Nirmala Sitharaman (Union Finance Minister)
Chandigarh May 14,2020 (By YS.Rana) : Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal has thanked the Union Finance Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman for announcing the second tranche of the special Covid package worth Rs 20 lakh crore today and said that this economic package would benefit the migrants and the farmers of Haryana in a big way.
In a statement issued here today, Manohar Lal said that for farmers, the Finance Minister has approved Rs 30,000 crore additional emergency working capital fund through NABARD, which is over and above Rs 90,000 crore to be provided through normal refinance route. Besides this, a Rs 2 lakh crore concessional credit boost to 2.5 crore farmers through the Kisan Credit Card Special drive would be given by the Centre.
He also thanked Sitharaman for announcing the launch of the National Portability Cards (One Nation One Ration Card) which can be used in any ration shop in any part of the country as migrants move from one state to another state. He also hailed the decisions to give 5 kg of wheat or rice per person and 1 kg of channa per family for non-PDS card holders for two months benefitting 8 crore migrants, affordable rental accommodation under PM Awas Yojana (PMAY) for migrants and the urban poor and setting up of Rs 6000 crore compensatory afforestation management and planning authority (CAMPA) fund for creating job opportunities in urban and semi urban and rural areas.
The Chief Minister said that the various other announcements made by the Union Finance Minister today ranging from MSME and Non Banking Finance Companies (NBFCs) to real estate and power distribution and the salaried would infuse new vigour in the economy and benefit various economic sectors.
Jal Jeevan Mission: Haryana all geared up to beat National Goal, all rural houses to get tap water connection by 2022
Reiterating its commitment to provide water connection to all rural households, Haryana Government is speedily moving forward to provide Functional Household Tap Connection (FHTCs) to all rural households by December 2022, under the ‘Jal Jeevan Mission’ (JJM), which is much ahead of the national target date, which is 2024.
Additional Chief Secretary, Public Health Engineering Department Devender Singh, shared this during a review meeting of ‘Jal Jeevan Mission’ chaired by Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal here today.
The Chief Minister was apprised that as many as 29.72 Lakh households have been surveyed and the remaining households are likely to be surveyed at the earliest. It was informed that by December 2019, 11.82 lakh Households had Functional Household Tap Connection (FHTC). Since December 2019 Public Health Engineering Department has released 9.28 Lakh regular water connections in rural households, further the pending 8.62 lakh would also be provided FHTC soon.
Devender Singh informed the works in habitations have been divided into three categories. As per the plan Category-I include such villages where there is no problem of the water source, Category-ll encompasses those villages which experience water problem in summers and Category- III covers such villages which have perennial source water problems.
The Chief Minister was apprised that on May 12, 2020, Haryana Annual Action Plan 2020-21 for providing FHTC under ‘Jal Jeevan Mission’ was presented to the Government of India. Devender Singh shared that the State’s Action plan was widely appreciated by the Ministry of ‘Jal Shakti’. The micro and macro planning was ranked outstanding by the Ministry and they want other states to emulate Haryana pattern in planning their way forward in ‘Jal Jeevan Mission’.
The ‘Jal Jeevan Mission’ is a Central Government initiative aimed at providing piped water to every household in the country. While in Haryana, the Mission was kick-started in December 2019 by the Chief Minister. After the launch of this scheme, the State Government had decided to waive off road cut charges at the rate Rs. 2000 per new connection for encouraging the regularization of the water connections.
While in order to monitor the progress under ‘Jal Jeevan Mission’ various online dashboards suitable for department officials, Deputy Commissioners and General Public were developed. Chief Minister launched Jal Jeevan Mission dashboard for General Public on April 29, 2020, which is available on the department website at https://phedharyana.govin/PHED-Dashboard/Index.html for viewing.
In the meeting, Chief Secretary, Keshni Anand Arora, Additional Chief Secretary Finance, T.V.S. N Prasad, Additional Chief Secretary, Public Health Engineering Department, Devender Singh, Deputy Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Ashima Brar were present in the meeting.
The Haryana Government continues to send migrant labourers keen to return to their home states. In this sequence today, more than 7000 labourers, out of which 1600 passengers from Gurugram to Khajuraho (Madhya Pradesh), 1200 from Gurugram to Khagaria (Bihar), 1450 from Narnaul to Purnia (Bihar) and 1440 from Panipat to Muzaffarpur (Bihar) were sent to their home states through five Special Shramik Trains.
Haryana Chief Minister, Manohar Lal has directed all the officers of all the District Administrations that it is not only necessary to send migrant labourers to their home states but it is also necessary to ensure that they do not face any kind of trouble during their journey. The Chief Minister said, these labourers have given their significant contribution for building Haryana and hence it is our moral responsibility to take care of them.
