Proceedings of Legislative Council on 01 Mar 2014

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676 Health Sub-Centers sanctioned for State: Taj
JAMMU, MARCH 01: Minister for Health and Medical Education, Mr. Taj Mohi-ud-Din today informed the House that 429 sub centers have been sanctioned for Jammu division and 247 sub centers for Kashmir Division by the Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare.
The Minister was replying to a question by Mr. Ghulam Nabi Monga in Legislative Council today.
Mr. Mohammad Muzaffar Parrey raised the supplementary.

Rs. 106.73 cr spent under BRGF in Jammu: Sagar
Minister for Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Mr. Ali Mohammad Sagar today informed the House that an amount of Rs. 106.73 crore has been spent under BRGF in Jammu province during the last four years.
The Minister was replying to a question by Dr. Shehnaz Ganai in Legislative Council today.
The Minister said 3871 projects / works have been sanctioned under the scheme during last three years. He said during the current financial year Action Plans of all the BRGF districts stands submitted to Centre well in time for approval / release of funds, but Centre has sanctioned approved the Action Plan of District Ramban only and 483 works / projects have been sanctioned / approved during the current financial year in the district.
Mr. Jehangir Hussain Mir and Syed Asgar Ali raised the supplementaries.

Tagore Hall, Abhinav Theatre to be completed in May, Oct: Bhalla
Minister for Housing and Culture, Mr. Raman Bhalla today informed the House that the expected date of completion for Tagore Hall; Abhinav Theatre is May and October 2014 respectively.
While replying to a question by Mr. Devender Singh Rana in Legislative Council today, the Minister said that the civil works for the auditorium hall almost is completed, interior electrification along with fire alarm system, signage’s etc, automatic voltage regulator are ready for installation.
Mr. Bhalla said that HVAC system and firefighting system have been completed. Inside hydrants, cabinets and de watering pumps have been installed. He further said that allotment has been issued for Stage lighting, furnishing and AV system besides the process for procurement of chairs for auditorium has been initiated.
He said that in Abhinav Theatre, Jammu the civil works of the building have been completed besides AC system, firefighting equipment, new modern lighting system inside and outside with power saver electrification stands installed.
He said installation of new chairs, finishing of stages, installation of lights, installation of sound system and carpet are to be taken up.
Mr. Bashir Ahmad Magray, Mr. Naresh Gupta, Mr. G. Q. Pardesi and Mr. Jahangir Hussain Mir raised their supplementaries.

Procurement of material by local bodies done through tendering: Jora
Minister for Urban Development and Urban Local Bodies, Mr. Nawang Rigzin Jora today informed the House that as far as Urban local body institutions of Jammu division are concerned, the procurement of material like Disinfectants, lights etc has been made by way of tendering, and the tenders were called by the committees and the rate were approved by the presidents / administrators of the concerned committees from time to time.
The Minister was replying to a question by Mr Jugal Kishore in Legislative Council today.
The Minister said that an amount of Rs. 75.56 lakh has been released by the Directorate of Urban Local Bodies to Municipal Committees during 2013-14 till date and Rs. 121.20 lakhs has been expended by these MCs out of their own resources during the current year.
He further said that as far as, the firm / supplier approved for the supply of such material is concerned, the approval has been given by the concerned president / administrator and supply orders have been issued by the concerned Executive Officer from time to time.

