Sunday, January 31, 2016

NCC an elective subjct in Haryana colleges and schools

Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal  has approved the proposal to introduce National Cadet Corps (NCC) as an elective subject in colleges and schools in the state.
          While stating this here today, an official spokesman said that Director General, School Education and Secretary, Haryana Board of School Education, Bhiwani have been directed to introduce NCC as an elective subject in the curriculum of classes VIII, IX and X.
          He said that the University Grants Commission has been urged to select atleast one state University from Haryana where NCC may be introduced as an elective subject at under graduate level in the colleges.
          The spokesman said that the Director General, Health Services, has been directed to provide free medical assistance to the NCC Cadets, if needed, during the camps. Government hospitals are already providing vaccination for Chicken Pox to the NCC Cadets, he added.
PM PRAISES HARYANA: Haryana has again got a pat on the back from the Prime Minister, Mr Narendra Modi. He has lauded the Haryana Government, led by Mr Manohar Lal, for the tenacity of purpose and earnestness shown in implementation of the Beti Padhao-Beti Bachao programme which has resulted in record increase in the sex ratio in most districts as well as in the entire state.
Speaking in his “Mann ki Baat” programme today, the Prime Minister also appreciated the out-of-the-box thinking of the Haryana Government in promoting the cause of the girl child by giving the honour of hoisting the National Flag in the rural areas on Republic Day to the most educated girl of the village.
It may be recalled that the Prime Minister had earlier expressed his appreciation for Haryana’s ‘Selfie with Daughter’ campaign during his visits to Faridabad in September, 2015, and in Wembley Stadium in the UK on November 13, 2015. He had stated at a public function that Haryana, which was earlier known for killing daughters, is now being recognised for its efforts to saving daughters. For the first time in ten years the sex ratio in Haryana clocked an upward trend, topping 900-mark with 903 girls for every 1,000 boy in December, 2015.
The Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal, has credited this success to the state’s multi-pronged strategy adopted for implementation of the ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ campaign. While 12 districts recorded sex ratio above 900 in December, 2015, Sirsa topped the list with sex ratio of 999 girls per 1,000 boys. In Sirsa, the sex ratio at birth increased from 948 in October, 2015, to 978 in November, and to 999 in December. Panchkula has registered sex ratio of 961, Karnal 959, Fatehabad 952, Gurgaon 946, Sonepat 942, Jind 940, Rewari 931, Mewat 923, Bhiwani and Mahendragarh 912 and Hisar of 906. Inspired by this, the Chief Minister has set the target of achieving the sex ratio of above 950 in the next six months for the entire state.
“It is my vision that all states should follow the Haryana model for
 improving the sex ratio at national level in order to fulfill the vision of Prime Minister, Mr Narendra Modi, who had launched the ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ programme from Panipat on January 22, 2015,” he added.
RATION MONEY INCREASED The Haryana Government has decided to increase the monthly ration money being provided to Leprosy Cured Persons in the State from Rs 600 to Rs 1,100.
        While stating this here today, Haryana Social Justice and Empowerment Minister, Mrs. Kavita Jain, said that 734 leprosy patients would get ration money directly in their bank accounts through the Direct Benefits Transfer scheme. She said that this initiative has been taken to enable them to live with dignity and get the money directly without any middlemen.
The Minister said that most Leprosy Cured Persons are being provided either disability pension or diet allowance. She appealed to them to refrain from begging and do constructive work to support themselves.
        The Minister said that special mobile phones and 431 ADL kits have been distributed among Leprosy Cured Persons to help them perform their Activities of Daily Living safely. These included 128 persons in district Ambala, 98 in Yamunanagar, 28 in Kurukshetra, 44 in Karnal, 15 in Panipat, 28 in Sonepat, 24 in Jhajjar, 51 in Sirsa, 10 in Gurgaon and five in Hisar, she added.


Saturday, January 30, 2016

Haryana receives proposals for investment of Rs 5000 crore

Haryana has received proposals for investment of Rs 5000 crore from the potential investors of Kolkata in the field of food processing, manufacturing, infrastructure, power, solar energy, hospitality, IT, e-governance and education. Also, Haryana’s new Solar Policy will soon be released to give boost to projects based on solar energy.
                This was disclosed by Haryana Chief Minister Mr Manohar Lal while addressing a press conference after having a one-to-one meeting with investors in Kolkata today.
                Mr Manohar Lal said that Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) and Directors of 14 leading companies met him and offered to expand their base by setting up their units in Haryana. Apart from this, many entrepreneurs who are in touch with him have expressed their keen desire in making investment in Haryana.
          The Chief Minister said that the State would come up with the new Solar Policy under which many incentives would be offered on setting up of solar power plants in the State. This would not only encourage the use of solar power, but would also boost the solar power industry in a big way, he added.
                In reply to a question, he said that the State Government has simplified the process of Change of Land Use (CLU). Now, for the projects of upto Rs 10 crore and one acre area, all the required clearances would be given under one roof by the Committee headed by the Deputy Commissioner concerned whereas, for the projects of over Rs 10 crore and of more than one acre area, clearances would be given by the empowered committee constituted under the Chairmanship of Principal Secretary to Chief Minister. He said that similarly, 31 Blocks have been identified in the State where there would be no need of NOC whereas in other blocks, on-line process has been set up for giving time bound clearances.
                 On being asked about the availability of land in Haryana for the big industries, the Chief Minister said that we have 31 Industrial Estates developed and managed by Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (HSIIDC) where 2000 Plots of different sizes are available. Multiple options are available for private developers who want to develop industrial units in Haryana.
           In reply to a question, the Chief Minister said that the aim of inviting the industrialists of Kolkata was to give them the opportunity to expand their base in Haryana. He said that there were many industrialists of Haryana who have also set up the units in West Bengal, Assam and other parts of the country.
                 The Chief Minister said that our aim is to attract maximum investment in Haryana from across the country and abroad so as to ensure industrial development and provide maximum employment opportunities to the youth. “In the same series, we have decided to organize Happening Haryana Global Investors Summit-2016 at Gurgaon”, he said, He said that he has also invited the entrepreneurs of Kolkata to this summit.
          Mr Manohar Lal said that the first Road Show was organized in Delhi and three more such roadshows would be held at Chennai, Mumbai and Bengaluru.
                He said that Haryana has become a favorite destination for the industries of national and international level units due to its locational advantage and skilled manpower. He said that Haryana surrounds Delhi from three sides and has good rail, road infrastructure and air connectivity. He said that the State Government has also requested the Government of India for developing an international airport at Hisar.
                Haryana Industries and Commerce Minister Capt. Abhimanyu said that Haryana is a progressive State which contributes in national GDP three times of its size. He said that Haryana has peaceful law and order situation and has industrial friendly climate. The political and administrative system is supportive. He said that the focus of new Enterprises Promotion Policy -2015 is to provide ease of doing business, ensuring balanced regional development of entire State and single window clearances.
                Haryana Chief Secretary Mr D.S Dhesi, Principal Secretary Industries and Commerce Mr Devender Singh and other senior officers of Haryana Government were also present on this occasion.

CM asks Haryanavis to adop villages for developement

Haryana Chief Minister  Manohar Lal has exhorted the people belonging to Haryanavi community to come forward and adopt villages in Haryana so as to ensure development of villages.
        The Chief Minister was addressing a felicitation function organized by Haryana Nagrik Sangh, Kolkata in Kolkata today. He was in Kolkata to attend the second investors’ roadshow in the run up to Happening Haryana Global Investors Summit-2016 to be organized at Gurgaon on March 7 and 8, 2016 in which Confederation of Indian Industry is the national partner.
        While responding to the request made by President Haryana Nagrik Sangh, Kolkata Mr Babulal Dhanania for setting up an information centre at Kolkata, the Chief Minister asked the Sangh to nominate its one representative so that every important information about Haryana could be shared with the people residing in Kolkata. He said that this information would be provided by the Department of Information, Public Relations and Cultural Affairs, Haryana.
        Mr Manohar Lal said that State Government is committed to ensure the development of both urban and rural areas in the state. He said that while Central government has implemented an ambitious smart city scheme for the inclusive development of urban areas, new schemes are being prepared for the development of villages. He said that on the lines of Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojna, we have implemented Vidhayak Adarsh Gram Yojna under which all the MLAs have been asked to adopted atleast one village of their choice for development. We have also launched Sweh-prerit Adarsh Gram Yojna. Under this, entrepreneurs, big institutions and NGOs have been asked to adopt villages and contribute in the development process of the state.
        While describing corruption as cancer, the Chief Minister said that there was rampant corruption during the previous rules in Haryana but the present BJP government had been successful in keeping a tap on corruption by ensuring good governance. He said that e-services had been started in the state so as to ensure transparency and hassle-free delivery of various people centric services. However, he said that more needs to be done in this direction.
        He said that the state government is making concerted efforts to boost industrialization in the state to ensure industrial development and provide ample employment opportunities to the youth. He said that today he met CEOs and Directors of 14 leading companies who have expressed keen interest in making investment of Rs 5000 crore in Haryana. Apart from this, the Wanda Group of China is going to invest 10 billion USD (Rs 60000 crore) in Haryana. He also invited the people to come and expand their base in Haryana as well and attend the Happening Haryana Global Investors Summit-2016 and Haryana Pravasi Diwas to be organized at Gurgaon.
        Speaking on this occasion, Haryana Industries and Commerce Minister Capt. Abhimanyu lauded the role of Haryanavis in promotion of industry in all parts of the country and abroad. Indeed, Haryanavis have emerged as a pivot of business in the country. He said that now time has come to expand their base in their native place as the state offers a very conducive environment for the industry to grow.
        Minister of State for Excise and Taxation Mr. Ghanshayam Sarraf, President, Haryana Nagrik Sangh Mr. Babulal Dhanania and a representative Mr. Shayam Sunder Aggarwal also spoke on this occasion. Mr Ram Niwas, Additional Chief Secretary, Irrigation also spoke on the occasion.
          Chief Secretary, Mr D. S. Dhesi and Principal Secretary, Industries, Mr Devender Singh were also present on the occasion.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Haryana to set up desk in Japan

