Proceedings of legislative council on 18th Feb.

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General Discussion on Budget

            JAMMU – As many as 4 members took part in the General Budget Discussion in the Legislative Council Today. The Members who spoke included Bashir Ahmad Magray, Sham Lal Baghat, Jahangir Hussain Mir and Syed Asgar Ali.

Initiating the discussion, Bashir Ahmad Magray termed the proposed Budget as people and farmer friendly. He said while health sector has received due consideration, the initiatives taken for improving Power scenario in the State are also appreciable.


Appreciating the efforts of the Finance Minister, Magray said that all sectors like PHE, Education, Agriculture, R&B, Animal Husbandry etc have been given due consideration while allocating funds in the present Budget.

Sham Lal Baghat also appreciated the Budget proposals and greeted the Finance Minister for the attention given to Panchayati Raj Institutions.

Jahangir Hussain Mir while appreciated the Budget proposals suggested that Government should focus on promotion of handicrafts, horticulture and other Industrial Sectors besides utilising the mineral wealth of the State, particularly in Poonch and Rajouri districts.

Syed Asgar Ali said that though the budget is tax free but lacks innovation as far as revenue generation is concerned. He said no concrete steps have been taken for creation of jobs, promotion of tourism sector, establishment of big industries. He said despite launching Saffron Mission, the production of saffron is decreasing.

Asgar pleaded for promotion of religious tourism and demanded creation of required infrastructure for the devotees going for Machal Yatra. He said that money received as water use cess should be earmarked for development of the area where Power Projects have been established especially in Chenab Valley.

The Discussion will continue tomorrow.

Question Hour in LC

All BPL families of 2001 census provided food grain: Ramzan

            JAMMU: On the basis of 2001 census people who were categorized as BPL families are getting ration along with other available facilities.

The information was given by the Minister for CA&PD, Chowdary Mohammad Ramzan while replying to a question by Mr. B. R. Kundal in Legislative Council today.

The Minister informed the House that department of CA&PD is providing 100% food grain to BPL families as per census 2001. The ineligible BPL family found if any, at any stage, is not being provided ration by the department and no benefit is given to the families which have come out of the category, he added.

He further informed the House that during the year 2009, the Government has ordered re-verification of BPL families as appearing in the record of CA&PD department and that of the Rural Development by the Committees constituted under the respective Deputy Commissioner, who were to submit their reports in this regard to the Planning and Development department and only after consideration of these reports view in the matter will be taken.

16 WSS functional in Bijbehara: Sham

            About 16 Water Supply Schemes are functional in rural and urban areas and 10 Water Supply Schemes (WSS) are ongoing in Bijbehara Constituency.

The information was given by the Minister for PHE, Irrigation Flood Control, Mr. Sham Lal Sharma while replying to a question by Dr. S. Bashir Ahmad Veeri in Legislative Council today.

The Minister informed the House that 10.44 MLD drinking water in rural areas and 5.44 MLD in urban areas is to be provided in Bijbehara Constituency. He said at present 8.3 MLD drinking water in rural areas and 2.72 MLD in urban areas is being provided in the said constituency.

34 Homes for destitute, mentally retarded operational: Sakina

            34 Homes (221 Bal Ashrams and 13 Nari Niketan) for destitute / mentally retarded children are presently operational in the State. Besides, 31 orphanages are also run by the NGOs in the State. The average occupancy rate in Bal Ashrams is 55 and in Nari-Niketan the said rate is 25 children.

The information was given by the Minister for Social Welfare, Ms. Sakina Itoo while replying to a question by Dr. Shenaz Ganai in Legislative Council.

She further said that the incident related to abuse of mentally challenged children was reported in the newspaper (Daily Excelsior) dated September 5, 2013. In this regard, the Deputy Commissioner, Jammu has constituted a committee headed by Additional Deputy Commissioner, Jammu and the Management of the Home has been handed over to the committee, she added.

The Minister said that Sub-Committees have been constituted for supervision / maintenance and routine health check-up of the children of the said home is done. Moreover, the matter is under investigation and sub-Judice in the PIL filed by Suraj Singh V/s State and others, she maintained.

The government has enacted the J&K Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2013 in the State and also framed rules which are being notified shortly, wherein there is provision for establishment of such homes at various places subject to the availability of resources, she maintained.

DPR for Rawalpora flyover prepared: Gurezi

            The DPR for construction of flyover at Rawalpora junction has been submitted to NHAI at an estimated cost of Rs. 62.07 crore for approval and funding which is awaited while as regarding Panthachowk crossing there is no proposal under consideration of the State government at present, however, funds have been sanctioned for acquisition of properties for road widening at other related activities.

