Proceedings of Legislative Council on 25th of Feb

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Question Hour

Kargil-Zanskar road to be upgraded as National Highway: Wani

            JAMMU, FEBRUARY 25- Minister for R&B, Mr. Abdul Majid Wani today informed the House that the State Government has prepared a preliminary project for widening and upgradation of Kargil-Zanskar road at an estimated cost of Rs. 1015.26 crore and submitted the same to Ministry of Road, Transport & Highway MORTH for approval and funding which is awaited.


The Minister was replying to a question by Aga Syed Ahmad Rizvi in Legislative Council today.

The Minister said that the Kargil-Zanskar road has been declared by Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways as National Highway-301. He said the construction/development of this road is to be funded by Union Ministry of Road, Transport & Highways.

            Replying to another question by Mr. Khalid Najeeb Suhrawardy, the Minister informed the House that the department has formulated an inception report for construction of unconnected roads from Doda-Dessa-Kapran to Verinag and recommended it to the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MORTH) for consideration and declaration as National Highway.

The Minister further informed the House the proposed road shall also include a tunnel of approx. 15 km length and once the road is declared as National Highway, the MORTH shall be able to take further action in the matter.

Mr. Wani also informed that on the recommendations of the consultant, soil investigation for 4 no. of bore holes (2 nos. each) at P1 & P2 of the Ganpat Bridge has been taken up in hand, on receipt of investigation report, the consultant shall submit feasibility/viability report regarding execution of protection work alongwith the sequence for further construction of the bridge.

The Minister said that there are proposals for further upgradation of Doda-Dessa, Khellani-Marmat and Dada-Gundna road while widening work are under execution. He said these roads have also been proposed under PMGSY Phase-X and the DPRs stand submitted to Union Ministry for approval and funding for which sanction is awaited.

Mr. Wani said, at present, there is no proposal for widening of Pul Doda – Doda link road under consideration of the Government, however, widening at narrow stretches and upgradation of Pul-Doda Bagiran link road (double lane bypass link road from PHE reservoir Pul Doda to Ganpat bridge) is under execution and Rs. 42.50 lakhs have been spent so far against the total cost of Rs. 541.50 lakhs.

A road length of 1.85 kms has been made fair weather. There is a requirement of Rs. 128.70 lakh for payment of compensation to structures/land/fruit trees and for shifting of utilities. Due to paucity funds, not much headway could be made against the said work, he informed.

Mr. Devender Singh Rana, Mr. Naresh Gupta, Mr. G. N. Monga, Mr. G. Q. Pardesi, Sheikh Gulam Rasool, Dr. B. A. Veeri, Mr. Naeem Akhter and Mr. Jehangir Hussain Mir also raised their supplementaries.

            In another question by Mr. Jugal Kishore, the R&B Minister said that some commercial establishments which come under the alignment of either side of National Highway from Jammu to Udhampur section have been /are being removed. The compensation is being provided for the land and structures being acquired for widening of the National Highway under provisions of the Land Acquisition Act.

The Minister informed that with the construction of Chanani Nashri Tunnel, the existing localities of Kud, Patnitop and Batote will be bypassed, however, 59 business establishments are coming up under widening of National Highway at Suketar and Jhajjar Kotli (District Jammu).

Bangan-Frisal water supply scheme to be completed by June: Sham

            In order to redress the grievance of the people of Arwani and its adjoining villages, an augmentation Water Supply Scheme Bangan Frisal has been taken up at an estimated cost of Rs. 340 lakhs and will be completed by the end of June-2014.

This information was given by the Minister while replying to a question by Mr. Abdul Majeed Bhat in Legislative Council today.

The Minister said the Water Supply Schemes Arwani and adjoining villages are not defunct, however, the newly developed habitations at higher altitudes are facing shortages of drinking water.

Mr. G. N. Monga also raised supplementary.

