Monday, September 30, 2013

National Lok Adalat in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh on Nov 23

By Haryananewswire
 Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court Mr. Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul said that on November 23, 2013, National Lok Adalat would be organized in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh.
            He said this while presiding over a meeting with the Senior Officers Punjab, Haryana and Union Territory, Chandigarh here today. He directed them to issue instructions to all the officers in the field to identify maximum number of cases for disposal by way of settlement in the National Lok Adalat. It would enable the people to get rid of their disputes and prepare a state policy for the settlement of maximum number of state cases pending in the various courts of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh, he added.
            He said that the National Lok Adalat would be organized by State Legal Services Authorities of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh and Punjab and Haryana High Court Legal Services Committee.
            Speaking in the meeting Haryana Chief Secretary Mr. P. K. Choudhary said that Deputy Commissioners and Heads of Departments have been directed to nominate Nodal Officers for identification of maximum number of cases to be disposed in the National Lok Adalat. He said that the process of disposal of cases would be started in Haryana on October 2 on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti. 
            The meeting was co-chaired by Mr. Justice Jasbir Singh, Judge, Punjab and Haryana High Court and Executive Chairman, Punjab Legal Services Authority, Mr. Justice Satish Kumar Mittal, Judge, Punjab and Haryana High Court and Executive Chairman, Haryana State Legal Services Authority, Mr. Justice Hemant Gupta, Judge, Punjab and Haryana High Court-cum-Chairman, U.T. legal Services Authority and Mr. Justice S.S.Saron, Judge, Punjab and Haryana High Court and Chairman of High Court Legal Services Committee.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

HAU signs Mou with 38 private seed companies

By Haryananewswire
 Moving forward in its public-private  partnership programme initiated for commercialization of technologies, Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University (CCSHAU) signed memorandum of understanding (MoU) with 38  private seed companies today.
             Under the MoUs, non-exclusive licenses have been granted to these companies by the university for the production and marketing of seed of a recently developed yellow disease resistant wheat variety, WH-1105.
             This wheat variety is suitable for cultivation under irrigated and timely sown conditions in north west plain zone of the country. Apart from yellow rust,  the variety is also resistant against several other diseases. It gives average yield of 52.5 q/ha in 144 days.  Besides, it has protein content as high as 12.5 per cent.
             At a programme chaired by the Vice-Chancellor,  Dr. K. S. Khokhar, MoUs were signed between the representatives of seed companies from Andhra Pradesh, J&K, Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan and the Director of Research of the university,  Dr. S. S. Siwach.
             Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Khokhar said that benefit of university technologies should reach to maximum number of farmers and the agreements today signed with private seed companies would go a long way in achieving this objective.
             Regarding wheat variety,  WH-1105, he said that besides its resistance against yellow rust disease,  it also out yielded the popular wheat varieties in the National trials. Because of these qualities, several other seed companies had also approached the university to get its seed material.
             He complemented the team of varsity scientists that had developed this variety and also urged the representatives of the seed companies to maintain quality of seed of this variety.
             Dr. Ram  Singh, Director of Human Resource Management of the university said that the Business Planning and Development Unit set up in the university particularly to commercialize varsity technologies and entrepreneurship  development, had so far commercialized 48 research technologies including maize, pearl millet and rice hybrids, wheat and dhaincha varieties, liquid biofertilizers, food products technologies, biodegradable plastic and milk urea detection  kit developed by the varsity scientists.      
            An exhibition of technologies identified for commercialization was also put up on the occasion.