The information was given by the Minister of State for Animal Husbandry, Mr. Nazir Ahmad Gurezi on the behalf of Minister for R&B, while replying to a question by Mr. Ghulam Nabi Monga in the Legislative Council.

Mr. Gurezi informed that in the 4th meeting of State Level Sanctioning Committee (SLSC) constituted in the H&UD Department, among other projects, the project for construction of flyovers at NH-1A Bye-Pass intersection at Bemina estimated to cost Rs. 43.19 crore have been cleared under UIG submission of JnNURM.

Supplementaries to the question were also raised by Mr. Mohammad Ashraf Mir and Mr. G. Q. Pardesi.

Field agencies told to check violations under J&K Agrarian, Land Revenue Act: Ajaz

            All revenue field agencies have been directed to keep strict vigil on the violations of the substantive / relevant provision of the J&K Agrarian Reforms Act and Land Revenue Act. The field agencies are taking necessary measures to implement the directions of the High Court on the subject matter in letter and spirit.

The information was given by the Minister of State for Revenue, Relief and Rehabilitation, Mr. Ajaz Ahmad Khan while replying to a question by Mr. Abdul Majeed Bhat in Legislative Council today.

The Minister said that it is fact that due to increase in population coupled with fragmentations in joint family system, the housing needs have increased manifolds, particularly in rural areas, with the result the agricultural land has been / is being converted for residential purposes. However, there is a provision in the Agrarian Reforms Act, that a person can hold land up to 2 kanals for residential purposes and half a kanal can be used for a gharat or chakki or shop, or for such other purpose relating to rural economy, without obtaining any permission.

600 Kanals of land transferred to Kargil Campus: Lone

            600 kanals of State Land at Kargil has been transferred to University of Kashmir for the establishment of Kargil campus.

The information was given by the Minister for Higher Education, Mr. Mohammad Akbar Lone while replying to a question by Aga Syed Ahmad Rizvi in Legislative Council today.

The Minister said that against the total sanctioned amount of Rs. 2586.28 lakhs under Prime Ministers Reconstruction Plan (PMRP), an amount of Rs. 1293.14 lakhs has been received for creation of infrastructure for Kargil University Campus.

He further told the House that Principal JNV School, Khumbathaang, Kargil has agreed to provide 4 blocks to the University of Kashmir to accommodate the students till the Kargil campus will be completed. The University has already taken renovation work of these blocks and are likely to be completed by April, 2014 and the academic programmes shall be started accordingly, Mr. Lone maintained.



Calling Attention

Sealing drive on in Katra: Jora

9 structures sealed so far

            JAMMU – Minister for Urban and Urban Local Bodies, Mr. Nawang Rigzin Jora replying to a Calling Attention Notice by Mr. Jugal Kishor today informed the Legislative Council that on 13th December 2013, the High Court passed an order for sealing of buildings/ structures constructed in violation of Urban/ Municipal laws at Katra.

The Minister informed that, meanwhile; the Supreme Court stayed the said order of the High Court. He said again on 30th, January 2014, High Court passed directions for sealing of buildings/ structures and in compliance to High Court order, the sealing process started on 4th February, 2014 and 9 structures have been sealed till date. On 11th February, 2014, the High Court again passed directions for completion of sealing within one month, he added.

Mr. Jora further informed that public carried out peaceful protest at Katra for three days. He said 2 Magistrates have been deployed at different locations under the supervision of Additional District Magistrate, Reasi who was camping at Katra during the sealing drive and adequate police force have also being deployed . He said interaction with locals is also being made directly by District Magistrate for peaceful compliance of the orders of the High Court.


Calling Attention

Wadhwa Committee report under consideration before CSC: Ajaz

            JAMMU -Minister of State for Revenue, Relief and Rehabilitation Mr. Ajaz Ahmed Khan, while replying to a clubbed Calling Attention Notice by Mr. Ravinder Kumar Sharma, Mr. Naresh Kumar Gupta and Mr. B.R. Kundal informed the House that the State Government had constituted a Committee under the Chairmanship of G.D. Wadhwa for examining the demands of refugees and the Committee has submitted its report which is under consideration before the Cabinet Sub-Committee (CSC). In the meantime the State Government in consultation with the representatives of the DPs has prepared a financial package covering all demands of DPs, which is being submitted to Union Government in due course of time.

He informed the House that around 26319 families from PoK, 5764 families from West Pakistan migrated during 1947 and settled in the State, adding that in addition during Indo Pak War of 1965, 1971, around 10115 families dislocated from 46 villages of Chhamb area.

