Thursday, July 2, 2015

Instructions regarding Annual Performance Appraisal Reports

CHANDIGARH, JULY 2
The Haryana Secondary Education  Department has issued instructions regarding   Annual Performance Appraisal Reports (APARs) of Teaching Categories in government schools in the State. 
            While stating this here today, a spokesman of Secondary Education Department said that in a written communication addressed to all District Education Officers and District Elementary Education Officers, the Director Secondary Education has directed them to instruct all reporting or reviewing or accepting authorities under their control to instruct them that  in case of independent primary schools where the post of ‘Head Teacher’ is not sanctioned or the same is vacant, the senior most teachers (in-charge) would write the APARs of Primary Teachers (PRTs) or JBT teachers of the school. However, the senior most Teacher (in-charge) would submit his own APAR for reporting to the neighbourhood ‘Elementary School Head Teacher. 
            He said that in case where the ‘Head Teacher’ is posted, he would write the APAR of Primary Teachers (PRTs) or Junior Basic Teachers (JBT)   and would submit his APAR for reporting to the neighbourhood ‘Elementary School Head Master’. Similarly, in case of independent Elementary School or High School if the post of ‘Elementary School Head Teacher’ or Head Master is vacant,   the Drawing and Disbursing Officer (DDO) or senior most teacher of the school would write the APARs or Post Graduate Teacher (PGT) or Trained Graduate Teacher (TGT) or C and V Teachers of the school and would submit his APAR for reporting to the Head Master or Principal of the neighbourhood school. In case the Elementary School or High School is situated in the campus of High School or Senior Secondary School or in the same village, in that case the APARs of TGT or C and V teachers of the school would be written by the Head Master High School’, he added. 
            The spokesman said that APARs of Physical Training Instructors (PTIs) or degree holders in Physical Education (DPEs) would be reported by their respective Heads of the Institutions that is Elementary School Head Master, Head Master High School and Principal Senior Secondary School. He said that in case,  the post of Block Education Officer (BEO) or Block Elementary Education Officer (BEEO) is vacant and the additional charge of the post has been given to any officer, then that officer holding the additional charge of any particular post would act as reporting or reviewing or accepting authority. 
            He said that in case the post of Primary School Head Teacher, Elementary School Head Master in the school and in the neighbourhood school are vacant and the post of Block Elementary Education Officer is also vacant,   the APARs of TGT and C and V Teachers or PRTs of these schools would be sent to the BEO, he added.

Vij directs FDA to issue notice to 19 producers of canned food and beverages

CHANDIGARH, JULY 2
Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij today directed Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Department to issue notices to 19 producers of canned food  and beverages and ban  sale of drinking water of three brands as their samples have been   found unsafe in   laboratory tests and some products were misbranded.
          Mr Vij took a serious note of this issue  during his meeting with senior officers of FDA Department here today.
          Mr Vij said that water samples of sealed water bottles of 'Thanda Jal’   and 'Shri Om’ brand taken from Palwal were found completely unsafe. Similarly, sample of sweetened carbonated water of 'Percolime’ brand taken from Jind was also found unsafe and did not come upto the prescribed standard. The Health Minister immediately issued directions to ban the sale of bottled water of three brands in market.
          The Health Minister said that samples of unpacked 'Khoya' taken from Fatehabad were found not upto the standard norm. Similarly, samples of cow milk and two samples of Abhinandan Desi Ghee taken from Kaithal also failed  test. Samples of mango shake collected from Panipat, samples of ice cream collected from Kurukshetra, samples of mixed milk taken from Kaithal and three samples of cow milk, samples of unpacked tomato juice taken from Palwal also failed to meet the prescribed requirements. Therefore, directions have been issued to issue them notices.
          The Health Minister said that besides this, two samples of Mirinda SCW of Coca Cola Company taken from Hisar have been found as misbranded. Similarly, samples of Doaba Desi Ghee, Easy max brand Desi Ghee and flavoured milk from Hisar and samples of Mast 3 Orange brand sweetened carbonated beverage were found misbranded. The department was directed to issue notices to them.

