Speaker asks members to bring joint resolution on new Medical Colleges in the State
JAMMU, FEBRUARY 16: Speaker Legislative Assembly, Mubarak Gul while intervening in the House immediately after the Question Hour on the issue of setting up of new Medical Colleges in the State, asked the agitating Members to bring a joint resolution conveying gratitude to the Central Government from the entire House as also the concern of some left out areas.
Appreciating the concern of some Members who raised the issue regarding setting up of Medical Colleges in their districts, the Speaker said that the resolution, if adopted by the House will be forwarded to the Central Government with a request to consider the demand of some more hilly districts for establishing Medical Colleges.
Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs, Mir Saifullah and Minister for R&B, Abdul Majid Wani also supported the move and assured the Members that the joint resolution adopted by the House will be sent to the Central Government for accommodation of more districts for establishing Medical Colleges as per the merit and demand of the people.
The issue was raised by Mr. Ajaz Ahmad Jan, Mr. Abdul Haq Khan, Mr. Nasir Aslam Wani, Ch. Zulfikar Hussain, Mr. S.S. Slathia and Balwant Singh Mankotia.
House pays tribute to S. Praduman Singh
JAMMU, FEBRUARY 16: The Legislative Assembly today paid rich tributes to former member of the House late S. Praduman Singh who passed away in yesterday.
As the House assembled, Speaker, Mr. Mubarak Gul informed the members about the demise of Mr. Singh. He described him as an able parliamentarian and leader of masses.
Later, the House stood up for two minutes as a mark of respect to the departed leader.
Rajiv Awas Yojana extended to all urban slum areas: Jora
JAMMU, FEBRUARY 16: Minister for Urban Development and Urban Local Bodies, Mr. Nawang Rigzin Jora today informed the House that Rajiv Awas Yojana Scheme for development of slum areas has been extended by the Centre to all urban areas of the State, adding that the scheme would be implemented in phased manner.
Replying to a question by Mr. Nasir Aslam Wani, the Minister informed that Rajiv Awas Yojana was launched in the State during 2009-10 and during the preparatory phase in July 2013, the Union Ministry of Housing and Poverty Alleviation has approved implementation of the scheme in two capital cities of Jammu and Srinagar, besides five towns of Kathua, Udhampur, Anantnag, Baramulla and Leh.
The Minister said that the survey for these towns stands completed except Baramulla town which is under progress. He said the detailed project reports for some slums in respect of these cities and towns have already been submitted to HUDCO for technical appraisal. He assured that all slum areas of Srinagar district would be covered under this scheme.
Mr. Irfan Shah raised supplementary question and demanded that all slums areas of his constituency be brought under the scheme for overall development of the inhabitants in these areas.
Upgradation of Power infrastructure in 30 towns approved under r-APDRP: Vikar
Minister of State for Power, Mr. Vikar Rasool today informed the House that upgradation of power infrastructure in 30 towns of the State has been approved by the Centre under r-APDRP, adding that Udhampur town has also been included under this scheme.
Replying to a question by Mr. Balwant Singh Mankotia in the House, the Minister informed that the work under r-APDRP in Udhampur town has been tendered out and contract is at final stage.
The Minister said that Government has approved HT/LT improvement scheme during current financial year and under the scheme an amount of Rs. 20 crore has been allocated. He said under this scheme Rs. 1 crore is being expended for improvement of HT/LT lines in each district during current fiscal, adding that under the scheme Rs. 10 crore have been released by the Government.
The Minister said that 74 villages in 7 Blocks of Udhampur district are being covered under this Scheme.
Mr. Ashok Kumar, Mr. Harsh Dev Singh, Peer Afaaq, Mr. Mohammad Sharief Naiz and Hakim Mohammad Yasin raised supplementaries and urged for overall development of power scenario in their constituencies.
Infra dev in one village of each constituency under Convergence Mode: Sagar
Minister for Rural Development and Panchayats, Mr. Ali Mohammad Sagar today informed the House that the Government has recently sanctioned development of infrastructure in one village of each constituency on the pattern of Model village under Convergence Mode.
Replying to a question by Mr. Bharat Bhushan, the Minister informed that in this regard the MLAs have been requested to identify one village in each constituency. He said that in Raipur-Domana constituency, the infrastructure in village Kangrail would be developed under Convergence Mode.
Responding to the supplementaries by Mr. Yashpual Kundal, Mr. Harsh Dev Singh, Mr. A. R Veeri and Mr. Jugal Kishore, the Minister said that in this regard funds for 192 villages have been already released and infrastructure works in these villages would be completed in time bound manner.
450 kanals transferred to SKUAST for KVK Patushai : G. H. Mir
Minister for Agriculture, Mr. Ghulam Hassan Mir today informed the House that 450 kanals of land was transferred to SKUAST-K for establishment of Krishi Vigyan Kendera (KVK) at Patushai, Bandipora. He said alternate site of 179 kanals of land was provided by District Development Commissioner, Bandipora to the villagers for grazing their cattle in the area.
