Proceedings of Legislative Assembly on 24th Feb


Question Hour in LA

Construction of CHC, Trauma Center buildings at Basholi, Mahanpur completed: Sham

            JAMMU, FEBRUARY 24:  Minister for PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control, Mr. Sham Lal Sharma on behalf of Minister for Health today informed the House that construction work of Community Health Center (CHC) Basholi and Trauma Center (TC), Mahanpur buildings has been completed and these would be made functional soon.

            Replying to a question by Mr. Jagdish Raj Spolia, the Minister informed that presently the Trauma Center Mahanpur is functional in PHC Mahanpur as one unit for which 55 additional posts were sanctioned, adding the Trauma Center would be made functional soon in newly constructed building.


            The Minister said in this regard the requisite equipment has been provided to the hospital and work on doctors’ hostel is apace. He said the construction work on sub-health center Jandrota has been completed and possession is being taken over to operationalize this health institution, adding that the construction work on sub-health center Nagrota Pretha is at final stage and would be completed during this fiscal only.  

            The Minister said that health institutions in the area are functional with the existing manpower besides additional support under NRHM as per sanctioned strength.

            Mr. Harsh Dev Singh raised a supplementary question and demanded taking up of construction work on Trauma hospital on National Highway besides at identified sites in Ramnagar constituency.

Rs. 23.82 Cr projects formulated for comprehensive development of Eidgah Sgr: G. A. Mir

          Minister for Tourism, Mr. Ghulam Ahmed Mir today informed the House that for comprehensive development of historic Eidgah Srinagar, three detailed project reports worth Rs.23.82 crore have been formulated and mooted to Planning and Development Department for approval adding once the approval is received the work under different components for development of Eidgah would be taken up.

            Replying to a question by Peer Afaq Shah Ahmed, the Minister informed that the detailed project report of Rs. 11.56 crore mooted through Tourism Department for development of Eidgah is under consideration by the Planning and Development Department. He said the DPRs of Rs. 12.26 crore formulated by Housing and Urban Development and Floriculture Departments for development of park and construction of drainage system at Eidgah and its adjoining areas were submitted to Development Commissioner works for technical vetting of the estimates and would be soon mooted for funding.

            The Tourism Minister said that ornamental fencing, development of park, construction of lavatory block etc has been already completed in Eidgah at Rs. 1.37 crore under Central Financial Assistance Scheme adding that Rs. 1.50 crore utilized for earth link and relaying of turf, restoration of water body and installation of fountain besides electric works in Eidgah under State Plan during 2001-12.

            The Minister said the Government has also released Rs. 3 crore under special area development programme for development of Eidgah, Srinagar during last fiscal under which the balance work of earth filling of prayer ground, chain link fencing, construction of gate, grill, devri stone pillars besides construction of big gate at Eidgah are being executed through JKPCC, adding that Rs. 26.51 lakh have been also incurred on different works of Eidgah under CDF through Floriculture Department.

Rs. 2278 Cr expended on various road projects in State under PMGSY, NABARD: Wani

          Minister for R&B, Mr. Abdul Majid Wani informed the House that the funds to the tune of Rs. 2280.53 crore have been released under PMGSY and NABARD for construction of various road projects in the State during last three financial years adding that against which Rs. 2278.05 crore have been expended on construction of various road projects in the State during the said period.

            Replying to a question by Peerzada Mansoor Hussain, the Minister informed that Anantnag Simthan-Kishtwar road is being executed through BRO. adding that Rs. 22.84 crore have been released on RD Simthan to Donipawa road till date against which Rs. 2 crore have been utilized for works between Achabal to Donipawa road.

            He said the work on the existing alignment of Donipawa-Janglat Mandi for upgradation to National Highway Double lane specifications could not be executed due to the case being Sub Judice. He said as per the orders of High Court, a joint survey was carried out which recommended construction of Bypass from existing Kishtwar Simthan-Anantnag Janglat Mandi from RD km 155 to km 153.80. He said in this regard the joint verification for ascerting the actual area of forest, private land, permanent structures, trees and shifting of utilities involved in the said stretch is under progress. He said after joint verification and cost assessment fresh DPR for realigned portion between Doniwapa via Ashajipora to Janglat Mandi would be initiated by the BRO to MoRT&H for approval and sanctioned.

