Tuesday, February 24, 2015

CM for Herbal forest in Haryana


CHANDIGARH, FEB 24
 Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal has expressed his gratitude towards yoga Guru Baba Ram Dev for becoming the Brand Ambassador for the promotion of yoga and Ayurveda in Haryana.
        The written communication states that a meeting was held between Haryana Health Minister, Mr. Anil Vij and Yoga Guru Guru Baba Ram Dev at Haridwar on January 15, 2015 to promote yoga and Ayurveda in the State.
        The Chief Minister said that the State Government is keen to establish an Herbal Forest in the State. In this regard guidance and assistance of Baba Ram Dev would be sought.

Eight HCS officers transferred in Haryana

CHANDIGARH, FEB 24
The Haryana Government has issued transfer and posting orders of eight HCS officers with immediate effect.
        Mahavir Singh, awaiting posting orders has been posted as Additional Director, (Administration) and Joint Secretary, Women and Child Development Department against a vacant post.
        Shakti Singh, Estate Officer HUDA, Karnal has been posted as Sub Divisional Officer (C)-cum-Additional Collector, Ambala and Estate Officer HUDA, Ambala vice Mrs. Meenakshi Goyal, who goes as Joint Director (Admn), Mid Day Meal, Elementary Education and Deputy Secretary, School Education Department in place of Mrs. Ritu, whose posting orders will be issued later on.
        Mrs. Pratima Chaudhary, Secretary and Inquiry Officer, HAFED and Dr. Shilpy Patter, Chief Executive Officer, Shivalik Development Agency, Ambala and Joint Controller, Civil Defence, Ambala will swap their places of posting. Similarly, Ekta Chopra, City Magistrate, Gurgaon has been posted as City Magistrate, Jhajjar in place of Bijender Singh whose posting orders will be issued later on.
        Gagandeep Singh, City Magistrate, Kurukshetra has been posted as General Manager, Haryana Roadways Ambala in place of Mr. Amit Kumar Panchal who has been posted as City Magistrate, Ambala relieving Dr. Meenakshi Dahiya of the said charge.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Applications invited for government accommodations

CHANDIGARH, FEB 23
 The Secretary, House Allotment Committee, Haryana has invited applications for allotment of Type-I, Class-III or IV Panchkula and Type V, Panchkula, from the employees of the Government of Haryana  working on regular basis  in the office located at Chandigarh and  Panchkula.
          While stating this here today, an official spokesman said that the applications in Form ‘A’ should reach the House Allotment Committee by March 10,2015.  Haryana Government employees who had already been allotted government houses of appropriate category at Chandigarh by Chandigarh Administration were not eligible of the Haryana Government houses at Panchkula and Chandigarh.
          The Haryana Government employees on deputation with other Government, Boards and Corporations were not eligible for the allotment of these houses. Similarly, the employees of Boards and Corporations and of other autonomous bodies were also not eligible.
          He said that employees who had been allotted government houses have to occupy the houses in a specified period; otherwise the applicant would stand debarred for allotment of this type of house for a period of one year.
He said that once the allotment of accommodation would be accepted, the liability for license fee would commence from the date of occupation or from the fifteenth day from the date of issue of the allotment order whichever was earlier and wherever Government employee, after accepting the allotment fails to take possession of the accommodation with 14 days of issue of allotment order he or she would be charged license fee from such date for a period of one month or till the date on which new allottee takes possession of the said accommodation whichever was earlier.
The applicants should be verified by the Head of the Department or Drawing and Disbursing Officer mentioning pay as on January 1,2015 which should be in the range up to Rs 12,901  in case of Type-I, Class-III and IV houses and in the range  up to Rs 37,401 for Type-V houses.
The applications are to be submitted in the concerned department. The same could be downloaded from website haryanapwd-bandr.org.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Haryana Government transfers 18 IAS officers

