Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Fee hike by private schools without prior notice

CHANDIGARH, MARCH 29
Haryana Education Minister Ram Bilas Sharma said that   the issue of hike in school fee made by the private schools without prior notice would be investigated and they would have to withdraw their decision.
          Mr Sharma, who was interacting with media persons here today, was asked about fee hike by private schools.
          In reply to a question about getting money from parents or guardians in the name of building fund, transport and uniform the Minister said that this practice would be checked. Priority of the present government is to provide quality education to the wards of the poor people. He said that private school operators have been directed to give admission to 10 per cent poor students under Rule 134A. This year, there would not be any problem regarding admission under this Rule, he added.
          He said that Haryana Government is constantly improving the education standard in the state. A number of initiatives have been taken for the same. Gita was made a part of curriculum in year 2015. Apart from this, emphasis is being laid on girls’ education in the state. While describing the laying of foundation stones of 21 colleges by Chief Minister Mr Manohar Lal on February 10 last as a revolutionary step, he said that this was in consonance with the commitment of the government towards girls education, the ambitious Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao programme launched by the Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi in Panipat on January 22, 2015. At that time, the sex ratio of the state was 834 girls as against 1000 boys which has now been increased to 906 girls against 1000 boys.
          On being asked to comment on cases of copying in Board examinations, he said that the government has made concerted efforts to check the menace of copying. Action is being taken against officials involved in such practices. The services of some such officials have been placed under suspension. All the accused involved in paper leak case of medical examination at Rohtak last year have been arrested. In addition, the educated panchayats were also contributing to prevent copying in exams, he added.
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New Arms Licence Issuance System

CHANDIGARH, MARCH 29
Haryana Home Department has made it clear that all arms licenses will become invalid if not generated with Unique Identification Number (UIN) after March 31, 2017 and directed that all licenses after March 31, 2016 be feeded into new Arms Licence Issuance System (ALIS) and generated with Unique Identification Number (UIN).
          While giving this information here today, a spokesman of the Department said that in a written communication addressed to all District Magistrates in the State, Joint Commissioner of Police, Faridabad and Gurugram, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Panchkula and State Project Coordinator, National Informatics Centre (NIC), Chandigarh have been directed to ensure that all licenses feeded in old National Database of Arms Licenses (NDAL) System upto April 1, 2016 be generated with UIN number.  They have also been asked to inform within 15 days about the progress made so far in this regard to the office of Additional Chief Secretary, Home.
           The spokesman said that directions have been issued to upload the details of every arms licence on the NDAL or NDAL-ALIS software and UIN of every arms licencee generated on or before March 31, 2017 in NDAL. Also, it has been directed that the officials of the Licensing Authority would coordinate with the officials of Immigration, Visa and Foreigner's Registration and Tracking (IVFRT) of NIC or District Informatics Officers and get the Login ID and Password generated.
          He said that Arms Rules 2016 were notified on July 15, 2016. The Rule 11 prescribes for generation of UIN for every arms licence on or before March 31, 2017 in NDAL system developed by NIC. He said that with more features, NDAL-ALIS software has been launched on July 22, 2016 for facilitating licensing authority as well as every arms licencee for grant of UIN while granting fresh licence.
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Haryana considering raise in daily wages in MGNREGS

CHANDIGARH, MARCH 29
With a view to encourage more youth to avail employment opportunities under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS), the Haryana Government is considering to increase the daily wages given under the scheme by Rs 70 to Rs 75 per person. Currently, remuneration of Rs 259 per person per day is being given, which is the highest in the country.
          This was disclosed by Haryana Development and Panchayats Minister, Mr. Om Prakash Dhankar, who was presiding over 3rd meeting of State Level Vigilance and Monitoring Committee of the Rural Development Department, here today.
        It was informed in the meeting that the remuneration given under MNREGS in Haryana was increased from Rs 251 to Rs 259 per person per day on April 1, 2016, which is the highest in the country. Records of job cards, muster roll, employment register, cash book and complaint booklet are maintained and these have been linked with MIS. In 2015-16, 92,270 works were initiated under MNREGS, of which 83,773 have been completed and total 48.48 lakh work days were created.
