Proceedings of Legislative Council on 5th of March

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Question Hour
Work on Thandapani stadium to be started after land issue is resolved: Sadhotra
Rs. 7.39 cr each for Handwara, Kupwara towns under R-APDRP
JAMMU – Minister for Planning, Labour and Development, Mr. Ajay Kumar Sadhotra replying to a question by Mr. Ravinder Kumar Sharma today informed in the Legislative Council that the work on sports stadium at Thandapani was taken up for which Rs. 1 Lakh was provided by the concerned MLC during the year 2011-12. However, Forest Department claimed the proposed piece of land for construction of Stadium pertains to them. The construction work on the project was stopped and the land issue is yet to be resolved, he added.
The Minister replying to supplementary by Ghulam Qadir Pardesi assured that as soon as the land issue is resolved, the construction work on the stadium would be started.
Replying to another question by Mr. Vijay Bakaya, the Minister informed that the Government is committed to ensure uninterrupted power supply to the metered areas.  He said due to losses sustained on account of illegal hooking, pilferage and theft resorted to by the consumers; the department has issued curtailment scheduled of 2 hour power supply in metered areas.
The Minister informed that in the unmetered and partially metered 11KV feeders, 8 hours normal curtailment is being carried out. The T&D losses are still around 53% which clearly indicate that energy is not billed up to 100% even in metered areas, he added.
Mr. Sadhotra  said that sometimes regular power supply gets affected due to break down and outage of Grid Stations and damages to the system network caused by natural calamities, vagaries of weather, failure of electrical equipment, adding that  all such outages are attended on priority to ensure power supply to all  affected areas.
G. N Monga and B. R. Kundal raised supplementary.
Replying to another question of Syed Mohammad Rafiq Shah raised by Dr. Bashir Ahmed Veeri, Mr. Sadhotra said that the power infrastructure in District Kupwara is old, which requires maintenance and improvement.
The Minister informed that HT/LT network improvement scheme has been launched in the State for which an amount of Rs. 20 crore (Rs. 1 crore per district) has been allocated, of which Rs. 0.5 crore per district have been released so far during the current fiscal.
Mr. Sadhotra informed that the aim of the scheme was to replace the rotten poles, un-serviceable/ unauthorized conductors; replacement of un-authorized/ sub-standard line supports with standard poles, replacement of damaged LT cables of Distribution Transformers, replacement of damaged insulators and damaged earthing of Distribution Sub-Stations. Priority is accorded to vulnerable spots where distribution network poses risk to life and property.
As many as 38 Mohalla/ villages of Kupwara District have been taken up under the scheme during the year 2013-14, he maintained.
The Minister further informed that R-APDRP scheme has been sanctioned for 30 towns of the State for the areas having population 10,000 and above.  He said Handwara and Kupwara towns are also covered under the programme with an estimated cost of Rs. 7.39 cores for each. The provision of Aerial Bunched Cables (ABC) and High Voltage Distribution System (DVDS) in R-APDRP shall help in revamping of distribution system in these areas, he maintained.
Mr. Sadhotra said that the Electricity Tariff in J&K is being determined by Jammu and Kashmir State Electricity Regulatory Commission (JKSERC) which is an autonomous body established under J&K Electricity Act 2010. He said that the Commission fixes tariff of all consumer categories including domestic category in a transparent manner, adding that the monthly bills of electricity charges are issued to the consumers as per the existing electricity tariff approved by J&K SERC.
He further said that there are 17568 domestic, industrial and commercial consumers metered and about 356191 non- metered consumers of all categories in District Kupwara.
In replying to another question by Mr. Naresh Kumar Gupta, the Minister said that in view of the creation of new administrative units in the State, the respective Deputy Commissioners have already been advised to prepare plan for re-organization of the units (Proposed/fixed) on rational basis for public convenience and administrative viability.
The Minister said that there are two Judicial District/Sessions Divisions in Revenue District Doda, of which one Headquartered at Bhaderwah, having jurisdiction in Civil and Criminal matters, triable before District Judge, in respect of Bhaderwah and Gandoh (Bhalessa) and the other headquartered at Doda having similar jurisdiction over Doda and Thathri. However, the Court of Additional District and Sessions Judge Doda has Jurisdiction over entire District Doda under prevention of Corruption Act.

