30 towns identified for power infra upgradation: Vikar
JAMMU, MARCH 03: Minister of State for Power, Mr. Vikar Rasool today informed the House that 30 towns including Srinagar city have been identified for upgradation of power infrastructure in the State, adding that the scheme also covers improvement of HT/LT distribution system.
Replying to a clubbed question by Peer Afaq Ahmed and Mohammad Irfan Shah, the Minister said that improvement of HT/LT network in Batmaloo constituency has been carried out by replacing of stranded conductor, damaged and worn out wood poles at Sultan-ul-Aarifeen, Baksh-i-abad, Iqbal Abad, Abu Bakr colony, Iqbalabad Band, Sidiq Colony Qamarabad and Rehmat Colony Barthana besides at Tangpora, Bakshipora, Umarabad, Shikarghat, Mominabad, Grave yard Shaltang and Malro.
The Minister said that JVC receiving Station has been augmented from 6.3 MVA to 10 MVA under R-APDRP besides augmentation of 250 KVA to 400 KVA at Ghalib Abad, Usman Abad and Rampora-IIIrd Chattabal has been carried out while as creation of new sub stations at Shah Jeelan Colony Mujgund, Umar Abad sector 1st, Rehmat Colony Bund and Qamarwari Bund has also been carried out.
In reply to the question of Peer Afaq, the Minister said that the modernization of Receiving Stations in Srinagar city including Lal Bazar is approved under part B of R-APDRP, adding that the tenders for second cluster have been floated.
Hakim Mohammad Yasin raised supplementary to the main question and demanded upgradation of power infrastructure in Khanshahib Constituency.
8 Model Villages completed under PMRP in Jammu district: Sagar
Minister for Rural Development and Panchayats, Mr. Ali Mohammad Sagar today informed the House that Development of 8 model villages with an expenditure of Rs. 9.47 crore in various blocks of Jammu district have been completed under Prime Minister’s Reconstruction Programme (PMRP). He further informed that model village at Akalpur, Marh has been completed at a cost of Rs. 1.21 crore while as development of model village Bhour, Satwari has been completed with an expenditure of Rs. 1.12 crore.
Replying to a question by Mrs. Indu Pawar, the Minister said that model villages for Pargwal, Pallanwalla and Sainth in Khour Block have been sanctioned by Union Ministry of Home Affairs under BADP. He said Rs. 21.05 crore have been expended on different works under the scheme during last fiscal and upto December this fiscal in these villages.
The Minister said that project reports for development of model villages at Shamachak in Marh Block and Khandwal and Lower Gadi Garh in Satwari Block have been mooted to Union Ministry of Home Affairs for approval of funds under BADP, adding that moreover one village in each constituency would be developed as model village under convergence mode.
The Minister also gave details of physical and financial status of various works carried out in Marh and Satwari Blocks during last three years under BADP.
30 Traffic Lights at Jammu, 31 at Sgr installed: Sadhotra
Minister for Planning and Development, Mr. Ajay Kumar Sadhotra today informed the House that Municipal Corporation Jammu have installed 30 traffic lights at different locations of Jammu city and handed over to the Traffic Police department for operation and maintenance.
Replying to a question by Mrs. Bimla Luthra, the Minister said that 31 such traffic signal lights have also been installed at different locations in Srinagar city. He said that these traffic lights are functioning properly however, few of them have been put on blinker mode by the Traffic Police.
In reply to another question by Mr. Durga Dass, the Minister informed that Government intends to declare Ghagwal and Rajpora towns as Municipal Committees, adding that in this regard preliminary notifications have been issued while as final notification would be issued in due course of time. He said presently there is no proposal for giving municipal committee status to Mahreen and Dayalachak villages.
Replying to another question by Mohammad Yasin Shah, the Minister informed that no land has been purchased at Khalpora, Buchwara for construction of community hall, adding that Department would examine the feasibility of construction of community hall at Khalpora, if suitable piece of land is available.
Speaker directs inclusion of areas for setting up fire stations
Speaker, Mr. Mubarak Gul today on the demands of some members directed the Government to consider inclusion of Fire and Emergency Service Units at Bemina, Zadibal and Basholi among other proposed locations in the State.
The direction in this regard was given by the Speaker during question hour.
Earlier, while replying to a question by Mr. G. M Saroori, the Minister of State for Sheep and Animal Husbandry, Mr. Nazir Ahmed Gurezi informed the House that the Fire and Emergency Services Department has submitted a proposal for establishment of 91 Fire and Emergency Service stations including one fire station at Chhatru.
The Minister said Government has decided to regularize 43 D-category fire emergency station being run by internal adjustment in the first instance in the State. He said after their regularization, the establishment of additional ‘D’ category Fire and Emergency Stations in other areas including Chhatroo, Kahara and Banjwaah areas would be examined.
