Jammu, Jan 23: Minister for Rural Development & Panchayati Raj and Law & Justice Abdul Haq today informed the House that 31 villages have been taken up under Swach Bharat Mission Gramin (SBM) G in Devsar, Kund, Vessu and Qazikund blocks and a total of Rs 126.24 lakh has been paid to the beneficiaries of these blocks under the scheme during the year 2016-17.
Replying to a question by legislator Mohammad Amin Bhat, the Minister said that SBM-G in Devsar, Kund, Vessu and Qazigund blocks an amount of Rs 45.72 lakh, Rs 18.36 lakh, Rs 26.28 lakh and Rs 35.88 respectively has been paid to the beneficiaries during the period.
Giving further breakup of liability cleared and pending, the Minister informed that there was a laiblity of Rs 428.69 in respect of Devsar block, out of which Rs 344.69 lakh has been cleared, for Kund, Rs 118.95 lakh cleared out of Rs 158.9 lakh, Rs 355.42 paid for Qazikund out of total liability of Rs 427.56 lakh and for Vessu block, Rs 457.21 lakh has been cleared out of total liability of Rs 560.06 lakh.
The Minister further said that the department has released an amount of Rs 1138 crore to the districts for clearance of wage/material liabilities in the state, till date.
Responding to another part of the question, the Minister said that in Panchayat Halqa of Devsar constituency, out of total 466 estimated works, 155 have been completed amounting to Rs.221.24 lakh.
The Minister further said in BDO office Devsar, 80 % staff is in position and the remaining is required to be filled up by way of deputation from Planning, Finance and Public Works departments for which the department has taken up the matter of filling the vacant posts with concerned departments.
Legislators, M Y Tarigami, Yawar Mir and Ravinder Raina also raised supplementary to the main question.