Proceedings in Legislative Assembly on 26 Feb 2014

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Rs.3.20 cr flood protection works at Utter Behni-Brotta in progress: Sham
JAMMU, FEBRUARY 26: Minister for PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control, Mr. Sham Lal Sharma today informed the House that the restoration works of protection bunds on both sides of River Devak have been completed under SDRF.
Replying to a question by Mr. S. S. Slathia, the Minister said that however, the construction on flood protection works on both banks of river Devak from Utter Behni to Village Brotta is in progress at a cost of Rs. 3.20 crore under State sector. He said Rs. 25 lakh were expended during last fiscal on this project while as Rs. 15 lakh are being expended this financial year on the project.
Responding to the supplementaries raised by various members, the PHE Minister informed that a policy would be framed for settlement of casual labour engaged in PHE Department from time to time under different categories including ITI trainees.
Mr. A. R. Veeri raised supplementary on the question
 

212780 annual statements issued, 85000 in progress: Sadhotra
Minister for Labour and Employment, Mr. Ajay Sadhotra today informed the House that Government has taken several measures to complete the backlog of annual account statements of the employees working under Private Sector, PSUs and Autonomous Bodies in the State, adding that during last six months 212780 annual Account Statements have been issued and 85000 such accounts are in progress.
Replying to a question by Mr. M. Y Tarigami, the Minister informed that records are being computerized, adding that the work load in the organization has increased day by day and staff positions reduced because of continuous retirements.
The Minister said that efforts are being made to fill up the vacant post in the organization. He said out of 78 vacant posts of different categories 14 post have already been referred to Services Selection Board.
The Minister informed that to ensure the services to the employees at their door steps, the Government has established 12 district offices in different districts and providing of online facilities to the district offices is also in pipeline. He said a proposal for creation of new posts in the organization is being also placed before the board of trustees.
The Minister informed that from 2006-07, the interest on the deposit of provident fund is being paid @ of 8%. He said, however, a proposal for revising the rate of interest is under consideration.
Mr. Ashok Kumar raised supplementary on the question.

Parts of Ladakh region declared as Wildlife Sanctuary: Mian Altaf 
No need of permission for construction of residential houses
Minister for Forests and Environments Mian Altaf Ahmed today informed the House that some parts of Ladakh region have been declared as wild life Sanctuary. He said, however, the inhabitants of the region are not required to seek the permission for construction of their residential houses from the wild life department.
Replying to a question by Mr. T. Namgyal, the Minister said that the reports of conflict between human and domestic/wild animals are frequently received from region, adding that to tackle these conflicts wild life stewards for watch and ward in conflict prone areas have been engaged. He said the Wild Life Department is also providing predator proof community coral pans for the safety of livestock.
Mr. Balwant Singh Mankotia, Mr. Abdul Gani Malik, Mr. Yashpual Kundal, Mr. A. R. Veeri and Mr. Ashok Khajuria raised supplementaries on the question.

Rs. 19900 cr allocated under State Plan during last three years: Sadhotra
Additional funds of Rs. 2.39 cr released to Rajouri distt during last 2 fiscals
Minister for Labour Employment, Mr. Ajay Sadhotra today informed the House that Rs. 19900 crore have been allocated to various sectors under State Plan during last three financial years in the State.
Replying to a question by Ch. Zulfikar Ali, the Minister informed that, Rs. 6000 crore was allocated during the 2010-11, Rs. 6600 crore during 2011-12 and Rs. 7300 crore during 2012-13 to various sectors under the State Plan. He said the State sector funds are allocated sector wise and not district or constituency wise as the benefits of the investments of the State sector funds are not confined to a particular district but are available to the State as a whole.
The Minister informed that an additional fund to the tune of Rs. 2.39 crore was released during last two financial years to district Rajouri under district sector. He said Rs. 5.16 crore was also released under Bad Pocket Initiative to the district during last three financial years for different development works.
The Minister informed that as many as 149 decisions were taken in DDBs meeting of Rajouri since 2009-10, against which 88 decisions have been implemented and 61 are under implementation.