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Power tariff being charged as per provision of JK SERC: Sadhotra
MG NREGA cards acknowledged for registering construction workers
Minister for Planning, Labour and Employment Mr. Ajay Kumar Sadhotra, replying to a question by Mr. Mohammad Muzaffar Parray informed the House that Billing of energy consumed is being carried out as per the provisions of tariff, issued by the J&K SERC.
The Minister said that metered consumers are being charged as per monthly energy consumption recorded by the meters, while unmetered consumers are charged as per fixed rates depending upon the load agreement of the consumer with the department.
The Minister said that the department is compelled to take corrective measures in power theft and pilferage. He said under Clause 95 of the Act, theft of electricity is punishable for a term which may extend upto three years and fine or both. He said that Power Development Department has so far been trying to inculcate sense of responsibility in the consumers.
Khalid Najeeb Suhrawardy also raised the supplementary.
Replying to another question by Abdul Majeed Bhat, the Minister said that the Registering officers i.e. Assistant Labour Commissioner in each districts are responsible for the issuance of Labour cards and registration of Building and other construction workers on the receipt of an application with the completion of all requirements laid down under Rules in Section 2(d) and 2 (c) of the building and other construction workers (RE&CS) Act, 1996.
The Minister further informed that the Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board has not authorized any private i.e. agent for any commission. He said, however, the board receives Rs. 10/- as registration fee alongwith monthly contribution @ Rs.10/- which is strictly elaborated under rules.
Mr. Sadhotra said that in order to make the system more efficient, a number of steps have been taken by the Board including computerization of records in each district. He said that the Board has issued new forms for various Welfare Schemes that can be received from office of the Assistant Labour Commissioner concerned. The forms cannot be photo copied or sold because on the forms it is clearly mentioned that the forms are “free of cost”. He said that the Board, in order to ensure that all deserving people are registered under the schemes, allocates funds to districts for publicity and common awareness of people. He said that sanction of the cases of marriage assistance is now being done by the CEO/Secretary, B&OCWW Board instead of Assistant Labour Commissioners. He said that this is being done in order to increase the transparency and ensure that more time is given to efficient registration of workers by registering officers.
Replying to the supplementary by Mr. Naresh Kumar Gupta, the Minister informed that to simplify the process, MG NREGA cards have been acknowledged in the process of registration of Building and other construction workers in the office of Assistant Labour Commissioner.

Two SRDs conducts in Kargil: Kichloo
SRD to be initiated in other eligible areas
Minister of State for Home, Mr. Sajjad Ahmed Kichloo replying to a question by Aga Syed Ahmed Rizvi informed that Special Recruitment Drive (SRD) have been conducted in the Police Department at Constabulary level in pursuant to the Cabinet decision, with a view to giving representation to the eligible candidates in the areas which are relatively under- represented in the Police Department.
The Minister informed that two Special Recruitment Drives were conducted in Kargil in which 144 candidates were selected. He said such drives in other eligible areas would also be conducted accordingly to give proper representation to these areas.

118850.66 Qts seeds, 1831241 MTs fertilizer provided to farmers: Gurezi
Minister of State for PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control, Mr. Nazir Ahmad Gurezi today informed the House that 118850.66 quintals of seeds, 1831241.35 MTs of fertilizer and 1722.62 MTs of pesticide have been provided to the farmers during the current year.
The Minister was replying to a question by Mr. Jahangir Hussain Mir in the Legislative Council.
The Minister further said that besides state / district plan, various schemes are under implementation for Development of Agriculture sector including Integrated Scheme of Oilseed, Pulses, Oil Palm and Maize, Seed Village Programme, Horticulture Mission for the North-East and Himalayan States, Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana, National Food Security Mission (Rice & Wheat), Promotion & Strengthening of Agricultural Mechanization through training, testing & Demonstration, Support to state Extension Programme for Extension Reforms and National Bamboo Mission.
Mr. Gurezi further informed the House that in order to improve Vegetable production various other schemes are under implementation in the state like the National Vegetable Initiative for Urban Clusters which aims at providing end –to-end linkage in vegetable production, marketing and processing with back-up support by the Small Farmers Agri Business Consortium (SFAC) and various interventions like Base Line Surveys, Promotion of Farmer Association / Groups, Vegetable seed and Seedling production, Organic Farming, Vermicompost Units and Vermibeds, vegetable Cultivation in Open Condition, Protected Cultivation, Integrated Nutrient Management / Integrated Pest Farmers have been initiated under the mission.
The Minister said that similarly, under Horticulture Mission for North East and Himalayan State (HMNEH), the Scheme is being implemented with an objective to focus on the quality production of vegetable crops, Mushroom and Apiculture through adoption of improved technologies, Area Expansion of Vegetables / Spices, Promotion of Organic Farming, Horticulture Mechanization, Construction of Vermicompost, Protected Cultivation (Naturally Ventilated System), Shade Net House, Human Resource Development and Creation of Water Sources.
While replying to another question raised by Dr. B. A. Veeri, the Minister informed the House that the eroded / vulnerable spots of both banks of Nallah Lidder to Hutmurrah are at present being treated / restored out of the available funds with the department. During 2013-14, works to the tune of Rs. 25.74 lakh have been executed under SDRF for restoration of spots along the banks of Lidder Nallah from Hutmurrah to Arder damaged in the floods of August 2013.
The Minister said a comprehensive project has been formulated at an estimated cost of Rs. 16.56 crore and cleared under 8th TAC which was under process of submission of CWC, Government of India for approval / funding under Flood Management Programme (FMP) on 10 : 90 (State : Centre) funding pattern but the Centre has in the meanwhile, revised the guidelines. As per revised guidelines, only those Flood Management Schemes shall henceforth qualify for funding if they are submitted on 30: 70 sharing pattern (State : Centre), which makes it difficult for the state to submit thee schemes for funding. He said the issue for restoration of funding pattern to the earlier 10: 90 pattern has been taken up by the State Government with Union Ministry of Water Resources.
In another question by Mr. Khalid Najeeb Suharwardy, the Minister informed the House that under state sector the up-gradation of Middle and High Schools to next level has been stopped due to launch of RMSA.
The Minister further told that there is no provision for up-gradation of high schools to the level of Higher Secondary Schools under RMSA, as Centre has not recommended such authorization. As and when the upgradation of High Schools to Higher Secondary level is allowed, these schools of Tehsil Doda shall be upgraded to next level provided after fulfilling the norms and guidelines of RMSA.
In reply to another question by Mr. Bashir Ahmad Magray, the Minister informed the House that the proposal for establishment of PHE Division Pulwama is under consideration with the government.

