Proceedings of Legislative Council on 21st Feb.

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Question Hour

24517 persons appointed during 2012-13: Sadhtora

New Master Plan for Jammu, Srinagar in offing


          JAMMU : As many as 24517 persons have been provided employment which include 517 posts having been  filled through State Public Service Commission, and 6642 through State Subordinate Services Selection Board during 2012-13  and under Centrally Sponsored Schemes  9725 persons have been appointed and District level recruiting  agencies have selected 7633 candidates.

The information was given by Minister for Labour and Employment, Mr. Ajay Sadhotra while replying to a question by Mr. Mohammad Ashraf Mir.

Replying to the supplementary of Dr. Shehnaz Ganai, Mr. Naeem Akhtar, Syed Rafiq Shah, Syed Asgar Ali, Jehangir Mir, Mr. Yashpal Sharma and Sheikh Ghulam Rasool, the Minister assured them that the process of recruitment by different agencies would be further speeded up for the benefit of the persons applying for different posts.

Mr. Sadhotra said the government is serious about addressing the problem of unemployment in the State and has launched a comprehensive holistic programme called SKEWPY to address the problem in which a target of providing employment to 5 lakh unemployed youth has been set for five years in government as well as private sector, besides this, the government is also providing hand holding support to unemployed youth in the form of Voluntary Service Allowance (VSA).

Replying to another question by Mr. Ravinder Kumar Sharma, the Minister informed the House that as many as 3358 cases in respect of J&K Housing Board, SDA, SMC, JDA and JMC are pending for adjudication in High Court and different Subordinate courts of the State.

Giving agency-wise details of court cases, the Minister informed that there are 136 cases of J&K Housing Board, 217 cases of SDA and 1815 cases of SMC pending in the High Court and Subordinate Courts under adjudication for final settlement.

Similarly, 547 cases of JDA and 643 cases of JMC are also pending for final settlement.

The Minister further informed that as many as 115 encroachments have been removed from SMC land during the last three years, adding that no case of encroachment has been noticed on the JMC land during the corresponding period.  He said that two encroachments one each at Housing Colony Ompora, Budgam and Bagh-e- Mehtab had taken place and the matter is subjudice. The concerned authorities take timely action to remove the encroachments, if any illegal encroachment takes place on the SMC, JDA and SDA land, he maintained.

Replying to the supplementaries by Mr. Ghulam Qadir Pardesi, Ghulam Nabi Monga, Naresh Kumar Gupta, Dr. Shahnaz Ganai, B R Kundal and Mohammad Ashraf Mir, the Minister informed that the department is regularly pursuing the cases for their early settlement. The Government is working for formulating new Master Plan for the twin capital cities of the State, he added.

34 Haryaali projects sanctioned in State: Vikar

          As many as 34 projects were sanctioned under Haryaali, a centrally Sponsored Scheme, through Agriculture, DRDA, Rural Development, Forest, Irrigation and Flood Control Department  in the State under which 7190 hectares of land has been covered by expending an amount of Rs. 44. 75 crore against sanctioned cost Rs. 96.42 crore.

This information was given by Minister of State for Power and Rural Development & Panchayati Raj Mr. Vikar Rasool while replying to a question by Naresh Kumar Gupta in the Legislative Council today.

The Minister informed that the Haryaali scheme was in operation  some three years back but now it has been closed by the Department of Land Resources, Union Ministry of Rural Development.

Mr. Vikar further informed that the protection Bunds on both sides of Neeru Nallah from Dradu to Bhalla in Bhaderwah for a length of 2320 mtrs stands completed by incurring an amount of Rs. 100.87 lakh, adding that Crate walls constructed at Panchayat Bhejja in Neru Nallah have been constructed by Irrigation Department for which the funds have been   provided by DRDA, Doda under IWDP Scheme.


The Minister further informed that Thanalla and Katyarra streams fall under Integrated Watershed Management Programme Batch-III for which Detailed Project Reports has already been prepared and submitted to the Union Government for approval. He informed that as per State perspective and Strategic Plan Shiva Project will also be taken up in future.

Replying to another question by Mr. Narboo Gialchan, Mr. Vikar Rasool informed that the CA& PD department presently is getting ration quota from Government of India on the basis of projected population of year 2000. He said the department is providing food-grains to the BPL families at a fixed scale of 35 kgs per month on the basis of projected families of Census 2001. He said the uncovered families of BPL category would be covered as and when the Union Government increases the quota of food-grains by adopting figures of Census 2011.

