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JAMMU: The Minister for Forests, Lal Singh informed the House that government has paid Rs 1.88 crore as compensation to the victims of man-animal conflict incidents in last two years. Replying to a question by Mr Mubarak Gul, he said 283 man-animal conflict incidents were reported during 2 years in which 30 persons died and 253 were injured. He said Rs 1.05 crore was released to pay compensation to the injured and Rs 83.70 lakh to the NoK of those killed in these incidents.    

 

Listing the measures taken to minimize the incidents, he said   control rooms have been constituted at strategic points which work round the clock, equipped with tranquilizing guns, medicines, capture nets, etc. He further said that cages are installed at vulnerable points to capture wild animals which pose threat to life and property. He said do’s and don’ts are circulated among the public through control rooms, religious places, electronic and print media.

The Minister further informed that communication channel and networks have been strengthened strengthening liaison with police, sarpanchs, Namberdars and local villagers. “A network of Informers has been established in more susceptible/vulnerable villages, close coordination is maintained with Forest Department and its sister wings to combat man-animal conflict promptly and effectively, besides  awareness programmes are organized to sensitize people on wild animal attacks” he added.

 

The Minister elaborated that as per latest census conducted in March 2017 the number of Hangul in Dachigam landscape stand at 182 ± 39.39 with an upper and lowest limit of 214 and 138. Responding to supplementary parts, he said during the last two years no major fire incident has been reported in protected areas in Jammu. In Kashmir division, he said 49 Forest fire incidents were reported in 2015-16 and 71 in 2016-17.

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JAMMU:  Minister for Works (R&B), Mr Naeem Akhtar informed the Legislative Assembly that the work on the three bridges in Nobra constituency, sanctioned under NABARD RIDF XV, is in progress. Replying to a question by Deldan Namgail, the Minister said that said that during last three financial years Rs 7.98 crore has been released against the sanctioned project cost of Rs 34.73 crore.

 

Responding to supplementary part, the Minister said the proposal for considering these bridges under RIDF XVIII in view of cost escalation is not possible as according to the Finance Department tranche XV has been closed on June 30, 2017 and now no further funding is admissible from NABARD under the said tranche.

The Minister also gave details of projects submitted to Planning Development & Monitoring Department for NABARD funding under RIDF-XXIII (2017-18) which included construction of L/R from Famjila to Ursi-Hinju (Leh), construction of L/R from Lingshed to Dipling Kilometre 1st to 7th in Phases, construction of road from Diskit to Shatse-Takna Nobra Phase-II, improvement of road from Koyak-Thang to Rongdo Village and construction of link road to Fadathang Tyakshi.

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  • ‘Govt proposing development of Garlic, Potato villages in potential areas’

JAMMU:  Minister for Agriculture, Ghulam Nabi Lone Hanjura today informed the Legislative Assembly that the Government has taken several concrete steps under central and State Sponsored schemes to make Poonch-Haveli Constituency self-sufficient in food grain production and boost the yield in traditionally rich villages for potato and garlic cultivation. Replying to a Question of Shah Mohammad Tantray in Legislative Assembly, the Minister said that the Department has provided subsidized high yielding and hybrid variety seeds of maize, paddy and wheat besides, other non-food grain crops like mustard, vegetables and fodder as per the local area specific acclimatization.

 

The department also organizes farmers’ awareness programmes impart trainings, hold demonstrations about adoption of improved cultivation, post harvesting management practices and promotion of mechanized farming system available under different CSS/State Schemes, said the Minister. The Minister informed that the department has prepared a DPR of Rs 7 crore to boost the production and quality in the garlic rich areas of the district, which is under consideration for sanction. He further said that during the year 2017-18, 10 qtls of garlic seed was provided to the farmers of Mandi, Loran, Swajian and Upper Shahpur among 330 farmers for quality production and seed multiplication. These areas are also under consideration for being developed as Garlic villages, said the Minister,

 

Further rolling out the development plan, the Minister for the boosting potato production, traditionally grown in villages Jhullas, Mandi, Loran and Poonch, the Government has taken appropriate steps to make them economically viable Potato villages. “The farmers are being pursued and motivated to adopt potato crop on a larger scale through formation of potato farmer groups in these clusters/villages” he informed. He said 90 qtls of certified potato seed has been distributed in Mandi and Loran areas and 40 qtls of seed in Jullahs and Poonch areas among 557 farmers during 2017.

 

Giving further details, the Minister said the Department has taken several other important steps for the welfare of farmers in the area which include implementation of Fasal Bhima yojana, distribution of multi cut fodder seeds to boost the production of fodder for milch and other livestock. During Kharif 2017, around 4970 farmers have been extended coverage of Bima Yojna, said the Minister.