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Proceedings of Legislative Council on 23 Feb 2014

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Ajaz tables copy of Ordinance 2013
JAMMU, FEBRUARY 23- Minister of State for Revenue, Relief and Rehabilitation, Mr. Ajaz Ahmad Khan today laid on the table of the House a copy of Jammu and Kashmir Underground Public Utilities (Acquisition of Rights of User in Land) Ordinance 2013.

Kichloo lays Half-Yearly-Reports of SVO in LC
JAMMU, FEBRUARY 23- Minister of State for Home, Mr. Sajjad Ahmed Kichloo on behalf of the Chief Minister today laid on the table of the House Half –Yearly- Reports of State Vigilance Organization (SVO) for the period 01.01.2012 to 30.06.2012 and 01.07.2012 to 31.12.2012 as provided under Section 9-A of the Jammu and Kashmir Prevention of Corruption Act, Samvat 2006.

Health institutions adequately equipped: Sham
Vacant posts referred to recruitment agencies
JAMMU, FEBRUARY 23- Minister for PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control, Mr. Sham Lal Sharma on behalf of Minister for Health today informed the House that health department is providing health care facilities to the people in South Kashmir through a network of health institutions including 3 district hospitals, 14 sub-district hospitals, 115 Primary Health Centers and 358 Sub-Centers.
The Minister was replying to a Calling Attention Notice by Dr. B. A. Veeri in the House today.
The Minister said that one District Hospital and one Mother and Child Care Hospital is catering to the health care needs of the people including those from Banihal, Kishtwar and Wardwan. He said these health institutions are equipped with adequate staff and machinery. He further informed that vacancies have been referred to concerned recruiting agencies and the vacant posts will be filled up as and when the selection processes gets completed.

1054 families of erstwhile Doda getting relief: Ajaz
JAMMU, FEBRUARY 23- Minister of State for Revenue, Relief and Rehabilitation, Mr. Ajaz Ahmad Khan while replying to Calling Attention Notice of Mr. Naresh Kumar Gupta informed the House that 1054 families from Ramban, Kishtwar, Doda, Rajouri, Poonch and Reasi have migrated to Jammu following the eruption of militancy in the State during 1990 and have settled in Talwara, Udhampur and Jammu.
He said a cash assistance of Rs. 400 per person per month, 10 litre of K.Oil, 11 Kg rice and atta per month per family, Rs. 300 per cattle for purchase of fodder is being provided to the affected families. He said for the resettlement of these families at their native places, following improvement in the security situation, a financial package to the tune of RS 91.56 Crore, was proposed for sanction and forwarded to the Union Government.

Investigation in Constable Ravi Verma’s case going on: Kichloo
JAMMU, FEBRUARY 23- Minister of State for Home, Mr. Sajjad Ahmed Kichloo today informed the House that investigation into the case of death of Constable Ravi Verma S/o Mr. Chaman Lal R/o Chappaki Kallan Tehsil Hiranagar posted in Koyla Nagar district Dhanbad, Jharkhand is going on and the matter is being pursued with the concerned police authorities of Jharkhand to expedite the investigation of the case and ascertain the real cause of death of the Constable.
The Minister was replying to a Calling Attention Notice by Mr. Subash Chander Gupta in the Legislative Council today.

Rs. 99.30 lakh earmarked for Mandi-Bye Pass: Wani
JAMMU, FEBRUARY 23- Minister for R&B, Mr. Abdul Majid Wani today informed the House that construction of Mandi-Bye Pass road has been taken up at an estimated cost of Rs. 99.30 lakh for traffic decongestion at Mandi bazar adding that Rs. 16.18 lakh stands expended on the project upto March 2013.
The Minister was replying to a Calling Attention Notice of Dr. Shehnaz Ganai here in the House today.
The Minister said that during current financial year Rs. 2.50 lakhs has been released under Bad Pocket Programme and Rs. 3 lakh have been earmarked under BRGF. He said a single lane motorable bridge has been constructed over Mandi River connecting Mandi with Poonch. He said there is no proposal under consideration of the Government for construction of two double lane bridges at present.

