Proceedings of Legislative Council on 24th Feb

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Calling Attention Notice

Rs. 65 lakh expended on foot bridge Auder,

Project to be completed soon: Vikar

JAMMU, FEBRUARY 24: Minister of State for Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Mr. Vikar Rasool today informed the House that Rural Development Department is constructing a foot suspension bridge at Auder on River Jehlum at an estimated cost of Rs. 128.71 lakh and till date an amount of Rs. 65.00 lakh has been incurred on the said project.

The Minister was replying to a Calling Attention Notice by Dr. B. A. Veeri in the Legislative Council today.  He said to complete the project there is a requirement of Rs. 63.71 lakh for which the matter has been taken up with the Planning and Development Department for release of balance amount.

Calling Attention Notice

No provision for regularization under NYCS: Taj

Volunteers can opt for skill training

JAMMU, FEBRUARY 24: Minister for Youth Service and Sports, Mr. Taj Mohi-ud-Din while replying to a Calling Attention Notice by Mr. Khalid Najeeb Suharwardhy informed the House that there is no provision for regularization / absorption of youth engaged under National Youth Corps Scheme (NYCS), in any government department and neither has the Union government agreed to extend the scheme beyond December 2012.

However, the Minister said that Union government has agreed to provide funds to the state government for providing necessary training to these youth in various skills so that they can be employed in organized sector. He said that in view of the reluctance of the youth, no further progress in the matter could be made and only few youth have opted for such an arrangement.

The Minister said that the youth demand further extension of the scheme or their permanent absorption in government sector, although the scheme guidelines clearly stipulate that the volunteers under the scheme shall be engaged on temporary basis with no claim or right for regular appointment to any post under the deploying agency / department.  

Earlier, giving details of the NYCS, the Minister said that Union government had decided to engage 20,000 volunteers across the country (8000 for J&K) under the age group of 18-25 years under NYC for their deployment in various sectors for a period of two years. The objective was to engage the youth in nation building activities like to serve as tourist volunteers (guides) for handling the heavy inflow of pilgrims at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi and Shri Amarnath Ji Yatra, cleaning and maintenance of Dal and Nageen Lake, National Mission for female literacy, Health and sanitation programmes etc, and during the period of their engagement they were entitled for the honorarium of Rs. 2500/- per month. However, against 8000 NYC volunteers sanctioned (7700 through Youth Services & Sports Department and 300 through Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan) only 6956 volunteers were in position. The process of engagement was completed through Deputy Commissioners of the concerned districts during 2010 and the department of Youth Services and Sports acted as funding channel.

The Minister further said that the engagement of volunteers so engaged has already expired in December, 2012. The Union government so far released Rs. 38.47 crore for meeting the expenditure by the State government on account of honorarium of NYC volunteers and the entire amount stands released. The Union Government has been requested to release the balance fund of Rs. 3.27 crore, he added.


Calling Attention Notice

Monthly, 17617 qtls of ration distributed in distt Reasi: Vikar

JAMMU, FEBRUARY 24- Minister of State for CA&PD, Mr. Vikar Rasool today informed the House that the ration for the month of February, 2014 could not be distributed to the people of village Kanjli of Tehsil and District Reasi as the dealer has been placed under suspension based on a complaint.

The Minister was replying to a Calling Attention Notice by Mr. Jugal Kishore in the Legislative Council.

The Minister said that the ration for the month of February of village Kanjli is lying with the department at Food Store Reasi and the department is in the process of resolving the issue and ration will be provided to the people at the earliest.

The Minister also informed the House that Union Ministry of Food allocates food grains to CA&PD on basis of projected families of the year 2000 i.e. 18.02 lakh families, however, the state government is allocating food grains on the basis of 2001 census i.e. 19.72 lakh families. He further informed that district Reasi has 20687 APL, 20030 BPL and 9618 AAY ration card holder families as per census 2001, against which 17617 quintals of ration is being supplied in full on monthly basis to the families.

Calling Attention Notice

Jammu-Poonch, Baramulla-Kupwara rail link project not yet sanctioned: Sadhotra

JAMMU, FEBRUARY 24- Minister for Planning and Development, Mr. Ajay Kumar Sadhotra today informed the House that reports on railway projects connecting Jammu to Poonch and Baramulla to Kupwara, based on a preliminary engineering-cum-traffic survey, carried out by the Northern Railways Construction Organization have been submitted to the Railway Board, Union Ministry of Railways. However, the Minister said that these projects have not yet been sanctioned. 


The Minister was replying to a Calling Attention Notice by Dr. Shehnaz Ganai in the Legislative Council today.

The Minister said that these railway lines connecting Jammu to Rajouri-Poonch and Baramulla to Kupwara are very essential for overall socio-economic progress and the state government is taking up the matter with the Union government for early start of these projects.  

Business in Council

110 projects submitted to Union Ministry of RD for approval: Taj

Roads under PMGSY taken as per CUPL

JAMMU, FEBRUARY 24- Minister for Medical Education and Youth Service and Sports, Mr. Taj Mohi-ud-Din while replying to a discussion raised by Dr. Bashir Ahmad Veeri said that DPR of Rs. 25.86 crore for Chachkot-Panjpora-Marhama-Banderpora-Kanelwan-Nanil-Akura road of 19 km has been submitted under PHASE-X of PMGSY, besides DPR of Rs. 75.06 crore for Margan Pass and DPR of Rs. of Rs. 16.75 crore for Mohripura Soaf road have also been submitted for funding under Phase-X to the Centre.

