Thursday, June 30, 2016

Student unions elections

The Haryana Government has decided to get student unions elections conducted in colleges and universities in the State as per the recommendations of the Lyngdoh Committee.
             While stating this today, Education Minister Mr Ram Bilas Sharma said that, therefore, a four-member committee has been constituted under the Chairmanship of Vice-Chancellor of Guru Jambheshwar University, Hisar, Prof. Tankeshwar Kumar which would submit its report within three weeks for making arrangements for these elections.
          He said that the members of the committee included Vice-Chancellor of Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak Prof. Bijender Kumar Punia, Vice-Chancellor of Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra Prof K.C Sharma and Registrar of Indira Gandhi University, Meerpur, Rewari Dr. Madan Lal would be the members secretary of the committee.
          He said that elections to student unions in colleges and universities of the State had not been conducted for the last 20 years. But now, as promised, the BJP Government in the State has announced to conduct these elections from the current academic session for which the schedule would soon be released.  He said that elections to student unions infuse a sense of leadership among the students which is essential to ensure their bright future. In all sectors be it the private or government, one could not prove his excellence without having the quality of leadership, said the Minister.

Samvad Society organising photo competition

The Samvad Society of Haryana Information, Public Relations and Cultural Affairs Department has decided to organize a competition of photographs on different aspects of life and culture of Haryana as well as development of infrastructure.
          While giving this information here today, a spokesman of the Samvad  Society said that the   photographs for the competition could be submitted on different topics including Culture, Tourism of Haryana, Industrial Growth in Haryana, Women Empowerment in Haryana, Life Style in rural and urban areas of Haryana, Emotional depictions like happiness, success, Infrastructure, roads, bridges and building in Haryana, Traditional and modern glimpses of Haryana, Festivals of Haryana and Youth and Sports in Haryana.
          He said that anyone could participate in the photography competition except the officials and officers of Samwad Society and Information, Public Relations and Cultural Affairs Department. Apart from this, there would be no limit on number of photographs to be submitted on each topic.  He said that the photographs so received would be the property of Samwad and it could use these photographs anywhere at any time. The photographs should be in HD format with caption written on them. There is no age limit and the entrant can be of any nationality. The photographs should be related to Haryana. He said that all the photographs should be in size of 12x15 inches and self attested. He said that the photographs with high resolution should also be sent in CD as jpg file and on e-mail id The photographs to be sent should have been captured by the applicant himself and has not been published or telecast   earlier.
          He said that out of the total entries, the first three best entries would get cash prize of Rs 10,000 each whereas the next five would be given away cash prize of Rs 5000 each. The next eight best would get cash prize of Rs 3000 each and the next ten best entries would get consolation prize of Rs 1000 each.
          He said that all entries must accompany the prescribed form and photograph. These should reach the Samwad Office, SCO 23, Sector-7, Madhya Marg, Chandigarh by
July 31, 2016 upto 3 p.m.  Entries received thereafter would not be entertained, he added.

Transfer policy of doctors uploaded on

Haryana Health Department has, for the first time, uploaded the transfer policy of doctors on its website to seek suggestions of the people so as to provide   adequate, equitable, easily accessible, patient friendly and prompt healthcare services.
           While stating this today, the Health Minister, Mr Anil Vij said that anybody could give his suggestions within 15 days in the public interest and thereafter this policy would be given final shape. This policy was being formulated to ease the transfer procedure and provide equal opportunity to all Medical Officers, Dental Surgeons, Senior Medical Officers and Senior Dental Surgeons of the Department. For this purpose, the state government has developed the Human Resource Information System (HRIS) application, under which database of all doctors would be maintained including the details of place of posting, specialization, tenure, stay and others.
          He said that normal tenure of a doctor at any place of posting would be minimum three years before he can apply for transfer. In exceptional cases, tenure may be further extended on the ground of excellence. A doctor can be transferred at any point of time after seeking prior orders of the State Government on account of compelling administrative reasons. On first appointment and in case of promotion, the doctors would have to give three choices of vacant health institutions. Under this new system, all transfer requests of doctors would have to be made online in the application, in which all orders would be generated online with automatic updating of place of posting. For this purpose, they would not have to approach any senior functionary.
          He said that in order to ensure availability of doctors in all health institutions, no Medical Officer would be deputed in any hospital more than the sanctioned posts for that hospital. Besides this, special consideration would be given to the requests of doctors who were retiring within the next one year that included couple cases, unmarried girls, divorced and widows. Transfers and deputations outside the cadre would also not be permitted.