Comprehensive State Disaster Management Plan soon: Ajaz
Rs. 18 cr sanctioned for rescue equipment, Rs. 8 cr for establishing EOCs
JAMMU, FEBRUARY 23: Minister of State for Revenue, Relief and Rehabilitation Mr. Ajaz Ahmed Khan replying to the discussion raised by Dr. Shahnaz Ganai informed the Legislative Council that a comprehensive State Disaster Management Plan is under preparation and a reputed consultancy Tata Institute of Social Sciences engaged for the purpose, has prepared the draft.
Before the draft is submitted for approval a discussion with all stakeholders has been scheduled on 6th and 7th of March at Jammu following which the Disaster Management Plan is expected to be finalized by March to serve as basic guideline for the authorities at various levels for advance preparedness.
The Minister further informed that steps have already been initiated to cope up with Disaster related challenges including creation of two trained battalions of home guard/civil defense and SDRF meant exclusively for rescue operations. The personnel have been deployed in each district, he said adding that the civil defense has already been provided some rescue vehicles and ambulances in various districts.
The Minister said 4 Emergency Operations Centers (EOCs) have been approved recently to be established in the districts of Leh, Kargil, Srinagar and Jammu and for the purpose Rs. 8 crore has been earmarked. He said these centers shall be having 24×7 help lines, manned by adequate staff and equipped with rescue and relief equipment. Besides this, the Minister added that Rs. 18 crore have been sanctioned for purchase of equipment to J&K State Disaster Response Force (SDRF/Home Guard) and Fire and Emergency Services. These funds will be utilized for procurement of the rescue equipment as per the NDMA Guidelines.
The Minister further said that several awareness programmes have been held in various educational institutions and during the current year more awareness programmes will be organized in coordination with Housing and Urban Development Department, Urban Local Bodies and PRIs across the State. Besides general public, awareness programmes for engineers and architects are also proposed, to introduce correct construction techniques as per lay down building code.
The Minister said that the State Executive Committee headed by the Chief Secretary, responsible for implementing the National and the State Plan for Disaster Management, has sanctioned timely relief to the affected families and for restoration of public infrastructure. During the Current year Rs. 130 crore have been sanctioned and placed at the disposal of the Deputy Commissioners for clearing any past or current liability.
The Minister said that Government will further take all necessary steps and develop infrastructure required as per the NDMA guidelines to develop capabilities for quick response and minimize impact of natural disasters.
Various members took part in the discussion and presented several suggestions for consideration of the Government. The member includes Jahangir Hussain Mir, Bashir Ahmed Veeri, G. N. Monga, Syed Mohammad Rafiq Shah and Khalid Najeeb Suharwardy.

LC passes two Bills
JAMMU, FEBRUARY 23- The Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Council today passed two Bills unanimously. Both the Bills were also returned.
The Bills included “A bill to authorize payment and appropriation of certain sums from and out of the consolidated Fund of the Jammu and Kashmir State for the Services of the Financial Year-2013-14 (L.A. Bill No. 9 of 2014)”, and “A Bill to provide for the withdrawal of certain sums from and out of the consolidated fund of the Jammu and Kashmir State for the Services of the Financial Year 2014-15 (L.A. Bill No. 10 of 2014)”.
The Bills were moved by the Minister for Finance and Ladakh Affairs, Mr. Abdul Rahim Rather in the House.

44 irrigation schemes taken up under AIBP in Poonch: Gurezi
House Committee constituted to look into Kundrorian land
JAMMU, FEBRUARY 23: Minister of State for PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control, Mr. Nazir Gurezi while replying to a question by Mr. Jahangir Hussain Mir informed the Legislative Council today that at present 44 schemes amounting to Rs. 2940.80 lakh have been taken up in hand under AIBP in irrigation sector in Poonch district, of which 20 schemes stand completed so far and the work on the rest 24 schemes are in progress. He said as many as 4 schemes amounting to Rs. 212.84 lakh have been taken up under NABARD, of which 3 are schemes stand completed.
The Minister said that the department has taken up and completed 61 works in Irrigation Sector and 69 works in Flood Sector in Poonch District in order to protect the life and property of the people and funds to the tune of Rs. 96.29 lakh stands released for these schemes under SDRF.
As many as 10 Flood Protection Projects amounting to Rs. 12396.76 lakh have been prepared and cleared in principle in 9th/10th TAC meeting and would be submitted to CWC for approval and funding as a long term measure, he maintained.
Replying to supplementary by Dr. Shehnaz Ganai, the Minister for PHE and Irrigation and Flood Control Mr. Sham Lal Sharma informed that the works of emergency nature have been taken up under SDRF and the funds have been released for temporary restoration of public utility services in the District. Replying to another question by Mr. Jugal Kishor Sharma, The Minister informed that as per Girdawari and Jamabandi of 1968 of revenue village Kundrorian of tehsil and district Reasi, land measuring 453 kanals and 16 marlas situated in Khasra No. 11 min is recorded in favour of Drug Farm (CSIR). However, at present land recorded in favour of Drug Farm (CSIR) is 421 kanals and 15 marlas which is vacant. Out of total area of 901 kanals and 5 marlas in khasra No. 11,15 kanals and 14 marlas in favour of PWD, 122 kanals and 15 marlas as Maqbooza Malqaan (Shamlat) and 228 kanals and 12 marlas as Maqbooza Kabizan.
Mr. Gurezi informed that Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board (SMVDSB) owns 112 kanals and 09 Marlas land, but as per SMVDSB records, only 75 kanals and 18 marlas is under their possession. He said the Agriculture Department has approached Revenue Department several times for proper demarcation of the land for its fencing. Now, Deputy Commissioner, Reasi has issued fresh orders for ‘Nishandehi’ to ascertain details of the land to be handed over to Agriculture Department.
Naresh Kumar Gupta, Devender Singh Rana, Ghulam Qadir Pardesi and Ghulam Nabi Monga raised the supplementaries.
Later, on the directions of Chairman, Legislative Council, House Committee was constituted, which would look into the matter.