The Haryana Government would set up a desk in Japan to promote trade and industry. A Japanese-speaking officer would also be appointed to interact with the Japanese investors in their own language. 
          This was stated by the Chief Minister during a meeting with the Ambassador of Japan to India, Mr. Kenji Hiramatsu, who had called on him at Haryana Bhawan in New Delhi today.
          The Chief Minister said that in order to facilitate Japanese entrepreneurs by bridging the language barrier, a call centre providing services in their language has been established in Haryana. They could now get their queries resolved in their own language through this call centre, he added.
        The Ambassador of Japan to India, Mr. Kenji Hiramatsu, said that entrepreneurs in Japan were keen to invest in Haryana. He assured the Chief Minister that his country would consider becoming a partner country for the upcoming ‘Happening Haryana Global Investors’ Summit-2016’ to be held in Gurgaon on March 8 and 9, 2016.
          Haryana Industries Minister, Capt. Abhimanyu, Managing Director, Haryana State Industries and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited, Mr. Sudhir Rajpal, Principal Resident Commissioner, Mr. Anand Mohan Sharan, Mr. Mayur Bansal from Japan, OSD to Chief Minister, Mr. Jawahar Yadav, and OSD (Media), Mr. Raj Kumar Bhardwaj, were also present in the meeting.

Haryana Cabinet meeting on Feb 2

The meeting of the Haryana Cabinet, which was scheduled to be held under the chairmanship of the Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal, on February 2, 2016, would now be held on February 3 at 11 a.m. at Committee Room, fourth floor, Haryana Civil Secretariat, Chandigarh.

Haryana CM to hold road show in Kolkata

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal, who will hold a road show in Kolkata tomorrow, would also have a special interactive session with industrialists of Haryana origin based at Kolkata the same day and invite them to invest in their native state. 
          While stating this in Kolkata  today, a spokesman of Haryana Industries Department said that Haryana Industries and Commerce Minister Capt. Abhimanyu  and President Haryana Nagrik Sangh Mr. Babulal Dhanania will also address the session.
          He said that while Haryana Additional Chief Secretary Mr Ram Niwas will deliver introductory remarks of Pravasi Haryana Divas, Principal Secretary Industries and Commerce Mr. Devender Singh would give a presentation on “Opportunities for investment in Haryana”. Senior functionaries of Haryana government will also be present on this occasion.
SPECIAL BUSES ON 44 ROUTES: Haryana Transport Department has introduced special buses on 44 routes in 12 districts of the State and Chandigarh  to facilitate the girls studying in colleges, technical and other educational institutes by providing them safe transport system. The remaining districts of the State would be covered during this year.
            While stating this here today, the Transport Minister, Mr Krishan Lal Panwar said that a female security guard is also being deputed in these buses for the safety of girls.
          He said that these buses are covering  12 routes in Kurukshtra, six routes each in Fatehabad and Gurgaon, five routes in Jhajjar, three routes each in Ambala and Chandigarh, two routes each in Faridabad and Rewari and one route each in Jind, Narnaul, Nuh, Palwal and Rohtak.
MODEL CODE OF CONDUCT: With the completion of counting of votes of the General Election of Panchayati Raj Institutions, the Model Code of Conduct in Haryana has been withdrawn with immediate effect.
          While stating this here today, a spokesman of State Election Commission said that however, officers or officials in-charge of preparation of results, finalization of accounts, completion of formalities and documentation would not be transferred for at least two weeks so that the whole process could be completed smoothly.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

316 awarded degrees and 21 gold medals at LUVAS convocation

As many as 316 students were awarded degrees and 21 gold medals were awarded at the first convocation of Lala Lajpat Rai University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (LUVAS), Hisar today, on the occasion of the 151st birth anniversary of freedom fighter, Lala Lajpat Rai.
       Delivering the convocation address, Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Mr. Radha Mohan Singh was all praise for the academic achievements and high standards of research at the University. He also appreciated its excellent services to the livestock owners of the State.
        Mr. Radha Mohan Singh exhorted the students to have a single goal in life, obtain knowledge regularly, work hard and be determined in the pursuit of their goals. Congratulating the students and their families, the Minister said that graduation holds an important place in every person’s life. He said that education at graduation level is such a milestone which opens the gateway to higher education and a brighter future.
He highlighted some of the major achievements of the University, including its research and contribution in development of a new breed of dairy cattle ‘Hardhenu’, which is a crossbreed of Holstein Friesian, Hariana and Sahiwal breeds. The University has signed eight MoUs with national and international public and private institutions and also established ‘Business Planning and Development Unit and IPR Cell’ for patenting and licensing of technologies, which would help not only the farmers of Haryana but also those of other states.
He said that the University has taken lead role in differentiating cow meat from buffalo meat, besides testing milk and milk products, which is in sync with the Haryana Gauvansh Sanrakshan and Gausamvardhan Act, 2015, passed recently by the Haryana Government. Under this Act, the Government would establish laboratories for differentiation of beef from the meat of other species of animals, testing and identification of various constituents of milk and milk products and testing and differentiation of A1 and A2 milk for providing incentives for wholesome production of milk and milk products.
He said that Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay’s vision of ‘Antodaya’ could not be accomplished without the empowerment of poor and marginal farmers. In the present Indian context, animal husbandry could fulfil his dream of social and economic inclusion of the last man, he added.
Speaking on the occasion, Haryana Governor and Chancellor of the University, Prof. Kaptan Singh Solanki, congratulated the students and their families and advised them to become better human beings. He said that they should remember five things starting with the letter ‘G’, including ‘Gaaye’, ‘Gita’, ‘Ganga’, ‘Gayatri Mantra’ and ‘Ganesha’. Laying stress on the need for veterinarians, Prof. Solanki said that animal husbandry was becoming increasingly important with the decrease in fertile land holdings.
Addressing the gathering, Haryana Agriculture Minister, Mr. Om Prakash Dhankar, said that Lala Lajpat Rai would always remain a source of inspiration for generations to come. He said that the new graduates would face a number of challenges, including making Haryana the leading producer of milk. Laying emphasis on the need for effectively dealing with the menace of stray cattle, he appealed to the students to work on improving the condition of cattle through increase in their number and productivity.
The Minister said that Haryana should be developed as an advanced organic farming state. He said that 2016 being the golden jubilee year for Haryana, efforts should be made to tackle some of the challenges related to animal health and production this year.
Speaking on the occasion, Haryana Chief Parliamentary Secretary, Dr. Kamal Gupta, said that global warming had become a major problem. Haryana could now contribute to solve this problem at the global level with the inauguration of the International Solar Alliance Interim Secretariat in Gurgaon on January 25, 2016.
Vice-Chancellor of the University, Maj. Gen. Shri Kant (Retd.), presented a report of the academic and research activities undertaken by the University over the last five years. Welcoming Prof. Kaptan Singh Solanki, the Vice-Chancellor lauded him for the special interest taken by him in agricultural and animal husbandry-related activities so as to uplift the farmers of the State.He said that in the field of research, the University developed several new breeds of cattle and poultry, besides developing different tests for various diseases, such as Foot-and-Mouth, Haemorrhagic Septicaemia and Surra.
Those awarded gold medals for excellence in academic and research activities during 2011-15 included Mr. Vikas Rana, Ms. Sunaina, Mr. Snehil Gupta, Mr. Jitender Kumar and Mr. Sumit Sardana, who were awarded the Dr. D.P. Bannerji Gold Medal. Ms. Anu Kumari, Mr. Sunil Kumar and Mr. Snehil Gupta were awarded the Dr. B.D. Gold Medal. Ms. Anu Kumari, Ms. Sunaina, Mr. Snehil Gupta, Ms. Komal and Mr. Sumit Sardana were awarded the Prof. P.K. Dwarkanath Gold Medal. Dr. Kaushlesh Ranjan, Dr. Jitender Yadav and Dr. Sushil Mukul Roy were awarded the Dr. RN Srivastava Gold Medal. Ms. Anu Kumari, Ms. Sunaina, Mr. Snehil Gupta, Ms. Komal and Mr. Vaibhav were awarded the University Gold Medal. In addition, Dr. Prem Singh, Director, Teaching Veterinary Clinical Services Complex, Dr. Sushila Mann and Dr. Rajender Singh were awarded gold medals for excellent work in the areas of teaching, research and extension education, respectively.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Large number of young Sarpanches elected

