department of Tourism.
Pawan Gupta and Ravinder Raina and Abdul Rahim Rather, raised supplementaries to the main questions and pleaded for development of leisure and pilgrimage tourism in their areas.
Deadline for clearing SRO-43 cases: Veeri
DCs directed to circulate checklist
Minister for Parliamentary Affairs and Public Works Department, Mr Abdul Rehman Veeri today informed the House that the General Administration Department (GAD) and Deputy Commissioners have been advised to expedite SRO-43 cases with a periodic review.
Replying to a question by Mohammad Abbas Wani, the Minister said that in order to expedite the pending SRO-43 cases, the government has directed the GAD and the Deputy Commissioners to periodically review the cases pending in their departments.
The Minister said to ensure that all issues/procedural formalities and identification of vacancies etc are settled in a time- bound manner, direction has been given that every case should be finalized within 120 days.
The Minister informed that the Departments and DCs have been advised to circulate the checklist to ensure that all requisite documents are submitted with the proposal for compassionate appointments.
Mr Veeri said all the officials and officers dealing with the compassionate appointment cases in various Departments would be made aware about the checklist and prescribed documents to ensure that the families of the deceased are timely intimated about the requirements of the requisite documents.
The Minister further informed the House that in all 2407 such cases are pending, out of which 602 cases are pending for disposal with various Deputy Commissioners and 1805 with other departments. He said that the cases are pending for disposal due to incompletion of various formalities.
He said that pending cases also include the cases where NOKs of the deceased Government employees have not acquired the requisite eligibly for the appointment within the stipulated period of five years from the date of death of the deceased and do not fall within the ambit of SRO-43/Relaxation Policy adopted by the Government since 2004 and 2007.
Mr Yawar Dilawar Mir in his supplementary question urged time-bound settlement of SRO cases.
To promote and popularize dairy farming and animal husbandry in the state, the department of Animal Husbandry is facilitating establishment of dairy units under various bankable Centrally Sponsored Schemes (CSS) where 25% to 33% back ended subsidy is available. Likewise sheep and goat units are established under various State/CSS bankable schemes, where 25% to 33% back ended subsidy is also available.
This information was given by Minister for Animal and Sheep Husbandry, Abdul Gani Kohli while replying to a question raised by Mr. Ajatshatru in the Legislative Council.
The Minister said from 2007 to 2015, 45.37 lakh MTs of milk have been produced. Similarly, 594 lakh Kgs of mutton and 1072 lakh Kgs of poultry meat were produced during this period.
Kohli further said the department is regularly conducting training/ awareness camps across the state, wherein farmers and especially un-employed youth are being trained and made aware of prospects of dairy farming. The huge gap of local production and demand of major livestock products is presently being met through imports. The department is in the process of framing long term strategy so as to attract capital investment in livestock sector and fodder development, he added.
The Minister further said that Under Dairy Entrepreneurship Development Scheme (DEDS), 25% subsidy is being provided to general category and 33% subsidy in case of SC/ST to the dairy entrepreneurs for establishment of 2 to 10 cow dairy unit. He said similarly, under Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY), 25% subsidy is provided to the dairy entrepreneurs for establishment of dairy units of 5, 10, 15 and 20 animals.
Also, under Sheep/Goat sector a state sector, subsidy oriented scheme called “Mini Sheep Farm scheme is in vogue in the state wherein Rs 0.60 lakh is provided subsidy for establishment of 50 EWEs unit, the minister said. Likewise under RKVY Sheep/Goat units are established in a retrieval mode, wherein 10/25 Ewes are issued to a beneficiary free of cost and 2 Ewes/5 Ewes are retrieved from the beneficiary after three years.
Batamaloo Bus Stand to be shifted to Parimpora for decongesting core area: Asiea Naqash
The Minister of State for Housing& Urban development, Ms Asiea Naqash today said the General Bus Stand Batamaloo will be shifted to Parimpora to minimize traffic congestion in the city.
Ms Asiea Naqash was replying to a question in the Legislative Council raised by Mr. Mohammad Khursheed Alam.
