Proceedings of Legislative Assembly on 20th Feb

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26418 selections made by SSRB in last five years: Rather

          JAMMU : Minister for Finance and Ladakh Affairs, Mr. Abdul Rahim Rather today informed the House that 52638 posts were referred to Service Selection Recruitment Board (SSRB) since 2009-10 and so far 26418 selections have been made.

Replying to a question by Mr. Abdul Gani Malik in the House, the Finance Minister informed that with the opening balance of 16659 posts 4058 posts referred in 2009-10 and selection of 10045 posts made by the SSRB. He said 10998 posts referred during 2010-11 and selection of 4855 posts were made.

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The Minister informed that 3297 posts were referred to the SSRB during 2011-12 and selections of 3267 posts were made during the said period. He said 2594 posts were referred during 2012-13 and selections of 6642 posts made during last fiscal, whileas 15032 posts were referred during current fiscal till February 14 to SSRB and selection of 1609 posts made during the said period.

In reply to the supplementaries by some members, the Finance Minister informed that Government endeavours to fill up all vacant posts through recruitment agencies in a time bound manner adding that the recruitment process during past was delayed due to court stay which was vacated. He said recently the results of written examination for 11, 000 posts was out and necessary selection process is on through SSRB. He said the selection of MVD inspectors have also been made by the SSRB and orders in favour of selected candidates would be issued soon. He said Government would fill the vacant posts of PSC members besides posting of SSRB members well in time to ensure time bound selections in different departments.

Ms. Mehbooba Mufti, Mr. Jugal Kishore, Mr. Yashpal Kundal, Mr. A. R. Veeri, Prof. Chaman Lal Gupta, Advocate Abdul Haq and Mr. Nizam-ud-Din Bhat raised supplementaries and highlighted the issues of selection of Jail Wardens, Rehbar-e-Taleem teachers Handwara, Class-IV employees list of Baramulla, teachers selection list of Kupwara besides prompt selection to vacant posts in health, education, horticulture departments.

Rs. 37.15 Cr released for upliftment of SC, ST communities: Sakina

          Minister for Social Welfare, Ms Sakina Itoo today informed the House that an amount of Rs. 29.85 crore have been released under TSP and Article 275 (1) for upliftment of Scheduled Cast and Scheduled Tribe communities in the State during last and current fiscal.

Replying to a question by Mr. Ashwani Sharma, the Social Welfare Minister informed the House that under SCA to SCSP Rs. 7.30 crore have been released in Jammu division during last and current fiscals for development of SC and ST communities living in different districts.

The Social Welfare Minister informed that 886 income generating units have been set up in different constituencies of the state under direct financing and bank type schemes during last and current financial years.

The Minister said that an amount of Rs. 33.47 lakh have been utilized under SCA to SCP, SCA to TSP and Article 275 (1) for construction of different works besides setting up of income generating units including cutting and tailoring centers in Bishnah constituency during the said period.

In reply to the supplementaries raised by some members, the Minister said that adequate funds are being provided under normal plan for the upliftment of SC and ST communities in the State but no separate plan has yet been formulated. She however, said that the Social Welfare Department implementing SCA to TSP, Article-275 (1) , SCA to SCSP and bank Tie Up / direct Financing Schemes for upliftment of such communities in the state.

Mr. Ashok Kumar, Mr. Harshdev Singh, Mr. M. Y. Tarigami and Mr. Lal Chand raised the supplementaries and demanded all round development of SC ST communities.

Rules for felling of Khair trees being notified: Altaf

       Minister for Forests and Environment, Mian Altaf Ahmad today informed the House that in pursuance of Supreme Court directions for allowing the felling of Khair trees in the State the rules are being formulated and are being notified by the Government.

Replying to a question by Mr. Charanjeet Singh in the House, the Minister informed that as per the conditions contained in para 45 (i) and (ii) of the recommendations of Central Empowered Committee, the Jammu and Kashmir Non-Forest Land Khair Trees Management Plan Rules 2014 as approved by the Centre Empowered Committee/Supreme Court are being notified.

Rs. 738.43 Cr AIBP approval for J&K schemes: Sham

          Minister for PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control, Mr. Sham Lal Sharma today informed the House that funds to the tune of Rs. 738.43 crore have been released under AIBP for construction of different irrigation projects in the State during last three fiscals adding that against which an amount of Rs. 559.10 crore were expended on different projects during the said period in the State.