 Haryana will now have a large number of young Sarpanches as people have largely voted for young Sarpanches in the third phase of the elections to Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs). According to the e-dashboard of State Election Commission, the average age of those elected as Sarpanch is 34 years.
While stating this here today, an official spokesman said that in the third phase of elections to the PRIs, the average age of elected Sarpanches in districts of Mewat and Palwal is 33 year, which is the lowest. In district Rewari the  average age is 40 years, which is the highest. Apart from this, the average age of elected Sarpanches is 39 years in district Ambala, 38 years in Bhiwani, 36 years in Fatehabad, 37years in Hisar, 38 years in Jind, 35 years in Kaithal, 36 years in Karnal, 37 years in Kurukshetra, 34 years in Mahendergarh, 35 years  in Panipat, 39 years in Rohtak, 35 years in Sirsa, 38 years  in districts Sonipat and Yamunanagar.
In the third phase of the elections, 181 elected Sarpanches are either graduate  or have higher educational qualification. They included 11 from Ambala, 16 from Bhiwani, 10 from Fatehabad, nine from Hisar, eight from Jind, 11 from Kaithal, 22 from Karnal, 12 from Kurukshetra, five from Mahendergarh, 14 from Mewat, seven from Palwal, seven from Panipat, four from Rewari, four from Rohtak, 16 from Sirsa, 10 from Sonipat and 15 from Yamunanagar. He said that 205 elected Sarpanches were ten plus two pass whereas 981 and 277 Sarpanches were 10th and eighth pass respectively.
He said that 684 female Sarpanches were elected in the third phase of these elections. Out of them, 69 female Sarpanches were from district Ambala, 58 from district Bhiwani, 37 from district Fatehabad, 26 from district Hisar, 32 from district Jind, 31 from district Kaithal, 68 from district Karnal, 46 from district Kurukshetra, 32 from district Mahendergarh, 53 from district Mewat, 19 from district Palwal, 18 from district Panipat, 25 from district Rewari, nine from district Rohtak, 44 from district Sirsa, 52 from district Sonipat and 65 from district Yamunanagar.
He said that 959 male Sarpanches were elected in the third phase of these elections. They included 85 from distreict Ambala, 96 from Bhiwani, 51 from Fatehabad, 42 from Hisar, 54 from Jind, 44 from Kaithal, 71 from Karnal, 62 from Kurukshetra, 40 from Mahendergarh, 82 from Mewat, 30 from Palwal, 26 from Panipat, 40 from Rewari, 15 from Rohtak, 65 from Sirsa, 75 from Sonipat and 81 from Yamunanagar.

Haryana Govt grants special remission to prisoners

The Haryana Government has, on the eve of Republic Day, granted special remission to prisoners who are undergoing sentence as a result of their conviction by the Courts of Criminal Jurisdiction in the state.
While giving this information here today, an official spokesman said that convicts who have been sentenced for a period of 10 years and above have been granted remission of 60 days and those sentenced for five years or more but less than 10 years have been granted remission of 45 days. Similarly, the convicts who have been sentenced for two years or more, but less than five years have been granted remission of 30 days and those who have been sentenced for less than two years have been granted remission of 15 days.
He said that this remission will also be granted to all the convicts who are on parole or furlough from the jail on Republic Day,that is January 26,2015, subject to the condition that they surrender at the respective jails on the due date after the expiry of their parole or furlough period for undergoing the un-expired portion of their sentence.
The spokesman said that this remission will not be granted to the convicts who are on bail on the day of granting this remission. The remission will not exceed one-fourth  of the total period of sentence. However, in case of persons convicted and sentenced for life, the special remission granted by the State Government will be in addition to the remission granted as per Jail Manual. The sentence of imprisonment imposed in default of payment of fine would not be treated as substantive for the purpose of grant of this remission.
He said that all prisoners convicted by the Courts of Criminal Jurisdiction in Haryana but undergoing their sentences in Jails outside Haryana shall also be entitled to get this remission as per the above scale.
The remission will not be granted to prisoners convicted for the offences like abduction and murder of a child below the age of 14 years, rape with murder, dacoity or robbery, under the Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention)        Act 1987, Official Secrets Act 1923, Foreigners Act 1948, Passport Act 1967, Section 2 and 3 of the Criminal Law Amendment Act, 1961, Section 121 to 130 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860. Similarly, the remission will also not be admissible to detenues of any class, Pakistan nationals, the persons imprisoned for failing to give security for keeping peace for their good behaviour sections 107 or 109 or 110 of the Criminal Procedure Code, 1973 and the Convicts who had committed any major jail offence during last two years and were punished for the same under the relevant provisions of Punjab Jail Manual or any other Act or Rules as applicable on that day.

President’s Police Medal to 2 Haryana ADGs

 While two Additional Director Generals of  Police in Haryana  have been awarded President’s Police Medal for their distinguished service, 12 Police personnel including three Deputy Superintendents of Police, an Inspector, three Sub Inspectors, four Assistant Sub Inspectors and a Head Constable have been awarded Police Medal for their meritorious service on the occasion  of Republic Day.
 While stating this here today, a spokesman of Haryana Police said that Sudhir Chowdhary, Additional Director General of Police Prisons, Panchkula and Shatrujeet Singh Kapoor, Additional Director General of Police CID, Panchkula have been awarded  President’s Police Medal for their distinguished service.
        He said that the 12 other police personnel who have been awarded Police Medal  included Ramesh Pal, Assistant Commissioner of Police/DLF, Gurgaon, Udai Raj Singh Tanwar, Deputy Superintendent of Police, CID, Chandigarh, Balwan Singh, Deputy Superintendent of Police, 2nd India Reserve Battalion, Bhondsi, Gurgaon, Anup Singh, Inspector, office of Inspector General of Police, Rohtak, Baldev Krishan, Sub Inspector, CID, Haryana and Satyabir Singh, Sub Inspector, CID Unit Hisar. Similarly, Pushpinder Pal, Exemptee Sub Inspector, Panchkula, Jasbir Singh, Assistant Sub Inspector, Chandigarh, Bhagirath, EASI, Panchkula, Ravinder Kumar, EASI, Panchkula, Bhagwan Dass, EASI, Panchkula and Inderdeep Singh, EHC, Yamunanagar have also been honoured with Police Medals.
 Mr. Mandish Singh Sahi, Deputy Commandant/ CISF of CISF  Unit Punjab and Haryana Civil Secretariat Chandigarh has been awarded Police Medal for Meritorious Services on occasion of Republic Day, 2016.

NCC Academy to be set up in Government College, Gharunda

Haryana Chief Minister  Manohar Lal  has approved the proposal to set up  a NCC Academy in Government College, Gharunda in district Karnal.Both the State and the Central Governments have also accorded approval to set up a NCC Girls Battalion in Nuh, Mewat.  
          While giving this information here today, a spokesman of the Higher Education Department said that Haryana Government has started the process to fill up vacant posts of different categories in the Department. More than 1.58 lakh students have so far been benefitted to the tune of over Rs 83 crore under various incentive based  scheme during the year 2015-16.
He said that apart from this, process has been initiated to fill up 1647 vacant posts of  Assistant Professors as the Higher Education Department has already sent  requisition for the same to the Haryana Public Service Commission (HPSC). He said that requisitions have also been sent to the Haryana Staff Selection Commission (HSSC) to fill  up the vacant posts of 82 Clerks, 14 Assistants and 118 posts of Class-IV employees. Also,   requisition will soon be  sent to the HSSC for filling up the vacancies of  61 Junior Lecturer Assistant (J.L.A), 10 Hostel Superintendents and 91 Lab Attendants.
          He said that the refreshment allowance of NCC cadets has been increased from Rs six to Rs 25 per prade.He said that messing allowance admissible to ANOs for Pre Commission Courses (PRCN), Refresher Course, and Training Courses has been increased from existing Rs. 65 to Rs. 213 per head per day. Similarly, the messing allowance of NCC Cadets for various camps has been increased from the existing   Rs. 80 to Rs. 95 per head per day and messing allowance to Associate NCC Officers for various camps has been raised  from the existing Rs. 80 to Rs. 100 per head per day.
He said that during the tenure of the present State Government, five new Government Colleges that is Government College, Bhuna in district  Fatehabad, Government College for Women, Punhana in district Mewat, Government College, Kheri Gujran in district Faridabad, Government College for Women, Ateli in Mahendergarh and Government College for Women, Sirsa have been started . Also, the Government has approved to set up 14 new Government Colleges   at  Aleva, Manesar, Uklana, Gulha Cheeka, Shehzadpur, Zundala, Kurukshetra, Kuruthala, Kanina, Sonepat, Chillaro, Kalanwali, Mohna and Rania.
He said that during the financial year 2015-16, a budget provision  of Rs 100 crore had been made  for construction of  buildings for government colleges and hostels. Also Rs two crore were earmarked  for strengthening and maintenance of infrastructure in government colleges.
The spokesman said that during the year 2015-16, out of the allocated budget of  Rs 100 crore , administrative approval of  Rs 317.85 lakh each has been accorded to Government  College, Bhatu Kalan Fatehabad, Government College, Loharu, Bhiwani, Government College for Women, Faridabad, Government College, Tauru, Mewat, Government College, Matak Majri, Karnal, Government College, Sector-9, Gurgaon and  Government  College, Tigaon in district Faridabad, Government Colleges for Women, Hisar,Murthal, Bhodia  Khera and Government College, Ratia in district Fatehabad for construction of Science Blocks.
          He said that  for the construction of college buildings, Rs 12 crore each have been approved for the Government College for Women Alewa  in district Jind, Government College, Uklana in district Hisar,  Government College for Women, Cheeka and Government College for Women, Ateli.
Apart from this, a sum of Rs five crore each has been approved for Government College for Women, Sector-14 Gurgaon and Government College for Women, Sector-14, Panchkula for the construction of hostel. A sum of  Rs 60.55 lakh has been approved for Government College, Matak Majri for repair of building. He said that under the scheme for strengthening and maintenance of infrastructure, the Principals of Government Colleges have been authorized to carry out construction works costing upto Rs. 20 lakh in their respective colleges at their own level.
The State Government has made concerted efforts to attract the students towards higher education. Many schemes of scholarship, incentives and stipends have been implemented by the Government to provide financial assistance to students belonging to Scheduled Castes, Backward Classes and Scheduled  Tribes and also meritorious students pursuing higher education so as to enable them to complete their education.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Girls allowed to enroll for VLDA diploma in Haryana