Bhupinder Hooda advocates the cause of farmers

By Haryananewswire
Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda today strongly advocated the cause of farmers saying that they should be given 50 per cent profit over and above the cost of production and in case this suggestion is accepted, there would be no need for seeking bonus every year.
    Mr. Hooda was addressing a large number of farmers at his residence, here today, as they had come from all over the State   to thank him for announcing the county’s highest ever sugarcane prices. The number of farmers was so large that the felicitation function turned into a massive rally.
Mr. Hooda said that the Working Group Constituted by Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, under his Chairmanship, had submitted his recommendations to the Central Government. The Working Group had suggested that to ensure sustainable income to the farmers, they should be given 50 per cent profit over and above the cost of Production. Mr. Hooda urged the farmers to give strength to him so that he could be able to further strengthen the farming community.
          Mr Hooda announced that a massive rally to be attended by about 20 lakh people would be held in November and from there he would raise his voice to support those farmers of Haryana and Punjab who are being uprooted from Gujarat. This massive rally reflecting unity of the country and its strength will  raise a voice that we would not let these farmers adversely affected.
The Chief Minister also lambasted the opposition parties in the State for always neglecting the interest of the farmers and misleading them to fulfill their vested political interests.
         Mr. Hooda said that  the State Government has decided to give highest ever sugarcane prices to the farmers which is  Rs 301 per quintal for the early variety of sugarcane, Rs 295 per quintal for mid variety and Rs 290 per quintal for late variety.
Mr. Hooda said that the previous INLD-BJP Government did not take any decision in the interest of the farming community whereas the present Congress Government took a number of decisions to safeguard the interests of the farmers and also implemented these decisions. He said that during the years 1999-2004, the rate of sugarcane was Rs. 110 per quintal but when the elections drew near in 2004, the then government increased the rate of surgarcane by only Rs. 7 per quintal,thus raising it to Rs. 117 per quintal from Rs. 110. Also, even some of the farmers did not get it. As compared to it, he said, the present State Government has so far increased the sugarcane price by Rs. 184 per quintal.
         Mr. Hooda asked the audience in any of them  could tell him any single decision which the previous INLD-BJP Government had taken in their interest. Mr. Hooda said that he himself being  son of a farmer, he very well understands the problems of farming community. He said that the Sugarcane Control  Board had recommended rate of  Rs. 291 per quintal for mid  variety and Rs. 286 per quintal for late variety. But keeping in view the larger interest of farming community he decided to give Rs. 295 per quintal for mid variety and Rs. 290 per quintal for late variety of sugarcane to the farmers, said Mr. Hooda. 
          While taking a dig at Gujarat Chief Minister, without naming him, Mr. Hooda said that he was not in a habit of comparing States in terms of development as he feels happy when any  State makes progress, the statistics of development speak for themselves. He said that price of diesel in Haryana is Rs. 50.43 per liter whereas it is Rs. 55.52 in Uttarakhand,  Rs. 56.43 in Uttar Pradesh and Rs. 57.83 in Gujarat. Similarly, Petrol in Punjab is costlier than Haryana by Rs. 6 per liter. Mr. Hooda said that in Haryana highest wages of Rs. 214 are being paid to the labourers under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) whereas these are Rs. 184 in Punjab and Rs. 147 in Gujarat.
          The Chief Minister said that his government has taken various welfare decision for all sections of the society be it farmers, traders, employees, small shopkeepers. Some of these initiatives included reduction of rate of interest on Cooperative Bank loans from 11 per cent to four per cent, waiving of stamp duty on agriculture loans, abolishing black law of arresting the farmers for non-payment of Cooperative Bank Loans and  increase in the subsidy on agriculture implements.
          Mr. Hooda said that the farmers of Haryana were well known in the country for their hard work. Because of their hard work, today Haryana has become self reliant in many spheres. He said that when he held the reigns of administration in the  State, the power generation capacity of the State was 1587 MW but today it has reached   5300 MW. In the days to come, thelife of the people would be more comfortable, said Mr. Hooda.
Speaking on the occasion President, Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee Mr. Phool Chand Mullana said that the previous government had always made hollow promises   but Chief Minister Mr. Bhupinder Singh Hooda had not only fulfilled his promises made to the people but also gave  to them so much without their asking.
Member of Parliament Mr. Deepender Hooda said that the ideology of the Congress Party was to give strength to the farmers and poor as they both   could further strengthen  the nation. Taking a dig at the opposition parties, Mr. Hooda said that he give open challenge to all States in terms of sugarcane price and other farmer friendly welfare measures. He said that Gujarat is giving Rs. 250 as Old Age Allowance whereas it is Rs150 in Uttar Pradesh. Contrary to this Haryana is paying Old Age Allowance of Rs. 500 and Rs 750 per month.  This allowance could further be raised, hinted Mr. Deepender.
Finance Minister Mr. Harmohinder Singh Chatha said that Chief Minister Mr. Bhupinder Singh Hooda is the real well wisher of the farmers and the poor.
Public Works (Building and Roads) Minister Mr. Randeep Singh Surjewala said that Congress Government has increased the Minimum Support Price of wheat from Rs. 640 to Rs. 1350 per quintal thus giving hike of Rs. 710. Similarly, the Chief Minister has increased the rate of paddy from Rs. 580 per quintal to Rs. 1345 per quintal thus giving an increase of Rs. 765.
Chief Parliamentary Secretary Mr. Ram Kishan Gujjar, Chairman, Haryana Bureau of Public Enterprises Mr. Anil Dhantodi and MLA Dr. Raghubir Singh Kadian also spoke on the occasion.
Others present on the occasion included  Chief Parliamentary Secretary Mr. Sultan Singh Jadaula, Political Advisor to Chief Minister Prof. Virender Singh, former Minister Mrs. Kailasho Saini, Congress leader Mr. Mandeep Chatha, IG Sher Singh, Surinder Narwal and large number of farmers.

