Proceedings of Legislative Assembly on 25th of Feb

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Assembly-2014

Question Hour in LA

Four Regional workshops to be opened in Kashmir: Vikar

15 transformers proposed for upgradation in Sangrama Constituency

          JAMMU : Minister of State for Power, Mr. Vikar Rasool today informed the House that the Government would establish four Regional Electric Workshops at Anantnag, Baramulla, Ganderbal and Pulwama to ensure buffer stock of transformers besides repairs of damaged transformers in North and South Kashmir.

Replying to a question by Syed Basharat Bukhari, the Minister said that in this regard a detailed project for Rs. 6.22 crore has been framed and Rs. 1.01 crore have been earmarked for procurement of buffer stock of transformers for these proposed workshops.

Mr. Vikar said that in order to ease out the work load on divisional workshops and to ensure that transformers damaged at various places are replaced without too much delay, central transformer bank at Pampore has been effectively issuing transformers as replacement of damaged transformers. He said six transformers of different capacity have been issued to Sangrama Constituency out of buffer stock through Central workshop Pampore.

The Minister said that Government has taken several reformative measures to reduce distribution and transmission loss of power by strengthening power infrastructure besides augmentation of receiving stations under flagship programme of RGGVY across the State. He said the leftover villages and hamlets would be provided electricity under RGGVY-II, adding that in this regard a comprehensive project has been already submitted to the Centre for sanction.

The Minister said that the Department has proposed augmentation of 15 transformers at Geewgarian Sherpora, Doulatpora, Putkha, Mangam, Chotipora Hygam, Zarger Mohalla Krankshiva, Panzipora, Poshbagh Amargrah, Dar Mohalla Amarpora, Mongloora, Badibugh, Tarahama, Heing, Sulinda and Wahigund  from 6.3 MVA to 10 MVA in Sangrama Constituency to cater to future load, adding that the project report of Rs. 52.30 lakh has been cleared by the Technical Expert Committee (TEC).

Mr. Vikar said that rates of power tariff are charged strictly from various categories of consumers as specified in the latest tariff order issued by SERC.

Mr. Ashok Kumar, Mr. Javed Ahmed Dar, Mr. Mohammad Sharief Niaz, Mr. Jugal Kishore, Mr. Harsh Dev Singh, Peerzada Mansoor and Nizam-ud-Din Bhat raised supplementaries to the main question. They urged for immediate repairs, upgradation of damaged transformers besides assuring electricity facility to uncovered villages of hamlets of their constituencies.

Rs. 1557 Cr required for establishment of new administrative units: Ajaz

          Minister of State for Revenue, Relief and Rehabilitation, Mr. Ajaz Ahmed Khan today informed the House that nearly Rs. 1557 crore would be required annually for creation of requisite infrastructure for new administrative units in the State, adding that Government would strive ensure to arrange adequate funds for the purpose. He said the Government has already ordered to constitute an expert committee to look into the demands for creation of more administrative units in left out areas of the State.

Replying to a clubbed question by Mr. G. M. Saroori, Mr. Jagdish Raj Spolia and Mr. Yashpual Kundal today in the House, the Revenue Minister said while recommending creation of new administrative units, both the Mushtaq Ganai Committee as well as Cabinet Sub Committee have taken in consideration the topography, terrain, accessibility, distance and population density while doing so. He said the recommendations made by the said committees have already been sent to the respective Deputy Commissioners for determining the Geographical boundaries of the newly proposed units.

The Minister said that the Cabinet Sub Committee has recommended the adoption of the recommendations made by the Mushtaq Ganai Committee and has also proposed additional units, which include sub division for Ramnagar, Tehsil status for Dudu-Basantgarh, Niabats for Ghordi and Kulwanta and CD blocks for Sumb, Khoon, Chanunta and Parly Dhar HQ at Rang. He said, however, no decision has so far been taken for granting Tehsil status to Purmandal, because Bari Brahmna has already been proposed by the Cabinet Sub- Committees, as a Tehsil, which falls in the same location.

The Minister said that creation of any new district was not within the mandate of either of the committees constituted for the purpose. He said the committee has already recommended Tehsil status to Mahanpur, adding that recommendations made by the Cabinet Sub Committee have been approved by the State Cabinet.

