Legislative Council proceedings on 12th of February

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legislative council13 New drainage projects in offing: Jora

          JAMMU – Minister for Urban Development and Urban Local Bodies, Mr Nawang Rigzin Jora, while replying to a question by Mr. S. Dharambir Singh Oberio in the Legislative Council today said that 13 new drainage projects are proposed to be taken up in Srinagar city during the next five years, at an estimated cost of Rs. 6607.39 lakh.

Mr. Jora further informed that for providing sewerage network to Srinagar city, 4 schemes are under execution in the State Plan sector which includes Pilot sewerage schemes Khushalsar and Brarinambal, besides sewerage scheme Baba Dharam dass and improvement /re-activation of STP Khanyar.

A comprehensive sewerage scheme Greater Srinagar has also been sanctioned under JnNURM at a cost of Rs. 132.90 crore. The scheme is under execution and major components of the scheme such as 60MLD STP at Noorbagh, Trunck Sewer, Secondary Sewer and lateral Sewer have been laid and providing of house connections is in process, he added and maintained that for remaining leftover areas of Srinagar city, the department has formulated DPR and same has been submitted to Centre for funding under JnNURM.


The Minister further informed the House that under drainage sector 93 schemes are under execution at an estimated cost of Rs. 15072.68 lakhs, of which an expenditure of Rs. 5644.27 lakh has been incurred so far.

While replying to supplementaries by Mr. Jugal Kishore and Mr. Rafiq Shah, the Minister informed that since the guidelines of providing individual STPs to the hotels has been made mandatory by the Pollution Control Board and the High Court so these are to be constructed by the respective hoteliers. He said, as per High court guidelines, the hotels having more than 19 rooms should have their own STP.

While replying to another question by Syed Naeem Akhter Andrabi, the Minister informed the House that 10 fountains have been constructed in Srinagar city since 2009 at an estimated cost of Rs. 1.80 crore, out of which 9 are functional.

3201 candidates engaged under NRHM: Sham

          As many as 3201 persons have been engaged on contract basis under NRHM during the last three years which include Specialists, Allopathic doctors, ISM doctors, Para-medics and other officials. Similarly an amount of Rs. 615.21 crore has been approved as budget under the scheme during 2011-12 and 2012-13.

This information was given by the Minister for PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control, Mr. Sham Lal Sharma while replying to a question by Mr. Mohammad Ashraf Mir in the legislative council today.

Mr. Sham Lal further informed the House that an amount of Rs. 892.55 crore has been utilized under different heads since inception of NRHM in the state.

An amount of Rs. 724.03 crore has been the approved budget for purchasing medicines and other allied items and maintenance during the last two years, the Minister added and said that 9 new hospitals have been approved during last 3 years.

Replying to another question by Ms Rani Gargi Blowria the Minister said that there is no policy to regularize the teachers engaged in private educational institutions.

Syed Rafiq Shah, Mr. Jehangir Mir, Mr. Khalid Najeeb Suharwardhy and Mr. Ghulam Qadir Pardesi also raised supplementaries.

Work on Forage Research Station Kangri Sunderbani to be started soon: Gurezi

          The Minister of State for Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, Mr. Nazir Ahmad Gurezi while replying to a question by Mr. Ravinder Kumar Sharma said that the work on the Forage Research Station at Kangri Sunderbani would be started as soon as the funds are available.

18 schemes taken up under RIDF XII, XIII in Leh: Wani

          The Minister for R&B, Mr. Abdul Majid Wani replying to a question by Mr. Nurboo Gialchan informed the House that under RIDF XII & XIII, 18 schemes are required to be closed in Leh District during the current financial year.

The Minister said that for completing these 18 schemes, apart from state share, there is a loan requirement of Rs. 1550.69 lakhs against which Rs. 1200 lakh have been earmarked during the current financial year. He said that for remaining loan component of Rs. 350.69 lakh, the department shall seek re-appropriation from Planning and Development Department in case any saving is visualized under loan component.

Rs 1.56 cr released for Bhaderwah, Thatri, Bhalessa Tourist Circuit: Mir

          The project ’Development of Bhaderwah, Thatri, Bhalessa Tourist Circuit’ has been sanctioned by Union Ministry of Tourism during current financial year at a cost of Rs. 784 lakh, out of which Rs. 156.80 lakh has been released for implementation to be done by Bhaderwah Development Authority (BDA).