The Haryana Government has decided to allow girls to enroll for the Veterinary Livestock Development Assistant (VLDA) diploma course being offered by Lala Lajpat Rai University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Hisar, with effect from academic session 2016-17.
        While giving this information, Animal Husbandry and Dairying Minister, Mr. O.P. Dhankar, said here today that the State Government has also given approval to increase the number of seats for residents of Haryana in Veterinary Livestock Development Diploma course from 50 to 70 with effect from academic session 2016-17. However, the additional seats for Animal Husbandry Department, Haryana, Government of Delhi, Seema Suraksha Bal and employees of the University would remain the same.
He said that it has also been decided to change the minimum educational qualification for admission to the Veterinary Livestock Development Diploma course to Class 10 plus two with Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Admission to the Veterinary Livestock Development Diploma and Diploma in Veterinary Laboratory Technology programmes would now be done on the basis of entrance test based on Physics, Chemistry and Biology of Class 10 plus two level.
FISH MARKETS:  the Haryana Fisheries Department has established fish markets in Yamunanagar, Panipat and Faridabad.
          Apart from this, daily fish market rates are being uploaded on Haryana State Agricultural Marketing Board’s website in order to facilitate fish farmers.

10,316 panches and 95 sarpanches elected unopposed

 As many as 10,316 Panches, 95 Sarpanches and 30 Members of Panchayat Samitis have been elected unanimously during the third and final phase of fifth General Elections to the Panchayati Raj Institutions in Haryana, which were conducted in a peaceful, free and fair manner, with the exception of isolated incidents. According to information received up to 7pm, more than 86.3 per cent voters cast their ballots in the State, and the final voter turnout is likely to be higher.
         While giving this information here today, State Election Commissioner, Mr. Rajeev Sharma, said that counting of votes for the posts of Sarpanches and Panches began immediately after closing of polls and results of 613 posts of Sarpanch were declared up to 7pm.
         He said that according to the reports received so far, the highest turnout was recorded in Sirsa at 91.3 per cent.
          Mr. Sharma added that 88.6 per cent voters have cast their ballots in Yamunanagar, 87.9 per cent in Panipat, 86.3 per cent in Fatehabad, 87.7 per cent voters in district Kaithal, 87.5 per cent in Ambala, 85.9 per cent in Rohtak, 85.7 per cent in Hisar, 82 per cent in Jhajjar, 81.8 per cent in Gurgaon, 86.6 per cent in Mahendragarh, 85.6 per cent in Jind, 87.4 per cent in Karnal, 85.2 per cent in Mewat, 89.9 per cent in Kurukshetra, 76.7 per cent in Faridabad, 81.2 per cent in Sonipat, 86.9  per cent in Rewari, 82.7 per cent in Bhiwani and 82.8 per cent in Palwal.
          The Commissioner said that during the third phase, e;ections were held for 1,646 seats of Sarpanches, 16,126 seats of Panches, 781 seats of Member Panchayat Samitis and 104 seats of Member Zila Parishad. Repolling was conducted in Booths Number 116 to 120 of Gram Panchayat Indri in district Mewat and village Alieka of Taoru Block.
          He said that 27,30,926 voters were eligible to cast their ballots at 5,231 polling booths during the third phase. Of these, 1,021 polling booths had been identified as hyper sensitive and 1,154 as sensitive. He said that about 11,500 single post Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) were used for election to all seats of Sarpanch and Menber Zila Parishad.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Shaoxing and Rewari to have sister city relationship

The Chinese city of Shaoxing and District Administration Rewari   would have  sister  city relationship thus further strengthening bilateral relations between India and China.
          The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Mahohar Lal who had a meeting with Mr. Ruan Jian Yong, Deputy Director of National People’s Congress of Shaoxing in Shanghai today was informed through a written communication that at present “we are engaged in friendship city relations with 41 foreign cities from 19 countries but it’s regrettable that we have not concluded a friendship city relationship with an Indian city. It is our sincere hope that city of Shaoxing and District Administration Rewari could develop a form of friendship and exchange relationship on the basis of our successful business ties with Haryana State. We are convinced that exchanges between governments will facilitate the further development of enterprises in Shaoxing and Rewari, which will undoubtedly enhance our future exchanges and co-operation to a higher level”.
          It was informed in the communication that Shaoxing entrepreneurs established 28 investment projects in India with a total investment of 120 million USD. Among them, Indian Wanfeng Auto wheel Co. Ltd set up by Zhejiang Wanfeng  Auto Holding group was built up in District Administration Rewari of Haryana state in 2013 with a total investment of 52,677 million USD. It is the largest investment project made by Shaoxing entrepreneurs in India so far. It is worth noting that an increasing no of Shaoxing enterprises have been showing their strong interest in investing in India.
Mr. Ruan Jian Yong, who handed over  the letter to Haryana Chief stated that  he would visit India and Haryana, especially district Rewari for a sister city arrangement between   Shaoxing and Rewari.
          The communication further  hoped that they  can reach some agreement in this friendship city issue.    With an open and advanced economy, Shaoxing is a city of enormous vitality. It is one of the front runners in economic strength and the fourth largest economy in Zhejiang Province. In 2015, its GDP was 457.5 billion yuan and per capita  GDP was $ 14,000. Over 5900 foreign enterprises from more than 50 countries and regions have made their projects in Shaoxing. It has been rated by World Bank as one of the six “China Gold Medal City” in terms of investment environment.
          Mr Manohar Lal also invited him to participate in the Happening Haryana Summit in March 2016.
Earlier the delegation led by Haryana Chief Minister reached Shanghai from Beijing late last night.
Mr. Devender Singh, Principal Secretary Industries and Mr. Sudhir Rajpal, Managing Director, Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation also interacted with the businesspersons and investors in a roundtable organized by CII in Shanghai. During the interaction a presentation on Haryana was made and the queries of the participants concerning  investment in Haryana were promptly responded.

Making Haryana a digital and smart state

 Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal today returned from his highly successful 5-day visit  to Japan and China where he had led a delegation to invite investment to the State.
While talking to the media persons at Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi, he said that he had received tremendous response from the entrepreneurs and investors in both countries. He said that as a result of the MoUs signed between Haryana and some companies of both countries, the infrastructure in the State would be further strengthened and ample employment opportunities would be generated for the youth in Haryana. Also, these would pave the way for making Haryana a digital and smart state.
He said that he  was accompanied by  Industries Minister, Capt. Abhimanyu, Urban Local Bodies Minister, Mrs. Kavita Jain and officials of the State Government. He said that he also invited representatives of various companies to visit Haryana, especially for its Happening Haryana meet to be held from March 7 to 9 in Gurgaon. The foreign companies have expressed interest to invest in Haryana as a result of State Government’s investor friendly policies.
He said that Wanda Company of China has signed an MoU to invest   Rs 60,000 crore in the State in next four years. The State Government would make available 2200 acres of land near Kharkhoda. He said that the Chinese companies have shown interest in setting up of industrial parks, smart city,   industrial units to manufacture cell phones and e-commerce platform. Chinese companies have also shown interest in making investment in areas of education, health, science and technology.
He said that he had schedule of seven days for these two countries, but had to cut short it to five days because the French President Francois Hollande and Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi are arriving in Chandigarh and Gurgaon. After landing at New Delhi, the Chief Minister  left for Chandigarh by road.
In reply to a question, he said that on arrival in Japan, he tried to learn Japanese which proved useful.
            Those present on the occasion to greet the Chief Minister included a number of his cabinet colleagues including Agriculture  Minister, Mr. O.P. Dhankar, Public Works (Building and Roads) Minister, Rao Narbir Singh, Transport Minister, Mr. Krishan Lal Panwar, Minister of State for Cooperation, Mr. Bikram Singh, Haryana BJP President, Mr. Subhash Barala, Chief Parliamentary Secretary, Dr. Kamal Gupta, MLAs, Mr. Manish Grover, Mr. Dinesh Kaushik, Mr. Naresh Kaushik, Ms. Seema Trikha and Mr. Mool Chand. Political Advisor to Chief Minister, Mr. Jagdish Chopra, Political Secretary, Mr. Deepak Mangla, OSD,Mr. Jawahar Yadav, OSD (Media), Mr. Raj Kumar Bhardwaj, OSD Karnal, Mr. Amrinder and a large number of admirers. m

