Chairman, Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Council Haji Anayat Ali today announced to form a House Committee to enquire into the alleged lapses in setting up of e-studio and mega seed unit in the SKUAST-J. The Chairman made the announcement while intervening during the reply by the concerned Minister to the question raised by Surinder Kumar Chowdhary.Meanwhile, replying to the main question, the Minister for Agriculture Ghulam Nabi Lone Hanjura informed that the University has constituted a Committee to ascertain the reason for non-functioning of e-kiosks. After the submission of fact finding report by the Committee, the university will proceed against the delinquent officers if any, he added.He further informed that on the recommendation of another committee constituted to enquire into the lapses in the mega seed project, penalty of premature retirement on proportionate pension other than that specified in Article226 (2) of J&K CSR in terms of Rule 30 of J&K Civil Services Rules 1956 read with Clause 26, Chapter IV of SKUAST Statute was imposed on Ex-Director Research Dr. NA Sudhan.
The Minister informed that the final award of 3594 kanals and 9 marlas was issued by Collector Land Acquisition Jammu to SKUAST-J for Rs. 21.64 crore for land at Rakh Chatha, Shahzadpur, Gujran and Chatha.He said the state government released Rs. 18.77 crore in favour of University for land acquisition of which Rs. 17.60 crore was placed at the disposal of Collector Land Acquisition, Jammu and balance amount of Rs. 1.17 crore remitted to Agriculture Production Department for keeping under Civil Deposit.Giving details, the Minister said that an amount of Rs. 7,15,80,569 has been disbursed to 238 families as per record furnished by Revenue Department. The remaining funds are lying with the Collector Land Acquisition, Jammu and land compensation has been paid to 238 families and 37 families are left as per the record of the Revenue Department, he added.He informed that the government is considering the proposal for providing employment to those whose land was acquired by the University.