Rationalization of PGTs posts under new Teachers Transfer Policy

 Keeping in view the rationalization of posts of Post Graduate Teachers (PGTs) under the new Teachers Transfer Policy-2016, Haryana Education Department has issued necessary guidelines regarding work allocation in all schools in the state.
            While stating this here today, a spokesman of the Department said that each section in a class would be of 40 students and creation of second section would be allowed after 50 students. Third section would be created after the students’ strength exceeds 90 and so on.
             With regard to the period norms, he said that a teacher would normally be given workload upto 36 periods, but would not be given workload beyond 40 periods in any circumstances. Total duration of school in a day would be six-and-a-half hours. There would be 20 minutes prayer time and recess would be of 30 minutes. According to school calendar, there would be eight periods per day. First four periods would be of 45 minutes each and last four of 40 minutes each. He said that it is proposed that PGTs would be given maximum six periods in a day that is 36 periods per week.
                  Giving details of weekly subject wise period norms for class IX and X, he said that there would be eight periods of English in a week which will be taught by English PGT. In case of non availability of PGT English, the teaching workload can be assigned to any PGT of Social Studies group that is economics, geography, political science, history, psychology and sociology. Similarly, there would be eight periods of Mathematics in a week which will be taught by PGT Mathematics. In case of non availability of such PGT, the teaching workload can be assigned to PGT Physics.
                He said that weekly period of science would be six to be taken by PGT physics, chemistry and biology whereas six weekly periods of Hindi would be taught by PGT Hindi. In case of non availability of PGT Hindi, the teaching workload can be assigned to PGT Sanskrit. He said that weekly periods of social studies would be five to be taught by PGT economics, geography, political science, history, psychology and sociology.
                             There would be five periods of Sanskrit, Punjabi, Urdu, Drawing, Music, Home Science and Physical Education in a week which would be taught by PGT Sanskrit, Punjabi, Urdu, Fine Arts, Music, Home Science and Physical Education or DPE (BPED) Master Cadre. In case of non availability of PGT Physical Education, the teaching workload can be assigned to DPE.Similarly, there would be six periods of Information Technology in a week, which would be taken by PGT Computer Science. Apart from this, four periods in a week would be for EDUSAT or Library or Sports or Life Skill or Sharm Dan or Yoga or TP or other CCA.
                             Giving details of weekly subject wise period norms for classes XI and XII, he said that all subjects of each stream of arts, commerce, medical and non medical would have 48 periods. He said that priority of teaching classes IX and X would be with PGT cadre but in case of non availability of PGTs, the work can be assigned to the TGTs provided that TGT has less workload assigned than the stipulated workload.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Govt to seek suggestions from Public on formation of policy

