Proceedings of Legislative Council on 4th March

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Council-2014

Question Hour

Work on NH-1 Srinagar-Bla-Uri progressing: Sadhotra

JAMMU – Minister for Planning, Labour and Employment, Mr. Ajay Sadhotra today informed the House that slow pace of work is attributed to certain bottlenecks, like land acquisition, shifting of structures etc for which matter has been taken up with the concerned district administration.

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The Minister was replying to a question by Mr. Muhammad Muzaffer Parray in the Legislative Council today.

The Minister informed that the National Highway Srinagar-Baramulla-Uri (NH-1) taking off from Parimpora (KM 6.75 to Km 14.20) is being developed from National Double Lane (NHDL) specifications to National Highway Four Lane (NHFL) specifications by project BEACON under PMRP.

 The Minister further informed that, similarly, the National Highway from Km 14.20 to KM 101 has been developed by Project BEACON to National Highway Double Lane specifications expect for a stretch of 1.69 kms.

Mr. Ajatshatru Singh, Mr. Khalid Najeeb Suharwardhy and Mr. Jahangir Hussain Mir raised the supplementaries.

Receiving Station Bagh-i-Mehtab being augmented under R-APDRP: Vikar

Minister of State for Power, Mr. Vikar Rasool while replying to a question by Mr. Ali Mohammad Dar in Legislative Council informed that augmentation of Receiving Station, Bagh-i-Mehtab is being taken up under R-APDRP from existing 2×6.3 MVA to 2×10 MVA and in this regard tenders have been floated.

The Minister further told that the capacity of the Receiving Stations viz, Chadoora, Bag-i-Mehtab & Bagat-i-Kanipora is sufficient to cater to the registered load.

Mr. G. Q. Pardesi and Sheikh Ghulam Rasool raised the supplementaries.

DSSRB Kargil advertised for vacant posts: Gurezi

TAC clears 10 flood protection works under FMP for Poonch

Minister of State for PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control, Mr. Nazir Ahmad Gurezi on behalf of Ladakh Affairs, today informed the House that District Service Selection Recruitment Board (DSSRB), LAHDC, Kargil has advertised 274 vacancies of Non-Gazetted Cadre and 70 Class-IV vacancies till date.

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

The Minister said that the interview / written tests for these posts will be held immediately after re-opening of roads to the snow bound areas in the district. He further said that all possible efforts are being made to fill up vacancies in the district at the earliest; whileas 95 posts in the Gazetted Cadre of District Kargil have been referred to Jammu and Kashmir Public Service Commission for recruitment.

Replying to another question by Mr. Abdul Majeed Bhat, the Minister informed the House that the existing defunct filtration plant for Qaimoh was sanctioned for renovation at an estimated cost of Rs. 15 lakh for which an amount of Rs. 7 lakh have been released against which Rs. 6.86 lakh have been incurred up to January, 2014. The plant would be commissioned before March, 2014 as 90% work on the project stands completed, he added. 

In another question by Mr. Khalid Najeeb Suharwardy, the Minister said that the work on the laying and fitting of Gravity main of the water supply scheme for Doda Town has been completed up to length of 25.60 kms, out of 26.20 kms and there is a balance of 0.60 km only.

The Minister further said that under the new schemes, filtration plants are included in the Detailed Project Reports (DPR) and for completed schemes where source is surface water, filtration plants are proposed to be executed in a phased manner.

The Minister said that the status of Water Supply Schemes of village Balwana, Khankote, Mohalla, Barshalla, Breswana, Manthori, Parsholla, Gundna, Malwana, Tantna and Ludna of Block Gundna; Hanch, Malna, Dhar, Dashnan, Kalihand, Aal, Udhyanpur, Sulhand, Shiva, Sherena and Jodhpur in Doda Block; Beoli, Bijarni, Bhagwah, Forwan, Malwas, Kharote and Mainchar in Bhagwah Block; Paryote, Khellani, Sarsi, Saras, Mothi, Goha, Roat, Bari, Sewat in Marmat are at different stages of execution.  Some villages are being provided drinking water supply through PHE water Tankers.  

Mr. Naresh Gupta raised the supplementary.

