Saturday, February 24, 2018

Ram Bilas Sharma explains aim of journalism to journalists

CHANDIGARH, FEB 24
 Haryana Education Minister Ram Bilas Sharma said that the main aim of journalism is to keep people conscious of their interests. Journalism becomes meaningful only when linked with social concerns and public interests.
        Mr. Sharma was speaking as chief guest in the 19th biennial convention of National Union of Journalists (India) organised by Chandigarh Journalist Association, here today. 
He said that meaningful journalism was discharging its duty of taking the welfare schemes and policies of the administration to the lowest strata of the society. He said that in the present scenario, the journalism job was full of challenges. In-spite of this, journalists writing truth of the society needs to be appreciated, he added.
        The Minister said that the State Government has introduced number of schemes for the welfare of journalists. A scheme was launched to give pension of Rs 10,000 per month to accredited journalists who are 60 years old or above. Apart from this, the State Government also provide financial help in case a journalist meets with of any accident.
        Expressing concern over the increasing incidents of attack on journalists, the Newly Nominated National President of National Union of Journalists (India), Mr. Ashok Malik said that journalists themselves need to be alert about their safety.
FIRE-FIGHTI9NG MOTORCYCLES: Haryana Directorate for Fire Service has decided to purchase 102 special type of fire-fighting motorcycles to tackle fire and emergency situations in narrow lanes. A sum of Rs 5.85 crore would be spent on this, for which approval has been given by the High Level Purchase Committee.
        While stating this today, Urban Local Bodies Minister, Mrs. Kavita Jain, said that the State Government would soon purchase 216 necessary vehicle and fire-fighting equipment at a cost of Rs 22.81 crore.
        She said that Rs seven crore would be spent on 52 truck tanker, Rs 3.25 crore on 23 tankers of 7,000 litres to 12,000 litres capacity, Rs 3.14 crore on 21 foam mixer-dispenser to deal with fire which outbreak as a result of rubber, plastic and oil, and Rs 1.93 crore on five advance rescue fire-fighting equipment.
        The Minister said that five small fire-fighting tankers of 2,000 litres capacity would be purchased at a cost of Rs 73 lakh, three fire-fighting water spray equipment would be purchased at a cost of Rs 45 lakh and cabin chassis of five trucks would be purchased at a cost of Rs 46 lakh.
 RELIGIOUS RELATIONS BETWEEN HARYANA AND UP: The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal, has said that Haryana and UP have religious, mythological, and cultural relations for several decades and these relations would be made stronger..
        Addressing a gathering during Rangotsav-Lathmar Holi organised at Barsana in UP, today, the Chief Minister said Holi, the festival of love and joy, is being celebrated in the country since ancient times. It is celebrated in different forms during the entire Falgun month in Braj. 
        While UP is the ‘Janamsthal’ (birthplace) of Lord Krishna and Kurukshetra of Haryana is the ‘Karamsthali’ of Lord Krishna.Referring to UP as the theme state at the Surajkund International Crafts Mela 2018 organised at Surajkund in Faridabad district, the Chief Minister said relations with UP would be developed in other fields as well.
        Speaking on the occasion, UP Chief Minister, Yogi Adityanath, said the Haryana Government would undertake renovation of 84 kos parikrama marg at Braj area. He expressed gratitude to the Haryana Government, especially the Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal, for this step.
        UP Women’s Welfare and Tourism Minister, Mrs. Reeta Bahuguna Joshi, and Dairy Development and Religious Affairs Minister, Mr. Laxmi Narayan Chaudhary, also spoke on this occasion.
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Friday, February 23, 2018

HSDITD frames new transfer policy

CHANDIGARH, FEB 23
Haryana Skill Development and Industrial Training Department has framed a new transfer policy which would be implemented from April 1, 2018. All transfers would be made online from the new academic session.
        While stating this here today, Skill Development and Industrial Training Minister, Mr. Vipul Goel said that there were total 6,288 sanctioned posts of field officers and employees in the Department, including 55 posts of Class I, 187 posts of Class II and 6046 posts of Class III categories. In order to facilities these employees, the new transfer policy has been framed and software is being prepared. Notification regarding this policy would soon be issued, he added.
        Mr. Goel said that every year between April 10 and 30, the Department would finalize the information pertaining to closure of a trade or introducing a new trade in any ITI located across the state. Thereafter, notification pertaining to vacant posts would be issued between May 1 and 31, and employees can opt online for desired place of posting fromJune 1 to 15. The transfer would be issued at the end of academic session on July 15 every year and they would have to join the new station of posting within 15 days. The transfer orders would be applicable from August 1, he added.
        The Minister said that for transfer, the general tenure of an employee at one station would be considered five years, but after completion of three years, an employee can apply for transfer on vacant post or mutual basis. The employee, whose retirement is just after one year, would not be transferred. Such transfer would be made on administrative grounds or on the basis of his or her own choice. Apart from this, an employee can be transferred anytime on the basis of valid complaint of misbehaviour, judicial inquiry or poor result.
        He said that priority in transfers would be given to employees keeping in view their age, couple, widow, specific or serious illness. For this, different marks have been prescribed. Total marks would be 80 and preference in transfers would be given to employee bagging maximum marks.
        The implementation of this new transfer policy in the Department would bring transparency and increase efficiency of employees, he added.