        Mr. Dhankar directed the officers to prepare a chart of schemes according to priority before preparing first list of development works.
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Haryana Nurses and Nurse-Midwives Act, 2017 notified

CHANDIGARH, MARCH 29
The Haryana Government has notified the Haryana Nurses and Nurse-Midwives Act, 2017, which provides for the constitution of  Haryana Nurses and Nurse-Midwives Council for the registration of Nurses and Nurse-Midwives and for   registration of institutions imparting training and prescribing qualifications to such institutions in the State.
          While stating this here today, a spokesman of Law and Legislative Department said that the Government would, by notification constitute a body to be known as the Haryana Nurses and Nurse-Midwives Council to exercise the powers conferred on and to perform functions assigned to it under this Act. The headquarters of the Council would be at Panchkula and it would meet atleast once in a calendar year.
          He said that  while Director General or Director Medical Education and Research Department would be the President of the Council, Additional Director, Medical Education and Research would be the Vice President. The Council  would perform duties including fixing the criteria for the establishment of institutions; recognize institutions; withdraw the recognition granted to institutions under this Act; recognize the qualifications for the purpose of this Act; frame regulations; conduct inspection of institutions; fix the fee; maintain the fund of the Council; conduct admission to various institutions in the State and  prescribe such standards, facilities, syllabi, entry criteria including common entrance test as may be deemed necessary to maintain proper standards in the nursing course. It will also  formulate uniform syllabi, course content, curricula and method of examinations for theory, practical and internal examinations, and its revision from time to time in respect of all the nursing courses throughout the State with the approval of the Indian Nursing Council. It will also  fix the educational qualifications for teaching staff for all diploma or certificate courses and conduct common examinations for both theory and practical for all the nursing courses in the State except those conducted by other statutory authorities.
          He said that the Council would also make bye-laws to regulate the conditions under which such nurses, nurse-midwives registered in other States might be admitted to the register, on such other States granting reciprocal registration to persons registered on the register of the Council.  Apart from this, it would make bye-laws for determining the manner in which all fee  levied under this Act and all money  received by the Council would be accounted for, audited and applied for the purpose  of this Act, and for regulating the expenditure of the Council. No bye-law made by the Council would come into force until the same have been approved by the Government, he added.
          The spokesman said that those who would be entitled to be registered under this Act included Nurses, Nurse-Midwives who have undergone such course of training, passed such examinations held by the Council and fulfill  other conditions. Also, the nurses, nurse-midwives holding corresponding certificate issued by authorities in other States in India and abroad, if such certificates are recognized by the Indian Nursing Council and the Nurses, Nurse-Midwives who are already registered at the commencement of this Act and fulfill required conditions.
           He said that every person eligible for registration under section 21 would apply for registration to the Registrar. Any person whose application for registration is rejected by the Registrar, may, within three months from the date of such rejection, file an appeal to the Council and the decision of the Council thereon would be final. He said that every registration made under section 22 would be valid for a period of five years and would have to be renewed before the end of the fifth year failing which the name of the person would be deemed to have been removed. On payment of renewal fee and fine, if any, the Registrar would issue a certificate of registration to the person concerned.
          He said that no person would establish an institution or conduct any nursing course for preparing students to acquire any recognized qualification, without the prior recognition by the Council. A person would apply for the recognition of an institution to the Registrar in such form alongwith such fee, as may be prescribed. He said that on receipt of an application, the Registrar would conduct such inspection and would by order grant recognition or reject  the application for recognition. An  institution conforming to the standards fixed by the Council would be given recognition under this Act, he added.
          The spokesman said that all institutions conducting nursing courses as on the date of commencement of this Act would apply for recognition to the Council within three months from the date of commencement of this Act. If an institution applying for recognition does not conform to the standards fixed by the Council in this regard, temporary recognition may be granted to that institution subject to the condition that the facilities in accordance with the standards fixed by the Council would be provided within a period to be fixed by the Council from the date of grant of temporary recognition. He said that if an institution does not provide the facilities within the specified period in accordance with the standards fixed by the Council, the temporary recognition granted would be withdrawn forthwith.
