Sunday, February 18, 2018

13 lakh visit Surajkund International Crafts Mela

CHANDIGARH, FEB 18
 The 32nd Surajkund International Crafts Mela, which concluded today, recorded a footfall of 13 lakh visitors, including one lakh foreigners. Against 1,012 stalls last year, the 17-day fair had 1,070 stalls.  
        Sticking to tradition, the much-sought-after annual event showcased an unparalleled display of regional and international crafts, ensuring art and culture enthusiasts a treat, and shopaholics and foodies an opportunity of a life-time.
 Presiding over the closing-cum-awards presentation ceremony at Surajkund, the Haryana Governor, Prof. Kaptan Singh Solanki, said it was heartening to see the mela being organised at this scale and exhibiting the  spirit of unity and brotherhood among different nations. Earlier, he honoured craftsmen.
 Prof Solanki said the fair offered an ideal opportunity to bind countries together and think for the larger good with over 25 countries taking part in it and different folk cultures being unveiled during the 17 days.
He congratulated the state government for making Kyrgyzstan  Partner Country and UP the Theme State at the 32nd International Surajkund Crafts Mela-2018. Haryana has made new strides in the fields of education and sports, he added.
     The Tourism Minister of UP, Dr Rita Bahuguna Joshi, said the Surajkund Crafts Mela had become popular worldwide. She announced the decision to organize an art and craft fair on the pattern of Surajkund Mela in Lucknow.
Haryana Tourism Minister, Mr Ram Bilas Sharma, thanked the artists and craftsmen for their participation in the fair. The Additional Chief Secretary, Haryana Tourism, Mr Vijay Vardhan, and Chief Administrator of Surajkund Crafts Fair Authority, Mr Sameer Pal Srow, were also present on the occasion.
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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Internship at Pet Animal Medical Centre, Panchkula.

CHANDIGARH, FEB 15
The Haryana Government has decided that the students studying ‘Bachelor of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry’ from Lala Lajpat Rai University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Hisar would undergo one month internship at Pet Animal Medical Centre, Panchkula.
A decision to this effect was taken in the 4th meeting of governing council of ‘Pet Animal Health Society, Panchkula’ held under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary, Mr. D.S. Dhesi, here today. On this occasion, it has been decided to increase the financial assistance being given to the Society every year from Rs 10 lakh to Rs 30 lakh.
It was informed in the meeting that Pet Animal Medical Centre (PAMC) being run by the Pet Animal Health Society, Panchkula is only such government centre in the tri-city where excellent level medical facilities are available for pet animals. The centre has facility of digital x-ray, ultrasound, bone-plating, endoscopy and other facility of surgery. Apart from this, spa for dogs and cats, and short term hostel facility is also available for pets. 
It was also informed that 20,874 O.P.D have been registered in the PAMC in the financial year 2017-18 up to January 2018 and surgeries have been performed as per requirement in 309 cases. Similarly, 2,294 laboratory tests and 1,123 x-ray and ultrasound were performed during this period. Hostel facility was provided to 469 dogs, he added. 
The Centre also has hostel facility for students of government and private institutions coming for internship.
Others present in the meeting included Additional Chief Secretary, Finance and Planning Departments, Mr. P. Raghavendra Rao, Additional Chief Secretary, Animal Husbandry and Dairying Department, Mr. P.K. Mahapatra, Director, Dr. G.S. Jakhar and other senior officers of other departments.

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Karnal among four Indian cities selected by European Union