CHANDIGARH, FEB 19
The Haryana Government has issued transfer and posting orders of 18 Indian Administrative Services (IAS) officers with immediate effect.
            Sudhir Rajpal, Excise and Taxation Commissioner and Secretary, Excise and Taxation Department now goes as Principal Secretary, Cooperation Department relieving Alok Nigam of the said charge. In his place, Shyamal Misra has been posted as Excise and Taxation Commissioner and Secretary, Excise and Taxation Department. Shyamal Misra will continue looking after his earlier assignment as Advisor and Secretary, Civil Aviation Department and Administrator, Trade Fair Authority of Haryana, Haryana Bhawan, New Delhi. He was also holding the charge of Managing Director HAFED which has now been given to Ashok Kumar Yadav, Director General and Secretary, Social Justice and Empowerment in addition to his present duties.  
            Ankur Gupta, Director General and Secretary, Higher Education and State Project Director, State Higher Education Council (ex-officio) in Higher Education Department under National Higher Education Abhiyan Scheme has been posted as Principal Secretary, Printing and Stationery Department relieving Vijai Vardhan of the said charge.
            Anurag Rastogi, Director General and Secretary, Town and Country Planning and Urban Estates Departments has been posted as Principal Secretary, Environment Department and Monitoring and Coordination Department relieving Avtar Singh and Rajbir Singh of their said charges respectively. Arun Kumar Gupta, Labour Commissioner, Secretary, Labour Department, Director General and Secretary, Industries and Commerce and Mines and Geology Departments has been posted as Director General and Secretary, Town and Country Planning and Urban Estates Departments. Arun Kumar Gupta will also look after the work of Director General and Secretary, Mines and Geology Department.
            Sandeep Garg, Director General and Secretary, Technical Education Department has been given the additional charge of Director General and Secretary, Tourism and Managing Director, Haryana Tourism Corporation relieving Mrs Sumita Misra of the said charge.
            Abhilaksh Likhi, Director General and Secretary, Information, Public Relations and Cultural Affairs and Languages and Grievances Departments has been given the additional charge of Director General and Secretary, Hospitality Department relieving Mrs Sumita Misra of the said charge.
            S. K. Goyal, Director General and Secretary, Industrial Training Department has been given the additional charge of Secretary, Home-I Department and Secretary office of Lokayukta vice Chander Shekhar.
            Vijayendra Kumar, Director General and Secretary, Electronics and Information Technology Department and Managing Director, HARTRON has been given the additional charge of Secretary, Revenue and Disaster Management Department relieving Chander Parkash of the said charge.
            D. Suresh, Managing Director, Haryana Minerals Limited, New Delhi and Secretary, General Administration and Administrative Reforms Departments has been posted as Commissioner, Gurgaon Division, Gurgaon, Special Commissioner, Health and Nutrition, Mewat Area, Gurgaon and Chairman, Mewat Development Agency relieving Rajeev Ranjan of the said charge.
            C. R. Rana, Director General and Secretary, Food and Supplies and Managing Director, CONFED has been given the additional charge of Labour Commissioner and Secretary, Labour Department vice Arun Kumar Gupta.
            Rajbir Singh, Secretary, Secretariat Establishment, Monitoring and Coordination Cell and Defence Departments and Chief Executive, Khadi and Village Industries Board has been posted as Secretary, Secretariat Establishment and Defence Departments and Chief Executive, Khadi and Village Industries Board. He has also given the additional charge of Secretary, General Administration and Administrative Reforms Departments vice D. Suresh.
            Shyamal Misra, Advisor and Secretary, Civil Aviation Department and Administrator, Trade Fair Authority of Haryana, Haryana Bhawan, New Delhi and Managing Director, HAFED has been posted as Excise and Taxation Commissioner and Secretary, Excise and Taxation Department vice Sudhir Rajpal. Mr Misra will also look after the work of Advisor and Secretary, Civil Aviation Department and Administrator, Trade Fair Authority of Haryana, Haryana Bhawan, New Delhi.
            Rajeev Ranjan, Commissioner, Rohtak Division, Rohtak, Commissioner, Gurgaon Division, Gurgaon, Special Commissioner, Health and Nutrition, Mewat Area, Gurgaon and Chairman, Mewat Development Agency has been posted as Commissioner, Rohtak Division, Rohtak and has also given the additional charge of Commissioner, Hisar Division, Hisar relieving D. P. S. Nagal of the said charge.
            W. S. Goyat, Registrar, Cooperative Societies has been posted as Managing Director, Federation of Cooperative Sugar Mills Limited in addition to his present duties relieving Pankaj Agarwal of the said charge.
            Balraj Singh, Special Secretary, Public Works (Building and Roads) and Architecture and Special Secretary, Public Health Engineering Department and Director, Renewable Energy has been given the additional charge of Director General and Special Secretary, Higher Education Department and State Project Director, State Higher Education Council (ex-officio) in Higher Education Department under National Higher Education Abhiyan Scheme vice Ankur Gupta.
            Chander Shekhar,  Special Secretary, Home-I Department and Secretary office of Lokayukta has been posted as Director and Special Secretary, Development and Panchayats Department and Director and Special Secretary, Rural Development Department against vacant posts.
            D. K. Behera, Additional Secretary, Home-II Department and Joint Commissioner, Gurdwara Elections has been given the additional charge of Director General and Additional Secretary, Industries and Commerce Department vice Arun Kumar Gupta.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Surajkund International Mela unfolds unique crafts of India

