Sunday, September 30, 2012

142 donate blood at Hallmark Public School

by Haryananewswire
Tears and excuses cannot save a life, but our blood can. 264 people registered and 142 donated blood in the Annual Blood Donation Camp held in the Hallmark Public School, Sec-15, Panchkula, that was inaugurated by the renowned educationist Mr. Kusum Kumar Gupta. The school premises were all set to welcome the donors. The camp was held with the association with Rotary and Blood Bank Society Resource centre under the supervision of the Chairman Col. Dr. R.S. Shah, Sector 37-A Chandigarh.
The motto of 'serving the people' was displayed during the camp when Mr. Yogesh Kumar a 71 times blood donor donated his blood at Hallmark Public School for the 72 time. His name also has been nominated for the National Award. Parents of Hallmarkites also donated blood, their children supported the cause by being present with them. Ms. Kavita Wadhwa and the Director Mr. Jivtesh Garg appreciated and applauded the enthusiasm of the donors for this noble cause. The donors were awarded with souvenirs and certificates to make the event memorable for them.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

HSAM leasing out commercial space on rental basis in Panchkula

by Haryananewswire
Haryana State Agricultural Marketing Board has invited applications to lease out commercial space on rental basis in Apple Market at the Grain, Vegetable and Flowers market in Sector 20, Panchkula.
          While stating this here today, a spokesman of the Board said that any Organization, Company, Firm, Trust or individual who wanted to run the business of apple might apply with the details of turnover, experience, proof of running apple business and financial and operational capability to run the business. He said that the applicants who have atleast two years of experience in apple trading might apply for lease of space on rent basis in the proposed apple market.
Such applicants could apply to the Secretary, Market Committee, Panchkula on the prescribed proforma, which could be obtained  from the office of Secretary, Market Committee, Panchgkula free of cost.
He said that the Board reserved the right to reject or cancel any application without any reason. For further details, the applicants could contact office of Market Committee, Panchkula on phone number 0172-2551189 on any working day between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Applications invited for B Ed vacant seats

by Haryananewswire
Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra has invited applications from candidates through online registration for left over or vacant seats for admission to B.Ed for the year 2012.
          While stating this here today, a spokesman of the University said that all the B.Ed admission seekers who could not apply for B.Ed admission in SFS  colleges earlier and those candidates who had earlier applied but could not take admission due to various reasons could now apply afresh for left over or vacant seats by depositing registration as well as counseling fee amounting to Rs 1000 for candidates belonging to General Category and Rs 625 for candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes, Backward Classes and physically disabled candidates.
          He said that the candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes, Backward Classes and physically disabled candidates of the State, who have passed Bachelor’s degree or Master’s degree with minimum 45 per cent marks, were eligible whereas the candidates belonging to other categories who have passed Bachelor’s degree or Master’s degree with minimum 50 per cent marks were eligible for admission. He said that admission would be made on the basis of merit of qualifying examinations. The higher percentage of marks obtained in Bachelor’s or Master’s degree would be considered in determining the merit.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Open darbars to release electricity connections

by Haryananewswire
 In order to dissuade kundi connections, the Haryana Power Distribution Corporations (UHBVN and DHBVN) would hold open darbars in villages and on the spot domestic category connections would be released to the applicants. The darbars will be held in the month of October onwards in the State for which the areas were being identified by the field officers. At least two darbars will be held in each operation sub division in a month which would also enable staff to have better inter-action with the consumers. The results of such darbars recently held in some villages under the command area of UHBVN were encouraging.
          It was stated by Chairman and Managing Director of the Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam and the Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam, Devender Singh here today. Emphasizing need of holding open darbars, he said  the number of households was much more in the villages as compared to electricity consumers. For providing connections the test reports submitted by the applicants would be processed immediately, which was mandatory to release new connections.
           He said the losses in rural sector were about 65 per cent, which was a cause for concern. Release of new connections will help minimize losses. The DISCOMS intend to provide better services to the consumers and the public representatives should come forward for mass awakening. It was desired from the consumers that they do not indulge in pilferage of power and make timely payment of their bills so that better services are made available.
          He said that the distribution transformers of 100 kva and 200 kva capacity were being arranged on priority basis and there will be no shortage of transformers in the State after a week. It has been planned to implement development programs in phased manner and the officers have been directed to prepare the plan for one month, three months and six months to avoid inconvenience to consumers.
          He appealed consumers to avail the benefit of ongoing electricity bills waiver scheme, voluntary disclosure of load scheme and theft informer scheme. He further stated that the informers would be rewarded under the theft informer scheme and their identity would not be disclosed.
Chandigarh September 28: Haryana Government has constituted a State Level Central Monitoring Committee under the State Women Empowerment Mission to take stock of the convergence issues with different departments.
          While giving this information here today, Women and Child Development Minister Mrs. Geeta Bhukkal said that Principal Secretary, Women and Child Development department would be the Chairperson of the committee. The other members of the committee included Director General, Health, Director General, School Education, Labour Commissioner, Director, Rural Development Department, Director, Development and Panchayats Department, Secretary, Haryana Social Welfare Board, Secretary, Haryana State Child Welfare Council, Secretary, Bhartiya Gramin Mahila Sangh, Panchkula, Director General, Women and Child Development department cum Mission Director and Project Advisor,  State Coordinator and Research Officer of State Resource Centre for Women.
          She said that Additional Director, Women and Child Development department and Programme Officer would jointly function as Member Conveners of the Committee.
          Mrs. Bhukkal said that the committee would monitor and assess progress to ensure that the objectives of the mission ware met. It would also set definite time frames and deliverables for each activity of mission along with the responsible partners to develop a coordinated system of tracking progress. She said that the committee would also facilitate convergence amongst different stake holders including departments and other institutions.
          She said that the Committee would undertake quarterly review of the progress of the activities under the mission and use the quarterly progress as a monitoring tool to assess the work undertaken by the State Resource Centre for Women and other structures at district level like Panchayati Raj Institutions and other facilitating agencies. It would consider bottlenecks in implementation and suggest suitable remedies, she added.
          Mrs. Bhukkal said that the Committee would review the status of functioning of different bodies constituted under the mission. Also, it would adopt performance indicators for measuring convergence efforts of all the related departments. She said that the Committee would prepare policy recommendations for the consideration of the State Mission Authority and would also provide Policy advice to the State Resource Centre for Women.
           The Minister said that the term of the Committee would be of five years and it would meet quarterly. The Committee could invite any representative from various departments for convergence and implementation issues of action plan, she further added.

