Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Mrs Raj Pannu promoted as Joint Director

The Haryana Government today issued promotion orders of eight officers and officials of Information, Public Relations and Cultural Affairs Department with immediate effect.
Mrs. Raj Pannu, Deputy Director has been promoted to the post of Joint Director. She joined the department on January 1, 1997 and promoted to the post of Deputy Director in the year 2008. Now she is promoted as Joint Director.
Sunita Devi, Dalbir Singh, Sanjeev Kumar Saini, Paru Lata, Suneel Kumar, all Assistant Information and Public Relations Officers have been promoted to the post of District Information and Public Relations Officers with immediate effect.
Parveen Kumar, AIPRO has also been promoted as District/Information and Public Relations Officers with effect from April 1, 2015. Parveen Kumar joined the department as Assistant Information and Public Relations Officers on April 11, 2007. Since then he has been serving in the Press Section of the department.

 Mr. O.P. Bhagat, Personal Assistant has been promoted to the post of Private Secretary.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

New faces will boost Indian attack: Sardar Singh

CHANDIGARH, MARCH 25Midfielder Sardar Singh of Haryana Police has been appointed captain of the 18-member Indian men's hockey team which will compete in the 24th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup which will be conducted from April 5 to 12 in Ipoh, Malaysia.
The Indian team be taking on Australia, New Zealand, Korea, Malaysian and Canada. The core probables were seen sweating it out on the field during rigorous training session in preparation of the tournament. Sardar Singh will be leading the team as the captain and star-goalkeeper PR Sreejesh will be his deputy.
Training under Coach Paul van Ass, the Indian players are undergoing serious training sessions with a mindset of outclassing the opponents in the upcoming tournament.
Speaking on the team announcement, Sardar Singh said, "The team composition is almost the same as Champions Trophy, though we have three new inclusions Chinglensana Singh Kangujam, Satbir Singh and Mandeep Singh. All three will help boost our options for attack. I think their contribution for their respective teams in HHIL 2015 helped them make a comeback into the National squad".
Chief Coach Paul van Ass said, "The Sultan Azlan Shah Cup will be my first tournament as the Coach of this team and I look forward to a positive start by doing well in this tournament. The players and I are still getting to know each other both, professionally as well as on the personal front. By the intensity and efforts put in by theses players on the field, during the preparations, gives me much confidence in this team and a hope to have a great start as one unit. I have seen them play in Champions Trophy last year and they are turning into a formidable line-up who are keen to take on new challenges."
India will play their first match against Korea on April 5 at 3.40 p.m (IST)
The team:
Goalkeepers: Parattu Raveendran Sreejesh, Harjot Singh.
Defenders: Gurbaj Singh, Rupinder Pal Singh, Birendra Lakra, Kothajit Singh, VR Raghunath.
Midfielders: Manpreet Singh, Sardar Singh, Dharamvir Singh, Chinglensana Singh Kangujam, S. K. Uthappa.
Forwards: Ramandeep Singh, S. V. Sunil, Akashdeep Singh, Nikkin Thimmaiah, Satbir Singh, Mandeep Singh.


