Speaker reviews security, other arrangements for Budget Session

GJ REPORT
JAMMU, DEC 27: Speaker Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly, Kavinder Gupta Wednesday reviewed security and other arrangements for forthcoming Budget Session 2018-19 here at a high-level meeting of civil and Police officers.
Threadbare discussion was held on issues related to security and other arrangements imperative for smooth conduct of the Budget Session of the Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly scheduled to start from January 2, 2018.
Director General of Police, S P Vaid and IG, Security, Alok Kumar briefed the meeting about the security plan including deployment of police and other security forces within and outside the Assembly Complex, MLA Hostel and other places.
It was informed that heavy deployment of security staff on the analogy of Parliamentary traditions would be made within the premises of J&K Legislative Complex, around and inside MLA hostel to keep close eye on suspicious movement and keep strangers away from entering the House and the Lobby. It was further informed that security staff would be available for frisking and other checks and to assist Watch and Ward Staff to maintain order outside the House. The Speaker stressed on the need for identifying sufficient parking space for vehicles of the Assembly Secretariat and others.
The Speaker asked the Traffic department to ensure proper regulation of Traffic on roads leading to Legislative Complex and MLA Hostel during the entire Budget Session. The Fire & Emergency Services Department was asked to deploy firefighting tenders and check the fire extinguishers and fire hydrants installed in the Assembly Complex and MLA Hostel Jammu well before the commencement of the session.
For proper power supply, the Speaker directed the Power Development Department to start exercise in advance to check loopholes, if any in the transmission and distribution lines for uninterrupted power supply during the course of Session. The PHE department was asked to provide sufficient and regular supply of water to the Legislative Complex and MLA Hostel Jammu.
The Speaker asked the Health department to make available adequate medical facilities both Allopathic and ISM with sufficient stocks of Life Saving Drugs, Oxygen cylinders and Ambulances alongwith a team of Physicians and Surgeon Specialists within the Assembly Complex and MLA Hostel Jammu.
The Health Department authorities informed that 2 teams of Medical and Para Medical Staff would be deployed to cater to the needs of healthcare facilities during the Session.
Reviewing other arrangements, the speaker asked the Estates and JKPCC to speed up repair, renovation and other related works as also remove hurdles wherever found necessary to ensure free movement within the Assembly Complex particularly in the Central Hall, House and Chief Minister and Ministers’ Chambers.
He asked the BSNL authority to restore telephones in the chamber of Chief Minister, Dy CM, and Minister for Law, Justice and Parliament Affairs and Minister for Finance.
The Speaker asked the Information Department to assist and maintain close liaison between the Press and assembly secretariat as also to ensure proper coverage of the business proceedings. He also asked the department to install Public Address System and dais within the lawns of the Civil Secretariat to enable Media address by the Ministers, opposition leaders and legislators.
He also asked for installation and provision for paid Fax, STD Phone facilitate information department, National and State Press Correspondents in the allotted Rooms adjacent to Press Gallery.
Director Information and Public Relations, Muneer-ul-Islam informed the Speaker that all arrangements have been put in place for the coverage of proceedings of both the Houses and facilities to be provided to the print and electronic media.
The Speaker also directed the JKTDC to make provision for separate vegetarian food and stressed for proper cleanliness in and around the canteens. He also directed to Hospitality and Protocol department to erect waterproof Shamiana with sufficient number of easy chairs for Media and Press to facilitate the Legislators to meet the Press within the premises of the Civil Secretariat Lawns.
The Speaker asked the concerned Officers of all departments to complete all requisite arrangements well before the start of the Budget Session and extend full cooperation to assembly secretariat.
The meeting was attended by Divisional Commissioner Jammu, M K Bhandari, Secretary Law, Abdul Majid Bhat, Secretary Assembly, M R Singh, IGP, Jammu Zone, S D Singh, IG Traffic, Jagjit Kumar, Director Estates, Tassaduq Jeelani, Commissioner, JMC, Ramesh Kumar, DIG Rafiq-ul-Hassan, SSP Security and Ashok Sharma besides other senior Officers.