Saturday, April 30, 2016

1.84 crore released for treatment of 219 children

 Haryana Health Minister  Anil Vij, said that Rs 1.84 crore have been released for treatment of 219 children   suffering from heart diseases in the State. 
        While stating this here today, the Health Minister said that under the National Child Health Programme, 211 teams of   Health Department have been constituted to examine children studying in government schools and registered at Anganwadi Centres across the State, for heart diseases. Such children are referred to Early Intervention Centres established in each district for examination and treatment.
        Mr. Vij said that following this, those children who are diagnosed as suffering from heart diseases and are in a serious condition, are sent to government hospitals or big hospitals recognised by the government.
He said that such children are provided financial assistance of up to Rs 1.50 lakh each. They are provided treatment at PGIMS, Rohtak, PGIM ER, Chandigarh, AIIMS and other prominent hospitals. This facility is available only for children studying in government schools, he added,

SENIOR SCALETO 23 OFFICERS:The Haryana Government has decided to grant Senior Scale of HCS (Ex.Br.) to 23 officers with effect from January 1, 2016.
While stating this here today, an official spokesman said that the Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal, has approved the proposal.
        He said that these officers included Manisha Sharma, Kamal Preet Kaur, Amit Kumar, Pardeep Kumar-II, Sushil Kumar-II, Anu, Nishu Nee Namrata Singal, Virat, Vivek Chaudhary, Dalbir Singh, Ashwani Malik and Narender Pal Malik. The other such officers are  Shalini Chetal, Reagan Kumar, Pooja Chanwaria, Amarjit Singh, Tirlok Chand, Vivek Kalia, Tarun Kumar Pawaria, Satish Yadav, Satish Kumar, Manoj Khatri and Gaurav Kumar.
APPLICATIONS INVITED: Chandigarh, April 30 – Haryana Government has invited applications from the Post-graduate teachers working in government high and senior secondary schools, who are willing to work on deputation in 36 Aarohi Model Schools situated in Educationally Backward Blocks of 10 districts.
While stating this here today, Director, Secondary Education, Mr. Mohan Lal Kaushik, said that the candidates may apply for the vacant posts by filling up option of five choices. He said that the application should reach Aarohi Cell, Shiksha Sadan, Sector 5, Panchkula through Principal or Head of the Institution and District Education Officer concerned within 15 days by speed post.

Uploading photos of damaged roads on WhatsApp

  The Haryana  Government would soon release a WhatsApp number through which anyone in any part of the State can send a photograph of a damaged road, which would then be repaired within the next 48 hours.
       This was stated by Haryana Public Works (Buildings and Roads) Minister, Rao Narbir Singh while interacting with media persons after inaugurating two Anganwadi Centres in village Sadhrana, district Gurgaon, today.
He said that after a year, people coming from other states would feel the difference in roads here and they would realise that the roads in Haryana are far better as compared to those of other states. The condition of roads here would speak of the development taking place in the state.
The Minister said that the Department would spend Rs 213 crore on various development works in district Gurgaon during the current financial year.
Replying to a question, Rao Narbir Singh said that the Department would spend about Rs 108 crore on repair and strengthening of roads, about Rs 50 crore on construction of various buildings apart from the PWD Rest House in Gurgaon, work of which is going on in full swing. The Rest House alone would cost about Rs 26 crore. It will be the biggest PWD Rest House in the state. Similarly, the Department would incur   about Rs 57 crore on construction of Railway Over Bridges (ROBs) in the district. He said that in addition, with the help of Central Government, construction of flyover at Hero Honda Chowk on NH-8 is in progress and it will cost about Rs 200 crore. Besides, the Central Government has also released   Rs 1,000 crore for remodeling of three important intersections on NH-8 to resolve the problem of traffic jam in Gurgaon city. 
He said, “We are going to spend around Rs 13 crore on strengthening and construction of roads in Sohna Assembly Constituency, about Rs 33.37 crore in Badshahpur Assembly Constituency and   Rs 60.53 crore in Pataudi Assembly segment.” 
He said that since a major part of Gurgaon Assembly Constituency is urbanised and Public Works (Building and Roads) Department has roads in rural areas, the Department would be contributing in construction of buildings in this assembly segment.
He said that construction of new teaching block was going on in Government College, Sector 14, Gurgaon at a cost of Rs 2.94 crore, a new teaching block-cum-science block in Dronacharya Government College is in progress at a cost of Rs 2.50 crore, construction of a library at a cost of Rs 94 lakh and a wing in ITI at a cost of Rs 3 crore. Similarly, in village Mandpura of Pataudi Assembly Constituency, construction of   building of Primary Health Centre and residential accommodation is going on at a cost of Rs 2.07 crore and a 50-bed Community Health Center is in progress in Pataudi, costing Rs 10.74 crore. Construction of eight rooms at a cost of Rs 84 lakh was going on in Government School Sidhrawali of Pataudi, he added.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