CHANDIGARH, FEB 2
The second day of the 29th Surajkund International Craft Mela-2015 enthralled the visitors with a perfect mix of art, crafts, culture, cuisine and entertainment.
This time, lyrics and brush came together at the stall of Artists Ajay Kumar Samir, a poet-cum-artist. He was seen exhibiting his extraordinary creations based on poems of Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi.  Displaying his water colour, pen and ink drawings framed with poems of Prime Minister Modi at Work Hut 786, Samir said that he had been regularly putting up his exhibitions at art galleries and through this Mela, he wanted to introduce serious art among visitors and connect with more people.
A graduate of Fine Arts from College of Art, New Delhi, Samir got his real break when he made drawings based on former Prime Minister A.B Vajpayee’s Hindi poetry. He further added that his biggest achievement is that his drawings were on display at 7 Race Course, residence of Prime Minister.
He has also given colours to the poetry of known poet-writer Gulzar. “The jugalbandi of lyrics and brush is a unique combination. I try giving words shapes with my colours,” adds Samir, who has his latest works along with books penned by Modi on sale at the Mela. His works are priced at Rs 1,20,000-Rs 2,50,000.    
            The Surajkund International Crafts Mela also unfolded the unique crafts of India at every corner of the Mela grounds. Immersed with rich culture, immense art forms, foot tapping music and vibrant colours, the Mela embodies various arts and crafts not only of India but also of other nations with matching crafts and traditions.
Theme State Chhattisgarh’s crafts displayed its spellbinding crafts made from terracotta, brass, wood, bamboo and wrought iron. Known for its bell metal items, visitors got to witness an elephant weighing one quintal priced at Rs 1.5 lakhs. The craftsperson at Work hut no. 26 said that the  intricately crafted bell metal elephant took about one-and-a-half month to be made and took about 15 men and five women to make it.
At Work hut no. 29, Shivmangal from Balrampur had brought magical pitchers (surahi), lanterns and cooking pans. He said that his terracotta crockery was sturdy and whatever cooked in these utensils would taste better than the iron vessels.
The Work hut no. 30 where craftsman Bhubneshwar from Kondagaon was a must see, who displayed intricately designed elephants, utensils (urns, tavas and dishes) and masks in terracotta at very pocket friendly prices.
Wrought iron masks, hangings and partitions at Workhut no. 171 were fascinating. The man behind these tribal arts of Bastar was master craftsperson Sonadhal Poyani, said “I feel elated to be a part of this Mela and my entire range of crafts is handmade and washable.”
At workhut no. 178, state awardee Daheshwar Verma of Om Wooden Art surprised with his creations crafted from ‘Sagaon’ wood. From Ganesha to Mahatma Gandhi, he sculpts with precision and keeps the natural finish intact, and then places it on wooden base embellished with pieces of stone, marble or wood.
The largest egg of a bird formed the canvas for artist Issam Mirvat from Lebanon. He has brought original ostrich eggs that are stacked in a basket and are catching many onlookers attention. He likes to share that his passion of painting ostrich eggs happened many years back. He said “I use acrylic colour to paint monuments and flowers on the eggs. The art lies in carving these eggs, which takes one to three hours.”
He has further beautified these eggs by showcasing them in transparent containers and fitting a bulb or LED and it can be lit up too and used as decoration pieces to add to the look of the house, priced at Rs 1,800 onwards.
The Chaupal also remained the centre of attraction at the Mela, with visitors enjoying every bit of the national and international performances being stages by folk artistes. Audience enjoyed the folk dances of Chhattisgarh like Raut and Panthi, Bidhai of Madhya Pradesh, Kud of Jammu and Kashmir, Ghoomer of Haryana, Kalbelia of Rajasthan by artistes of Zonal Cultural Centres and a musical performance based on women rights staged by students of APJ School sponsored by Haryana State Legal Authority. The gyrating moves of the international folk dancers of Lebanon and Tajikistan stole many hearts.
            Face painting competition was organised at Natyashala and students of various schools participated with enthusiasm. The first prize was bagged by Debeyan and Yashdeep of DAV Public School, NH-3, Faridabad; second and third prizes were bagged by Prachi and Ayushi of Holy Child Public School, sector 29, Faridabad and Vaibhavi and Kavina of Gita Bal Niketan, NH-3, Faridabad. Consolation prize was given to Suraj and Umesh of Govt. Boys Sr Sec School, NIT,-3, Faridabad.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Ex-gratia grants hiked for members of armed forces personnel