Opening of Timber Sale depot at Haripur under consideration:  Altaf
JAMMU : The proposal for opening of Timber Sale depot Haripur Tehsil Hiranagar, District Kathua is under examination and will be considered keeping in view the past precedence, feasibility, availability of infrastructure and manpower in the department.
The information was given by Minister for Forests and Environment Mian Altaf Ahmad while replying to a question by Mr. Subash Chander Gupta in Legislative Council today.
DPRs of four- lane Pandach- Beehama Sector framed: Wani
The DPRs for four lanning of Pandach-Beehama sector (Phase-I, Km-1 & IInd) costing Rs. 25.32 crore comprising Rs. 12.48 crore of acquisition cost and Rs. 12.84 crore of Development cost has been framed. The work shall commence after availability of funds.
The information was given by the Minister for R&B, Mr. Abdul Majid Wani while replying to a question by Sheikh Ghulam Rasool in the Legislative Council today.
The Minister further informed that the road stretch km 12 (Batpura) to Km 30 (Wayil Junction) of Srinagar-Sonamarg is of intermediate width (IW) specification and is being maintained by BRO. He said the stretch is aligned through built-up area which is susceptible to traffic congestion. He said the construction of Wayil Bye pass to National Highway Double Lane (NHDL) specifications from Shailtang to Wayil has reduced the congestion problem to a large extent.
The Minister further said that transfer of road sector from Hazratbal Zakoora crossing to Wayil, (Km 12-13) of Srinagar Leh Highway, a proposal for transfer of said stretch from BRO to PWD is under process for which consent of Government of India is being obtained before issuing formal notification.
Replying to another question by Mr. Sham Lal Bhagat, the Minister informed that the work on the execution in the first part of work i.e. Atholie to Pallali on the PMGSY road connecting to Machail Chandi Mata Mandir in Padder Tehsil of Kishtwar district has been stopped due to stay of the High Court.
The construction work of the road would be completed by June 2016 subject to the vacation of stay order.
PHC Khonmoh ineligible for upgradation: Taj
Minister for Health & Medical Education Mr. Taj Mohi-ud-Din while replying to a question by Sheikh Ghulam Qadir Pardesi informed that PHC Khonmoh was established in 1993.
The Minister further informed that the population of Khonmoh including its adjacent areas is 26,000 souls, which as per the population norms (80,000 souls in hilly areas and 1.20 lakh souls in plain areas), does not make the PHC eligible for upgradation to the level of Sub District Hospital.
261 hand pumps installed in four districts during current fiscal: Gurezi
As many as 261 Machine Drilled Hand Pumps have been constructed in the districts of Anantnag, Pulwama, Shopian and Kulgam on the recommendations of various public representatives.
The Minister of State for PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control, Mr. Nazir Ahmad Gurezi was replying to a question by Mr. Showkat Hussain Ganai in Legislative Council today.
The Minister  further informed that out of these 261 hand pumps, 83 have been constructed in Anantnag, 75 in Kulgam, 60 in Pulwama and 43 in Shopian district respectively during 2013-14.

Business in Council
Calling Attention Notice
Municipal land not encroached in Sainik Colony, GK:  Jora
JAMMU : Minister for Urban Development and Urban Local Bodies, Mr. Nawang Rigzin Jora while replying to a Calling Attention Notice by Syed Rafiq Shah in Legislative Council informed that no Municipal land has been encroached in Sainik Colony and Greater Kailash (GK) areas, which fall within the jurisdiction of Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC).
The Minister informed that 2982 kanals of land in Revenue village Sunjwan has been transferred to JDA. He said the land is neither demarcated nor its possession has been handed over to JDA by Revenue department till date. He further added that enforcement wing of Jammu Municipal Corporation undertakes drive against the construction made in violation of Master Plan and building Bye Laws. Necessary action under law has been taken against the violators from time to time, he added.

Business in Council
Calling Attention Notice
4 Health Sub-Centres approved for Homeshalibugh: Taj
JAMMU: Minister for Health and Medical Education,  Mr. Taj Mohi-ud-Din while replying to a Calling Attention Notice by Mr. Abdul Majeed Baht in Legislative Council today said that sub-centres were not sanctioned for Palnoo, Hanger and Parigam villages in Homeshalbugh Constituency, however, sub-centres in these villages were opened on internal adjustment basis and were functioning till the year 2012.
The Minister said that the Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has in supplementary PIP 2013-14,  approved 4 sub-centres at Pari-Payeen, Palnoo, G.B. Khalil and Dessend villages of Homeshalibugh Constituency under the NRHM on the principle of “Time to Care” i.e. half an hour travel distance on foot from the habitation to the sub-centre and the catchment area.
Mr. Taj further said that the Sub-Centers would be made functional once the staff is sanctioned, for which the matter has been taken up with the Union Government.