Stage Carriage Permits Scheme approved

by Haryananewswire (Balbir)
The Haryana Cabinet, which met under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda here today, approved a new Stage Carriage Permits Scheme.
          The objective of the scheme is to provide an efficient, adequate, economical and properly coordinated bus transport service in the State. At present, there is a gap in the demand and supply of public transport services and the new scheme will help in bridging this gap by augmenting the public transport services in the State. The services on the routes included in the scheme will be provided by Haryana Roadways in partial exclusion of others and the rest of the area or routes would remain exclusively reserved for Haryana Roadways.
            The number of permits to be granted to private operators on these routes has been specified keeping in view the passenger transport demand. As many as 3519 permits would be offered under the scheme on 1017 routes. Only the routes having originating and terminating points in the State and not connecting two district headquarters have been included in the scheme.
          Any person of Haryana domicile, Society/Firm/Company registered in Haryana and Local Bodies within its respective jurisdiction, in the State will be eligible to apply for permit under the scheme. A Society/Firm/ Company/ Individual person will be eligible to apply only for one permit. No Society, Firm, Company or family in case of individual applicant will be granted more than one permit under the scheme.
          The existing permit holders under the 1993 and 2001 schemes, who have no road tax, passenger tax and bid money pending towards them on the date of application, shall first be given an option to obtain permits on any route included in this Scheme in lieu of their existing permits as per the prescribed procedure. Under this procedure, the existing permit holders shall be allotted permits on preferential basis on the routes included in the schedule of the scheme as per their request notwithstanding the number of permits mentioned against a particular route included in the Schedule. The existing permit holders shall be given the option/preference in the district where they are holding the permits. No additional permit shall, however, be granted to any private operator or Co-operative Transport Society or any of its members already holding a stage carriage permit. The routes and/or permits, as the case may be, of the existing permit holders under the 1993 Scheme, who continue to ply on their existing routes not included in the schedule, shall in addition be deemed to have become part of the Schedule of this scheme.
                    It was decided that under the new scheme, after adjusting the private permit holders of 1993 and 2001 schemes in the above mentioned manner, applications for grant of remaining permits shall be invited. If the number of eligible applicants exceeds the number of permits to be granted on a particular route, the permits shall be granted to the eligible applicants through draw of lots. No extension in the route will be allowed. Temporary variation will be allowed due to non-motorability of the route. The 1993 and 2001 schemes will be repealed. To avoid dislocation of transport services, a provision has been kept in the Scheme to the effect that the existing permit holders will continue to ply their buses on their existing routes in the same manner as before, till a date to be decided by the Government.
                         As per the main terms and conditions decided for grant of permits and other proposals, any bus with 20 or more seats will be allowed. GPS will be installed on the buses. The private operators will carry students and other concessional/free pass holders as carried by Haryana Roadways buses. The permit fee will be Rs.5000 and Rs.2500 for buses having more than 32 seats and buses having upto 32 seats respectively. The passenger tax will be charged under the scheme at a rate of Rs.200 per seat per month. On rural routes (routes lying more than 50 per cent on village roads) and urban routes (routes lying more than 80 per cent within the municipal limits of Cities/Towns), the passenger tax will be at a rate of Rs.100 per seat per month. A penalty of Rs.10,000, 25,000 and 50,000 will be charged for first, second and third offence of plying the bus on unauthorized route after availing the lower tax facility on rural/urban routes. The passenger tax for complete month will be charged in addition and with third offence the permit would be cancelled. Rs 5000 will be charged as fee for change of time table. A  non-refundable application fee of Rs.2000 will be charged from the applicants under the scheme.