CHANDIGARH, FEB 6
Karnal in Haryana is among the four cities of the country which have been selected by the European Union for a project named ‘Promotion of Inclusive, Sustainable Growth and Diversity to Strengthen Local Governments’. The other cities are: Warangal of Telangana, Ajmer of Rajasthan and Jabalpur of Madhya Pradesh.
        Giving details, the Municipal Commissioner, Karnal, Dr. Priyanka Soni, said under this project, surveys would be conducted on how to manage open spaces in Warangal, simplification of public transport facility in Karnal, solid waste management in Ajmer and sewerage facility in Jabalpur.
        He said project manager of the International Council for Local Environmental Initiation (ICLEI), South Asia, Mr. Narender Kumar, had conducted a survey on mobility sector in ward number 11 of Karnal. In the survey, women, students, senior citizens and shopkeepers were contacted separately to get information related to the problems they faced pertaining to transportation and their possible solutions.
          The residents told the surveyors that women and senior citizens faced inconvenience at Kunjpura Road as the place is always overcrowded. Apart from this, no proper parking place also posed a problem and senior citizens faced difficulty crossing the roads. When asked about providing the facility of e-rickshaw and auto through mobile app 90 per cent of respondents agreed.
        Work on this project would continue till March 31, 2019. The complete report prepared by the company would be submitted to the Municipal Corporation after which an action plan would be prepared and further work would be carried out, Dr Soni added.
POSTING OF SAS CADRE OFFICER: The Haryana Government has issued directives regarding posting of Subordinate Accounts Service (SAS) cadre officer of Finance Department in different government departments, boards and corporations in the state.
          While stating this here today, a spokesman of Finance Department said that Chief Secretary, all Additional Chief Secretaries, Principal Secretaries, Heads of Department, Managing Director of Boards and Corporations, have been requested not to repatriate or surrender SAS officers unilaterally in future. In case the work of behavior of a particular officer was not upto the mark, the same should be brought to the notice of the Finance Department with full justification so that appropriate action could be taken.
          He said that SAS cadre officers such as Chief Accounts Officers, Senior Accounts Officers, Accounts Officers and Section Officers were posted in various departments, boards and corporations to facilitate enforcement of financial discipline.
  NODAL OFFICER: Haryana Government has nominated Deputy Chief Executive Officer-cum-Director or Director General of Industries and Commerce Department as Nodal Officer for grant of deemed clearances on behalf of Executive Empowered Committee.
          A notification to this effect has been issued by Industries and Commerce Department.
REDEPLOYMENT OF IT PROFESSIONALS: The Haryana Government has decided that HARTRON would re-deploy an IT professional upon relieving from a particular department or organisation on the same rate of remuneration which he or she was drawing in the previous department or organisation at the time of relieving on completion of project, or otherwise and not as a fresh entrant.
        A written communication in this regard has been sent by the Principal Secretary, Electronics and Information Technology Department to all Administrative Secretaries, Heads of Departments, Divisional Commissioners, Managing Directors, Chief Administrators and Chief Executive Officers of all the Board, Corporations and Public Undertakings, Deputy Commissioner-cum-Chairman/Presidents of District IT Society and Registrars of all the Universities in Haryana and Registrar, Punjab and Haryana High Court.
 CROP INSURANCE CLAIMSChandigarh, Feb 6- The Principal Secretary, Haryana Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Department, Dr Abhilaksh Likhi today issued strict directions to the Crop Insurance Companies to settle the crop insurance claims of farmers under Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) within ten days. Strict action would be taken against crop insurance companies for not complying with the directions.
            Dr Likhi was presiding over a review meeting of PMFBY here today.
            During the Kharif-Rabi season 2016-17, so far Rs 12.86 crore have been distributed on the basis of claims in the State. Apart from this, Rs 257 crore have been distributed on the basis of claims of average production.
            Those present included representatives of Crop Insurance Companies, State Level Bankers Committee and senior officers of the Department.
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Four Haryana IAS officers transferred

CHANDIGARH, FEB 6
The Haryana government has issued transfer and posting orders of four IAS officers, with immediate effect.
            Dheera Khandelwal, Additional Chief Secretary (ACS), Environment will be the new ACS, School Education Department. She will continue to look after the work of   Art and Cultural Affairs, Archives and Archaeology and Museums.
            Devender Singh, Principal Secretary, Electronics and Information Technology and Civil Aviation Department, has been given the additional charge of Environment, Haryana Administrative Reforms and Member Secretary, Haryana Governance Reforms Authority.
Vivek Joshi, Principal Secretary, Sainik and Ardh Sainik Welfare, Commissioner, Ambala Division, Chief Administrator, Trade Fair Authority of Haryana, Chief Resident Commissioner, Haryana Bhawan, New Delhi, will also look after the work of Principal Secretary, Monitoring and Coordination Department relieving TC Gupta of the said charge.
Raja Sekhar Vundru, Managing Director, Haryana State Industrial Infrastructural Development Corporation and Haryana Financial Corporation has been given the additional charge of Principal Secretary, Women and Child Development Department relieving Vivek Joshi of the said charge.
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Monday, February 5, 2018