The Haryana Government has decided to seek suggestions of the public at various stages of formulation of any policy, regulation and legislation so as to ensure good governance in the State. These suggestions will be sought through online mechanism.
          While stating this here today, a spokesman of Administrative Reforms Department said that all Administrative Secretaries and Heads of Departments have been asked to ensure that before passing, the drafts of policy, regulation and legislation are put on the website of the concerned department for inviting suggestions and comments of the general public.
          He said that they have also been directed that suggestions and comments so received should be compiled and processed by the department and these should also be displayed on the website as to how the suggestions and comments of general public have been incorporated in the final notification.
SPIO DECISION NOT GOVT:  Haryana Chief Secretary, Mr D.S.Dhesi has  made it clear that the decision to refuse  to provide property details of Chief Minister and his colleagues under the RTI Act was not of the Government but of State Public Information Officer (SPIO) designated under the RTI Act. He said that the SPIO had exercised his quasi judicial powers with his wisdom.
          The Chief Secretary, who was replying to the questions of media persons here today, was asked to comment on a news item that appeared in a section of the press on the issue of seeking information about property details of the Chief Minister and his colleagues.
          Mr Dhesi said that if one is not satisfied with the decision of the SPIO, an appeal can be made to the higher authority as specified under the Act.
SATKAR BHOJANALAYA:  Haryana Government plans to open “Satkar Bhojanalaya” in every town so as to provide quality food to the people at subsidized rates in the state.
                     The Chief Minister, who was presiding over a meeting of Food and Supplies Department, here today, said that similar bhojanalaya have also been opened in Kurukshetra with the support of Kurukshetra Development Board and a Non-Government Organization. “We want to replicate the same model in every town in the state’, he added. He said that there are several charitable Trusts or NGOs which are ready to open and operate such affordable restaurants where quality food items would be served at economical rates. Food and Supplies Department would ensure to provide wheat to such Trusts or NGOs on subsidized rates. 
              The Chief Minister asked the officers to formulate a scheme in this direction in consultation with the department concerned so that such eating points could be made functional at least in half of the state before November 1, 2016, the day Haryana would enter into its golden jubilee year.
              Those present in the meeting included Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Mr Rajesh Khullar, Additional Chief Secretary Food and Supplies Mr S. S. Prasad, Additional Chief Secretary Agriculture Mr Varinder Singh Kundu, Director Food and Supplies Mr Sanjay Joon and other senior officers of the state government.
PAY COMMISSION: Haryana Finance Minister, Capt. Abhimanyu, has welcomed the decision of the Central Government to accept the recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission, and assured that the State Government would implement these recommendations at the earliest.
        While stating this here today, the Finance Minister said that as the State Government followed the pattern of pay scales and allowances adopted by the Central Government of India, the salaries and allowances of the employees of the Haryana Government would be increased as per the Central Government’s decision. Suitable provision has been made in the budgetary estimates for 2016‐17 for this requirement, he added.