Laying emphasis on skill development of Haryana youth

By Haryananewswire
Haryana Education Minister Geeta Bhukkal said that with a view to make the youth self-reliant, the state government is laying emphasis on their skill development and introduction of  vocational courses in the educational institutions in the state.
          While stating this today at Jhajjar, Mrs. Bhukkal said that emphasis on development of skill of the youth,in their chosen courses, is being laid in the Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs). She said that from the beginning of the academic session, the students are provided with toolkits. Prominent companies like TATA, Hero, Jindal and Maruti Suzuki Limited have been linked with the ITIs to provide them with employment opportunities. She said that the reputed industrial houses have tied-up with the ITIs and are providing training to the students. The placement cells in the ITIs are working efficiently towards placing the students in the reputed industries, she added.
          She said that ITIs have been opened in the state to make the youth technically sound and the education department has drafted outline of a new   plan to provide them training in a better way. She said that there is a scheme to get the old furniture of the government schools repaired by the ITI trained students which would provide a better training opportunity to them. She said that Nodal Officers would also be appointed to keep a check on the working of ITIs at district level.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Applications invited for State Export Awards

By Haryananewswire
The Industries and Commerce Department, Haryana has invited applications from the outstanding manufacturer exporters of Haryana for State Export Awards for the year 2012-13.
          While stating this here today, a spokesman of the Department said that Large and Medium, Small Scale and Micro units exporting their products directly are eligible for the award.
He said that under the revised Export Award Scheme, there would be total 18 outstanding exporter awards of Rs. one lakh each in nine different industrial groups. Apart from this one outstanding women entrepreneur exporter award of rupees one lakh and 19 consolidation prizes for Micro and Small Scale and Large and Medium industries would also be given under the scheme.
 The spokesman said that the 18 outstanding exporter awards which would be given in the category  of  Large and Medium Industries and Micro and Small Scale Industries across  nine different industrial groups included one each in engineering auto and auto components, one each in agro based food and horticulture, one each in glass, rubber and ceramics, one each in  scientific instruments and home appliances, one each in textile, hosiery, readymade garments, leather and footwear, one each in  handloom and handicrafts, one each in electronics, IT and ITES, one each in pharmaceutical, drugs, bio-tech and one award in miscellaneous. Apart from this, one award in the category of outstanding women exporter entrepreneur would also be given.
          The spokesman said that the eligible manufacturer exporters could submit the resume of their attainments in the office of Joint Director, District Industries Centre of their concerned districts on the prescribed form by October 21, 2013. Further details of the scheme alongwith the prescribed form could be obtained from the website, he added.
          While detailing the eligibility criteria under the scheme, he said that the exporting manufacturing units situated in Haryana would be eligible for the export awards provided their export turnover is counted towards exports from Haryana by office of Director General Foreign Trade. Similarly, application under the ‘Women Export Award’ would be considered only if the exporting units is owned and managed by a women entrepreneur or proprietor with 51 per cent or higher share holding in the partnership or private limited company. A proprietorship exporting unit would be given preference, he further added.