SRINAGAR, JUNE 06- Minister for Youth Services & Sports, Information Technology and Technical Education, Moulvi Imran Raza Ansari today informed the House that paying wages less than minimum wages notified as per provisions of section 22 of Minimum Wages Act 1948 is a penal offence.
Replying to a question by Mr Ranbir Singh Pathania, the Minister informed that the rates of minimum wages as notified/ revised by the Labour and Employment Department from time to time are only applicable to the categories of the scheduled employments as per SRO 3.
The Minister said that as such the Minimum Wages notified wide SRO 3 aren’t applicable to SPOs, RETs, REZs, Casual Labrours, Lambardars and Chowkidars etc besides drivers, sweepers/PTS in the health department and night-Chowkidars in CA&PD and Chowkidars in Panchayat Ghars in the State.
Work on flood damaged embankments completed in Pulwama: Andrabi
Damaged spots of Jhelum, Rambiara Nalla, Romshi Laar Canal restored
Minister of State for PHE and Irrigation & Flood Control, Power Development, Industries & Commerce and Hajj & Auqaf, Syed Farooq Ahmad Andrabi informed the house that devastating floods of 2014 caused heavy damages by way of breaches, sloughing of the embankment of river Jhelum and also changed the course of Nallahs towards the habitations and orchards flowing through Pulwama district, which included Rambiara Nallah, Romshi and Laar canal by way of erosion of banks and damages to existing flood protection works.
Replying to a question by Muhammad Khalil Bandh, the Minister said that immediately, after assessing the damages, the vulnerable spots were restored, both temporarily and permanently by way of earth filing, construction of Crate protection Bunds etc.
The Minister said that 140 damaged spots of Jhelum at Kawani to Kadlabal Pampore on the left embankment and from Mirzapora to Sempora on right embankment have been restored at an estimated cost of Rs 7.28 crore under SDRF.
The Minister further said that under permanent restoration 62 spots have been restored from Kawani to Kadlibal and from Mirzapora to Sempora on right and left embankments of Jhelum at a cost of Rs 5.28 crore. He said that 32 spots from village Sangarvani to Kakapora on Rumreshi Nallah have been restored at an estimated cost of Rs 1.20 crore under SDRF against which Rs 49.74 lakh have been incurred upto last fiscal on these works.
The Minister said that on Rambiara Nallah, six spots have been restored from Littar to Batpora Naina at an estimated cost of Rs 21.69 lakh under SDRF against which Rs 12.24 lakh have been incurred during last fiscal. He said that under permanent restoration, two spots have been restored at an estimated cost of Rs 14.73 lakh against which Rs 12.76 lakh have been incurred upto end of last fiscal.
He said that on Lar Nallah, six damaged spots have been restored from Galbudgh to Wandakpora at an estimated cost of Rs 39.27 lakh under SDRF against which Rs 12.70 lakh have been incurred during last fiscal. He said that under permanent restoration five damaged spots have been restored at an estimated cost of Rs 46.43 lakh in these areas.
Mr Abdul Majeed Paddar in his supplementary question demanded completion of Banimullah and Yari Canal for providing adequate irrigation facilities to the farmers of these areas.
No toll tax on export of Basmati rice: Ansari
Minister for Youth Services & Sports, Information Technology and Technical Education today informed the House that Basmati rice exported outside the State is exempted from toll tax.
Replying to a question by Mr Kuldeep Raj, the Minister however said that neither any such exemption is available for Basmati paddy being exported to the Punjab State nor any proposal was under consideration of Government as it will adversely affect the local Rice Sheller Units.
The Minister informed the house that as per entry No 34 of Schedule A to Notification SRO 167 of 16 June, 2005, paddy is already under zero-rated category. He said the continuation of the said entry is reviewed annually by the Government and presently the said item has been kept in zero per cent rate category upto ending March 2017.
Check irrationality; carry on spot assessment for hand pump installations: Andrabi
Minister of State for PHE and Irrigation & Flood Control, Power Development, Industries & Commerce and Hajj & Auqaf, Syed Farooq Ahmad Andrabi today directed the concerned officials of PHE department to carry out spot assessment for installation of hand pumps in Bandipora.
Replying to supplementaries by legislators, the Minister said that complaints of irrational distribution of hand pumps in various areas in Jammu region would be addressed. He said that the Chief Engineer Jammu would be instructed to look into the irrational distribution of hand pumps besides rectifying the already installed hand pumps in some constituencies of Jammu region.
In reply to the main question, the Minister said that 54 hand pumps have been installed and commissioned during 2013-14 and 2014-15 in Bandipora constituency. He said that the construction of hand pumps is being taking up on the Not Covered (NC) partially covered (PC) status obtained from the Territorial Divisions and in consultations with public representatives.
The Minister said that repair of the hand pumps is being taken up on the demand of respective PRIs and the payment for repairs is also being made by the respective Block Development Officers.