Mr. Gurezi in reply to another question by Dr. Shehnaz Ganai informed the House that damages to the tune of Rs. 192.59 lakhs on account of 134 works have occurred to Irrigation & Flood Control infrastructure due to flash flood of August 2013 in district Poonch.

The Minister further informed that the department has prepared detailed project reports amounting to Rs. 12396.75 lakhs (eight projects in Haveli constituency and one each in Surankote and Mendhar constituency) for flood protection works and same have been cleared in 10th Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) in principle under Flood Management Programme (FMP).  No compensation has been paid to the individuals by the department, he maintained,

Vacant posts of teachers, lecturers referred to recruiting agencies: Feroz

Minister of State for School Education, Mr. Feroz Ahmad Khan replying to  a question by Mr. Jahangir Hussain Mir informed the House that Rs. 11259.65 lakhs have expended covering 22733 institutions benefitting1107737 students during 2012-13  and Rs. 5869.60 lakh respectively was incurred during and 2013-14(upto Dec) covering 22965 institutions and 1101502 students in  Mid-Day-Meal scheme.

The Minister said that 526 Middle Schools have been upgraded to the level of High Schools from its inception and 306 existing HS/HSS have been covered for additional accommodation under strengthening component of RMSA.  He said that against a target of 7008; as many as 6834 primary schools have been upgraded so far under SSA. He further told that 10712 Primary Schools against a target of 10809 have been opened under SSA

The Minister further said that under teacher education, the teacher Education Appraisal Board (TEAB) approved an amount of Rs. 2501.16 lakhs (Rs. 1875.88 lakhs as Central Share and 625.28 lakhs as State Share) during the current financial year 2013-14, while as out of the said amount, the Union Government has released an amount of Rs. 937.94 lakhs as first installment as Central Assistance which has been submitted to the Finance Department for credit confirmation, the Minister added.

Mr. Feroz said 8028 posts of teachers are presently available under direct recruitment quota and have been referred to J&K SSRB for selection of suitable candidates and 2910 posts of Lecturers are presently vacant that includes both promotion and direct quota, 621 posts of Lectures under direct quota have been referred to PSC for selection of suitable candidates.

Dr. Shehnaz Ganai, Mr. B. R. Kundal, Mr. Khalid Najeeb Suharwardhy and Mr. Ajatshtru Singh raised the supplementaries.

Plots at Bajjalta to be allotted soon: Dr Manohar

Minister of State for Cooperatives, Dr. Manohar Lal today informed the House that the possession of plots at Bajjalta Jammu shall be delivered in the current financial year.

The Minister was replying to a question of Mr. Jugal Kishore raised by Naresh Kumar Gupta in the Legislative Council.

Widening work on North-South Corridor is apace: Ajaz

Minister of State for Revenue, Relief and Rehabilitation Mr. Ajaz Ahmad Khan replying to a question by Dr. S Bashir Ahmad Veeri informed that construction work for widening of North South Corridor of National Highway 1-A from Lakhanpur, Kathua to Parimpora, Srinagar is going-on and is being executed by National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) and Border Road Organization (BRO).

          The Minister informed that the widening work on the stretch from Lakhanpur to Jammu (Kunjwani) has been completed, while as the work on Jammu- Udhampur road stretch is in progress and is expected to be completed by December this year.

          The construction work on Udhampur- Cheneni road stretch is to be started, while as the work on Chenani- Nashri tunnel is going on in full swing and is expected to be completed by May, 2016, the Minister added.

          Mr. Ajaz informed that the work on Ramban- Banihal section has not been taken up yet as the approval for the said stretch is pending with the Union Ministry of Road, Transport and Highways. He said as far as Banihal and remaining part of National Highway in Kashmir Division is concerned, there are two stretches namely Banihal-Srinagar and Srinagar- Uri which are being executed by NHAI and BRO respectively. The work on Banihal- Qazigund Tunnel is in progress and is likely to be completed by June, 2016.

           The Minister said that the land for construction of road between Qazigund – Srinagar stands handed over to NHAI. The work on the said stretch is in progress and is expected to be completed by the end of 2014, he added.

The work on Parimpora, Srinagar to Baramulla has not been taken up yet as no indent has so far been received by the Collectors concerned  for acquisition of Land, the Minister said, adding that the work on Baramulla- Uri stretch is going-on as the land for the purpose stands handed over to the executing agency by the concerned Collector.

