Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Scheme to develop and pilgrimage spots in 93 villages

CHANDIGARH, DEC 6
 Haryana Chief Minister  Manohar Lal said that the Saraswati Heritage Development Board has prepared a scheme to develop tourist and pilgrimage spots of 93 villages in three districts of the State. These included 45 villages of district Yamunanagar, 21 of district Kaithal and 27 of Kurukshetra.
          The Chief Minister was speaking after viewing the model of Saraswati Project prepared by the Board, during International Gita Mahotsav-2016 at Purshottampura Bagh in Kurukshetra today.
          He said that under the scheme of the Board, ponds would be constructed near cremation grounds on the banks of Saraswati River for immersion of the ashes. These ponds would be named as ‘Saraswati Ghats’. Besides, about 100 drains would be closed to keep the river water clean. Apart from this, the 204-km main channel from Adibadri to village Aandhali of district Kaithal at Punjab border, and then 150-km ‘Saraswati Dharas’ would be developed, he added.
DIGITAL PAYMENT: Haryana Government has constituted eight-member committee under the chairmanship of the Chief Secretary for promotion of digital payments in the State.
        While stating this here today, an official spokesman said that the committee would oversee the implementation and resolve policy issues relating to promotion of digital payments in the State.
        He said that the committee would include as members Additional Chief Secretary (ACS) and Financial Commissioner, Revenue and Disaster Management, ACS, Transport, ACS, Printing and Stationery, ACS, Excise and Taxation, Principal Secretary, Finance and Principal Secretary, Information and Technology.
CM EXPRESSES DEEP SHOCK:  Haryana Chief Minister,  Manohar Lal, has expressed deep shock and grief over the sad demise of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, Ms. J. Jayalalithaa, who passed away following a brief illness, at Apollo Hospitals, Chennai at 11.30pm on December 5, 2016. She was 68.
        In his condolence message issued here today, Mr. Manohar Lal described Ms. Jayalalithaa as a leader of the masses, who devoted her life to serving the people.
        Expressing solidarity with the people of Tamil Nadu, the Chief Minister prayed the Almighty that the departed soul may rest in peace.
        The Haryana Government today observed one-day state mourning as a mark of respect to Ms. J. Jayalalithaa.
        The National Flag was flying at half-mast and no official entertainment was held.
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Chandigarh, Dec 6 – Haryana Government has given additional charge of Deputy Commissioner, Charki Dadri, to Pankaj, Deputy Commissioner, Bhiwani against a new post to be created, with immediate effect.

21st century belongs to India: Prof Solanki

CHANDIGARH, DEC 6
 The Haryana Governor, Prof Kaptan Singh Solanki, has said the 21st century belongs to India, the whole world is looking at our country and India has high hopes from Haryana.
            Speaking at the inaugural ceremony of the International Seminar on Shrimad Bhagwad Gita: Holistic Life Management and World Heritage Tourism, held in Kurukshetra, today, he said that a fresh wave of energy was sweeping the country, and India had begun to take a positive turn.
            Referring to the Prime Minister, Mr Narendra Modi, the Governor said he took the people of the country as his high command. A survey has been got conducted by Time Magazine in which Mr Modi got the highest votes which clearly shows that India is progressing at a rapid pace.
          He also recalled the words of Swami Vivekananda who had said that while 17th century belonged to England, 18th century belonged to France, 19th to Germany, 20th to America, and 21st century would belong to India.
             The Governor said that India was passing through a process of reawakening, young India would lead the world in the 21st century and Bhagwad Gita would serve as the guiding principle. The Gita contains the principles for leading a holistic life, which can result in contentment and bring about a fine balance between the material and spiritual successes.
          To achieve success in life, the messages and teachings of the Gita need to be imbibed in thought, words and action. He lauded the organizers for scaling up the Gita Jayanti celebrations to international level where delegates from over a dozen countries participated in the seminar in Kurukshetra University, and global chanting of the shalokas of Gita would be done in 25 countries at the same time.
          Speaking on the occasion, the Education and Tourism Minister, Mr Ram Bilas Sharma, said that Bhagwad Gita which contained the saga of a battle, has several messages for every aspect of life. The Gita has been included in the curriculum of school education to infuse values in the young minds.
          Gita Manishin Swami Gyananand Ji Maharaj said that Gita did not deter one from achieving material success but enshrined upon individuals to balance it with spirituality.
          Maulana Kokab Mujtaba, President, Ulema Foundation, Sawgawan Sadat, Amroha, and a scholar on Bhagwad Gita, made a vivid scholarly analysis of various aspects of the Gita which inspire the entire humanity.
          He stressed the need for translating Bhagwad Gita into Urdu and other languages so that it is read and understood by people from other religions and they appreciate the universal character of Gita.
          Shyam Gupta, National Convenor of Ekal Abhiyan, said that in order to achieve a national representation on Gita Jayanti, one person from each of the 574 districts of the country had been invited.
          Mr David Frawley, founder of American Institute of Vedic Studies, Bhai Satpal Singh, Chairman, Ram Das Mission in US, also spoke. Haryana Chief Secretary Mr D. S Dhesi, presented the welcome address. Vice- Chancellor of Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra Dr. Kailash Chandra Sharma, presented a vote of thanks.
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International Gita Mahotsav begins in Kurukshetra

