Members participate in discussion on motion of thanks on Guv’s address

Discussion on Motion of Thanks on Governors Address continued for the second day on Tuesday in the Legislative Assembly. Earlier, the Discussion on Motion of Thanks was held on 3rd January 2018 in the Assembly in which about seven members of the House participated.

Initiating the today’s discussion, MLA Rajeev Jasrotia said the present dispensation has taken path-breaking initiatives with regard to the development of roads, highways, the establishment of AIIMS, IIMs, Cluster Universities, New Engineering Colleges etc. He praised the Chief Minister for going to the doorsteps of the people in far-flung areas to listen to their grievances during her public outreach programme and ensuring on spot redress of grievances.

While taking part in discussion on Motion of Thanks on Governor’s addresses, leader of the opposition Omar Abdullah praised former Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and Ghulam Nabi Azad for some of the landmark steps taken by them including opening of Srinagar-Muzaffarabad road, Mughal road, and establishment of University and Satellite campuses, construction of Tulip garden, Hajj House and establishment of new districts.

He asked the government for taking additional measures for traffic management in the state. He also asked for another motorable bridge across Jhelum to decongest the traffic load on the existing route besides, making the traffic lights functional, installed in Jammu to manage traffic in an effective manner.

Omar Abdullah also enquired about new measures undertaken by the present dispensation in the last three years for the public welfare. He expressed hope for the successful conduct of upcoming Panchayat Polls in the state. He also requested Government to clarify the mandate of Dineshwar Sharma who has been nominated by the centre as a Special Representative to the state so that the stakeholders can approach him with their inputs.

Raja Manzoor Ahmad called for consensus between different political parties to ensure a meaningful and result-oriented dialogue in the state with different stakeholders to ensure peace in the region.

Congratulating the government for bringing reforms in Rural Development Department, he said that the credit goes to Minister for Rural Development Abdul Haq Khan for taking various initiatives for the betterment of people. He also praised the government for successfully launching various welfare initiatives for the people especially for the welfare of the weaker sections of the society.

He called for the construction of Tunnel on Sadna Top connecting Kupwara with Tanghdar.

Nawang Rigzin Jora also took part in the discussion and called for implementing Agenda of Alliance on the ground and to fulfill the promises made to the people of the state.

He said that engaging of 3000 teachers under Prime Ministers Package for Kashmiri migrants is a welcome step but called for a political reservation to the tribal community. He also pleaded for the establishment of Cold Reservation and Thermal Plant in the State. Jora urged for speeding up the restoration work on Mubarak Mandi heritage complex and early implementation of 7th Pay Commission to the employees of the State.

Jora congratulated the Government for the establishment of Medical Colleges and AIIMs in the state.

Dina Nath Bhagat thanked the Government and the Deputy Chief Minister who is holding the charge of Power department upgrading the power infrastructure and said that Rs 1 crore provided to every constituency has helped a lot for improvement in Power infra in every Constituency. He thanked the Government for the opening of Degree College in his Constituency.

Dina Nath also congratulated the Government for the establishment of various prestigious institutions in the State including AIIMS, Indian Institute of Technology, Railway and other key projects. He also praised the center government for providing every kind of support for the development of the State.

Mubarak Gul while taking part in the discussion said that government needs to take steps to bring positive change on the ground for restoring peace in the state. He said that government must come up with an action plan to open the channels of communications to between public, administration, and government to restore a peaceful environment in the valley.

Abdul Rahim Rather praised the government for several landmark steps including smart city status to Jammu and Srinagar, providing amnesty to the first time offender in the valley, high achievements in under MGNREGA, introducing ultrahigh density plantation in the state. He also praised the inclusion of Non-migrating Kashmiri Pandits in the reservation policy, besides rehabilitation steps taken for pellet victims.

While taking part in the discussion, Usman Majeed urged the government to increase the public welfare measures being undertaken, besides ensuring benefits of these initiatives reach the grass root level. He further asked for increasing transparency and accountability in the system.

He said that government should facilitate special representative Dineshwar Sharma so that every stakeholder is included in the dialogue process.

Usman Majid urged the Government to ensure timely completion of Kishenganga Power project besides completion of protection works on Madhumati Nallah. He also appealed the government to take strict action against nonperforming contractors including blacklisting those who cause unnecessary delays on timely completion of the projects.

He also urged for proper execution of flood management plan for river Jhelum and for timely and judicious utilization of funds allocated under the project. He also asked for a Women’s Degree College for Bandipora.