          He said that the Council may inspect any institution for granting recognition under this Act and also conduct periodical inspections of the recognized institutions to ensure that the required standards are being maintained by them. The Registrar or any officer authorized by the Council may enter into the premises of any recognized institution to make an inquiry or inspection as authorized by the provisions of this Act. He said that the Council would have power to call upon the governing body or authority of any recognized institution to furnish report, returns or other information, as the Council may require. He said that where on the basis of an inquiry or inspection by the Council, it is satisfied that an institution recognized under this Act has failed to comply with the terms and conditions of the recognition, may, by order withdraw such recognition provided that before such withdrawal of recognition, the Council would afford an opportunity of hearing to the institution concerned.
          He said that no person other than a person registered under this Act would practice as a Nurse or Nurse-Midwife. Any person who acts in contravention of this section would on conviction be punishable in the case of a first offence with imprisonment for a term which may extend to six months and with fine which may extend to Rs 50,000. In  case of a second or subsequent offence, with imprisonment for a term which may extend to one year, but which would not be less than three months and with fine which would not be less than Rs two lakh which may extend to Rs five lakh. Similarly, no dispensary, hospital, infirmary, lying-in-hospital, sanatorium, operation theatre, nursing home, blood bank, medical laboratory or other similar institution would employ any person unless such person is registered under this Act. Whosoever contravenes the provisions would be punishable with fine which may extend to Rs two lakh.
          He said that no person would add to his name any title, letters or abbreviations, which imply that he holds a degree or diploma license or certificate as his qualification to practice as a Nurse, Nurse-midwife unless he actually received such valid degree, diploma or certificate and such degree, diploma is recognized by any law for the time being in force in the State, or has been conferred or granted or issued by an authority appointed under this Act. Whosoever contravenes the provisions would, on conviction be punishable, in the case of first offence, with fine which may extend to Rs 50,000 and in the case of second or subsequent offence, with fine which may extend to Rs two lakh, he added.
          He said that as a transitional provision, from the commencement of this Act, the Haryana Nurses Council established and constituted under the Punjab Registration Act,1932, shall cease to function.
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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Media persons to be provided body protectors and helmets

CHANDIGARH, MARCH 21
Media persons performing their duty at sensitive places in Haryana will be provided body protectors and helmets so as to ensure their safety   during any situation of violence.
          This was disclosed by Haryana Director General of Police (DGP), Dr K. P. Singh, who was in Fatehabad today to enquire about the well being of police personnel and media persons injured during an incident of violence near Dhani Gopal Chowk, yesterday.
          He also announced that entire expenditure of treatment of the injured media persons would be borne by the district administration and they would also be given financial assistance of Rs 5,000 each. They would also be honoured at the State level Independence Day celebrations on August 15 next.
          While interacting with the injured media persons at Civil Hospital, Fatehabad, he said that the media persons would also be compensated by the district administration for the loss suffered by them due to damage caused to their cameras and mobile phones and also for the cash snatched by the rioters.
          Stating that at times both the police and the media have to work in difficult circumstances, the DGP said that he was appreciative of the manner in which the media persons and the police personnel faced the rioters yesterday. Had the police not acted wisely, many precious lives could be lost. He was all praise for those   police officers and personnel, especially the women who were injured in this incident and said that they would also be honoured for the courage shown by them.
          The DGP said that the rioters who were involved in making fatal attack on police and media persons were being identified. The video footage of the incident is available with the police and the faces of anti-social elements are clearly visible. He said that police had inputs that the anti-social elements, armed with weapons from some villages of district Hisar adjacent to Fatehabad border, would reach the ‘dharna’ at Dhani Gopal Chowk and would try to disturb the situation. On the basis of this input, the police tried to stop them from reaching the spot by putting barricades and told them to visit the ‘dharna’ site without weapons and stones. But they did not listen to it and attacked the police.
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HARD issues date-sheet for departmental examinations

CHANDIGARH, MARCH 21
Haryana Administrative Reforms Department has issued the date-sheet for the departmental examinations of different departments of the State Government to be held in the month of May, 2017.