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Shiroki Corporation to invest Rs 150 crore in Bawal Plant

While Shiroki Corporation has committed to invest more than Rs 150 crore in its Bawal Plant in Haryana in  next two years, Daiwa House Industry Company, one of the largest residential manufacturers in Japan, is considering Gurgaon and Jhajjar as potential locations for its project in Haryana and Hitachi Zosen Corporation, expressed interest to participate in Haryana’s efforts to set up waste to energy plants.
          The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal, who is in Japan these days to invite investors and entrepreneurs to set up their ventures in Haryana, is getting encouraging response in Japan as a result of State Government’s progressive policies and industry friendly climate.Mr Manohar Lal, who is accompanied by Haryana Industries Minister Capt. Abhimanyu and Social Justice and Empowerment Minister, Mrs Kavita Jain, had meetings with representatives of major companies in Osaka today.
          Mr. Hideo Tashima, Chairman, Kansai Economic Federation, said that impressed by the recent policy reforms introduced by the Haryana Government, the Kansai Economic Federation will promote Haryana as an ideal location for investment among its over 1,300 member Japanese companies.
          Mr Tetsuro Morita, Managing Director, Shiroki Corporation Shiroki Corporation, who called on the Chief Minister in Osaka today, committed to invest over Rs 150 crore in its Bawal Plant in next two years.He thanked the Chief Minister for his policies which have ushered-in a new era of cordial industry-labour relations. He informed the Chief Minister that through their tie-up with Technico Industries, Shiroki Corporation have an assured order for all new models of Maruti till 2019 for use of their components that would reduce by 30 per cent the weight of the cars and thereby increase the fuel efficiency.
          Mr Naoki Nishioka and Yoshihiko Iwamoto, Senior Executive Officers of the Daiwa House Industry Company, which is one of the largest residential manufacturers in Japan informed Mr Manohar Lal that they were considering Gurgaon and Jhajjar as potential locations for their project in Haryana.
            They evinced keen  interest in the new policies of Government of Haryana to promote affordable housing. Chief Minister assured that his focus on zero tolerance for corruption is leading to greater transparency in real estate sector. “Nothing will remain hidden” he said as a result of his making it a right of people, including developers, to file only online applications.
          They were  accompanied by the representative of the Mizuho Bank who are their investment consultants.Daiwa operates in single family houses, rental housing, condominiums and corporate facilities.
          Shiroki develops, manufactures and sells worldwide a variety of interior and exterior components of automobiles. For interiors, products include seat recliners and seat adjusters, window regulators, door locks and other functional parts. For exteriors, they supply doorframes, molding and other parts. In North America, there are three group companies: Shiroki North America Inc.; Shiroki-GA, LLC, and Shiroki-GT, LLC. They also have a growing manufacturing and supply network in developing countries with rapidly growing economies. Group Companies include Guangzhou Shiroki Corporation in China and Shiroki Corporation (Thailand) Ltd. in Thailand and PT. Shiroki Indonesia in Indonesia. Group Companies cover Japan, the United States and Asia. Shiroki will continue to use this infrastructure that covers four regions of the world to strengthen and expand Research and Development and manufacturing operations.
          They have a tie-up with Technico Industries Ltd. in India. It may be recalled that Shiroki Corporation was founded as Shiroki Kinzoku Kogyo Company Ltd. In 1946 as a subsidiary of Shirokiya, a long-established department store in Nihonbashi, Tokyo. In 1988, the company name was changed to the ‘Shiroki Corporation’.
          In another such highly fruitful meeting today, Mr. Minoru Mizuno, Deputy General Manager of V-Project Group, Environment Business Headquarters, Administration Department, Hitachi Zosen Corporation, expressed interest to participate in   Haryana’s efforts to set up waste to energy plants.
          Mr. Mizuno was highly appreciative of the fact that Mr. Manohar Lal, as a member of the Sub Group of Chief Ministers on Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, had recommended adoption of a daily cleanliness period in schools on the pattern of Japanese education system. 
          Earlier, the Chief Minister endeared himself to the Japanese participants by making a fluent address in Japanese. The participants included top Managers of Panasonic Corporation, Daikin Industries, Mizuho Bank, Hitachi Zosen Corporation and New Kansai International Airport Company.
          There was a great appreciation of four sectors identified in Haryana’s New Enterprises Promotion Policy-2015, namely Agro and Food Processing, Textiles, Electronic System, Designs, Defence, Aero Space, Railway, Footwear and Automobile Engineering. Many Japanese companies based in Kansai region, which comprises seven prefectures of Japan including Osaka, Kyoto and Kobe, have interest in these areas. The Kansai region has a Gross Domestic Product of $840 billion, and an international trade of $2.8 billion with India.
          Principal Secretary, Industries, Mr. Devender Singh also made a presentation on the New Enterprises Promotion Policy-2015.

Repolling in four booths in Hisar and Karnal

Haryana State Election Commission has decided to conduct repolling in four polling booths of two districts of Hisar and Karnal in the ongoing elections to Panchayati Raj Institutions as there was some problem in Electronic Voting Machines and these were not used properly. Also, wrong symbols were distributed. The repolling would be conducted on January 24, along with the polling of the third phase.
          While giving this information here today, State Election Commissioner, Mr. Rajeev Sharma said that the Commission has declared the poll at these polling stations to be void under Rule-61 of Haryana Panchayati Raj Election Rules, 1994. Fresh polls would be conducted on January 24 from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. A notification to this effect has been issued.
          He said that decision for repolling has been taken on the basis of reports received from the Deputy Commissioners-cum-District Election Officers (Panchayat), Hisar and Karnal. The Deputy Commissioners-cum-District Election Officers (P) of these districts have thus recommended that repolling be conducted at the affected booths.
          Mr. Sharma said that repolling for Sarpanch Gram Panchayat Devigarh Poonia would be conducted at booth number 96 and 97 of Government Primary School, Devigarh Poonia East wing and West wing, Barwala in district Hisar, as the Controlling Unit of pooling booth number 97 did not display the result. Therefore, counting of votes could not be held. Similarly, re-polling for Member Zila Parishad Ward number 22 would be conducted at booth number 179 of Government Primary School, Prem Nagar, West wing (Hansi-1), district Hisar, in view of wrong use of EVM (CU and BU) at Ward Number 22 of Zila Parishad, that is, at the time of commencement of poll. He said that repolling for Panch Ward number 7 of Gram Panchayat Zarifabad would be conducted at booth number 171 of Government Primary School, Zarifabad, Nissing, district Karnal, in view of distribution of wrong symbols.
          He said that counting of votes for the seats of Panch and Sarpanch would be taken up on January 24 after the close of polling and counting of votes of the Zila Parishad wards concerned would be taken up on January 28, 2016, at the places to be specified by the District Election Officer (Panchayat) concerned.

Haryana Vigilance Bureau registers 262 criminal cases

Haryana State Vigilance Bureau has registered 262 criminal cases including 226 trap cases against officers and officials of different ranks of the State Government recently. Those against whom cases have been registered included 20 Gazetted Officers, 206 Non-Gazetted Officers and 36 other persons who were caught red handed while accepting illegal gratification ranging from Rs 50,000 to Rs 20 lakh. Criminal cases under sections 7 and 13 of Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, have been registered against them in various Police Stations of the Bureau.
          While stating this here today, a spokesman of the Bureau said that the Bureua also recommended registration of 17 criminal cases against 21 Gazetted officers and 19 Non Gazetted officers and 19 others and also recommended departmental action against some erring officials who have been found guilty in the inquiries conducted by the Bureau.
          He said that apart from this, 44 cases have been decided by the Courts, in which 52 officers and officials and nine other private persons have been convicted under various sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 in the cases filed by State Vigilance Bureau, Haryana. Those sentenced included 10 officials of Police Department, nine of Co-operation Department, seven of Education Department, four of Revenue Department, four of Power Department, three of HUDA, two each of Agriculture, Local Bodies, Panchayati Raj and Industries Departments, one each of Health, Irrigation, Animal Husbandry, Home Guards, Public Health, Measurement and Development and Panchayat Departments. Jail terms upto five years have been awarded by the Courts in these cases, he added.
          He said that 147 assessments were carried out by the Technical wing of the Bureau headed by Executive Engineer level officers throughout the State. On the basis of these checkings, the State Vigilance Bureau has recommended action against 183 officers and officials including 55 Executive Engineers, 65 Sub Divisional Engineers and 63 Junior Engineers of various departments along with a recovery of Rs. 3,48,38,012 which has acted as a major deterrent against misutilisation of Government funds, in 95 assessments out of above 147 assessments.