While taking part in the discussions, Legislator Jeevan Lal appealed all public representatives to exude a positive message and refrain from issuing provocative statements to bring peace in the state.

He also urged the government to expedite implementation and ensure proper utilization of funds under various centrally sponsored schemes including PMDP, DDUGJY, PMGSY, Ujwala Yojana and demanded to expedite forest clearance for the said projects. He also asked for inclusion of remaining genuine beneficiaries under PMAY, State Marriage Assistance, and other schemes.

He also pleaded for higher secondary school for rural, far off areas so that students of these areas do not have to travel long distances for education. He also asked for degree colleges for rural reaches of Bani including Lohai, Malhar, Machida.

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MLA Habakadal, Shamim Firdous also took part in the discussion on Motion of Thanks on Governors Address and requested the government to take moderate view towards misguided Kashmiri youth and make stringent efforts to de-radicalize and counsel these youth.

Abdul Majid Padder while taking part in a discussion on thanked the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti for her extensive public outreach programme at all district headquarters which saw the participation of people from all sections of the society. He congratulated the government for extensive efforts for improvement of power infra in the state, especially in Noorabad Constituency. He also congratulated the efforts taken to improve the education scenario in the state.

Main Altaf Ahmad expressed displeasure over the slow pace of development works especially those targeted towards improving the living conditions of people living in border areas and asked for renewed efforts for fulfilling promises made to population residing in these areas.

He also asked for expediting pace on all on-going road projects being taken up in Rajouri and Poonch area under PMGSY.

He also called for measures to check corruption in new appointments in various departments and asked for bringing transparency in the same.

While continuing the discussion, Vikar Rasool Wani called for early conduct of Panchayat and Local Bodies elections in the State.

He demanded for permanent regularization of the 61000 casual labours recently regularised by the government, besides asking for regularization of workers employed under MGNERGA. He also demanded for immediate measures to mitigate various problems being faced by the Tribal Populace of the state.

He further asked for initiating the process for the return of power projects to the state government.

Members participate in discussion on Motion of thanks on Governor’s Address in Legislative Council

Initiating the debate Ramesh Arora, while praising the Governor’s address, said that government has laid thrust on the restoration of peace and tranquillity in the state, which was a welcome move. He said that peace is imperative for development and prosperity and efforts are being taken to meet the commitment made by the coalition government.

He urged the government to address the problems of youth wholeheartedly to keep them away from violence. He further stressed on the need to involve youth in peace process and development of the state.

Welcoming the provision for chopper services to far-flung areas, he said it would greatly help to mitigate the problems faced by the people of these areas.

Qaiser Jamsheed Lone urged the state and centre government to take in account the ground realities in the state while addressing the issues of the people. He further called upon the government to reach out to youth and address the problem of unemployment and other related issues.

Referring to AMU scholar from Lolab joining militant ranks, Lone said that the government must think over this dangerous trend seriously.

He said the government should come up with a vibrant policy to bring such youth in the mainstream by addressing their concerns and alienation.

While appreciating government, Firdous Ahmad Tak hailed it for setting the stage for a sustained peace process and development of the state.

“The achievements of the coalition government bear testimony to the fact that its core agenda is to restore peace and tranquillity in the state” he said. He held previous dispensations responsible for worsening situation in J&K and praised the efforts of the present government for providing justice to the pellet victims. He said framing of policy for regularization of more than 60,000 casual workers clearly reflects that the present government is people friendly. He urged the government to pay heed to the issues of people of far-flung areas of the Chenab valley and take further steps to elevate their living standard. He said there is a need to form a roadmap to augment development process in the area.

Muzzafar Ahmad Parray said that the government should look into the reasons of educated youth joining militant ranks in the valley. He also appealed the government to improve the power scenario and reduce power curtailment in Kashmir valley, which is severely affecting the Kashmir industry.

Saif-ud-din Bhat appreciated the government for initiating massive development in the state and working towards restoration of sustained peace.

He also praised the centre for appointing a special interlocutor to start dialogue process and to find a legitimate solution to the prevailing situation in the state. He also lauded government for providing amnesty to stone pelters, who, he said were being used for meeting political ends. He also thanked the government for providing adequate food grains in far-flung areas.

Naresh Kumar Gupta demanded that the cases against Jammu youth booked in 2008 land row agitation should be revoked on the pattern of amnesty being provided to stone pelters. He also urged for making the state accountability commission fully functional.

Girdari Lal Raina appreciated the steps taken by the government to expand the outreach of education, particularly promotion of education among girls.


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