Mr. Ashok Kumar, Peer Afaq Ahmed, Hakim Mohammad Yasin, Mr. Mohammad Irfan Shah, Mr. Jagdish Raj Sapolia, Mr. Yashpaul Kundal, Mr. Balwant Singh Mankotia, Mr. Bharat Bushan, Mr. Harsh Dev Singh raised supplementaries and demanded establishment of fire service stations in remote areas of their constituencies.
Rs. 1.38 cr expended on dev of Horti in Raipur-Domana: Gurezi
Minister of State for Horticulture, Mr. Nazir Ahmed Gurezi today informed the House that Rs. 1.38 crore has been expended for development of horticulture in Raipur-Domana, Akhnoor and Khour areas during last three fiscals under State and Centre schemes.
Replying to a question by Mr. Bharat Bhushan, the Minister said that Deep bore wells, water storage tanks, dug wells and community tanks have been constructed to provide irrigation facilities in these areas.
Settlement ops completed in 48 villages of Khansahib area: Ajaz
Minister of State for Revenue, Relief and Rehabilitation, Mr. Ajaz Ahmed Khan today informed the House that settlement operations have been completed in 48 villages of Khansahib constituency of Budgam district and settlement work in 99 villages is in progress.
Replying to a question by Hakim Mohammad Yasin, the Minister said that 520 farmers in the area have been issued pass books for land holdings. He said fresh pass books are under preparation and would be provided to the remaining farmers as soon as possible.
Business in Assembly
Rather lays copies of PSC, SFC reports in House
JAMMU, March 03- Minister for Finance and Ladakh Affairs, Mr. Abdul Rahim Rather on behalf of Chief Minister today laid on the table of the House, copies of the 55th and 56th Reports of the Jammu and Kashmir Public Service Commission for the years 2011-12 and 2012-13.
The Minister also laid on the table of the House, copies of the Audit Report on the Accounts of Jammu and Kashmir State Financial Corporation for the year 2011-12 as required under sub-section (7) of the Section 37 of the State Financial Corporation Act, 1951 along with the 52nd Annual Report of Jammu and Kashmir State Financial Corporation for the year 2011-12.
592 Distribution Transformers functioning in Raipur-Domana constituency: Vikar
JAMMU, March 03- Minister for State for Power, Mr. Vikar Rasool Wani today informed the Legislative Assembly that 592 Distribution Transformers of different ratings have been installed in Raipur-Domana constituency. Out of these, 107 Transformers were damaged and replaced ending January, 2014.
The Minister was replying to a Calling Attention Notice by Mr. Bharat Bushan. He said that all the damaged transformers in general were replaced within two to three days of their damage. As on date all the installed Distribution Transformers are satisfactorily, he said.
Govt considering augmentation of Receiving Stations in Bijbehara area: Vikar
JAMMU, March 03- Minister for State for Power, Mr. Vikar Rasool Wani today informed the Legislative Assembly that the Power Development Department in considering augmentation of Receiving Stations Akura and Cheeniwader in Bijbehara constituency in view of over loading and to meet the future needs of consumers.
Replying to a Calling Attention Notice by Mr. A. R. Veeri, the Minister said that due to unauthorized usage of power by consumers, the said Receiving Stations get overloaded and force the Department to resort to rotational un-scheduled power cuts on outgoing feeders.
17861 families getting ration in Langate: Vikar
JAMMU, March 03- Minister for State for Consumer Affairs & Public Distribution, Mr. Vikar Rasool Wani today informed the Legislative Assembly that the Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution Department is providing ration to the 17861 rationed families of Langate constituency as per census population of 2001.
The Minister was replying to a Calling Attention Notice by Er. Abdul Rashid. He said foodgrains are being provided to the rationees as per the census 2001 on the prescribed scale. The families who emerged after census 2001 by way of split do claims for supply of ration too. However, there is no shortage of food-grains on account of Rice, Atta, Sugar and K.Oil particularly in Langate constituency.
The Minister further said that in respect to LPG supply to the consumers of Langate constituency, a roster plan has been prepared in this regard.
13 Docs, 56 paramedics appointed in Darhal under NRHM: Feroz
JAMMU, March 03- Minister of State for Health and Medical Education, Mr. Feroz Ahmad Khan today informed the Legislative Assembly that to Government has appointed 13 doctors (MBBS and ISM) and 56 paramedics under NRHM in Darhal constituency.
Replying to a Calling Attention Notice by Ch. Zulfikar Ali, the Minister said eight ambulances have been provided in Darhal constituency with three at CHC, Darhal, two in CHC Kandi and one each at PHC Budhal, Tralla and Peeri. The annual quota of drugs required has already been supplied to the Darhal constituency.