NON-OFFICIAL MEMBERS:  Haryana Government has appointed seven non-official members of Haryana Gau Seva Aayog with immediate effect.
          While giving this information here today, an official spokesman said that Vidya Sagar Bagla of Sirsa would be the Vice Chairman of Aayog, while its other members included Rajender Bansal of Ambala City, Gaurav Kumar of Yamunanagar, Puran Mal Yadav of Gurugram, Amit Bansal of Kurukshetra, Bal Krishan Matanheliya of Bhiwani and Dr Raj Saini of Jind.
SELECTION PANEL: The Haryana Government has constituted a Selection Committee for the purposes of Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection) Model Rules, 2016.
          While giving this information here today, an official spokesman said that the Selection Committee would consist of Mr Justice, Dr Bharat Bhushan Parsoon (Retd.) as Chairperson, while Director, Women and Child Development Department would be its Member Secretary and its other members included Mrs Santosh Atreja, Mr D.R. Sharma, Dr Ramesh Kumar Bhardwaj, Dr Promila Batra and Mrs Jyoti Bainda.
          The tenure of the Selection Committee would be three years from the date of assuming charge, he added.

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Haryana to honour persons with disabilities and elders

CHANDIGARH, FEB 23
The Haryana Government has decided to honour persons with disabilities and the elderly persons for their excellent performance in their respective field in a State Level Award Function to be organised at Yamunanagar on February 26, 2018. The best institutions working for their welfare would also be awarded on this occasion. 
          While stating this here today, a spokesman of Social Justice and Empowerment Department said that Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Mr Krishan Kumar Bedi would be chief guest in this programme. Mr Balwant Sadora, Mr Ghanshaym Das Arora and Mr Shyam Singh Rana, all MLAs would also grace the occasion.
          He said that under the disabled category, two awards for best disabled employee in government sector or PSUs, carries prize money of Rs 25000 and Rs15000, shield and scroll, would be conferred upon Mr Chander Parkash, Assistant office of Deputy Director, Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Jhajjar and Mr Sonu Verma of Karnal respectively.
          Similarly, best employee award in private sector, carries prize money of Rs 25000, shield and scroll would be conferred upon Mrs Anju Sandhu, a resident of AWHO, Sector-27, Panchkula.
          He said that award under best self employed category would be given to Mr Ram Kumar of village Ahil Sadar, Fatehabad. The award carries a cash prize of Rs25000, shield and scroll.
          Welfare Centre for Persons with Speech and Hearing Impairment, Chandan Nagar, Mehrauli road, Gurugram would be awarded with prize money of Rs50,000 under the category of Best Institution Award. Indian Red Cross Society, Panchkula district branch has bagged award under Barrier-free Environment category. The society would be awarded with prize money of Rs50000.
          Creative award for best male disabled person under adult category would be given to Deepak Sehrawat of Sector-17, Gurugram and Mrs Sonali of Ladwa, Kurukshetra. Each award carries prize money of Rs25000. Under this category, special prize of Rs15,000 would be given to Mohit Sharma of village Ghararsi, Kurukshetra.
          Best creative award under 18 years, carries prize money of Rs15000 each, would be given Eshrat of Punhana and Rohit Kumar of Gurugram.
          Under the award for Elderly persons, he said that two Best Mother Award, carries prize money of Rs30000 and Rs20000, shied and scroll, would be given to Jiwani Devi of Hisar and Mrs Mewa Devi of Fatehabad respectively.
          Under Best Senior Practicing Sports Person Award category, Mrs Bimla Devi of Hisar and Mrs Magan Singh Chauhan of Rewari would be awarded with prize money of Rs50000 each. Mr Shadi Ram, Mr Hari Singh and Mr Subhash would be awarded with prize money of Rs30000, Rs10000 and Rs10000 respectively.
          Best Day Care Centre Award, carries prize money of Rs one lakh and Rs75000, would be conferred upon Senior Citizen Club, Sector-14, Hisar and Janta Kalyan Samiti, Rewari respectively.
          Best Voluntary Organization Award, carries prize money of Rs one lakh and Rs50000, would be given to Indian Red Cross Society, Panchkula and Senior Citizen Forum, Jind respectively.
          Senior Painter Award, carries prize money of Rs50000 and Rs30000, would be given to Mr Sada Ram of Rohtak and Mr Shiv Kumar Batish of Panchkula.
          Lifetime Achievement Award and Best Panchayat Award would be given to Mr B.D. Handam of Panchkula and Gram Panchayat, Kahnaur, Rohtak respectively. These awards carry prize money of Rs50000 and Rs75000.