Hooda promises farmer friendly agricultural policy

 by Haryananewswire (Balbir)
The Haryana Government will soon announce its new Agricultural Policy which would be farmer friendly. This was stated by Haryana Chief Minister Mr. Bhupinder Singh Hooda while talking to media persons at Meet-the-Press programme at Chandigarh Press Club here today. Mr Hooda said that the state government has already constituted Farmers’ Commission in the larger interest of the farming community in the state.
The Chief Minister said that the state government has hailed the decision of the Central Government to implement Foreign Direct Investment in the retail sector as it would benefit both the farmers and consumers and quality products would be made available to the consumers. Small shopkeepers would not be adversely affected, he added.
He said that opposition parties and their leaders were opposing the FDI in retail sector. He reminded that such parties had themselves declared introduction of FDI as one of the  agenda items in their election manifesto. He said that initially it would be implemented in the towns having population of 10 lakh like Faridabad and Gurgaon. He said that the Central Government had allowed investment under FDI upto 51 per cent in the country, but in countries like China, Thailand, Brazil and  Argentina there was no such limitation. He said that FDI would prove very useful for agriculture producers as it would attract investment in infrastructure. It would also reduce post harvest  losses in agriculture. He said that those who were opposing FDI in retail, were the well wishers of those indulged in hoarding. The FDI would minimize the difference in prices  between sale and purchase of commodities. He quoted an example saying that  potatoes were being purchased by traders at a rate of Rs.two per kg from farmers but consumers were getting these at the rate of Rs.14 per kg. FDI would bridge this gap, he added.      
Mr. Hooda said that Haryana has witnessed all round growth in the all spheres including per capita investment, per capita income, financial management has improved, industrial exports have increased, industrial investment has also increased. There has also been significant achievements in areas of agriculture, power, infrastructure, education, health and sports. He said that Haryana has achieved industrial export to the tune of Rs.48,530 crore during year 2010-11. Besides, Haryana has catalysed an investment of about Rs 61,000 crore since 2005 and an investment of Rs 97,000 crore is in pipeline. Contrary to it, upto 2005, since the formation of Haryana in 1966, the state had attracted investment of Rs.41,000 crore. As per ASSOCHAM report, Haryana achieved 81 per cent implementation rate of pledged investments, which is the highest in the country and is ahead of states like Gujarat, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.
The Chief Minister said that state government had also implemented industrial friendly Industrial Policy in year 2005 which had been reviewed and now we have a new policy in 2011 which also benefited industries in backward areas. He also highlighted the various decisions of the state government taken for the welfare of farming community during last seven-and-a- half years including reducing interest on crop loans of cooperative banks from 11 per cent to four per cent, abolishing black law of arresting farmers for non - payment of agricultural loans, exemption of stamp duty on loan, waiving of arrears of electricity bills amounting to  Rs.1600 crore, abolishing black law of auction of land for non-payment of loans of land mortgage banks. He said that interest on cooperative loans to the tune of Rs. 445 crore had been waived off. This step benefited 3.92 lakh farmers of the state. As a  result of the farmer friendly policy of the government, out of 12 lakh tubewell operator farmers, nine lakh were regular paying their electricity bills.  
He said that as land holdings are shrinking, in such a situation the farmers would have to adopt vertical farming. He said that Israeli technique of farming is considered as best in the world.  A Centre of excellence for vegetable had been set up on the same technique at Gharaunda and a similar centre of excellence for fruits was being set up in Sirsa.
He said that Haryana is the first State to implement land acquisition policy under which there was a provision of giving an annuity for 33 years besides compensation. Now the government has come up with land pooling scheme in which participation of farmers had been ensured in the process of development.
Mr. Hooda said that the State has also witnessed a substantial growth in the power sector. He said that from the year 1966 to 2005, the installed power generation capacity of the State was only 1587 MW.  But with the setting up of four new thermal power plants, the power generation capacity of the State has increased to 5050 MW.  Besides, Rs. 4290 crore had been spent on setting up of 1314 new sub-stations, augmentation of existing 543 sub-stations and laying of 4530 km long electricity lines.
The Chief Minister said that during the tenure of the present government, the road network in the State had been strengthened. He said that Rs. 12,750 crore had been spent on the construction of roads and bridges. Apart from this, 815 km long roads had been constructed and 26,000 km long roads were repaired. In addition, 3908 km long roads had been constructed in rural areas and 5689 km long road had been repaired. He said that from the year 1966 to 2005, there were only 16 Railway Over Bridges in the State and since the year 2005 till date, 29 RoBs have been completed whereas work on six RoBs was in progress. Also, three new railway lines have been approved for the State, he added.
Mr. Hooda said the State was fast emerging as an education hub of international standard. A number of new institutes have been set up whereas many institutes have been upgraded to the level of university. Rajiv Gandhi Education City would cater to the education need of 1.5 lakh students under one roof. This would be the biggest hub of education in the world, added Mr. Hooda. First Women University of north India had been set up at Khanpur Kalan in district Sonipat. National Institute of Design is being set up in Kurukshetra, Sainik School had been set up in Rewari, a Central University at Mahendergarh. Extension centre of Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi is coming up and first Defense University is also being set up at Gurgaon. Another university would also be set up in Gurgaon. In addition, private universities were also being set up in the state.  
The Chief Minister said that the Sports Policy of the State Government is being appreciated all over the world. Our players have brought laurels not only to the State but also to the country. It is clearly evident from the performance of State players in Commonwealth Games, Asian Games and recently concluded Olympic Games. He said that out of Indian contingent of 83 players, 19 players were from Haryana which was a big achievement. Mr. Hooda said that to ensure a secure future to the players, the State Government has implemented ‘Padak Lao Pad Pao’ scheme  in its sports policy. He said apart from Government Jobs to the level upto Deputy Superintendent of Police, the State Government had give cash awards of Rs. 50.85 crore to the outstanding players of the State. The State Government has so far provided jobs to 424 players in recognition of their performance. Mr. Hooda said that the State Government has  already increased the amount of cash prizes for the winners of 2016 Rio Olympics. He said that the gold, silver and bronze medal winner would get Rs. 5 crore, Rs. 3 crore and Rs. 2 crore respectively.
Mr. Hooda said that Haryana is the first State where after the independence in the year 1947, first women medical college in Government Sector had been set up at Khanpur Kalan in district Sonipat. Apart from this two more medical colleges was being set up in the State. He said that Haryana is the first State where free medicines and economical surgery package was being provided to the patients in all government hospitals. He said that special emphasis was also being laid on rural development. A sum of Rs.500 crore had been spent on rural development. Under Mahatma Gandhi Grameen Basti Yojna, free residential plots of 100 square yards had already been given to 3.85 lakh beneficiaries. Social security pensions and allowances of more than Rs.1500 crore per year were disbursed among 20.63 crore beneficiaries.
Mr. Hooda said that Haryana is first state in the country where the children belonging to Scheduled Castes, Backward Classes and those living below poverty line were given regular scholarship. About 20 lakh such children were being given scholarship ranging from Rs.75 to Rs.400 per month.
He said that during last seven year, drinking water supply schemes had been augmented in 6110 villages and 28 cities. Besides sewerage facility had also been provided in 24 towns. As many as 9.85 lakh families had been given free connection under Indira Gandhi Drinking Water Scheme.
The Chief Minister said that state government was observing year 2012 as ‘Year of the Youth’ under which special emphasis was being laid to ensure all round development of youth and make them more employable. In this direction, intake capacity of technical institutes had been increased from 23,000 to more than 1.25 lakh.
Mr. Hooda said that senior officers of Railways, who met him during the inauguration of Lakhanmajra halt recently, had also appreciated unprecedented development taken place in the state and said that they had never seen such development like Haryana in the country.
In reply to a question concerning provision of six LPG cylinders, Mr. Hooda said that Haryana would provide three more LPG cylinders on subsidized rates on the pattern of Delhi Government.
On being asked to comment on the issue of recent rape case in Hisar, Mr. Hooda said that crime against woman is a heinous crime and nobody would be spared. He said that some of the accused in this case have been arrested and the remaining would soon be arrested. He said that law and order situation is better in Haryana and as a result of this, investment in the state had increased. Some untoward incident could   happen anywhere and prompt action was  taken by police in such cases.  The moment any incident is brought to the notice of police, First Information Report (FIR) is registered and action is taken accordingly. The law and order situation had   improved in the state. Criminals have no caste and every criminal, who so ever he might be  would get  punished, he added.
He made it clear that the police had been taking prompt action against criminals, especially in Hisar and Jind rape cases and law would take its own course. 
In reply to a query regarding separate Shiromani Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee in the state, Mr. Hooda said that Chattha Committee had already submitted its report which was being legally examined.When his attention was drawn towards the transfer of land under Consolidation Act by two senior officers of state government, Mr. Hooda said that whosoever committed this and whatever action is required, would be taken.
On the issue of separate High Court for Haryana, Mr. Hooda said that he was trying to get the same for the state.
Earlier, Mr. Hooda also greeted the people on the birth anniversary of Shaheed Bhagat Singh and paid rich tributes to the great martyr. He recalled Shaheed Bhagat Singh’s  contribution to the  freedom struggle. He said that his family and that of Shaheed Bhagat Singh had close bonds.
He also announced to give discretionary grant of Rs.31 lakh to Chandigarh Press Club.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