Replying to a question by Peerzada Mansoor Hussain, the Minister informed that three irrigation schemes including Dwalat Khul, Deethu Khul and Kanganhal tube well schemes in Shangus constituency were mooted to the Centre for approval of funds adding that tube well scheme Kanganhal of Rs. 1.11 crore was dropped due to new guidelines where under tube well schemes are not eligible for funding. He said Lift Irrigation Scheme, Rakh-e-Brah stands already commissioned.

The Minister informed that no orchard Lift Irrigation Schemes has been approved during last two financial years. The Lift Irrigation Scheme Hapatkhut and Khodapura of Bijbehara constituency have been cleared under 12th TAC. He said the DPRs of the schemes Issus, Odous, Kanganhal and Checki-Ishwardas are framed and are under consideration.

Mr. M. Y. Tarigami, Ms Mehbooba Mufti, Mr. A. R. Veeri, Haji Mohammad Ashraf raised supplementaries and demanded upgradation of irrigation facilities, desilting, modernization of irrigation canals besides clearance of outstanding liabilities of some projects.

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Govt to take appropriate steps to address issues of border people: Saifullah

          JAMMU, FEBRUARY 20: Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs, Mir Saifullah today informed the House that Government will look into the issues of people of border people who have suffered loss due to border shelling at different places in Jammu division after assessing the ground situation and appropriate decision on the compensation will be taken shortly.

On the issue of Dharna by the Safai Karamcharies in Jammu city in connection with their demands, the Minister said that Government will take appropriate steps to address their problems and persuade them to end their strike.

The Minister was responding to the points raised by Mr. Ashwani Sharma, Mr. S. S. Slathia and Mr. Aijaz Ahmad Jan in Legislative Assembly immediately after the Question Hour.

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                                                                     House passes grants of Revenue, Relief & Rehabilitation deptts
                                                                           Settlement ops to be completed within five years: Ajaz
                                                                  Says compensation paid in more than 80% land acquisition cases
JAMMU : Minister of State for Revenue, Relief and Rehabilitation, Mr. Ajaz Ahmed Khan today assured the House that the settlement operations in the State would be completed within five years and all land records would be updated even as he said compensation has been paid in more than 80% land acquisition cases in the State.
Winding up the discussion on the demand of grants for the departments under his charge, the Minister said the Settlement Organization of the Revenue Department has been reorganized and at a time when there used to be one Settlement Officer each for Jammu and Kashmir provinces, the Government has created 7 posts of Regional Directors of Settlement and Land Records Management in the State on which officers have been posted.
Mr. Ajaz said the department has drawn up a road map for the completion of settlement operations and updating Land Records and in this connection the Land Records Management Agency created by the Government has been registered. He said the aim is to update the Land Records and simultaneously computerize them to induce transparency and accountability in the department. He said when he took over last year, there were 1400 vacancies of Patwaries and 30 vacancies of Tehsildars in the department and today of them 1339 Patwaries and all Tehsildars have been appointed. He said this has greatly improved the Land Management process in the State for which he thanked the Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah for backing these initiatives.
Describing the creation of administrative units in the State as monumental, the Minister said the aim of this exercise was to take administration to the doorsteps of the people in far-flung, hilly and so far inaccessible areas. He said the government has constituted a Committee to look into the demands of the areas which claim to be neglected during this exercise and said that modalities are being worked out for assessing the demands of these areas. He said this would greatly benefit the people as they had to travel miles for getting petty jobs done at Tehsil and Niabat level.
On the issue of land compensation cases raised by several members during the discussion, the Minister said more than 31000 kanals of land has been acquired in Jammu and Kashmir for various vital projects like Railways, National Highway widening and PMGSY and so far Rs. 381 crore have been paid as compensation to the concerned land owners. He said similarly, in the National Highway expansion 19759 kanals of land have been acquired for which Rs. 615.23 crore have been paid as compensation adding that so far compensation has been paid in case of 91% Rail projects, 88% National Highway expansion projects and 86% PMGSY cases.
Dispelling the notion that the enactment of the Roshni in the State has only benefitted the land mafia, Mr. Ajaz said that 3.40 lakh kanals of land were given to farmers for agricultural practices free of cost under the scheme. Similarly, 990 kanals of land were given to people for commercial purposes and 6900 kanals for residential purposes. He said the Government received 2.54 lakh applications under the scheme of which 1.77 lakh application were disposed and rest 76,000 are under process. He said the Government expects to receive Rs. 317 crore from the beneficiaries under the scheme.
Terming Pandits as an inseparable component of Kashmir society, the Minister said Government has executed various schemes including Prime Minister’s package for their return back to Kashmir. He said Government has also taken many steps including enhancement in the migrant relief, rehabilitation and employment avenues to the Pandit youth to facilitate their rehabilitation back in their homes and hearths.
Mr. Ajaz said Government is sensitive to the problems of refugees and other border migrants and many incentives like one time settlement and special employment package are being considered.
Earlier, the Minister moved a Demand for Grant of a sum of Rs. 833.38 crore to defray the charges which will come in the course of payment during the year ending March 31, 2015 for the departments under his charge.
20 Members took part in discussion on demand of grants including Mr. Harshdev Singh, Mr. Rafi Ahmad Mir, Mr. Aijaz Ahmad Jan, Mr. Ashok Kumar, Mr. M. Y. Tarigami, Prof. Gharu Ram, Ch. Zulfikar Ali, Mr. Ashwani Kumar Sharma, Mr. Mohammad Sharif Niaz, Mr. Mohammad Ashraf Ganai, Er. Abdul Rashid, Mr. Charanjeet Singh, Ms. Bimla Luthra, Mrs. Indu Pawar, Mrs. Shamima Firdous, Mr. Ashok Khajuria, Mr. Zahoor Ahmad Mir, T. Namgyal, Mr. Javid Mustafa Mir and Prof. Chaman Lal Gupta.
Later, the members, who moved the Cut Motions on the Grants, withdrew after the satisfactory reply from the Minister.
The House passed the Grants by a voice vote.