            Mr. Rafi Ahmed Mir, Mr. A. R Veeri, Er, Rashid, Hakim Mohammad Yasin, Mr, M. Y Tarigami, Mr. Ashok Kumar, Ms. Mehbooba Mufti, Advocate Abdul Haq and Mr. Lal Chand raised supplementaries and demanded time bound completion of ongoing road and bridge projects besides taking up of new projects under PMGSY and NABARD in their constituencies.

Upgradation of 13 roads prioritized in Udhampur city: Wani

            Minister for R&B, Mr. Abdul Majid Wani informed the House that 13 road projects having length of 20.80 km involving total cost of Rs. 12.75 crore were prioritized for improvement and upgradation in Udhampur city adding that release of funds for the purpose is under consideration of the Government.

            Replying to a question by Balwant Singh Mankotia, the Minister informed that the project for construction and extension of city roads for Udhampur town comprising 44 roads having length of about 64 km have been formulated at the total cost of Rs.39.18 crore. He said during the District Development Board meeting held on July 23rd, 2012, a decision was taken for improvement and upgradation of 13 roads identified under 1st priority.

            The Minister said that during last fiscal the construction and upgradation work of 3 road projects at the total cost of Rs. 10.31 crore including Thalora to Pinger Kougha, Jakani to lower Balli via Sharda Mata Temple and Mp/Upg of Mantali road from km 34 to km 37 in Udhampur of District were sanctioned under RIDF-XVIII during last financial year.

            The Minister said that the road project under PMGSY phase-X have already been submitted to the Centre for approval and construction work of these would be taken immediately after receiving the approval from the centre.

            The Minister said the DPRs for construction and upgradation work of Jib-Thathi and Krimchi-Kainthgali roads are under formulation and after their securitization by State Technical Advisory (STA) would be submitted to the Centre for approval.

            Mr. Harsh Dev Singh, Mr. Mushtaq Ahmed Shah and Mr. Krishan Chander Bhagat raised supplementaries and urged upgradation of road connectivity under different schemes in their constituencies. 

Rs. 157.37 Cr released to Tourism Development Authorities: G. A. Mir

Rs. 3.72 Cr expended for tourism development in Samba, Ramnagar

          Minister for Tourism, Mr. Ghulam Ahmed Mir today informed the House that the Government has released Rs. 157.37 crore to 20 Development Authorities for development of tourist related infrastructure in the State during last two fiscals under State and Central Plans.

            Replying to a question by Mr. Yashpaul Kundal, the Tourism Minister said that Rs. 1.05 crore has been expended on various tourism related works in Samba Constituency through Surinsar-Mansar Development Authority  during last fiscal and upto January of current financial year.

            The Minister said that Rs. 1.74 crore were utilized on various tourism works by Surinsar-Mansar Development Authority during the said period   in Ramnagar constituency. He said Rs. 92.90 lakh were also expended on various tourist related works through Patnitop Development Authority (PDA) during said period under State and Central Plans in the constituency adding that Rs. 47.20 lakh are being utilized in Ramnagar constituency for development of tourism during current financial year through PDA.

            The Tourism Minister said that the tenders for installation of high mast lights at potential spots in Ramnagar constituency have been floated and estimates for construction of viewpoints is being prepared.

Opening of sheep extension center at Takenwari Pora under consideration: Gurezi

            Minister of State for Animal and Sheep Husbandry, Mr. Nazir Ahmed Gurezi today informed the House that Sheep Husbandry Department has formulated a proposal for opening of a Sheep Extension Center at Takenwari Pora in Srinagar district.

            Replying to a question of Mr. Irfan Shah raised by Peer Afaq in the House, the Minister said that the said proposal is under the active consideration of the Government and as and when the approval is received the sheep extension center would be opened at Takenwari Pora.

            Mr. Ashok Kumar raised supplementary on the question and demanded establishment of Sheep extension centers in Ramban.    