HSAMB invites applications for lease out of commercial space

by Haryananewswire (Balbir)
Haryana State Agricultural Marketing Board has invited applications for lease out of commercial space on rental basis in proposed flower market, at vegetable market situated at Khandsa Road, Gurgaon.
          While giving this information here today, a spokesman of the Board said that organization, company, firm, trust, florist, individual  who intends to run the business of flowers could apply alongwith the details of turnover, experience, proof of running flowers business, financial and operational capability to run the business. He said that the applicants who have atleast two years experience in flowers trading could apply for lease of space on rent basis in the flower market. The lease period would be for one year which might be extended on approval of the Board.
          He said that eligible applicants could apply to the Secretary, Market Committee, Gurgaon by October 5, 2012. The prescribed application form could be obtained from the office of Secretary free of cost. For more information, anyone could contact telephone number 0124-2320011 or could also visit the website of the Board, he added.

Nestle urged to adopt collective strategy in Haryana

by Haryananewswire (Balbir)
With a view to boosting production of milk and milk products, Haryana Chief Minister Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda has urged Nestle India Limited to adopt a collective and collaborative strategy with Animal Husbandry Department, Dairy Federation and private sectors to set up milk collection centres in the entire State.
          Mr Hooda said this after inaugurating second unit of Nestle at Samalkha in district Panipat today.
          Speaking on the occasion, Mr Hooda said that this would be a win-win situation for both the farmers and the investors. He also commended initiative taken by Nestle for working very closely with farmers in the State and for transfer of technology and know-how to increase productivity and quality of milk in a sustainable manner, and also for imparting nutrition knowledge to young students in village schools under Global Healthy Kids Programme.
          He said that Nestle's presence in India is about 100 years old. He said that over these years, Nestle India Limited has grown into one of the most accepted brands in the foods and beverages sector in India. Today it is a household name synonymous with chocolates, milk products and instant coffee and its product ‘Maggi Noodles’ is favourite food of children as well as adults, he added.
          He said that this second unit of Nestle costing about Rs 600 crore would prove beneficial not only for the State, but for the entire country. He said that Haryana was transforming from an agrarian State into a vibrant industrial economy and is eventually positioning itself as one of the leading States in the country. He said that economic growth of Haryana had been quite sound ever since its creation with an average annual growth rate of 6.4 per cent during the period from 1966-67 to 2004-05. He said that during the past seven years, the growth has been particularly spectacular. The State economy grew at an average annual growth rate of 9.4 per cent, which was much higher than the rate of growth of our national economy.
          He said that though Haryana was geographically a small State which accounts for only 1.3 per cent of the total area of the country, yet its contribution in the National Gross Domestic Product was nearly 3.4 per cent. He said that Haryana was a leading State in the country in terms of per capita income. The exports from Haryana have crossed Rs. 48,530 crore during the year 2010-11. The State had catalysed investments worth Rs. 61,000 crore since 2005 and investments of about Rs. 97,000 crore were in the pipeline.
          He said that the state government had decided to give a further impetus to economic development of the State through revamping the infrastructure, favourable business environment through friendly policies and creating a pool of skilled manpower. He said that creation of quality infrastructure had been our special focus and we were constantly striving to improve connectivity, ensure quality power supply, water supply and provide effective logistics support to the industry.
          He said that the state had reviewed its regulatory institutions and implemented frameworks that were rule based and aligned to the legitimate needs and aspirations of people of the state and stakeholders alike. Also, the state government ensures that the industry moves ahead with confidence and the state plays the role of a facilitator, he added.

Social Science subject cancelled for first semester exam

by Haryananewswire (Balbir)
 Haryana School Education Board, Bhiwani has cancelled the  Social Science subject of first semester examination of Secondary Examination which was to be held at morning session of 11a.m. to 1.30 p.m on September 29 due to administrative reasons.
          While stating this today, a spokesman of the Board said that this examination would now be held on October 7 at the same place and sametime.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Preventing illegal sale/lease of Shamilat lands in Haryana

by Haryananewswire (Balbir)
The Haryana Development and Panchayats Department has issued instructions to prevent illegal sale, lease, exchange, partition and mutation of Shamilat lands in the State.
          While giving this information here today, an official spokesman said that the instructions had been issued to all Divisional Commissioners, Deputy Commissioners, Additional Deputy Commissioners, District Development And Panchayats Officers, Deputy Chief Executive Officers, Zila Parishads,  Tehsildars, Naib Tehsildars, Legal Officers Panchayats and Block Development and Panchayat Officers.  The land like Shamilat Deh,   Panchayat Deh,   Shamilat Patti, Jumla Malkan, Mustarka Malkan, Shamilat Panna, Thola,  Jarab Patti etc stand vested in the Gram panchayat as per the provision contained in the Punjab Village Common Lands (Regulation) Act, 1961 and the rules made there under and the east Punjab Holdings (Consolidation and Prevention of Fragmentation )Act 1948 and Rules made there under.
He said that as per the instructions issued by the Development and Panchayats department,  the Registrars or Collectors would ensure that the sale deeds in respect of such types of shamilat land were not registered. Similarly, the partition and mutation of such types of land might not be allowed until and unless the title of such land was decided by the competent authority that was Collector.
He said that the compensation on account of acquisition of lands recorded as Shamilat Deh,   Panchayat Deh,   Shamilat Patti, Jumla Malkan as defined in section 2(g) of the Punjab Village Common Lands (Regulation) Act 1961, might be disbursed to the concerned Gram Panchayat and if someone raises a question of title, he might  be advised to approach the Collector under Section 13 A of the ibid Act of 1961 for appropriate relief.
He said that the village-wise complete revenue record of the land recorded as Shamilat deh, Panchayat deh, Nagar Panchayat, Jumla Malkan, Mushtarka Malkan, Shamilat Panna, Thola, Jarab Patti including whether the lands were being leased out or not, be updated village-wise and be maintained at the Block Headquarter by the concerned Block Development and Panchayat Officer (BDPO).
The spokesman said that the BDPO would keep the
updated village-wise entries of revenue record which includes fard jamabandi, khasra girdawari, mutations, sale deeds or lease deeds of Shamilat Deh lands,  Shamilat Pana,  Thola lands,  Panchayat lands,  Jumla Malkan lands etc. of the Gram Panchayats. The senior District Officers such as SDOs (Civil), DDPOs, Tehsildars would regularly and frequently inspect these records and if it was found that any land belonging to Gram Panchayat had been illegally transferred or alienated, then he would inform the Deputy Commissioner concerned immediately for correction of revenue record and for taking further action against the delinquent officials and other person. The Deputy Commissioner would regularly review the status of such shamilat lands in the monthly meetings of Revenue Officers.
          He said that to detect the wrongful acts already done so far in this regard, it had been directed to get the revenue record checked and if such types of land was found to be already sold or partitioned or mutated or the amount of land acquisition compensation had been disbursed illegally, corrective measures should be  taken immediately.
          He said that all the Haryana Civil Service (HCS) Officers,  District Revenue Officer, District Development and Panchayats Officer, Block Development and Panchayat Officers, Tehsildars and Naib Tehsildars and other revenue officials posted in the district have been directed to ensure strict compliance of these instructions. The District Development and Panchayat Officer and the Block Development and Panchayat Officers would keep a close watch on such transactions and report violation to the Deputy Commissioner concerned immediately. Any failure on their part would be viewed seriously.  The Deputy Commissioner concerned would also be personally held responsible for any lapse on his part in this regard, he added.

