Question Hour in LC

Question Hour in LC

SRINAGAR, MAY 28- Minister for Health & Medical Education Bali Bhagat today said that government will soon take action a unauthorized clinics and diagnostic labs in the state.
The Minister was replying to a question by Ashok Khajuria.
The Minister informed the House that district hospitals in the state are already being equipped with modern diagnostic equipments and the government is taking steps to augment their capacity by upgrading health infrastructure in the State.
Mr. Bhagat informed that under National Health Mission, the Central Government has agreed to support PPP mode for outsourcing of diagnostic facilities. He said that 22 hospitals have been upgraded as district hospitals in the state. He also informed that 15 hospitals of which 9 in Jammu and 6 in Kashmir Division have been provided CT scan facilities to improve the patient care.
Ajatshatru Singh,  Iqbal Zaffar Manhas, Javid Mirchal, Surinder Ambardar, Qaisar Jamshed Lone, and Naresh Kumar Gupta raised supplementaries to the question.
Doodh Ganga Water Supply project to be completed as per approved plan: Sham Choudhary
Minister for PHE, Irrigation & Flood Control Sham Lal Choudhary today said that Doodh Ganga Water Supply project will be completed as per the approved plan and design at an estimated cost of Rs 42.54 crore. He said, so far, an amount of Rs 14.28 crore have been incurred on the said project.
The Minister was replying to a question by Ali Mohammad Dar.
Mr. Sham Choudhary informed the House that the project was approved by the Government in 2013 and presently, work on the project is in progress without any issue.
1, 77, 472 beneficiaries covered under JSSK in Jammu division: Bali Bhagat
Minister for Health & Medical Education Bali Bhagat today said that about 1,77,472 beneficiaries have been provided free treatment under Janani Shishu Suraksha Karyakaram(JSSK) in the Jammu division during the last 2 years.
Replying to a question by Rani Gargi Blowria, the Minister said that JSSK scheme is being implemented in all government hospitals including SMGS and other district hospitals of the Jammu division.
Giving the breakup, Mr. Bhagat informed that in 2014-15, about 72039 pregnant women and 17844 infants were provided free treatment under the scheme. Similarly, in 2015-16, about 70762 pregnant women and 16827 infants were covered under the scheme.
The Minister informed that several steps such as ASHA Samelans, advertisements in electronic and print media and hoardings displaying message on JSSK scheme have been erected in the health institutions across the division to create awareness among the people particularly in the rural areas of the Jammu division.
Replying to another question by Mr. Yash Pal Sharma, the Minister said that no post of dental surgeon is lying vacant in the department. However, he said, 118 posts of dental technicians are lying vacant which have already been referred to the Service Selection Board for recruitment purposes.
Sunil Choudhary, Yasir Reshi, Khursheed Alam and Javid Mirchal raised supplementaries.
Govt taking steps to improve water supply in Karnah: Sham Choudhary
The Minister for PHE, Irrigation & Flood Control Sham Lal Choudhary said that the Government is taking measures to improve the water supply scenario in Gabra Amrohee and Hanji Tara area of tehsil Karnah.
The Minister was replying to a question raised by Javid Ahmad Mirchal.
The Minister informed the House that new Water Supply Scheme Gabra for Gabra Amrohee area has been proposed at an estimated cost of Rs 65 lakh under district sector and work on the scheme will be started during the current financial year.
The Minister further informed that for Hanji Tara area, the Department has taken up Water Supply Scheme Hanji Tara Dhani at an estimated cost of Rs 70 lakh under district sector during previous financial year on which an amount of Rs 5 lakh was incurred up to March 2016.
Rs. 3383.014 Cr collected from NHPC as water usage charges: Sham Choudhary
Minister for PHE, Irrigation & Flood Control Sham Lal Choudhary said that an amount of Rs. 3383.014 crore has been collected from the National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC) on account of water usage charges till date.
The Minister was replying to a question by Naresh Kumar Gupta.
The Minister informed the house that an amount of Rs 3455.526 crore including interest has been transferred to Finance Department on account of NHPC water usage charges. While as, he said, the water usage charges deposited by JKSPDC are Rs 20 crore till date.
  Mr. Sham Choudhary further informed that the J&K State Water Resources Regulatory Authority was constituted by the Government in October 2012 which has lived its time period. The constitution of new Authority is under process, he added.
Sajjad Kichloo and Yasir Reshi raised supplementaries to the question.
Fish Farm at Kejai sanctioned: Kohli
Minister for Animal, Sheep Husbandry & Fisheries, Abdul Gani Kohli today informed that the government has sanctioned Kejai (Padder) fisheries farm but the project could not be completed due to litigation.
          Replying to a question by Sajad Ahmed Kichloo, the Minister informed the House that the government started land acquisition process of 23 Kanals and 16 marlas in 2007-08 for which compensation amounting to Rs 27.64 lakh has been paid in full but the land could not be taken over because the matter is held up due to litigation.
          The Minister further informed that an amount of Rs 22.51 lakh has been placed at the disposal of PWD (R&B) Division Kishtwar, which is the executing agency, for construction work but the work could not be executed as the matter is sub-Judice.
 Mr. Kohli informed that the department released Rs 2.18 lakh during last fiscal for land compensation of Trout Rearing Unit Padder and Rs 6.36 lakh for construction of the unit.
           The Minister informed that Rs 10.063 lakh have been released as land compensation for acquiring 6 Kanals of land for the construction of Trout rearing Unit Sigdi against a final full amount of Rs 16.34 lakh needed for the project. He informed that the government has released Rs 5 lakh to the executing agency PWD (R&B) Division Chatroo for which land stands taken over and the tendering process for execution of work is under progress.
Saif-ud-Din Bhat raised supplementary to a question.
High density scheme formulated for horticulture: Veeri
1.21 lakh high density apple plants imported from Italy
         Minister for Public Works (R&B) Abdul Rehman Veeri today said that Government is committed to shift from conventional farming to high tech farming to increase the horticulture production in the State.
Replying to a question by Zafar Iqbal Manhas, Mr. Veeri, on behalf of Minister for Agriculture, informed the House that during the current financial year 40 hectares of private land and 10 hectares of public land shall be covered under the scheme.
         The Minister informed that a pilot High Density Scheme has been formulated for which expenditure shall be born on 50:50 basis by the government and growers.
         Mr. Veeri further informed that under traditional farming there are only 250 plants per hectare where as under High Density Plantation 2200 to 4000 plants per hectares can be planted. He said that 2.22 lakh clonal root stocks have been imported from Netherland costing Rs 1.73 crore and planted at three places at Departmental Farm Zainapora Shopian, SKUAST-Kashmir and Central Institute of Temperate Horticulture (CITH) Srinagar for propagation and multiplication purposes.
          The Minister further informed that the Government has placed order for import of 1.21 lakh Apple plants of various varieties from Italy and the material is expected to arrive in the first week of July this year and shall be distributed under the said pilot scheme.
         Saif-ud-Din Bhat, Yasir Reshi, Sajad Kichloo and Vinod Gupta raised supplementaries to the main question.
Teachers custodians of future generation: Naeem Akthar
Minister for Education Mr. Naeem Akthar today said that teachers hold an exalted position in the society as they are custodian of the future generation and the natural respect does not require any formal conferment.
          The Minister was replying to a question by Vinod Gupta in the Upper House today.
          Mr. Naeem Akthar informed the House that the priority of the Government is to improve the working atmosphere and infrastructure in the Government Schools.
The Minister further informed that for redressal of genuine demands, the School Education Department holds regular interactions with the employees in the light of extant rules.

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