Special Shramik Train carrying about 1200 migrant labourers which departed for Khagaria in Bihar from Gurugram railway station will arrive at Khangaria station at 11 am tomorrow. According to the guidelines of the Ministry of Home Affairs, thermal scanning of the passengers was done at the station premises before leaving. The District Administration provided all the labourers with food packets, drinking water, chips and chocolates for children, and other necessities. Volunteers from the District Red Cross Society and Civil Defense played an important role in this task. While boarding the special train, the joy of returning home was evident on their faces. They expressed their gratitude towards the State Government and the District Administration by applauding before the train departed from the station.
One of the passengers, Ajay Kumar Mandal, a resident of Katihar, said that he has lived in Sohna in Gurugram for the last 5 years. He had been taking care of his family by selling ice cream before the lockdown. However, he is out of work because of the lockdown and he would return after the situation improves.
Similarly, Naveen, Mithun Mukesh, Jawahar, Munna, Mohammad, etc. shared that in this difficult time the State Government has given them a big gift by arranging to send them home free of cost. They said that while they did not face any kind of problem regarding food, shelter and essential items over the last 50 days, they wanted to visit their village once.
1440 labourers sent from Panipat to Muzaffarpur (Bihar)
Buses brought 1440 labourers from the International Horticulture Market, Ganaur to Panipat from where they departed for Muzaffarpur (Bihar). The joy of going home could be seen from afar on the faces of these labourers. Raja and Ajay Kumar, who left for Siwan, and Chandan and Baliram Yadav of Madhubani, said that the Haryana Government has given them reason to rejoice by sending them to their home states during lockdown. They expressed their heartfelt gratitude for the arrangements made by the State Government and the District Administration. Similarly, Rajkumar, Roshan Kumar and Radhe Mandal belonging to Madhubani, said that the District Administration of Sonipat had made good arrangements. Krishna Rai from Gopalganj and Vivek Kumar from Sitamarhi said that even during the lockdown, the labourers did not face any problem. They were provided meals regularly; however, they wished to visit home once to meet their families.
1443 agricultural labourers to go to Kishanganj in Bihar from Rewari
A Special Shramik Train carrying 1443 agricultural migrant labourers departed from Rewari Junction today for Kishanganj in Bihar. All these agricultural labourers who were stranded during lockdown were allowed to board the train after medical screening as per the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) issued by the Central Government. In addition, thermal scanning and health checkup of each labourer was carried out by teams of doctors before they boarded the trains. Adequate food and drinking water etc. was provided to them.
Haryana Chief MinisterManohar Lal is committed to send migrant labourers, feeling home sick to their native state through Special Shramik Trains from various Railway Stations in an organized manner, which is a shining example of compassion and in the true spirit of Antyodhaya.
Giving information about this, an official spokesperson said that due to extended duration of lockdown, the industries, construction works and economy have come to a standstill because of the global pandemic of corona, thus migrant workers were being sent from Haryana by Special Shramik Trains.
Apart from this, the spokesperson said that migrant workers are being sent to nearby states by buses while maintaining social distancing. Migrant labourers were brought from the shelter homes to the railway station by roadways buses. All necessary arrangements were made before they left for their home states. The railway platform was cleaned frequently with a vacuum cleaner and the hands of every migrant worker were sanitized, also proper arrangements for food and drinking water were made for them. To ensure that the labourers did not face any problem, volunteers were given the task of making them sit in their respective coaches. Workers are being sent only after they have registered with the District Administration and after their home states have given approval to send them. Special helpdesks have been set up at railway stations and officers of the district administration are present while sending the workers through train. In fact many migrant workers even said that they have never been given so much respect as they have received in Haryana. After seeing the warmth of Haryana government and its officials, they felt that the quote ‘Atithi Devo Bhave’ was actually being practised here. On the first day when the Special Shramik Train was being sent from Hisar to Katihar (Bihar) for migrant labourers, the Chief Minister Mr. Manohar Lal interacted with some of the workers sitting in the train by mobile phone and asked them to greet the Chief Minister of Bihar Nitish Kumar on his behalf. The workers were pleasantly surprised to receive this call from the Chief Minister. The Haryana government has provided tickets free of cost and made food arrangements for the labourers and their families. The arrangements made by the Haryana government will have lasting memories for migrant workers.