The Minister admitted that there is shortage of doctors and paramedical staff in Darhal constituency. However, he said, 769 vacancies of Medical officers (Assistant Surgeon) and a number of para-medical vacancies have already been referred to the selection agencies, once the selection is made, the vacancies, s far as possible, shall be filled up in Darhal constituency as well.
Rs. 90.08 lakh relief provided to Nagrota flashflood victims: Ajaz
JAMMU, March 03- Minister of State for Revenue, Relief and Rehabilitation, Mr. Ajaz Ahmad Khan today informed the House that the relief admissible under SDRF norms have been paid to the affected families whose properties were damaged during the flash floods / heavy rains in the month of August, 2013. He said so far there is an expenditure of Rs. 3.71 crore in district Jammu on this account. Out of which the expenditure for Nagrota constituency is Rs. 90.08 lakhs
The Minister was replying to a Calling Attention Notice by Mr. Jugal Kishore. He said that the total number of structures which were damaged in Jammu district are 5937, out of which 1056 structures were damaged in Nagrota constituency.
The Minister further informed the House that also in additional to above, 01 family has been provided relief for clothing worth Rs. 1300/ and 06 for Utensils worth Rs. 9800 and compensation against livestock loss Rs. 26550 in the Nagrota constituency.
Rs. 3.55 cr compensation released for Ramban NABARD schemes: Gurezi
JAMMU, March 03- Minister of State for Animal and Sheep Husbandry, Mr. Nazir Ahmad Gurezi today informed the House that the R&B Department has released an amount of Rs. 3.55 crore for land / structure compensation for NABARD schemes of Ramban constituency, thus leaving a balance amount of Rs. 5.72 crore to be paid.
The Minister was replying to a Calling Attention Notice by Mr. Ashok Kumar in the Legislative Assembly today. He said that the total requirement on account of payment of compensation for land / structures for NABARD schemes in Jammu province alone is of the order of Rs. 42.59 lakhs.
The Minister further informed that due to paucity of funds, the Department could not earmark funds for payment of compensation of land / structures during the current financial year. He said the department is facing the difficulty on account of paucity of funds for maintenance, shifting of utilities, removal of bottlenecks in general and payment of compensation for land / structures in particular.
The Minister said Government is fully seized of the problem of the land owners, but given the resource constraints and huge amount involved in land / structure compensation, the payments are staggered and released in a phased manner. However, the department would project the demand for funds for these schemes, in particular, to Planning and Development Department for consideration as a special case, the Minister maintained.
He said that in Ramban constituency, there are 9 NABARD schemes pertaining to RIDF XII and XIII in whose land / structures were involved for construction / improvement / upgradation of the roads. The total amount of compensation for land / structure for these schemes was assessed at Rs. 9.27 crore.
90% of 198 damaged Transformers repaired / replaced in Bandipora: Vikar
JAMMU, March 03- Minister for State for Power, Mr. Vikar Rasool Wani today informed the Legislative Assembly that during the current year till December 31, 2013, 198 transformers were damaged, out of which 90% have been repaired / replaced. Moreover, the Power Development department has released Rs. 1.00 crore each in favour of Chief Engineer, EM&RE Wing, Kashmir / Jammu over and above the Budget Estimate 2013-14, exclusively for the maintenance / repair of damaged transformers / local area distribution network.
The Minister was replying to a Calling Attention Notice by Mr. Nizam-ud-Din Bhat in the House. He said during the current year, the department has been able to reduce the transformer damage rate by 27.28% over the last year.
He said the main cause of damage of distribution transformer in Kashmir valley in general and Bandipora constituency in particular is due to use of load in excess of the agreemented load by the consumers particularly in winter. This is despite of the fact that Distribution Transformer Capacity (DTC) in Kashmir valley and Bandipora constituency is 2.42 and 2.84 times respectively more than the agreemented load.
Most habitations in Rajpora Constituency being provided potable water: Gurezi
JAMMU, MARCH 03: Minister of State for PHE, Mr. Nazir Ahmed Gurezi today informed the Legislative Assembly that most of the habitations falling in Rajpora Constituency have been provided potable water. However, he said, in some areas, there is shortage of water and some areas are uncovered. The Government will take up these habitations under new schemes in different schemes, he added.
While replying to a calling attention notice of Syed Bashir Ahmed in the House, the Minister assured to cover all such habitations with adequate water supply in future.
11 Private Members’ Bills moved in LA; four admitted, two withdrawn, five rejected
JAMMU, March 03- 11 Private Members’ Bills were moved in the Legislative Assembly today, out of which 4 stand admitted, 2 withdrawn and 5 rejected.