Centres clears two mega food parks forHaryana

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal today said that the Central Government has approved two mega food parks for Haryana which will be set up in Sonipat and Panipat districts of the state. Besides large scale investments this, these projects would generate direct and indirect employment for 41,000 youth in the state and would strengthen the financial position of the state along with  improving the rural financial management in Panipat, Karnal, Kurukshetra, Rohtak, Jhajjar and Jind districts.
This was stated by the Chief Minister in the ongoing Budget Session of Haryana Vidhan Sabha here today.
            While giving details of each project, Mr Manohar Lal said that Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (HSIIDC) would set up the project in Sonipat district over an area of 75 acres with project investments of Rs. 164.33 crore at Industrial Estate Barhi. The Central Government would provide grant assistance of Rs. 50 crore for this project. Nearly 40 to 50 food processing units would set up their facilities, with project investments in the region of Rs. 300 to Rs. 400 crore. He said that total employment generation would be around 11,000, including direct and indirect. This project is likely to benefit the entrepreneurs and farmers of a number of nearby districts as well, including – Panipat, Karnal, Kurukshetra, Rohtak, Jhajjar, Jind etc, he added.
He said that the proposed Mega Food Park would primarily focus at processing and value addition of perishable commodities like fruits and vegetables, spices and dairy products. Additionally, based on the raw material availability and assessment in the primary and secondary catchment area of the park, a significant number of processing units would also be set up which would be focused on food grains, cereals, oil seed, pulses and medicinal plant etc.
The Chief Minister said that Continental Warehousing Corporation (NhavaSeva) Limited would set up the other project in Panipat district. This Mega Food Park would be set up over an area of about 53 acres at Village Jhattipur, Tehsil Smalakha, in Panipat district. The site is near broad gauge rail line and Diwana railway station. He said that the project or park has been promoted by Mr Daya Kar Reddy, Managing Director, Continental Warehousing Corporation (NhavaSeva) from Chennai.
He said that the project cost of Rs. 157.46 crore would be funded by way of promoters’ contribution and loan component of Rs. 107.46 crore and grant assistance of Rs. 50 crore. The project investment would be in core processing facilities, which would comprise of Common Processing facilities, Multi-crop cold store, warehouse, test lab, Incubation centre, Reefer vans etc. He said that this project was expected to have 30-35 food processing units with a collective investment of around Rs. 250 crore and direct and indirect employment potential of about 30,000 persons.
The Ministry of Food Processing Industries, Government of India, had received 72 proposals, out of which 17 proposals from 11 States of the country, including Haryana, have been selected and approved for implementation, he added.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Haryana keen to immediately give relief to farmers

Keen on giving immediate relief to the farmers whose Rabi crops were damaged due to the unseasonal rain and hailstorms in various parts of the state, the Haryana Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal announced today to waive off their electricity bills, reschedule payment of crop loans to cooperative banks, and provide loan for the next crop at zero per cent interest rate.
Disclosing this in the Vidhan Sabha today, the Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal, said that he had sent a communication to the Prime Minister, Mr Narendra Modi, seeking immediate interim relief of Rs 500 crore to provide timely and complete assistance to the affected farmers.
Briefing the members of the House on a number of important decisions taken in the interest of the farmers, the Chief Minister said that the government had decided to provide the next crop loan to the farmers at zero per cent interest rate.
He said that up to 100 per cent rebate in agriculture electricity bills would be given to those farmers whose crops had been affected by the hailstorms and untimely rain. Fifty per cent of the electricity bills for the previous six months and for the next six months would be waived off in case of those farmers whose crops were damaged to the extent of 25 to 50 per cent. Similarly, 100 per cent electricity bills would be waived off in case of those farmers whose crops were damaged to the extent of more than 50 per cent.
Mr. Manohar Lal said that the government had also decided to reschedule the payment of loans under which crop loans would be converted into medium-term loans for a period of three years. The work on special girdawari is in full swing and would be completed by March 31, 2015.
He also informed the House that the Prime Minister, Mr.Narendra Modi, had announced at the Shahidi Diwasat Hussainiwala (Punjab) yesterday to give a monthly pension of Rs 5,000 to the farmers after they attained 60 years of age. The decision was welcomed by all present in the House.

Bharat Bhushan appointed HSSC chairman

The Haryana Government has appointed Mr. Bharat Bhushan of district Kurukshetra as Chairman of the Haryana Staff Selection Commission.
          The Government has also appointed Mrs. Neelam Awasthi of district Panchkula, Mr.Devender Singh of district Mahendragarh, Mr.Amar Nath Sauda of district Karnal, Mr.Bhopal Singh of district Yamunanagar and Mr.Vijay Pal Singh of district Jind as members of the Haryana Staff Selection Commission.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Ambala Cantt Hospital to be upgraded

Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij said that as many as 94 posts will be filled to upgrade General Hospital Ambala Cantt and it will also be upgraded to 100-bedded hospital. At present, it is 75-bedded hospital.
Mr Anil Vij said that to fulfill the long pending demand of people of Ambala, the State Government has taken this decision to upgrade this hospital. He said that up-gradation of hospital would not only benefit the people of Ambala and but this would also help the people living nearby villages in getting proper treatment. He said that the state government is committed to provide people with better healthcare facilities at their doorsteps.
Mr Vij said that of the 94 sanctioned posts; two posts each are of Senior Medical Officer, Deputy Superintendent, Physiotherapist, Nursing Sister, Dental Assistant Mechanics, Ophthalmic Assistants, Store Keeper; thirty-one posts of Medical Officer; 18 posts of Staff Nurse, seven posts of Lab Technician, four posts of OTA, three posts of ECG Technician and one post each of Senior Dental Surgeon, Dental Surgeon, Clinical Psychologist, Audiometric, Matron, Senior Pharmacists, Pharmacists, Senior Lab Technician, Radiographer, Plaster Technician, Dietician, Accountant Assistant, Head Clerk or Deputy Superintendent, Cashier, clerk with computer knowledge, Bio Medical Engineer and Driver.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

UK expresses interest in collaboration with Haryana

United Kingdom (UK) has evinced keen interest in collaboration with Haryana in the field of education, technical education, renewable energy, solid waste management, health and Smart City Project.
A delegation led by Mr Philip Hammond Member of Parliament, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, UK called on Chief Minister Mr Manohar Lal here today and discussed various issues of mutual interest and expressed desire to exchange expertise between UK and Haryana.
The Chief Minister said that Haryana is surrounded the National Capital from three sides and has huge potential for investment in almost all fields. Besides education, infrastructure, health, renewable energy, governance reforms, ‘Swatch Bharat Swach Haryana programme’ is among the top priorities of the State Government. Apart from this the State Government is embarked upon a new major initiative of providing IT based delivery of services. Facility of e-services would be taken up to village level by the end of this year, he added.
It was informed in the meeting that the State Government has introduced new system of e-delivery of registries in all Tehsils of the State to make the process more transparent. A citizen data base is being created in the State and all the services would be linked with it.
The delegation was also informed that Haryana has commissioned 61 projects of the total capacity of 234.79 MW in the Renewable Energy Sector till now. Of these, nine projects of 12.8 MW are of Solar MW scale power. Haryana has Renewable Energy Power Policy, Solar Power Policy, Net Metering Policy and the State aims to achieve generation of 175.0 MW of electricity from Renewable Energy Sources by the year 2020-21.
Mr Manohar Lal said that the government is committed to ensure proper waste management in the State. He said that earlier, traditional system of management of solid waste were used in the villages but after assuming the reign of present State Government, we have set up solid waste management systems at various places. He welcomed the assistance from the UK in waste processing, water segregation of source and waste to energy projects.
Mr Philip Hammond requested the Chief Minister to extend the programme of teaching assistance of UK even in the government schools of the State. On this he was informed that an MoU was signed between British Council and Department of Education, Haryana for schools EQUIPS (education quality improvement pathway for schools). As many as 100 government schools in six districts were selected for improving quality of education and teachers training. This MoU may be extended and more schools covering all districts should be taken up. He was also informed that the State Government is interested in collaboration of programmes to increase skill based learning and programmes for development of spoken English.
Haryana Education Minister Ram Bilas Sharma, Additional Principal Secretaries to Chief Minister namely Mrs Sumita Misra and Mr Rakesh Gupta, Principal Secretary, Information, Public Relations and Cultural Affairs Department Mr R.K Khullar and its Director General Mr Abhilaskh Likhi were also present in the meeting.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