The information was given by the Minister for Tourism, Mr. Ghulam Ahmad Mir while replying to a question by Mr. Naresh Kumar Gupta in the Legislative Council today.

Mr. Mir further informed that the work on Lakhanpur-Bani Basholi-Sarthal Tourist Circuit and Bhaderwah-Kishtwar-Simthan-Srinagar Tourist Circuit has been taken up and major components have been completed, whereas the remaining works would be completed soon. He said a project for construction of infrastructure for various tourist destinations at Bhaderwah-Thatri-Gondoh has been submitted to Government of India for approval.

Mr. Jehangir Mir, Syed Rafiq Shah, Mr. Muzaffar Parrey, Mr. Jugal Kishore, Mr. Abdul Majid Bhat, Mr. Ravinder Sharma, Dr. Shehnaz Ganai and Mr. Khalid Najeeb Surharwardhy also raised supplementaries.

Rs. 44.97 cr paid as compensation to Baglihar HEP affectees: Vikar

          Minister of State for Technical Education and Power, Mr. Vikar Rasool today informed the House that Rs. 44.97 crore have been paid to the Revenue Department for acquiring land of 26 villages for the construction of Baglihar Hydro Electric project in Ramban district.

The Minister was replying to a question by Mr. Sham Lal Bhagat in Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Council.

The Minister said that the affectees of village Kolthi, Kolthan and other surrounding villages have also been compensated for the loss of the land.



Second Report of BAC presented in LC

          JAMMU, FEBRUARY 12- Chairman, J& K Legislative Council, Mr. Amrit Malhotra today presented the Second Report of the Business Advisory Committee for 110th session of the J& K Legislative Council.

The Motion was moved by MLC Mr. Bashir Ahmad Magray and seconded by Mr Jehangir Hussain Mir which was adopted by the House unanimously.



Calling Attention

Bilingual Ration Cards printed: Ramzan

No new Ration Card issued in 2014-15

          JAMMU, FEBRUARY 12- Minister for CA& PD Choudhary Mohammad Ramzan while replying to a Calling Attention Notice by Dr. Shehnaz Ganai in the Legislative Council said that Ration Cards have not been issued by the CA&PD Department in Hindi across the State.

The Minister said that Ration Cards are being printed in a bilingual format with Urdu and English languages for Kashmir region in the year 2012-13 in general and Hindi and English languages in particularly for Kathua, Samba, Udhampur and Jammu districts through J&K Bank Ltd. He said these Ration Cards were printed on the basis of samples of Ration Cards provided by the respective Directors of CA&PD of both the divisions on cost sharing proportion of 60:40 and were distributed among the rationees through the field agencies of the department.

Choudhary Ramzan said that no new Ration Card has been issued by the department for the year 2014-15. He said that the Directorate of CA&PD, Jammu had forwarded the samples of old ration cards of APL, BPL and AAY categories to J&K Bank for printing of Ration Cards in the year 2012-13 in Hindi and English for Jammu province.

The Minister said that due to some dispatch error of sponsoring agency, the Ration cards printed in Hindi- English version got delivered at couple of places in the State instead of Urdu – English cards. He said that the issue was immediately sorted out by the Department by retrieving such printed cards in Hindi and were replaced by the bilingual cards in Urdu and English, adding that the cards so retrieved were subsequently delivered in the districts of Jammu, Kathua, Samba and Udhampur.



Calling Attention

Rs 2.80 cr being spent on improving pipe network in Bijbehara Town: Sham

          Replying to a Calling Attention Notice given by Dr Bashir Ahmad Veeri in the Legislative Council today Minister for PHE, Mr. Sham Lal Sharma informed the House that the pipe network in Bijbehara town is functioning satisfactorily and occasional leaks are immediately plugged. He said network of pipes has been laid from time to time in the whole town and to further improve the overall pipe network in Bijbehara, a scheme has been taken up at an estimated cost of Rs 280 Lakh under State sector with LIC loan assistance for which the Ist installment of Rs 47 Lakh has been received during the current year.

The Minister added that the received amount of Rs 47 lakh has been spent on repair