Mr. Ashok Kumar, Mr. A. R. Veeri, Mr. M. Y Tarigami, Syed Bashir Ahmed, Peerzada Mansoor, S. Rafiq Hussain Khan, Hakim Mohammad Yasin, Mr. Ashwani Sharma, Mr. Nizam-ud-Din Bhat, Advocate Abdul Haq, Mr. Balwant Singh Mankotia and Mr Aijaz Ahmed Jan raised supplementaries and demanded creation of administrative units in left over uncovered areas of their constituencies.

In reply to another question by Hakim Mohammad Yasin, the Minister informed that there has been loss to crops due to drought in District Budgam during current financial year.

One village in all constituencies sanctioned as Model Village: Sagar

          Minister for Rural Development and Panchayats, Mr. Ali Mohammad Sagar today informed the House that one village of each constituency has been sanctioned for development as Model Village under convergence Mode, adding that village Nanadpur Malikpur in R. S Pura constituency has been approved for development as  Model Village during current year.

Replying to question by Prof Gharu Ram Bhagat, the Minister said that the project report for development of village Salehar as model village under BADP stands already submitted to the Center for approval. He said the project report of village Chohala for development of Model village under BADP has been also prepared by the Department and submitted to District Development Commissioner Jammu for further necessary action.

3057 candidates appointed in Police Deptt through Special Recruitment Drives: Kichloo

          Minister of State for Home, Mr. Sajjad Ahmed Kichloo today informed the House that 3057 candidates have been appointed during the Special Recruitment Drives conducted in the Police department from 2008 to 2013 in the State.

Replying to a clubbed question by Mr. Abdul Haq Khan, Mr. T. Namgyal, Mr. Suknandhan Kumar and Mr. Sham Lal Choudhary, the Minister informed that special recruitment drives are conducted by the Police Department pursuant to the Cabinet decision with a view to giving representation to the eligible candidates in the areas which are relatively underrepresented in the Police Department. He said such drives in other eligible areas would be conducted at an appropriate time.

The Minister informed that a proposal for enhancement of the honorarium of SPOs from the exiting Rs. 3000 to Rs. 5000 per month has been submitted to Union Ministry of Home Affairs for concurrence, which is awaited. He said the matter is being pursued vigorously with the Centre for favorable consideration.

 

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Calling Attention Notice

 

DPRs for four Kupwara water supply schemes prepared, two in process: Saifullah

 

            JAMMU : Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, Mir Saifullah today informed the House that the DPRs for Water Supply Schemes at Kanthpora Doniwari, Gangbugh and Dorusa stand prepared for a cumulative amount of Rs. 8.62 crore, besides the DPRs for WSS Cherkote and Kuligam are under process.

 

            Replying to a Calling Attention Notice by Mr. Abdul Haq Khan, the Minister said that the tube wells for all these schemes have been explored and are capped. The schemes for these tube wells have been approved by the State Level Scheme Sanctioning Committee in its meeting held on November 27, 2013.

 

 

 

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Rs. 5.23 crore spent on CHC Beerwah: Saifullah

 

            JAMMU : Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, Mir Saifullah today informed the Legislative Assembly that the hospital building for Community Health Centre (CHC) at Beerwah, Budgam has been completed at a cost of Rs. 5.23 crore and is ready for inauguration. In order to make the CHC building Beerwah operational, a separate electric sub-station and water supply connection is required, for which the estimates are being obtained from the Deputy Commissioner, Budgam so that the Department will explore the possibility of arranging funds required for the purpose to make the CHC building functional, said the Minister.

 

            The Minister was replying to a calling attention notice of Dr. Shafi Ahmed Wani in the House.

 

 

 

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Land mine victims are provided compensation by GOI: Saifullah

 

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            JAMMU : Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, Mir Saifullah today informed the Legislative Assembly that one person namely Mangat Ram S/o Bishan Dass R/o Ranjitpur (Nandpur) Tehsil Bishnah died and six persons were injured due to mine blast in Bishnah Constituency.

 

            The Minister was replying to a Calling Attention notice of Mr. Ashwani Sharma in the Legislative Assembly, he said that the land mine causalities are not covered under the existing ex-gratia compensation and these victims are covered under the guidelines/schemes of the Ministry of Defense.

 

            Under the said scheme, the Minister said, the case of the land mine causalities are processed by the concerned District Collector (Deputy Commissioner) and then forwarded to the State Government which who in turn forward the same to the nearest sub-Area commander with recommendations to make the payment of compensation. However, an ex-gratia relief @Rs. 5000/- has been paid by the State Government to each of the six injured persons of Bishnah Constituency through Tehsildar concerned. The case of deceased Mangat Ram was referred to the GOC in C Headquarter, Western Command c/o 56 APO for grant of ex-gratia relief as per guidelines issued by Ministry of Defense, said the Minister.