Pinjore Mango Mela on July 4

CHANDIGARH, JULY 2
The two-day 24th Mango Mela is being held at Yadavindra Gardens, Pinjore near here from July 4.
Haryana Tourism Minister Ram Bilas Sharma will inaugurate the  Mango Mela on July 4 at 6 p.m. It is   being organised  jointly by Haryana Tourism  and Horticulture Department. Mrs. Latika Sharma, M.L.A., Kalka will grace the occasion. Haryana Agriculture Minister O.P. Dhankar will be the chief  guest in the concluding ceremony  on July 5 at 6 p.m.
        While stating this at a press conference here today, Additional Chief Secretary, Agriculture, Mr. Dhanpat Singh and Principal Secretary, Haryana Tourism Corporation, Dr. Sumita Misra   said that in tune with its corporate social responsibility initiative, Haryana Tourism has invited differently-abled students to visit the Mango Mela on   July 4 and senior citizens from registered senior citizen societies of Panchkula and Chandigarh on   July 5. They will be allowed free entry and would be served complimentary lunch.
For the first time, yoga sessions will be organised  during the Mela, where visitors can learn different asanas for inner well-being from a yoga expert. The  Mango Mela  would also unfold  feasting, festivities and fun. Also it celebrates Mango as the ‘King of Fruits’.      
  Mr. Dhanpat Singh said that Mango Mela is an event that people look forward to, as it offers an opportunity to see and taste best quality mangoes and enjoy activities like cultural programmes, shopping for handlooms and handicrafts and relish mouth-watering delicacies. The main objective behind organising this two-day Mango Mela is to encourage growers to adopt latest practices to increase the mango production and quality  so that they may get maximum return from their produce by tapping domestic and international market.  
          Dr. Misra said that on the first day of the Mango Mela , the receipt of entries of Mangoes and Mango products will start at  7  a.m.  On the same day,   competitions for students like Mango Quiz and Mango Eating will commence at  10 a.m. The school students will also present interesting group dance performances on stage to entertain the visitors. A renowned Punjabi singer Sarthi K. will perform live on   July 4 from 6.30 pm onwards.
        She said that on the second day of the Mela , from 10 a.m. onwards, competitions for students like Mango Story Writing and Mango Cut-Out will be organised. Tiny tots to catwalk in their pretty outfits during a Kids Fashion Show at 12  noon. There will be exciting solo dance performances   by school students to regale the audience. Further adding to the charm of the Mela will be the enthralling performances of day performers and cultural artistes sponsored by North Zone Cultural Centre, Patiala   who would present  varied folk dance forms – Ghoomer and Phag of Haryana,Bhangra and Gidha  of Punjab, Rouf  of Jammu and Kashmir  and Been Sapera. Also watch the fascinating martial art of Punjab, Gatka to be performed on both days of the Mela.
        Under another unique initiative, Haryana Tourism is offering an opportunity to students who underwent training in Food Production under Government of India’s Hunar Se Rozgar Tak scheme through Haryana Tourism to showcase their talent and sell their products at the Mela. Also,  witness live demonstration of products being made from mangoes and discover the benefits of mangoes!
        A multi-cuisine Food Court will be set up to serve mouth-watering cuisines including the robust flavours from Punjab, subtle aromas of the South and oriental flavours of Chinese along with Indian street food. Similarly, the Crafts Bazaar will be another added attraction of the Mela. At the Crafts Bazaar, there will be display and sale of handlooms and handicrafts by talented craftspersons/weavers from Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan etc.
        Managing Director, Haryana Tourism Corporation, Mr. Sandeep Garg said that that with passage of time, the Mela has become a major cultural event of this region. 