Business in Council
Calling Attention Notice
Expert Committee to look into creation of new AUs: Sadhotra
JAMMU : Minister for Planning, Labour and Employment Mr. Ajay Sadhotra while replying to a Calling Attention Notice by Sheikh Ghulam Rasool said that a Committee headed by Mr. Mushtaq Ganai was constituted by the Government in order to look into demands for creation of New Administrative Units (AUs) in the State.
The Minister said the Committee recommended the creation of one Sub-Division at Kangan, a CD Block at Gund and Two Naibats, one each at Wakura and Kangan in district Ganderbal. He said, subsequently, the Government constituted a Cabinet Sub-Committee headed by the Deputy Chief Minister to work out modalities for implementation of the Ganai Committee report and to take on board additional demands for creation of new administrative units.
Mr. Sadhotra said that while making recommendations for creation of new administrative units in the State, the Cabinet Sub-Committee also recommended creation of Tehsils for Gund, Wakura and Tulmullah (Khir Bhawani), CD Blocks for Sher Pathri and Saffapora and Naibats at Saffapora, Sher Pathree and Manigam in district Ganderbal.
The Minister further told that the Phak area is not much far away from District Headquarter Ganderbal, however, the Chief Minister has announced the constitution of an Expert Committee for examination of the feasibility and demand of creation of new administrative units in the left out areas. He said, in case the public of Phak area feel aggrieved, they can project their demand before the said Committee as and when constituted by the Government, he added.

Deferred question
IBM servers used for implementing SKIMS: Feroz
JAMMU : Minister of State for Information Technology, Mr. Feroz Ahmad Khan today said that government during 2001-02 purchased two IBM Servers for Secretariat in Jammu and Srinagar at a cost of Rs. 2.10 crore. The said machines were made functional for implementation of the Secretariat Knowledge and Information Management System (SKIMS) and are in operational mode.
The Minister was replying to a short notice question by Dr. B. A. Veeri in Legislative Council.
Govt keen on conservation, restoration of historical Poonch Fort: Sadhotra
Steps taken to promote tourism activities in Rajouri, Poonch
Minister for Planning and Development, Mr. Ajay Sadhotra While replying to a question by Dr. Shehnaz Ganai said that government has taken several steps to promote pilgrimage and adventure tourism in Rajouri and Poonch districts. He said that an integrated tourist circuit Rajouri has been sanctioned at a cost of Rs. 598.53 lakh for developing tourist related infrastructure at Ziyarat Sharief Sain Gangi, Gura Top, Chitti Bathi, Darhal, Topa Ziyarat etc. He said that construction work on TRC at Shahdra Sharief has also been completed by Rajouri Development Authority at a cost of Rs. 1.71 crore besides this, Yatri Niwas at Mangla Mata, Rajouri has been completed at a cost of Rs. 63.81 lakhs by Directorate of Tourism, Jammu.
The Minister further said that construction work on Baitul Zaireen at Rajouri has also been taken up at a cost of Rs. 5 crore under Special Task Force for Jammu.
Similarly, the Minister said in Poonch a project “Development of Mughal road lake circuit infrastructure Development of Girgan, the valley of seven lakes” has been sanctioned at a cost of Rs. 419 lakhs and another project “Development and Promotion of Pilgrim Circuit (TRC at Gurduwara Nangali Sahib, TRC at Shri Budha Amarnath Ji and TRC at Ziarat Sain Miran Sahib)” has also been sanctioned. The Minister further added that yatri niwas at Nangali Sahib, Budha Amarnath, Sain Mira Shaib have also been completed.
Mr. Sadhotra said that many wayside amenities have also been developed at Rajouri and Poonch at various places.
Regarding the restoration of historical Poonch Fort, the Minister said that the restoration work was taken up in hand in the year 2006-07 at a cost of Rs. 40.55 lakhs. During the year 2011-12 another project namely “Conservation and Restoration Plan for Poonch Fort” was sanctioned at a cost of Rs. 3.79 crore and the work is in progress.
Mr. Sadhotra informed that Poonch Development Authority has been instructed to float an expression of Interest (EOI) for preparation of comprehensive DPR for conservation /restoration of left out portion of the Fort.

