Rs 1086.61 crore released under SDRF for restoration of flood damaged infrastructure

Minister for Revenue, Relief and Rehabilitation, Syed Basharat Bukhari informed the House that floods of September 2014 caused huge losses to the public/private infrastructure across Kashmir valley including Shopian district.Replying to a question by Mohammad Yousuf Bhat, the Minister said that funds were released for temporary restoration of infrastructure damaged due to floods. He said that an amount of Rs 1102 crore was available with Finance Department under SDRF during the 2014-15 and the Department released an amount of Rs 1086.61
crore to two Divisional Commissioners and other line departments for the purpose.
The Minister said that
Rs 5.05 crore were released for temporary restoration of infrastructure under various PHE, Irrigation, Flood Control and PWD sectors in Shopian
district against which Rs 4.36 crore were utilised for the purpose. He said that under permanent restoration of flood damaged infrastructure
under different sectors Rs 21.21 crore was released by the Government to Shopian district against which Rs 21 crore expended.
The Minister said subsequently, the Department received additional requirement for clearing the liability of Irrigation and Flood Control department through Divisional Commissioners amounting to Rs 466.83 crore, out of which the liability of Kashmir division is Rs 201 crore. He said since the funds under SDRF during the year 2014-15 were nearly exhausted the Department forwarded the project proposals of the Irrigation and Flood Control Department for funding under PMDP (TAMEIR) to Planning and Development Department. He also said these instructions were conveyed in 2009 in light of the Roshni Scheme, but since, the said scheme is also under challenge before the High Court. He said the matter needs to be dealt with more caution, so as to withstand the test of Law/Rules in force governing the subject matter.He also said that the Government is going to bring amendments to J&K Public Services Guarantee Act (PSGA) with an aim to strengthen the implementation of the Act.
Responding to a question of Ramesh Arora, the Minister said the Government will also simplify the procedure for obtaining State Subject Certificates under Permanent Resident Certificates (Procedure) Act, 1963 and officers will be designated for issuance of PRCs to permanent residents of the State.He informed the House that voter list of 1951 or 1957 as well as PRC issued to the parents can only serve as secondary evidence and the PRC having already been obtained cannot always be treated to have been genuinely issued. He said a PRC issued already to a member of the family cannot solely be relied upon, unless the applicant otherwise proves to be
permanent resident of the state as required under constitution of J&K.

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