Land Pooling Scheme to protect interest of land owners

by Haryananewswire (Balbir)
 With a view to protect the interests of land owners, Haryana Government has notified a ‘Land Pooling Scheme’ for development of residential sectors by Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA).
          While stating this here today, an official spokesman said that the Urban Estates Department Haryana acquires land for planned development undertaken by the HUDA as the State’s nodal agency for the purpose. Such land is acquired under the provisions of the Land Acquisition Act, 1894. The Government has also notified its ‘Land Acquisition and Rehabilitation and Resettlement Policy (R and R) dated November 9, 2010 in this behalf whereby the interests of landowners are duly protected with provisions for floor rates so as to ensure payment of market linked compensation, and a number of benefits under the R and R Policy, including payment of Annuity for a period of 33 years, which has been hailed as a model throughout the country.
             He said that the Government has now decided to introduce a ‘Land Pooling Scheme’ whereby the landowners are given an option to become partners in the development process. The land owners whose land is acquired for the development of residential sectors would have the option either to accept the compensation in monetary terms as available under the Land Acquisition Act alongwith non statutory benefits under R and R policy or to seek the compensation in the form of developed plots as full and final settlement.
          He said that the Land Pooling Scheme would be applicable in respect of acquisition proceedings initiated for the purposes of development of residential sectors pursuant to this Notification. A one-time opportunity of exercise of option under this scheme would also be available to the landowners in respect of the current acquisition proceedings and the period available for announcement of the Award was four months or more. The landowners would be required to exercise their option in writing on prescribed application form within a period of 60 days of the issue of this Notification. The landowners would be eligible to participate in the Land Pooling Scheme only if a minimum of 1000 sq yards or more of their land is acquired. 
          He said that the landowners opting for the Land Pooling Scheme would be provided developed residential site in the form of residential plots measuring 1000 square yards and commercial site measuring 100 sq yards against each one acre of land acquired or in the same proportion for the land acquired in lieu of the ‘compensation package and all other benefits admissible under the R and R Policy’ of the Government, at the time of first floatation of the residential sector for which land of the applicant has been acquired. He said that the applicant could also claim the amount in lieu thereof for the entitled developed land at the allotment rates applicable at the time of first floatation of the residential sector. He said that the landowners, who opt for the Land Pooling Scheme, would also have the option to request for payment of a part amount upfront at the time of Award as per floor rates as applicable to the area and seek developed plots.
          He said that the different sub-set of options under this option are that the landowner may request for allotment of developed land as per his entitlement at the time of first floatation on refund of the amount availed earlier at the time of Award, along with interest calculated at nine per cent per annum, to the acquiring agency of the Government. The landowner may also opt for allotment of developed land against balance amount as per his entitlement that was after adjustment of the advance amount paid to him along with interest thereon computed at nine per cent per annum. In this case, his entitlement for the developed land would be worked out on the basis of allotment price determined at the time of first floatation. The landowner may also opt for payment of the balance amount after adjustment of the amount paid in advance along with interest thereon computed at nine per cent per annum. His entitlement for the balance amount would be worked out on the basis of allotment price determined at the time of first floatation, he added. 
          He said that the Landowner would also have the option to opt for the ‘Land Pooling Scheme’ in respect of part of his land being acquired and accept ‘compensation package along with the R and R Benefits’ in respect of the balance land provided. He said that the minimum land being acquired is one acre and the option for the ‘Land Pooling Scheme’ and the ‘Compensation along with R and R Benefits’ was split in the ratio of 50:50 of his land being acquired. In case of those owners where the land acquired was less than one acre, the developed sites or plots would be given in proportion to the land acquired. He said that allotment of plots would be of standard size as per norms of HUDA. 
          He said that in case the owners were co-sharers in the acquired land, the plots or sites would be allotted in proportion to the share of each of the co-sharer. However, where such proportion was less than the standard size of the plot or site, the owners would be eligible either to have a plot in their joint name or seek monetary benefits in accordance with their share. The developed land would be allotted to the eligible landowners as per their entitlements through draw of lots from among the applications received from the landowners opting for the scheme. Plots would be transferred on freehold basis and would be governed by the rules and regulations of HUDA. There would be no upper limit for the beneficiary landowner under the scheme for utilisation or sale of his developed sites. However, any subsequent purchaser of land would be governed by the HUDA policies as applicable from time to time and time limit for construction would also be applicable for subsequent buyers as per HUDA policy. The land use in respect of such land would remain ‘residential’ or ‘Commercial’ as the case may be and would not change under any circumstances.  
          He said that the Award in respect of the land pooled under this Scheme would be announced by the Land Acquisition Collector under Section 11 (2) read with sub-sections (3) and (4) of Section 31 of the Land Acquisition Act, 1894. Wherever the entitlement of developed land was in fraction of the standard sizes of residential or commercial plots, the landowner would be compensated in monetary terms for such fraction. HUDA would execute conveyance deeds in favour of the landowners opting for the Land Pooling Scheme as per their entitlement or allotment of developed land for which no Stamp Duty and Registration Fee would be payable.
          He said that as far as possible, allotment of plots of standard size would be in accordance with the option indicated by the land owner in his application. However, there may be some change in the size or category of plots to be allotted, depending upon availability of number of plots of various sizes or categories as per approved layout plan.
          He said that if the acquired land of a landowner was 1000 sq yards, he would be entitled to 206.61 sq. yards of ‘Developed Residential Plot’ and 20.66 sq. yards of Developed Commercial Site. In this case, he could opt for an eight Marla plot (193.74 sq yards) plus payment for the balance 12.87 sq yards at the rate of first floatation of Residential plots in the sector. Similarly, the land owner could seek monetary compensation against the entitlement of 20.66 sq yds commercial site at three times the rate of first floatation of Residential plots in the sector. The acquired land of a landowner was 2000 sq yards, he would be entitled to 413.22 sq. yards of ‘Developed Residential Plot’ and 41.32 sq. yards of Developed Commercial Site. In this case he could opt for either ‘two plots of eight Marla size (387.48 sq yards) plus payment for the balance 25.74 sq yards at the rate of first floatation of Residential plots in the sector’ or ‘one plot of eight Marla size (193.74 sq yards) plus two plots of four Marla (215.26 sq yards)’ totaling 409 sq yards and claim monetary compensation for the remaining 4.22 sq yards. 
