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  • Regrets some TV channels using J&K to up their TRPs

JAMMU: Saying that people of the State have been the worst victims of continued violence and uncertainty, Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti today said that dialogue is the best way to resolve issues and end this acrimonious situation. Speaking separately in the two Houses of the State Legislature on the last day of the Budget session, the Chief Minister said the people of Jammu & Kashmir have been caught in the web of violence for the past 30 years or so and it was out of this pain and suffering that they have been demanding dialogue and better relations between India and Pakistan. “For how long shall the people continue to die and for how long shall we be laying wreaths?”, she said in an emotional tone adding that not wars but the reach outs hold the key to peace and friendship.

Referring to recent attack on Sunjwan Army camp and continued shelling on the borders in the State, Mehbooba Mufti said violence and wars in the past have only led to miseries to people and it is the earnest desire of the people of the State to see an end to this so that they can live in an atmosphere of peace and amity. The Chief Minister regretted that some television channels are creating an unnecessary acrimony about the State for increasing their TRPs. “This way they are alienating more the people of the State from the national mainstream”, she said while appealing media to play a positive and constructive role while reporting and discussing developments about the State.

Terming the Legislature as the forum to raise and redress the problems of people, Mehbooba Mufti said opposition has a role to put Government on toes to deliver. She said democracy and dissent are the biggest strengths of the country the reflection of which is being witnessed in the two Houses of the State Legislature. She said it would be a tribute to the people that maximum issues of public importance are raised in the Legislature for redressal.

Mehbooba Mufti praised the Presiding Officers of the two Houses, Chairman, Haji Anayat Ali; Speaker, Kavinder Gupta and Deputy Speaker, Nazir Gurezi for the patience and manner in which they conducted the proceedings of the two Houses. She also praised the members of the two Houses for raising the issues of public importance during the session. The Chief Minister also had a word of praise for the staff of both the Houses and all the related Departments for their dedication to make the session a success.

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JAMMU: Chairman, Legislative Council, Hajji Anyat Ali in exercise of the Powers conferred on him under Rule-16 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in Jammu & Kashmir today adjourned the House sine die. In his brief speech, the Chairman expressed gratitude to all the members for conducting the House in a smooth manner. He informed that 403 Starred Questions were received from the members, out of which 356 Questions were taken up. Accordingly 189 Un Starred Questions were received out of which 169 were taken up during the session.  He said that 4 Short Term Questions were received of which 2 were taken up. Likewise 13 Private Members’ Resolutions were received of which 7 were discussed in the House.


He further informed that 27 Resolutions were received, of which 13 were taken up for discussion and two Resolutions were passed. Chairman said that 90 Calling Attention Notices were received, out of which 41 were taken up. He said that under rule 60-A, 4 Resolutions were received out of which Half an Hour discussion were held on one Resolution. He said that under Rule 51-A, 16 Resolutions were received of which 7 were discussed. Hajji Anayat said that 21 Bills were received and accordingly passed by the House.


The Chairman appreciated the Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti, Leader of Upper house, Naeem Akhtar, Council of Ministers and all the members of the House for their timely guidance in running the proceedings of the House.  He also thanked the Chief Secretary, B B Viyas, administration, staff of Council Secretariat including Secretary, print and electronic media, police, security, and others for their cooperation in maintaining the smooth functioning of the House.  


Hajji Anyat praise special thanks for Information Department for their entirely working for dissemination of proceedings of the House to the media in shortest time. Sajjad Ahmad Kichloo in his speech appreciated Chairman for giving ample time to all the members in raising their public interest issues of their respective areas. He also appreciated him for making the proceedings of the House successful. Sajad Kichloo also hailed the efforts of the media both print and electronic for giving wide coverage to the proceedings of the current Budget session.


Ghulam Nabi Monga hailed the Chairman for conducting smooth proceedings of the House and also appreciated for the mail service about the information regarding Business being provided to the members in advance. He also hailed the media persons for providing better coverage during the session. Naresh Kumar Gupta appreciated the efforts of the Chairman and his staff for ensuring smooth running of the house. He also thanked to Doordarshan, Radio and Information Department for their active role in coverage of the budget session 2018-19 and also thanked private media as well.


Ramesh Arora appreciated the Chairman and other members for creating and maintaining the healthy atmosphere of the House and also for maintaining the decorum of the house. He also appreciated the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti for her attending the House. Zaffar Iqbal Manhas also spoke and commended the role of all members for their maintain discipline and to raise public important interest issue in the House cutting a cross of all political differences. He also hailed government for giving 3 percent reservation to the Pahari speaking community.

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  • Expresses gratitude to members for their cooperation in ensuring smooth conduct of proceedings

JAMMU:  Speaker Legislative Assembly, Kavinder Gupta, in exercise of powers conferred upon him under Rule 16 of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly today adjourned the House sine-die after 27-day Budget Session. In his brief speech, the Speaker expressed gratitude to the members, including Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti, Parliamentary Affairs Minister, A R Veeri, Leader of the Opposition, Omar Abdullah for their cooperation for smooth conduct of Business in the House. He maintained that being first timer as Member of the House, he had the opportunity to become the Speaker of this august House and learnt things gradually and with the cooperation of all parties he tried to do justice with all Members to give them adequate time for the debate.


He also complimented the entire administration, assembly secretariat, media, security agencies, civil secretariat employees, Information Department and all other departments who played their role for the smooth conduct of the Budget Session. Giving details of the business conducted during the session, Mr. Gupta said the session comprised of 27 working days, consuming 101 hours and 55 minutes. He in total 1165 questions received, 631were starred, 534 un-starred. Out of these, 1110 were admitted, 187 taken up, 55 disallowed and 518 supplementary questions were raised during the session.


He said that total 21 Bills were received, 21 were introduced and 20 Bills were passed.  One Bill was returned by the Governor and passed by the House with Amendment, while as one Bill was referred to the Select Committee. He said that out of total 62 Private Member’s Bills, 5 were introduced, one passed. Similarly, 143 Calling Attention Notices were received, out of which 59 were taken up and 10 disallowed. As many as 2271 Cut Motions were received, out of which 2229 were taken up and 42 disallowed.


Gupta further informed that during the session, 102 Resolutions were received, of which 88 were admitted, 14 balloted for being taken up, 3 were taken up in the House and one was adopted. Besides, 14 Papers were laid on the Table of the House, and 9 Reports of various Committees were presented. Deputy Speaker Assembly, Nazir Ahmad Gurezi while speaking on the concluding day of the session thanked the Officers, media fraternity and staff of the Assembly Secretariat for their support and cooperation for the smooth conduct of the House.


Earlier, Ali Mohammad Sagar, Nawang Rigzin Jora, Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami, Hakeem Mohammad Yasin, Bashir Ahmad Dar, Pawan Kumar Gupta, Sat Paul Sharma also spoke on the concluding day of the session and appreciated the Speaker for giving ample opportunity to the Members for highlighting important public issues. They all were unanimous to say that everyone should contribute for strengthening the parliament values and restoring the high traditions of democracy rising above the party lines.

 They also appreciated the role of Deputy Speaker in conducting the House and providing adequate time in debate. They also appreciated the Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti, Leader of the Opposition, Omar Abdullah and Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Abdul Rehman Veeri for their regular presence in the House and taking part in important discussions during the session.