 

 

 

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Calling Attention Notice

 

Rs. 3.26 cr project report formulated for upgradation of Jib Thatri road: Saifullah

 

Steps to be taken soon for upgradation of Kuh Barta road

 

            JAMMU : Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, Mir Saifullah today informed the Legislative Assembly that a project report of Rs. 3.26 crore has been formulated for improvement and upgradation of Jib Thathi road, adding that the work could not be take up due to paucity of funds. However, he said, the road is being maintained out of maintenance grants as per availability of funds.

 

            Replying to a Calling Attention notice by Mr. Balwant Singh Mankotia, the Minister said that the said road is also covered under Comprehensive Upgradation Priority list of PMGSY under the Garhi to Gatiyal Morh project. He said the DPR of the road is under preparation and would be vetted by the State Technical Authority for submission to Union Ministry of Rural Development for approval.

 

            The Minister informed that appropriate steps would be taken soon for upgradation of 3.70 km Kuh Barta road. He said at present vehicles are plying on the road and it is being maintained out of maintenance grants.

 

 

 

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Calling Attention Notice

 

Measures taken to ensure quality supply of fertilizers, insecticides pesticides to fruit growers: Mir

 

Outbreak of Alternaria/leaf blotch due to avoiding fungicides spray

 

            JAMMU: Minister for Agriculture, Mr. Ghulam Hassan Mir informed the House that high level committee of experts constituted to ascertain the actual cause of heavy losses to fruit growers in the Valley due to outbreak of Alternaria/leaf blotch, especially in district Shopian and Kulgam has opined that most of the apple orchardists avoided spray of fungicides during the month of July to first week of August. He said as per the opinion of the experts in mid August, with increased relative humidity.

 

            Replying to a calling attention notice by Syed Basharat Bukhari regarding heavy losses to fruit growers due to supply of spurious pesticides, the Minister said that expert scientists in their opinion also said that since the spore of the disease germinates within six hours incubation period of 2-3 days, sudden appearance of symptoms of the diseases of the leaves starting appearing particularly in the plains and low lying areas of the Valley. He said the orchardists who had kept their orchard un protected for more than 25 to 30 days prior to the prevalence of rainy weather at comparatively suffer the most.

 

            The Minister said that quality and availability of recommended pesticides in the market was also a matter of concern. He said it was found that the range of effective fungicides (triozoles) was narrowed down leaving a limited choice with the farmers for control of the disease. He said the fungicides penconazole 10 EC, triadimefon 25 WP, fenarimol 12 EC etc were remained out of stock, adding that it was found that selection of the pesticides is frequently based on the recommendation of dealers; thereby appropriate control measures for a particular problem are not completely ensured. He said that the extent of the disease was low in most of the orchards that received pesticides as per the spray schedule recommended by SKUAST Kashmir.

 

            The Minister informed that based on the preliminary assessment about 10 -12 % orchards were found effected and extent of damage to alarming situation causing leaf fall was to the tune of 70-80% in some cases. He said the situation induced fruit drop resulting into poor quality during the last phase of development.

 

            The Minister said that extent of damage, in terms of fruit tonnage would have to be assessed and appropriate interventions adopted to compensate the losses.

 

            The Minister said to curb the menace of supply the sub-standard pesticides and Insecticides to the farmers in the State, test report of notified pesticides testing laboratories depicting percentage of technical grade material being imported are sent along with every consignment and produced for inspection at dealers / retailers premises, besides random samples are drawn by inspector at dealers/ retailers premises and action taken against defaulters who do who not meet adequate standards as per insecticides Act, 1968.

 

            Mr. Mir said the government took several initiatives including by calling manufactures of the country connected with the supply of pesticides to the State to develop strategies for ensuring supply of quality pesticides to the fruit growers. He said role of Agriculture University was also reviewed to meet the requirement of the farming community.

 

            The Minister said that 10496 samples of chemical fertilizers, insecticides and pesticides has been lifted by the department during last 3 years and upto December current fiscal in the State, among which 283 samples found non-standard, he said necessary action have been taken against the defaulters by imposing of fine, cancelation of license and lodging of FIRs.

 

 

 

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Business in LA

 

House grants time for presentation of various HC Reports

 

            JAMMU : The Legislative Assembly today gave its nod for the extension of time to present various House Committee Reports in the House in the next session.