Business in LC
Sadhotra tables JK SFC Audit, HRC reports in LC
JAMMU, March 01- Minister for Planning, Labour & Employment, Mr. Ajay Kumar Sadhotra, on behalf of Finance Minister, today laid on the table of the House, a copy of Audit Report on Accounts of Jammu and Kashmir State Financial Corporation for the year 2011-12 along with the 52nd Annual Report of the Jammu & Kashmir State Financial Corporation for the year 2011-12 as required under sub section (7) of the Section 37 of the State Financial Corporation Act, 1951.
Mr. Sadhotra also, on behalf of Law, Justice & Parliamentary Affairs Minister, laid on the table of the House, a copy of the J&K State Human Right Commission Report as required under sub- section 12 of the J&K Protection of Human Rights Áct, 1997.

Dr. Veeri presents study tour report in LC
JAMMU, March 01- Chairman, Committee on Environment, Dr. S. Bashir Ahmed Veeri laid on the table of the House, a copy of Report of the Study Tour of the Committee on Environment.

6 Bills withdrawn, 1 defeated in LC
JAMMU, March 01- As many as 7 Private Members’ Bill were moved in the House for introduction. Out of these 6 Bills were withdrawn by the members’ after receiving assurances by the Government, while the Bill of Mr. Jugal Kishore was defeated after the member pressed for voting.
Mr. Naresh Kumar Gupta moved a Bill to amend State Ranbir Penal Code, 1989 (1932 A.D.), (L. C Private Members’ Bill No. 1 of 2014)” and a Bill to amend Jammu and Kashmir Land Revenue Act, 1996 (L.C Private Members’ Bill No. 2 of 2014)”.
Dr. Syed Bashir Ahmad Veeri moved a Bill to repeal the Enemy Agents Ordinance, 2005 (1948 A.D) ordinance No. VIII of 2005 (L.C. Private Members’ Bill No. 3 of 2014)”and a Bill to provide reservation of handicapped children of militancy victim and people who are victims of militancy, in the appointments and professional institutions and in other government recognized institutions in the Jammu and Kashmir or other government recognized institutions in the State (L.C Private Members’ Bill No. 4 of 2014).
Dr. Shehnaz Ganai moved a Bill to lay down an obligation to publish citizen charter and redress grievance of the public in a time bound manner (L.C Private Members’ Bill No.6 of 2014)” and a Bill to amend the Jammu and Kashmir Panchayati Raj Act, 1989 (L.C Private Member Bill No 7 of 2014)”.
Mr. Jugal Kishore moved a Bill to prohibit the sale of meat and liquor at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi, Katra and its surroundings within a radius of 10 kilometers (L.C Private Members Bill No 5 of 2014)”.