Forest Encroachments

Jammu  and Kashmir regions have encroached upon 9482 hectors and 4877.62 hectors of land respectively. Since2005-06, the Forest Ministry has retrieved 64.30 hectors and 944.97 hectors of forests land from encroachers in the respective regions. In Jammu the ministry says they foiled 65 attempts foiling encroachment over 286 hectares in this period in Jammu alone.
A Unique College
The government has set up a degree college in Tangdar, Karnah – one of the remote valleys of Kashmir insulted by the Sadhna Pass. Belt’s representative informed the house last week that it is “operational” in a barrack of the animal husbandry. There are 146 students on rolls who are keen study the approved subjects – English, history, political science, Urdu and environmental sciences. Of the ten sanctioned teaching posts six are vacant. Of the 10non-teaching positions nine are vacant. The government says college is functioning.

Police’s Irregular ‘Army’
J&K has right now 4192 VDCs comprising around 24000 volunteers. These include 5000 special police officials (SPO) who are part of the VDC network. Besides, there are another 24000 SPOs functioningdirectly under the police at district levels. State Police Chief is seeking sanction for another 30000 from the Home Ministry.  

The KP Medical Cover
More than 16000 families of Kashmiri Pandits will be covered under group health insurance scheme. Premium of Rs 7062for the insurance will be equally shared by the government and the beneficiary. The scheme is available only for those migrants who are registered under relief category. There are 17248 families registered under the relief category. Finance Minister A R Rather has already set aside Rs 8 crore for implementing this scheme.

Defaulters Cooperative
A whopping sum of Rs 155 crore of state’s various cooperative banks is outstanding with 46800 defaulters. Jammu Central Cooperative Bank Ltd has Rs 53.31 crore with 37526 of its clients. Citizens Cooperative Bank Ltd, Jammu has to recover Rs 32.60 crore from 1860 defaulters. Baramulla Central Cooperative Bank Ltd has not recovered Rs 21.92 crore from 1801 defaulters. State Cooperative Bank Ltd Srinagar has a net outstanding of Rs 17.25 crore with 1160 defaulters. Anantnag Central Bank Ltd has to effect the recovery of Rs 16.77crores from 1094 defaulters and J&K SCARD Bank Ltd has Rs 13.66 crore with 1345defaulters.

Delayed, Again
Centrally funded Mughal road will now be ready by March 2013. Seven bridges and allied works would be ready by October 2012.Of Rs 639.85 crore, the expenditure booked by February 2011 Rs 421.75 crore.

Houseless And No Water
State’s economic survey revealed that 4119primary, 628 middle, 76 high and 7 higher secondary schools are without buildings and operate from rented buildings. Besides, it said 984 upgraded institutions are deficient in accommodation, which include 611 high schools and373 higher secondary schools. As many as 474 primary school buildings are in dilapidated condition with 28 upper middle schools without any building at all.

As many as 541 middle, 125 high and 101 higher secondary schools lack drinking water and toilet facility. However, the minister informed the state legislature that the number of houseless institutions has reduced to 3837 which include3028 are primary, 736 middle, 67 High and 6 Higher Secondary Schools. The government paid a rent of Rs 11.91 crore in last three years as rent.

Paid For Evenings
State Health Ministry has deployed 161doctors and paramedics to manage Evening Clinics. There are 16 Evening Clinics operating in urban areas which were opened by governor Jagmohan when he banned private practice of doctors. Even the health minister accepted on the floor of the house that the staff posted in these clinics is drawing salaries without much work. This is happening even as 400 health institutions across the state are lacking either doctors or paramedics or both.

The Zero Success Schools
As many as 211 state run and 84 private schools registered zero per cent results in the 10th and 12th class examinations conducted by the State Board of School Education for the Annual Session (Regular) 2008, 2009 and 2010. Of them 211 are state run schools

A Commoner’s Insurance
The government has paid a premium of Rs11.65 lakh in Kashmir and Rs 29.09 lakh in Jammu to cover 11655 and 29116 individuals respectively under the Aam Admi Beema Yona scheme. Besides, it has invested Rs 42.35 lakh and Rs 30 lakh in Kashmir and Jammu divisions to extend ‘contributory social security scheme’ to 3525 and 2500marginal farmers, respectively.


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