Business in Council
Secretary LC reads messages regarding Bills
JAMMU : The Secretary J&K Legislative Council, Mr. Mohammad Ashraf Mir today read the messages received from J&K Legislative Assembly regarding the Bills passed by the Legislative Assembly at its sitting held on 4th March, 2014 for recommendation/consideration of the Legislative Council and laid the Bills on the Table of the House.

Chairman appreciates Government, Information Deptt, print, electronic media
JAMMU,: Chairman, Legislative Council, Amrit Malhotra while adjourning the House sine-die today expressed gratitude to print and electronic media, especially Information Department, Radio and Doordarshan, for giving due coverage of the proceedings of the Council. He also appreciated the officers and officials of the Council Secretariat for working tirelessly during day and night for running the business of the House smoothly.
Appreciating the Information Department, the Chairman said that it has performed its job in a most professional manner and its contribution is highly appreciable.
The Chairman also appreciated the Members for raising effectively the public interest issues besides extending support to the chair for conducting smoothly the business of the House. The Chairman also hailed the services of other departments associated with the business of the House.
Later the Members also thanked all those departments and media agencies associated with the conduct of the Budget Session.
Mr. Malhotra said as many as 311 Starred Questions were received, of which, 243 were taken up. Similarly out of 113 received Un-starred Questions, 106 were taken up. He said out of 6 Short Notice Questions, one was taken up and out of 7 Notices received under Rule 60-A, one was taken up besides out of the 7 Half-an-Hour Notice questions, 3 were taken up.
The Chairman said that out of 16 Private Members Bills, 15 were taken up, 16 papers were laid on the table of the House, 68 Calling Attention Notices were received, of which 37 were taken up,  9 Private members Resolutions were received and 8 were taken up. He said that 4 Money Bills were received and returned.  Similarly 7 Bills other than the Money Bills were received and passed during the session.
The working of the 6 Ministries was also discussed during the session, he informed.

Business in Council
House considers, returns 3 bills
JAMMU: The House considered and returned 3 bills as passed by the Legislative Assembly.
These included a Bill moved by Minister for Rural Development and Panchayat, Mr. Ali Mohammad Sagar to establish Ombudsman for Panchayats for the purpose of investigating charges of corruption or maladministration in Panchayati Raj Institutions in the state (L.A Bill No. 8 of 2014) and the bill to amend the Jammu and Kashmir Panchayat Raj Act, 1989(L.A Bill No. 12 of 2014).
The  Bill moved by Minister for Health and Medical Education, Mr. Taj Mohi-ud-Din to provide for establishment of paramedical Council in the State and to regulate the practice by Paramedical Practitioners and institutions (L.A Bill No. 7 of 2014) was also considered and returned by the House.

LC passes 6 bills
JAMMU : The House today passed 6 bills earlier passed by Legislative Assembly. These included a bill moved by the Minister for Finance, on behalf of the Chief Minister, to amend the Prevention of Corruption Act, Samvat 2006 (LA Bill No. 2 of 2014, the Bill moved by the Minister for Forest, Environment & Ecology to amend the Jammu and Kashmir Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1978 (LA Bill No. 6 of 2014) moved by Minister for Forests.
The House also passed the  Bill to amend the Jammu and Kashmir Representation of the People Act, 1957 and State Ranbir Penal Code, Samvat 1989 (LA Bill No. 4 of  2014) and the Bill to amend Ranbir Panal Code, Samvat 1989, the Code of Criminal Procedure, Samvat 1989 and the Evidence Act, Samvat 1977 (LA Bill No. 15 of 2013)  moved by the Minister for Finance on behalf of Minister for Law, Justice & Parliamentary Affairs besides a bill moved by the Minister for Higher Education, Mr. Mohammad Akbar Lone to amend the Jammu and Kashmir Universities Act, 1969 (LA Bill No. 3 of 2014).  A Bill to amend the Jammu and Kashmir Value Added Tax Act, 2005 (LA Bill No. 11 of 2014), moved by Minister for Finance, Mr. Abdul Rahim Rather was also passed by the House.