‘Speed breakers to be properly painted’


Greater Kashmir
Publish Date: Oct 12 2012 12:00PM
Srinagar, Oct 11: The Minister of State for R&B, Javid Ahmed Dar Thursday said that speed breakers near school buildings, public offices, market places etc on Handwara-Vilgam-Kralpora road will be provided with proper paintings and signage.
 He said that Handwara-Vilgam road was sanctioned under PMGSY (Phase-VII) in two parts i.e. Handwara Magam Tulwari road (16 kms) and Handwara Shaloora km 17th to Dolipora (6 kms) for purposes of upgradation to macadamized status. Out of total length of 22 kms, macadamization of 17.5 kms of the road stands already completed by ending September 2012.

 Minister for Health Sham Lal Sharma today said that the constructing agency of the new hospital building at District Hospital Anantnag has committed to handover one block of the hospital during current year with strength of 110 beds, 7 theatres and 10 OPD rooms.

 Minister of State for R&B, Mr. Javid Ahmed Dar informed the House that Batpora Thandipora Foazdar Mohalla link road in district Kupwara is part of the Scheme “Construction of Batpora Sonthipra Panzgam Thandipora road” sanctioned under NABARD RIDF XII at a cost of Rs. 204.19 lakhs.
 He said that all the 8.50 kms road length envisaged in the scheme has been brought to WBM G-III Status and expenditure of Rs. 174.05 lakhs incurred ending March, 2012. He further informed that 2.00 km length covering villages of Panzgam and Rashanpora have been blacktopped during the current financial year till date and remaining 6.50 kms is proposed to be taken up during next year subject to availability of funds.
 He was replying to a Calling Attention Notice by Rafiq Shah in Legislative Council today. He informed the House that Daradpora-Wasa-Kathu-Parizgam road is sanctioned under NABARD RIDF XIV, at a cost of Rs. 223.61 lakhs against which an expenditure of Rs. 201.40 lakhs has been booked till date.
 The Minister said that all the 8.50 kms road length sanctioned under the scheme has been brought to WBM G-III Status. Blacktopping on 3 kms has been completed and blacktopping on 2 more kms is in progress.

 Minister for Forest, Mian Altaf Ahmed informed the House that firewood is not being supplied to the public in any of the area for domestic purposes.
 However, the Minister said firewood is being supplied from firewood depots at subsidized rates for religious purposes only. He said the department is not in a position to supply the firewood to the consumers on subsidized rates for domestic use.
 The Minister said that the State Forest Corporation is extracting timber from dry standing and fallen trees duly marked. He further said that there is no provision to extract firewood/timber under Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority (CAMPA).

 Minister for Rural Development, Panchayat Raj, Ali Muhammad Sagar informed the House that an amount of Rs. 113.56 crore stand released under 13th Finance Commission for construction of 1135 Panchayat Ghar buildings in convergence with MGNREGA during 2011-12 and 2012-13.
 The Minister said Rs. 57.95 crore under first installment for 2012-13 is being released for repair and renovation of existing damaged Panchayat Ghars. He said till date 899 Panchayats Ghar buildings have been taken up for construction in the State and no panchayats Ghar has been completed as it took lot of time in identifying land for the purpose. He said however, in Panchayat Halqas where land has been made available the work has been started and 50% of the Panchayat Ghars taken up are expected to be completed during the current financial year.
 The Minister said that Panchayat Halqas where no Panchayat building is in place a provision of rent @ Rs. 600 per Panchayat Ghar has been made for which an amount of Rs.1.23 crore has been provided by the Planning and Development department. He said to acquaint Panchayat Raj functionaries’ with the rules and responsibilities; a capacity building programme was launched in the year 2011-12. He said a group of 440 trainers were identified by the Rural Development department. He further said that an amount of Rs. 1 lakh has been provided to each Panchayat for taking up of works of minor nature in their areas. The aim of providing such funds directly is to initiate the Panchayat Raj Institutions in the process of governance besides an amount of Rs. 25000 for each Panchayat has been provided for furniture/fixture to enable elected representative to operate from the office space.

 Minister for Health Sham Lal Sharma informed the House that as per the status of the hospitals, all necessary surgical equipments have been provided to all major district and sub-district hospital of Kupwara and Baramulla in a phased manner.
 In reply to another question by Nurboo Gialchan on behalf of Aga Syed Rizvi, the Minister said that there are 32 posts of Nurses lying vacant in district Kargil out of these 32 posts, 29 posts of Junior Nurses stands already referred to the District Services Selection Recruitment Board Kargil for filling up the same.
 The Minister said that as soon as the selection of the candidates is received from the district Service Selection Recruitment Board Kargil, same will be filled up accordingly.

 Minister for Higher Education, Abdul Gani Malik in reply to question by Khalid Najeeb Suharwardhy informed the House that Government has constituted a Committee to look into the feasibility and other parameters and also to devise a mechanism for establishment of new degree colleges in the uncovered areas of the State on modern lines.

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