The Minister said that in accordance with the PMGSY guidelines for upgradation of roads, a survey was initiated and depending on the deficiencies and severity of damages, the roads are graded as 1, 2 or 3, called the Pavement Condition Index (PCI). He said a list of works /schemes is prepared for the entire district in order of priority to be taken up under Comprehensive Upgradation Priority List (CUPL) and the roads are taken from this list as per the ceiling indicating by the Union Government. He said although the state government is entitled for upgradation of only 70 km of road length however, the department has submitted a comprehensive proposal to Union Ministry of Rural Development comprising 110 projects at an estimated cost of Rs. 1828 crore covering a length of 1160 km for approval.

The Minister further informed that roads under CUPL of PMGSY in Anantnag district will be taken in the next phase of PMGSY as per priority/PCI.   


Business in Council

Work on Srinagar-Baramulla-Uri progressing: Taj

Bottlenecks on account of shifting of structures being resolved

JAMMU, FEBRUARY 24- Minister for Medical Education and Youth Service and Sports, Mr. Taj Mohi-ud-Din while replying to a discussion raised by Mr. G. N. Monga informed the House that the 4-lane National Highway Project from Srinagar to Baramulla taking off at Parimpora is being developed by Project Beacon under PMRP.

The Minister said that 80% Formation Work and 64% permanent works from Parimpora to Narbal junction has been completed and the surfacing work will start only after the Union Ministry of Road Transport & Highways sanction. However, the project is facing some bottlenecks on account of shifting of some structures and efforts are being made by the district administration to resolve these bottlenecks at the earliest.

Similarly, the Minister added that the National Highway from Narbal junction (Km 14.20 to Km 101) has been developed by the Project Beacon to National Highway double lane specifications except for a stretch of 1.69 km between Km 78 to Km 95. The Revenue authorities have completed verification and it is expected that the land will be handed over to BRO shortly.


Business in Council

Vehicles purchased as per the approved Car Policy: Sadhotra

JAMMU – Minister for Planning and Development, Mr. Ajay Kumar Sadhotra today informed the House that the State Motor Garages Department purchases the vehicles sanctioned by the Government as per the approved Car Policy of the State and the department does not go for tendering as specific make of vehicles is required to be purchased.

The Minister was replying to a discussion raised by Mr. G. N. Monga in the Legislative Council today.

Mr. Sadhotra said that orders are placed as per the DGS&D / Special Government Prices/rates with the vehicle manufacturers directly as per the requirements.

The Minister further informed that the State Motor Garages Department has its own full-fledged regional workshops at Jammu and Srinagar besides other District Level Workshops and as such does not repair its vehicles from private firms.

The Minister said that in terms of the State Car Policy all the dignitaries/officers are provided vehicles are per the make entitled strictly in light of the Car Policy in vogue.


Discussion on working of Ministries of Health and Medical Education
Efforts on to improve healthcare system: Taj
State awarded for better and improved medicare facilities: Sham
11 Members take part in discussion
JAMMU : The Minister for Medical Education, Taj Mohi-ud-Din informed the House that efforts are on to further improve the medicare facilities in the hospitals across the State, adding that need is to create greater sense of dedication among the medical staff.
The Minister was replying to the queries and points raised by the Members while taking part in the discussion on working of Health and Medical Education Departments in the House today.
Taj said that evening clinics have been opened to provide healthcare consultations by specialists to the patients who otherwise cannot avail consultations in the Hospitals during day time due to varied reasons, adding the purpose of the exercise was to check private practice of Government doctors.
The Minister said that computerized system is being introduced in the Hospitals to maintain medical records of the patients. He said despite limitation of resources latest equipment and machines have been installed in the health institutions as per the demand to cater the needs of the patients.
The Minister said that heath care in Maternity and Children Hospitals have also been improved, with the result the Health indicators have improved compared to States. He further informed that 915 doctors are in place against the sanctioned posts of 1995 in Medical education department. He said the same is the position of para medical staff where only 3000 posts are in position against the sanctioned strength of over 5000 posts, adding that 1000 nurses are in the process of selection.
Sham Lal Sharma while replying on behalf of Health Minister informed the House that every effort was made during past five years to bring more efficiency in health care delivery system; adding about 9000 new posts have been created besides making appointment of 320 Dental Surgeons and 2000 ISM doctors.
The Minister said that State has received awards for providing better and improved medicare facilities at primary and secondary level Health Institutions, adding that Finance Commission also awarded Rs. 20 crore in recognition of the performance. He said the liberal funding of Central Government enabled the State to create vast health infrastructure. He said District Hospital and AMT School coming up in the District Reasi would be expedited while funds for L.G.Pora health centre in Kulgam district would be made available as per requirement of the project. He said ambulance deficiency in Leh besides issue of Amchies would be addressed.
The Minister said that CT-Scan machine will shortly be installed in District Hospital Poonch, adding that due care would be taken while setting up new health centres in the State. He said transfer policy is already in the department and expressed need for its effective implementation.
Admitting the dearth of doctors in the hospitals, Sham Lal said that necessary steps have been taken to address this issue. He said DPRs for Sub District Hospital Sunderbani stands framed and Rs. 70 lakh have been earmarked for the project.
Earlier, the member while taking part in the discussion expressed their views about the working of the Ministries and suggested measures for further improvement medicare facilities in the State. The Members, who took part in the discussion included Dr. Bashir Ahmad Veeri, Jahangir Hussain Mir, Khalid Najeeb Suharwardhy, Syed Naeem Akhtar, Sham Lal Baghat, Syed Mohammad Rafiq Shah, Naresh Kumar Gupta, Jugal Kishore Sharma, Ravinder Kumar Sharma, Narboo Gialchan and Abdul Majeed Bhat.