CM launching new schemes on International Women’s Day

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal today launched new schemes namely ‘Aapki Beti Humari Beti’ in order to arrest the problem of declining child sex ratio, Multi Sectoral Nutrition Programme, to address the maternal and child under nutrition in five districts Mewat, Fatehabad, Narnaul, Palwal and Kaithal and Haryana Kanya Kosh for the welfare and development of girl child and women in the State.
The Chief Minister was addressing a State Level Function on the occasion of International Women’s Day at Panchkula today. On this occasion, he also honoured women achievers for their exceptional achievements in different fields. Earlier, he flagged off three vans as part of Video Van Campaign to Educate on child rights in the State.
Mr Manohar who himself contributed Rs 1 lakh to the Haryana Kanya Kosh said that efforts would be made to increase the amount of this Kosh to Rs 100 crore. He also announced to give Rs 51 lakh to this Kosh from his discretionary fund. He said that a special budget provision would be made for this scheme which aims to generate an environment in which the girls are provided with equal opportunities. Apart from government, anybody could contribute in this Kosh for the welfare of girls, he added.
He also announced to increase the amount of Indira Gandhi Mahila Shakti Award from Rs one lakh to Rs 1.5 lakh, Behan Shanno Devi Award from Rs 51,000 to Rs one lakh, Life Time Achievement Award from Rs 21,000 to Rs 51,000 and other women achiever award from Rs 5100 to Rs 21,000.
He launched the scheme Aapki Beti Humari Beti’ by giving away cheque of Rs 21,000 each to mother of six female child born on or after January 22, 2015 namely Aradhana, Khushi, Anishka, Khushi, Pehu and Yashpreet Kaur.
The scheme ‘Aapki Beti Humari Beti’ will be implemented in both rural and urban areas of the State, covering first born girl child of Scheduled Caste (SC) and Below Poverty Line (BPL) families and all second girl child born on or after January 22, 2015 of all families. Under this scheme, the first girl child born or after January 22, 2015, in SC and BPL families will be eligible to receive Rs 21,000. Similarly, all second girl child born on or after January 22, 2015 of all families will get Rs 21,000. In special cases when twin girls born or after January 22, 2015, the girls will be entitled to benefit at the rate of Rs 21,000 per girl child. In case of multiple girls birth on or after January 22, 2015, the girls will be entitled to benefit at the rate of Rs 21,000 each. Apart from this, the Life Insurance Corporation of India will issue a Membership Certificate in favour of each beneficiary enrolled with them. The said membership certificate will be given to the concerned District Programme Officer for onward delivery to the parents of the concerned beneficiary.
While congratulating the award winners and women of the State on International Women Day, the Chief Minister said that from the ancient times women has played a vital role in the building a strong nation . The contribution made by them especially during the freedom struggle would be written in golden letters. Today women have made their special identity in almost all fields be it sports, employment, politics etc. He said that girls education is necessary keeping in view of the fact that it illuminates three houses in her life.
Referring to the women of State, he said that women of Haryana are making outstanding contribution in different fields thereby playing an active role in the development of State and the society. He quoted the examples of Kapana Chawla in aeronautics science, Dr Sheena Agarwaa in Indian Administrative Services, Krishna Punia in sports, Mamta Sauda in mountaineering. Apart from this, the contribution of social reformists like Mahatma Gandhi, Swami Vivekanand and Swami Dayanad Sarswati in providing a respectable place to the women in the world could not be forgotten. He reminding the Chicago Conference, where Swami Vivekanand in his inaugural address, addressed those present there as brother and Sisters instead of ladies and gentlemen.
Expressing concern over the declining sex ratio, the Chief Minister said that it was a matter of pride for Haryana that Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi has launched the ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ (BBBP) Programme from Panipat. Apart from this, he also launched Sukanya Samridhi Yojana to ensure a secure future for the girl.
Under the Sukanya Samridhi Yojana, account could be opened at any time from the birth of a girl child till she attains the age of 10 years with a minimum deposit of 1000 rupees. He said that under the BBBP Programme, 12 districts have been identified in Haryana having low sex ratio.
Speaking on this occasion, Women and Child Development Minister Mrs Kavita Jain said that women play a vital role in the overall development of the society. She said that the development of any society or State could be gauged from the condition of its women. She said that the International Women Day is dedicated towards women empowerment, analyzing their present condition and ensuring their socio-economic upliftment. She said that though today women have touched new heights but such women are few in numbers. She said that the Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi has on January 22, launched BBBP Programme so as to ensure their protection, provide ample opportunities of education and employment. On this occasion, she contributed a sum of Rs 5 lakh to the Kanya Kosh from here discretionary fund.
Earlier, the Chief Minister honoured the women achievers for their outstanding contribution in different fields.
While Sandhya Aggarwal of Sirsa was honoured with Indira Gandhi Mahila Shakti Award carrying a cash prize of Rs one lakh, Kanta Devi of village Kureli, Hisar was honoured with Kalpana Chawla Shaurya Award of Rs 50,000.
Nine women were honoured for their outstanding performance in sports which includes Ritu Rani, Rani Rampal and Navjot Kaur of Shahbad, Gitika Jakhar, Krishna Punia of Hisar, Seema Punia of Rohtak, Anisha Sayed of Faridabad and Sakshi Malik of Rohtak.
In Sakshar Mahila Samooh (SMS) activities Ritu Rana Pardhan of village Staundhi district Karnal, Amarjit Kaur of district Hisar, Geeta Devi of district Palwal and Surinder Kaur of district Ambala were also honoured . Similarly, among government employees, Sub Inspector Kiran, in-charge of Police Post Sector-11 and 12 Panipat and Assistant Sub Inspector Neelam Devi of Mahendergarh Police Station were awarded. For outstanding contribution in social work, Rekha, Dr Vinay Khurania, Anju Bala, Anita Sharma, Prem Sharma, Poonam were honoured. For outstanding work at Anganwadis, Anganwadi workers Durga, Saroj and Usha were awarded and Prohibition-cum-Protection Officer Karminder Kaur was also awarded for her outstanding work in the field. They were honoured with a cash prize of Rs 5100 each.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Haryana Govt announces new Excise Policy