            While giving this information here today, a spokesman of the Department said that the examinations would take place at Lajpat Rai Bhawan, Chandigarh in morning and evening shifts.
            He said that on May 8, the first paper in Criminal Law for Assistant Commissioners, Extra Assistant Commissioners (EACs) and the candidates for the post of EACs, Tehsildars and examination of Forest Law for Forest Department, Accounts paper for Animal Husbandry and Dairying Department and Fisheries Department, Group-I Paper-A for Block Development and Panchayats Officers and Paper in Account and Departmental Rules for Wild Life Preservation Department would be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
          He said that paper of Civil Law for Assistant Commissioners, Extra Assistant Commissioners (EACs) and the candidates for the post of EACs, Accounts paper for Civil Judges and the candidates for the posts of Civil-Judges, Civil Law Paper for Tehsildars, Land Revenue Paper for Forest Department, Departmental Rules Paper for Animal Husbandry and Dairying Department and Fisheries Department and IPWD Specifications paper for Sub Divisional Officer  of Panchayati Raj Department (Engineering Groups) would be held  the same day  that is  May 8 in the evening shift from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
            He said that the second paper of Criminal Law for Assistant Commissioners, Extra Assistant Commissioners (EACs) and the candidates for the post of EACs, Civil Law Paper for Civil Judges and the Candidates for the posts of Civil-Judges, second paper in Criminal Law for Tehsildars, Procedure and Accounts Paper for Forest Department  Group -1 paper B for Block Development and Panchayats Officer would be held on May 9  in the morning shift from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., whereas Paper of Financial Rules for Assistant Commissioners, Extra Assistant Commissioners (EACs) and the candidates for the post of EACs, paper in Criminal Law for Civil Judges and the Candidates for the posts of Civil-Judges, Paper in Financial Rules for Tehsildars, Paper in Hindi for Forest Department, Accounts paper for Co-operative Department and Paper in  Design II  for SDOs of Panchayati Raj Department (Engineering Groups) would be held in the evening shift  the same day that is May 9 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
            The spokesman said the 3rd Paper in Criminal Law (including Jails) for Assistant Commissioners, Extra Assistant Commissioners (EACs) and the candidates for the post of EACs, first paper in Revenue Law for Civil Judges and the Candidates for the posts of Civil-Judges, third paper in Criminal Law (excluding Jails), paper in Subject-I (Punjab Jails Manual without appendices) for Prisons Department and Group-II Paper (Budget and Accounts) for Block Development and Panchayat Officers  would be held on May 10  in morning shifts from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Similarly, first paper in Revenue Law for Assistant Commissioners, Extra Assistant Commissioners (EACs) and the candidates for the post of EACs and Tehsildars, paper in Subject-II (Punjab Jails Manual with appendices and other matters) for Prisons Department, paper in Manual of orders, Accounts and Office Procedure for SDOs of Panchayati Raj Department (Engineering Groups) and Paper in Election Laws for Assistant or Election Kanungos of Election Department would be held on May 10  in the evening shift from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
            The spokesman said that paper in Local Funds for Assistant Commissioners, Extra Assistant Commissioners (EACs) and the candidates for the post of EACs, second paper in Revenue Law for Civil Judges and the Candidates for the posts of Civil-Judges and paper in Local Funds for Tehsildars, paper in Subject-III (Criminal Law), paper in Group-III (Statutory Acts and Rules) for Block Development and Panchayat Officers would be held on May 11  in morning shift from 10 am to 1 pm. Similarly, second paper in Revenue Law for Assistant Commissioners, Extra Assistant Commissioners (EACs) and the candidates for the post of EACs, paper in Constitutional Law for Civil Judges and the Candidates for the posts of Civil-Judges and second paper in Revenue Law for Tehsildars, paper in Subject-IV (Financial Rules) and paper in Maintenance of T&P Earth Moving and Road Making Machinery for SDOs of Panchayati Raj Department (Engineering Groups) would be held on the same day in evening shift from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
            He said that paper in Language (Hindi) for Assistant Commissioners, Extra Assistant Commissioners (EACs) and the candidates for the post of EACs and I.P.S Officers and Patwaris’ Mensuration paper for Tehsildars, paper in Subject-V (Language Hindi) and Paper in Administrative and Account Rules for Assistants or Election Kanungos for Election Department would be held on May 12  from 10 am to 1 pm. Likewise, paper in Urdu for Tehsildars and paper in Accounts for Agriculture Department and Horticulture Department, paper in Estimating for SDOs of Panchayati Raj Department (Engineering Groups) and paper in Election Law for JSS/ST, Clerks or Moharrirs would be held in evening shift on May 12  from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
          He said that paper for Excise and Taxation Department would be conducted from May 15 to 17. Paper in Subject-I (Law of Crimes) would be held on May 15  from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. whereas paper in subject-II (Excise Law) would be held  the same day from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. He said that paper in Subject-III (Allied Taxes) would be held on May 16, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and in Subject-IV (Sales Tax Law) from 2 pm to 5 pm. Similarly, paper in Subject-V (Book Keeping) would be held on May 17 from 10 am to 1 pm and in Subject- VI (Computer Operation) from 2 pm to 5 p.m. on the same day, he added.