CHANDIGARH, JAN 31
The Haryana Government has enhanced the rate of ex-gratia to be given to members of families of armed forces  personnel, including Army, Navy and the Air Force, who die in harness  or get disabled while performing their bona fide official duties in  operational areas, in war, terrorist or militant attack, border  skirmishes and United Nations Peace Keeping Force (UNPKF).
         Giving this information here today, an official spokesman said  that grant of ex-gratia admissible under the policy would be given in  all cases of battle casualty declared by the Defence Authorities,  irrespective of any operation or any specified area of operation.
 Also, the government has enlarged the scope of payment of ex-gratia to  include contingencies like M.T. accident, heart attack, air crash,  accident on sea and natural calamities etc which demand exceptional  courage in performance of their duties.
         He said that according to the revised policy, the revised  rates of ex-gratia for casualties which occurred on or after February  19, 2014 will be Rs 20 lakh in case of death in war and action against  militants, terrorists and border skirmishes against Rs 2.5 lakh from  April 1, 1999 to February 18, 2014.
 Similarly, Rs 20 lakh will be given in case of death during I.E.D  blast against only Rs 2 lakh earlier. Likewise, Rs 20 lakh will be  given in case of death declared as battle casualty by the Defence  Authorities, irrespective of any operation or any specified area of  operation.
For Defence Forces personnel posted in the UNPKF and for accidents  like air crash, M.T. accident, accident on sea, heart attack and loss  of life during natural calamity, no ex-gratia was paid earlier.
 He said that ex-gratia of Rs 15 lakh will be given in case of 78 per  cent disability and above for eligible persons instead of Rs 1 lakh  given earlier. Similarly, Rs 10 lakh will be given in case of  disability of 50 per cent to 74 per cent for eligible persons instead
of Rs 75,000 and Rs 5 lakh in case of disability of 25 per cent to 49  per cent for eligible persons instead of Rs 50,000 given earlier.
         The spokesman said that the enhanced amount of ex-gratia would  be applicable to those who get killed or disabled on or after February  19, 2014 only for defence forces personnel (Army, Navy and Air Force)  for all battle casualties irrespective of any operation or any  specified area of operation as declared by defence authorities.
 It will be applicable to those are domiciles of Haryana at the time of  joining the service, at the time of casualty or disability and  disabled personnel or NOK of casualties occurred, are domicile of  Haryana till date. That includes disabled personnel of battle  casualty, who are boarded out due to disability or retained in  service. Previous cases would not be reopened.
 The ex-gratia amount can be claimed within three years of casualty.  Thereafter, it will be time barred. While, the ex-gratia from April 1,  1999 to February 18, 2014 will be given as per policy no.  13/8/92-4DIII dated September 30, 1999 and policy memo no.
21/1/97-4DIII dated June 15, 2001.
         The ex-gratia amount will be paid from the Haryana Chief  Minister’s War Hero’s Relief Fund or the expenditure shall be met  under Major Head ‘2235-Social Security and Welfare-200-other  scheme-(95) Rewards to Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen for acts of  gallantry’ (Non Plan) Demand No.22.

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Five IAS and two HCS officers transferred

CHANDIGARH, JAN 31
The Haryana Government has issued the transfers and posting orders of five IAS and two HCS Officers with immediate effect.
            P.K. Mahapatra, Additional Chief Secretary, Home, Jails and Criminal Investigation and Administration of justice departments has been given additional charge of Chairman, Haryana Minerals Ltd., New Delhi against a vacant post.
            Anil Kumar, awaiting posting order has been given the charge of Principal Secretary, Industrial Training Department relieving S.S. Prasad of the said charge.
            A.K. Singh, Director General and Secretary, Development and Panchayats and Rural Development Department has been posted as Secretary Personnel, Training, Vigilance and Parliamentary Affairs, Director General Training (Ex-officio) and Inquiry Officer, Vigilance against vacant posts. Also, he has been given the charge of Managing Director Agro Industries Corporation Limited relieving Vijay Singh Dahiya of the said charge.
            Pradeep Kasni, , awaiting posting order has been given the charge of Director General and Secretary, Medical Education and Research Department relieving Mrs. Neelam Pradeep Kasni of the said charge.
            Mani Ram Sharma, awaiting posting order becomes ADC-cum-CEO, DRDA, Mahendragarh vice R.S. Verma, HCS who has been posted as Additional State Transport Controller vice Mahavir Singh whose posting orders will be issued later on.
            Rajesh Jogpal, awaiting posting order becomes ADC-cum-CEO, DRDA, Fatehabad against a vacant post.