Proceedings of Legislative Council on 19th Feb.

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Council-2014

Calling Attention Notice

Capacity of Receiving Station Veeri sufficient: Vikar

          JAMMU, FEBRUARY 19: Minister of State for Power, Mr. Vikar Rasool replying to a Calling Attention Notice by Dr. S Bashir Ahmad Veeri informed the House that the capacity of the Receiving Station Veeri is sufficient to cater to the load agreement/demand of consumers.

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The Minister said that recently the 6.3 MVA power transformer at the Receiving Station developed a technical snag on 9th January, 2013 and the same has been lifted for repairs. As a stopgap arrangement Power supply to the Receiving Station has been restored by installing 3.15 MVA power transformer which is capable of bearing the full load agreement of the area and is presently catering to the load demand of the area smoothly. However, the 6.3 MVA power transformer presently under repairs shall be re-installed, as soon as the repair work is completed, he added.

The Minister further informed that there is no proposal for augmentation of Receiving Station Veeri, as the installed capacity is more than sufficient to cater to the present load agreement of consumers and the expected load growth.

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Calling Attention Notice

Staff rationalization in JKSPDC underway: Vikar

          JAMMU, FEBRUARY 19: Minister of State for Power Mr. Vikar Rasool replying to a Calling Attention Notice moved by Mr. Nurboo Gialchan informed the House that 170 posts available with JKSPDC were ordered to be made operational and placed at the disposal of Chief Project Engineer (CPE), Kargil for further placement with Electric Project division, Kargil and Leh, Ladakh Circle.

The Minister said that it was further ordered that an authorized committee be constituted to be headed by the Chief Project Engineer, Kargil and comprising Executive Engineers, Electric Project Division, Kargil and Leh, Pay and Accounts Officer, Kargil and Leh and representative of Deputy Commissioner, Kargil and Leh for making recruitment to Non-Gazetted posts as per standing rules of the Government and resolution of the Board of Directors of JKSPDC.

When the department initiated the process, a Writ Petition was filed in the High Court at Srinagar.       Subsequently, keeping in view the legal sensitivities the matter has been deferred till the final verdict in the case by the High Court.

The Minister further informed the House that JKSPDC is now in the process of restructuring/rationalization of staff. Further action in the matter would be taken keeping in view the actual requirement of manpower in the operational plants in the Ladakh region and also final outcome of the writ petition, he added.

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Calling Attention Notice

Special Police Team deputed to Punjab to investigate student’s death: Kichloo

          JAMMU, FEBRUARY 19: Minister of State for Home Mr. Sajjad Ahmed Kichloo replying to a clubbed Calling Attention Notice by Khalid Najeeb Suharwardy and Syed Asgar Ali regarding the mysterious death of B-Tech Student Mehraj Khalid Mintoo of Doda studying in Riyat Bara College of Engineering and Technology, Hoshiarpur Punjab, said that on the instructions of the Chief Minister, the Home/ Police Department has deputed a special team headed by SP, Abdul Rouf to coordinate with the Punjab Police for speedy investigation of the case. Family members of the deceased are also accompanying the special team, he added.

The Minister further informed that Principal Secretary Home has also separately taken up the matter with the Financial Commissioner Home Affairs, Punjab Government and requested him for constitution of a Special Investigation Team (SIT) so that fair and speedy investigation is carried out. The matter is being pursued vigorously with the authorities of Punjab at the highest level.

 

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Calling Attention Notice

Govt. keen to see migrants return to valley

Rs. 1618.40 cr economic package sanctioned for Kashmiri Migrants under implementation: Ajaz

Revised proposal submitted to Union Govt

          JAMMU, FEBRUARY 19: Minister of State for Revenue, Relief and Rehabilitation Mr. Ajaz Ahmed Khan replying to a Calling Attention Notice by Mr. Vijay Bakaya informed the House that the Union Government sanctioned an economic package of Rs. 1618.40 crore for the Return and Rehabilitation of Kashmiri Migrants to the Valley in 2008 which was also approved by the State Government for implementation in 2009.