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Haryana launching “Mhara Gaon- Jagmag Gaon” scheme

CHANDIGARH, JULY 1
Haryana has become the first state in the country to launch an innovative voluntary scheme “Mhara Gaon- Jagmag Gaon” aimed at providing  24 hour uninterrupted power  supply to rural domestic consumers in a phased manner with their active participation.
          Haryana Chief Minister Mr Manohar Lal gave details about the scheme to the media persons in a press conference here today. The scheme is also aimed at further strengthening the distribution network system for the convenience of the people. Later in the day, the scheme was formally launched by him from village Dayalpur in district Kurukshetra.
         While explaining about the scheme, the Chief Minister said that at present rural consumers were being supplied electricity for only 12 hours daily. In the first phase of the scheme, 83 feeders have been identified covering 310 villages having minimum line losses and which have made payment of their electricity bills. Power supply would be ensured for 15 hours in these villages from today onwards instead of 12 hour power supply they were getting at present.
          The consumers in these 310 villages falling under these 83 feeders would now be urged to install their meters outside their houses and get their old electricity wires replaced with insulated wires. If this happens, power supply in these villages would then be increased by three more hours and these would be supplied power for 18 hours. In the next step, the power supply would be further increased to 21 hours on those feeders where the payment of bills would cross the mark of 90 per cent. Finally, the feeders where the outstanding amount of electricity bills has been paid in five equal installments, their penalty and interest would be waived off and power supply for 24 hours would be ensured on those feeders. Chief Minister said that this scheme would also be implemented in other villages that would approach the department for the same, he further added.  
          The Chief Minister said that ‘Bijli Panchayat’ would also be organized in all villages falling under such feeders. The officers of electricity department would also be present in these panchayats who would resolve the complaints of consumers on the spot. Complaints like replacement of meters, electricity wire, installment of new poles and enhancement of load would be resolved within a week. Apart from this, a Nodal Officer of the level of a Junior Engineer would also be appointed on every feeder, who would coordinate various activities at village level to ensure the effective implementation of the scheme, he added.
          He said that under the scheme the electricity bills would depict the information like line losses on the particular feeder and pending amount of electricity bill so as to ensure transparency. In case, if any consumer cites any difference in the data, the department as well as officials concerned would be held accountable for the same. He disclosed that state would bear an additional expenditure of Rs 15 to 20 lakh per village for implementation of this scheme. He said that State government will continue to supply eight hours electricity to agriculture tubewells.
          The Chief Minister said that adequate electricity is available in the state to meet the present requirement. But with the implementation of this scheme, the requirement of electricity would go further up and the government has already made elaborate arrangements for meeting the future power demands. Besides, strengthening the power infrastructure, 800 MW Super Critical Thermal Plant is being set up at Panipat to replace the existing obsolete units each of 110 MW. Similarly, 800 MW Super Critical Thermal Power Plant would also be established at Yamunanagar.
          He said that special emphasis is being laid to generate renewable energy by installing solar power plants on roof tops. The government has set a target to generate 400 MW renewable energy by the year 2020. In addition, under the Central Government Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana, a programme costing Rs 2000 crore has been launched for further strengthening distribution system in the state. 
          Those present on this occasion included Chief Secretary Mr. D.S.Dhesi, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Mr. Sanjeev Kaushal, Special Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Mr. R.K.Khullar, Additional Chief Secretary Power, Mr. Rajan Gupta, Director General Information, Public Relations and Cultural Affairs Department Dr. Abhilaksh Likhi, Political Advisor to Chief Minister Mr. Jagdish Chopra and Media Advisor Mr. Amit Arya.