The Minister further said that since the National Food Security Act, 2013 (NFSA, 2013) has come into force from July, 2013; the Government has circulated a proforma for identification of eligible households, for inclusion and exclusion of households to be covered under NFSA, 2013.

Rs. 4.33 crore incurred on repairs of Govt vehicles: Dr. Manohar

          An amount of Rs. 4.33 crore has been incurred as expenditure on repairs of vehicles of its own fleets, those attached with government departments, BP Vehicles provided to the Council of Ministers, protected government functionaries and SSG from 2010 to 2013.

The information was given by the Minister for Cooperatives, Dr. Manohar Lal Sharma while replying to a question by Mr. Yashpal Sharma.

The Minister said that State Motor Garages Department being the Nodal Agency purchase vehicles for State Motor Garage (SMG) and other Government Departments excluding Police, Fire and Emergency Service, Mechanical Engineering Department. However, some Government departments also purchase vehicles of their own other than through SMG department. He further added that vehicles are directly purchased from the vehicle manufactures on DGS&D Rate Contract, Special Government Prices and from the authorized dealers of the manufactures on lowest rates after ascertaining the reasonability of rates.

The State Motor Garages Department is providing vehicles to the Council of Ministers, State Government functionaries and other district level Officers in terms of Government orders conveyed from time to time.

3479 flats allotted to deserving migrant families: Ajaz

          As many as 3479 flats have already been allotted to the deserving migrant families and 745 vacant flats are shortly being allotted.

The information was given by the Minister of State for Revenue, Relief and Rehabilitation, Mr. Ajaz Ahmed Khan while replying to a question by Mr. Vijay Bakaya.

The Minister further informed that as per procedure followed for identification of eligible migrants, applications were called for allotment of the vacant flats and 8 teams were constituted by the Relief Organization for area-wise verification of these more than 5000 applications and the verification teams were instructed to satisfy themselves that the families have been living continuously in the rented accommodation since migration, seeking documentary evidence like copy of pass book, gas connection, ration card, school certificate ( in case of school going children), besides, considering their economic status, monthly income and liabilities of each family.

Mr. Yashpal Sharma, Mr. Ravinder Sharma and Syed Mohammad Rafiq Shah also raised the supplementaries.



SERC Annual Report tabled in LC

          JAMMU : Minister for Higher Education Mr. Mohammad Akbar Lone, on behalf of Chief Minister, laid on the table of the House, the Annual Report/ Regularizations issued by the J&K State Electricity Regulatory Commission (J&K SERC) for the year 2012-13 in pursuance of the Section 82 of the Jammu and Kashmir Electricity Act, 2010.



Discussion in LC

Restoration of Bahu fort in progress: Akbar Lone

Centre approves 66.80 Cr for restoration of heritage buildings

          JAMMU : Replying on behalf of Tourism Minister, on Discussion raised by Naresh Kumar Gupta, Minister for Higher Education Mr. Mohammad Akbar Lone informed the House that repairs and restoration work of erstwhile Army Headquarters/Foreign Office was entrusted to the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) in 2008 and completed in 2012 at a cost of Rs. 3.58 crore. He said, under 13th Finance Commission Award, a project of Rs. 53.95 crore was sent to Union Ministry of Tourism for repairs and maintenance of heritage buildings which included Raja Amar Singh Palace, Dogra Art Museum, Badi Deodi, Royal Court and Gadvai  Khana and Mahal of Raja Ram Singh’s Queen  while the Centre Government has released Rs. 8.51 crore as first instalment for the purpose against sanctioned amount of Rs. 50 crore.

Mr Akbar Lone said that Rs 1 crore has been advanced to ASI for carrying our restoration works of Royal Courts, Godvai Khana and Badi Deodi. He said a project of Rs. 24.92 crore was sent to Centre Government for renovation and restoration of 3 heritage buildings viz Raja Ram Singh Palace, Durbar Hall and Central Courtyard ( Dewane-Aam). He said Union Ministry of Tourism has sanctioned Rs. 16.80 crore against which the State has received Rs. 3.38 crore as first instalment.

The Minister said that work on prestigious Cable Car Project between Peerkho-Bahu Fort-Mahamaya Temple, costing Rs. 40 crore, will be started shortly and the project has also been cleared by the Cabinet.