The Minister said that in order to implement the package, applications were invited from the migrants desirous of returning to the Valley. Though 4898 families applied for return, only one family has returned so far. The families who applied did not pursue further in the matter.

The Minister added that under the package construction of transit accommodation was also started at Vessu, Hawal, Baramulla and Kupwara. He said 335 such transit units have been completed out of 495 taken in hand. In addition, to these units, 18 flats at Mattan and 200 flats at Sheikhpora are also available. This accommodation was to be used by such families who would return.

  1.           The Minister further informed that under the employment component of the package, 3000 posts were created in 2009 and separate rules were notified for making recruitment against these posts. So far, appointment orders have been issued in respect of 2184 candidates, out of which 1446 personnel have already joined in the different departments. As many as 826 posts which were reserved under various categories, have been de-reserved by making amendment in the J&K Reservation Act 2004. The issue of recruitment against the de-reserved posts along with other vacancies accrued due to non-joining of the candidates has been taken up with the Service Selection Board. The notifications for these aforementioned posts which included de-reserved vacancies as well as unfilled posts due to non joining of the selectees had been made by the recruiting agencies but the process was stalled owing to a status quo direction from the  High Court in the matter. The stay order has now been vacated and the Service Selection Board has advertised the remaining 1443 posts and has recently recommended 22 candidates for the post of Junior Engineer and 6 candidates for the post of Draftsmen. Appointment orders in their favour have been issued. Besides the interview for selection of 111 Class-IV vacancies has been concluded and their appointment will be made shortly.

The Minister said that Government is keen that migrants should return but they cannot be forced for the same. It is expected that after the revised package which was approved by the State Cabinet and has been submitted to the Union Government for providing funds, there will be visible progress on ground and people may return.

 

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Question Hour

Rs. 305 cr Excise revenue collected up to December-2013: Rather

JAMMU -An amount of Rs. 305.94 crore has been collected as Excise revenue up to ending December-2013, while as an amount of Rs. 420.15 crore has been collected in 2012-13 and Rs 245.56 crore in 2008-09.

The information was given by the Minister for Finance and Ladakh Affairs, Mr. Abdul Rahim Rather while replying a question by Mr. Ravinder Kumar Sharma in Legislative Council today.

The Minister further informed the House that 407.02 lakh bottles of IMFL/JK Desi Whisky/Beer/RTD have been sold during 2013-14 up to ending December 2013 in the state.

3 new WSS in offing in Ramban district: Sham

Renovation work on WCR, Harwan in progress

Minister for PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control Mr. Sham Lal Sharma replying to a question by Mr. Sham Lal Bhagat informed the House that work on 273 Water Supply Schemes (WSS) is in progress with an estimated cost of Rs. 538.90 crore to provide drinking water to the partially covered habitations of erstwhile Doda District, adding that against the estimated cost, an amount of Rs. 47.95 crore stands incurred so far for the execution of these schemes.

The Minister further informed that, in addition, 3 new WSS with an estimated cost of Rs. 11.90 crore have also been proposed for Batote, Ramban and Banihal towns of Ramban District with funding under LIC Loan Assistance.

Mr. Naresh Kumar Gupta also raised supplementaries to the question.

Replying to another question by Sheikh Ghulam Qadir Pardesi, Mr. Sham Lal informed that the project of renovation and restoration of Water Conservation Reservoir (WCR) of Harwan was approved under 10th TAC with an estimated cost of Rs. 9.66 crore and the work on the project has been taken by the department during 2011-12.

The Minister informed that the project comprises of many components including extraction of deposited material within reservoir, construction of bank, toe wall and lining, adding that the extraction of the deposit has been completed, while as work on the other components is going full swing. The construction of Settling Tank has been allotted and the work would be started soon as weather improves, he added.

Rs. 78cr. released to clear liabilities in R&B Sector: Wani

An amount of Rs. 78.10 crore has been released to clear the liabilities created on account of execution of various developmental works under road sector in the state.