"Water Audit Scheme" for MSMEs

Chandigarh, April 27
The Haryana Government has notified "Water Audit Scheme" for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) to encourage water harvesting and conservation in industrial units in the state.
       While stating this here today, a spokesman of Industries and Commerce Department said that it also involves measuring the actual water consumption of various water consumption gadgets used in the premises of the enterprise, comparing it with an estimate of the minimum water required to undertake the process and establishing technically and economically feasible means to achieve the same and suggest best ways to optimize the water consumption leading to water saving and cutting down water consumption bills.
       Referring to the quantum of assistance, he said that 75 per cent reimbursement of cost of water audit limited to a maximum of Rs. one lakh and subsidy up to 50 per cent or maximum of Rs. 20 lakh on the cost of capital equipment required for water conservation or harvesting systems would be provided to an eligible MSME under the scheme. He said that the scheme will remain in operation for  five years. The MSMEs which have undertaken water audit and purchased equipments after August 14, 2015 and before August 14, 2020 would be eligible under this scheme, he added.
        He said that all existing MSMEs units anywhere in the state, which have filed EM Part-II or Udyog Aadhaar Memorandum (UAM) with respective District Industries Centre, would be eligible to apply under the scheme. Such enterprises would be provided financial assistance provided that the water audit has been done by an ISO certified agency.
       Detailing about the other criteria of eligibility, he said that the item of manufacture should not fall in the restrictive list as notified by the State Government from time to time. The assistance on cost of capital equipments will be eligible only if there has been at least 25 per cent reduction in the water consumption of average monthly consumption of previous 12 months before conducting of audit. Even after taking all steps for efficient use of water, if consumption is increasing due to increase in production then such claim will be examined separately by a committee to be constituted by the Director of Industries and Commerce. Investments in new plant, machinery and equipments focused towards enhancing water conservation shall only be eligible for subsidy under this scheme. The unit should have obtained NOC/CLU from competent authority, if applicable. The unit should be in commercial production. In addition, the unit should be in regular production at the time of disbursement. The assistance shall not be released to a closed unit, he added.
          He said that application for the reimbursement of expenses incurred in conducting water audit and purchase of capital equipments along with listed documents would be submitted to the Director of Industries and Commerce, on the web portal of the department within three months from the date of completion of water audit/ purchase of capital equipment. In case the deficiencies are not removed within prescribed period, the claim may be filed by the Competent Authority, under intimation to the applicant through an e-mail. The enterprise shall not be required to submit any additional document other than specified under Annexure-I without approval of competent authority.
          He said that Director Industries and Commerce will be competent authority to sanction assistance within 30 days from the date of completion of the claim whereas Principal Secretary, Industries and Commerce will be competent to make interpretation or relaxation of any provision of this scheme.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

2109 Trained Graduate Teachers promoted

The Haryana Government has promoted 2109 Trained Graduate Teachers (TGTs) of different subjects to the post of Post Graduate Teachers (PGTs) in School Education Department, with immediate effect.
        While stating this here today, Education Minister Mr Ram Bilas Sharma said that it was a long standing demand of TGTs, which has now been fulfilled. He said that more promotions would be made in the department in future and orders have been issued to all the District Education Officers to send the list of vacancies of   posts in their respective offices.
        He said that government is making concerted efforts to improve the standard of education in government schools. The teachers should give their best in providing quality education to the students so as to make them responsible citizens, he added.
TRANSFER PERMISSION: Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) has framed a transfer policy for granting transfer permission to nursing homes or clinics allotted before the year 1997 in the state.
        While stating this here today, a spokesman of HUDA said that in case of first transfer for nursing home sites allotted, not auctioned, transfer fee would be charged at double the rate of the transfer fee rates of commercial sites that were allotted through auction.
        For the second transfer, the rate for transfer of allotted Nursing Home sites, not auctioned, would be at par with commercial rates of transfer. At present, administrative charges of Rs. 5000 are applied for transfer of built up residential or commercial sites, where full payment has been made and conveyance deed has been executed by the allottee.
          He said that the rates for transfer of residential or commercial sites, built up or not built, would be updated as per present rates. For future allotments, transfer permission can be allowed only in cases where the Nursing Home has been running for at least five years. However, vacant plots would not be allowed to be transferred. A minimum of 25 per cent built up area would be a pre-condition for transfer of nursing home sites, he added.

Haryan to launch LEP in all primary schools

The Haryana Government has decided to launch ‘Learning Enhancement Programme’ (LEP) in all primary schools within   next three months   to improve the learning outcomes of students in about 9,000 primary schools across the State. Apart from this, moral education would also be introduced as a part of the curriculum in the schools.
        This was informed during the 43rd meeting of the Executive Committee of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan held under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary, Mr. D.S. Dhesi, here today.
        During the meeting, the Chief Secretary issued orders to get a survey conducted to identify the reasons for students dropping out of schools.
        It was informed in the meeting that dedicated Academic Cells would be established in Directorate of Elementary Education and Directorate of Secondary Education for implementation and monitoring of all academic initiatives. The AMS mobile application would also be launched state-wide for all officers to enhance usability and usage of the Academic Monitoring System (AMS).
          Additional Chief Secretary, School Education, Mrs. Keshni Anand Arora, said that for the academic session 2016-17, the curriculum of primary classes has been modified and the textbooks have been improved. She said that moral education has been included in the curriculum of Classes VI to VIII and the textbooks of this subject would be delivered to the schools by April 30. Similarly, work is underway on the textbooks of moral education for Classes IX and X, she added.
        She said that according to the latest National Achievements Survey (NAS) conducted by NCERT, Haryana is one of the three states which have shown an improvement in learning outcomes of the students. The Union Ministry of Human Resource Development has appreciated the good work done by Haryana under its Quality Improvement Programme, she added.
          She said that 96 per cent of the students of primary schools in the State have been linked with Aadhaar and the teachers are also being linked with Aadhaar.
          Those present in the meeting included Additional Chief Secretary, Finance, Mr. Sanjeev Kaushal, Additional Chief Secretary, Social Justice and Empowerment, Mr. Sunil Gulati and Additional Chief Secretary, Women and Child Development, Mrs. Dheera Khandelwal and other senior officers.

