Chandigarh, May 5, 2018: Setting a new example on the occasion of Chief Minister, Manohar Lal’s birthday today, the Haryana Industries and Commerce Minister, Vipul Goel honoured meritorious students of 27 government schools of Faridabad Assembly Constituency with mementoes received by him during his tenure.
The students bagging first, second and third positions were also given cash prizes of Rs 3,100, Rs 2,100 and 1,100, respectively.
On this occasion, the Chief Minister also interacted with students through video conferencing. The children also cut a 65kgs cake and wished him a very happy birthday. Praying for the better future of the children, the Chief Minister appreciated this step of Vipul Goel.
Speaking on the occasion, Goel said that Antyodaya is the vision of the Chief Minister and it would only be possible when students at government schools would also receive equal facilities and opportunities. He said that it would be his target to make schools in Faridabad Assembly Constituency number one in terms of employment oriented education and facilities. He said that these schools would give tough competition to private schools in future. These mementoes would inspire these children and there could be no better use of these mementoes than this, he added.
It may be recalled that Goel had auctioned his mementoes and gifts at Surajkund in district Faridabad on January 14 this year in which various industrial organisations and other institutions of Haryana, Delhi and other states participated. The draft of Rs 2.52 crore raised through auction was received in the name of Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund and was donated for ‘Namami Gange’ Project.
Haryana Chief Minister, Manohar Lal announced that yoga competition would be organized in the State on the occasion of International Yoga Day on June 21 and the winners of first, second and third positions would be honoured.
Manohar Lal was addressing the gathering at village Kanouli, Barwala in district Panchkula near here today where he inaugurated 309 parks and vyayamshalas in the State. Education Minister, Ram Bilas Sharma, Development and Panchayats Minister, O.P Dhankar and Industries and Commerce Minister, Vipul Goel were also present on this occasion.
While congratulating the children, youth and elders of all 309 villages where parks and vyayamshalas has been inaugurated, the Chief Minister said that 1000 vyayamshalas are to be set up in the first phase out of which funds for 750 vyayamshalas has already been released. He said that a provision of 180 yoga trainers have been made for these Vyayamshalas and in the time to come, one yoga trainer each would be deputed in these Vyayamshalas.
Referring to the famous quotation, a sound mind lives in a sound body; the Chief Minister said that sports and yoga not only ensure our physical development but also the mental development. He urged the people to spare time in morning and evening and perform yoga and other sports activities in these Vyayamshalas as this would not help them remain fit but also kept the diseases at bay. Haryana is known for its Doodth (milk) – Dahi (curd) ka khana. From the ancient time’s sports activities remained an integral part of the life of people of the State but for the last few years, this tradition has been missing. Now, the present State Government has decided to revive this tradition in a new perspective and a conscious decision has been taken to set up vyayamshalas in all villages of the State on two acres of land, he added.
He exhorted the villagers to constitute a committee of people having keen interest in sports for the maintenance and upkeep of these vyayamshalas. He described Yoga as ancient practice and said as a result of efforts made by Prime Minister, Mr Narendra Modi; Yoga has got recognition at international level. He asked the people to make preparations for the International Yoga Day on June 21 and participate in large numbers. He said that Patanjali is promoting Yoga in the country and the State Government would provide all support and cooperation to Patanjali for promoting Yoga in Haryana also.
Earlier, speaking on this occasion, Development and Panchayats Minister, Mr O.P Dhankar said that today is the birthday of Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal and with the inauguration of 309 parks and vyayamshalas, a new chapter has been added in the history of Haryana. Earlier, there was no common place in the villages for youth for practice but now various facilities including track are being made available in the vyayamshalas .
Dhankar said that present State Government is the first to provide such facilities to the people in villages. Previous governments just raised walls in the name of stadiums and did not provide any facilities. He said that provision of open zym, track, sports equipment and yoga teacher has been made in these vyayamshalas. He hoped that these vyayamshalas would help producing quality sports persons that would help the State win maximum medals not only in the country but in the world.
A kabaddi match was also played on this occasion between Lion 12 Black versus Tiger 12 Blue. Lion 12 Black won the match by defeating Tiger 12 Blue by 17-8.
Later, the Chief Minister inaugurated the office building of Directorate, ITI in sector-3, Panchkula.
He also visited Shishu Greh in Sector-15 and interacted with the orphan children. He said that a scheme is being prepared by the State Government for the welfare of orphan and destitute children so that they could be provide all necessary facilities.