CHANDIGARH, DEC 6
 The International Gita Mahotsav-2016 began today at Kurukshetra amid chanting of hymns and ‘Gita Pujan’ performed by Haryana Governor, Prof. Kaptan Singh Solanki, and Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal. The Mahotsav is being organised to mark Gita Jayanti from December 6 to 10, 2016.
        Reaching the sports complex of Kurukshetra University at Kurukshetra, the Governor and Chief Minister met the 574 delegates from different districts of the country representing an equal number of shlokas of Shreemad Bhagavad Gita, who had arrived for the Mahotsav. They later reached Purshottampura Bagh, Brahma Sarovar, where they, along with the Ministers and other dignitaries, performed Gita Pujan amid chanting of hymns.
        Later, the Governor and Chief Minister inspected the model of Gita Gyan Sansthanam, where research on all aspects of the Bhagavad Gita would be carried out. The Governor said that the entire world would gain knowledge of the Gita through the Gita Gyan Sansthanam, which would inculcate moral values in every person. When every person in the world would be cultured, then the State and the country would forge ahead on the path of success. The State Government has provided all possible facilities to the Sansthanam, he added. Gita Manishi, Swami Gyananand Ji Maharaj, also gave detailed information about the proposed Sansthanam.
        The Governor and Chief Minister inspected the model of Krishna Circuit, which would be developed at a cost of Rs 97.35 crore under ‘Swadesh Darshan Yojana’. The Chief Minister said that out of the total budget, Rs 38.64 crore would be spent on Brahma Sarovar for construction of water-based theme based on the Mahabharata, world-class multimedia laser show, beautification of all sides of the Brahma Sarovar, lighting and parking. Apart from this, Rs 1.20 crore out of this budget would be spent on Multipurpose Tourist Information Centre, he added.
        He said that under the Krishna Circuit project, Rs 31.08 crore would be spent on development of Jyotisar Tirath. Under this, landscaping and beautification of the Tirath would be carried out. To facilitate the tourists, tirath entrance gate, canteen, parking, bathrooms, toilets and another such facilities would be constructed. Apart from this, information pertaining to the Mahabharata, history of river Saraswati, civilisations and tourist destinations flourishing along the banks of river Saraswati, and places of pilgrimage in 48 kos would be provided.
        The Chief Minister said that Rs 6.50 crore would be spent on beautification of Sannihit Sarovar, apart from, arrangements for lighting, parking, canteen, water treatment project and sanitation. A tourist assistance centre would also be established at a cost of Rs 1.23 crore, he added.
        He said that about Rs two crore would be spent for re-construction and beautification of Baan Ganga at Narkatari, apart from construction of toilets and canteen and arrangements for cleanliness, parking and lighting. Later, the Governor and Chief Minister went around the exhibition organised by Sarawati Heritage Development Board and viewed the model of Saraswati project.
        Those present on the occasion included Vidhan Sabha Speaker, Mr. Kanwar Pal, Deputy Speaker, Mrs. Santosh Yadav, Finance Minister, Capt. Abhimanyu, Tourism Minister, Mr. Ram Bilas Sharma, Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Minister, Mr. O.P. Dhankar, Urban Local Bodies Minister, Mrs. Kavita Jain, Transport Minister, Mr. Krishan Lal Panwar, Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Mr. Krishan Kumar, Minister of State for Mines and Geology, Mr. Nayab Singh, Minister of State for Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Minister, Mr. Karan Dev Kamboj, Chief Parliamentary Secretary, Mr. Shyam Singh Rana, Member of Parliament, Mr. Raj Kumar Saini, State BJP President, Mr. Subhash Barala, MLAs, Mr. Subhash Sudha, Dr. Pawan Saini, Mr. Bikram Singh Yadav, Mr. Gian Chand Gupta, Media Advisor to Chief Minister, Mr. Amit Arya, OSD to Chief Minister, Mr. Amrinder Singh, Nodal Officer for International Gita Mahotsav-2016, Mr. Anil Kumar, Managing Director, Haryana Tourism Development Corporation, Mr. Sameer Pal Srow and other senior officers of the State Government.
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Sunday, December 4, 2016