He said that since piped water supply doesn’t remain available round the clock, in most of the areas and as an interim relief construction of hand pumps mitigates the water demand. He said that the same is being done on the basis of recommendations made by the Territorial Divisions.
GM Saroori, Vikar Rasool and Choudhary Muhammad Akram raised supplementaries to the main question.
Govt working on infrastructure up-gradation of colleges: Naeem Akhter
Minister for Education, Mr Naeem Akhter today said that rather than opening new colleges, Government is working on the upgradation of existing college infrastructure that will go a long way in making available world class education to students of the state.
“There are 95 degree colleges functional in the State out of which 22 Degree Colleges were sanctioned during the year 2011. 58 colleges out of 95 are functioning in their own building and the remaining 37 are functioning in the makeshift arrangements,” Mr Akhter said. “Rather than going for expansion, right now the Government is in a phase of upgrading the existing infrastructure in the educational sector including buildings, laboratories, libraries etc and teaching, non-teaching faculty to make them fully functional rather than expansion,” he said.
In reply to a question by Advocate Mohammad Yousuf Bhat today in the House, the Minister said that the Higher Education Department has constituted a Committee on June 26, 2014 to discuss various issues related to introduction of new / additional subjects in Government degree colleges of the State. He said that the issue of introduction of PG subjects would also be considered by the Committee subject to the availability of infrastructure, teaching faculty and in light of other para-meters like subject being taught in the adjoining college, feeding higher secondary schools, scope of subject’s stream etc.
The Education Minister said that, the Government Degree College Shopian has already been allowed to introduce Commerce stream. Besides, it has also been allowed to introduce new job oriented course in Horticulture and Plant Management.
Deputy Chief Minister, Dr. Nirmal Singh today said that to control stray dog population, Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) is in process of developing one more facility at Tengpora Srinagar with a capacity of 60 surgeries per day.
Replying to a question of Mohammad Muzaffar Parray in the House, the Deputy Chief Minister informed that since killing of street dogs is banned, multiple strategies are being worked upon to tide over the dog menace.
Dr. Singh informed that Jammu Municipal Corporation has started sterilization/ immunization programme since December 22, 2014 whereby 4-10 dogs are sterilized daily. Similarly, SMC in collaboration with SKUAST and with available infrastructure at Alestang, Suhama Veterinary College around 15-20 sterilizations take place daily, he said and added that with the operation of Tengpora facility by SMC, the number of surgeries per day will increase to 80.
The Deputy Chief Minister informed that in order to reduce the multiplication rate of street dogs, which mainly depend on non vegetable energy rich food, JMC/SMC and other allied departments are trying to put in place an efficient garbage management system.
Dr. Singh also informed that the Government is taking all measures to ensure safety of human beings from stray dogs. He said that Health Department is running anti-rabies clinics where vaccines are being provided 24×7 to dog bite patients free of cost.
Govt to promote cultivation of Basmati Rice: Hanjura
Minister for Agriculture Production, Ghulam Nabi Lone Hanjura, today, replying to a question of Vikramaditya Singh, informed the House that the State Government is taking various measures to increase the production of Basmati Rice in the State, besides ensuring increased earning to farmers.
The Minister said Basmati Rice being a commercial/cash crop, the Department is imparting knowledge to farmers about improved techniques with the involvement of SKUAST-Jammu, Basmati Export Development Foundation, Basmati Growers Associations and farmers ‘ groups, besides Department of Agriculture is facilitating farmers in producing good quality Basmati to fetch good remuneration in the market. He said that to ensure profitability of farmers, certified quality seeds, MOP fertilizers on subsidized rates and transferring technology through extension programmes is done.
Rs. 2.33 cr realized from challans for wrong parking in 3 years: Abdul Haq
Minister for Rural Development & Panchayati Raj and Law & Justice, Abdul Haq on behalf of Home Minister, replying to a question of Rani Gargi Blowria, informed the House that Rs.2.33 crore revenue was realized from compounding of challans for wrong parking during the last 3 years.
The Minister informed that presently eight cranes hired by the Traffic Police Department have been deployed in the twin capital cities of Jammu and Srinagar and some other towns for lifting of wrongly parked vehicles. He informed that cranes have been hired after proper tendering for a period of 11 months with a provision of further extension on mutual agreement basis.
Abdul Haq informed that an amount of Rs 1.45 crore was paid to the owners of the cranes since 2011 He informed that there is no budgetary provision for purchase of cranes for the Police Department, adding that procurement of cranes can be examined as and when provisions in this regard are made.
Fridous Tak raised supplementary to the main question.
5 new potable drinking water schemes coming up in Rajouri: Sham Lal Chaudhary
Minister for PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control, Sham Lal Chaudhary, today, replying to a question of Vibodh Gupta, informed that five new potable drinking water schemes are coming up in Rajouri district of Jammu province.
The Minister informed that four schemes will be funded by NABARD, while one scheme for Rajouri town will be funded by LIC. He informed that there is requirement of 11.94 MGD water for Rajouri district while as the Department is able to supply only 6.14 MGD.