Govt to monitor PMSSS benefits to aspiring candidates from 2014: Lone
The State government had no role in implementing the Prime Minister’s Special Scholarship Scheme (PMSSS) neither was any NGO/ Private Organisation authorised for carrying it out.
The information was given by Minister for Higher Education, Mr. Mohammad Akbar Lone while replying to a clubbed question by Mr. Khalid Najib Suhrawardy, Sheikh Ghulam Rasool and Mohammad Muzafar Parray.
The Minister informed that, from 2014 onwards, the State Government would be actively involved in the scheme, so that aspiring students get benefits of scheme under PMSSS. He said during the academic year 2013-14, the AICTE has received 5608 applications, but recommended only 1502 eligible students for Scholarship based on maximum 5 students from a particular College.
Mr. Lone said, on the recommendations made by the Chief Minister to the Prime Minister for clearing scholarship cases of the ineligible students as a onetime relaxation for safeguarding their future, the Inter-Ministerial Committee during its 8th meeting held on 26th November 2013 recommended additional 2245 ineligible candidates for scholarship on the basis of taking into account the relocation proposal as well as financial constraints. He said, therefore, 3747 (1502+2245) candidates have been recommended for scholarship during the year 2013-14, subject to the condition that in the next academic year the additional students would be relocated to other institutions within the same University (wherever possible) or other University in the region subject to vacancy in the second year and the student having passed the first year, he said and added that the AICTE will obtain an undertaking from the students regarding their relocation to the other institutes as per their preference or as per the allotment to be made by AICTE, he maintained.
The Minister said that the matter of NGO’s has been viewed seriously and referred to CID for identification of such persons/ NGOs, who got even those students admitted in bulk in various colleges outside the state who did not fulfil the eligibility conditions prescribed in the scheme. The report is awaited and investigation agency has been asked to submit the same to Government.
Replying to supplementaries by Syed Rafiq Shah, Nayeem Akhtar, B.R. Kundal, Ghulam Nabi Monga, Showkat Ganai, Naresh Kumar Davinder Singh Rana, Janangir Hussain Mir and Dr. Shehnaz Ganai, the Minister assured that the case would be send to the Crime branch for further investigation and necessary action will be initiated accordingly.

Warrant of Precedence already issued: Vikar
The Minister of State for power, Hospitality and Protocol, Mr. Vikar Rasool informed the House that the department of Hospitality & Protocol has issued the Warrant of Preference, Precedence, Protocol, Procedure and Amenities of the Legislators and other dignitaries.
The Minister was replying to a question by Mr. Muhammad Muzaffar Parry in Legislative Council.
The Minister said the department has always been adhering to the aforementioned Warrant of Precedence in letter and spirit, while making the arrangements for the Legislators and other dignitaries during official/ State functions apart from Republic day and Independence Day celebrations.
Mr. Vikar further informed said the Circular instructions in this regards, stand conveyed to subordinate offices for strict compliance to make appropriate protocol arrangements for Legislators/ other dignitaries during official functions organized or to be organized at the State level or provincial level within the jurisdiction of Hospitality and Protocol Department.
Sheikh Ghulam Rasool, Jehangir Hussain Mir, Mr. Jugal Kishore and Syed Rafiq Shah also raised the supplementaries.

Zero Hour in LC
JAMMU, FEBRUARY 23: As many as 12 members raised the issues of public importance during Zero Hour in the Legislative Council today.
Syed Rafiq Shah demanded release of ration money to J&K Police personnel.
Dr. Bashir Ahmed Veeri called for enhancement of honorarium to Numberdars and Chowkidars of the State.
Ghulam Qadir Pardeshi drew the attention of government towards incident which occurred yesterday in Pulwama district and demanded for maintaining the Status quo of the land as a playfield.
Aga Syed Ahmed Rizvi demanded Medical College-cum- Cancer Centre for Kargil.
Khalid Najeeb Suhrawardy demanded resolving the issues of Safai karamcharis of Doda district.
Master Noor Hussain demanded construction of road to provide connectivity to Gujjar Bastis of Samba and Kathua district.
B.R. Kundal demanded release of compensation in favour of affected people of R S Pura, whose dwelling units were damaged during last rainy season.
Dr. Shehnaz Ganai demanded Sub Division for Mandi, Tehsil for Chandak and Bufliaz areas of Poonch district.
Sham Lal Bhagat demanded enhancement of wage rates of Labourers from existing rates.
Naresh Gupta demanded setting up of pool of transformers with workshop at a centrally located place in the Chenab Valley. He also called for early repair of damaged transformers of the area besides improvement in supply of power.
Jugal Kishor demanded Niabiats for Litter, Ladda, Lally and Tode areas of Reasi district and Mr. Subash Chander Gupta demanded adequate facilities for Gaddi and Sippy community, besides hostel facilities to the students at district headquarters.

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