            He said that those who intend to appear in the examination should immediately apply to their Head of the Department or Administrative Secretary with particulars in the prescribed form by April 17.  No direct application would be entertained by the Central Committee of Examination, he added.
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Lelliott's assurance on Indo-UK Institute of Health in Haryana

CHANDIGARH, MARCH 21
The outgoing British Deputy High Commissioner, Chandigarh, Mr David Lelliott, who made a courtesy call on Haryana Chief Minister Mr Manohar Lal, here today, assured him of his full support   to set up the proposed Indo-UK Institute of Health in Haryana over an area of 50 acres  at a cost of Rs 1000 crore. A team of the UK has already visited several places in Haryana to select a suitable site for the institute.
                    Mr Lelliott was accompanied by Mr Andrew Ayre, who is taking over as the New British Deputy High Commissioner, Chandigarh. Mr Lelliott who has completed his four years term here will move to Sudan as Deputy Head of Mission later this month. The Chief Minister congratulated Mr Lelliott for his new assignment and said that India and Haryana have enjoyed a strong bond with UK through him.
           While introducing Mr Andrew Ayre to Chief Minister, Mr David Lelliot said that the relations between Haryana and UK are in safe hands. On his and Mr Andrew Ayre’s behalf, he assured full support and cooperation to the State Government.
          The Chief Minister said that as sugarcane is grown in abundance in Haryana, the UK could assist the State Government in setting up of units for sugar production. At present 11 sugar mills are functioning in the State. He said that special emphasis is being laid on the diversification of crops to encourage farmers to adopt horticulture and other cash crops instead of traditional crops of rice and wheat. For this, the State Government is implementing the peri-urban concept of farming, especially in the National Capital Region to cater to the needs of fruits, flowers, vegetables and milk of 40 million population.  Mr Andrew Ayre said that he was quite impressed with what he had seen so far in Haryana and evinced keen interest in cooperation with Haryana in areas of mutual interest.
                 The Chief Minister said that two major agreements were signed with U.K during the Happening Haryana Global Investor’s Summit held at Gurugram last year. Apart from this, various leading companies of UK have set up their units in Haryana. He said that Global Smart City Project in Gurugram,  Industrial Logistic Hub in South Haryana over 1200 acres of land, dedicated industrial corridor on both sides of 136 kilometer long Kundali-Manesar-Palwal (KMP) Expressway were among the key projects being implemented by the State Government.
           He said that the State Government has also indentified Skill Development as another key area of development. Haryana Skill Development Mission has been set up and a University of Skill Development is being set up in Palwal. The building of the University would be completed within one year. Apart from this, agro-based, food processing and allied industry, textiles, apparel, footwear and accessories, electronics and Information Technology, Defence and Aerospace Manufacturing and Renewable Energy are among the key thrust areas of the State Government. 
           Among those present in the meeting included Additional Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Dr Rakesh Gupta and Principal Secretary, Industries Mr Devender Singh.
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