Similarly, the land owner could opt for one booth site of 27.12 sq yards and seek monetary compensation for the balance 14.20 sq yards at three times the rate of first floatation of Residential plots in the sector. If the acquired land of a landowner was 3000 sq yards, he would be entitled to 619.83 sq. yards of ‘Developed Residential Plot’ and 61.98 sq. yards of Developed Commercial Site. In this case he could opt either for ‘one plot of one Kanal and one plot of four Marla’ or ‘two plots of 10 Marla plus one plot of four Marla’ or ‘three plots of eight Marla’. Depending upon the total size of plots availed, monetary compensation for the remaining area would be given at the rate of first floatation of Residential plots in the sector. Similarly, the land owner could opt for two booth sites of 27.12 sq yards each and seek monetary compensation for the balance 7.74 sq yards at three times the rate of first floatation of Residential plots in the sector, he added. 
          He said that if the acquired land of a landowner was one acre, he would be entitled to 1000 sq. yards of ‘Developed Residential Plots’ and 100 sq. yards of Developed Commercial Sites. In this case he could opt either for ‘one plot of one Kanal + one plot of 14 Marla + one plot of four Marla’ or ‘one plot of one Kanal + one plot of 10 Marla + one plot of eight Marla’. Depending upon the total size of plots availed, monetary compensation for the remaining area would be given at the rate of first floatation of Residential plots in the sector. Similarly, the land owner could opt for one booth site of 90.45 sq yards or three booths of 27.12 sq yards each and seek monetary compensation for the Residual entitlement of commercial land. 
          He said that in case the acquired land was more than one acre, at least one plot of one Kanal size would be given for each acre of acquired land. The owner of two acre acquired land would, therefore, get at least two plots of one Kanal and could opt for plots in various permutations and combinations  out of one Kanal, 14 Marla and 10 Marla size categories only, to complete his entitlement of 2000 sq yards residential site. Similarly, in case of three acre acquired land, the owner would get at least three plots of  one Kanal and could opt for plots in various permutations and combinations out of one Kanal, 14 Marla and 10 Marla size categories only,  to complete his entitlement of 3000 sq yards residential site. On the same analogy, the owner of five acre acquired land would get at least five plots of  one Kanal and could opt for plots in various permutations and combinations out of one Kanal, 14 Marla and 10 Marla size categories only,  to complete his entitlement of 5000 sq yards residential site. 
          Similarly, for developed commercial site in case of more than one acre acquired land, at least one Single Storey Booth (big) of size 90.45 sq yards would be given for each acre of acquired land. If the acquired land was two acres, two such booth sites would be given and if the acquired land was five acres, five such booth sites would be given. For the remaining area of entitlement, the owner could seek monetary compensation if the remaining area was less than 27.12 sq yards or opt for small sized booths in case the remaining area was equal to or more than 27.12 sq yards plus monetary compensation as the case may be, he added.  
          He said that the option for Land Pooling Scheme would be exercised by the Landowner in writing in the Application Form. If the land being acquired was situated in an area for which the prescribed Floor Rate was Rs. 20 lakh per acre, the Landowner could opt for upfront payment of part amount up to Rs. 20 lakh per acre as an advance. This amount would carry a simple interest at a rate of nine per cent per annum from the date of payment till the date of final settlement. In case the land being acquired was one acre and the amount taken in advance was Rs. 20 lakh by the landowner, and plots of developed land were floated, say, after three years, the land owner could repay total amount of Rs 25. 40 lakh including Rs. 20 lakh and Rs. 5.40 lakh (interest) to HUDA and take developed land of 1000 sq. yards residential site and 100 sq. yards commercial site at the time of first floatation. In case the land being acquired was one acre and the amount taken in advance was Rs. 20 lakh by the landowner, and plots of developed land are floated, say, after three years, the updated amount along with interest at the prescribed rate would be Rs. 25.40 Lakh. In case the rate of first floatation of developed land was determined at a rate of Rs. 8000 per sq. mtr. (Or Rs. 6689/- per sq. yard) at the time of first floatation, the total cost of residential plots as per his entitlement would be Rs. 66, 89, 000. Therefore, after adjusting the updated amount of advance (Rs. 25.40 lakh), the entitlement for balance developed residential plot would be 620.27 sq yards. In this case, he could seek allotment of 100 sq yards commercial site and upto 620.27 sq yards residential land in the form of plots of nearest standard size available and receive payment for the balance land at the first floatation rate, he added.
          He said that in case the land being acquired was one acre and the amount taken in advance was Rs. 20 lakh by the landowner, and plots of developed land were floated, say, after three years, the updated amount along with interest works out to Rs. 25.40 Lakh. In case the rate of developed land was determined at a rate of Rs. 8000 per sq. mtr. (or Rs. 6689/- per sq. yard) at the time of first floatation, the equivalent developed residential land for this amount of Rs. 25.40 Lakh works out to 379.73 sq. yards (317.52 sq mtrs). Thus his entitlement for the balance developed residential land would be equal to 620.27 sq. yards (518.66 sq. mtrs.) of which the equivalent amount works out to Rs. 41, 49, 000 (620.27 x 6689). Value of his entitled Commercial site would be Rs. 20, 67, 000. Thus, the total balance value would be Rs. 62, 16, 000. The landowner could ask for payment of this balance amount at the time of first floatation of plots, he added. 
          He said that separate draw for residential and commercial plots would be held. In the first phase draw for residential plots would be held followed by draw for commercial plots, preferably within four months of the draw for residential plots. If the land being acquired of a landowner was one acre, and he wants to exercise his option under this provision, he could opt for the ‘Land Pooling Scheme’ in respect of 0.5 acres of land and the ‘Compensation package amount along with R and R Benefits’ in respect of the balance 50 per cent of his land being acquired. This ratio cannot be changed. He said that the value addition on account of GP, P and SP status of plots would be adjusted against the monetary benefit of residential or commercial plots to be allotted. In case the plot area was found to increase vis-à-vis standard size at the time of demarcation, the extra amount due would be adjusted against monetary benefit of residential or commercial plots. If in case the area of residential plots was found to decrease in the demarcation, monetary compensation at the first floatation rate would be given for the deficit area, he added.  
          He said that for ease of calculations, the decimal points up to 0.49 would be rounded to the lower full number, the decimal point of 0.50 would be taken as it is and decimal points above 0.50 would be rounded to the next whole number, in cases of land measurement or conversion and the amount. It would be the responsibility of the Seller to inform HUDA about the sale of plot before entering into sale agreement and incumbent upon the purchaser to get his or her name entered in the HUDA record by presenting a certified copy of registered sale deed to the concerned Estate Officer of HUDA within 90 days of registration. The purchaser of land would be bound by the conditions of allotment letter that would be issued by HUDA and would be governed by the HUDA policies as applicable from time to time. Time limit for construction would also be applicable for the purchaser as per HUDA policy. The land owner would get the conditions regarding presenting of sale deed to the Estate Officer by the transferee and applicability  of HUDA rules, regulations and policies on the transferee incorporated in the sale agreement, he added.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Dr K. S. Khokhar to inaugurate Dhan Mela at Kaul on Sept 28