Onlien sale of tickets for Surajkund International Crafts Mela

Haryana Tourism has started online ticket booking facility for the upcoming Surajkund International Crafts Mela-2016, to be organised in Surajkund, Faridabad, from February 1 to 15, 2016. Apart from this, more access points have been introduced for buying entry tickets to the Mela this year.
        While giving this information here today, Principal Secretary, Tourism, and Vice-Chairperson, Surajkund Mela Authority, Dr. Sumita Misra, said that visitors to the Mela, which is known for showcasing exquisite handlooms, handicrafts and diverse folk arts of the country, can book their tickets much in advance while sitting at home through Haryana Tourism’s official website
        Keeping pace with the Digital India initiative, the Mela entry tickets are also available through five online ticketing portals, namely bookmyshow, buzzintown, eventshigh, townscript and explara. The payment for these can be made through the payment gateway of HDFC and Axis banks.
          She said that under a tie-up with Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, Mela entry tickets would be made available for sale at 30 Delhi Metro stations at strategic locations, including major stations, terminal stations and interchange stations.
          These stations include Dilshad Garden, Inderlok, Rithala, Samaypur Badli, Jahangir Puri, GTB Nagar, Kashmere Gate, Rajiv Chowk, Central Secretariat, Saket, Sikanderpur, HUDA City Centre, Noida City Centre, Botanical Garden, Karol Bagh, Kirti Nagar, Uttam Nagar East, Dwarka Sector 21, Vaishali, Laxmi Nagar, Mundka, ITO, Mandi House-6, Lajpat Nagar, Govindpuri, Sarita Vihar, Tughlakabad, Badarpur, Neelam Chowk Ajronda and Escorts Mujesar.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Japanese agency considering soft loan of Rs 1000 crore for Haryana

Chandigarh, January 18- Impressed by the recent steps taken by the Government of Haryana, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has decided to consider a soft loan of over Rs 1,000 crore for Haryana Investment Promotion Programme. This was disclosed by Mr Hideaki Domichi, Senior Vice President of JICA while interacting with the delegation led by Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal in Tokyo today.
          Mr Domichi said that the introduction of a Japanese Call Centre, no enhancement policy and plugging of all the breaches in the boundary wall of Manesar were steps that make it very clear that Haryana has changed under the leadership of Mr Manohar Lal. He said that Mr Manohar Lal’s vision, speed and scale make it imperative for JICA to shoulder greater responsibility in economic development of Haryana. He said that Haryana was well positioned to receive the benefit of the stronger alliance between Japan and India under the leadership of Prime Minister of Japan, Mr Shinzo Abe and Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi.
          Mr Manohar Lal sought the assistance of JICA in giving a big boost to dairy development in Haryana and building of Gurgaon-Manesar-Bawal Mass Rapid Transport System for which JICA has committed long term funding of US $ 2.5 billion.
The Haryana Government and Mizuho Bank Limited, Japan signed an MoU in Tokyo to promote industrial and infrastructure development, generate employment opportunities and attract Foreign Direct Investment in the state. Managing Executive Officer of the bank Mr Tatsufumi Sakai and Managing Director, Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation Mr. Sudhir Rajpal exchanging the papers of the MoU in the presence of Haryana Chief Minister Mr. Manohar Lal in Tokyo, Japan on January 18, 2016. Haryana Industries Minister Capt. Abhimanyu and Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Mrs. Kavita Jain are also seen in the picture.
 Managing Executive Officer of the Mizuho Bank Limited, Japan, Mr Tatsufumi Sakai and Managing Director, Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation Mr. Sudhir Rajpal signing a Memorandum of Understanding in the presence of Haryana Chief Minister Mr Manohar Lal in Tokyo on January 18, 2016. The MoU aims at promoting industrial and infrastructure development, generating employment opportunities and attracting Foreign Direct Investment in Haryana. Haryana Industries Minister Capt. Abhimanyu and Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Mrs. Kavita Jain are also seen in the picture.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

12,903 Panches, 86 Sarpanches elected unopposed

 As many as 12,903 Panches, 86 Sarpanches and 42 Members of Panchayat Samitis have been elected unanimously during the second phase of fifth General Elections to the Panchayati Raj Institutions in Haryana, which were conducted in a peaceful, free and fair manner today. According to information received up to 6.45pm, more than 85 per cent voters cast their ballots, and the final turnout may be higher.
         While giving this information here today, State Election Commissioner, Mr. Rajeev Sharma, said that counting of votes for the posts of Sarpanches and Panches began immediately after closing of polls, and results of 500 posts of Sarpanch have so far been declared.
         He said that according to the reports received so far, the highest turnout was recorded in Sirsa at 91.6 per cent.
          Mr. Sharma added that 87.8 per cent have cast their votes in Ambala, 87.5 per cent in Fatehabad, 83.4 per cent voters in district Kaithal, 82.6 per cent in Panipat, 82.6 per cent in Rohtak, 80.3 per cent in Hisar, 84 per cent in Jhajjar, 84.1 per cent in Gurgaon,  85.6 per cent in Mahendragarh, 87.7 per cent in Jind, 83.8 per cent in Karnal, 83.7 per cent in Mewat, 89.2 per cent in Kurukshetra, 81.5 per cent in Sonipat, 83.7 per cent in Rewari, 86.2 per cent in Bhiwani and 73.2 per cent in Palwal.
          Polling was conducted for 141 seats of Zila Parishad, 999 seats of Panchayat Samitis, 1,970 seats of Sarpanch and 20,126 posts of Panch.

Ex PR Joint Director A.P. Nanda dies

 Former Joint Director (retired), Haryana Information, Public Relations and Cultural Affairs Department, Mr. A.P. Nanda, today passed away in Panchkula at the age of 77.
        The officers and employees of the Department expressed grief over the sad demise of Mr. Nanda, who had occupied various important posts in the Department during his tenure. They expressed heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family members and prayed to the Almighty that the departed soul might rest in peace.
        Mr. Nanda is survived by his wife, two sons and a daughter.

CM to project Haryana as preferred investment destination.

The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal, has said that efforts made by the state government to boost capital investment and shore up the economy would soon bring fruitful results and new MoUs and agreements, signed with different investors and corporate entities,  would be implemented, leading to all-round development of the state.
        Addressing media persons in New Delhi today before leaving for Japan and China along with a high-level delegation of officers and businessmen, Mr Manohar Lal expressed satisfaction over the performance of his government and said that investment to the tune of Rs 1 lakh crore would be made in different sectors of the state which would lead to generation of employment opportunities for four lakh youth.
          The visit to Japan and China is aimed at projecting Haryana as a preferred investment destination. “During the visit, we would meet diplomats, Indians settled in those countries, investors and businessmen and invite them to invest in Haryana, he added. The high-level delegation includes Industries Minister, Capt. Abhimanyu, Social Justice and Empowerment Minister, Mrs. Kavita Jain, MLA, Mr. Dinesh Chandra Kaushik, Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister, Mr. R.K. Khullar, Principal Secretary, Industries, Mr. Devendra Singh, and Managing Director, HSIIDC, Mr. Sudhir Rajpal, apart from a business delegation.
          The Chief Minister said that Haryana offered ideal conditions and environment for industry to grow and flourish. With implementation of the new Enterprises Promotion Policy 2015, we have simplified the process for change in land use and other procedures. An e-Biz portal has also been launched to enhance the ease of doing business. This portal is making all kinds of services and facilities available to investors online, he added.
        Reiterating the state government’s commitment towards ensuring equal development of all parts of the state, the Chief Minister said that entrepreneurs would be offered special concessions in areas where industrial development had been slow. Special facilities would also be provided for setting up mega projects involving investment worth more than Rs 100 crore.
          A high-level committee with special powers has been constituted under the chairmanship of the Principal Secretary for immediate redressal of the difficulties faced by investors at the headquarter level. Committees have also been constituted at the district level under the chairmanship of deputy commissioners for the purpose, he added.
        The Haryana Government is organising the ‘Happening Haryana Global Investors’ Summit-2016’ on March 7 and 8, 2016, and Haryana Pravasi Divas on March 9, 2016, in Gurgaon, to project the state and woo  foreign investors. More than 1,000 investors and businessmen are expected to participate in the summit, he disclosed.
POSITIVE RESULTS:  With a view to boost development of industry and generate employment opportunities for four lakh youth in the State, the Haryana Government is making constant efforts to woo foreign investors.
        This was stated by  Mr Manohar Lal  while addressing media persons in Yamunanagar.. He said that keeping in view the positive results yielded by his earlier visit to the USA and Canada, he would lead a six-member business delegation to Japan and China from January 17 to 22 to invite foreign direct investment to the State.
        He said that the State Government was organising the ‘Happening Haryana Global Investors’ Summit’ in Gurgaon on March 7 and 8, 2016  to present Haryana as an ideal destination for investment by foreigners, Non Resident Indians (NRIs) and people belonging to Haryana living abroad.
        Expressing satisfaction with the results of the first phase of the ongoing general elections to Panchayati Raj Institutions in the State, the Chief Minister said that it was for the first time that a large number of educated youth and women had been elected. He added that their victory was the result of public support for the Bharatiya Janata Party and the State Government’s decision to amend election rules.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Army to conduct open recruitment rally from Feb 6

