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JAMMU: In reply to a question by Haji Abdul Rashid, the Minister for Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Mr Abdul Haq Khan informed the House that during the last three years the Department of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj has not developed any village as the model village.

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  • ‘Over 2150 teacher vacancies being filled on fast track basis’

JAMMU: Minister for Education, Syed Mohammad Altaf Ahmad Bukhari informed the House that government is abreast with problem of staff strength dearth in the government schools and to overcome the problem 2150 teacher vacancies have been referred to the recruiting agencies for filling up these on fast track basis.  Replying to a specific question of Mohammad Shafi, the Education Minister said that of 22 High Schools in Uri constituency only High School Bimyar and High School Nowshera are presently without Headmasters. He said that 32 posts of masters are presently vacant in various schools of Uri constituency.  However, he said the services of senior-most Masters have been provided to the headless High Schools falling in Uri constituency as an interim arrangement. He said nine more Masters have been posted in Middle Schools against available vacancies of the said constituency.

 

The Minister informed the House that the Administrative Department is constrained by the General Administration Department’s advisory issued in light of Supreme Court directions pursuant to which instructions have been conveyed to keep the slots meant for reserved category employees vacant/unfilled till the matter is finally heard and disposed of by the Supreme Court. He said because of this advisory, the department is unable to fill up vacancies at different levels including 100 posts of Headmasters in Kashmir division. However, he said the posts of Headmasters will be filled up by way of internal arrangement.

He further said that efforts are afoot to fill up all these vacancies by holding of DPCs for which instructions have been conveyed to Director School Education Kashmir. As many as 622 Masters have been recently cleared for confirmation by DPC and the vacant position of Masters including Uri constituency shall be filled up shortly.

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JAMMU: Minister for Works (R&B), Mr Naeem Akhtar informed the House that under Special Bridge Programme, 47 bridges involving a cost of Rs 81.15 crore are under execution in district Rajouri for which Rs.3.11 crore have been released and Rs.2.19 crore spent till ending 12/2017. Replying to a question by Ch. Qamar Hussain, the Minister further informed that 82 road projects costing Rs 287.28 crore have been taken up in Rajouri constituency, under Phase I-X of PMGSY. “It involves the construction of 506 kms of road length to strengthen the road network in the area, of which 194 kms stand completed. Other projects are at different stages of completion, “ he added.

 

The Minister further informed that 11 road projects at an estimated cost of Rs 39.21 crore with 65 km road length have also been sanctioned by the Union Ministry of Rural Development and work on these is in progress. Giving details of other on-going projects in the constituency, the Minister said that Saaj-Bakhaan road was taken up under district plan at a cost of Rs 1.20 crore, against which an amount Rs. 7.60 lakh has been incurred by ending, 2017. Similarly, the link road Thandikassi to Chapper Dhara has been taken up at a cost of Rs. 70.25 lakh under BADP, against which Rs. 10 lakh stands incurred by ending 12/2017.

 

Similarly, Pathan Mohra-Mubarak Pura road was taken up for execution under State Sector at a cost of Rs 1.54 crore,  against which an expenditure to the tune of Rs 80.28 lakh stands incurred. Likewise, Mubarakpura-Sohana road has been sanctioned under PMGSY at a cost of Rs 2 crore, against which an amount of Rs. 1.13 crore stands incurred. For Dassal-Dassal Seeran road,  taken up under State Sector for Rs. 1.94 crore, an amount of Rs 58 lakh stand incurred and the major portion of the road has been made functional as fair weather road.

The up-gradation of important Rajouri-Thanamandi-Surankote road involving 53.015 kms length has been proposed for improvement to double lane standards by Project Sampark. The tendering process of survey and preparation of DPR for the project will be completed by August, 2018, said the Minister. Replying to a clubbed Question by Abid Hussain Ansari, the Minister informed that 38.10 kms of road length has been macadamized in Zadibal constituency under various programmes involving an expenditure of Rs. 1.66 crore till ending 11/2017. He informed that tenders were floated for upper and lower Gulshan Bagh road, but due to fall in the temperature, the macadamizing could not be taken up.  He said the remaining portion of the road in Zadibal constituency will be taken up during next financial year.