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  • House passes Revenue Grants



JAMMU: Minister for Revenue, Javed Mustafa Mir in the Legislative Assembly on Sunday said that “Revenue Department has taken several initiatives to revitalize the department besides improving public delivery system and making administration more  accountable and  effective across the State”, The Minister was speaking while replying to Demands for Grants of Revenue Department in the House, here today.


He said the National Land Records Modernization Programme (NLRMP), launched in the State, would ensure better land record management, minimize land/property dispute and enhance land record maintenance system. He said the system will cover computerization of mutations, digitalization of maps and integrated textual spatial data besides updating of all survey and settlement records.


Javed Mustafa said that in view of its importance, the department has decided to outsource the computerization of NLRMP, adding that a society called J&K Land Records Modernization/Management Agency (JaKLaRMA) has been formed to implement Programme in the state. He said, in first phase, Jammu and Srinagar districts are being taken-up and 10 more districts viz Poonch, Rajouri, Ramban, Udhampur, Doda, Baramulla, Anantanng, Bandipora, Leh and Kargil would be taken up in the second phase. He said several decisions have been taken to streamline and re-organizing Settlement Organization for expeditious completion of the settlement operation.


Revenue Minister said that a system is in place to implement Public Service Guarantee Act (PSGA), adding that setting up of grievance cells at administrative levels is an exercise aimed to further improve this system across the state. He said the officers manning Grievance Cells have been asked to receive and address public grievances in the stipulated time. He said the department is working out modalities to bring the litigation cases within the purview of the PSG Act in view of large number of land dispute cases lying in various Revenue Courts unattended.


Sending a strong message to the field functionaries of the department from the House, the Minister said that no corrupt element would be tolerated in the administration. He also sought support from the public representatives in forward the initiatives taken for improving the system. He said that every effort would be made to streamline the functioning of the department and field functionaries of the department, especially Patwaries, working outside their cadre and district, have been ordered to report back in their respective districts in order to ensure that rural and remote areas are not neglected due to non availability of field staff, the Minister asserted.


The Minister said the instructions have been issued to field functionaries of the department to file annual property returns on time, while all Deputy Commissioners have been asked to upload the same on the official website to ensure transparency in the system. Referring to capacity building of revenue field staff, the Minister said that refresher training courses at regular intervals would be arranged for field functionaries of the department to improve their skills for effective public deliverance. He said the department is also contemplating to expose non Urdu recruits to the language for proper understanding of the records written in the said idiom.


Regarding implementation of Roshni Act, the Minister said the process has been stopped in view of some petitions filed in the Court of Law. He assured the House that the matter would be vigorously pursued to get the petitions vacated. “A committee has been set up to look into the issues of Numberdars and Chowkidars and it will submit the report within three months”, the Minister added.   Earlier, the Minister moved a Demand for Grants of a sum of Rs. 94272.04 lakh to defray the charges which will come in the course of payment during the year ending March 31, 2016 for the department under his charge.


As many as 18 Members took part in the discussion on demand of grants including, Mr. Mr. G. M. Saroori, Mr. Jeevan Lal, Mr. Ali Mohammad Sagar, Mr. Mohammad Khalil Band, Er. Abdul Rashid, Mr. Neelam Langeh, Mr. Usman Abdul Majid, Mr. Abdul Majid Bhat, Mir Zahoor, Mr. Javed Rana, Mr. Daleep Singh Parihar, Mr. Bashir Ahmed Dar, Mr. Ravinder Raina, Mr. Javed Hassan Beig, Sheikh Ishfaq Jabar, Mr. Rajiv Sharma, Mr. Kamal Verma and Mr. Asgar Ali Karbalai.    Later, the members, who moved the Cut Motions on the Grants, withdrew after the satisfactory reply from the Minister. The House passed the Grants by a voice vote.

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  • Several new initiatives, welfare measures undertaken by Wakf


JAMMU: Minister for Haj & Auqaf, Mr. Abdul Rehman Veeri today informed the House that Government will soon start digitization of wakf records to ensure safety of its assets and transparency in the functioning of the department, adding that an exclusive website will also be launched for the purpose. Replying to Demands for Grants of Haj & Auqaf Department in LA today, the Minister maintained that to generate income and to optimally use wakf land, the Wakf authorities would construct residential flats at Eidgah Jammu and it is also considering to upgrade Block B of Haj House, Jammu to provide more facilities to the people.


 The new initiatives which have been undertaken by the Wakf authorities include construction of Rs. 23 crore Shopping Complex at Residency Road, construction of new Jamia Masjid at Talab Khatikan at an estimated cost of Rs. 20 crore, extension of Jamia Masjid at Shahadra Sharief at a cost of Rs. 92 lakh and construction of 2 Shopping Complex’s at Rajouri at a cost of Rs. 1.81 crore.


The Auqaf Jammu also intends to impart para-medical training to the children of poor and down trodden families and in this regard an Institute of Para-Medics will be set up at Jammu, he said and added that a Sarai would also be constructed at Jammu to cater to the demands of the poor beneficiaries who come from hilly and backward areas of the State for various assignments.


The Minister said that a Committee would be constituted to examine enhancement of honorarium to the widows, orphans and other needy, adding that Rs. 35 lakh have been provided as honorarium to various categories of beneficiaries during the current fiscal. The Auqaf has also created a Corpus Fund of Rs. 10 lakh to help the poor patients suffering from life consuming diseases like Cancer, Kidney failure and heart ailments.


Mr. Veeri informed that Government is exploring the possibilities for incorporating the provision in the J&K Act-2001 for construction of a Tribunal for Wakf property on the pattern of Central Government. He said a proposal for constitution of a Committee comprising Muslim scholars of various schools of thought is in the pipeline for making suggestions, recommendations regarding establishment of Madarsa Board in the State.


The Minister further informed that Wakf authorities have also provided Rs. 38 crore to BGSBU from the year 2000 till date as Grant in Aid. The Wakf has a total balance of Rs. 12 crore at present, he informed. Mr. Veeri further added that Wakf authorities have taken concrete steps to retrieve the land from the people under illegal occupation at various places across the State and efforts are also on to get rent from such land/buildings, which are under the occupation of various stakeholders including Government establishments.





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JAMMU:  Minister of State for PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control, Mr. Abdul Majid in reply to a question by Hajji Abdul Rashid today in LA informed that  construction work of Shiva-Zaingair WSS was taken up at an estimated cost of Rs.3.47 crore, against which Rs. 2.54 crore have been expended on the project upto last financial year.  The Minister said Rs. 35 lakh is being expended on the project during current financial year. He said 1.80 lakh gallons capacity reservoir proposed in the DPR has been completed including its allied items. He said 75% work of 0.70 MGD capacity rapid sand water treatment plant comprising Pre-settling Tank, Calorofloculator, filter house has been completed.