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JAMMU, FEBRUARY 26: Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, Mir Saifullah today presented the Report of Select Committee on the Bill  regarding management, protection, administration and governance of Kashmiri Hindu Shrines and Religious places in the State.
11 Pvt. Members’ Bills moved in LA; 6 introduced, 3 rejected, 2 withdrawn
JAMMU, FEBRUARY 26: As many as 11 Private Members’ Bills were moved in the House. Out of these, 6 were allowed to introduce, 3 rejected and 2 withdrawn.
The Bills which were allowed to introduce included “The Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir (Amendment) Bill, 2012 (L.A Private Members’ Bill No. 12 of 2012)”.  The Bill was moved Mr. Harsh Dev Singh.
L.A Private Members’ Bill No.34 of 2012 to amend the Jammu and Kashmir Land Revenue Act, 1996 (1939 A.D)” moved by Mr. Nizam-ud-Din Bhat.
L.A Private Member Bill No.7 of 2013 to amend the Code of Criminal Procedure, Samvat 1989 (1922 A.D) was moved by Mr. Abdul Haq Khan.
L.A Private Member Bill No.11 of 2013 to provide for establishment of Autonomous Hill Development Councils of Rajouri-Poonch Districts was moved Ch. Zulfikar Ali.
L.A Private Members’ Bill No.13 of 2013 The Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir (Amendment) Bill, 2013 was moved Mr. Nizam-ud-Din Bhat.
L.A Private Members’ Bill No.12 of 2013, “The Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir (Amendment) Bill, 2013 was moved by Ch. Zulfikar Ali on behalf of Mr. M. Y Tarigami.
The Bills which were rejected by the House with voice vote included, L.A Private Members’ Bill No. 14 of 2012  “The Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir (Amendment) Bill, 2012” of Prof. Chaman Lal Gupta.
L.A Private Members’ Bill No.22 of 2012 “The Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir (Amendment) Bill, 2012’’ moved by Mr. Jugal Kishore.
L.A Private Members’ Bill No.9 of 2013  “The Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir (Amendment) Bill, 2013 ” moved by Peerzada Mansoor Hussain.
L.A Private Member Bill No.10 of 2013 “A Bill to amend the Jammu and Kashmir Brick Kilns (Regulation) Act, 2010 ” and L.A Private Members’ Bill No. 27 of 2012 “The Bill to amend the Jammu and Kashmir Act, 2002.” moved by Ch. Zulfikar Ali were withdrawn by the Members after convincing reply by the Government.
The LA Private Members’ Bill No. 13 of 2011 “The Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir (Amendment) Bill, 2011 of Mr. Harshdev Singh, already introduced in the House was taken into consideration. The discussion on the Bill remained inconclusive.

Three Tube Wells being dug in Jammu West: Sham
JAMMU, FEBRUARY 26- The Minister for PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control Mr. Sham Lal today informed the House that the Water supply in the Jammu West Constituency including area of Talab Tillo and Janipur is being supplied daily, however against a daily requirement of 23.50 MGD the quantity supplied is about 22.50 MGD resulting a shortfall of 1.00 MGD.
The Minister said the shortfall is being met by drilling 3 Tube Wells through J&K ERA at PHE Station New Plot, PHE Station Bakshi Nagar and Missionaries of Charity at Talli Morh Janipur and out of these three Tube Wells work at oneTube Well at Bakshi Nagar is in progress. The targeted date of completion of these tube wells is 01-07-2015.
The Minister was replying to a Calling Attention Notice by Prof. Chaman Lal Gupta in the Legislative Assembly today.

Explanation called from BMO, Nubra: Saifullah
JAMMU, FEBRUARY 26- Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, Mir Saifullah on behalf of Health Minister informed the House that one Dr. Nubroo Angchuk has been transferred and posted as BMO, Nubra by Deputy Commissioner, Leh but has not joined there as Medical Superintendent, D.H. Leh has relieved him for training at the AIIMS.
The Minister was replying to a Calling Attention Notice by Mr. Tsetan Namgyal in Legislative Assembly.
The Minister further said that the Deputy Commissioner, Leh has called an explanation of the said BMO for not joining.

Hailstorm affected villages of Budgam district to get compensation soon: Ajaz
JAMMU, FEBRUARY 26- Minister of State for Revenue, Relief and Rehabilitation, Mr. Ajaz Ahmad Khan today informed the Legislative Assembly that due to hailstorm in district Budgam on September 08, 2013, huge loss to the crops was reported in villages Watribal, Hardiwal, Brain Muqam, Samson Paharthan and Lasipora of Khansahib constituency. Around 12922 families have been affected due to loss to agriculture and horticulture crops spread around 3309 hectares. These claims were examined and placed before the State Executive Committee on June February 2, 2014 and the Committee has approved these claims. The funds shall be released shortly and shall be kept at the disposal of Deputy Commissioner Budgam for its disbursement among the sufferers.
The Minister was replying to a Calling Attention Notice by Hakeem Yaseen in the House.