Calling Attention Notice

Govt. contemplates to handover Jherry- Kherry road to BRO: Saifullah

            JAMMU :  Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs, Mir Saifullah today informed the Legislative Assembly that Jherry-Kherry road having length of 10 kms has been taken up from Raipur Chowk on Janipur- Ambgrota road which culminates at Jagti, Nagrota. At present, the road from Raipur Chowk to Raipur Talab having a length of 1.5 km has a smooth riding surface and rest of the road from Raipur Talab to Jagti has a damaged surface. The improvement of this road was taken up under District Plan some years back and Rs. 16.60 lakh have been spent so far.

            Mir Saifullah was replying to a Calling Attention Notice of Bharat Bushan on behalf of Minister for R&B.  

            The Minister further said that there is also a proposal to handover the Jherry–Kherry road (alternate to Chenab Bridge) to BRO, which is under consideration of the Department. Notwithstanding the proposal for transfer of this road to BRO, he said. The department has taken up emergent nature of work like laying of pre-mix patches on some stretches of road constructions of drains, culverts etc in recent years for the smooth movement of traffic, he added. 

Calling Attention Notice

Rs. 10.3 crore for strengthening power infrastructure in Phalgam constituency: Saifullah

            JAMMU, FEBRUARY 24:  Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs, Mir Saifullah today informed to the Legislative Assembly that Government has earmarked Rs. 10 crore for the improvement of existing HT/LT network in Kashmir Valley for the current fiscal, out of which Rs. 5 crore stand released. He said seven Villages/ Mohalla has in Phalgam constituency are being covered under the said programme during the current year.

            However to improve the overall power scenario in Phalgam constituency the Minister said that Government has formulated a proposal amounting to Rs. 10.3 crore for strengthening the overall infrastructure of power in Phalgam constituency for which Rs. 55.78 lakh stand released till date.

            The Minister was replying to a Calling Attention Notice of Rafi Ahmed Mir in Legislative Assembly.  


Calling Attention Notice

87711 quintals of food grains provided to Darhal constituency during 2013-14: Saifullah

            JAMMU :  Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs, Mir Saifullah, today on behalf of Minister for CA&PD informed the Legislative Assembly that the CA&PD Department has distributed 81694 quintals of food grains in the Darhal constituency among the 23341 registered families during 2013-14 as per the 2001 census. These included APL/BPL and AAY categories of families.

            The Minister was replying to a Calling Attention Notice of Ch. Zulfikar Ali in Legislative Assembly. 

            In addition the Department also provided 6017 quantals of additional quota of ration for the 2149 uncovered BPL families w.e.f April, 2013 to November 2013 in Darhal constituency; therefore. There was no shortage of foodgrains for the Darhal constituency.

            The Minister, however, maintained that the demand of the ration has increased as per the population of 2011 Census. But, the fresh census has not been taken into consideration by the Central Government yet and supply is being made as per the 2001 figures, he added.

Calling Attention Notice

43 WSS under execution in Bandipora: Sham

            JAMMU :  Minister for PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control, Mr. Sham Lal Sharma today told the Legislative Assembly that  43 Water Supply Schemes (WSS) are under execution in Bandipora Constituency, out of which 16 are likely to be completed during the current financial year. With the completions of these schemes, the overall drinking water scenario in the area particularly in the Kandi belt shall improve considerably, said the Minister.

            The Minister further informed that DRPs for seven more schemes in left out areas have been prepared under NRDWP. These schemes shall be put before the State Level Scheme Sanctioning Committee (SLSSC) for accord of approval after completion of all formalities, said the Minister.

            The Minister was replying to a Calling Attention Notice of Mr. Nizam-ud-Din Bhat in Legislative Assembly.


Calling Attention Notice

393 land acquisition cases under process in Bhaderwah Constituency: Ajaz

            JAMMU : Minister of State for Revenue, Mr. Ajaz Ahmed Khan today informed the Legislative Assembly that in Bhaderwah Constituency 393 land acquisition cases are under process with the Bhaderwah and Gandoh collectors, out of which the final awards have been issued in 271 cases.

            Replying to a calling attention notice by Mr. Mohammad Sharief Naiz, the Minister said that in 31 land acquisition cases, draft awards are under preparation and 91 cases are at different stages of land acquisition proceedings. The payment of land compensation is also being made simultaneously to the land owners subject to the availability of funds, he said. An amount of Rs. 27.79 crore as final award in respect of cases of Bhaderwah Constituency is awaited from the intending departments, he added.