This information was given by the Minister for Roads & Buildings Mr. Abdul Majid Wani while replying to a question by Mr. Naresh Kumar Gupta in the Legislative Council today.

The Minister informed that department firmed up the liabilities at Rs. 147.03 crore up to ending March 2010, adding that the exercise to determine the extent of liabilities, if any, created during 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13 are being ascertained.

Changthang Wildlife Sanctuary notified in 1987: Altaf

The Changthang Cold Desert Wildlife Sanctuary, Leh has been notified during the year 1987 covering an area of 4000 sq. Km including Pasture land.

This information was given by the Minister for Forests, Mr. Altaf Ahmad while replying to a question by Mr. Nurboo Gialchan in Legislative Council today.

The Minister further informed that the ITBP has applied for environmental clearance in respect of five roads viz Phobrang-Marslimik-La road, Korzok-Chumur road, Kyul-Zarsar road, Phobrang-Chartse-Point 4433 and Chushmule-Demchock road passing through Changthang Wildlife Sanctuary, the permission for environment clearance stands issued on the direction of the Supreme Court.

He further informed the House that there is no delay by the department in processing the cases and the same are processed in a time bound manner on the prescribed format issued by Union Ministry of Environment and Forestry, as per the directions of the Supreme Court of India.

Revision of Sgr Master Plan being carried out: Kichloo

Village Gurha Salathia to get Municipal status

The draft Srinagar Master Plan (MP) was put in the public domain once, but was withdrawn due to the fact that the required notification of the government was pending which is pre-requisite as per the J&K Development Act, 1970 and a private consultancy Sai Consultants has been hired for the revision of Master Plan.

The information was given by the Minister of State for Urban Development and Urban Local Bodies, Home, Industries and Commerce, Mr. Sajad Ahmad Kichloo while replying to a question by Mohammad Ashraf Mir.

The Minister further informed the House areas of Ganderbal, Bandipora, Pulwama, Baramulla, Budgam districts are also included in the Master Plan.

Mr. Kichloo added that before the local area of Ganderbal was included in Srinagar Master Plan, the Ganderbal Master Plan was outsourced and the draft of the same, after its completion, was submitted to Government in May, 2013. The same has been incorporated verbatim in the draft Srinagar Master Plan, he maintained.

Supplementaries were also raised by Mr. G. N. Monga, Mr. Bashir Ahmad Magray and Mr. Naeem Akhter.

In another question by Rani Gargi Blowria, the Minister informed the House that government intends to provide Municipal Status to the village Gurha Salathia and the matter is under consideration and the notification to this effect shall be issued in due course of time.

114 LPG outlets in the State: Ramzan

There are 114 LPG outlets in the State, 62 in Jammu division and 52 in Kashmir division. The LPG distributors are being appointed by the Union Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas through its oil marketing companies and the CA&PD department has a limited role in it. The department regularly checks the shortfalls, if any, through the field functionaries and communicates the same to oil marketing companies for redressal.

The information was given by the Minister for CA&PD and Transport, Choudhary Mohammad Ramzan while replying to a question by Mr. Naeem Akhtar in the Legislative Council today.

The Minister informed the House that the Union Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas through its oil marketing companies after identifying feasible locations in the state of Jammu and Kashmir is advertising opening of LPG outlets as per norms under (RGGVY) and regular LPG distribution ship, under which new outlets are proposed to be opened in J&K.

He further told the House that oil companies have fixed the norms for opening of such sale outlets for the state also.

Replying to the supplementaries by Jahangir Hussain Mir, Bashir Ahmad Magray and Subash Chander Gupta, the Minister informed that 172 new locations have also been identified for new proposed sale outlets.

DPR of Ganderbal Power Project finalized: Vikar

The DPR of Power Project Ganderbal has been finalized and submitted to Central Electricity Authority for TEC, and most of the clearances including Environmental clearance, Forest clearance etc. have been obtained. Besides, land acquisition is also in its advanced stage.