The Indian Army would conduct an open recruitment rally for youth of district Bhiwani at Rajiv Gandhi Sports Complex in village Jhojhu Kalan of the district from February 6 to 9, 2016.
        While giving this information today, Director, Dadri Recruitment Office, Col. Rajesh Sharma said that this recruitment is exclusively for youth of district Bhiwani, but candidates of districts Mahendragarh and Rewari can also participate in this open rally in the military technical category. The interested candidates would have to get themselves registered through the Army website The candidates would be allowed to enter the Rajiv Gandhi Sports Complex between 4:30 a.m. and 8 a.m., he added.
        He said that the minimum educational qualification for Soldier General Duty would be 10th pass with total 45 per cent marks in all subjects and 33 per cent in each subject. Similarly, the minimum educational qualification for Soldier Technical would be 12th pass or intermediate examination or three year engineering diploma or Science pass with Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and English along with total 45 per cent marks. The minimum educational qualification for Soldier Clerk and Store Keeper Technical would be 12th pass with total 50 per cent marks in all subjects and 40 per cent marks in each subject. He said that for Soldier Tradesmen, the minimum educational qualification would be 10th pass or ITI.
        He said that for Soldier General Duty, the candidate should be aged between 17 and 21 years and the date of birth should be between February 6, 1995 and August 6, 1998. Similarly, for Soldier Clerk, Store Keeper Technical, Soldier Technical and Soldier Tradesmen, the age should be between 17 and 23 years with date of birth between February 6, 1993 and August 6, 1998.
        Col. Sharma said that on February 6, recruitment of youth of tehsils Bhiwani and Tosham would be carried out for Soldier General Duty, Soldier Clerk, Store Keeper Technical and Soldier Tradesmen and recruitment would be carried out in district Mahendragarh for the Soldier Technical category. Similarly on February 7, recruitment would be carried out for youth of tehsils Bawani Khera, Siwani and Loharu for Soldier General Duty, Soldier Clerk, Store Keeper Technical and Soldier Tradesmen and recruitment for Soldier Technical category would be carried out in the entire district on the same day. He said that on February 8, recruitment would be carried for Soldier General Duty, Soldier Clerk and Store Keeper Technical for youth of tehsils Dadri and Badhada and on the same day recruitment would be carried out for Soldier Tradesmen for youth of entire district Rewari. The medical check-up would also be carried out on February 9, he added.
        He said that C-Certificate holders of NCC would be given 100 per cent marks in written examination of Soldier General Duty and Tradesmen. Apart from this, 15 marks would be given in written examination of Soldier Technical.
        Col. Sharma said that the candidates should carry all their original certificates. The wards of ex-servicemen should also carry relevant documents. Only the certificates of caste, domicile and character duly attested by Tehsildar and SDM would be considered.
        He said that youth with permanent or long-term health issues should not apply for recruitment. He also advised the candidates not to take steroids and said that the candidate’s recruitment would be cancelled if evidence of steroid or drug use is found during medical examination.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

One IAS and one HCS officers transferred

The Haryana Government has issued posting and transfer orders of one IAS officer and one HCS officer with immediate effect.
          Mr. Amit Kumar Agrawal, Special Secretary, Health Department, Mission Director, NRHM and Commissioner, Food and Drugs Administration, Haryana has been given the additional charge of Managing Director, Medical Service Corporation Limited vice Dr. Ashish Gupta.
          Ms. Alka Chaudhary, Managing Director, Cooperative Sugar Mills, Palwal has been given the additional charge of Officer on Special Duty, office of Commissioner, Gurgaon Division against a vacant post.

January 16 declared Gazetted Holiday

Chandigarh, January 14
 The Haryana Government has notified that Saturday, January 16, 2016, would be observed as a Gazetted Holiday in the Government offices and Boards, Corporations and Educational Institutions under the Haryana Government on account of Guru Gobind Singh’s Birthday instead of Restricted Holiday as already notified.

Haryana Govt sets up Journalist Welfare Fund

 The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal, today said that the world has become a ‘Global Village’ due to media because the information of any happening in any part of the world is transmitted throughout the world in just a few seconds by the media. In fact, the media has contributed in uniting the world, he said.
        Mr. Manohar Lal was speaking at the inauguration of the Printing Unit of a Hindi National Daily in IMT Manesar of district Gurgaon today. He said that challenges often come in the field of journalism and at times the journalist has to put his life in danger for extracting information and news. He said that the Haryana Government has set up a ‘Pratrakar Kalyan Kosh’ (Journalist Welfare Fund) for providing financial help to the journalists in need.
He said that the media has made a big contribution in bringing awareness in the society and it gives right direction to the society. He added that the print media has faced challenges from various quarters. First, on the advent of Electronic Media, a question was raised that now who will read the print media or newspapers but this thought was proved wrong and people posed faith in newspapers, because they can be saved and stored easily. They can be produced as evidence or proof anywhere. Then came the challenge of Social Media, including Twitter, Facebook, Whatsapp, blogs, etc. but print media still remained the choice of the readers and newspapers have an important place in the lives of the people. He said that newspapers also help in taking the welfare policies and programmes to the general masses.
        The Chief Minister took the opportunity to elaborate about the welfare schemes and policies of the state government. He said that the state government has focused on e-governance so that the benefits directly reach the beneficiaries for whom the scheme has been devised, reducing human interface, which sometimes poses hindrance in delivering benefits to the beneficiaries.
        He said that a Biometric Attendance System has been started in the state and more than 85,000 government employees are coming to office on time. Mentioning the compensation given to farmers for their damaged crops last year, the Chief Minister said that the Union Government has introduced a new crop insurance scheme which will help in compensating the damages to crops due to natural calamities.
Referring to the development of Gurgaon, Mr. Manohar Lal said that every Chief Minister cared for Gurgaon but for different reasons. He said, “We will also take care of Gurgaon. It is our icon, which will be shown to attract people within and outside the country.” He said that this was his third tour to Gurgaon this month, which shows the importance he is giving to the city. He said that he was aware of the challenges being faced in Gurgaon. He added that police stations solely for women had been opened in every district of the state, and now the government has proposed to open such police stations in every sub-division of the state.
MLAs, Mr. Umesh Aggarwal and Mr. Tejpal Tanwar, OSD to CM, Mr. Jawahar Yadav, OSD (media), Mr. Raj Kumar Bhardwaj, Media Adviser to CM, Mr. Amit Arya, BJP spokesman, Mr. Surajpal Ammu, BJP District President, Mr. Bhupender Chauhan and Mahamantri, Mr. Kulbhushan Bhardwaj were also present on the occasion.

Licences of 182 depot holders cancelled

Taking strict action against defaulters under the Public Distribution System (PDS), the Haryana Government has cancelled licences of 182 depot holders for committing irregularities and the security amount of 456 dealers has been forfeited.
        While giving this information here today, Haryana Food and Supplies Minister, Mr Karan Dev Kamboj, said that police had registered 14 cases and arrested seven persons in this regard till November last year. He said that during this period, security amounting to over Rs 21 lakh has been forfeited, out of which Rs 1.58 lakh was forfeited in November. Apart from this, goods worth Rs 40,000 have also been seized.
          The Minister said that under PDS, kerosene oil, sugar and wheat would be made available on time. Directions to prepare a detailed action plan for this purpose have been issued to the department so that people do not face any problem in getting ration. Under this scheme, information pertaining to date of ration supply, quantity and other necessary information would be made available every month.
          Mr. Kamboj said that under the ‘Antyodaya Anna Yojana’, families are being provided 35 kg of food grains at the subsidised rate of Rs 1 to 3 per kg every month.
          Giving further details, the Minister said that the State Government had allocated 7,020 kilo litres of kerosene oil for November, 2015, under the National Food Security Act, 2013, which covers more than 1.26 crore beneficiaries. Similarly, the State Government had also allocated 3,319.7 metric tonnes of sugar for November, 2015.
ONE SUSPENDED: The Haryana Urban Local Bodies Minister, Mrs. Kavita Jain, has suspended an officer and issued chargesheet against another in separate cases of irregularities.
        While giving this information here today, Mrs. Jain said that disciplinary action was taken against the former Secretaries of Barwala and Ratia Municipalities on the recommendation of Director of Urban Local Bodies, Lokayukta Haryana and Vigilance Department.
        Giving further details, the Minister said that the former Secretary of Barwala Municipality (1992-1999), Inderjit Kuldia, who is presently serving as Regional Tax Officer, Gurgaon, was suspended after the Lokayukta Haryana found him guilty in a case of illegal sale of land. She said that a chargesheet was issued against former Secretary of Ratia Municipality, Raja Ram, on the allegations of various irregularities