The Haryana Government today announced its Excise Policy for the financial year 2015-16.
             The new Excise Policy, which will be for one year has been approved in the meeting of State Cabinet held under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister Mr Manohar Lal here today.
             In the new Policy, it has been decided to retain the maximum basic quota of country liquor (CL) at 900 lakh proof litre (PL) and Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) at 500 lakh PL. However, the maximum number of retail outlets has been kept at the same level of 3500 as in the year 2014-15. For the purpose of allotment, the vends will be clubbed into groups comprising of a maximum number of three vends of either country liquor or IMFL.  Apart from this, E-tendering has been introduced for the first time for allotment of retail outlets. No vends would be allowed in the villages where Kanya Gurukul were situated.
            While the participation fee for the bidders has been reduced from Rs. 25,000  per vend to Rs. 10,000 per vend to encourage participation, the percentage of fixed quota of CL has been enhanced from 25 per cent to 40 per cent to be equally divided amongst all the distilleries.
Wholesale license of country liquor (L-13) will be granted both to retail licensees as well as the distilleries. In the case of wholesale license of IMFL (L-1), the licenses will be granted to the retail licensees giving maximum revenue.
             In the new Excise Policy, minimum retail sale price of liquor has been marginally increased and rationalized while the import duty on alcohol to be used for industrial purposes has been reduced from Rs. 6 per PL to Rs. 3 per PL.  The Excise and Taxation Department will hire some locations for setting up of liquor vends having high revenue potential in Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) areas and Haryana tourist complexes for which the rent will be paid by the Department.
             The license fee of the distilleries has been rationalized by linking the same to their installed capacities. Online system of issuance of permits and passes from distilleries is being developed which will be introduced during 2015-16. Also, a new concept of Modern shops is being introduced to cater to the demand of urban consumers. Rate of VAT on liquor has been enhanced from 4 per cent to 8 per cent with surcharge.
            In order to streamline the bidding process and to make it more transparent, the Department has decided to introduce e-Tendering for allotting the liquor vends under the Excise Policy 2015-16. Under the e-Tendering, prospective licensees have to sign up themselves on the Department Portal (www.haryanatax.com) and obtain computer generated ID and Password. Licensees have to register themselves for submitting the bids for each district by creating corpus of EMD and participation fees.
 On receiving the Registration ID, the Licensee will be able to submit the bid online. The bid amount and the group will remain secret and will not be accessible even to the Departmental Users. The details of the bids will only be accessible on the date and time fixed for evaluation of the bids by the Committee headed by the Deputy Commissioner of the district concerned, in the presence of the bidders.
       There will be no negotiations and the highest bidder of each group will be declared successful. In case of a tie among the highest bidders, the successful bidder will be decided by draw of lots.