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                                                                                House passes grants of Law, Justice & PA Deptt
                                                      Several measures initiated to reduce pendency of cases in various Courts: Saifullah
                                                                                             22 courts at block level in offing
JAMMU : Maintaining that speedy justice is fundamental right of every citizen, Minister for Law, Justice & Parliamentary Affairs, Mir Saifullah has said that the Government has taken several initiatives in this direction to provide justice to the people at their doorstep by strengthening the network of courts across the State.
Listing the measures initiated to reduce the pendency of cases in the High Court and Subordinate Courts, the Minister said that Government has appointed five High Court Judges during the last year and four more vacancies of Judges are likely to be filled up soon. Seven District and sessions Judges and 38 Munsiffs were also appointed last year by the Government. As many as 12 vacancies of Munsiffs have been referred to the PSC to further strengthen the Courts. Besides 36 Courts including (14 Sub-Judges and 22 Munsiff) and 2 Courts of Additional District and Sessions Judges have been established in different areas of the State.
The Minister was replying to the discussions on Demands of Grants for the Law, Justice & Parliamentary Affairs in the Legislative Assembly today.
Maintaining that some laws have become obsolete in the State which need to be deleted or replaced with new ones, the Minister said that to deal with this important issue the Government has set up a Committee headed by Advocate General, which would examine the existing laws and suggest measures to amend the or remove such laws. The State is also contemplating to establish a Law Commission in the State to bring transparency and reforms in the judicial system, said the Minister.
In order to ensure speedy justice to the people in rural and far-flung areas, the Minister said that Government will establish 22 DehiAdalats at the block level across the State under Ist phase. The J&K DehiAdalat Act, 2013 has been passed by the State Legislature which provides setting up of these Adalats in the State. The State High Court has been asked to identify such blocks where these courts will be established, said the Minister.
To clear the pendency of cases in various courts, the Government will establish 8 Fast Track Courts of the rank of District and Sessions Judges and ten Fast Track Courts of the rank of Civil Judges with an involvement of Rs. 777.03 lakhs. The proposal in this regard has been referred to the Finance Department for its concurrence. The Government has already designated some courts as Fast Track Courts, these include, Anantnag, Baramulla, Jammu, Kulgam, Kupwara, Pulwama, Rajouri and Srinagar. Besides, the Government is also going to implement the new State Litigation Policy for ensuring speedy disposal of cases. The performance of Government Lawyers and Public Prosecutors will also be monitored to ensure efficiency in their functioning, said the Minister.
With a view to further strengthen the legal system in the state, the Government will create some more positions of Additional Advocate Generals and Government Advocates for each wing of the High Court. This has become inevitable with the present strength of the High Court. The State has also appointed 13 Law Officers for Srinagar Wing and 10 for Jammu Wing of High Court. Similarly, 40 Public Prosecutors/Additional Public Prosecutors have been appointed for Subordinate Courts across the State. The strength of Standing Counsels has also been increased upto 800, said the Minister.