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Sunday, February 18, 2018

13 lakh visit Surajkund International Crafts Mela

CHANDIGARH, FEB 18
 The 32nd Surajkund International Crafts Mela, which concluded today, recorded a footfall of 13 lakh visitors, including one lakh foreigners. Against 1,012 stalls last year, the 17-day fair had 1,070 stalls.  
        Sticking to tradition, the much-sought-after annual event showcased an unparalleled display of regional and international crafts, ensuring art and culture enthusiasts a treat, and shopaholics and foodies an opportunity of a life-time.
 Presiding over the closing-cum-awards presentation ceremony at Surajkund, the Haryana Governor, Prof. Kaptan Singh Solanki, said it was heartening to see the mela being organised at this scale and exhibiting the  spirit of unity and brotherhood among different nations. Earlier, he honoured craftsmen.
 Prof Solanki said the fair offered an ideal opportunity to bind countries together and think for the larger good with over 25 countries taking part in it and different folk cultures being unveiled during the 17 days.
He congratulated the state government for making Kyrgyzstan  Partner Country and UP the Theme State at the 32nd International Surajkund Crafts Mela-2018. Haryana has made new strides in the fields of education and sports, he added.
     The Tourism Minister of UP, Dr Rita Bahuguna Joshi, said the Surajkund Crafts Mela had become popular worldwide. She announced the decision to organize an art and craft fair on the pattern of Surajkund Mela in Lucknow.
Haryana Tourism Minister, Mr Ram Bilas Sharma, thanked the artists and craftsmen for their participation in the fair. The Additional Chief Secretary, Haryana Tourism, Mr Vijay Vardhan, and Chief Administrator of Surajkund Crafts Fair Authority, Mr Sameer Pal Srow, were also present on the occasion.
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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Internship at Pet Animal Medical Centre, Panchkula.

CHANDIGARH, FEB 15
The Haryana Government has decided that the students studying ‘Bachelor of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry’ from Lala Lajpat Rai University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Hisar would undergo one month internship at Pet Animal Medical Centre, Panchkula.
A decision to this effect was taken in the 4th meeting of governing council of ‘Pet Animal Health Society, Panchkula’ held under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary, Mr. D.S. Dhesi, here today. On this occasion, it has been decided to increase the financial assistance being given to the Society every year from Rs 10 lakh to Rs 30 lakh.
It was informed in the meeting that Pet Animal Medical Centre (PAMC) being run by the Pet Animal Health Society, Panchkula is only such government centre in the tri-city where excellent level medical facilities are available for pet animals. The centre has facility of digital x-ray, ultrasound, bone-plating, endoscopy and other facility of surgery. Apart from this, spa for dogs and cats, and short term hostel facility is also available for pets. 
It was also informed that 20,874 O.P.D have been registered in the PAMC in the financial year 2017-18 up to January 2018 and surgeries have been performed as per requirement in 309 cases. Similarly, 2,294 laboratory tests and 1,123 x-ray and ultrasound were performed during this period. Hostel facility was provided to 469 dogs, he added. 
The Centre also has hostel facility for students of government and private institutions coming for internship.
Others present in the meeting included Additional Chief Secretary, Finance and Planning Departments, Mr. P. Raghavendra Rao, Additional Chief Secretary, Animal Husbandry and Dairying Department, Mr. P.K. Mahapatra, Director, Dr. G.S. Jakhar and other senior officers of other departments.