Mr. Ajaz said that as many as 33 chinar trees were coming under the alignment in Anantnag District, of which 18 have been felled down so far. Moreover, 58 chinar trees have been permitted to fell down in Pulwama District for which the permission was granted by the concerned Deputy Commissioners, he maintained.

Sheikh Ghulam Rasool, Ghulam Qadir pardesi, Showkat Hussain Ganai and Jehangir Hussain Mir, also raised the supplementary.

Two drainage projects underway in R S Pura: Kichloo

 Minister of State for Urban Development and Urban Local Bodies Mr. Sajjad Ahmad Kichloo replying to a question by Mr. B R Kundal informed that presently two drainage projects namely Drainage Scheme R S pura Phase-II under State Plan and Drainage Project R S Pura under Border Area Development Programme (BADP) are under execution in R. S Pura at an estimated cost of Rs. 183.13 lakh and 211.67 lakh respectively.

          The minister further informed the house that the DPRs of the towns not covered under UIDSSMT- JNNURM Phase –Ist including R.S. Pura town is being prepared under Phase-II at revised schedule rates, as & when DPRs are prepared, the scheme shall be placed before SLSC for subsequent approval of Government of India.

 

Business in Council

Dr. Manohar lays copies of CAG Audit report in LC

JAMMU : Minister of State for Finance Dr. Manohar Lal Sharma today laid on the table of the House, copies of CAG’s Audit Report on State Finances for the year ended 31st March, 2013; CAG’s Audit Report on Revenue Sector and Public  Sector Undertakings( Social, General, Economic Sector) for the year ended 31st March, 2013 ( Report No. 1  of the year 2014); CAG’s Audit Report on Social, Economic and General Sectors ( Non-PSUs) for the year ended March,2013 ( Report No. 2 of 2014); Finance Accounts 2012-13 (Volume-I); Finance Accounts 2012-13 (Volume-II) and Appropriation Accounts for the year2012-13. 

 

Business in Council

52nd Report of the Committee on Public Accounts presented

JAMMU – Mr. Ajatshatru Singh presented 52nd Report of the Committee on Public Accounts 2013-2014 in the House today.

 

Business in Council

Vacant Posts to be filled shortly: Akbar Lone

Performance of Schools, colleges being monitored

JAMMU – Assuring the House to further improve education system in the State besides considering suggestions of the Members, the Minister for Higher Education Mohammad Akbar Lone said that monitoring mechanism would be made more effective at all levels, adding punctuality of staff and attendance of students is being observed in all educational institutions across the State.   

The Minister was replying to the discussion on the working of Education and Higher Education Departments in the Legislative Council today.

The Minister said that besides upgradation of schools, scores of new schools and colleges were opened in the State. He said schemes like SSA and RMSA helped create better educational infrastructure in the State.

Mr lone said  Sher-i-Kashmir Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah was particular about the spread of education and expansion of educational infrastructure, adding that Sheikh Sahab used to personally visit educational institutions and interact with students and teachers.

The Minister said that academic arrangements have been made to ensure availability of teachers; meanwhile, vacant posts have been referred to the recruiting agencies. He said 1800 posts would be advertised this year and the process has been started by the department.

The Minister said that the 10+2 teachers posted in Ladakh region who have completed their term, would be transferred back shortly.

Regarding imparting moral education to the students, the Minister said it is the collective responsibility of teachers, parents and the society to sensitize children about our core values.     

          The Members, who took part in the discussion included Jahangir Hussain Mir, Sheikh Ghulam Rasool, Khalid Najeeb Suhrwardy, Sham Lal Baghat, Nurboo Gialchan, Aga Syed Ahmad Rizvi, Ravinder Kumar Sharma, Syed Naeem Akhtar, Vijay Bakaya, Naresh Kumar Gupta,Abdul Majid Bhat, Showkat Hussain Ganie and Devindar Singh Rana.

 

Council—2014

Calling Attention

Steps taken to regulate movement of heavy vehicles in residential areas: Sadhotra

JAMMU :   Minister for Planning and Development, Mr. Ajay Kumar Sadhotra replying to a Calling Attention Notice by Mr. Vijay Bakaya said that excavation of sand- Bajri from Tawi bed is being regulated by Geology & Mining Department and the movement of heavy vehicles including Trucks and Tractors through Tawi Vihar Cololny in Sidhra can only be restricted once the excavation is banned by the concerned department. However, in order to effectively regulate the plying of heavy vehicle in residential areas, various barriers have been put in place at several points, he added.   