Proposal of salesman, helpers for every CA&PD outlet mooted: Ramzan

            The proposal of engaging one salesman and one helper for every sale outlet of CA&PD department is under consideration of the Government and as and when the proposal meets the approval of the Government due consideration will be given to the private dealers, if they meet the eligibility criteria.

The Minister was replying to a question by Mr. Bashir Ahmad Magray in Legislative Council.

The Minister said that the Government has engaged some educated youth as private dealers in CA&PD since long in the state, however, no engagement has been made by the department for last more than four years.

The Minister said that the department is compensating them with commission at the rate of 5% of the sale value of food grains.

Action initiated against illegal occupants of evacuees property: Ajaz

            Minister of State for Revenue, Relief and Rehabilitation, Mr. Ajaz Ahmad Khan while replying to a question by Mr. Ajat Shatru Singh informed the House that the department has initiated appropriate action against those tenants of evacuee property who have sublet their Evacuee Property.

The Minister further informed that during the year 2010, a new policy has been formulated for taking decisions on such issues on case to case basis. He said under the said policy, the possession of the occupants has been sought to be regularized on payment of certain percentage of premium to be charged from the occupants, to be worked out on the basis of potential market value of land under occupation. As a result of the said policy, not only the possession was regularized, but more than Rs. 5 crore has also been generated by the department, he informed.

Mr. Ajaz further informed that the department also initiated proceedings against such illegal occupants under the provisions of law as envisaged under J&K State Evacuees (Administration of property) Act Svt 2006, as property measuring 1001 kanals- 15 Marals in Jammu division has been retrieved in the recent past and fenced on spot.

Syed Rafiq Shah and Mr. Jehangir Hussain Mir raised the supplementaries.

Process to remove disparity in pay of contractual lecturers undertaken: Feroz

            The process to remove disparity in wages to the contractual employees working in education department and those working under various central / state government sponsored schemes and projects is under consideration of the school education department.

This information was given by the Minister of the State for Education, Mr. Feroz Ahmed Khan while replying to a question by Mr. Ali Mohammad Dar in Legislative Council today.

The Minister also informed that contractual lecturers in school education are provided Rs. 7000 per month as salary whereas FMPHW contractual employee in NRHM project is provided Rs.10,800 per month.



Calling Attention Notice

Steps will be taken to maintain Street Lights from Panjtirthi to Tawi Vihar: Kichloo

            JAMMU : Minister of State for Home, Urban Development and Urban Local Bodies Mr. Sajjad Ahmad Kichloo today said that the matter of maintenance of street lights installed between Panjthirthi Chowk to Tawi bridge will be taken up with the JMC although the portion from Tawi Bridge up to entrance of Tawi Vihar Colony is maintained by National Highway Authority of India (NHAI).

This information was given by the Minister while replying to a Calling Attention Notice by Vijay Bakaya in the Legislative Council today.

The Minister further informed that the area from Panjtirthi Chowk up to Tawi Bridge, Sidhra does not fall within the Jurisdiction of Jammu Municipal Corporation. Moreover, the distribution transformer installed near Tawi Bridge Police Chowki by PDD, which is feeding power supply to street lights from Panjtirthi to National Highway Bye-Pass is damaged, he added.



Calling Attention Notice

Steps taken to ensure safe, conducive atmosphere to students, workers, residing outside State: Kichloo

PRC nominated as Liaison Officer, 24X7 Helpline to be available

            JAMMU : Minister of State for Home, Urban Development and Urban Local Bodies Mr. Sajjad Ahmad Kichloo replying to a Calling Attention Notice by Syed Mohammad Rafiq Shah informed the House that it is essential that the students from the State get a conducive and safe atmosphere while pursuing their studies to enable them to realize their dreams and Government has already initiated steps to ensure the same.

Mr. Kichloo informed that the issue of boosting confidence and the sense of security among the people of the State studying outside the State has been raised by the Chief Minister in the Chief Ministers’ Conference on Internal Security from time to time and National Integration Council. He said, besides, the Government is also writing to all the other State Governments seeking their intervention for ensuring a congenial and conducive atmosphere to the people studying, residing and working in their respective States.