80,000 persons imparted skill development training

With a view to empower youth for gainful employment, more than 80,000 persons in Haryana have been imparted skill development training under the Haryana Skill Development Mission during 2015-16. A target has been set to provide skill training to 21,000 youths at a cost of Rs 25 crore in the year 2016-17.
        This was informed in the second meeting of the Governing Council of Haryana Skill Development Mission held under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary, Mr. D.S. Dhesi, here today.
          The Chief Secretary also launched the Mission website to provide information regarding training providers, training centers, courses and various skill schemes to stakeholders. Different skill schemes were also approved and decisions were taken for the smooth functioning of the Mission.
          It was informed that 360 youth are being trained by the Mission through the Central Institute of Plastic Engineering and Technology (CIPET), Murthal in district Sonepat in the field of Plastic Engineering and Technology. Skill training is being provided to 5,750 youth through NSDC-empanelled training providers in different sectors. Training is being provided to 5,000 urban youth under the scheme Employment through Skill Training and Placement (EST and P) of National Urban Livelihood Mission (NULM). Similarly, under Integrated Skill Development Scheme (ISDS) of Union Ministry of Textiles, training is being imparted to 4,600 candidates in districts Ambala, Rohtak, Hisar, Gurgaon, Bhiwani, Panipat and Faridabad.
          It was informed in the meeting that the Mission aims to provide skill training to 1,000 youth from each district in 2016-17 in various sectors as per skill gap survey and local industry requirements. The estimated training cost per trainee, including assessment and certification charges, would be between Rs 12,000 and Rs 15,000.The future action plan of the Misison also includes the setting up of a Skill Development Centre (Swaran Jayanti Kaushal Vikas Kendra) in each district, establishment of Skill University in district Faridabad and setting up of Multi Skill Development Centres at Dhamlawas in Rewari, Sector 26 in Panchkula and in eight upcoming new Government Polytechnics. It also includes establishment of a Technology Centre at newly constructed Government Polytechnic, Neemka in Faridabad by National Small Industry Corporation (NSIC) for imparting training to local entrepreneurs and skill training to unemployed local youth. It also includes setting up of three Centres of Excellence by Siemens Industry Software (India) Private Limited, the proposal for which has been submitted to competent authority after concurrence of Chief Secretary.
          During the meeting, skill schemes were approved to impart employment-oriented skill training in various sectors. These included SURYA (Skilling, Up-skilling, Re-skilling of Youth and Assessment) to provide foundation, refresher and advance skill training and DAKSH (Dissemination of Applied Knowledge and Skill in Haryana) to facilitate other departments to accomplish their skill trainings. Similarly, Smart (Skill Mart) has been coneptualised to offer skill training in association with industries and ‘Seekho-Sikhaao’ for training of trainers and creating pool of trainers.
          It was also informed in the meeting that according to the Skill Gap Survey conducted by the NSDC, there was an estimated shortfall of 3.5 lakh skilled and five lakh semi-skilled manpower in retail, healthcare, construction, Information Technology (IT) and IT-enabled Services, transportation and logistics, manufacturing, banking, financial services and insurance (BFSI), automotives, sports, green jobs, beauty and wellness, agriculture and allied sectors in all the districts.
          It was also informed that the skill targets in Haryana are being achieved collectively by School Education, Technical Education, Higher Education, Industries, Industrial Training, Electronics and IT, Urban Local Bodies, Women and Child Development, Agriculture, Tourism, Medical Education, Animal Husbandry and Dairying, HARTRON and Rural Development Departments. At present, different schemes namely ‘Hunar Se Rozgar', Apprenticeship, Modular Employability Scheme, Community Development Through Polytechnics, Creation of Employment Generation, Aajeevika, SABLA and Swavlamban, are being implemented by various departments in the State.
          The Mission is coordinating the implementation of the skill schemes across the Departments and would also execute skill-based trainings by convergence of all ongoing and new skill development schemes. The Mission has been developed to achieve the vision of Skill India and would coordinate skilling efforts to achieve skilling at scale with speed and standards. It would target school dropouts, women, persons belonging to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes and minorities, persons living below poverty line, differently-abled persons and those employed seasonally or in unorganised sector.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Subhash Chander stars in Canara HSBC 's win

