Legislators, LAHDC Kargil delegation, others call on Governor

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Feb 29: G.M Saroori, MLA Inderwal; Charanjeet Singh Khalsa, MLC; Shamim Firdous, MLA Habbakadal, Javed Rana, MLA Mendhar; Bashir Ahmad Dar, MLA, Kupwara; Abdul Majeed Wagay, MLA, Home Shalibugh;  Ishfaq Ahmad Sheikh, MLA Ganderbal; Raja Manzoor Ahmad, MLA Karnah and Javed Mirchal, MLC had separate meetings with Governor N N Vohra, at the Civil Secretariat here today.
Mr. Saroori urged the Governor to expedite completion of Singhpora-Vailoo tunnel connecting Kishtwar with South Kashmir; restoration and widening of Morgan-Inshan-Nopatche and Batote- Kishtwar roads; to bring 166 roads being constructed under PMGSY Stage II under its 2014 schedule and submission of utilization certificates and audit report for roads constructed earlier under PMGSY; increase the scale of rations under NFSA for Marwah, Warwan, Dacchan, Padder and Chatroo areas of Kishtwar; regularization of Hand Receiver Workers in PHE and Casual, Daily Wager labourers working in different Government departments; clearing 40,000 pending pension cases in Social Welfare Department; introduction of Heli service for Kishtwar and payment of compensation for those killed and injured in the land slide which took place last night at Kithar Bunjawh.
Mr. Khalsa demanded Minority Status for Sikhs in the State; special recruitment drive for Sikh youth in police, paramilitary forces and other civil services; payment of compensation, as per recommendation of the Central Parliamentary Committee, to Displaced Persons (PoK); suitable postings for decorated Police officers belonging to Sikh community and introduction of Punjabi language in schools.
Shamim Firdous demanded widening of roads from Habakadal to Fatehkadal and Babapora to Babadamb; instructions to LAWDA and SMC for removing encroachments from Brarinambal Lagoon and its beautification; rehabilitation of Kohan Khan-Dalgate dwellers; development of a park on a patch of land situated on the right side of Munawarbad bridge and enforcement of effective curb on the increasing drug menace in certain areas of her constituency.
Mr. Wagay apprised the Governor about demands relating to the improvement of HT/LT lines and augmentation of transformers in his constituency; release of funds for Receiving Station Shamsipora, bridge at Shamsipora, Wanpora, augmentation of 20 MVA transformer at Yaripora, Sub District Hospital-Qaimoh, up-gradation and macadamisation of roads in his constituency and release of Medical Assistance for cancer, heart and kidney patients.
Ishfaq Ahmad Sheikh apprised Governor about various developmental problems in his constituency and requested him to enhance the quota of ponywallahs, porters and other service providers from Ganderbal district for providing services to Shri Amarnathji Yatra pilgrims, introduction of mobile toilets for the Yatris enroute the Holy Cave and enhancement of the ration quota under NFSA for people in his constituency.
Adv. Dar urged the Governor for the up-gradation of roads, provision of adequate staff in Government hospitals, improvement in HT/LT lines and Receiving Station in his constituency. He also demanded a probe into allegations of misappropriation in PHE schemes; enhancement of ration quota under NFSA; one time relaxation to SRO 43 cases in which the legal heir of the deceased was a minor; development of Kupwara and Handwara towns and boost to tourism in Bangus Valley.
Raja Manzoor Ahmed urged the Governor to consider construction of Sadhna Tunnel to give connectivity to Karnah; grant of ST status to Pahari speaking people in Karnah; early start of 12 MW Hydel Project; replacement of poles of the transmission line from Kashmir Valley to Tangdhar; macadamisation of the approach road to Karnah especially from Sadhna Top to Sikh Bridge; completion and up-gradation of Pharkian-Keran road; improvement in health and education infrastructure; a mini sports stadium for Karnah and enhancement in ration quota under NFSA.
Javed Mirchal urged the Governor for up-gradation of Tanghdar to Hajitra via Nawa Gabra road; up-gradation of High School Nawa Gabra to Higher Secondary School; telecommunication facilities for Nawa Gabra and its adjoining villages.
Javed Ahmed Rana demanded special funding for upgradation/macdamization of road under PMGSY in Mendhar alleging that 36 PMGSY schemes were taken up by the department by way of earth work, but all the roads except few are in deteriorating condition.
Rana also expressed serious concern over the slow progress of Purnai Hydro electric project, which he said, is running slowly where as the term frame is going to complete.
He demanded early completion of the project and providing jobs to local besides clearance of the compensation to affected families. He also demanded regular power supply to border area of Poonch/Rajouri, creation of grid station at Mankote, installation of electrical meter in the area, and establishing receiving stations at Kalaban, Uchad, Sagra, Gursai, and Glota Balakote.
Rana also demanded special funding for completion of ongoing PHE schemes in Sub Division Mendhar alleging that 80% water supply schemes are defunct because of non availability of funds in the department.
A delegation of Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC)-Kargil also called on Governor and submitted memoranda highlighting various demands and issues of the people of Kargil district. B.R. Sharma, Chief Secretary and Mr. B.B. Vyas, Financial Commissioner Planning and Development were present in the meeting.
The delegation led by Muhammad Haneefa Jan, Chairman and Chief Executive Councilor LAHDC-Kargil, urged the Governor to maintain the existing scale of rations supply to Kargil district under National Food Security Act; sanctioning of additional quota of kerosene oil to Kargil district; inclusion of Kargil under Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT); funds for restoration of damages to irrigation infrastructure, roads and buildings and sanction of relief to the apricot growers affected due to floods last year; restoration of infrastructure damaged due to bursting of  blockage at Phuktal river in Zanskar during last year.
The delegation sought construction of a 200 bed hospital at Kargil for improving healthcare facilities in the district; construction of Council Secretariat at Kurbathang; construction of: small hydro electric power projects, road from Spangla to Amarnath cave;  early commissioning of Lift Irrigation Project at Sodh; special package for clearance of liabilities on account of works done under District Plan and resolution of issues related to scholarships to the students as early as possible; arranging IL-76 sorties for airlifting patients and passengers at the time of emergency,
The delegation also raised various demands relating to Zanskar region including: opening of State Bank of India Branch at Padum- Zanskar; special package for development of tourism related infrastructure for the region; opening of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya; increase in tonnage units for helicopter to facilitate people; network facility as per Mission Digital India; construction of an airstrip at Ufti Zanskar; early completion of Nimoo-Padum Darcha road; and early establishment of Krishi Vigyan Kendra.
The Governor asked the Chief Secretary and Financial Commissioner (Ladakh Affairs) to urgently examine the issues raised by the delegation examined for necessary decisions and directions.
Dr. Darakhshan Andrabi, State Vice-President, BJP, and Bashir Ahmad Nengroo, former Minister also had separate meetings with Governor.
Ms. Andrabi urged the Governor for directing speedy flood relief distribution to the flood victims in Sonawar area; opening of vocational centres for women and skill enhancement of youth for different industrial trades; and payment of compensation to shopkeepers whose shops have been demolished for the construction of Budshah Bridge at Lal chowk.
Mr. Nengroo, former Minister, apprised the Governor about the need for completion of building for Women’s College, posting of adequate staff and provision of needed equipment at the Government Hospital, development of Ring Road, Bus-Stand, and establishment of a municipality for Pulwama.
Justice (Retd.) Permod Kohli, Member Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board (SMVDSB) discussed with the Governor various issues relating to  the pilgrimage and about the progress of the Super Specialty Hospital and the Nursing College at Kakryal.

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