In order to settle the chronic cases, 485 LokAdalats were organized by the State Legal Services Authority during 2013-14. As many as 62808 cases of different natures were settled and Rs. 30.34 crore was disbursed among the victims of their kin in the LokAdalats. The National LokAdalats were also held at District and Tehsil levels throughout the State on 24thNovember, 2013 wherein 57107 cases were settled in one go. Besides, 977 persons belonging to economically weaker sections of the society also availed the free legal aid during the current year and an amount of Rs. 32.83 lakh was paid to the Retainer Lawyers appointed under Free and Competent Legal Services Scheme, said the Minister.
Saying that awareness about the legal services for the common man is an important part, the Minister said that 320 legal literacy and awareness camps were organized at different parts of the State during the current fiscal. During these camps, the people were made aware of their rights under various laws, schemes, availability of various legal services, especially for the SCs/STs, women, children, and mentally ill and disabled persons. These camps were organized by District Legal Services Authorities headed by District Judges/Tehsil Legal Services Committees headed by Chief Judicial Magistrates in their respective jurisdictions, he maintained.
Referring to the measures proposed for the legislators, the Minister said that Government is considering enhancing the Car Loan and Housing Loan from Rs. 2.5 lakh to Rs. 5 lakh. The Government has also enhanced the Daily Allowance for the Members from Rs. 500/- to Rs. 1000/- per sitting. The Government has also decided to allow the Members to fly by Business/Club Class on international flights.
In order to make the functioning of legislature more vibrant, the Government has created 84 posts of various categories of employees. The computerization of State Legislature has also been undertaken in consultation with the Speaker and Chairman. Similarly, the functioning of Legislative Council has also been made more transparent and an official Website of the Council has been launched recently. This will facilitate the general public with the important business of the Council, said the Minister.
He said during the last year 16 Bills were passed by the House. He said 12 Government Bills are likely to be taken up for consideration during the current session, he added.
As many as 20 Members including took part in the debate and contributed with valuable suggestions to further improve the functioning of the department.
Later, the House passed the grants of Law, Justice & Parliamentary Affairs for the year 2014-15, which were moved by the Minister, amounting to Rs.39.67 crore with voice vote.
20 Members took part in discussion on demand of grants including Mr. Harshdev Singh, Mr. Rafi Ahmad Mir, Mr. Aijaz Ahmad Jan, Mr. Ashok Kumar, Mr. M. Y. Tarigami, Prof. Gharu Ram, Ch. Zulfikar Ali, Mr. Ashwani Kumar Sharma, Mr. Mohammad Sharif Niaz, Mr. Mohammad Ashraf Ganai, Er. Abdul Rashid, Mr. Charanjeet Singh, Ms. Bimla Luthra, Mrs. Indu Pawar, Mrs. Shamima Firdous, Mr. Ashok Khajuria, Mr. Zahoor Ahmad Mir, T. Namgyal, Mr. Javid Mustafa Mir and Prof. Chaman Lal Gupta.
Later, the members, who moved the Cut Motions on the Grants, withdrew after the satisfactory reply from the Minister.
The House passed the Grants by a voice vote.

