Proceedings of Legislative Assembly on 17th Feb 2014

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Implementation of NFSA in J&K under consideration: Vikar
JAMMU, FEBRUARY 17: Minister of State for CA&PD, Mr. Vikar Rasool today informed the House that implementation of National Food Security Act (NFSA) in the State is under consideration of the Government.
Replying to a question by Mr. G. M Saroori, the Minister informed that National Food Security Act 2013 provides for coverage of 75% of the rural and 50% of the urban population to receive subsidized food grains under Targeted Public Distribution System, in view of the recent trends in production and procurement of food grains.
The Minister said that accordingly, based on the National Sample Survey Organization (NSSO) data for 2011-12 on consumption expenditure, the coverage determined by the Planning Commission has been calculated as 63.55% for rural areas and 47.10% for urban areas for the State which works out to be 74.13 lakh persons.
The Minister said that to ensure timely implantation of NFSA, 2013 in the State within the stipulated time and provide the ration as per census 2011, the CA&PD department has taken various preparatory steps and has circulated a proforma among the general public field functionaries for obtaining basic inputs and for finalizing the basic survey of households with respect to socio-economic status in order to arrive at a reasonable criteria for inclusion/exclusion of households to be covered under NFSA.
The Minister also informed that CA&PD department is providing ration to erstwhile Doda district on the basis of 2001 census. He said since the Union Ministry of Food is not allocating the food grains quota on the basis of 2011 census, therefore the CA&PD department is not in a position to provide ration as per the census 2011.
The Minister said that sent percent ration is being supplied to Inderwal constituency on the basis of projected population of census 2001. He said that 9988.42 quintals of food grains and 953 quintals of sugar are being supplied monthly on regular basis in the constituency.
In reply to the supplementaries raised by some members, the Minister informed the House that Food Security Act would be implemented in stipulated time in the State, adding that the Centre in principle has agreed to provide the ration for balance 40 lakh families of the State under the said Act.
The Minister said that directions have already been issued to the concerned authorities for ensuring timely dispatches of food grains and their distribution especially in far-off and hilly areas and it is being ensured that each ration card holder would get fixed quota of ration every month.
Mr. A. R. Veeri, Mr. Harsh Dev Singh, Mr. Jugal Kishore, Prof Chaman Lal, Er. Abdul Rashid, Mr. Yashpaul Kundal, Mr. Ajaz Ahmed Jan, Advocate Abdul Haq, Mr. M. Y. Tarigami and Mr. Ashwani Sharma raised supplementaries and demanded ration to the consumers as per census of 2011 besides early implementation of Food Security Act in the State. They also demanded adequate stocking of food grains in remote areas besides its distribution among the consumers as per fixed norms.

Rs. 9.10 cr advanced to 921 SC, ST individuals for purchase of taxis in Leh region: Sakina Itoo
Minister for Social Welfare, Ms. Sakina Itoo today informed the House that 921 Scheduled Caste and Schedulde Tribe beneficiaries of Leh and Kargil Districts have been provided financial assistance of Rs. 9.10 crore for purchase of taxis under different schemes during last year.
Replying to a question by Mr. T. Namgyal, the Minister informed that 214 individuals of Leh region have been advanced loans to the tune of Rs. 6.07 crore under Direct Financing Scheme while as 707 individuals of the region have provided low interests loans of Rs. 2.44 crore besides subsidy of Rs. 59.22 lakh for purpose during the said period.
The Minister said that the schemes like SCA to SCSP, SCA to TSP and Bank tie up/Direct Financing Schemes through SC/ST/BC Development Corporation and Women’s Development Corporation are under implementation to provide financial assistance to Scheduled Cast and Scheduled Tribe categories for setting up of their ventures.
She said J&K State SC/ST/BC Development Corporation provided loans to its target group beneficiaries for purchase of taxis at concessional rate of interest and beneficiaries of Ladakh region are also covered under the scheme.
In reply to the supplementaries by Ashok Kumar, Mr. Mohammad Sharief Naiz and Mr. G. M Saroori, the Minister said that proper awareness of welfare schemes is being given thrust especially in remote areas for benefit of the people.