Rs. 3.85 cr incurred on maintenance of roads in Samba constituency: Kichloo
JAMMU, FEBRUARY 26- Minister of State for Industries and Commerce and R&B, Mr. Sajjad Ahmad Kichloo today informed the Legislative Assembly that in Samba constituency, 142.18 kms of road length in blacktopped, 16.03 kms metalled and 78.09 kms shingled / fair-weather out of a total road length of 226.30 kms.
The Minister was replying to a Calling Attention Notice by Mr. Yash Paul Kundal in Legislative Assembly today.
The Minister further giving details about the status of Baloor to Sarna road said that the road is trafficable with worn out BT surface, however, normal maintenance by way of laying of premix patches is carried out of maintenance grant. An amount of Rs. 5 lakhs stand incurred for maintenance and repairs of the said road during the current financial year, he said.
As regards the condition f Samba to Babeti Goran road, the normal maintenance by way of laying of premix patches is carried out of the maintenance grants. An amount of Rs. 11 lakhs stands incurred during the current financial year for improvement / repairs of this road under repairs / maintenance grants and state plan, said the Minister.
Similarly, the 28 kms Samba to Mansar road is trafficable and has been taken under state sector projection at a cost of Rs. 3.90 crore, against which Rs.  3.58 crore stands incurred so far. Besides normal maintenance by way of laying premix patches is carried out of the normal maintenance grants on this road, he said.
As regard the status of 22 kms, the Minister said an amount of Rs. 11 lakhs stands incurred for maintenance and repairs during the current financial year. He said regarding status of Purmandal Morh to Purmandal road, 22 kms have been blacktopped upto 16 kms and Rs. 11 lakh stand incurred for its maintenance and repairs during the current financial year, said the Minister.

Ex-gratia distributed to NoKs of Ramban road accident: Kichloo
10 highway patrol vehicles procured, one deployed in Ramban sector
JAMMU, FEBRUARY 26- Minister of State for Home, Mr. Sajjad Ahmad Kichloo today informed the House that five persons died on spot in a road accident that occurred at Batery Cheshma near Anukhi fall of a mini bus on February 16th. He said 38 passengers were also injured in the accident.
Giving details of the accident in reply to a Calling Attention Notice by Mr. Ashok Kumar in Legislative Assembly today, the Minister said that after hearing about the accident the district administration, Ramban, Police and Traffic Police with the assistance of army and local NGOs, launched immediate rescue operation and shifted the dead and injured to the district Hospital, Ramban adding that out of the injured five persons succumbed to their injuries in the hospital. He said eight of them critically injured persons were airlifted to GMC Hospital Jammu and of which three succumbed to their injuries. He said 12 injured persons were referred to Srinagar whileas 13 were admitted in district hospital, Ramban.
The Minister said one Ishtiyaq Ahmad S/o Gh. Mohammad Ganai R/o Batamaloo, Srinagr, driver of a Tavera vehicle, while watching the scene of the accident slipped and rolled down into the gorge and also died on spot raising the death toll to 14.
The Minister said on February 17, 2014, 04 injured persons were shifted to Srinagar and two persons to Jammu by road. He said one injured person was discharged from DH Ramban after treatment. He said out of the injured persons, one persons died at Jammu and two at Srinagar, raising the total death toll to 17.
The Minister informed that ex-gratia of Rs. one lakh each has been paid to NoKs of 10 dead persons and Rs. 10,000 each to 15 injured persons besides Rs. 5,000 each was paid in respect of 13 injured persons immediately from Chief Minister’sFund  and District Red Cross Fund. He said the remaining Rs. 2.50 lakh is being disbursed shortly.
The Minister informed that preliminary examination of the accident spot revealed that the mini bus driver was driving the vehicle at a high speed and tried to overtake the other vehicle during which he lost control over the mini bus. He said further examination of documents of the vehicles suggests that it was having a valid fitness certificate valid till 28th July, 2014, insurance valid till 23rd March, 2014, Road permit valid till 7th May, 2014.
He further informed that a case under FIR No. 24/2014 u/s 279, 337, 30 A RPC stands registered at Police Station Ramban. The case is under investigation, moreover, an enquiry to ascertain the circumstances which led to the accident has been ordered and entrusted to DIG Traffic, Range, Jammu.
In order to avoid these accidents, Traffic regulation system has been further enhanced, surprise and random checks have been intensified in the Ramban sector and other vulnerable areas of the National Highway, DTIs and Dy SsP have been directed to visit their area of responsibility (AoR) for better traffic management, he added.
The Minister said that the Police Headquarters / Traffic Police department has procured ten highway patrol vehicles, out of which one vehicle has been deployed in Ramban Sector to exclusively check the visible offences like (overloading, over-speeding, use of mobile phones, driving under the influence of liquor etc.