An all-round performance by Subhash Chander (45 and 3 for 10) and his 59-run second wicket partnership with Dheeraj Kumar (45, 4x4s, 2x6s) helped Canara HSBC beat Suave Automotive by 53 runs in the Gurgaon District Cricket Twenty20 Tournament in Gurgaon on Sunday night.
Canara HSBC batted first and scored 133 for 3 in allootted 20 overs. They lost their opener Yogesh Rawat (6) with scoreboard reading 54. Subhash and Dheeraj propped up their innings with a 59-run second wicket partnership. Subhash in his 45 hit six boundaries while Dheeraj's 45 contained four fours and two sixes.
Dinesh Mehta and Nitin Gupta remained not out on 3 and 8, respectively.
In reply Suave Automotive were bundled out for 88 in 17 overs. Only Anuj (24), Naveen (10) and Pardeep (10) could reach the double figure mark. Abhishek Lal (3 for 7), Subhash Chander (3 for 10), Shalesh Negi (1 for 13), Sumit Chawla (1 for 15) and Dheeraj Kumar (1 for 21) were the wicket takers for Canara HSBC .
Subhash Chander was adjudged the man of the match. He received a voucher of Rs 3500. Dheeraj, also of Canara HSBC got a vourcher award for Rs 2000.
Awards were given by BJP leader Manish Yadav and Gurgaon District Cricket Association general secretary Naresh Sharma distributed the prize.

House Allotment Committee invites applications

House Allotment Committee, Haryana has invited fresh applications from eligible employees of Haryana Government working on regular basis in the offices at Chandigarh for allotment of type-III government houses at Panchkula.
          While stating this here today, a spokesman of the committee said that the employees, who have already been allotted government houses of appropriate category at Chandigarh by UT Administration and the employees of Boards, Corporations and of other Autonomous Bodies are not eligible for allotment of these houses at Panchkula.
          The employees drawing basic pay plus grade pay of Rs. 17,101 to Rs. 21,000 in revised pay scale as on January 1, 2016 were eligible for the allotment of these houses, he added.
          He said that the employees who have been allotted government houses have to occupy the houses in a specified period, otherwise the applicant would stand debarred for allotment of this type of house for a period of one year. The applicants whose names appears in the existing seniority list shall be consigned to record and they need to apply afresh. The applications could also be downloaded from website
          The spokesman said that applications in Form "A" should reach the office of House Allotment Committee by May 6, 2016.

18 IAS officers transferred in Haryana

The Haryana Government today issued transfer and posting   orders of 18 IAS officers with immediate effect.
           Vijayendra Kumar, Director General and Secretary, Electronic and Information Technology Department and Chief Executive Officer, Saraswati Heritage Board has been posted as Secretary, General Administration Department  relieving Rajeev Ranjan and Secretary, Revenue and Disaster Management Department and Director General, Consolidation of Holdings and Land Records, Special Collector(Headquarter) and Special LAO relieving Suprabha Dahiya of the said charge.
           Rajbir Singh, Secretary, Monitoring and Coordination and Commissioner, Hisar Division, Hisar has been posted as Additional Principal Secretary to Chief Minister against a vacant post.
           Pankaj Agarwal, Registrar, Cooperative Societies goes as Labour Commissioner and Secretary, Labour Department vice  Wazeer Singh Goyat, who has been posted as Special Secretary, Home-1 Department and Managing Director, Haryana Land Reclamation Development Corporation.
           Sameer Pal Srow, Deputy Commissioner, Panipat goes as Managing Director, Haryana Tourism Development Corporation relieving  Vikas Yadav of the said charge.Ashok Sangwan, Deputy Commissioner, Ambala and E.O for Management, Land in Excised Area, Ambala Cantt. has been posted as Registrar, Cooperative Societies in place of  Pankaj Agarwal.
            Mrs.Ashima Brar, Director and Special Secretary, Women and Child Development Department, Managing Director, Women Development Corporation and Secretary, Haryana State Commission for Protection of Child Rights has been posted as Special Secretary, Home-II Department and Joint Commissioner, Gurdwara Elections vice  Rajnarayan Kaushik, who goes as Deputy Commissioner, Kurukshetra in place of  C.G.Rajini Kaanthan, who has been posted as Director and Special Secretary, Social Justice and Empowerment Department.
           Mandip Singh Brar, Deputy Commissioner, Panchkula and Chief Administrator, Shri Mata Mansa Devi Shrine Board, Panchkula has been posted as Deputy Commissioner, Karnal vice Mr.J.Ganesan, who goes as Chief Administrator, Haryana State Agricultural Marketing Board relieving Anil Malik of the said charge.
            Mrs.Renu S.Phulia, Managing Director, Haryana Land Reclamation Development Corporation and Secretary, Haryana Human Rights Commission has been posted as Secretary, Haryana Human Rights Commission and also given the additional charge of Director and Special Secretary, Women and Child Development Department and Managing Director, Women Development Corporation and Secretary, Haryana State Commission for Protection of Child Rights vice Ashima Brar.
           Ravi Prakash Gupta, Special Secretary, Finance Department goes as Deputy Commissioner, Kaithal in place of Mr.Nikhil Gajraj, who goes as Deputy Commissioner, Hisar and Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, Hisar vice  Changer Shekhar Khare, who has been posted as Deputy Commissioner, Panipat in place of  Sameer Pal Srow.
            Dr.Garima Mittal, Administrator, HUDA and Additional Director, Urban Estates, Faridabad has been posted as Deputy Commissioner, Panchkula and Chief Administrator, Shri Mata Mansa Devi Shrine Board, Panchkula vice Mandip Singh Brar.
            Mr.Prabhjot Singh, Additional Deputy Commissioner-cum-Chief Executive Officer (ADC-cum-CEO), District Rural Development Agency (DRDA), Kurukshetra has been posted as Deputy Commissioner, Ambala and E.O.for Management of Government Land in Excised Area, Ambala Cantt. Dr.Priyanka Soni, ADC-cum-CEO, DRDA, Rewari goes as Administrator, HUDA, Faridabad and Additional Director, Urban Estates, Faridabad.