Haryana to constitute Traders Welfare Board

CHANDIGARH, DEC 4
Haryana Government has constituted Traders Welfare Board under the chairmanship of Mr. Gopal Sharan Garg.  While stating this here today, an official spokesman said that the Board would comprise as members Additional Chief Secretaries, Finance, Food and Supplies, Labour, and Excise and Taxation Departments, Principal Secretaries, Industries, Power, Mines and Geology and Environment Departments and ten representatives of trade and industry to be nominated separately by the government.
        The Board would address the problems and issues of traders and take redressal measures, besides working as a bridge between State Government and traders. It would initiate social security and insurance schemes for traders, promote investments and employment in Haryana and analyse the law and by-laws of various Departments relating to traders. The Board would also suggest simplifications in the Acts and Rules applicable to traders and establish a Traders Welfare Fund.
        Mr. Gopal Sharan Garg, who was born in district Mahendragarh on May 10, 1956, has held different positions in organisations such as Akhil Bhartiya Udyog Vyapar Suraksha Manch, New Delhi, Akhil Bhartiya Udyog Vyapar Mandal, New Delhi, S.S. ndustrial Association, Haryana, Sanyukt Vyapar Parishad, Mahendragarh (Narnaul), Retail Cloth Merchants Association, Narnaul, The Marble and Sanitary Ware Association, Narnaul, and Laghu Udyog Bharti Haryana. He was also elected as Councillor in Municipal Council, Narnaul in 1987 and 1991.
GITA MAHOTSAV: Brahma Sarovar at Kurukshetra, the venue of International Gita Mahotsav-2016 to be held from December 6 and 10, 2016, has already come alive with tourists and folk artistes from across the globe arriving to participate in the grand event celebrating the creation of Shreemad Bhagavad Gita.
        The early arrivals include international boxer, Mr. Manoj Kumar, who went around the venue and got a tattoo symbolising the festival painted on his hand today. He described the tattoo as not only a warm invitation to participate in the celebrations, but also as a symbol of the cultural heritage of the State.
        Expressing joy over the opportunity to participate in the Mahotsav, other visitors also said that the colourful atmosphere lent an added charm and excitement to the festival.
        The venue is already chock-a-block with tourists, folk artistes, artists and other people from different walks of society.
SIX LECTURERS PROMOTED:  The  Haryana Government has promoted six lecturers in Technical Education Department to the post of senior lecturer, apart from promoting two foreman instructors as workshop superintendents and four workshop instructors as lecturers.
        Those promoted as senior lecturer include Hitesh Kumar, Digpal Singh, Subhash Chandra, Satvinder Singh, Pardeep Kumar and Alok Singh.
While Vijay Kumar and Shamsher Singh have been promoted as workshop superintendents, Harjeet Chawla, Rajesh Kumar, Ms. Preeti Girdhar and Arvinder Singh have been promoted as lecturers.
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Foundation stones of 22 girls colleges to be laid on Jan 22

