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JAMMU:  Minister for Health and Medical Education, Bali Bhagat today informed the House that use of Monosodium Glutamate in Momos has been declared as unsafe. He said a special drive to detect use of Monosodium Glutamate in Momos was conducted by Drugs and Food Control organization J&K in this regard. The Minister was replying to a Calling Attention Notice by Ramesh Arora in which he drew that attention of the government towards ‘a matter of urgent public importance viz the situation arisen due to use of MSG/Azinomoto in Momos and supplements used in Gym which cause serious kidney problem and other related diseases including cancer.’ 


The Minister said that 8 samples of Momos were lifted for analytical purposes, of which 6 were declared as unsafe for human consumption. He said the defaulters were immediately prosecuted in the appropriate Court of Law and the matters are still sub-judice. He said that awareness programme against the use of Monosodium Glutamate were also conducted. With regard to Food Supplements, the Minister said that the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has requested all the States to initiate a special drive to check the use of banned substances in food Supplements and in case of any suspicion, samples, may be drawn and sent to National Anti-Doping Agency.


The Minister said that in response to the communication of FSSAI,   9 samples of Food Supplements were sent to the said agency, of which 1 product namely “Grorich Powder" was declared to be containing a prohibited substance namely 2-phenethyleamine-stimulant, at low concentration and which can put the health of its users at risk. He said the reports of 3 samples of Health Supplements sent to National Anti-Doping Agency are still awaited. The Minister informed the House that accordingly the manufacture, storage, sale, distribution of   "Grorich" manufactured by M/S Utility Pharmaceuticals Solan (H.P.) was prohibited in J&K by the Commissioner Food Safety.


Replying to a supplementary, the Minister said that the Ajinomoto is an additive used to enhance taste. Main ingredient of Ajinomoto is MSG. It is known as Monosodium Glutamate (MSG). It is found in all fast food products and is crucial ingredient of all Chinese food items. He said main health effects of MSG are High Cholesterol, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, excessive body fat, Sterility in females and it may also cause high blood pressure, water retention during pregnancy, Migraine Headaches, Abnormal heart beats, chest pain, cardiac muscle arrest, Numbness, tingling or burning sensations in face and neck, Asthma problems, Weight gain, Hypertension, Sleep related breathing problems, Snoring, Cancer incidence increasing and Sleeplessness. 

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JAMMU: Several members today raised issues of public importance during Zero Hour in Legislative Council and sought government’s intervention for their early redress. Vibodh Gupta sought government’s focused attention on development of tourism sector in Rajouri district. He demanded resumption of work on hanging garden being developed in the area, which he said, would become a main attraction to lure maximum tourists, help to boost local economy and generate employment avenues. He advocated that more JKTDC hotel and restaurant units be opened to facilitate the tourists. 


Naresh Kumar drew the attention of the government towards the situation arisen due to disruption of road works by the land owners to   protest non payment of compensation.  He demanded immediate release of the compensation to the land owners to resume the work. Ghulam Nabi Monga demanded clearance of payment of suppliers of MGNREGA material in Uri and Bonyar Blocks, pending for last two years. 


Sofi Mohammad Yousuf while referring to uploading of fake list of casual labours on internet, sought identification of the person and strict action against the culprit. GL Raina demanded release of leave salary to Kashmiri Migrants after their retirement on pattern of other employees. He also advocated for restoration of RBA category certificates for migrants. 


Sham Lal Baghat urged the government to allow the vendors at Ramgharh on Batote Kishtwar Highway to continue their business and earn livelihood as they have been evicted by the local administration.  Surinder Kumar Choudhary advocated to appoint Rehber e Pashu Palan on the pattern of Rehber -e- Taleem and Rehber -e -Zeraat, to avail the services of BVSC trained professionals.  


Pardeep Sharma demanded retrieval of the encroached land in his area, demolition of the illegal construction and to utilize the same for construction of public assets like hospitals, schools, playfields etc. Ramesh Arora stressed on the need to create avenues for the promotion of Urdu by introducing the language at primary level in schools in Jammu Province. He demanded to engage Urdu teachers for this purpose.


Yasir Reshi called for stringent measures to control drug menace in the state. He said that license of those medical shops should be cancelled who were found selling banned drugs. Vikram Randhawa demanded lifting of ban on extraction of sand and boulders in river Tawi which according to him simultaneously help dredging of the river and provide livelihood to many people.


Firdous Ahmad Tak: drew the attention of the Government towards delay in the phase 2nd works on different PMGSY road projects   in Chenab valley. He called for immediate start of work to prevent erosion due to landslides.   Charanjeet Singh drew the attention of the government towards prolonged delay in the start of work on Sardar Bana Singh Stadium at RS Pura, which according to him is pending since 1988.


Qaiser Jamsheed Lone demanded more government advertisement support to the small and medium newspapers. He said such papers are facing financial crisis while running their establishments. He also demanded filling of Dental Surgeon vacancies in the state hospitals to facilitate patients. Mohammad Muzzfar Paray sought both side widening of   Haigam- Sopore road and informed that presently the work is going on one side only. Khursheed Aalam called for making the loan borrowing process easier for unemployed youth for opening new start-ups.  He demanded for dropping of the condition of providing guarantee of a government employee by the loan seeker. 

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JAMMU: Minister for Information Technology Imran Raza Ansari   informed the house that four villages of Abdullan, Dawar, Gujaran and Malangam in Gurez have mobile network services being provided by various service providers. Replying to a joint question of Legislators Sofi Yousuf and Javid Ahmed Mirchal, the Minister informed that as per the status report of Department of Telecommunications, Govt of India, four out of 28 villages of Gurez have mobile network facility.


He further informed that Airtel is already providing mobile network services at Tad and would be extending it to Hajitra, Dringla and Bayadi in 2019-20. Giving details, he informed that the survey regarding teleconnectivity in the state is already being conducted by the Centre and it has been completed in 16 districts including Bandipora and is expected to be completed in the remaining districts soon. The Minister said that the Deputy Commissioner, Bandipora would be directed to enquire into the issue related to the non-availability of mobile connectivity during late hours.