Manohar Lal also visited Sarthak School in Sector-12 where he also inaugurated Sarthak Herbal Vatika. While interacting with the students at the Shahar Swaraj Abhiyan (women and swachta) awareness programme organized in the school, the Chief Minister congratulated the schools for gaining more popularity as compared to private schools. He also congratulated school teachers for imparting quality education to its students. He said that the State Government is contemplating to increase the number of Sarthak schools in the State.
Among those present on this occasion included MLAs namely Mr Gian Chand Gupta and Mrs Latika Sharma, Deputy Commissioner, Panchkula Mr Mukul Kumar and other senior officers of district administration.
Haryana Staff Selection Commission has decided to withdraw the question number 75 in the written examination held on April 10, 2018 for the post of Junior Engineer (Civil), Category number. 28 (Morning Session), Advertisement Number 7/2017. The Commission has also felt sorry and regretted if it has hurt the sentiments of anyone as it was inadvertent and unintentional.
While stating this here today, a spokesman of the Commission said that the questions in the question papers were never gone through, read over or checked by anyone in the Commission and the question paper was first time opened by the candidates in examination hall. After coming to the notice of the Commission, the matter has been brought to the notice of the Chief Examiner and he has felt regret about the same. However, still appropriate action is being initiated against him, he added.
Haryana Education Minister, Ram Bilas Sharma, who is also National President of Amateur Circle Kabaddi Federation of India, said, “we are making efforts to include circle kabaddi, the most popular sports of rural areas, in Asian Games and for this, the Federation has approached the Union Minister of State for Sports and Youth Affairs, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore”.
Sharma was addressing the players after inaugurating the event on the second day of 29th Senior National Circle Kabaddi Championship at Panjab University, here today. Players from 14 states are participating in this championship. He interacted with women teams of Haryana and Kerala. The Haryana women team defeated Kerala women team in this competition.
The Minister said that taking further the Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao Abhiyan launched by the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, the State Government has been launching various schemes for the welfare of girls. He urged the girls of other states participating in this competition that in case they could not manage to get proper diet due to financial problems then the Haryana Government would provide full assistance to them.
Others present on this occasion included National General Secretary, Amateur Circle Kabaddi Federation of India, Prof. J.P. Sharma, Director, Haryana Elementary Education Department, Rajnarayan Kaushik and International Coach of Kabaddi, Baljit Singh.
While giving a major relief to the women members of Self Help Groups (SHGs) set up under the Deen Dayal Antyodya-National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM) in the State, Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal announced that the interest on bank loan taken by such SHGs would be borne by the State Government till the income of each member of that group does not reach rupees one lakh per annum. He also announced that three SHGs from each district securing first, second and third positions would be awarded every year with cash prize of Rs one lakh, Rs 50,000 and Rs 25,000 on the basis of their annual income. These announcements would be implemented from today onward, he added.
Manohar Lal was addressing the State Level function of Aajeevika Evam Kaushal Vikas Diwas organized by Haryana State Rural Livelihood Mission at Panchkula near here today.
While thanking the members of SHGs for their greetings on his birthday today, the Chief Minister said that Aajeevika Evam Kaushal Vikas is a part of Gram Savraj Yojna implemented in the country for the systematic development of villages. He said that the State government has launched ‘Gram Swaraj Abhiyaan’ on the occasion of Dr B. R. Ambedkar Jayanti on April 14 which concluded today. During this period, various programmes had been organized at district, block and tehsil level to apprise the people about various welfare schemes of the centre and state governments so that maximum people could get the benefit of same.
He said that besides the infrastructure development, the State Government has also made efforts towards the intellectual development of people so that they could become self-relient and also fulfill all necessary requirements of their families. It was a matter of pride that lakhs of families in the State are working with the SHGs and also made it part of their livelihood. He said that merely getting degree is not enough and to get employment, skill development is necessary . Keeping this in view, the State Government has set up a Skill Development Mission and also established a Skill Development University, which is the first-of-its-kind university in the country. The University is offering several courses to improve the skill of the youth so as to make them employable.
While assuring all support and cooperation of the State Government to the SHGs, the Chief Minister said that the State Government has waived off the interest on loan of those SHGs who have repaid loan on time.
Earlier, speaking on this occasion, Development and Panchayats Minister, Mr O.P Dhankar said that at present the SHGs are working with a turnover of Rs 130 crore and a target has been fixed to increase it to Rs 5000 crore. He exhorted the members of SHGs to learn new skills keeping in view the changing market demand. While laying stress on the need of marketing of products besides the production, he said that the brands of products produced by the SHGs of National Rural Livelihood Mission should be registered. Besides, more crafts melas should be organized in the State so that they could make maximum marketing of their products. He also asked them to produce show-case items as these are more in demand among the people.