She said the decision was taken in a meeting by the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir on June 30, 2015.
The Minister further said that North bound traffic will be shifted from the General Bus Stand Batamaloo to Truck Terminal Parimpora in order to decongest the area from mass traffic congestion.
She said the interconnectivity transportation of the city will remain functional from the said Bus Stand therefore by shifting of North Bound Traffic to Parimpora will not affect the economic/commercial activities of the area. Since the central traffic will operate from the bus stand the economic interests of the shopkeepers and vendors will not get affected, she added.
Emission level of vehicles, industrial units being monitored constantly: Lal Singh
The Minister for Forests & Ecology Mr. Lal Singh today said the emission level of vehicles and the Industrial Units is constantly monitored by the Pollution Control Board (PCB) and necessary action under rules is taken against the vehicle owners and Industrial Unit Holders, if anyone violates the rules.
The Minister was replying to a question raised by Mr. Surinder Ambardar, in the Legislative Council. He said being the nodal agency the PCB monitors air pollution and the government is taking steps to curb the air pollution.
He said pollution control devices are installed in the Industrial Units which reduce pollution. He further added that functioning and efficiency of these devices is being monitored by the board and necessary action under rules is taken against the owners which violate the pollution control norms.
Lal Singh said that in addition to above Motor Vehicles Department takes action under Motor Vehicles Act against the vehicle owners who violate the pollution control norms.
He said that the Board conducts awareness programmes about the hazards of pollution and its control as a part of its routine activities.
Govt provides assistance to needy patients under various welfare schemes: Bali Bhagat
The Minister For Health & Medical education Bali Bhagat today informed the House that there are various schemes under which poor patients are provided the financial assistance by the government.
The Minister, while replying to a question raised by Mr. Yasir Reshi in the Legislative Council, said that poor patients can avail financial assistance under various schemes like Rashtriya Arogya Nidhi (RAN), Medical Aid Trust(MAT), Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakaram(RBSK), Cancer treatment management fund for poor (CTMFFP) for treatment of cancer, Heart diseases etc…
He said that Union Ministry of Family Welfare provides financial assistance to the BPL patients suffering from life threatening diseases under Rashtriya Arogya Nidhi Scheme. The financial assistance is admissible for treatment of the BPL patients in government hospitals only.
He further said that that the Union Ministry also provides financial assistance under Union Health Ministers Discretionary Grant to the poor/indigent patients whose annual family income is up to Rs 75000/- and the cost of treatment is Rs 1 lakh. He said patients are eligible for the grant for treatment in Government hospitals only on production of application form duly filled by the applicant, the medical certificate and income certificate
The Minister said under Jammu and Kashmir Medical Aid Trust scheme the cases for Financial, Medical assistance in favour of patients are recommended by the concerned Deputy Commissioners after verifying the financial status of the patients through the concerned Tehsildars.
Medical certificates issued by the Institutions/ Hospitals within and outside the state where patients are registered for treatment/surgery indicating the cost and course of treatment are also enclosed by the concerned Deputy Commissioners while recommending such cases.
He said these cases are then placed before the Medical Aid Committee and the Committee after examining the cases as well as financial status of the patients recommends suitable financial assistance on merits of each case depending upon the nature of the disease, cost of treatment, financial status of the patient and also availability of the funds under the said scheme.
The Minister said that National Health Mission a scheme called Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram (RBSK) has been launched by Ministry of Health & Family Welfare from the year 2013-14 which aims at screening children from 0 to 18 years of age for Defect at birth, Diseases, Deficiencies and Development delays including disabilities.
He said that since being implemented in the state in 2013-14 in the state ,so far, 308 children who were suffering from congenital heart diseases have been provided financial assistance for their treatment, surgical intervention at District Hospitals, Government Medical Colleges of the State, SKIMS Soura, AIIMS New Delhi and PGI Chandigarh.
Under Cancer Treatment and Management Fund for Poor (CTMFFP) the Minister informed the house that only permanent residents of the J&K State whose family income does not exceed Rs 20,000/- per month shall be eligible to receive the financial assistance under the fund.