            Besides, he said an amount of Rs. 4.56 crore is required in respect of those land acquisition cases where the acquisition proceedings are at the final stage and the final awards are pending for want of funds from the PWD (R&B) Department.    

Two Pvt. Members Resolution discussed, withdrawn
JAMMU : Two Private Members Resolutions were discussed in the Legislative Assembly today.
A Resolution to demolish all unauthorized constructions from tourist places of Gulmarg, Pahalgam and Sonamarg including unauthorized construction on roads leading to above tourist places was moved by Mr. Rafi Ahmad Mir and the amendments moved thereto by Mr. Nizzam-ud-Din Bhat, Choudhary Zulfkar Ali and Mr. Abdul Haq Khan
Mr. Rafi Ahmed Mir while justifying the Resolution stated that the matter relates to the utmost importance of environment and to conserve the prestine glory of world famous tourist resorts, the resolution is mandatory. He sought the support of entire House to adopt the Resolution.
The Members who moved their amendments also supported the Resolution in view of curbing the large scale violations of constructions taken place around the tourist destinations across the State.
Mr. M. Y Tarigami while supporting the Resolution said that the House should adopt the Resolution to curb the illegal construction in and around the tourist resorts. He said the guidelines of Master Plans are violated at various tourist Resorts which has spoiled the natural beauty of the resorts which is thronged by tourists from different parts of the globe.
Minister for Tourism Mr. G. A. Mir while opposing the Resolution said that there are sufficient provisions of law to deal with the illegal and unauthorized constructions and Government is committed to ensure the implementation of the law. As such the State would take all possible steps to ensure that illegal constructions at tourist places of Gulmarg, Pahalgam and Sonamarg including un-authorized constructions of the roads leading to these destinations are dealt with strictly according to the provisions of the law. In fact, the said Resolution may cause interference in the execution of the relevant provisions of the statutes and also with the process of adjudication going on before the High Court. In view of the above the Minister urged the member to withdraw the Resolution.
On the satisfactory reply from the Minister the mover and the members withdrew the resolution and the amendments thereto, which the Speaker allowed to do so.
Another Resolution that Government should enhance monthly financial assistance to old aged, widows and disabled persons under Social Welfare Schemes” was moved by Mr. M. Y. Tarigami.
Syed Bashir Ahmed, Ch. Zulfikar Ali and Advocate Abdul Haq Khan moved amendments to the Resolution.
In the brief discussion Mr. Tarigami while justifying the need for the Resolution said that in view of price rise of essential commodities, the Government should come to the rescue of widows, old age people and disabled persons and enhance the existing financial assistance under various social welfare schemes. He said it is prime duty of the Government to ensure social security of under privileged so that they also live a dignified life. He appealed the members of different parties to rise above the political lines and support the cause of under privileged section of the society.
16 Members including Ch. Zulfakar Ali, Advocate Abdul Haq, Mr. Jugal Kishore, Mr. Ashok Kumar, Mr. Javid Ahmad Dar, Mr. Ashwani Kumar Sharma, Mr. G. M. Saroori, Engineer Abdul Rashid, Mrs. Shamima Firdous, Mr. Mohammad Sharief Niaz, Prof. Gharu Ram Bhagat, Mr. Krishen Chander Bhagat, Syed Bashir Ahmad, Mr. Aijaz Ahmad Jan, Mr. Harsh Dev Singh and Mr. Abdul Gani Malik spoke on the Resolution.
While opposing the Resolution, the Minister for Higher Education, Mr. Mohammad Akbar Lone on behalf of Minister for Social Welfare said that Government has taken several steps for the welfare of the under privileged people and are being provided financial assistance as per the available resources with the Government. Besides the Government has also launched various schemes for the welfare of widows, disabled people and they are availing the benefits of such schemes. He said the demand of enhancement of financial assistance to various categories is considered by the Government from time to time, but in view of the financial resources of its own it is not possible at this stage.
He, however, assured the House that the Government will constitute a committee which will look into the demand of enhancement of assistance to disabled persons, old age people and widows and give its recommendations to the House.
The said Report will be presented in the House in the next session. Mr. Lone urged the member to withdraw the resolution.
Later, the member withdrew the Resolution and amendments which the speaker allowed.