16 District Town Planners transferred

The Haryana Government has issued transfer and posting orders of 16 District Town Planners (DTPs) with immediate effect.
            Anil Dabas, DTP, Headquarters has been posted as DTP (P), Faridabad in place of Amrik Singh who goes as DTP, Sonepat.
            Dhirender Singh, DTP, Sonepat has been posted as DTP, Karnal in place of Hitesh Sharma who goes as DTP-CCP (NCR).
            Vijender Singh, DTP, Jhajjar has been posted as DTP, Headquarters.
            Anil Kumar Narwal, DTP, Jind has been posted as DTP, Yamunanagar in place of Deshraj who goes as DTP, Jhajjar.
            Dharamvir Singh Khatri, DTP (E), Faridabad has been posted as DTP (Urban Estates).
            Rajinder T. Sharma, DTP (E), Panipat working in the office of STP, Gurgaon has been posted as DTP (E), Faridabad.
            Sanjay Kumar, DTP (P), Gurgaon has been posted as DTP (E), Gurgaon.
            Mohan Singh, DTP, Sirsa has been posted as DTP (P), Gurgaon.
            Karamvir Jhajjaria, DTP, Hisar has been posted as DTP, Sirsa with additional charge of DTP, Fatehabad.
            Satish Kumar Punia, DTP, Bhiwani has been posted as DTP, Bhiwani with additional charge of DTP, Hisar.
            Arvind Dhull, DTP CCP (NCR) and Ashok Kumar Garg, DTP, Panipat will swap their respective places of posting.
            Satyavir Singh, DTP, Kaithal has been given the additional charge  of DTP, Jind.

Haryana to set up NIFT in Panchkula

 With a view to develop textile, handloom and cottage industry in Haryana, the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT)   would be set up over an area of 10.45 acres in sector 23 Part-II of Panchkula near here  at a cost of Rs 100 crore. The construction work on the building of the Centre would begin soon.
        This was informed in a meeting chaired by Haryana Chief Secretary, Mr. D.S. Dhesi, here today.
          During the meeting, approval was granted for the blueprint and construction work of the institute. It was also informed that the construction work of the building would be carried out by Haryana Police Housing Corporation.The State Government was committed to provide funds amounting to about Rs 100 crore for the development of buildings, infrastructure, hostel staff residences, furniture, IT hardware and software and vehicles. These funds would be provided in a phased manner.
          It was also decided to start the classes from the next academic session onwards. As many as six regular degree courses would be offered at the NIFT, Panchkula. These include four-year Bachelor of Design with major in Fashion Design or Textile Design, four-year Bachelor of Fashion technology with major in Apparel Production, two-year Master of Fashion Technology, two-year Master of Design, two-year Master of fashion Management and Certificate Programme of one-year-and-six-months as a part of the Continuing Education Programme. The annual intake in the proposed courses would be 230.

Laptops to 500 meritorious students

The  Haryana Government has decided to give free laptops to first 500 meritorious students, including both boys and girls, belonging to different categories who would secure a minimum of 95 per cent marks in   annual Board examination of Class X in 2016-17.
          While stating this  today, Finance Minister Capt. Abhimanyu said that the lap tops would be provided under State Merit Scholarship scheme, under which a scholarship of Rs 150 per student for 12 months  used to be given. Now the proposal  to  give laptops instead  has been approved by Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal. He said that  the State Government would bear an additional expenditure of about Rs 2.50 crore  on account of this facility.
          He said that while one hundred laptops would be provided to top 100 students in the merit list of the Board irrespective of their caste, sex or economic status, an equal number of laptops would be given to top girl students belonging to general category.
          He said that such laptops would also be provided to top one hundred boys and an equal number of top girls belonging to   Scheduled Castes, and the remaining one hundred laptops to students belonging to  Below Poverty Line families, in the merit list of the Board.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Making judicial system less expensive, quicker and more effective

 Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal today stressed the need for undertaking reforms to make the judicial system less expensive, quicker and more effective and added that the state government would wholeheartedly support any and every such reform measure.
          The Chief Minister was addressing a conference of Chief Ministers and Chief Justices of High Courts in New Delhi today.
          He said that as adjournments continue to be a cause of concern, courts should begin to impose heavy costs on frivolous requests for adjournments. As per the data available with National Judicial Data Grid, 5,30,301 cases including 2,35,286 civil and 2,95,015 criminal cases are pending in various courts of Haryana. Out of these, 370 (0.07 per cent) cases are more than 10 years old, 5,744 (1.08 per cent) cases are between 5 to 10 years old, 1,11,918 (21.1 per cent) cases are between 2 to 5 years old and 4,12,269 (77.74 per cent) are less than two years old. He congratulated the Punjab and Haryana High Court for having almost eliminated more than five years old cases. He said that we should have a system of normative periods for the disposal of different types of cases and regular review of the progress against these norms. In a way, it will amount to opting the spirit of Right to Service Act in the judicial system, he added.
          He said that Haryana Government has earmarked Rs 90 crore to undertake civil works of judicial complexes, creation of additional court rooms and judicial housesin the State during this year, whereas Rs 65 crore were spent last year for the same purpose.
          He appreciated that the approved strength of the Judges in Punjab and Haryana High Court has been increased to 85 from 68 during the last one year. However, at present, there are only 46 Judges. The State Government is looking forward to early appointments against the vacancies, he added.He said that in consultation with the High Court, the government has already notified the Courts of Additional District and Sessions Judge First as Commercial Courts, although as per the Commercial Courts Commercial Division and Commercial Appellate Divisions of High Court Act, 2015, it was not mandatory for Haryana to notify Commercial Courts. This step will boost investor’s confidence by assuring expeditious disposal of commercial disputes.
          Referring to criminal justice system, he said that State government has taken various measures to empower this branch of the justice system. The Government has provided computers, internet and computer operators in almost all field offices. Also, e-Library facility has been provided to every such office to help our law officers remain updated with latest case laws and judgements of higher courts. The government has sanctioned 21 new posts of District Attorneys and 162 new posts of Assistant District Attorneys against which recruitments shall soon be made by Haryana Public Service Commission. The Government has also trained our 167 Law Officers in Chandigarh Judicial Academy, Chandigarh, Haryana Institute of Public Administration, Gurgaon and Haryana Police Academy, Madhuban.
          He said that State Litigation Policy was being revised. The State Government is collaborating with Punjab and UT Administration, Chandigarh so that there is a uniform litigation policy for the entire territorial jurisdiction of Punjab and Haryana High Court. This policy would aim at reducing the potential litigation by and against the governments inter alia by ensuring replies to all legal notices, more responsive appeal decisions, grant of relief to similarly situated persons without court intervention and effective inter-departmental coordination.
          He said that the government has constituted the Haryana Statute Review Committee under the chairmanship of Mr. Justice (Retired) Iqbal Singh to look at all the state laws and rules and to recommend not only the repeal of obsolete laws which are no longer relevant but also such amendments in the other Acts and Rules that would ensure better reflection of today’s realities.
          He said that State Government has established 21 Fast Track Courts for expeditious trial of offences like heinous crime against women and those under the Domestic Violence Act, Protection of the Child Rights Act, Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, Prevention of Corruption Act, those involving differently abled and persons above 65 years of age, under trials who have spent significant time in jail, oldest sessions trial cases and the NDPS Act.
          While referring to the Haryana State Legal Services Authority, he said that from January 1, 2015 to January 31,2016, as many as 11 permanent Lok Adalats and eight monthly Lok Adalats were held which settled total of 6,20,207 cases.

Live telecast of judicial proceedings

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal today suggested that the judicial proceedings in the higher courts should be webcast or telecast live like the proceedings of Legislatures and Parliament.
          The Chief Minister, who was addressing the conference of Chief Ministers and Chief Justices of High Courts in New Delhi, said that it would help in the dissemination of legal knowledge and help in further fostering faith in our judicial system.
          He also suggested that efforts should be made to ensure that proceedings of the High Courts are also allowed to be conducted in Hindi or the regional language of the state. “To ward of any misgiving, let me make it clear that judgements could continue to be recorded in English till alternate arrangements are made”, he added.
          He said that there is a need to decriminalise some petty offences and an alternative system of social service for reform of those who commit such crimes should be put in place. This could include punishments by way of street sweeping or cleaning for definite period of time along with a longer probation period, the commission of the same offence during which can be punishable with imprisonment.
          He also reiterated the commitment of his government for the mission of Speedy Justice for all.

Haryana CM urges Centre for a separate High Court

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal today urged the Central Government to consider certain specific issues concerning Haryana which included long standing demand of a separate High Court, equal representation in High Court, creation of a separate Division Bench and creation of All India Judicial Services.
          The Chief Minister, who was addressing a conference of Chief Ministers and Chief Justices of High Courts in New Delhi, urged the Central Government to bring the necessary legislation to fulfill the long standing demand of the State for the creation of a separate High Court. He said as per Article 214 of our Constitution, there shall be a High Court for each state. Haryana Vidhan Sabha has already passed a resolution for creation of a separate High Court for Haryana, he added.
          While reminding of the bifurcation of Civil Secretariat and Legislative Assembly between Punjab and Haryana, he said that a separate High Court can easily be created by bifurcating the existing building, staff and infrastructure as was done in the case of Civil Secretariat and Legislative Assembly.This is all the more important since the number of cases from Haryana far exceed than Punjab, he added.
          He also drew the attention of the Central Government for having equal representation in the High Court.He pointed out that Haryana has less than equal representation in the Punjab and Haryana High Court saying that there is an unwritten norm of having 60 per cent judges from Punjab and 40 per cent judges from Haryana, that is being followed. This practice is not only discriminatory in nature, but also has no sanction of law. “I earnestly request the Chief Justice of India and the Acting Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court to end this discriminatory tradition and practice”, added Mr Manohar Lal.
          The Chief Minister also raised the issue of creation of a Division Bench. He said that Haryana has two unique features, viz, bordering the national capital from three sides and having 13 districts out of its total 21 districts falling in the National Capital Region. Haryana’s centre of economic activity and resultantly legal activity is, therefore, tilted towards the National Capital Region. However, the present seat of the Punjab and Haryana High Court is on the opposite end of the State. This leads to loss of valuable time and resources of both the people and the government. “I, therefore, request the Prime Minister of India to consider setting up of a separate Bench of the High Court near the National Capital Territory. I also request Chief Justice of India and Acting Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court to support this demand”, said Mr Manohar Lal. Its acceptance would provide big success to poor ligitigants from far off region of southern and western Haryana, he added.
          The Chief Minister also reiterated State Government’s stand to support the creation of All India Judicial Services on the pattern of All India Services as provided under Article 312(1) of the Constitution of India. He said that this would help in attracting the best talent in the country towards this service resulting in enhancement of competence and quality of judges. India, perhaps is the only country in the world where judges appoint themselves and governments have no role as far as Judicial Establishment is considered. Recruitments in the All India Judicial Services may be made through the Union Public Service Commission, he added.