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                                                                                                       House passes grants of School Education Deptt

                                                                                            Education bedrock for inclusive, sustainable society: Tara

                                                                                                                                12000 vacancies referred

                                                                                                                   18500 promotions made in the Deptt

JAMMU – Underscoring the role of education in socio-economic transformation of society, Deputy Chief Minister Tara Chand said educationally equipped and skilled workforce drives economic and social development besides ensuring personal growth. He described education as bedrock for achieving national objectives and for building a more inclusive, equitable and sustainable society.

Tara Chand who heads the School Education Department was replying to discussion on grants in the Legislative Assembly today.

He said to strengthen the department, 18500 promotions have been made in the year 2013-14, which includes regularization of ReTs as teacher. The department has referred over 12000 vacancies to various recruitment agencies for selection of suitable un-employed youths on fast track basis.

In order to upgrade infrastructure in the department under SSA/RMSA 3656 buildings have been completed with the financial involvement of Rs 233.48 crores and 15050 structures are under final stage of completion, he added. He said Rs 1773.03 lakh have been earmarked for construction/maintenance of school buildings.

Underlining the need to have a futuristic policy for the department, the Deputy Chief Minister said State School Education Advisory Board with eminent scholars and academicians as members has been constituted.

He said the department has drafted J&K Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Bill and Cabinet memo for the same has been prepared, adding that right to education would thus become a Fundamental Right. The Bill has gone beyond the scope of the Central Law on free education and State specific provisions have been incorporated while drafting the Bill, he added.

Detailing initiatives taken to address education needs of specific groups of society, the Deputy Chief Minister said that for adult literacy the department has launched Saakshar Bharat Mission in 20 districts of the state and as many as 2005 adult education centers have been identified at Panchayat level. He said the department is going to open 100 additional mobile primary schools for Nomadic population and Deputy Commissioners have been nominated as Chairman of District Implementation Committee for centrally sponsored schemes.

He said all necessary impetus would be given to promote Urdu and other regional languages at least upto middle school level.

He said 1228 seasonal centres have been opened and 30183 nomadic children enrolled and imparted education, adding that 59061 children who were not going to school throughout the state have been identified in TALASH survey and 10000 have been enrolled in different schools. Rs 22.95 crore have been released on account of free textbooks covering 753280 children at elementary level, he informed.

He said 98 KGVBs have been established in the educationally backward blocks and 4200 children have been provided free education form 6th to 8th and additional 3 Kasturba Gandhi Bal Vidaylays would be made functional during the current year.

He said in each district one high and higher schools have been identified for vocational education and 81 assessment camps organized for children with special needs.

In order to maintain quality of civil works, the Deputy Chief Minister said under SSA , 3rd party evaluation and monitoring has been assigned to NABCONS, a subsidiary of NABARD in 14 districts in the state. The assigned job has been completed in 4 districts and rest would be covered in next phase.

He said to ensure transparency in fund utilization, SSA funds are transferred directly through Chief Education Officers into school accounts.

Earlier, the Minister moved a Demand for Grant of a sum of Rs.4957.45 crore to defray the charges which will come in the course of payment during the year ending March 31, 2015 for the department under his charge.

30 Members took part in discussion on demand of grants including Mr. Abdul Gaffar Sofi, Mr. Javed Ahmad Dar, Mr. Mohammad Sharief Niaz, Prof Ghuru Ram Bhagat, Peerzada Mansoor Hussain,Mr. M.Y. Tarigami, Mr. Krishan Chander Baghat, Mr. Rachpal Singh, Mr. Najamu-ud-Din Bhat, Dr. Shafi Ahmed Wani, Mr. Mohammad Irfan Shah, Mrs. Bimla Luthra, Mr. Durga Dass, Mr. Harshdev Singh, Ch. Zulfkar Ali, Dr. Mushtfa Kamal, Mrs. Indu Pawar, Mr. A.R. Veri, Prof. Chaman Lal Gupta, Syed Bhashrat Ahmad Bukhari, Mr. Javid Mustafa Mir, Mr. Rafi Ahmad Mir, Ashwani Kumar Sharma, Mr. Jugal Kishore, Er. Abdul Rashid, Mr. Charanjit Singh, Mr. Yashpaul Kundal, Peer Aafaq Ahmed and Mr. Abdul Gani Malik.

Later, the members, who moved the Cut Motions on the Grants, withdrew after the satisfactory reply from the Minister.

The House passed the Grants by a voice vote.

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                                                                                     House passes grants of Higher Eduction Deptt

                                                                                Sher-i-Kashmir spread education network in J&K

                                                         Perspective plan for higher education submitted to MHRD for approval: Lone

JAMMU – Minister for Higher Education Mr. Mohammad Akbar Lone has said that late Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah was pioneering force to spread the network of education in the State. He gave special thrust to the education sector which helped in comprehensive growth of education. Subsequently the successive governments also gave focussed attention to upgrade the education infrastructure to improve the literacy rate in the State.

The Minister was replying to the discussion on the demand of grants for the department of Higher Education in Legislative Assembly today.

Highlighting the importance of the Education, the Minister said that government has taken several steps to strengthen and augment the infrastructure of in educational institutions. He said efforts are afoot to spread the network of Higher Education in the uncovered areas to provide the facility of higher education to the students at their door steps.

Mr. Lone said that the importance and priority accorded to the Higher Education Sector by the government is indicated by the fact that 62% colleges have been established during the last ten years and 43% in a short span of six years. He also said that colleges are now functioning not only in the main cities, district headquarters and towns but also in the far flung areas like Marwah, Chatroo, Bani, Sarh Baga, Gurez and Tangdar.

