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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.   

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JAMMU: Minister for Relief and Rehabilitation, Syed Basharat Bukhari, while replying to a question by Mr. Javid Ahmad in the Legislative Council today stated that no compensation case of 2005 earthquake victims of Karnah is pending. Replying to a supplementary to the main question, Bukhari said that the Districts of Kupwara and Baramulla of Kashmir Division and Poonch of Jammu division were severely affected in devastating earthquake in October 2005, in which 951 persons died, 418 were injured, 23781 houses fully damaged, 174802 partially damaged in the Kashmir Division and 17 persons died, 91 were injured, 1690 houses fully damaged and 2263 partially damaged in Jammu Division.

 

The Minister said an ex-gratia relief of Rs 50,000 per deceased, Rs. 5000 per injured, Rs. 1 lakh for fully damaged house, Rs. 1500 to Rs. 13500 for partially damaged house has been paid to the victims. He further added that Rs. 1 lakh stands provided to the next of kin of the deceased persons of the earthquake out of the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund. The Minister stated, for construction of temporary shelters Rs. 30,000 were provided to the persons with fully damaged houses over and above the ex-gratia relief of Rs. 1 lakh, while as Rs. 5000 each as an incentives was provided to the affected families who constructed the shelters within the stipulated time frame.

 

Bukhari said, one month free ration was also provided to the earthquake hit population of Uri, Tangdar and Poonch. Moreover, Rs. 20 per adult and Rs. 10 per child per day in the shape of cash only for the purchase of essential commodities like Atta, K-Oil, Vegetables for earthquake affected areas of the State was also provided for a period of one month. The Minister added, as a special package, Union Ministry of Home Affairs released an amount of Rs. 134 crore for construction of temporary shelter units out of which 1246 shelters stand constructed in Jammu Division and 19502 shelters stand constructed in Kashmir Division, while as tents, kitchen sets, Shamiyanas, blankets etc were also provided to the affected persons.

 

The Minister informed the House, for procurement of 51720 school uniforms @ Rs. 400 per set and an amount of Rs. 2 crore were provided to the Education Department and Rs. 24.5 lakh for the procurement of sports equipment to the schools of the earthquake affected areas.

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JAMMU: Minister for R&B, Syed Altaf Bukhari while replying to a question by Firdous Ahmed Tak in Legislative Council today said that 184 Km Batote-Kishtwar-Sinthan road has been taken over by the Public Works Department, R&B Division Jammu from the project BEACON in the month of December 2014 and January 2015. He said the portion of 81 Km is in the process of being handed over by BRO.

 

The Minister said that presently only the works of maintenance nature are being executed to keep the road open. He said the DPR for improvement and upgradation of said road at specified points has been submitted to the Union Ministry of Road Transport & Highways. He said the work shall be taken up in hand through tendering after the sanction from GoI is received.

 

The Minister said that the road is sinking at some places due to various reasons which include activation of existing slides, intense deformation due to close proximity of major tectonic features, fragility of the underground rock mass, charging of material by the surface run off and filling of Baglihar dam reservoir resulting in saturation and capillary action. The Minister said that no permission for laying the cable on river side by the Telecom Companies has been granted by R&B department as the road was being maintained by BRO till the end of year 2014. However, project BEACON has reported that Optical Fibre Cable (OFC) work has been completed as per the laid down specifications of Ministry of Road Transport and Highways.