Haryana announces Handicraft Awards Scheme

The Haryana Government has notified the "Handicraft Awards Scheme" for the grant of awards to artisans, craft persons and weavers of the state for the promotion of handicrafts and related activities.
          Stating this here today, a spokesman of the Industries Department said that state awards would be conferred on craft persons and weavers in recognition of their outstanding contribution, craftsmanship and development of art. This recognition will encourage them to pursue with the craft in a more enthusiastic and productive manner, and will ultimately encourage others to emulate them.
          State handicraft awards will be conferred on 13 artisans standing first in each of the groups of painting, terracotta, clay objects, stone and marble, embroidery and textile, wood and bamboo, metal, leather, handloom, jute, wax and miscellaneous. These awards also include one for the outstanding woman artisan.
          The State Handicraft Award and Outstanding Woman Artisan award carries prize money of Rs 3 lakh each whereas consolation prizes would be for Rs 51,000. Awardees will also be given a merit certificate.
          Referring to the eligibility conditions, the spokesman said that handicraft awards would be granted to the artisans/ crafts persons/ weavers of the state having resident proof like Voter Card/ Ration Card/ Adhaar Card/ Domicile Certificate engaged in the manufacture of above sectors/segments. The artisan should be registered with Development Commissioner (Handicrafts), Government of India.
          Detailing the selection criteria, he said that out of the total 100 marks of merit, 25 each would be for the degree of skill in the craft and creativity in art or design. Fifteen marks each would be meant for traditional technique involved in the craft and resources used for making the artefacts.
          While 10 marks would be for the theme and fineness of work, five each would be given for appearance of the product and contribution of the craftsperson to the development of crafts in terms of providing training to other craft persons.
          The artisans attaining maximum marks in respect of the criteria of variety and creativity in art will be given priority in case two artisans get equal marks. Artisan once selected for award shall not again be considered during the next 5 Years, which includes the year of selection.
          Haryana is known for special handicrafts like Brassware, Jari Jutti, Wood craft, Cloth Paintings, Hand fans, Paper Mackie, Lakh Bangles and Jewellery, Modha making, Terracotta, Stuffed Toys, Carpets, Peedha and Charpai making, Durries, Embroidery, Bead work, Camel Backs, Metal Work, Pottery, Dolls, Fur and Leather Items, Cane and Bamboo items, Crocia and Metal items etc. There are more than 12,000 artisans in the state registered with the Development Commissioner, Handicrafts.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Revised Lump Sum Scheme for developers

The Haryana Government is offering another opportunity for developers to opt for the Lump Sum Scheme for simplified payment of tax.
While stating this here today, an official spokesman said that a developer registered under the HVAT Act could have opted for the scheme within 60 days from the date of its notification. However, registered developers who could not opt for the scheme earlier may now opt for it by submitting an application in form CD1 to the appropriate assessing authority, latest by April 30, 2016, he added.
He said that the State Government had introduced a revised Lump Sum Scheme for builders and developers on September 24, 2015. This scheme provides a simplified and hassle-free mode of tax payment to developers.
He said that under the scheme, a developer registered under the HVAT Act, who had opted for the scheme, was to pay, in lieu of tax payable under the HVAT Act, a lump-sum tax at the rate of one per cent of the aggregate amount specified in the agreement between the buyer and the registered developer. A composition developer under this revised scheme was also authorised to make purchases of goods for use in execution of works contract from outside the state at the rate of two per cent against ‘C’ form.