‘Haryana 100 Project’ to be implemented by Nov 2018

CHANDIGARH, FEB 5
 Haryana Chief Minister  Manohar Lal said that a new ambitious Rs 400 crore ‘Haryana 100 Project’ will be implemented in the state by November 2018 which will ensure the arrival of police party on crime scene in any part of the state within 15 minutes. This would be enabled through 600 new police vehicles conducting 24X7 patrolling to provide immediate and prompt assistance at the place of incident.
          Mr Manohar Lal who was addressing the police personnel of 84th batch in Police Training Centre, Sunaria in district Rohtak, said that the project would be directly crewed and manned by highly trained professional personnel at the police control room being set up at Panchkula.
          While describing police as the face of the government, the Chief Minister said that their conduct with the public depicts the behaviour and working style of the government. He exhorted them to discharge their duties honestly and efficiently so as to ensure a safe and secure atmosphere in the society and the country. He said that it should be the aim of the police to ensure punishment to the accused so that people live without fear. The criminals should be filled with a sense of fear that they cannot escape punishment at any cost, he added.
          Mr Manohar Lal said that 6000 to 8000 police personnel would be recruited every year in the State to fill the backlog of posts in the police department. He said that during the tenure of the present state government, the percentage of women serving in police has increased from six to 10, which would further be increased to 30 per cent. With this significant increase in the number of women in the police force, the crime against women would be considerably reduced. Effective steps are being taken to keep a check and control crime especially against women. ‘Mitr Kakshs’ are being run by the police to make direct dialogue feasible between police and the public.
          He said that the present state government has so far carried out three recruitment drives in the state in which more than 6000 police personnel have been recruited. All the recruitments were made in a fair and transparent manner. At present, recruitment of 1,474 police personnel is also being conducted in a similar fashion. He said that despite the minimum qualification of 10+2 required to serve in police; over half of the police personnel are those who possess higher qualifications. The State Government has ensured recruitment only on merit basis and completely disbanded the system of using money in the recruitment. He said that similarly, the police personnel by taking a cue from this practice should also serve the society with upmost honesty, dedication and without any fear.
          Earlier, speaking on this occasion, Director General of Police, Mr B.S. Sandhu said that the process for the recruitment of Constables, Women Constables, Sub Inspectors and Deputy Superintendents of Police in the police department would start from this very month. He said that the department has made available adequate number of vehicles, weapons and good quality anti-riots equipments to the police personnel for bringing more efficiency in their working.

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Gobardhan Yojana to benefit farmers: CM

CHANDIGARH, FEB 5
The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal, has said that with a view to benefiting the farmers in the state, ‘Gobardhan Yojana’ has been launched to provide for the sale of organic manure and cow urine.
         Mr Manohar Lal was addressing villagers at ‘Kisan Samman Samaroh’ organised in Nizampur village of Sonipat district today where he distributed cheques of ‘Fasal Bima Yojana’ to farmers.
        Appreciating the Union Budget, the Chief Minister said it met the expectations, hopes and aspirations of the people. The Gobardhan Yojana would help in doubling the income of farmers and next time, MSP would be given with additional benefit of 50 per cent more than the cost of production.
          Lashing out at the Opposition, he said the previous government kept talking about implementing the Swaminathan Commission report, but never did so. It is the present government which has done it. Loans at affordable rates are being provided to the farmers and four per cent rate of interest was being borne by the state government. Today, the opposition parties have no issue to rake up, he added.
        Mr. Manohar Lal said during the tenure of previous governments, farmers used to get cheques for Rs 2 in case of damage caused to their crops, but today cheques for up to Rs 5.5 lakh are being given to farmers. This has become possible due to the farmer-friendly policies pursued by the BJP Government, he added.
          Farmers and agriculture top the list of priorities of the state government. Crop Cluster Development Program has been started at a cost of Rs 570 crore to promote horticulture. As many as 1,940 clusters have been started under this programme where production of single crop is being promoted.
        The Chief Minister said now the loss of farmers would be borne by the state government but the profit would remain with them. Earlier, sometimes farmers used to get more than their expenditure and sometimes not. Keeping this in view, the state government has launched ‘Bhavantar Bharpayee Yojana’ under which minimum prices of onion, potato and tomato have been fixed. The Central Government has also launched operation green scheme.
        Pond Authority has been set up for the development of ponds under which all ponds would be developed so that their water could be utilised for irrigation purposes. He announced Rs 2 crore to resolve the pond and drinking water problems of village Nizampur, and gave the assurance that the demands of other villages would be fulfilled after checking their feasibility. 
        When the Chief Minister asked women present about the benefit of the Ujawala Scheme, they replied that they had not yet received LPG cylinders. He directed the deputy commissioner to provide cylinders to all such women within 48 hours.
        The Urban Local Bodies Minister, Mrs. Kavita Jain, said both   Central and state governments were working for the development of women. Even after 70 years of Independence, farmers are still poor and needy. Schemes such as 'Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana' have worked to change the situation in favour of farmers.
    Targeting the opposition, Mrs Jain said the previous government paid scant attention to the development of women as the government was busy in property dealing. She administered the oath to save the girl child to all present. 
        Others present included Chairperson, Haryana State Agricultural Marketing Board, Mrs. Krishna Gahlot, District BJP President, Dr. Dharamvir Nandal, and other dignitaries.
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Haryana launches SP Mookerjee Durghtana Sahayta Yojana