CHANDIGARH, DEC 4
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal, announced that the foundation stone of 22 girls’ colleges in the State would be laid on January 22, 2017.
        The Chief Minister, who was addressing a public meeting in the newly-created sub-division Badli, district Jhajjar today, said that a scheme to the tune of Rs 2,000 crore had been prepared to supply the water of river Yamuna to southern Haryana within the next two years.
He said that he would soon call on Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi, to urge him to ensure the construction of Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) Canal at the earliest. An all-party delegation from the State has already met the President, Mr. Pranab Mukherjee, in this regard.
Highlighting the initiatives taken by the State Government for development of the State and improving the quality of life of people during its two-year tenure, the Chief Minister said that special emphasis was being laid on production of fruits, vegetables, flowers and dairy products in the National Capital Region to increase the income of farmers. The sex ratio in the State has improved considerably under the ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ programme, and new development projects have been initiated in all regions of the State, he added.
        He also announced development projects worth crores of rupees for Badli Assembly Constituency, including new railway line from Farrukhnagar in Gurugram to Charkhi Dadri via Jhajjar, a 20-km four-lane road from International Airport at Delhi to Kundli-Manesar-Palwal (KMP) Expressway via Badhsa to be constructed at a cost of Rs 550 crore, permanent helipad near National Cancer Institute at Badhsa, and 5MW solar power plant in villages Badhsa and Kaloi. He also announced ayurveda medical college in Jhajjar and girls’ college in Kulana. He also announced to build tourism complex in village Silani.
        He said that in the last two years, Rs 190 crore had been spent on development projects in Badli Assembly Constituency. He announced Rs 52 crore for previous incomplete works, Rs 27 crore each for irrigation projects and solar power plant, Rs 26 crore for roads, and Rs 20 crore for other projects. He also announced Rs five crore for village Raiya, and Rs one crore each for villages Devarkhana and Sondhi.
        He also inaugurated various development projects to the tune of Rs 53 crore on this occasion.
        Union Steel Minister, Mr. Birender Singh, lauded the honest and just administration of the present State Government, which had established a big milestone in the development of Badli Assembly Constituency by according it the status of sub-division, tehsil and block.
        Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Mr. Krishan Pal, said that the Central and State Governments, led by Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi, and Mr. Manohar Lal, respectively, were working honestly and had taken several initiatives in the interests of farmers. While the previous governments had raised the price of DAP fertiliser from Rs 400 to Rs 1,200, the present government had not raised its price even once, and had curbed black marketing of urea by making it neem-coated.
          Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Minister, Mr. O.P. Dhankar, thanked the Chief Minister for according the status of sub-division, tehsil and block to Badli, and assured the people that their dreams for development of the area would be fulfilled within the next two years.
        Education Minister, Mr. Ram Bilas Sharma, raised the demand for opening girls’ college in Kulana, and said that the people had expressed faith in the present State Government.
        Finance Minister, Capt. Abhimanyu, said that the present State Government was working on the principle of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’ by rising above politics of nepotism, corruption and discrimination.
        Transport Minister, Mr. Krishan Lal Panwar, said that 1,000 new buses would be inducted in the fleet of Haryana Roadways by March 31, 2017 and driver training centre would be opened at Jhajjar bus stand. Housing would be provided to two lakh persons through Housing Board within next three years, he added.
        Minister of State for Cooperation (Independent Charge), Mr. Manish Kumar Grover, and State BJP President, Mr. Subhash Barala, also spoke on this occasion.
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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Unemployed PGs registered under 'Saksham Portal’ to get assignment soon

CHANDIGARH, DEC 1
 The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal, today said that the unemployed post-graduate youth registered on the ‘Saksham Portal’ up to November 30, 2016, would soon get their assignments. Initially their services would be taken by the government to generate awareness among the people about digital literacy.
          Mr Manohar Lal was speaking after launching the Saksham Shikshit Yuva - Sammanit Hua Scheme for unemployed post –graduate youth here today. He presented a cheque for Rs 3,000 as unemployment allowance and assignment letters to 21 youths.
          The Chief Minister said since the launch of Saksham Portal of the Employment Department on October 31, 2016 as many as 5,169 candidates had been registered up to November 30, 2016. Under this scheme, apart from unemployment allowance, registered candidates would be given monthly honorarium of Rs 6,000 in lieu of 100-hour work.
                   Apart from this, interested candidates would also be provided three to six months training in skill development to make them employable. Candidates having domicile of Haryana and between 21 to 35 years of age would be eligible under the scheme. They would be entitled to get the benefit of the scheme for three years or up to the age of 35 years whichever is earlier. Training would be imparted to them free of cost, he added.
          While exhorting the candidates to discharge their duties in true spirit of service to the society, the Chief Minister said though efforts would be made to give them assignment in keeping with interest and option given by them, this month they would be asked to work for banks to encourage and guide the people.
           The Chief Minister said that earlier in the state, only 28,000 unemployed youth, including 18,000 Class X11 pass and 8,000 graduates and post-graduates were getting unemployment allowance. On the contrary, 5169 unemployed youths have already been registered on the portal of the Employment Department in one month.
          Since unemployment is a big issue, it could be addressed through mutual efforts and by way of promoting skill development and creating self-employment opportunities. Being a welfare state, the state government has decided to give support to the unemployed youth by giving them unemployment allowance so that they could hone their skills and become employable, the Chief Minister said.
          Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Secretary, Mr D.S Dhesi, said this was a unique scheme framed under the able guidance of the Chief Minister. Mr Manohar Lal feels that any scheme should not involve subsidy or allowance but should serve as a medium to ensure the involvement of youth in the development of the state, he added.
          The Principal Secretary, Employment Department, Mr A.K Singh, and Director of the Department, Mr Anshaj Singh, also spoke on this occasion.
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Promoting digital payments in a big way