All Haryana villages to be linked through internet

 All villages in Haryana would be linked through internet and each village would have its own website through which information about various development works would be made available to the people. To begin with, broadband facility would be provided in 2500 villages this year and to all remaining villages during the next three-and-a-half years.
This was stated by Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal while addressing a largely attended "Haryana Swaran Jayanti Panchayat Sammelan" at Gohana today. Representatives of Panchayati Raj Institutions from about 6907 villages participated in the Sammelan.
The Chief Minister, who made a number of announcements for further strengthening the rural infrastructure, announced that village streets would be constructed at a cost of Rs 5000 crore under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGA).He said that to provide sewerage and drainage facilities in 120 villages having population of over 10,000 and daily supply of drinking water to water deficient villages through 2000 tankers. He said that the State Government has made adequate arrangement for supply of drinking water in the State, especially in the month of April, May and June.
The Chief Minister also announced those village, block samiti and district which would achieve the target of hundred per cent household toilets, under the Nirmal Gram Yajana by November 1, 2016, would be honoured with a cash award of Rs one lakh, Rs five lakh, and Rs 20 lakh respectively. Apart from this concerned additional Deputy Commissioner, Deputy Commissioner and Block Development and Panchayat Officer concerned would also be honored by the government.
While referring to the recent agitation in the State, Mr Manohar Lal cautioned the people against those forces which are trying to divide them . He said that we are united and would remain united. He urged the people to live with the spirit of Haryana Ek Haryanvi Ek.
He said that on the call given by Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi for rural development, various schemes of the Central and State Government have been implemented. He said that initially, development of villages and welfare of farmers and the poor would be ensured by following the spirit of Antodaya so that the benefit of welfare schemes and programmes reach the grass root level.
While referring to the budget of the State Government, Mr Manohar Lal said that earlier an increase of eight to ten per cent used to be made in the budget every year, but the present Government has made an increase of 28 per cent in the State’s budget. He said that this year budget of Rs 88,000 core has been presented as against the previous budget of Rs 69,000 crore. Apart from this additional Rs 200 crore would be spent on the development projects, he added.
He said that the State Government is committed to provide housing facility to the poor in the State. He said that the Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi has implemented the scheme ‘Housing For All.’ Under this scheme, the State Government has set a target to construct one lakh pucca houses this year and each eligible beneficiary would be provided Rs 1.50 lakh for the construction of house. Apart from this, it has also been decided to increase the carpet area of houses meant for economically weaker sections and those living Below Poverty Line under various housing schemes from 30 square meters to 50 square meter.
The Chief Minister said that the villages having population of more than 10,000 were being given the name of Maha Gram Panchayats and would be provided with sewerage and drainage facilities. At present the number of such villages is 120. He said that with a view to provide all people centric services in all villages online, village secretariat were being constructed. The village secretariats would be constructed in 1000 villages this year and the remaining villages would be covered during the next three-and-a-half years.
He said that the State Government has adopted the policy of zero tolerance for corruption to ensure hundred per cent utilization of funds mean for development. The State Government has decided to constitute village level social audit committees to ensure optimum utilization of funds. The State Government is effectively implementing the Swacch Bharat Abhiyan under which the State Government has decided to achieve hundred per cent target of household toilets. At present the number of such villages is 9500. He said that those village, block samiti and district which would achieve the target of hundred per cent toilet under the Nirmal Gram Yajana by November 1, 2016 would be honoured with a cash award of Rs one lakh, Rs five lakh and Rs 20 lakh respectively. Apart from this concerned additional Deputy Commissioner, Deputy Commissioner and Block Development and Panchayat Officer concerned would also be honored by the government. He said that it has also been decided to make the State Kerosene free.
He said that as the State is completing 50 years of its existence this year, various new schemes would be implemented for providing employment opportunities to the youth. He said that 359 MoUs signed during the Happening Haryana Global Investors’ Summit at Gurgaon with investment proposals of Rs 5.84 lakh crore would also generat employment opportunities for the youth.
Earlier Speaking, Union Minister for Rural Development and Panchayti Raj, Mr Birender Singh said that with a view to ensure rural development in the State, while Rs two lakh crore would be directly transferred to the bank accounts of concerned Panchayats, Rs two lakh crore would be given for undertaking various development works under MGNREGA in the next five years.
Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Mr Krishan Pal Gurjar said that both the Central and the State Governments are working for the welfare of the poor, farmers and labourers. He said that Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi has given the slogan that ‘Na Khaunga Na Khane Dunga’. He said that in Haryana, Chief Minister Mr Manohar Lal is working with the same spirit.
Haryana Agriculture Minister Mr O.P Dhankar said that for the first time educated youth including women have made way to the Panchayati Raj Institutions. He said that Pradhan Mantri Krishi Bima Yojna has been implemented and he urged the representatives of the PRIs to work for the success of this scheme.
Haryana Finance Minister Capt. Abhimanyu said that the Gram Uday se Bharat Udey has certainly boosted the confidence of the newly elected representatives of PRIs. He said that a target has been fixed to double the income of farmers by 2022. He said various schemes for the welfare of farmers and development of villages would be implemented and he assured that there would be no dearth of funds for the same.
Haryana Urban Local Bodies Minister, Mrs Kavita Jain said that the strengthening of Panchyats would lead to strengthening of democratic system. She said that ‘Gram Uday Se Bharat Uday’ campaign would help the newly elected representatives to become more aware of their rights. This would further help in ensuring rural development of the State.
Member Parliament, Mr Ramesh Kaushik, Haryana Education Minister Mr Ram Bilas Sharma, General Secretary and Incharge Party Affairs , Haryana, Mr Anil Jain, State BJP President Mr Subhash Barala and Chief Parliamentary Secretary Mr Bakshish Singh Virk also spoke on this occasion.
Member Parliament, Mr Ratan Lal Kataria, Public Works (Build and Roads) Minister Rao Narbir Singh, Minister of State for Welfare of Scheduled Castes and Backward classes, Mr Krishan Kumar Bedi, Minister of State for Food and Supplies Mr Karan Dev Kamboj, Chief Parliamentary Secretary Mrs Seema Trikha , Chairman HSAMB Mrs Krishan Gehlot, MLAs , and prominent personalities of the area were also present on this occasion.