 

            The Reports for which the extension was granted included, Select Committee Report on J&K Prohibition of Conversion of Agriculture Land for non-Agriculture Purposes Bill, 2011, the Report of the Select Committee on the Jammu and Kashmir Private Security Agencies ( Regulation) Bill 2013( LA Bill NO. 11 of 2013) and the Report of the House Committee regarding ascertaining the factual position of illegal encroachment of wet lands for its conversion for residential purposes in Srinagar, Baramulla and Bandipora districts, conversion of agriculture and Kahccharai land for residential and commercial purpose with particular reference to Shalteng and its adjoing areas.

 

            In this regard, the separate motions were moved by Minister of State for Revenue& Relief, Ajaz Ahmed Khan, Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs, Mr. Saifullah and Hakeem Mohammad Yaseen being Chairmen of Committees.

 

Business in LA

 

Seven reports of different Committees presented

 

            JAMMU : As many as seven Reports of different House Committees were presented in the Legislative Assembly today.

 

            Mr. Mohammad Sharief Niaz presented 46th Report of the Committee on Public Undertakings.

 

            Dr. Mustafa Kamal presented 44th Report on the Committee on Estimates.

 

            Mr. Mohammad Yasin Shah presented 19th Report of the Committee on Government Assurances, being Chairman of the Committee.

 

            Mr. Abdul Haq Khan presented 3rd Report of the Committee on Subordinate Legislation of the Legislative Assembly.

 

            Mr. Mohammad Irfan Shah presented 3rd Report of the Committee on privileges of the 11th Legislative Assembly.

 

            Mr. Ashok Kumar presented 4th Report of the Committee on Petitions of the 11 Legislative Assembly.

 

            Mr. Aijaz Ahmed Jan presented 5th Report of the Ethics Committee of the 11th Assembly.

Business in LA

Taj introduces Paramedical Council Bill in the House

            JAMMU – Minister for Medical Education, Youth Services and Sports, Mr. Taj Mohi-ud-Din today introduced a Bill to provide for Establishment of Paramedical Council in the State and to regulate the practice by Paramedical practitioners and institutions in the State (L.A. Bill No. 7 of 2014).

            The Bill provides for establishing a Paramedical Technicians Council for fixing the minimum educational standards of Paramedical Technicians and for giving approval to the courses of study and examinations and for granting approval to the institutions conducting such courses and for maintaining a register of Paramedical Technicians in the State.

            The Bill would replace the Jammu and Kashmir Paramedical Council Ordinance 2013.

Assembly-2014

Question Hour in LA

Four Regional workshops to be opened in Kashmir: Vikar

15 transformers proposed for upgradation in Sangrama Constituency

          JAMMU, FEBRUARY 25: Minister of State for Power, Mr. Vikar Rasool today informed the House that the Government would establish four Regional Electric Workshops at Anantnag, Baramulla, Ganderbal and Pulwama to ensure buffer stock of transformers besides repairs of damaged transformers in North and South Kashmir.

          Replying to a question by Syed Basharat Bukhari, the Minister said that in this regard a detailed project for Rs. 6.22 crore has been framed and Rs. 1.01 crore have been earmarked for procurement of buffer stock of transformers for these proposed workshops.

          Mr. Vikar said that in order to ease out the work load on divisional workshops and to ensure that transformers damaged at various places are replaced without too much delay, central transformer bank at Pampore has been effectively issuing transformers as replacement of damaged transformers. He said six transformers of different capacity have been issued to Sangrama Constituency out of buffer stock through Central workshop Pampore.

          The Minister said that Government has taken several reformative measures to reduce distribution and transmission loss of power by strengthening power infrastructure besides augmentation of receiving stations under flagship programme of RGGVY across the State. He said the leftover villages and hamlets would be provided electricity under RGGVY-II, adding that in this regard a comprehensive project has been already submitted to the Centre for sanction.

          The Minister said that the Department has proposed augmentation of 15 transformers at Geewgarian Sherpora, Doulatpora, Putkha, Mangam, Chotipora Hygam, Zarger Mohalla Krankshiva, Panzipora, Poshbagh Amargrah, Dar Mohalla Amarpora, Mongloora, Badibugh, Tarahama, Heing, Sulinda and Wahigund  from 6.3 MVA to 10 MVA in Sangrama Constituency to cater to future load, adding that the project report of Rs. 52.30 lakh has been cleared by the Technical Expert Committee (TEC).

          Mr. Vikar said that rates of power tariff are charged strictly from various categories of consumers as specified in the latest tariff order issued by SERC.

