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JAMMU: The house on Saturday passed a bill to amend the Jammu and Kashmir Transfer of Property Act, Samvat 1977. The bill was introduced by Minister for Revenue, Haj and Auqaf, Parliamentary Affairs Abdul Rehman Veeri and after thorough discussion; the bill was passed through voice vote. While explaining the statement of objects and reasons to amend the Bill, the Minister said that the transfer of immovable property in the State is governed by the Jammu and Kashmir Transfer of Property Act, (Samvat) 1977.

 

He said Section 139 of the said Act prohibits transfer of immovable property in favour of non-permanent residents of the state. He, however said, Section 140 of the Act carves out an exception where under transfer and lease of immovable property is permitted in favour of various Corporations, Companies, Boards, Societies and Institutions who are not natural persons but only legal entities. The transfer of immovable property in favour of such institutions is possible only if such Corporations/Boards etc are included in Section 140 of the Transfer of Property Act.

The Minister said that the Jammu and Kashmir Energy Development Agency (JAKEDA) working under the administrative control of Science and Technology Department is mandated with promotion, development and implementation of Small Hydro Projects and Renewable Energy Projects in the State. The Minister said that with a view to permit transfer and lease of land in favour of JAKEDA, Section 140 of the Jammu and Kashmir Transfer of Property Act, (Samvat) 1977 needs to be amended to include the said agency in the exemption category.  The house passed the bill through voice vote. 

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  • 2154 teacher, 1296 non-teaching posts referred to SSB

JAMMU: Minister of State for Education Priya Sethi today informed the Legislative Assembly that the government is in process of filling lecturer vacancies, even as the selection list of 933 lecturers has been recently released. She was responding to a Calling Attention Notices by Javed Ahmad Rana regarding the vacancies of lecturers in Poonch District. She said under promotion quota, 208 PG Masters and Teachers were placed as In-charge Lecturers in different streams and that the Directorates of School Education Department have been advised to post these newly-recruited Lecturers in various districts of the State against the vacant posts, including those in Poonch District.

 

The Minister informed the house that there are 84 vacancies against total strength of 309 lecturer posts in Poonch district. She said the majority of vacancies would be filled in the days to come as more selection lists are expected to be released from the JKPSC and with the promotion of eligible PG Masters/Teachers. She said the department has referred 2154 teacher vacancies    and 1296 posts of non-teaching staff- under direct quota to the SSB for filling on a fast track basis. She said the Department has identified more vacancies which shall also be referred to SSB shortly.

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  • PET-Scan made functional at SKIMS Soura, Linear Acceleration to be installed by June this year; Cancer Treatment Institutes costing Rs 120 crore each sanctioned for SKIMS, GMC Jammu

JAMMU: The Government Saturday said that various measures are being taken for detection and treatment of cancer within the state in view of the growing number of patients suffering from the disease. Replying to a Calling Attention Notice by Legislator Ali Mohammad Sagar on the issue, the Minister for Health & Medical Education, Bali Baghat said that every effort is also being made by the Government to help the needy cancer patients living below poverty line as they are being provided free consultation and anti-cancer drugs on subsidized rates.

 

He said the Regional Cancer Centre (RCC) at SKIMS Soura has been given the status of State Cancer Institute (SCI) for which state-of-the art equipment has been purchased and Oncology Specialties are being upgraded. He said recently the PET-CT Scan, which can detect cancer cells metastasis, was installed at SKIMS and so far 20 procedures have been conducted.   He further informed that installation of Linear Accelerator at estimated cost of Rs 15.50 crore including civil works is under progress in the Radiation Oncology Department of SMHS Hospital Srinagar which shall be made functional by June this year.

 

In Jammu, he said, the process for establishing a Cancer Institute and Nuclear Medicine Department in the GMC Jammu has been also initiated. The Minister further informed the house that Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has sanctioned 2 Cancer Institutes at the cost of Rs 120 crore each in the year 2014-15 at SKIMS Soura and Government Medical College Jammu. “Besides this  3 Tertiary Cancer Care Centres (TCCC) at a cost of Rs 45 crore each for Udhampur, Kishtwar and Kupwara has also been approved by Government of India,” he added.

 

The Minister expressed concern over the rising trend in the incidence of Cancer in the state especially in Kashmir valley and revealed that 26214 cases have been reported since 2011. He said smoking and use of other Tobacco products has been found as the major cause for rising prevalence of cancer. “Poor personal hygiene, unsanitary living conditions and low immunity is related with few cancers like cancer of cervix while the consumption of adulterated food, fruits and vegetables laden with pesticides and environmental pollution are also major risk factors,” he added.

 

He said the breast and colon cancer are increasing due to change in lifestyle, first child birth at late age; obesity, consumption of fatty diet low in fibre, increased consumption of red meat and sedentary life style. He said steps are being taken to educate public, counsel patients and attendants who come to hospital for treatment.  He said awareness is also being spread through print, electronic and social media about the preventive measures. While giving details about the measures being taken by the government to tackle the situation, the Minister said Radiotherapy treatment is given free of cost as per Government Policy while Poor patients falling under Rs 20,000 and less per month income group are given financial assistance under Cancer Treatment Management Fund.