The Minister informed that in order to ensure safety and security of the students and workers studying and working in other states, the Government has nominated Principal Resident Commissioner (PRC), J&K, New Delhi as liaison Officer to intimate any incident of alleged harassment of the people of the State. He said dedicated helpline (011-24611108 and 011-24611210) would be available on 24X7 basis in the office of Principal Resident Commissioner, J&K, New Delhi for reporting any incident of harassment.

He said that taking cognizance of the report of alleged harassment of the students of Jammu& Kashmir studying in Himachal Pradesh, the State Government swiftly took up the matter with the concerned Director General of Police and Additional Chief Secretary, Home Himachal Pradesh for immediate necessary action for checking such incidents.



Rafiq, Dar presents Committees reports in LC

            JAMMU : The reports of two Financial Committees were presented in the Upper House today.

Syed Mohammad Rafiq Shah presented the 44th Report of the Committee on Estimates (Eleventh Legislative Assembly) for the year 2013-14.

Mr. Ali Mohammad Dar presented the 46th Report of the Committee on Public Undertakings for the year 2013-14.



House adopts 2 Resolutions, 5 withdrawn

            JAMMU – Two Resolutions were adopted by the House out of 7 moved by Members on different subjects.

The Members who moved the Resolutions included Narboo Gialchan, Khalid Najeeb Suharwardy, Syed Naeem Akhtar, Naresh Kumar Gupta, Bashir Ahmad Magray, Dr. S. Bashir Ahmad Veeri and Dr. Shahnaz Ganai.

The Resolution of Narboo Gialchan pertaining to establishment of special police Range for improving policing in Ladakh region was withdraw by the Member after getting assurance from the Government.

Aga Syed Ahmad Rizvi, Devindar Singh Rana, G.N.Monga, B.R. Kundal and Sheikh Ghulam Rasool spoke in support of the Resolution.

The House adopted the Resolution moved by Khalid Najeeb Suharwardy pertaining to making Urdu Language compulsory subject for all Public Service Commission/Service Selection Board tests and examinations for selection of candidates in services especially in Judiciary, Revenue Police and other relevant department besides in all Government and Private educational institutions in the territory of Jammu and Kashmir up to 8th standard.

The House also adopted the Resolution moved by Syed Naeem Akhtar pertaining to preserving and restoring the old Secretariat Complex Shergarhi Srinagar on the pattern of Mubarak Mandi Jammu.

The Members who spoke on the Resolution included Ajat Shatru Singh, Janhangir Hussain Mir, Dr. S.Bashir Ahmad Veeri and Sheikh Ghulam Rasool.

Naresh Kumar Gupta after getting assurance from the Government withdrew his Resolution pertaining to granting one time exemption in favour all those employees appointed/selected in other districts of the State by way of their selection made on the basis of Inter District Recruitment Policy of the Government.

Sheikh Ghulam Rasool spoke on the Resolution.

Bashir Ahmad Magray also withdrew the Resolution regarding saving of river Jehlum from growing pollution on getting assurance from the Government. Dr. S. Bashir Ahmad Veeri and Ajat Shatru Singh spoke on the Resolution.

Dr.S Bashir Ahmad Veeri also withdrew the Resolution regarding claim of losses suffered by the State of Jammu and Kashmir due to Construction of Ranjit Sagar Dam and Indus Water Treaty (IWT) from Government of Punjab and Government of India respectively, after getting satisfactory reply from the Government. Ravinder Kumar Sharma and Sheikh Ghulam Rasool spoke on the Resolution.

Dr. Shahnaz Ganai also withdrew the Resolution pertaining to starting of work on Jammu-Poonch railway link after getting the assurance from the Government. Ajat Shatru Singh and Dr. Bashir Ahmad Veeri spoke on the Resolution.