Auction of liquor vends through e-tendering system

Haryana Excise and Taxation Minister Capt. Abhimanyu said that for the first time auctions of liquor vends would be made through e-tendering system under the new Excise Policy so as to ensure complete transparency in allotment of vends in the state.
             Capt. Abhimanyu was addressing a press conference shortly after the cabinet meeting here today in which the new Excise Policy for year 2015-16 was approved.
            In reply to a query, he said that it was expected to generate a revenue of about Rs. 3700 crore this year under the existing excise policy. The actual amount of collection would be presented through revised estates in the ensuing budget. The court has directed to close  down liquor vends situated on highways which had resulted in the loss of revenue. In year 2015-16, we would likely to achieve the same target inspite of the closing down of the vends on highways, he added.
            On being asked to comment on the liquor theft, the Minister said that efforts are being made in this direction under which it is being ensured to make available online record of every bottle of liquor. To start with, live recording through CCTV cameras would be started in the office of Excise and Taxation Commissioner right from the distilleries. The system of online permit would start from April 1, 2015. Apart from this, directions have been issued to ensure complete transparency, accountability and strong enforcement in the distilleries and vends.
            He said that with the directions of the Chief Minister Mr. Manohar Lal, it has also been decided not to open liquor vends in those panchayats which do not want to open the liquor vends in their villages. In addition, liquor vends would not be open within the limit of 150 metre of religious places and educational institutes.
            He said that fee of bar licence which had not been increased for last eight years had also been enhanced in the new excise policy. Earlier, the fee for bar licence was Rs. Six lakh per annum across  the state which has been increased to Rs. 12.5 lakh for Gurgaon, Rs.10 lakh for Faridabad and Rs.7.5 lakh for other districts.
            Those present on this occasion included Additional Chief Secretary Excise and Taxation Mr. Roshan Lal, Principal Secretary Information and Public Relations Mr. R.K. Khullar and Director General Information, Public Relations and Cultural Affairs Department Dr. Abhilaksh Likhi.

Common Entrance Examination for Army recruitment

 Common Entrance Examination for Army recruitment under Soldier (General Duty) category will be conducted at Army Public School, Ambala Cantt. on March 15, 2015.
            While stating this today, Director Recruiting Col. Vinesh Rana said that fresh admit cards would be issued from March 7 to 9 at Army Recruiting Office, Ambala Cantt from 8.30 a.m. onwards. All candidates must obtain the fresh admit cards so as to appear for common entrance examination.
No candidate would be allowed to appear for examination without fresh admit card. The reporting time at venue would be 5 a.m., he added.

Monday, March 2, 2015

182 positive cases of Swine Flu in Haryana detected

In Haryana, so far 182 positive cases of Swine Flu have been detected, out of which 22 causalities  have been reported. As many as seven patients suffering from swine flu are on ventilator. With a view to check the spread of swine flu, the Haryana Health Department has  established isolation wards besides making  availability of adequate stock of Tamiflu.  The   facility of ventilators at district level in collaboration with  private hospitals has been set up.
            Additional Chief Secretary, Health, Mr. Ram Niwas gave this information during video conferencing with all districts civil surgeons on the preparedness to prevent Swine Flu.
            He said that during the past few days the weather has changed and intensity of cold has increased due to rains therefore cases of swine flu are expected to rise. He urged everybody to take special care in such weather. He said that all civil surgeons have been given directions to immediately track the suspected cases through Track and Surveillance at district level and by sending a team of district level Special Task Force and provide the patients with Tamiflu.
            Mr Niwas said that spread of  Swine Flu can only be checked with the help of local people. One can contribute in not spreading the flu further by keeping distance from those who are suspected with swine flu symptoms and keep handkerchief or any cloth while sneezing and wash their hands at regular intervals.
            He said that high temperature along with cough, cold and problem in breathing could be one of the possible symptoms of Swine Flu. The people suffering from these symptoms should not take it lightly and they should immediately report to their nearest health centre for the treatment, he added.