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LC Chairman directs govt ensure supply of safe potable water to people
Poonch getting adequate water supply: Sham Choudhary Says 3 WSS functional, 1 more proposed under LIC for border town

Jammu, January 11, (Scoop News)-Chairman Legislative Council, Haji Anayat Ali today directed government to replace old pipes to ensure supply of safe potable water to people of the state.
Intervening during a Question raised by Pradeep Sharma, the Chairman asked for arranging adequate funds to replace the old PHE pipes in the areas where from demands for the same are pouring in.
Responding to the question, Minister for PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control Sham Lal Choudhary informed the house that residents of Poonch town are being provided sufficient quantity of drinking water through three water supply schemes.
He said to further augment the supply, government has proposed one more scheme under LIC Loan Assistance. He further informed that three government tankers are also supplying water to meet the requirement in water stressed areas.
Sajjad Ahmad Kichloo and Yashpal Sharma also raised supplementary questions seeking improvement of water supply in their respective areas.



DPR for dredging Ningli nallah being formulated: Sham Choudhary
Minister for PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control Sham Lal Choudhary, informed the house that the government has floated Expression of Interest (EoI) for ‘consultancy services for conducting surveys, studies, formulation of comprehensive FM plan and preparation of Detailed Project Report for flood management works along river Jhelum and its tributaries’.

He said the EoI invited through project management unit of Jhelum Tawi Flood Recovery Project also include detailed survey of Haigam Bird Sanctuary.
Responding to a question of Mohammad Muzaffar Parray, the Minister further informed that the government is formulating a DPR for dredging, shoal clearance of Ningli Nallah which would also be proposed under the Integrated Flood Management Programme of River Jhelum Phase-II.
The Minister said that the diversion of Balkhul and Ningli flood channel is not possible as it follows natural course. However, he said construction of Gabion Weirs on the twin streams are being proposed in the Integrated Flood Management Programme Phase-II for solving the silt problems, prevent rise of water level and floods during rainy season.
Meanwhile, Minster for Horticulture Basharat Ahmed Bukhari also stressed on the need to expedite the desilting of Balkhul and Ningli nallah. He informed that the Flood Control department has demarcated the land along Ningli nallah and allowed the people to extract the silt. He informed that same modus operandi would be adopted in Balkhul.
Replying to supplementary of Ghulam Nabi Monga, Sham Choudhary informed that of set target of 16 lakh cusecs, I&FC department has dredged 11 lakh cusecs from river Jhelum at Srinagar and Baramulla. He said the remaining target of dredging would be achieved by March 2018. Ajat Shatru Singh also raised supplementary question on the issue.




SDH Shopian being equipped with modern diagnostic equipment: Naeem Akhter
Rs 70 lakh approved for infra upgrading in DHs: Asiea Naqash
Minister for Roads & Buildings Naeem Akhter informed the House that the upgrading of hospitals in newly created districts have been brought under the development plan and all the required facilities would be made available in these health institutions.
He said earlier there was no financial backup for the upgrading of the health institutions of newly created districts.
Intervening during the reply to the question raised by Showkat Hussain Ganaie, the Minister informed that the Government has taken several measures to strengthen the infrastructure in health institutions of the state. He said that SDH Shopian would also be equipped with latest Diagnostic facilities.
Ganie had sought information regarding position of medicos and paramedical staff and availability of diagnostic facilities in SDH Shopian.
Later replying to the main question, the Minister of State for Health and Medical Education Ms Asiea Naqash informed that hospital has full sanctioned strength of 14 doctors, while there are 46 paramedical staff against the sanctioned posts of 49. She informed that 6 Doctors and Dental Surgeons and 37 paramedics posted in the hospital have been engaged under NHM.
The Minister further informed that barring some modern facilities, the hospital has all diagnostic equipment and medicinal supplies as per its present status.
However, she said CT Scan, Critical Care Ambulance, Digital X-ray would be provided to the hospital during next financial year, subject to availability of funds.
Sofi Yousuf and Zaffar Iqbal Manhas also raised supplementary questions.
Meanwhile, replying to a question of Aga Syed Mahmood Mosavi, Ms Asiea Naqash informed that the sanctioned staff strength of Agha Syed Yousif (RA) Memorial District Hospital Budgam is 167 including Gazetted and Non-Gazetted of which 117 are in position.
The Minister informed that C.T Scan machine has been installed at Anantnag, Kulgam, Baramulla, Handwara, Leh and Kargil District Hospitals in Phase-I, adding that DH Budgam will be provided CT Scan during the next financial year subject to availability of funds. She informed that government approved Rs 70 lakh for J&K Medical Supplies Corporation Limited, of which Rs 35 lakh has been released to purchase Digital X-ray, Endoscope and Colonoscope for the health institutions of the state.
Responding to supplementary questions of Ali Mohammad Dar and Girdhari Lal Raina , the Minister informed that there was adequate quantity of medicines available in all District Hospitals and at Jagti hospital.
Replying to a question of Firdous Ahmad Tak, the Minister said that during last two years 97797 and 263049 patients were admitted in Emergency wards of Government Medical Colleges, Jammu and Srinagar and their Associated Hospitals. She informed that 5876 fatalities in Jammu Division and 4988 in Kashmir Division were also recorded during the same period.
The Minister informed that most of the patients in emergency wards of Associated Hospitals of Government Medical Colleges are examined by Registrars round-the-clock, adding that some patients are examined by the PG Students under the guidance of Registrars. The Head of units and consultants conduct regular rounds and on need basis, consultants are called to attend the critical patients, She informed.
Listing the steps being taken in the health sector, Asiea Naqash informed that efforts are being made to improve the health care system in GMCs and its Associated Hospitals. She informed that the tertiary care health institutions have been equipped with latest diagnostic facilities including CT Scan, MRI, EEG, Eco- Cardiograph, Video endoscopy.
Naresh Gupta, Surinder Choudhary and vibodh Gupta raised supplementary questions.



Several initiatives taken for benefit of transporters: Sunil Sharma
Minister of State for Transport Sunil Kumar Sharma, while replying to a question of S Charanjeet Singh, informed the house that the government has provided several incentives to help transporters.
The Minister informed that on the direction of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, the government waived off passenger taxes, withdrew passenger welfare fund and Local Bodies taxes on National Highways for the benefit of transporters.
The Minister informed that the incentives were provided to the transporters to help them to cope with the losses due to law and order situation, increase in number of private vehicles and other modes of transportation in the state. He said the government is committed to provide every possible support to the transporters.
The Minister further said that transport industry is not an organized sector and it is not directly controlled by the government. He said that there are 12911 buses, 19036 mini buses, 45527 Taxis, 64929 three-wheelers and four-wheeler autos registered in the state which provide means of employment and transport facility for the people.
Replying to a supplementary of Khursheed Alam, the Minister said the government cannot ban the entry of outside buses in the state as this step can result in banning the entry of JK buses in other states also.
Vikram Randhawa also raised supplementary question.




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