The Bills which were admitted by the House included the L.A Private Members’ Bill No. 15 of 2014, “A Bill to prohibit the manufacture, advertisement, sale, purchase, consumption, import and export of Alcohol in the State of Jammu and Kashmir”. The Bill was moved by Mr. Abdul Haq Khan.
The L.A Private Members’ Bill No. 16 of 2014 “regarding amending the Jammu and Kashmir Requisitioning and Acquisition of immovable Property Act, 1968” was moved by Mr. Charanjit Singh.
The L.A Private Members’ Bill No. 3 of 2014 “regarding Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir (Amendment) Bill 2014” moved by Mr. Abdul Rehman Veeri.
The L.A Private Members’ Bill No. 16 of 2014 “regarding amending the Jammu and Kashmir State Legislature Members’ Pension Act, 1984” was jointly moved by Mr. Nasir Aslam Wani and Mr. Abdul Rehman Veeri.
The Bills which were withdrawn included L.A Private Members’ Bill No. 5 of 2014 “regarding repealing the Jammu and Kashmir (Residential and Commercial) Tenancy Act, 2012 moved by Prof. Chaman Lal Gupta and the L.A Private Members’ Bill No. 8 of 2014 “regarding amending the Jammu and Kashmir transfer of Property Act, 2014 which was moved by Peerzada Mansoor Hussain.
The Bills which were rejected by the House included L.A. Private Members’ Bill No. 14 of 2013 “A Bill for establishment of Autonomous Development Council for the Kamraz region of Jammu and Kashmir moved by Mr. Nizam-ud-Din Bhat, L.A Private Members’ Bill No. 1 of 2014 “A Bill to amend the Jammu and Kashmir Panchayati Raj Act, 1989 moved by Mr. Harshdev Singh, L.A Private Members’ Bill No. 2 of 2014 “A Bill to provide for the better management, administration and governance of Shri Pingla Devi Ji Shrine and Shri Chountra Mata Ji Shrine and its endowments including the lands and buildings attached, or appurtenant, to the shrines and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto moved by Mr. Harsh Dev Singh, L.A Private Members’ Bill No. 4 of 2014 “A Bill to provide social security to unemployed technocrats/professional degree holders of the state” moved by Mr. Abdul Rehman Veeri and L.A Private Members’ Bill No. 9 of 2014 “A Bill to amend the Jammu and Kashmir Public Safety Act, 1978” moved by Peerzada Mansoor Hussain.
Members highlight issues of public importance
JAMMU, MARCH 03: Several Members raised issues of public importance during Zero Hour in the Legislative Assembly today.
Mr. Ashok Kumar demanded steps for expeditious re-opening of Desa Road which has been closed due to snow fall.
Mr. Harshdev Singh demanded adequate compensation to victims of different incidents in Jammu division.
Mr. Abdul Gani Malik demanded filling up of vacant posts of teachers in his constituency.
Ch. Zulfkar Ali raised the issue of power crisis in Poonch-Rajouri and urged the Government to improve the scenario.
Prof. Gharu Ram Bhagat drew the attention of Government towards shortage of ration supply in R.S.Pura.
Mr. Jugal Kishore demanded widening of Jammu-Akhnoor road to avoid frequent road accidents.
Mr. Yashpaul Kundal demanded enhancement in the limit of creamy layer from Rs. 4 lakh to Rs. 6 lakh on the pattern of Central Government.
Mr. Balwant Singh Mankotia pleaded for addressing the issues of Daily Wagers of various Municipal Committees in Jammu division who are on strike for the past many days.
Mr. Krishan Chander Bhagat called for adequate funding for the development of bad pockets in his Constituency.
Mr. Jagdish Raj Sapolia demanded upgradation of Basohli-Mahanpur road.
Mr. Abdul Haq Khan raised the issue of death of two ladies in Kupwara due to negligence of doctors and sought action against the culprits.
Mr. G.M. Saroori alleged irrational distribution of solar lights and demanded proper share for his Constituency.
Mr. Mushtaq Ahmed Shah demanded filling up of posts of teachers in Tral area.
Mr. Abdul Rehman Veeri demanded strengthening of Public Service Commission (PSC).
Mr. Durga Dass demanded early construction of irrigation tube-wells in his constituency already sanctioned by the Government..
Syed Bashir Ahmed, Dr. Shafi Ahmad Wani, Hakeem Mohammad Yaseen, Mr. Nizam-ud-Din Bhat, Mr. Zahoor Ahmed Mir, Mr. Abdul Gaffar Sofi and Mr. Charanjeet Singh also raised issues of public importance pertaining to their areas.