He further said that Dialysis facility at Sub-district level hospitals is not feasible, however, national dialysis programme has been recently announced by MOH & FW, GOI under National Health Mission for providing free dialysis to poor patients at District hospitals in a PPP mode. The proposal in this regard shall be submitted to the Union in Program-implementation-Plans (PIP) of 2016-17.
Upgradation of sports infrastructure in Kishtwar under examination: Imran Ansari
SRINAGAR, MAY 27: The Minister for Technical Education & Youth Service and Sports, Moulvi Imran Raza Ansari, today informed the house that under the centrally sponsored scheme ‘Rajiv Gandhi Khel Abhiyan’ construction of indoor and outdoor sports complex’s where envisaged in each block of all the rural districts of the State including the blocks of District Kishtawar.
However, he said the scheme was later revamped as ‘Khelo India’ by Government of India, as such the construction of sports infrastructure at Kishtawar district shall be examined in the new scheme once the operational guidelines of the scheme are issued by GOI.
The Minister was replying to a question raised by Mr. Firdous Ahmad Tak in the upper house of the legislature today. The Minister further informed the House that in 2009 the Deputy Commissioner Kishtawar had identified 75 kanals and 1 Marla of land at village Lanyal in Kishtawar for the construction of Sports stadium there.
He said though the notification has been issued, Rs 12 crore is required as land compensation for the same.
Mr. Ansari said that as per the standing policy, stadia are developed where ever free of cost land is available as the land compensation is not covered in the scheme.
Inclusion of Lassipora village in backward list under examination: Sajad Lone
SRINAGAR, MAY 27: The Minister for Social Welfare Sajad Gani Lone today said the state commission for backward classes has examined the socio-economic backwardness of the villages of Khansahib constituency, which include Dreygam, Kremshore, Shamsabad, Parnew, Falchill Dachan, Kandoora Parthan. He said it was found that the villages were not found to meet the laid down parameters for inclusion/ declaration in the list of background categories.
The Minister was responding to a question raised by Saif-ud-din Bhat in the upper house of the Legislature today. The Minister further said the case for inclusion of village Lasipora (Khansahib constituency) in the list of backward area is under examination.
Mr. Vibod Gupta and Yasir Reshi raised supplementaries.
Room rent for Anganwadi centers enhanced: Sajad Lone
The Minister for Social Welfare Sajad Gani Lone today said the Anganwadi workers and Helpers are getting a monthly honorarium of Rs 3600 and Rs 1840 per month respectively.
Responding to a question raised by Mr. Ramesh Arora, the Minister further stated in the Legislative Council that the share of state government in the honorarium is Rs 900 per month while central government contributes Rs 2700 per month.
He informed the house that the room rent of Anganwadi centers has already been enhanced by the Union Ministry of Women and Child Development from Rs 750 to Rs 3000 in cities and Rs 200 to Rs 750 in villages subject to the conditions that the house owner provides 600 sqft area for the centre.
Mr. Ramesh Arora, Mr. Sofi Yousuf, Mr. Firdous Tak, Mr.Saif-ud-din Bhat and Mr. Surinder Kumar Choudhary raised supplimentaries.
Rs 30.65 cr spent under irrigation sector in Nowshera division during last 5 yrs: Sham Lal Choudhary
The Minister for Irrigation and Flood Control (I&FC) Mr. Sham Lal Choudhary today informed the house that the funds of Rs 36.72 crore were allocated to the irrigation sector of I&FC division Nowshera in the last five years.
Responding to a question raised by Mr. Surinder Kumar Choudhary, the Minister said the department has spent Rs 30.65 crore out of the allocated budget in these five years (2011-2016).
The Minister informed the house that Rs 94.75 lakh were spent out of allocated 95 lakh under FPW Flood Sector in the division, while Rs 29 lakh were spend under OPW Flood Sector and Rs 34.81 lakh were spent under BADP.
The Minister further informed the house that 1340 crates were purchased during the past three years from the authorized government departments and tenders were floated by the department who are authorized to issue the crates. He said that 52870 bags of cement were purchased by I&FC division in the last three years.