Efforts afoot to upgrade power infra in Haveli constituency: Saifullah
JAMMU, FEBRUARY 26: Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, Mir Saifullah today informed the House that an eight hours scheduled curtailment is being done in Haveli Constituency. However, during the winter season 2.5 MWA receiving station Mandi and 3.15 MVA receiving station Chandak are heavily overloaded and due to which additional curtailments is enforced in these areas which is primarily due to unauthorized overload on the system. In addition to this, owing to distress calls from State Load Dispatch Centre, further curtailment also becomes necessary, he added.
The Minister was replying to a Calling Attention Notice of Mr. Aijaz Ahmed Jan on behalf of Minister incharge power in the House.
The Minister said that the areas namely Ar, Bedar, Gall, Pindi, Sathra, Chikriban, Chela Dhangri, Khanater are fed from 1×2.5 MVA, 33/11 KV receiving Station Mandi (Seikloo) and 1×3.15 MVA, 33/11 KV Receiving Station Chandak respectively which get overloaded at times leading to forced curtailment in addition to their routine cuts. These Receiving Stations shall be considered for upgradation subject to technical feasibility and registered load, said the Minister.

1468 Govt./Pvt. establishments vacated from SF occupation in Mendhar area: Kichloo
JAMMU, FEBRUARY 26: Minister of State for Home, Mr. Sajjad Ahmed Kichloo today informed the Legislative Assembly that Government has got vacated 1468 establishments including Government and private buildings from the occupation of security and para military forces in Tehsil Mendhar so far. He said still there are 1856 such establishments that are under the occupation of security forces and efforts are afoot to vacate.
The Minister was replying to a Calling Attention Notice of Sardar Rafiq Hussain Khan in the House.

Saifullah presented Half Yearly Reports of VO in LA
JAMMU, FEBRUARY 26: Minister for Law, Justice & Parliamentary Affairs, Mir Saifullah, today on behalf of the Chief Minister laid on the Table of the House Half-Yearly Reports of the Vigilance Organization for the periods January to June and July to December, 2013 as provided in Section 9-A of the Jammu and Kashmir Prevention of Corruption Act, Samvat 2006.

Kichloo makes statement about Kupwara incident in House
JAMMU, FEBRUARY 26- Minister of State for Home, Mr. Sajad Ahmed Kichloo today read the following statement in the House saying that on 24th February, 2014 an operation took place at Dardpora Forests in which 18 RR, 31 RR and SOG of District Kupwara participated.  07 militants were killed in the said operation. The bodies of killed militants were brought to Police Station Lalpora. Case FIR NO. 07/2014 u/s 307 RPC, 7/27 I.A Act was registered in Police Station Lalpora relating to this encounter.
On 25th February, 2014 morning, post-mortem of the killed militants was got conducted by a Medical team. In the meanwhile, a mob of people gathered outside the Police Station Lalpora which started raising antinational slogans and resorted to heavy stone pelting on Police Station and Government/ Private vehicles, resulting in damage to the Police station building and 11 Government vehicles including an ambulance of Health Department. Besides, 07 private vehicles were damaged. The mob also set ablaze the bunkers (Sentry Posts) of Police Station Lalpora.
In order to protect the life and property and to prevent storming of the Police Station by the mob, Police resorted to tear smoke shells to disperse the mob. With the help of re-enforcement from Kupwara, the mob was dispersed and situation brought under control. Due to stone pelting, 21 Police Personnel received injuries. However, no civilian got injured as Police exercised maximum restraint, discipline and professionalism.
The dead bodies of the 07 militants were confirmed to be of militants who were operating into the forests of Lolab. After completing the medico-legal formalities like post-mortem, photography, DNA sampling, the dead bodies were handed over to local Auquaf Committee of Lalpora which also confirmed that none of the killed militants was a local/civilian. These dead bodies were then buried in a local graveyard at Lalpora.
In connection with the events of 25th February, 2014, case FIR No. 8/2014 u/s 307, 148,147, 149, 336, 436 RPC Sec. 03 of PTT Act ( Prevention of Damage of Public Property Act) has been registered in Police Station Lalpora
District Administration Kupwara has taken all possible measures to avoid any law and order situation and to ensure that peace is not disturbed and general public is not put to any inconvenience.