Regarding conservation and restoration of Bahu Fort, he said Rs. 69.70 lakh is being spent on the project while 90 per cent work stands completed by Jammu Development Authority (JDA). He said restoration of damaged wall is in progress and is expected to be completed shortly subject to availability of funds.

The Members who took part in the discussion include Bashir Ahmad Magray, Ajat Shatru Singh, Syed Mohammad Rafiq Shah, Dr Bashir Ahmad Veeri, Vijay Bakaya and Yeshpaul Sharma.


Business in LC

Calling Attention Notice

Hazuribagh housing colony within limits of Jammu Master Plan

          JAMMU, FEBRUARY 21- Minister for Higher Education, Mr. Mohammad Akbar Lone while replying to a Calling Attention Notice by Syed Naeem Akhter said that the Housing Colony Hazuribagh, Talab-Tilloo, Jammu, falls within the local area limits of Jammu Master Plan and the line departments are expected to provide the necessary facilities to the colony.

However, the Minister added that the colony has not been developed by Jammu Development Authority and even the layout plan of the colony is not approved by the JDA. Besides this, he said that the Housing Colony Hazuribagh is a private colony and does not come under the jurisdiction of Jammu Municipal Corporation.

Business in LC

Calling Attention Notice

Infrastructural facilities of CHC Mandi being augmented: Sham 

            JAMMU, FEBRUARY 21- Minister for PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control, Mr. Sham Lal Sharma informed the House that a full-fledged Community Health Centre (CHC) is functional at Mandi with diagnostic, operation theatre and Laboratory facilities besides keeping in view the increasing patient load infrastructure facilities are being augmented.

The Minister was replying to a Calling Attention Notice by Dr. Shehnaz Ganai in the Legislative Council today. He informed that the Super Structure of Labour Room-cum-ward has been completed, finishing work is in progress and Rs. 20 lakh have been released to the executing agencies for completing the project besides Rs. 78.78 lakh has also been released for additional residential quarters. The repair and renovation of Medical Officer’s and BMO quarters have also been completed, he added.

Mr. Sham further informed that a proposal for upgradation of existing infrastructure at CHC Mandi was taken up with the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare for approval. An amount of Rs. 50 lakhs have been approved during the current financial year but funds are yet to be released.

Calling Attention Notice

Job oriented new courses to be introduced in colleges soon: Lone 

            JAMMU – Minister for Higher Education, Mr. Mohammad Akbar Lone while replying to a Calling Attention Notice by Mr. Subash Chander Gupta informed the House that the subjects of Environmental Sciences and Geography have been already introduced in the Government Girdhari Lal Memorial Degree College, Hiranagar.

He further added that a Committee constituted in the Higher Education Department to consider the requirement of new/job oriented subjects introduction in Government Degree Colleges of the State has submitted its report. The Committee report is under consideration and new job oriented courses will be introduced after a final decision is taken on the recommendation of said Committee, he added.

The Minister said that presently as many as 16 subjects including Major subjects of Medical, Non-Medical, social sciences languages etc are being taught in the college.

Business in LC

Calling Attention Notice

Rs. 11.54 lakh disbursed among Kishtwar earthquake victims: Ajaz

25331 families provided free ration

            JAMMU – Minister of State for Revenue, Relief and Rehabilitation, Mr. Ajaz Ahmed Khan while replying to a Calling attention notice by Syed Asgar Ali regarding cash relief to earthquake sufferers of Kishtwar district said that Rs. 11.54 lakh has been disbursed among the victims against loss of life, injuries, damage to property and loss of live stock. He said beside this as many as 25331 families of Kishtwar, Bonjwah, Paddar, Marwah, Dachhan and Warwan have been provided free of cost ration for three months incurring cost of Rs. 2.07 crore.

The Minister further added that after initial assessment funds to the tune of Rs. 5.55 crore were released and placed at the disposal of Deputy Commissioner Kishtwar.  He said that the disbursement of relief as per norms would be made immediately after final re-verification reports from the committee constituted by the Deputy Commissioner for the purpose are received. He said that as per information majority of the Houses suffered partial damage and as per the SDRF norms the entitlement of relief for the partially damaged houses is Rs. 1900. In view of ceiling, most of the people are reluctant to accept the relief, he added.

A revised package for earthquake sufferers was submitted to the Union Government for reconsideration of ceiling of SDRF norms, however, the package was not agreed to.