by Haryananewswire (Balbir)
Chandigarh, Sept 25
A State level Dhan Mela would be organized in the premises of Rice Research Station, Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University (CCS HAU), Kaul in district Kaithal on September 28.
          While stating this today, Dr V. S. Pahil, Senior Coordinator, Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Kaul said that thousands of farmers from Haryana and adjacent states would participate in this Dhan Mela which would be organized by KVK, Kaul and Kaithal. He said that proper guidance and advisory services would also be provided to all the participating farmers especially related to prevention of diseases in the crops. The Agricultural Scientists would also deliver lectures on the improved and latest technologies about Rabi Crops covering hybrid of vegetables, harvesting and latest varieties of seeds. During the Mela, an exhibition and sale of seeds of crops, fruits and vegetables would also be organised. On this occasion, a Farm Darshan would also be organized to demonstrate the latest techniques for taking higher yields from Paddy growing, he added.
          Dr Pahil said that during the Mela a “Kisan Gosthi” and “Quiz competition” would also be organized in which Scientists would answer all the questions of the farmers and spot solution would be provided to all the problems relating to Agriculture, Horticulture, Agro-forestry, Animal husbandry and fisheries. On this eve, a cultural programme would also be organized. In this fair, a large number of Agricultural Experts from different Krishi Vigyan Kendras of CCS HAU would also reach for sharing knowledge with farmers about prevention of crop diseases and to provide latest information about different kinds of crops for the benefit of farmers of the State.
          He said that this “Dhan Mela” would be inaugurated by Dr K. S. Khokhar, Vice Chancellor, CCS HAU, Hisar as chief guest. He said that all the KVKs in the state would be involved to ensure maximum participation of the farmers to make it grand success.

Employees asked to register themselves with e-salary site

by Haryananewswire (Balbir)
The Haryana Finance Department has asked all the employees of the State Government to get themselves registered with the e-salary site immediately as the e-salary facilities has already been made functional in the State.
          While giving this information here today, a spokesman of the Finance Department said that this system allows the employees to view details including salary pay slip for  any month, annual salary statement for any year, locking and unlocking the details in their unique code for payee (UCP) and view their GPF details or NPS contribution details.
          He said that to avail all these e-facilities, the employees need to get themselves registered in the e-salary website of the treasury department or by entering their UCP as user name. Other details were available on the e-salary website in “Employee Login Manual”, he added.
          The spokesman said that this facility was proposed to be extended for many other purposes including informing Drawing and Disbursing Officer (DDO) about the details of various income tax deductions for purposes of calculating TDS, change in GPF contribution, submission of pension papers, accepting requests for transfers, conveying transfer orders, change of bank details, if required, for credit of salary in case of transfer or otherwise if desired by the employees.
          It may be recalled that E-salary facilities had been functional in the State since April 1, 2012  and it is compulsory for all DDOs to sub submit their salary bills including DA arrear bills to treasury through this system only.

MoU signed for construction of Kalpana Medical College

by Haryananewswire (Balbir)
The Haryana Government today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Hospital Services Consultancy Corporation (India) Limited (HSCC), a venture of Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare for construction  of Kalpana Chawla Medical College at Karnal.
          On behalf of Haryana Government, Director General (Medical Education) Mr. Mahender Kumar signed the MoU and on behalf of Hospital Services Consultancy Corporation (India) Limited (HSCC), Senior Manager (BD and ST), HSCC Mr. Narender Kumar signed the MoU in presence of Principal Secretary Health, Mrs. Navraj Sandhu.
          While giving information, Mrs. Sandhu said that this turnkey project would be completed in 25 months  at a cost of about Rs 400 crore. She said that this work had been assigned to company on turnkey basis which included construction of building, furniture and equipments.
          She said that foundation stone of this project would be laid by Haryana Chief Minister, Mr. Bhupinder Singh Hooda on November 19, 2012. It is a memorable day as it was the same date on which Kalpana Chawla left for her first space mission. She said that this college would have 100 MBBS seats. The medical College once completed would have 500 bedded hospital with state of the art facilities for teaching, training and patient care.