Old Age Allowance scheme

CHANDIGARH, JULY 1
Haryana Government has taken a major step in the interest of those people in the State who do not have any age proof for availing the benefit of Old Age Allowance scheme. For such people, the age of their children would be considered as age proof.
            While giving this information here today, Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Mrs Kavita Jain said that since the year 2011, voter card, school certificate, birth certificate, driving licence and passport are valid for availing the benefit under the scheme in the State.
            She said that for availing the benefit of Old Age Allowance scheme, the beneficiary should be 60 years or above and he should be the bona fide resident of Haryana. Apart from this, the income of the applicant including both husband and wife should not be exceeding Rs two lakh annually and the applicant should not have retired from government or semi government , local bodies, board, corporations and any business in which government has made financial investment.
            The Minister said that complaints have been received from few districts that those people whose age is registered less than 60 years in the voter card, were getting prepared new voter cards from the Election Office  by citing their age above 60 years just to take benefit of old age allowance scheme. Apart from this, the department also got an information that the age of few new applicants are registered less in the voter cards whereas they are above 60 years.  Keeping all these facts in view, the new applicants were being asked to provide the age proof of their elder child in place of voter card, she added. She said that if the age of their elder child is 42 years or above and if the applicant is a female then her age would be considered as 60 years and if the  applicant is male then his age would be considered as 63 years. All the District Social Welfare Officers in the State have been directed to approve all these cases for Old Age Allowance scheme, she added.
            Mrs Jain said that no fresh directions have been issued by the department regarding other documents regarding the age proof like driving licence and passport. These documents are valid as age proof for availing benefit of old age allowance scheme since the year 2011. She also made it clear that it is mandatory for the applicants to furnish any one of such documents as age proof along with the application form

Haryana will soon fill up 50,000 posts

CHANDIGARH, JULY 1
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal today announced that as many as 50,000 posts would soon be filled up to ensure smooth functioning of various government departments.
Mr. Manohar Lal, who was addressing a press conference here today, said that requisition for 24,219 posts had already been sent to the recruitment agencies. The previous government had made appointments on ad hoc basis and consequently large numbers of posts are lying vacant, he added.
The Chief Minister said that 12,620 posts have so far been advertised out of this 8,793 vacancies are of Education department. Similarly, advertisement for filling up 7,200 posts in Police Department would also be issued soon. In addition to this, about 15,000 post of group D would also be filled up districtwise.
He said that Haryana Public Service Commission has also made preparations to fill up vacant post of class I and II. Recruitment on all these post would be made purely on merit basis. He said that the state government has fixed new criteria for recruitment as per which interview will carry only 12 per cent marks to remove scope of discretion and to ensure only meritorious candidates are selected. Five years age relaxation has also been given to experienced teachers. The teachers would also be given maximum eight marks for their work experience. In the second phase, 6000 police personnel would also be recruited, he added.
The Chief Minister said that State Government would soon roll out its new industrial policy for year 2015 which would focus on micro, small and medium enterprises. This would not only ensure development of the state but also generate ample employment opportunities for the youth.
Those present on this occasion included Chief Secretary Mr. D.S.Dhesi, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Mr. Sanjeev Kaushal, Special Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Mr. R.K.Khullar, Additional Chief Secretary Power, Mr. Rajan Gupta, Director General Information, Public Relations and Cultural Affairs Department Dr. Abhilaksh Likhi, Political Advisor to Chief Minister Mr. Jagdish Chopra and Media Advisor Mr. Amit Arya.
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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

War Memorial in Ambala to be completed by Nov

CHANDIGARH, JUNE 30
The Haryana Health, Sports and Youth Affairs Minister, Mr Anil Vij, has said that all formalities related to the War Memorial being set up in Ambala Cantonment in memory of the martyrs of the first Indian freedom struggle of 1857, will be completed by November 1, 2015.
This was disclosed by Mr Vij while presiding over a high level meeting on the project held here today. The meeting was attended by Special Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister, Mr R K Khullar, Director General, Information, Public Relations and Culture Affairs, Mr Abhilaksh Likhi, Commissioner, Municipal Corporation Ambala, Mr Shakti
Singh, and Chief Architect, Mrs Sunita Monga.
The Sports Minister said that the war memorial would depict all important events of the 1857 revolution in sequence right up to the time of Bahadur Shah Zafar. It would have vital scenes from the lives of Rani Jhansi, Tantia Tope, Mangal Pandey and other freedom fighters.
The memorial would consist of one small pond, auditorium, library, audio visual museum, a food park and helipad along with other essential necessities. The demand for the construction of such memorial has been pending for the last 20 years but the previous Congress government didn’t work for it.
Since the war of Indian freedom started from Ambala, it is in the fitness of things that the memorial should be set up there. The BJP Government is committed to giving the martyrs due honour, Mr Vij added.
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