The Minister informed that out of the PoK refugees, who have migrated in 1947, 22719 families settled in rural areas and 3600 settled in urban areas. The families who settled in rural areas were provided land at the scale of 4 acres irrigated and 6 acres un-irrigated and the total land allotted was around 10 lakh kanals. Besides, these families were also provided Rs. 1000 in cash for settlement. With regard to the families who settled in urban areas, 1628 quarters and 793 plots were allotted to them and also cash incentives for resettlement.

Mr. Ajaz said with regard to the families who migrated from West Pakistan, the State Government could not provide much facility to them as they were not permanent residents of the State. However, these families occupied 46466 kanals of land and since then they continue to occupy such land, he said.

The Minister informed that 10115 families had been shifted from 46 villages of Chhamb area during 1965, 1971 war and of these, 8150 families settled in rural areas. He said the Government established 156 Basties in Jammu, Samba and Kathua districts where residential plots were allotted to them and in addition to that land at the scale of 4 acre irrigated or 6 acre un-irrigated was allotted to them. An amount of Rs. 3000 was paid as cash compensation to the families who got dislocated in 1965 and Rs. 7500 to such families who got displaced in 1971, he maintained.

The Minister informed that the dislocated persons, who settled in rural areas, have been agitating that all families have not been provided land as per the sanctioned scale and accordingly the Government sanctioned a package for PoK refugees where Rs. 30,000 per kanal was sanctioned under compensation subject to a ceiling of Rs. 1,50,000 per family and already Rs. 30.63 crore have been disbursed in respect of 2524 families, adding that the disbursement process in respect of 317 families is going on.

The Minister informed that there are some additional claims the number of which is around 1119 but no further progress has been made so far in respect of these claims as they have not been able to complete the requisite formalities, adding that whenever requisite formalities are completed, further action shall be taken.

Mr. Ajaz informed that as far as 1965 and 1971 Chhamb refugees are concerned, they were also provided land @ 4 acres irrigated or 6 acres un-irrigated. He said that nearly 699 families had reported land deficiency and all such families have been paid compensation @ Rs. 5000 per kanal against irrigated and Rs. 3330 against un–irrigated land. He said all the families had received compensation except 22 families and the process of disbursement in respect of these 22 families is going on.

The Minister further informed that as far as West Pakistani Refugees are concerned, they wanted that State should declare them as permanent residents but same could not be done due to legal implications. In order to consider their claim, it needs amendment to the State constitution, as such the matter is undecided, he added.

There have been demands from all the DPs that some additional benefits would be provided to them such as employment package, Reservation in professional colleges, one time settlement by payment of cash compensation against the property, the Minister informed.


Calling Attention

Subordinate Courts being set-up as per High Court recommendations: Saifullah

            JAMMU – Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Mr. Saifullah replying to a Calling Attention Notice by Dr. Shahnaz Ganai, in the Legislative Council, informed that all the subordinate Courts in the State have been established by the Government on the recommendations of the High Court keeping in view various factors viz pendency of cases of a particular area and topography, adding that no recommendations has so far been received from the High Court regarding setting up of a Munsif Court in Tehsil Mandi.

The Minister further informed that 14 Courts of Special Mobile Magistrates (Sub-Judge Level) and 22 Courts of Additional Mobile Magistrate (Munsiff level) have been established under the purview of 13th Finance Commission. He said the headquarters of all subordinate courts are fixed by the Government on recommendations of the High Court. He said that one Court of Special Mobile Magistrate and one Court of additional Special Mobile Magistrate has been established at Poonch and Surankote respectively.

The demand for setting up of Munsiff Court at Tehsil Mandi would be taken up with the High Court for consideration, the Minister maintained.



Calling Attention

CA&PD conscious about significance of Urdu language: Ramzan

No new Ration Cards issued in 2014-15

            JAMMU – Minister for CA&PD Choudhary Mohammad Ramzan while replying to a Calling Attention Notice by Dr. Bashir Ahmad Veeri, in the Legislative Council, informed that the CA&PD Department is conscious about the sanctity of Urdu language as official language of State, adding that no Ration Card has been issued by the CA&PD Department in Hindi across the State.

The Minister said that Ration Cards are being printed in a bilingual format with Urdu and English languages for Kashmir region in the year 2012-13 in general and Hindi and English languages in particularly for Kathua, Samba, Udhampur and Jammu districts through J&K Bank Ltd. He said these Ration Cards were printed on the basis of samples of Ration Cards provided by the respective Directors of CA&PD of both the divisions.

Choudhary Ramzan said that no new Ration Card has been issued by the department for the year 2014-15.

The Minister said that due to some dispatch error of sponsoring agency, the Ration cards printed in Hindi- English version got delivered at couple of places in the State instead of Urdu – English cards. He said that the issue was immediately sorted out by the Department by retrieving such printed cards in Hindi and were replaced by the bilingual cards in Urdu and English.