The Minister said that Government College for Engineering and Technology Jammu has been shifted to the newly constructed campus. Whereas that Boys Hostel has started functioning and the work on the construction of Girls Hostel, Administrative Block and Library Blocks are in full swing.

The Minister informed that the Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) in the State is 17 which is almost at par with the national average. While barely 2669 students were pursuing higher education in 1950-1951, the enrolment number in higher education institutions has now risen to 1.89 lakh. He also said that the State Government has taken adequate care to impart higher education to the students of marginalized sections of society and females. The female enrolment which was only 267 in 1950-51 has  increased to 97,000 in 2010-2011.

The Minister said that Government has mooted a perspective plan to Union Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) for approval under Rashtriya Ucchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) for establishment of more higher education institutions besides up-gradation of infrastructure in existing colleges in the State.

Mr. Lone assured the members that all the gaps shall be plugged   in the up-gradation of education infrastructure in their respective areas. He said up gradation and consolidation is a continuous process and consolidation will be attended on priority.

Earlier, the Minister moved a Demand for Grant of a sum of Rs.989.90 crore to defray the charges which will come in the course of payment during the year ending March 31, 2015 for the department under his charge.

As many as 30 Members took part in discussion on demand of grants including Mr. Abdul Gaffar Sofi, Mr. Javed Ahmad Dar, Mr. Mohammad Sharief Niaz, Prof Ghuru Ram Bhagat, Peerzada Mansoor Hussain,Mr. M.Y. Tarigami, Mr. Krishan Chander Baghat, Mr. Rachpal Singh, Mr. Najamu-ud-Din Bhat, Dr. Shafi Ahmed Wani, Mr. Mohammad Irfan Shah, Mrs. Bimla Luthra, Mr. Durga Dass, Mr. Harshdev Singh, Ch. Zulfkar Ali, Dr. Mushtfa Kamal, Mrs. Indu Pawar, Mr. A.R. Veri, Prof. Chaman Lal Gupta, Syed Bhashrat Ahmad Bukhari, Mr. Javid Mustafa Mir, Mr. Rafi Ahmad Mir, Ashwani Kumar Sharma, Mr. Jugal Kishore, Er. Abdul Rashid, Mr. Charanjit Singh, Mr. Yashpaul Kundal, Peer Aafaq Ahmed and Mr. Abdul Gani Malik.

Later, the members, who moved the Cut Motions on the Grants, withdrew after the satisfactory reply from the Minister.

The House passed the Grants by a voice vote.

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                                                                                             House passes grants of Social Welfare Deptt

                                                                                            Social welfare prime concern of Govt : Sakina

                                                                             70,000 beneficiaries provided pensionary benefits under ISSS

JAMMU : Maintaining that social welfare is the prime concern of the Government and several initiatives have been taken for the upliftment of deprived and under-privileged lot in the State.

Replying to the Demands of Grants of Social Welfare Department in the Legislative Assembly today, the Minister for Social Welfare, Ms. Sakina Ittoo said that Government has sanctioned pension in favour of 70,000 beneficiaries under ISSS programme during the last five years. She said over 20,000 beneficiaries were also covered under Indira Gandhi Old Age Pension Scheme during the same period. Under NFBS programme over 10,000 beneficiaries have been covered. In total over 5.60 lakh persons have been extended the pensionary benefits under different programmes. An amount of Rs. 120 crore has been disbursed to the beneficiaries during the current financial year, said the Minister.

Under ICDS which is one of the main components being implemented by the Social Welfare Department, the Minister said that about 28,000 Anganwari Centres are functional in the state and over 10 lakh women and children are directly or indirectly covered under this programme. For this purpose, the funds to the tune of Rs. 81 crore are being spent on nutrition annually. Besides, 444 Crèche Centres are also run by the Social Welfare Board which benefit around 11,000 children of working mothers which involves an expenditure of Rs. 1.36 crore, said the Minister.

To further strengthen the network of Anganwari Centres, the State has approached the Central Government to sanction 10,000 more Centres for the uncovered areas. Out of this, 1000 Centres have been sanctioned so far. She clarified that the new Centres will be opened strictly as per the norms and merit, she added.

The Minister said that the Department has been also implementing various other programmes for the welfare and upliftment of women, destitute and orphan children. Under SABLA & IGMSY, over 3 lakh beneficiaries have been covered since its inception and over Rs. 13 crore have been utilized. Similarly, under Indira Gandhi Matritiva Sahyog Yojna, over 20,000 women have been provided cash incentives since 2011-12 with financial involvement of Rs. 9.32 crore.