Surinder Chaudhary and Javid Mirchal raised supplementaries to the main question.
4-laning of Jammu-Srinagar NH under progress: Abdul Haq
‘46.09 Cr sanctioned for Sangam -Srigufwara NH up-gradation last year’
Minister for Rural Development, Panchayati Raj, Law and Justice, Abdul Haq today, replying to a question of Dharambir Singh Oberoi, informed the House that work on 4-lanning of Jammu-Srinagar National Highway (NH) is under progress and has been undertaken by National Highway Authority of India in six packages.
The Minister informed that 97 percent work has been completed on NH from Jammu bypass to Udhampur bypass, 86 percent on Chenani – Nashri stretch including a 9 Km tunnel, about 61 percent on Banihal – Srinagar and 51 percent on Banihal – Qazigund road has been completed so far.
The Minister informed that up-gradation of 25km Sangam¬ Srigufwara NH via Khiram was sanctioned in 2015-16 under Central Road Fund (CRF) at a cost of Rs 46.09 crore for which tenders were floated. All out efforts are being made to maintain these roads as per availability of funds, he added.
Dr Bashir Ahmad Veeri raised supplementary to the question.
Bill to provide reservation to Paharis under consideration: Sajad Lone
Minister for Social Welfare, ARI & Trainings and Science & Technology, Sajad Gani Lone today, replying to a question of Zafer Iqbal Manhas, informed that the observations made by the Governor to the J&K Reservation (Amendment) Bill 2014, regarding grant of Socially and Educationally Backward Class status for Pahari speaking people is being examined in consultation with Jammu and Kashmir State Commission for Backward Classes.
Vibod Gupta and GN Monga raised supplementaries to the main question.
Rs 15.71 cr allocated to develop sports infrastructure, encourage sportspersons
Minister for Information Technology, Technical Education and Youth Services & Sports, Imran Raza Ansari, replying to a question of Charanjit Singh, told the House that funds to the tune of Rs 15.71 crore were allocated during the previous year by State and Centre to encourage sportspersons and to develop sports infrastructure in the state.
The Minister informed that the Department conducted various sports activities in the age group of 14, 17 & 19 for both boys & girls under School Games Federation of India (SGFI) and Rajiv Gandhi Khel Abhiyan (RGKA) as per calendar of activities issued by the Department in the month of March and April
Ansari informed that an amount of Rs 1.98 crore was released against which an amount of Rs. 52.31 lakh was incurred for hosting of National School Games, besides Rs. 85.75 lakh for development of state contingent and awarding of scholarships and Rs 59.94 lakh on account of organizing charges for conducting various activities by the subordinate offices at State level.
The Minister informed that an amount of Rs 2.5 crore was released as grant-in-aid in favor of Secretary J&K State Sports Council against which an amount of Rs 2.06 crore was incurred by various Sports Associations for conducting of various domestic sports activities and Rs 44 lakh were spent by the Secretary, Sports Council for organizing various sports activities at their own level.
The Minister informed that an amount of Rs 9.66 crore was also allocated under State Plan last fiscal for development of sports infrastructure in the state of which Rs. 9.37 crore has been incurred by ending March 2016 while Rs 28.50 lakh remained unutilized as some new schemes could not be taken up for execution due to land disputes.
The House was further informed that an amount of Rs 1.19 crore was also released under centrally sponsored scheme for conducting lower level sports competitions under RGKA against which an amount of Rs 1.08 crore has been incurred in last financial year, thereby leaving unspent balance of Rs 11.582 lakh which shall be revalidated and utilized during current financial year.
Ansari said an amount of Rs 37.39 lakh was also released under RGKA for organizing National Level Women’s Sports Competitions, out of which Rs 30.60 lakh were utilized during 2015-16.
Digitization of revenue Records taken up: Basharat Bukhari
Minister for Revenue, Relief & Rehabilitation, Syed Basharat Bukhari today said the GPS survey for documentation and scanning of records from settlement record rooms has been taken up in the entire state and will be completed by 2022.
Responding to a question of Ashok Khajuria, the Minister said Jammu and Srinagar districts have been taken up on pilot basis for computerization and digitization of land records . He said on the basis of success in these two districts, the other districts will also be taken up in two phases as per the agreement with RAMTECH Software.
He said the target for completion of digitization/ scanning of existing/old records and surveys is 28 months in respect of these two districts.
Bukhari informed the House that 715 Jamabandis have been prepared in the past three years in the state while 3266 Jamabandis are pending. He said the reason behind the delay is because of the involvement of Revenue field staff in multifarious activities including Elections, Relief & rehabilitation, Agriculture Census, law & order, besides scores of other matters.
The Minister said efforts are being made to adhere to the schedule notified for preparation of Jamabandis and updating of revenue records.
Sajjad Kichloo, Surinder Chaudhry and Rani Gargi Blowria raised supplementaries to the main question.