No ban on transportation, sale of Poplar, Mango tree wood: Mian Altaf
Minister for Forests, Mian Altaf Ahmad today informed the House that there is no restriction on transportation, sale and purchase of Poplar, and Mango tree wood.
Replying to a question by Mr. Sukh Nandan Kumar, the Minister informed that an incident regarding harassment of farmers at the hands of Forest Protection Force personnel has been reported and brought into the notice of Forest Department.
Mr. Balwant Singh Mankotia raised supplementary and demanded lifting of ban on collection of fire wood from the forests.

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Construction of 8 irrigation projects in Rafiabad on anvail: Sham
Minister for PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control, Mr. Sham Lal Sharma today informed the House that in order to upgrade irrigation facilities in Rafiabad Constituency, the Government has mooted 8 detailed project reports of Rs. 69.36 crore to Centre for funding under AIBP.
Replying to a question by Mr. Javid Ahmed Dar, the Minister informed that after receiving the approval from the Centre, the work on storage tank at Kangroosa and Khahmoh, Nar Khul Rafiabad, Kazaldarkhul, Namji Khul and Ladora Khul besides construction of lift irrigation schemes at Janbazpora and Chatipora would be taken up.
The Minister said water supply scheme Brendub is approved under NRDWP at an estimated cost of Rs. 1.19 crore with a scope of 6 villages. He said the scheme is targeted for completion by the current financial year.
In reply to another question by Mohammad Khalil Band, the PHE Minister informed that Dogripora Datpora Lift Irrigation Scheme become non-functional when the level in river Jehlum gets abnormally reduced and as such the department has taken up the work for providing two drought pumps, for the purpose and Rs. 3 lakh have been released and the scheme will be completed before irrigation season commences.
The Minister said that other schemes in the area like Beighpora Tokina and Naina Batpora are functional scheme. He said, however, de-siltation wherever required, at the appropriate time would be taken care of by the department on priority.
Syed Bashir Ahmed, Mr. Zahoor Ahmed Mir and Mr. Ashok Kumar raised supplementaries and demanded upgradation of irrigation facilities in their constituencies by construction of new lift irrigation schemes and installation of drought pumps and tube wells.

3 Bills introduced in LA
JAMMU, FEBRUARY 17- Three Bills were introduced in the House today.
Minister for Finance and Ladakh Affairs, Mr. Abdul Rahim Rather on the behalf of Chief Minister introduced “A Bill to amend the Prevention of Corruption Act, Samvat 2006 (L.A. Bill No. 2 of 2014)”.
The amendment aims at making the offences under the Act cognizable and non-bailable, besides enhancing the punishment of offences under the Act.
Minister for Higher Education, Mr. Mohammad Akbar Lone introduced “A Bill to amend the Kashmir and Jammu Universities Act, 1969, (L. A. Bill No. 3 of 2014)”.
Minister of State for Revenue, Mr. Ajaz Ahmad Khan introduced a Bill to provide the acquisition of the right of user in land for laying of gas pipelines and other underground public utilities in the state of Jammu and Kashmir and for the matter connected therewith “(L.A. Bill No. 1 of 2014)”.

Zero Hour in LA
JAMMU, FEBRUARY 17- Minister for Forest and Ecology, Mian Altaf Ahmed today said that the amount of compensation for the people killed by wild animals has been increased from Rs. 1 lakh to 3 lakh. Besides he assured the House that efforts have been made to address the issue of wild animals in the forest areas.
The Minister was replying to an important issue raised by Syed Basharat Ahmed Bukhari.
Mr. Yashpal Kundal raised the issue of catchment rule introduced by the Government and demanded the application of roster in the same.
Mr Ajaz Ahmed Jan demanded a medical college in Poonch.
Harsh Dev Singh also spoke about the issue of medical college and demanded that such colleges should only be established as per certain criteria after following proper norms.
Prof. Chaman Lal Gupta stressed the need to improve the condition of and further strengthening the already existing medical colleges in the State.