For the welfare of Gujjar & Bakarwal and Pahari Speaking and OBC Community, over 1850 students are availing various benefits. The students are provided free diet, uniforms, books and medicines for which an amount of Rs. 2 crore has been spent during the current fiscal, said the Minister.

For the empowerment of women, the Department has launched a number of schemes. From the age group of 15 to 35 years the ladies are imparted trainings in various crafts through welfare centres. In additional, four Ladies Vocational Training Centres have been opened one each at Jammu, Srinagar, Kargil and Leh for imparting the advance training in various crafts. During the past four years, 5500 women have been provided financial support to the tune of Rs. 51 crore. During the current financial year 850 women have been given financial support of Rs. 12.03 crore, said the Minister.

As many as 30 Members took part in the discussion on Grants of Demands of the Department of Social Welfare, which included Mr. Abdul Gaffar Sofi, Mr. Javed Ahmad Dar, Mr. Mohammad Sharief Niaz, Prof Ghuru Ram Bhagat, Peerzada Mansoor Hussain, Mr. M.Y. Tarigami, Mr. Krishan Chander Baghat, Mr. Rachpal Singh, Mr. Najamu-ud-Din Bhat, Dr. Shafi Ahmed Wani, Mr. Mohammad Irfan Shah, Mrs. Bimla Luthra, Mr. Durga Dass, Mr. Harshdev Singh, Ch. Zulfkar Ali, Dr. Mushtfa Kamal, Mrs. Indu Pawar, Mr. A.R. Veri, Prof. Chaman Lal Gupta, Syed Bhashrat Ahmad Bukhari, Mr. Javid Mustafa Mir, Mr. Rafi Ahmad Mir, Ashwani Kumar Sharma, Mr. Jugal Kishore, Er. Abdul Rashid, Mr. Charanjit Singh, Mr. Yashpaul Kundal, Peer Aafaq Ahmed and Mr. Abdul Gani Malik.

Earlier, the Minister moved the Demand for Grant of a sum of Rs. 838.61 crore to defray the charges which will come in the  course of payment during the year ending March, 2015.

The Members who had moved the cut motions withdrew the same after satisfactory reply from the Minister.

Later, the House passed the grants with the voice vote.

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House passes grants of Technical Education Deptt

Necessary steps taken to augment infrastructural capacities of Technical Education: Vikar

Highlights role of technical education in generating employment opportunities

          JAMMU – Highlighting the role of Technical Education in providing the much needed employment opportunities to the youth of the State, the Minister of State for Technical Education, Mr. Vikar Rasool today said that the government has taken the necessary steps to augment the infrastructural capacities of the department so that more and more youth are provided with the technical skills.

The Minister was replying to discussion on grants in the Legislative Assembly today.

Mr. Vikar said that the Government has already taken the steps for establishment of 18 new polytechnics which include the identification of the land needed for the purpose besides placing the faculty and the staff for smooth conduct of these polytechnics. He said that upgradation of six existing polytechnics which include Women Polytechnics Srinagar, Jammu KGP Srinagar Polytechnics at Jammu, Leh and Kargil have also been covered under the scheme. Five Women Hostels at Polytechnic Jammu, Srinagar, Kargil and Women Polytechnics have been completed whereas Polytechnic Leh is under progress. “3 Solar Power Plants of 100KV each have been sanctioned by the Union Ministry of New Renewable Energy for Polytechnics at Jammu, Srinagar and Women Polytechnics have been commissioned and the remaining new ones would also be provided with the same”, the Minister added and maintained that the Government also contemplates to start Polytechnic in every district of the state.

Referring to the skill development of youth of J&K State (SDYJK) programme, the Minister said that the scheme targets to impart skills of various states to 16000 youth in the trades which are not available in that particular institute or state and 4000 have been trained within the state whereas 9527 candidates have been trained outside the state whereas 1249 are currently being trained under the programme.

Mr. Vikar said that under Prime Minister’s Reconstruction Programme-II (PMRP) five new ITIs are being established at Bani, Nowshera, Banihal, Gurez and Hajjan. He said 25 trade unions have been introduced with an intake capacity of 540 trainees and new ITIs are being established under PPP mode during 12th Five Year Plan. “The list of 50 un-covered for establishment of ITIs have been submitted to the Centre out of which 19 are likely to be sanctioned in 1st Phase and rest in the 2nd, “the Minister maintained and said that 2575 placements have been made during 2013-2014 from pass outs of Polytechnic/ITI in private sector.