CHANDIGARH, DEC 1
With a view to promoting digital payments in a big way in order to move towards a cashless society, the Haryana Government has deputed Administrative Secretaries to supervise the awareness campaign in this regard to be taken up on war footing in various districts.
        While stating this here today, an official spokesman said that Mr. S.S. Dhillon, Mr. Hardeep Kumar, Mr. S.S. Prasad, Mr. S.K. Gulati and Mr. Ram Niwas have been deputed to supervise the campaign in districts Faridabad, Ambala, Yamunanagar, Mahendragarh and Gurgaon, respectively.
          He said that similarly, districts Nuh, Palwal, Kurukshetra, Jind, Karnal, Rohtak, Sonepat and Panchkula have been allotted to Mr. P.K. Mahapatra, Mr. Dhanpat Singh, Mr. Vijai Vardhan, Mrs. Rajni Sekhri Sibal, Mr. Sanjeev Kaushal, Mr. V.S. Kundu, Mr. P.K. Das and Mr. Alok Nigam, respectively.
He said that Mr. R.R. Jowel, Mr. Amit Jha, Mr. S.N. Roy, Dr. Mahavir Singh, Dr. Sumita Misra, Mr. Anil Malik, Mr. Shrikant Walgad and Dr. Abhilaksh Likhi would supervise the campaign in districts Sirsa, Kaithal, Hisar, Bhiwani, Fatehabad, Panipat, Jhajjar and Rewari, respectively.
          He said that the Administrative Secretaries would organise meeting of all district officials to educate them regarding digital payments and ensure that they themselves install digital payment apps on their mobile phones. They would also encourage the involvement of Members of Parliament, Members of Legislative Assembly, Presidents of Zila Parishads, Mayors, Chairmen Block Samitis and Members of Municipal Corporations in spreading awareness about digital payments.
          He said that the Administrative Secretaries would ensure that RuPay cards were issued to the Jan Dhan account holders and that 100 per cent of the RuPay cards were activated, as the Central Government had issued instructions to banks to achieve this target by December 5, 2016. Out of 54.87 lakh Jan Dhan accounts, RuPay cards have been issued to 46.37 lakh account holders till November 23, 2016, of which only 33.69 lakh RuPay cards had been activated by October 31, 2016.
    He said that the Administrative Secretaries would launch a campaign to open bank accounts in respect of those workers of organised and unorganised sectors who do not have their own bank accounts. Special camps would be organised at every Labour Chowk in all towns by Department of Labour in coordination with lead banks. They would also ensure organisation of ‘sammelans’ of Sarpanches and Panches, Anganwadi workers, ASHA workers, chowkidars and numbardars, where they would be educated about digital payments and motivated to install payment apps on their mobile phones.
          They would also ensure installation of POS machines in government offices where cash payments are received, apart from utilisation of Common Service Centres both for creating awareness and installation of digital payment apps on mobile phones of the people in the villages. Meetings of college principals, principals of senior secondary schools and school headmasters would also be held and it would be ensured that they receive non-cash receipts in their organisation. The Secretaries would also focus on creating awareness amongst principals, headmasters and teachers of Education Department through messages telecast on the EDUSAT network. They would also ensure meeting with pradhans of mandis and various others trader organisations.
          He said that the Secretaries would ensure the deployment of unemployed post-graduate under ‘SAKSHAM Scheme’ of Employment Department for creating awareness and assisting in uploading of digital payment apps. They would have a tie-up with Financial Literacy Unit of the banks at the district level, he added.
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