The spokesperson said that till yesterday 87,072 persons, including migrant workers, students, teachers, and other persons have been sent to their home districts by Special Shramik Trains, buses and other vehicles. He said that 222 were sent from Haryana to Punjab by buses and other vehicles, 63 people were sent to Himachal Pradesh, 38,181 people were sent to Uttar Pradesh, 9,551 were sent to Uttarakhand, 11965 were sent to Madhya Pradesh, 27 people to Gujarat, 464 people to Rajasthan, 58 people to Maharashtra, 24 people to Kerala, 32 people to Assam, 17653 people to Bihar by trains, 185 people to Jammu and Kashmir, 84 people to Delhi and others, 20 people to Andhra Pradesh, 11 to Telangana, 17 to Tamil Nadu, 11 to West Bengal, 4 to Karnataka. In all 8,500 persons were sent to other states with passes.
Similarly, 9912 persons from other states and abroad came to Haryana, 1 from Punjab, 42 from Himachal Pradesh, 179 from Uttar Pradesh, 36 from Uttarakhand, 10 from Madhya Pradesh, 9 from Gujarat, he said. From Rajasthan 2568 people, 17 from Maharashtra, 44 from Kerala, 34 from Telangana, 16 from Odisha, 105 from Nanderh Sahib, 6 from Delhi, 19 from Andhra Pradesh, 18 from Chhattisgarh. In all, 6600 people from other states came to Haryana with passes. Also, 208 people from Singapore, Bangladesh, Uzbekistan, Saudi Arabia and Philippines came to Haryana.
The spokesman said that the Chief Minister Mr. Manohar Lal, has been monitoring the arrangements made for sending migrant workers to their home states and the arrival of persons coming from other states to Haryana through video conferencing. A feedback was also being taken on a daily basis from the authorities.
Haryana Government has provided a major relief to its natives who are stranded in Delhi owing to the lockdown and are eager to return to their districts or wish to reach New Delhi Railway Station from their residential district.
Haryana Transport Minister Moolchand Sharma said that the state government has decided to ply state transport buses from May 18 for the convenience of such people. Booking can be done through the online portal http://hartrans.gov.in and passengers with confirmed booking will be allowed to enter the bus stand. Moolchand Sharma said that the buses will operate from New Delhi Railway Station to the scheduled bus stand of Haryana Roadways and no passenger will be allowed to board or get off from the bus en route. Buses passing through corona virus-affected districts will take the bypass or flyover route.
He said that during this time, taking special care of social distancing norms, only 30 passengers will be accommodated in each bus. Thermal screening of passengers will be done before entering the designated bus stands and it will be necessary for every passenger to wear a mask and follow social distancing norms. Passengers without masks will not be allowed to enter the bus.
The Transport Minister said that if bus operations on any route would not be possible due to any reason, then it will be cancelled and information regarding the same will be given two hours prior to the time of departure. The fare will be refunded if the bus is cancelled. He informed that details of routes and information related to fares have also been made available on the website.
In Haryana, only passengers with confirmed booking will be allowed to enter the bus stands for bus travel started on select bus routes starting from May 15. Booking for these buses can be done only through online portal http://hartrans.gov.in. Details of routes and information related to fares have also been made available on the website.
State Transport Minister, Moolchand Sharma said that the State Government has decided to start bus services on select routes from May 15, 2020 with the necessary precautionary measures for the convenience of the people. He said that initially, buses would ply from 10 districts – Ambala, Bhiwani, Hisar, Kaithal, Karnal, Narnaul, Panchkula, Rewari, Rohtak, and Sirsa. For this, necessary directions have been given to all the depot general managers of the state and it will be their responsibility to ensure compliance with directions.
He said that during this time, special care will be taken for following social distancing norms, and a maximum of 30 passengers will be accommodated in each bus. Thermal screening of passengers will be done before entering the designated bus stand and every passenger will be required to wear a mask. Passengers without masks will not be allowed to enter the bus.
Moolchand Sharma said that state transport buses will not go outside Haryana and in areas severely affected by COVID-19. Buses will be operated only from Haryana State Transport bus stations to the designated bus stands and no passengers will be allowed to board or disembark en route. Buses passing through COVID-19 affected districts will pass through bypass or flyover.
He said that if the bus movement is not possible on any route due to any reason then the bus will be cancelled and passengers will be informed two hours before the scheduled time of departure. The fare paid by the passenger will be refunded, he added.
In a statement issued here, Sanjeev Kaushal, Additional Chief Secretary, Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare and Cooperation Department stated that 1.25 Lakh Metric Tonnes of Wheat was procured from 13,042 farmers in the Procurement Centres of Haryana. With this the progressive total of 66.91 Lakh Metric Tonnes of Wheat has been procured from 4,35,201 farmers in the State in the last 22 days.
He added that today 25,207.34 Metric Tonnes of Mustard was procured from 9,238 farmers in the State and progressive total of 6.50 Lakh Metric Tonnes of mustard has been procured from 2,34,181 farmers.
He also added that till now 3259.96 Metric Tonnes of Gram has been procured from 1501 farmers of the state.