Prinipal Secretary, Development and Panchayats Department Mr Sudhir Rajpal said that the aim of the National Rural Livelihood Mission is to ensure the skill development of people so that they could become self employed or start their own venture. He said that there are 15,000 women SHGs in the State and our aim is to make them entrepreneurs.
Vice-Chancellor Haryana Vishwakarma Skill University, Mr Raj Nehru also spoke on this occasion.
Among those present on this occasion included MLAs namely Mr Gian Chand Gupta and Mrs Latika Sharma, Deputy Commissioner, Panchkula Mr Mukul Kumar and other senior officers of district administration.
Haryana Governor, Prof. Kaptan Singh Solanki, has hailed the contribution of women members of Self Help Groups (SHGs) set up under the Deen Dayal Antyodya-National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM) in the economic development of the State and said that their participation in huge numbers today is a clear indicator of the fact that the present State Government has ensured the women empowerment in the State in a real manner.
Prof Solanki was addressing the State Level function of Aajeevika Evam Kaushal Vikas Diwas organized by Haryana State Rural Livelihood Mission at Panchkula near here today. Chief Minister, Manohar Lal and Development and Panchayats Minister, O.P Dhankar were also present on this occasion. He also greeted Mr Manohar Lal on his birthday today.
The Governor said that the Central Government has set up National Rural Livelihood Mission to make the people self-dependent and ensure that no person in the country remain dependent on other. Apart from this, the Central Government has also set up a separate department of skill development. Following the footsteps of the Centre, the Haryana Government has not only set up a Skill Development Mission but also opened a Skill Development University.
Among those present on this occasion included MLAs namely Mr Gian Chand Gupta and Mrs Latika Sharma,Principal Secretary, Development and Panchayats Department Mr Sudhir Rajpal, Deputy Commissioner, Panchkula Mr Mukul Kumar and other senior officers of district administration.
A special team of Cyber Crime Cell, Faridabad Police has arrested four persons from a fake call centre in new grain market, Sector-16 Faridabad, who were involved in an organized online job fraud and cheated unemployed youth particularly South Indians .
While stating this here today, a spokesman of Haryana Police Department said that police recovered mobile phone, laptop and computer system from their possession.
The arrested accused have been identified as Naveen Gandhi of Faridabad, Abhishek Singh alias Pankaj, a native of Uttar Pradesh presently residing in Faridabad, Harpreet Singh of Delhi and Dheeraj Singh Mehta of Uttrakhand, living in Delhi.
He said that all accused used to take record of applicants from job portal shine.com to contact them on phone promising a job in airlines and hotels at abroad and duped them by taking money into their bank accounts as fees. They used to maximumly target South Indians so that anyone could not trace them due to far distances.
He said that accused had also created a commercial mail id in the name of jetairlines.com to cheat the innocent people. For this purpose, they also used jet airways logo while sending emails to the applicants.
A case under IT Act has been registered against them at police station Faridabad.
Chandigarh, May 5 – A team of Bahadurgarh Police today arrested a most wanted criminal Gaurav alias Ravi, allegedly involved in incidents of murder and attempt to murder registered in Haryana and National Capital Region areas. Gaurav, a native of Punth belongs to Ashok Pradhan gang.
While stating this here today, a spokesman of Haryana Police Department said that a 9mm pistol and live cartridges also recovered from his possession.
He was wanted in three cases of murder and two cases of attempt to murder. He allegedly killed Rajiv alias Kala in Jhajjar court, last year when he was in police custody.
He also killed krishan, a resident of Barhai on April 10, 2016, and Rohit of Punth on July 18, 2016. In addition, the accused was also involved in attempt to murder incidents.
Chandigarh, May 5 – Haryana Secondary Education Department has issued instructions regarding document verification of Post Graduate Teachers selected in pursuance to Advertisement Number 1/2012 on the basis of four years teaching experience.
While stating this here today, a spokesman of the Department said that It had come to the notice of the Directorate that at the time of document verification of the candidates selected on the basis of four years teaching experience in pursuant to Advertisement Number 1/2012, the schools concerned did not appear alongwith the record of teaching experience for verification on the date fixed for document verification. Resultant, the matter has been delayed unnecessarily and litigations are increasing day by day.