Renewal of registration of Ayurvedic and Unani doctors

by Haryananewswire (Balbir)
 Haryana Ayurvedic and Unani Medical System Board has issued guidelines to registered doctors for renewal of their registration by October 15, 2012.
          While stating this here today, Registrar of Board, Dr. Bimla Choudhry said that renewal of registration has become mandatory as Board has required completing the election process very soon to elect its seven members. Board has to prepare electorate list and doctors having renewed registration would be eligible to cast their vote in board election.
          Dr. Bimala said that the doctors registered under part-1 would have to pay the prescribed fee for registration whereas no fee would be charged from those who were registered under part-2. She urged the registered doctors to inform about the board about any change in their correspondence address.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Work on Hanshi-Rohtak rail line to begin soon: Deepender

by Haryananewswire (Balbir)
 Member of Parliament from Rohtak, Mr.Deepender Singh Hooda, today said that the work on Hansi-Rohtak rail line would begin soon after the laying of its foundation stone of the project within next two months of time. He said that the project would open vistas of fast paced progress in the whole area as the Electric Multiple Units (EMU) trains running on that track would reduce the travelling time between Hansi-Delhi to one to one and half hours only.
                Mr Hooda was addressing a well attended public meeting at village Dhana Kalan near Hansi on Monday. The function was organized by Shahid Samiti, Dhana Kalan to commemorate the Martyr Rao Tula Ram. Apart from Haryana Health Minister Rao Narender Singh, Chief Parliamentary Secretary Mr Vinod Bhayana and thousands of people also participated in the function to pay their tributes to Rao Tula Ram. Later Mr Hooda also addressed number of village level meetings at Sultanpur, Ghirai, Gangan Kheri, Kumbha and Thurana, which were attended by thousands of local people.
                 While paying rich tributes to Rao Tula Ram, Mr Hooda recalled his contribution. He said that the people should learn from the sacrifices of the martyrs and freedom fighters and collectively work together to realize their dreams. He said that we should not ask what the country is doing for us, rather we should think, what we could do for the country. 
                Mr Hooda said that during the last seven years the present Government has made sincere efforts to take the state of Haryana ahead on the path of progress. He said that many Chief Ministers served the state but not a single kilometer of new rail track was set up in the state during the period of 1966 to 2005, whereas the work on Rewari-Jhajjhar and Jind-Sonipat had not only be started but was on going on fast pace since 2005. 
          Mr. Hooda said that today is the era of awareness and the people were quite aware of everything. He said that prior to 2005 in the State, there was only one power plant in Panipat but during the last seven years, power plants have been set up in Jhajjar, Khedar in Hisar and Yamununagar. Apart from this, a huge power plant was being set up in village Gorakhpur in district Fatehabad. He said that the problem of electricity could be resolved only by setting up new power plants. In a direct question to the people, he asked why the opposition leaders opposed the power plant being set up in Fatehabad, why they did not think about the future generations ? While thanking the farmers of Gorakhpur, Mr. Hooda said that the people did not listen to the opposition and all farmers have received the due compensation for their land.
          Mr. Hooda said that opposition parties have no concern for the people of the State. He said that the opposition should not hamper the development taking place in the State rather they should demand more development projects.
           He said that everyone was aware that Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) would benefit both the consumers and farmers and the traders also would not face any loss. He said that the opposition should also think positively for the nation. 
                  Haryana Health Minister Rao Narender Singh, Chief Parliamentary Secretary Mr Vinod Bhayana, former minister Mr Attar Singh Saini, former MLA Prof Ram Bhagat Sharma, Hisar Zila Parishad President Rajinder Sura were also present in the meetings.

Haryana signs MoU with Independent power producers

 by Haryananewswire (Balbir)
The Haryana Government has signed Memorandum of Understating with four independent power producers for setting up of five biomass power projects of 51 MW capacities with an investment of Rs. 230 crore. Out of these, two projects are likely to be commissioned soon.
          While stating his here today, a spokesman of Renewable Energy Department said that Haryana was one of the leading State in implementing energy conservation programmes. Energy Conservation Fund had been created for execution of energy conservation programmes in the state. He said that a 6 MW small hydro project with an investment of Rs. 58 crore at Dadupur, Yamuna Nagar, 2 MW project with an investment of Rs. 22 crore at Gogripur, Karnal, 1.4 MW small hydro project with an investment of Rs. 16 crore at Musapur, district Karnal and 1.4 MW small hydro project with an investment of Rs. 16 crore at Khukni, district Karnal had started power generation. 
He said that apart from this, a 1.8 MW project at Meham Cooperative Sugar Mill, 24 MW project at Shahbad Cooperative Sugar Mill, 16 MW project at Rohtak Cooperative Sugar Mill and 2 MW project at Hafed Cooperative Sugar Mill, Asandh had been set up to produce power from the bagasse in Sugar Mills through cogeneration route. Haryana had been awarded first prize for best performance in installation of solar water heating system in North Region for the year 2011-2012, he added.
As many as 21 District Level Energy Parks had been setup in the State with an investment of Rs.1.8 crore to create awareness among the students and masses about renewable energy and energy conservation technologies. In addition, a project to install 5552 SPV Street Lighting Systems with an investment of Rs. 12.11 crores in 369 villages of district Yamuna Nagar, Ambala, Jhajjar, Rohtak, Kurukshetra, Kaithal, Panipat, Sonipat, Jind, Faridabad, Bhiwani, Gurgaon and Panchkula having 50 per cent or more Scheduled Castes population had also been completed.  
The spokesman said that an innovative scheme to reward the Panchayats which have done excellent work for the promotion of renewable energy had been initiated. Under this scheme, State level first, second and third prizes of Rs. five lakh, Rs. four lakh and Rs.three lakh respectively and District level first and second prizes of Rs. 50,000 and Rs. 25,000 were given. As many as 188 Panchayats had been given awards of Rs. 108.26 lakh during last seven years. Besides, Energy Clubs had been setup in 14 Engineering Colleges of the State with an investment of Rs. 3.5 lakh to promote Renewable Energy.
Under Jawahar Lal Nehru National Solar Mission, he said that eight projects of 7.8 MW capacity had been commissioned in the State which includes seven projects of one MW each at village Nandha, district Bhiwani, village Badhour district Panchkula, village Balsamand, district Hisar, village Panchaota district Mahendergarh, village Sarakpur district Panchkula, village Kumthala district Sirsa, village Nigana district Rohtak and 0.8 MW project in village Silarpurmehta district Mahendergarh.