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Karnal among four Indian cities selected by European Union

CHANDIGARH, FEB 6
Karnal in Haryana is among the four cities of the country which have been selected by the European Union for a project named ‘Promotion of Inclusive, Sustainable Growth and Diversity to Strengthen Local Governments’. The other cities are: Warangal of Telangana, Ajmer of Rajasthan and Jabalpur of Madhya Pradesh.
        Giving details, the Municipal Commissioner, Karnal, Dr. Priyanka Soni, said under this project, surveys would be conducted on how to manage open spaces in Warangal, simplification of public transport facility in Karnal, solid waste management in Ajmer and sewerage facility in Jabalpur.
        He said project manager of the International Council for Local Environmental Initiation (ICLEI), South Asia, Mr. Narender Kumar, had conducted a survey on mobility sector in ward number 11 of Karnal. In the survey, women, students, senior citizens and shopkeepers were contacted separately to get information related to the problems they faced pertaining to transportation and their possible solutions.
          The residents told the surveyors that women and senior citizens faced inconvenience at Kunjpura Road as the place is always overcrowded. Apart from this, no proper parking place also posed a problem and senior citizens faced difficulty crossing the roads. When asked about providing the facility of e-rickshaw and auto through mobile app 90 per cent of respondents agreed.
        Work on this project would continue till March 31, 2019. The complete report prepared by the company would be submitted to the Municipal Corporation after which an action plan would be prepared and further work would be carried out, Dr Soni added.
POSTING OF SAS CADRE OFFICER: The Haryana Government has issued directives regarding posting of Subordinate Accounts Service (SAS) cadre officer of Finance Department in different government departments, boards and corporations in the state.
          While stating this here today, a spokesman of Finance Department said that Chief Secretary, all Additional Chief Secretaries, Principal Secretaries, Heads of Department, Managing Director of Boards and Corporations, have been requested not to repatriate or surrender SAS officers unilaterally in future. In case the work of behavior of a particular officer was not upto the mark, the same should be brought to the notice of the Finance Department with full justification so that appropriate action could be taken.
          He said that SAS cadre officers such as Chief Accounts Officers, Senior Accounts Officers, Accounts Officers and Section Officers were posted in various departments, boards and corporations to facilitate enforcement of financial discipline.
  NODAL OFFICER: Haryana Government has nominated Deputy Chief Executive Officer-cum-Director or Director General of Industries and Commerce Department as Nodal Officer for grant of deemed clearances on behalf of Executive Empowered Committee.
          A notification to this effect has been issued by Industries and Commerce Department.
REDEPLOYMENT OF IT PROFESSIONALS: The Haryana Government has decided that HARTRON would re-deploy an IT professional upon relieving from a particular department or organisation on the same rate of remuneration which he or she was drawing in the previous department or organisation at the time of relieving on completion of project, or otherwise and not as a fresh entrant.
        A written communication in this regard has been sent by the Principal Secretary, Electronics and Information Technology Department to all Administrative Secretaries, Heads of Departments, Divisional Commissioners, Managing Directors, Chief Administrators and Chief Executive Officers of all the Board, Corporations and Public Undertakings, Deputy Commissioner-cum-Chairman/Presidents of District IT Society and Registrars of all the Universities in Haryana and Registrar, Punjab and Haryana High Court.
 CROP INSURANCE CLAIMSChandigarh, Feb 6- The Principal Secretary, Haryana Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Department, Dr Abhilaksh Likhi today issued strict directions to the Crop Insurance Companies to settle the crop insurance claims of farmers under Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) within ten days. Strict action would be taken against crop insurance companies for not complying with the directions.
            Dr Likhi was presiding over a review meeting of PMFBY here today.
            During the Kharif-Rabi season 2016-17, so far Rs 12.86 crore have been distributed on the basis of claims in the State. Apart from this, Rs 257 crore have been distributed on the basis of claims of average production.
            Those present included representatives of Crop Insurance Companies, State Level Bankers Committee and senior officers of the Department.
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Four Haryana IAS officers transferred

CHANDIGARH, FEB 6
The Haryana government has issued transfer and posting orders of four IAS officers, with immediate effect.
            Dheera Khandelwal, Additional Chief Secretary (ACS), Environment will be the new ACS, School Education Department. She will continue to look after the work of   Art and Cultural Affairs, Archives and Archaeology and Museums.
            Devender Singh, Principal Secretary, Electronics and Information Technology and Civil Aviation Department, has been given the additional charge of Environment, Haryana Administrative Reforms and Member Secretary, Haryana Governance Reforms Authority.
Vivek Joshi, Principal Secretary, Sainik and Ardh Sainik Welfare, Commissioner, Ambala Division, Chief Administrator, Trade Fair Authority of Haryana, Chief Resident Commissioner, Haryana Bhawan, New Delhi, will also look after the work of Principal Secretary, Monitoring and Coordination Department relieving TC Gupta of the said charge.
Raja Sekhar Vundru, Managing Director, Haryana State Industrial Infrastructural Development Corporation and Haryana Financial Corporation has been given the additional charge of Principal Secretary, Women and Child Development Department relieving Vivek Joshi of the said charge.
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