He said that therefore, the District Education Officers concerned are requested to direct all the schools concerned to appear alongwith the record on the date fixed for document verification. If the schools concerned would not appear alongwith the record, it would be presumed that they have issued bogus or unjustifiable experience certificate and action will be initiated against those schools as per Rule 43 (1) (b) of the Haryana School Education Rules, 2003.
Chandigarh, May 4 – Blazing a new trail, the Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal suggested the 15th Finance Commission to consider recovering an equity and efficiency based granular national framework, based on five broad indicators in each of them for determining horizontal devolution of central taxes to different states. The State Government also suggested to include the performance parameter in the devolution formula, incentivize the state to boost their efforts towards raising additional resources, adoption of Public Finance Management System (PFMS) and Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) to improve efficiency of the state expenditures, allocation of more resources in rural areas, incentives for cropped area, irrigated area and forest area and incentivizing investment in national priorities.
This and several other suggestions were made by Mr Manohar Lal in a meeting with the 15th Finance Commission here today. Haryana Finance Minister Capt Abhimanyu was also present in the meeting.
The Chief Minister also suggested indicator matrix for horizontal devolution. These included growth-20 per cent- equally divided between income distance (after per capita income of high income districts is deflated to double of average per capita income of rest of the State) and capital expenditure, fiscal efficiency and discipline- 20 per cent- equally divided between resource mobilization and adoption of PFMS and DBT, population- 17.5 per cent- equally divided between rural and urban ratio, improvement in sex ratio and younger demographic profile, area- 15 per cent- equally divided between forest cover, cropped area and irrigated area and contribution to national priorities- 27.5 per cent- equally divided between contribution to central pool of food grains, Armed Forces and sports.
He said that the level of capital investments made in next five years on physical and social infrastructure would decide the country’s growth trajectory for next few decades. To this end, it is suggested that the devolution formula may include a parameter which takes in to account performance of the states in terms of their capital expenditures, and allocates more resources to better performing states. The efficient resource mobilization is pivotal for reducing deficits and generating surplus for capital investments. In this regard, states should be incentivized to boost their efforts towards raising additional resources through both tax and non-tax measures and also for undertaking initiatives towards plugging-in leakages of their revenues, he added.
Mr Manohar Lal said that both PFMS and DBT are powerful tools to improve efficiency of the State expenditures, and the states should be incentivized and motivated to adopt them to promote consolidation and reduce borrowing, particularly for revenue expenditures. He said that weight assigned to population also needs to be apportioned based on rural and urban population divide. It is important that the states wherein majority of population lives in rural areas are allocated more resources. Moreover, the population parameter should also take into account other key demographic factors such as improvement in sex ratio (female to male), and population of youth.
He said that while the State Government is appreciative of the 14th Finance Commission for including forest cover as one of the criteria for deciding devolution of funds, it is also of the view that this parameter should be modified to strike a balance between forest cover, cropped area and irrigated area. Haryana’s agricultural productivity, gross cropped area and irrigated area have significantly contributed to the central pool of food grains.
The Chief Minister said that though Haryana covers just 1.34 per cent of the country’s geographic area, it contributes about 15 per cent to the central pool. The 15th Finance Commission may also note that people of Haryana have been flag bearers of national pride in terms of representation in sports and armed forces. In Commonwealth Games 2018, Haryana’s athletes won 22 medals out of 66 medals won by India. Similarly, despite accounting for just 3 per cent of the country’s population, Haryana adds more muscle to the Indian army than any other state. In fact, every 10th Army personnel belong to Haryana. This trend needs to be bolstered by incentivizing investment in these national priorities so that the State government could provide world class infrastructure to its sportspersons, and implement initiatives towards improving access to civil and social services. This will allow people of Haryana to continue making their significant national contributions, he asserted.
He also drawn the attention of the Commission towards the fact that Haryana was not recommended for any post-devolution revenue deficit grant as the State was projected to be a revenue surplus state even on pre-devolution basis. However, it is for consideration of the 15th Finance Commission that the State has been historically revenue deficit except for a three years period from 2005-06 to 2007-08, which followed implementation of VAT. While the State Government is working hard to turnaround the situation, the revenue deficit is expected to persist in coming years due to increase in committed liabilities (implementation of the 7th Pay Commission recommendations, UDAY scheme and wages of workers) of the State. He urged the Commission to consider realistic financial situation of the State for its award period and to provide appropriate amount of revenue deficit grant so as to ensure that State Government is able to utilize available fiscal space for capital expenditure instead of financing its committed liabilities.