Haryana to open driving schools in each district

 In Haryana, Driving Schools will  be opened in each district where complete  information about road safety and traffic rules would be disseminated with a view to prevent incidences of road accidents.
        This was informed in the concluding function of third Haryana State Road Safety Quiz Competition, 2015-16 organized by Police Department at Panchkula near here. About 44 lakh students from 18,000 educational institutions participated in the quiz competition this year.
Haryana Finance Minister, Capt. Abhimanyu was the chief guest whereas Transport Minister, Mr. Krishan Lal Panwar presided over the function.
        Speaking on the occasion, Capt. Abhimanyu said that as a large number of students have participated in the competition, the possibility of registering the event in the Guinness Book of World records could be explored.  He directed officers of the Police Department to collect relevant information in this direction. He directed to explore the other possibility of making the quiz available online so that the competition would not remain limited to be held once in a year and it would be continued all around the year. This would also help in imparting training to the youth about traffic rules at an early stage, he added.
        He said that a lot needed to be done with regard to compliance of road safety and traffic rules so as to prevent the occurrence of accidents. He said that every year about 1.40 lakh people die in road accidents in the country which is highest in the world. About 4,500 people die in road accidents in Haryana. He said that these figures are matter of serious concern and hence, there is a need to spread awareness among masses regarding traffic rules.
Speaking on the occasion, Transport Minister, Mr. Krishan Lal Panwar said that that efforts would be made to start English speaking course in the driving schools to be opened in each district so that drivers could also apply  and get jobs in foreign countries. The Transport Department has taken various steps regarding road safety due to which Haryana Transport Department has been awarded for the lowest rate of  road accident in the country. He said that three driver training and research institutes have been established in Bahadurgarh, Rohtak and Kaithal with the help of Ashok Leyland Limited and Maruti Udyog Limited. Apart from this, a Driver Training and Research Institute is being established at 10 acres in Kaluwas of district Bhiwani for which a MoU has been signed with Tata Motors Limited. The construction work of its building is under progress. Also, announcement has been made for setting up of Driver Training Institute at village gram panchayat, Chapera of Mewat area. Besides, Modern Driver Training Schools have been opened in Panchkula, Faridabad and Gurgaon by Maruti Udyog Limited for light vehicles.
        The Transport Minister said that a provision of Rs one crore has been made in the budget for road safety fund in the current financial year. Of which, about Rs 65 lakh has been allocated to all RTA offices for various activities related to road safety. He said that a total of 1,170 accident prone sites had been identified in the state of which improvement has been made on 1,077 sites. Similarly, 1,051 such sites had been identified where installation of speed breakers were necessary. Of which, speed breakers were installed at 912 sites and work on remaining sites was under progress.  On this occasion, Mr. Panwar announced to give Rs five lakh towards road safety fund.
        In the quiz competition, teams of Police Commissionerate Faridabad and Karnal Range won the first place in Level 1 and Level 2 respectively. Similarly, teams of Police Commissionerate Faridabad and Police Commissionerate Ambala-Panchkula won the first place in Level 3 and 4 respectively.
Director General of Police, Mr. Yash Pal Singal and Additional Director General of Police, CID, Mr. Shatrujeet Singh Kapoor also spoke on this occasion and highlighted various activities being undertaken by the department for the compliance of road safety and traffic rules.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Amendment to PRI Act widely accepted: CM

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal  said that overwhelming response,  beyond  the expectations of the government, has been received to the ongoing elections to the Panchayati Raj Institutions in the state.  Out of more than 28000 candidates, over 16000 have been elected unanimously which clearly proves the amendment to the PRI Act has been widely accepted by the people.
          The Chief Minister also lauded the efforts of the Deputy Commissioners for successful completion of first phase of fifth general election to Panchayati Raj Institutions held on January 10, 2016, and he hoped that the same efforts would be made in the next two phases of the elections, for which polling is to be held on January 17 and 24. He also lauded the active role of media in coverage of first phase of PRI elections in the state.
            The Chief Minister, who was holding a video-conference with Deputy Commissioners here today, said that polling of first phase was successfully completed as compared to previous years except isolated incidents in some places. This has proved that amendment made by government in PRI Act, which was also upheld by the court, has been accepted by the people
            In reply to a question, he said that electoral rolls were being revised to include new eligible electors on attaining the age of 18 years. He said that recommendations for holding Local Bodies election would be made as soon as the work of revision of electoral rolls is completed. It is expected that this exercise would take about two month’s period, he added.
            In reply to another query, he said that Haryana government would support the Central government recommendations, if any, regarding educational qualification mandatory for election to Assembly and Parliament.          The Chief Minister extended the greetings to the people on the occasion of Lohri, Makar Sakranti, Pongal and Bihu to be celebrated this month.
            Agriculture Minister Mr. O.P. Dhankar, BJP State President Mr. Subhash Barala, PSCM Mr Rajesh Khullar, Additional Chief Secretary Finance Mr. Sanjeev Kaushal, Principal Secretary and Director General Dr Abhilaksh Likhi, OSD Mr. Vijay Sharma and Media Advisor Mr. Amit Arya were also present on this occasion.

Steps to meet flood challenge and for rain water harvesting

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal today said that it was for the time in the history of Haryana that the meeting of Haryana State Flood Control Board has been convened in the month of January to making preparations well in advance to deal with any eventuality and for rain water harvesting.
          Mr Manohar Lal was presiding over the 47th meeting of Haryana State Flood Control Board here today. All the Deputy Commissioners attended the meeting through video conferencing.  The Board approved 107 new schemes worth Rs 129 crore for strengthening the flood control system in the state. He assured that all these schemes would be completed well before the onset of monsoon season in the month of July. The Board has also approved Rs 256 crore for 140 ongoing schemes.
          Finance Minister Capt. Abhimanyu, Agriculture and Irrigation Minister Mr O.P Dhankar, Chief Parliamentary Secretaries namely Mr Shyam Singh Rana and Mr Bakhshish Singh Virk were also present in the meeting.
          He said that earlier, this meeting used to be held in the month of March and sometimes as late as May as a result of which most of the flood control schemes remain uncompleted. “Now, we would not only ensure the timely completion of flood control measures but the quality of works would also be ensured, said Mr Manohar Lal.
          He said that a 3-member committee would be constituted to monitor various flood control measures on day-to-day basis in the State to ensure their effective and efficient timely completion. The Committee would review the progress of all flood control works with DCs in the month of May. All these works should be videographed so as ensure transparency, he added.
                    While directing the Deputy Commissioners to take up all these works on priority basis, the Chief Minister said that he would convene a meeting of all DCs preferably in the first week of June to see for himself, the status of work approved in their respective districts. In case of non- completion of work by then, the concerned Deputy Commissioner has to give a valid reason for the same, he added.  He described the water as lifeline and said that mismanagement and misuse of water is dangerous. He directed the DCs to ensure optimum utilization of water.
          While expressing concern over few areas that usually got submerged during the monsoon season, the Chief Minister directed to prepare a comprehensive plan for such chronic areas so that the farmer’s crop might not be affected. Taking a serious view of complaints regarding power cuts on lift irrigation projects in district Jhajjar and Rewari, he directed the Deputy Commissioners of both the districts to ensure uninterrupted power supply on these projects. Both the DCs would take up this matter with the Power Department so as to ensure that there are no power cuts and water is supplied regularly, he asserted.
          Four new works of Public Health Engineering Department worth of Rs 10.39 crore were also approved in the meeting. These were storm water drainage scheme for existing drain or nallah from Bawal road to Garhi Bolani raod in Rewari at a cost of Rs 3.05 crore, covering of existing open nallah with RCC slab and raising of nallah with brick works in some places in various streets of block Radaur in district Yamunanagar at a cost of over Rs 34 lakh, laying of storm water RCC pipe  from Ambedkar Chowk to Aggarsain Chowk  in Karnal a cost of over Rs 74 lakh and construction of sump well, pump chamber and installation of machinery for urban storm water drainage works in Kaithal at a cost of Rs 6.25 crore.
          It was informed in the meeting that directions have been issued to all Deputy Commissioners in the State to ensure that payment is only made after receiving 80 per cent of the material. It was also informed that all the defected drainage pumps would be got repaired before June 30, 2016. Apart from this, there is a requirement for 130 additional new pumps for which tenders would soon be opened.
          Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Mr Rajesh Khullar, Additional Chief Secretary, Finance Mr Sanjeev Kaushal, Additional Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Mr Rakesh Gupta, Additional Chief Secretary Irrigation, Mr Ram Niwas, Principal Secretary, Public Health Engineering Department Mr Alok Nigam and other senior officers were present in the meeting.