The information was given by the Minister of State for Power, Mr. Vikar Rasool while replying to a question by Sheikh Ghulam Rasool in Legislative Council today. He said the project is to be implemented as a State Sector project by JKSPDC under EPC mode and the bidding process has been completed on 27.12.2013. He also informed that evaluation of the techno commercial bids is underway and price bids are likely to be opened by ending February 2014 and work on the main project components will start immediately after award of contract to the successful bidder and project is targeted for completion in 2018-19.

 

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LC continues discussion on Budget

          JAMMU FEBRUARY 19: Continuing with the discussion on the Budget today in the Legislative Council, eight members took part including Nurboo Gialchain, Abdul Majeed Bhat, Syed Naeem Akhtar, Vijay Bakaya, Jugal Kishore, Ajatshatru Singh, Naresh Kumar Gupta and B.R.Kundal.

Gialchan while commenting on the budget said that the figures reflected in the budget proposal are showing that the economy of the state has improved.  Suggesting for increasing the share of districts in allocation of funds, he pleaded for establishment of a Committee to rationalize the employees required in the departments and  said need is to set up separate Medical College in Ladakh, besides giving due representation to Ladakh in State Public Service Commission.

Abdul Majeed Bhat while taking part in the discussion lauded the efforts made by the Chief Minister and Finance Minister for presenting Tax free and people friendly budget. He said all sectors have been given due consideration while making allocations, adding that the incentives given to farmers are quite encouraging as a major population of the state is associated with the Agriculture sector.

Hailing the decision for providing insurance cover to Sarpanches and Panches, Majeed also pleaded for enhancing remuneration of SPOs and Ration Money of Police personnel.

Naeem Akhtar while taking part in the discussion pointed out that State has not been able to utilise its own resources especially it’s Hydel Potential. He said Planning Commission has also not released the Special Plan Assistance to the State besides no Plan hike has been approved. He alleged that Government has not been able to generate revenue or create Jobs for unemployed youth whose number over the years has substantially increased. He said E- governance plan has also not been implemented properly in the State besides State has failed in utilising funds in full in many Centrally Sponsored Schemes.

Vijay Bakaya while speaking during the discussion said that the job done by the Finance Minister for bringing financial reforms and improving financial management in the state is highly appreciable. He said performance of the State on account of VAT implementation has also been appreciated in the country.  He, however, urged for minimising revenue expenditure which has been increasing over the years.

Hailing the decision of creation of new administrative units, Mr.Bakaya pointed out that nothing about the new units is mentioned in the budget proposal. He pleaded for enhancement of cash relief to Kashmiri migrants.

Jugal Kishore appreciated tax free budget presented by the Finance Minister besides giving due consideration to employment. He pleaded for delimitation besides, releasing of 3rdinstalment of 6th pay commission arrears. He said need is to work for promotion of tourism sector by way of extending incentives to the people associated with tourism trade including hoteliers for creation of infrastructure. He said though steps taken for improving power sector are encouraging but need is to make adequate standby arrangements for replacement of damaged transformers besides enhancing budgetary allocation for the same.

Describing the budget proposal as comprehensive, futuristic and realistic, Ajatshatru Singh said that need of the hour is to introduce Micro and Macro plans for promotion of tourism sector. He said major companies want to train the youth of the State by running skill development programmes in the State but need is to generate awareness among the youth and evolving a single window system to make it easy. He said a good amount of funds have been earmarked for treatment of Cancer patients but pointed out to the lack of awareness among the needy patients.

Naresh Kumar Gupta while expressing his views on the budget appreciated the Finance Minister for presenting people friendly budget. He said Government should focus on exploiting the minerals deposits available in the State, besides suggesting for replacement of BPL word with weaker section. He said no amnesty should be given to tax defaulters, if State wants to improve the economy.

B.R.Kundal while speaking on the budget proposal suggested for introducing power auditing system besides setting up thermal power plants in the state to cater to the power needs during winter when water level in the feeding rivers and streams goes down. He said Government should also focus on creating sports infrastructure in rural areas for rural youth.

Pleading for restructuring of PSUs, Kundal said that need is to curtail non plan expenditure and discouraging re-employing the retired employees.