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JAMMU: Minister for Horticulture, Haj and Auqaf, Mr. Abdul Rehman Veeri informed the House that Government has taken various initiatives from time to time to tackle the un-employment problem in the State. He said besides J&K Self Employment Scheme, the Sher-i-Kashmir Employment and Welfare Programme for youth is also under implementation in the State. Replying to a question by Mian Altaf in LA here today, the Minister informed that efforts of all departments to tackle problem of un-employment is being synergized further to ensure absorption of the un-employed youth on large scale in private sectors and self-employment ventures.

 

The Minister said that J&K Self Employment Scheme envisages loan assistance to the educated un-employed youth, with minimum qualification as middle pass, within the age group of 18 to 40 years in respect of general category candidates with 5 years of relaxation for SC/ST/Women/Ex-servicemen and physically handicapped candidates. He said the scheme is operational at the district level through employment department.

 

Mr. Veeri said that under Seed Capital Fund Scheme (SCF) incentives in the form of non-refundable seed money are being provided to the eligible un-employed youth @ Rs. 3 lakh to 10+2 and Graduate candidates, Rs. 5 lakh in respect of post-graduate candidates and Rs. 7.50 lakh in respect of Doctors, MBAs and Engineers with the age group of 18 to 37 years.

 

The Minister further informed that under Youth Start up Loan Scheme Soft Loan carrying 6% simple interest through the Entrepreneur Development Institute is being provided to the youth for establishing gainful enterprises within the age group of 18 to 37 years with minimum qualification for the projects upto Rs 8 lakh. He said besides National Minority Development Finance Corporation aims at promoting economic and developmental activities for the benefit of “Backward Sections” amongst the minorities, preference being given to the occupational group and women. He said the Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists and Parsis have been notified as monitories by the Centre under the National Minority Commission Act 1992.

 

The Minister said that Women Entrepreneurship Programme envisages various welfare measures for the socio-economic upliftment of women adding that it provides for direct loaning facilities at a low rate of interest to the Women Entrepreneurs of the State through Women’s Development Corporation.

 

The Minister said that Government provides by way of financial support, a Monthly Service Allowance for three years to all un-employed educated youth having educational qualification of Matriculation and above. He said age for eligibility is 26 to 37 years and annual family income should not exceed Rs. 1.50 lakh for the purpose. He said 222180 un-employed youth have registered with the District Employment and Counselling Centres as per the live register as on ending December-2014. He said this figure may be higher as the registration is a voluntary process and not a mandatory one.

 

The Minister said that UDDAN programme involves selection of graduate and post-graduate un-employed youth of the State by various Corporates/ Companies for soft skill training to increase their employability and assist them in getting employment. He said HIMAYAT linked skill development initiatives for training and placement of one lakh youth in the next five years emanating from the recommendations of Dr. Rangarajan Committee and implemented by the Union Ministry of Rural Development. 

 

In reply to supplementaries raised by Mr. Vikar Rasool, Er. Rashid, Mr. Nawang Rigzin Jora, Mr. Shah Mohammad Chowdhery and Mr. G. M. Saroori, the Minister assured that Government would take necessary steps for mass awareness of the employment schemes especially in far-off and rural areas so that maximum number of youth could benefit by these schemes.

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JAMMU: Minister for PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control, Mr. Sukhnandan informed the House that Batamaloo area is fed through Rangil and Doodganga Water Treatment Plants. He said water supply in the entire Batamaloo area is by and large normal except some pockets which fall at the tail end of both the systems. Replying to a question by Mr. Noor Mohammad Sheikh in LA here today, the Minister said the areas viz SD Colony Lachmanpora and Firdousabad are falling at the tail end of Doodganga Water Supply System and face shortage of drinking water particularly during peak summer months. He said, however, the drinking water supply to these shortage pockets is provided through departmental tanker service as and when required. The Minister informed that shortage is proposed to be covered with the commissioning of Sukhnag Water Supply Scheme which is expected to be completed by the end of April this year.Mr. Usman Majid and Mr. Raja Manzoor raised supplementaries to the main question and highlighted drinking water problems in their constituencies.

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JAMMU: Minister for Health and Medical Education, Ch. Lal Singh informed the House that Rs. 553.28 crore has been released under National Health Mission (NHM) during last two years in the State. He said out of this Rs. 468.81 crore released by the Centre and Rs. 85.47 crore released by the State during the period for implementation of different schemes under NHM. Replying to a question by Ch. Qamar Hussain in LA here today, the Health Minister informed that Rs. 6.16 crore has been released in favour of different health institutions of Rajouri constituency for upgradation of health care facilities during last two years under NHM.

 

The Minister informed that a proposal for creation of additional 30 posts for SDH Thanna Mandi was taken up with the Planning and Development Department. He said there is no proposal at present under consideration for opening of new Block Medical Office at Thanna Mandi. He, however, said that one Medical Block is functional at Manjakote in Rajouri constituency on internal arrangement basis.