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  • 4 targeted to be completed by March 2018

JAMMU: Minister of State for Education, Priya Sethi today informed the Upper House that the construction of  20 Government Degree College (GDC) buildings is underway across the state, of which  4 Colleges are targeted to  be completed by March 2018 while the remaining are expected to be completed during the next two financial years. The Minister was replying to a calling attention notice by Yasir Reshi ‘to call the attention of the government towards the situation that has arisen due to the non-establishment of Degree College in Hajin, Bandipora despite the issuance of government order.’

 

The Minister informed that these existing colleges will be equipped with all necessary facilities including laboratories, libraries, and other related equipment to make them fully functional. “At present, there are 96 Government Degree Colleges functional in the State, of which 69 colleges function in own campuses, including 10 completed in the current financial year 2017-18,” she informed.

 

The Minister said that the State Cabinet vide Decision No.203/12/2017 dated 23.10.2017 has approved the opening of 17   new Government Degree Colleges in the State to cover the devoid areas. The Minister further said that three Degree Colleges at Hajin (Bandipora), Ukhral (Ramban) and Kastigarh (Doda) were announced in the year 2014 without following prescribed norms and resultantly, these could not be made functional. In addition, there are three Government Engineering Colleges functional in the State including two Colleges sanctioned under RUSA at Safapora (Ganderbal) and Kathua.

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JAMMU: Minister of State for Tourism Priya Sethi, replying on behalf of Minister of State for Transport, today informed the Upper House that the interest subvention scheme for replacement of old vehicles which have crossed prescribed age limit, is under examination of the government. Replying to a question of S Charanjeet Singh Khalsa, the Minister said the Transport Department took up the matter with the Finance Department for interest subvention scheme for replacement of old vehicles which have crossed prescribed age limit. “The Finance Department advised the Transport Department to revisit the draft interest subvention scheme and frame the scheme strictly as per Budget announcement 2017 and take-up the issue with the Planning Development & Monitoring Department,” she added.

 

She further informed that the government issued SRO 139 dated 24-03-2017 exempting token tax of all commercial vehicles (goods/passenger) which remained off road due to law and order situation in the State from July 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016. Two Sumos have been paid compensation of Rs. 1 lakh each by the divisional administration that were damaged during the unrest in 2016, she added.

Responding to other query, she informed that only those vehicles having national permits and with temporary permission (belonging to other states) and passenger vehicles of State Road Transport Undertakings that have collateral agreement with J&K are allowed to ply in the state in accordance to the provisions of Law. “All illegal buses apprehended anywhere in the state are challaned/fined by the checking squads under the provisions of Motor Vehicle Act & Rules,” she added.

 

To check and monitor overloading, the Minister said the Motor Vehicles Department (MVD) has issued instructions to all RTOs/ARTOs of the state for off loading the excess weight from overloaded goods vehicles and other departments including Commercial Taxes Department, Excise Department and IGP (Traffic) have been requested for extending necessary cooperation to the MVD in enforcing the Motor Vehicle Act.

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JAMMU: Minister for Social Welfare Sajad Gani Lone informed the House that the enhancement of honorarium of Anganwari worker and helpers by Rs 500 each per month is under consideration of the government. Replying to a question of Sham Lal Bhagat, the Minister informed that the Anganwari workers are eligible for regularization as Supervisors as per seniority and availability of posts.

 

Giving details, the Minister informed that the Centre’s share for honorarium to Anganwari workers and helpers is Rs. 3,000 and Rs. 1,500 respectively. The actual honorarium paid to Anganwari workers varies from Rs. 3,500 to Rs. 3,700 while as Anganwari helpers get Rs. 1,840, he added. He further said the percentage spending on the social development sector has been on the record level during the present dispensation.

 

Legislators Saif-ud-Din Bhat, Firdous Ahmad Tak, Ghulam Nabi Monga, Khursheed Alam, Zaffar Iqbal Manhas, Vibod Gupta and Surinder Kumar Choudhary also raised supplementary questions  to the main question. Meanwhile, replying to a separate question of Zaffar Iqbal Manhas, the Minister informed that the government gives due cognizance to the recommendations of Advisory Board for Development of Pahari Speaking People for transfer and posting of eligible Wardens and Assistant Wardens in Pahari hostels. Legislator Vibod Gupta also raised supplementary question.