The Chief Minister also demanded grant-in-aid for NCR region and said that if the State is provided additional resources for building and maintaining infrastructure in the NCR region, it could utilize freed-up fiscal space for development of other under-developed districts. He also urged the Commission to consider the recommendation of the state to fill the gap in receipt of funds as compared to allocation recommended by the 14th Finance Commission for its award period. In the last three years, the state has received amount of Rs 19391.23 crore as against allocated amount of Rs 21896.92 crore.
The Chief Minister said that the expenditure incurred towards maintenance of infrastructure created under Central Sponsored Schemes (CSSs) and engagement of staff poses additional burden on the State finances. Therefore, the Commission should take into consideration these aspects while deciding the devolution ratio between the Central and the State governments. He said that CSSs are implemented by the Central Government with a ‘sunset clause’ wherein releases under the CSSs to States stop or start declining after few years. He said that Haryana received Rs 3,309 crore in 2014-15 under the CSSs from the Government of India. This amount has gone down to Rs 2,511 crore in 2017-18, he added.
Mr Manohar Lal also urged the Finance Commission to allocate higher share of the Union taxes taking into consideration its outstanding contribution to the country’s GDP. He said that Haryana counts for 3.7 per cent of the country’s GDP; it is home to 2.9 per cent of the country’s population; and covers 1.34 per cent of the country’s geographic area. In this context, just 1.084 per cent share in the divisible pool of taxes allocated by the 14th Finance Commission is not reasonable.
The Chief Minister also urged the Commission to make special arrangement of funds for the pond management authority set up by the state government for the rejuvenation of about 14000 ponds in the state. He said that a number of departments are part of this authority and huge budget is required for carrying out this work. He said that the state government has identified 37 blocks in the state as dark zone due to depleting level of water. He said that the state government has decided to implement projects of micro irrigation in these blocks so as to make the proper utilisation of available water.
He said that that during the last three and a half years, the state government has taken various decisions in public interest and also brought about a systematic change in the system through the effective use of information technology. He said that the state government has been successful in saving a whopping amount of Rs 671 crore through implementation of direct benefit transfer which was earlier being transferred to ineligible beneficiaries of various schemes. He said that the Finance Commission should take note of this and a portion of this amount should be transferred to state government as incentive.
He said that as many as 380 Government to Citizen (G to C) services would be made online byAugust 15 this year and the people would be able to avail the benefit of these services at Antyodaya as well as Atal Sewa Kendras at district and tehsil levels. He said that with a view to make aware the people about various welfare schemes of the Centre and the State Governments, efforts are being made to bring all schemes on a single platform. In the same series, Antyodaya Bhawan has been set up in seven districts of the State and the process is underway for opening of such centres in remaining districts also. Later on, these Antyodaya Bhawans would be set up at sub division level also. He said that Haryana is the first state in the country in online registration of birth. He said that the state government is working on digital literacy in the state so as to improve the delivery of services through information technology. He said that Gurugram is the best IT hub of the country followed by Bengaluru.
While laying special emphasis on the need of imparting quality education to the students in the state, the Chief Minister said that the state government has implemented Make in Haryana and Saksham Haryana schemes in the state. Also, Haryana is the first state to open a skill development university for enhancing the skills of youth. He said that under the Saksham Yuva Scheme, the educated unemployed youth are provided Rs 9000 per month and Rs 7500 per month in lieu of 100 hours guaranteed work. He said that the state government has implemented Haryana Enterprises Promotion Policy to facilitate the entrepreneurs in the state. Under the scheme, the entrepreneurs intending to set up their units are provided all necessary clearances under one roof.
Speaking on this occasion, Member of 15th Finance Commission, Dr Ashok Lahiri has appreciated the state government led by Chief Minister Mr Manohar Lal for making significant achievements in the field of per capita income, setting up of assets management cell and cash management system, goods and services tax, property registration, Antyodaya Sewa Kendras and educated panchayats. He said that though Haryana has set benchmark in many fields, but the country has more expectations from the state. He hailed the development taken place in Gurugram and said that the global city should be developed on the lines of Shanghai city of China. He assured that the Commission would thoroughly go through the memorandum submitted by the state government.
Earlier, Chief Secretary, Mr D.S Dhesi presented the welcome address.
Among those present on this occasion included Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Mr Rajesh Khullar, Additional Chief Secretaries and Principal Secretaries of various departments and senior officers of 15th Finance Commission.