No effect of strike in Haryana Power Utilities: Dhesi

Haryana Chief Secretary D.S.Dhesi said that despite the   strike by a section of employees of the power utilities, the consumers were getting 8,000 Mw of power today by 12 O’Clock as compared to the average supply of 7200 MW in the last one week at the same time.
          The Chief Secretary, who was accompanied by Additional Chief Secretary, Power, Mr Rajan Gupta was addressing a press conference here today.
          Mr Dhesi said that the  power supply in the whole State was normal. About 36 per cent of total employees remained absent. The supply, however, was maintained by the officers with the help of remaining employees. All the officers of the department are on duty round the clock. Special emergency teams are working to attend to the complaints promptly.
          He said that District Magistrates and officers in the field have been given specific instructions to ensure that power supply is not disrupted. Those found trying to disrupt the supply of power would invite stern action against themselves.
          In reply to a question he said that the number of absentees is more in districts of Hisar,Gurgaon,Faridabad,Ambala and Kurukshetra. He said that two incidents of causing disruption in supply of power have been reported from Hisar and Bahadurgarh, where the supply was restored.
          He said that the Government was commited   to   ensure uninterrupted supply of power to all categories of consumers in urban as well as rural areas and the Government was also taking steps to ensure that the people are not put to any inconvenience.He said that the Government would not take any step which would adversely affect the employees. He further stated that the State Government is also committed to ensure that the employees of Haryana Power Utilities are properly looked after and their interests are fully protected. The State Government understands its responsibility of serving the public as well as ensuring welfare of its employees.
          In reply to a question, Mr Gupta said that a reference has been made to the Labour Tribunal for conciliation of the dispute. All other legal measures have been taken to ensure discipline. In case an employee indulges deliberately in sabotage of power supply, strict action as per law will be taken against such person.
          Mr Rajan Gupta said  that the agitation being resorted to by a section of the employees is totally unjustified. The employees are agitating against the policy decision of the State Government of engaging service providers in 23 Sub-Divisions for undertaking maintenance works on LT system and redressing complaints of the consumers relating to interruption of power supply.
          In reply to a question he said that it was a pilot project and its results would be visible in next three-four months. This, he said, is a win-win situation for both the Government and the employees as the consumers would get good service at low cost.He hoped that the employees of the utilities would    cooperate to continue it.
          The service providers have been asked to arrange sufficient manpower and equipment so that the complaints of breakdowns received from consumers are addressed in a time bound manner.They have also been asked to carry out preventive maintenance to avoid breakdown in supply of electricity.He said that the service providers have been engaged to supplement the existing infrastructure of DISCOMs. The decision to engage companies is not intended to adversely affect any employee of the Nigams in any manner. It will rather further facilitate their functioning.
He stated that a requisition has been sent to the Haryana Staff Selection Commission for filling up of 5000 posts for managing Sub-Stations of the Power Utilities efficiently. In the last two years more than 200 Sub-Stations have been augmented or commissioned. An investment of nearly Rs. 10,000 crores has been planned in the next three years. Engaging service providers in 23 Sub-Divisions is one of the steps in the direction of greater consumer satisfaction.He made it clear that the private companies have been hired to undertake maintenance works like breakdowns and restore electricity.The remaining work would continue to be done by the existing employees of power utilityies.Therefore, as a result of this decision neither the existing employees working in these 23 sub-divisions would be retrenched nor   it would   affect their promotions.
          Mr Gupta said that the basic objective of the State Government is convenience of the public. No step has been taken which can be interpreted as adverse to the interest of the employees. The employees have been invited regularly for talks and discussions and everything has been explained to them in detail.
          He stated that policy objectives of the State Government are to serve public most efficiently, protect and watch the interest of the employees  and to take the department forward by strengthening its manpower and technical infrastructure.
          He said that the power sub-stations being the sensitive installations, police has made adequate arrangements for their safety.The police is patrolling the areas of transmission lines so as to protect them from miscreants and anti-social elements.
          In reply to another question, Mr Gupta said that the Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal has committed to provide electricity at an economical rate. The cost of  power generation has not been increased during 2015-16. A petition has already been filed with the Regulator to reduce the Fuel Surcharge Adjustment by 25 paise. He hoped that the power tariff would be reduced by year end

Admission schedule to classes IX, X and X plus released

Haryana Secondary Education Department has issued the schedule for admission to Classes IX, X and X plus two under Rule 134A of Haryana School Education Rules, 2003, as amended in 2013. According to this schedule, a test would be conducted at block level on July 3, 2016 for admission to private schools under Rule 134A of Haryana School Education Rules, 2003, to fill up the remaining vacant seats.
        While stating this here today, a spokesman of the Department said that the test would be conducted by a committee headed by the Additional Deputy Commissioner.
        He said that the question paper of the test in Hindi and English for Class IX would be provided by the Director, SCERT, Gurgaon and question paper for Classes X and X plus two would be supplied by Director, Secondary Education. All other arrangements would be made by the District Education Officer concerned in the district under the guidance of the Additional Deputy Commissioner.
        He said that the number of remaining vacant seats, classwise, would be declared by all private schools by June 30. Test for the students coming from private schools would be held at the block level from 9 a.m. to 12 noon on July 3. Details would be available at the offices of District Education Officers and Block Education Officers.
        He said that the draw of lots at block level would be held on July 7, 2016. Admission on the basis of draw of lots would be conducted from July 8 to 15. Second draw of lots for remaining seats, if any, would be held on July 18 and admission on the basis of second draw of lots would be conducted from July 19 to 22.
        If seats remain vacant after the second round, the schools concerned would submit their lists to the District Level Committee by July 25, he added.
He said that the merit for admission in Class X plus one    would be determined on the basis of marks obtained by them in the Board Examination of Class X.