Mr. Vikar said that NHPC has adopted six ITIs as Management Partners in Institutional Management Training to impart training where there is requirement so that trainees would be absorbed in power projects. He said that department is also going to impart training to 1000 eligible PSOs in MES courses to be identified by the Home Department so that they can be technically trained and absorbed in various wings of the Police Department.

30 Members took part in discussion on demand of grants including Mr. Abdul Gaffar Sofi, Mr. Javed Ahmad Dar, Mr. Mohammad Sharief Niaz, Prof Ghuru Ram Bhagat, Peerzada Mansoor Hussain,Mr. M.Y. Tarigami, Mr. Krishan Chander Baghat, Mr. Rachpal Singh, Mr. Najamu-ud-Din Bhat, Dr. Shafi Ahmed Wani, Mr. Mohammad Irfan Shah, Mrs. Bimla Luthra, Mr. Durga Dass, Mr. Harshdev Singh, Ch. Zulfkar Ali, Dr. Mushtfa Kamal, Mrs. Indu Pawar, Mr. A.R. Veri, Prof. Chaman Lal Gupta, Syed Bhashrat Ahmad Bukhari, Mr. Javid Mustafa Mir, Mr. Rafi Ahmad Mir, Ashwani Kumar Sharma, Mr. Jugal Kishore, Er. Abdul Rashid, Mr. Charanjit Singh, Mr. Yashpaul Kundal, Peer Aafaq Ahmed and Mr. Abdul Gani Malik.

Later, the members, who moved the Cut Motions on the Grants, withdrew after the satisfactory reply from the Minister.

The House passed the Grants by a voice vote.

 

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Rajiv Gandhi Khel Abhiyan to give sports infra a turnaround: Taj

JAMMU – The Rajiv Gandhi Khel Abhiyan, a scheme launched by the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, is all set to give sports infrastructure in the State a turnaround.

This was stated by the Minister for Medical Education, Youth Services & Sports, Mr. Taj Mohi-ud-Din while replying to the discussion on demand on grants for the Youth Services and Sports Department in the House today.

The Minister said under the scheme every panchayat would have sports field and every block would have a sports complex comprising an indoor complex and every district would have sports academy. He said once executed on the ground the scheme would not only strengthen the sports infrastructure in the State but also expand it to the areas which were not having it till date.

Mr. Taj said since he took over, he has given the consolidation and upgradation of sports infrastructure a priority and many stadia have been upgraded, improved and provided with better facilities. He said the indoor stadium at Srinagar has been given a new look and similarly at the M.A. Stadium Jammu many new sports disciplines including swimming pool, skating rink, basketball court etc. are being added. He said similarly sports infrastructure is being upgraded at Udhampur, Baramulla, Akhnoor, Sopore, Tral, Kishtwar, Kupwara and other areas.

The Minister said many big projects like laying of Astro turf at Baramulla, artificial football ground at Srinagar, developing indoor stadium at Jammu etc. are in advance stages of completion. He said every high school has been asked to constitute teams in football, hockey and cricket to induce sporting at the school level and prepare our future players.

Mr. Taj announced that centre has agreed to his suggestion to host two mega football events in the State during the current summer this year.

30 Members took part in discussion on demand of grants including Mr. Abdul Gaffar Sofi, Mr. Javed Ahmad Dar, Mr. Mohammad Sharief Niaz, Prof Ghuru Ram Bhagat, Peerzada Mansoor Hussain,Mr. M.Y. Tarigami, Mr. Krishan Chander Baghat, Mr. Rachpal Singh, Mr. Najamu-ud-Din Bhat, Dr. Shafi Ahmed Wani, Mr. Mohammad Irfan Shah, Mrs. Bimla Luthra, Mr. Durga Dass, Mr. Harshdev Singh, Ch. Zulfkar Ali, Dr. Mushtfa Kamal, Mrs. Indu Pawar, Mr. A.R. Veri, Prof. Chaman Lal Gupta, Syed Bhashrat Ahmad Bukhari, Mr. Javid Mustafa Mir, Mr. Rafi Ahmad Mir, Ashwani Kumar Sharma, Mr. Jugal Kishore, Er. Abdul Rashid, Mr. Charanjit Singh, Mr. Yashpaul Kundal, Peer Aafaq Ahmed and Mr. Abdul Gani Malik.

Later, the members, who moved the Cut Motions on the Grants, withdrew after the satisfactory reply from the Minister.

The House passed the Grants by a voice vote.