Replying to a question by Mr. Nizam-ud-Din Bhat in the House, the Minister informed that presently the KVK is functional at Bandipora. He said after creation of new District Bandipora, the inhabitants of village Patushai approached High Court and filed a writ petition. He said the High Court in its order on July 14, 2008 issued ‘status quo’ order which was vacated by the high Court, with the direction that Agriculture University has every liberty to make KVK functional and also directed to consider claim of the petitioners for providing them alternate site for grazing of their cattle.
The Minister said that alternate land of 179 kanals was provided by the DDC Bandipora to the villagers for grazing their cattle, adding that SKUAST would be also directed to engage local youth in KVK.
In reply to the supplementary by Mr. Ashok Kumar, the Minister said that site for establishment of KVK at Ramban is being identified.
House takes up discussion on Budget
JAMMU, FEBRUARY 16: The House today took up discussion on Budget presented by Minister for Finance, Mr. Abdul Rahim Rather on February 13th.
Initiating the discussion, Former Deputy Chief Minister, Mr. Muzaffar Hussain Baig said the wrong impression that J&K is getting more than its due from the Centre needs to be dispelled. He said Jammu and Kashmir like the states of North East is among the special category states which need special assistance from the Centre and not free bees.
Mr. Baig expressed concern over the rising fiscal deficit, non-spending of plan money and declining expenditure rate by the Government. He said the capital component of the plan is on decrease and the FRBM rules are being violated. He said the tied components in the plan are increasing and free components are on decline.
Dr. Mustafa Kamal described the budget as pro-people and useful for the common man. The Government has tried to do justice with all sections of the society and did not impose any new tax. He however, suggested certain measures to generate revenue for the State. He asked for speeding up efforts to get the power projects back from the NHPC, which would boost the economy.
Mr. G.M. Saroori while supporting the budget said that Government should earmark adequate funding for the development of bad pockets of Chenab Valley, particularly for strengthening the road connectivity, electricity and generating employment for rural youth. He also called for strengthening the PSC/SSRB, enabling these agencies to make recruitment on fast-track basis.
Mr. Ashok Khajuria described the budget as jugglery of words and nothing new for the common man. He said the budget has been prepared keeping in view the elections in the State. He sought immediate redressal of problems of West Pakistani, Pok refugees, simplification of pension process of employees, regularization of daily wagers, lifting of tax on shawls, development of multi-parking lots in Jammu city. He also called for more measures for the welfare of Government employees and shifting of Additional Treasury from New Plot to Panjtirthi.
Mr. Nasir Aslam Wani while hailing the Budget suggested that more tax rebate be given to tourism trade as State is mainly dependent on this sector. He urged for provision for revival of sick industrial units and loan exemption to some Corporations besides financial assistance from the Government for their revival. He also urged for enhancement of financial assistance to orphan girls for their marriage.
Mr. Charanjeet Singh appreciated the Budget and urged for proper utilization of funds on various developmental projects. He demanded speedy upgradation of tourism infrastructure at Lakhanpur being gateway of State. He also called for taking new hydro-electric projects in Kathua to meet the energy requirements. He also demanded provision of funds for repairs of CRF roads in Lakhanpur area.
Mrs. Bimla Luthra while speaking in favour of the Budget appreciated Government efforts for keeping adequate provisions for the welfare of the women folk. She suggested enhancement in widow pension.
Mr. Balwant Singh Mankotia stressed for earmarking funds for new administrative units and strengthening the existing ones. He also urged for creation of posts in already upgraded schools. He suggested for a review to new recruitment policy, which he said is injustice with the youth. He said that provision for enhancement of ration money for police personnel besides Jammu migrants should also be kept in the budget.
Mr. Jugal Kishore described the Budget as anti-people saying there is nothing new for the poor people. He asked for remedial measures for the welfare of poor sections of the society and destitute. He also called for strengthening of essential sectors and reviewing the existing recruitment policy.
Mr. Ashok Kumar welcomed the Budget and hoped that the budget will fulfill the aspirations of common people. He appreciated the welfare measures taken for improving the conditions of women and scheduled castes/scheduled tribes. He called for enhancement of honorarium of Numberdars/chowkidars and SPOs, besides regularization of daily wagers of various departments. He also emphasized the need for harnessing the power potential in the State to become self-reliant in energy sector.
Mr. Krishan Chander Bhagat said that Finance Minister has tried to do justice with all sections of the society and not imposed any new tax. He hailed the efforts of the Finance Minister, especially for introduction of new welfare schemes for the girls and destitute. He called for adequate funds for the development of bad pockets and hilly areas.
Mr. Irfan Shah hailed the budget and said that budget is people friendly and no new tax on any article has been imposed by the Government. The Government has tried to generate revenue from the existing system without burdening the common man. He called for special attention on the development of power sector and maintenance of power infrastructure to give relief to people.
The discussion on the budget is inconclusive and shall be taken up tomorrow with reply by the Finance Minister in the afternoon.