CHANDIGARH, FEB 5
Haryana Government has implemented Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee Durghtana Sahayta Yojana, an accident insurance scheme, offering accidental death and disability cover of Rs one lakh for death or disability on account of an accident. The scheme is completely free of cost and no premium or consideration of any kind will be payable by the eligible beneficiaries.
          While stating this here today, an official spokesman said that the scheme would be implemented with retrospective effect from April 1, 2017. The claims under the scheme would only be entertained if submitted within six months after the date of death or within 12 months after the date of accident, whichever is earlier. No clam will be entertained if submitted six months after the date of death or 12 months after the date of accident, whichever is earlier, he added. 
          The spokesman said that any person in the age group of 18 to 70 years having domiciled and resident of Haryana is eligible under the Scheme, provided the person was not enrolled at the time of accident under the Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana. He said that the scheme would cover the beneficiaries in case of death, permanent total disability or disability due to accidents like rail, road or air accidents, riot, strike and terrorism, snake bite, drowning, poisoning, electrocution, falling from height, collapse of house or building, fire, explosion, implosion, murder, attack by animals, stampede and suffocation, frost bite, sun burn (loo), lightning, burn injuries, hunger or starvation (death only) and maternal mortality during child delivery (death only). 
          He said that the scheme would also cover the death or permanent total disability or disability caused due to occupational hazards like threshing machine or industrial machine or due to any other unnatural events, except from war and allied perils, nuclear risks and self-injury, suicide or attempted suicide, or under the influence of alcoholic drinks or drugs, engaging in aviation activities other than travelling as a passenger and breaching any law with criminal intent. 
          The spokesman said that the benefit is admissible at the rate of 50 per cent of the benefit admissible under PMSBY that is Rs one lakh for accidental death and Rs one lakh in case of total and irrecoverable loss of both eyes or loss of use of both hands or feet or loss of sight of one eye and loss of use of hand or foot due to accident. He said that while in case of disability, the benefit would be paid to the accident victim, in case of death, the benefit would be paid to the eligible relative of the deceased as per the order of priority that is surviving spouse (if not re-married), all unmarried children in equal share, mother and father. The benefit would not be admissible to any other person, he added. 
          While referring to the procedure for applying under the scheme, he said that application would be made by the accident victim or the eligible relative (in the case of death) to the District Social Welfare Officer of the district where the accident victim resided at the time of accident. The District Social Welfare Officer would process and put up the claim within five working days from the date of receipt of claim in his office to the Deputy Commissioner. He said that the Deputy Commissioner would also decide the claim within five working days as Deputy Commissioner of the district would be the competent authority to approve the claim. Appeal against the decision of the Deputy Commissioner would lie to the Director, Social Justice and Empowerment. The time limit for filing appeal is three months from the date of order of rejection of the Deputy Commissioner. The amount would be paid directly into the Bank Account of the eligible claimant. 
          He said that in the case of death, the documents to be submitted under the Scheme included claim form, Haryana Domicile Certificate and proof of residence in the state issued by the competent authority, age proof of accident victim, Aadhaar Card of accident victim and eligible relative (in case of death), copy of First Information Report or Police Daily Dairy Report, post-mortem report and death certificate and in case the surviving spouse is claimant, an affidavit that he or she is not re-married. 
          He said that similarly, in case of disability, the documents to be submitted included claim form, Haryana Domicile Certificate and proof of residence in the State issued by the competent authority, age proof, Aadhaar Card and Medical Certificate and Medico-legal Report issued by the competent authority confirming percentage and kind of disability. 
          He said that the scope of coverage under the new scheme would be limited to those Haryana domiciles and residents of the State who are or were not able to avail the benefit under Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana whether due to non enrollment or otherwise. 

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