The Minister added that over the years the traffic on roads of Jammu city and new residential colonies has increased manifolds leading to various traffic hazards. Traffic Police has taken steps to manage growing traffic and check traffic violation including pollution with the available resources at its disposal. Besides,special squads carry out random checks to curb traffic related offences, he added. 

 

Council—2014

Calling Attention

1190 patients provided accommodation outside State by H&P Deptt in 2013-14: Vikar

JAMMU :   Minister of State for Hospitality & Protocol, Mr. Vikar Rasool Wani replying to a Calling Attention Notice by Dr. Shahnaz Ganai informed the House that Hospitality & Protocol (H&P) Department provides accommodation to the patients from State at JK House, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi and its other Guest Houses located outside the States.

Mr. Vikar said that as many as 689 patients were provided accommodation during 2013-14, in JK House, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi, 104 in JK House, Prithvi Raj Road, New Delhi, 343 in JK House, Chandigarh, 31 in JK House, Amritsar and 23 in JK House, Mumbai. 

Mr. Vikar said that it has been the endeavor of the department to accommodate as many patients as possible in its guest houses located outside the State, especially those suffering from life consuming diseases. As a special case, they are allowed to stay even beyond the lay down norms, he added.

 

Council—2014

Calling Attention

Rs. 254 cr resettlement plan formulated for Kishan Ganga Hydel Project affectees

 JAMMU :   Minister for Forests Mian Altaf replying to a Calling Attention Notice in the Legislative Council said that 105 Ha Forest land has been diverted for the construction of 330 MW Kishan Ganga Hydel Project in Gurez, besides about 20 Ha has been diverted for construction of underground tunnels for the project.

The Minister was replying to a Calling Attention Notice by Naeem Akhtar.

The Minister said 3864 trees, 1559 polls and 5792 saplings had to be removed to pave way for the execution of project work.

The Minister said that an amount of Rs. 12.71 crore has been provided as compensation for diversion of forest land under Forest Conservation Act and has been deposited in CAMPA.

The NHPC has also released Rs. 3.96 crore on account of Catchment Area Treatment Plan, out of which Rs. 2.87 crore have been released to the Project Officer Kishan Ganga till date.

Under the Fisheries Management Plan, Rs. 25 lakh has been received by the Fisheries Department till date for development of Fisheries and creating infrastructure out of the Rs. 57 lakh agreed by NHPC.

As per the terms and conditions the user agency was asked not to dump debris on forest land, however when violations were observed in this regard, DFO Bandipora raised a penalty bill of Rs. 29.54 lakh in favour of Chief Engineer, NHPC for damaging trees at approved muck dumping sites and the amount stands recovered and remitted in treasury. Similarly, after the Pollution Control Board raised the issue of problems caused by Muck disposal site, Chandigam Bandipora with the NHPC, the user agency stopped dumping of Muck at the site and took protection measures to rehabilitate the site.                  

The Minister further informed that once the Muck disposal sites get fully stabilized and rehabilitated through afforestation, the problem of washing away of muck into Nallahs will stop. Besides the Minister said that as per the Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) there is a provision of Rs. 223 crore for Environment Conservation and Management. 

Regarding dislocation of Sheena speaking ethnic population of Gurez the Minister informed that at the time of conceptualization of the project, initial proposal for construction of dam was upto 77 meters high, which could have resulted in major dislocation of Sheena speaking ethnic population. To prevent dislocation of people, the height of the dam was reduced down upto 37 meters which significantly reduced submergence of Gurez Valley and displacement of affected people. As a result only 2 villages namely Badwan & Khopri in Gurez Valley are affected.

The Minister added that comprehensive plan of relief and rehabilitation has been formulated by the Revenue Department to the tune of Rs. 253.75 crores and has been agreed by NHPC which includes resettlement of affected people alongwith preservation of their ethnicity/ language etc. The rehabilitation plan is presently under process with the Revenue Department for its placement before the State Cabinet for approval.