          Mr. Ashok Kumar, Mr. Javed Ahmed Dar, Mr. Mohammad Sharief Niaz, Mr. Jugal Kishore, Mr. Harsh Dev Singh, Peerzada Mansoor and Nizam-ud-Din Bhat raised supplementaries to the main question. They urged for immediate repairs, upgradation of damaged transformers besides assuring electricity facility to uncovered villages of hamlets of their constituencies.

Rs. 1557 Cr required for establishment of new administrative units: Ajaz

          Minister of State for Revenue, Relief and Rehabilitation, Mr. Ajaz Ahmed Khan today informed the House that nearly Rs. 1557 crore would be required annually for creation of requisite infrastructure for new administrative units in the State, adding that Government would strive ensure to arrange adequate funds for the purpose. He said the Government has already ordered to constitute an expert committee to look into the demands for creation of more administrative units in left out areas of the State.

          Replying to a clubbed question by Mr. G. M. Saroori, Mr. Jagdish Raj Spolia and Mr. Yashpual Kundal today in the House, the Revenue Minister said while recommending creation of new administrative units, both the Mushtaq Ganai Committee as well as Cabinet Sub Committee have taken in consideration the topography, terrain, accessibility, distance and population density while doing so. He said the recommendations made by the said committees have already been sent to the respective Deputy Commissioners for determining the Geographical boundaries of the newly proposed units.

          The Minister said that the Cabinet Sub Committee has recommended the adoption of the recommendations made by the Mushtaq Ganai Committee and has also proposed additional units, which include sub division for Ramnagar, Tehsil status for Dudu-Basantgarh, Niabats for Ghordi and Kulwanta and CD blocks for Sumb, Khoon, Chanunta and Parly Dhar HQ at Rang. He said, however, no decision has so far been taken for granting Tehsil status to Purmandal, because Bari Brahmna has already been proposed by the Cabinet Sub- Committees, as a Tehsil, which falls in the same location.

          The Minister said that creation of any new district was not within the mandate of either of the committees constituted for the purpose. He said the committee has already recommended Tehsil status to Mahanpur, adding that recommendations made by the Cabinet Sub Committee have been approved by the State Cabinet.

          Mr. Ashok Kumar, Mr. A. R. Veeri, Mr. M. Y Tarigami, Syed Bashir Ahmed, Peerzada Mansoor, S. Rafiq Hussain Khan, Hakim Mohammad Yasin, Mr. Ashwani Sharma, Mr. Nizam-ud-Din Bhat, Advocate Abdul Haq, Mr. Balwant Singh Mankotia and Mr Aijaz Ahmed Jan raised supplementaries and demanded creation of administrative units in left over uncovered areas of their constituencies.

          In reply to another question by Hakim Mohammad Yasin, the Minister informed that there has been loss to crops due to drought in District Budgam during current financial year. 

One village in all constituencies sanctioned as Model Village: Sagar

          Minister for Rural Development and Panchayats, Mr. Ali Mohammad Sagar today informed the House that one village of each constituency has been sanctioned for development as Model Village under convergence Mode, adding that village Nanadpur Malikpur in R. S Pura constituency has been approved for development as  Model Village during current year.

          Replying to question by Prof Gharu Ram Bhagat, the Minister said that the project report for development of village Salehar as model village under BADP stands already submitted to the Center for approval. He said the project report of village Chohala for development of Model village under BADP has been also prepared by the Department and submitted to District Development Commissioner Jammu for further necessary action.

3057 candidates appointed in Police Deptt through Special Recruitment Drives: Kichloo

          Minister of State for Home, Mr. Sajjad Ahmed Kichloo today informed the House that 3057 candidates have been appointed during the Special Recruitment Drives conducted in the Police department from 2008 to 2013 in the State.

          Replying to a clubbed question by Mr. Abdul Haq Khan, Mr. T. Namgyal, Mr. Suknandhan Kumar and Mr. Sham Lal Choudhary, the Minister informed that special recruitment drives are conducted by the Police Department pursuant to the Cabinet decision with a view to giving representation to the eligible candidates in the areas which are relatively underrepresented in the Police Department. He said such drives in other eligible areas would be conducted at an appropriate time.   

          The Minister informed that a proposal for enhancement of the honorarium of SPOs from the exiting Rs. 3000 to Rs. 5000 per month has been submitted to Union Ministry of Home Affairs for concurrence, which is awaited. He said the matter is being pursued vigorously with the Centre for favorable consideration.