Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Indian delegation studying GST of Australia

With a view to studying the Goods and Services Tax (GST) system of Australia, a delegation of High Powered Committee of State Finance Ministers constituted by Government of India, today called on Premier of New South Wales, Mr. Mike Baird, in Sydney, and conducted discussion about the GST system.
            Keeping in view the rolling out of GST in India, this committee is visiting Sydney and Canberra to study the system.
            Haryana Finance Minister, Capt. Abhimanyu, Punjab Finance Minister, Mr. Parminder Singh Dhindsa, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister, Mr. Manish Sisodia, Finance Ministers of other states, and senior officers of the Excise and Taxation Department are members of the delegation. The delegation also visited Parliament of New South Wales. A number of cabinet colleagues of Premier, Mr. Mike Baird, were also present during the meeting.
            While sharing this information, Capt. Abhimanyu, Haryana Finance Minister said that Australia had implemented the GST system in an effective manner. However, the system had certain deficiencies, which are now being corrected. He said that by learning from Australia, the GST system can be implemented without any deficiency in India.
          Capt. Abhimanyu said that the committee is understanding the GST system of Australia, and was trying to find out the benefits that the country got with this system, so that the states of India could also get similar benefits. After Sydney, the Indian delegation would visit Canberra and would meet officers of government departments so as to get better understanding relating to GST.
            The delegation had reached Australia on September 27. Today, the delegation would leave for Canberra where it would stay for three days before returning to India.

Promoting pisciculture in Haryana

With a view to promoting pisciculture in Haryana, a Centre of Excellence for shrimp culture in saline water would be set up in district Jhajjar in collaboration with Vietnam.
In this regard, Haryana Agriculture and Animal Husbandry and Dairying Minister, Mr. Om Parkash Dhankar, met a delegation from Vietnam, led by Mr. Vu Van Tam, Vietnam’s Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, at New Delhi today.
Apart from fish farming, promotion of horticulture and floriculture in Haryana was also discussed at length in the meeting. The nine-member delegation included four officers of Vietnam’s Agriculture and Rural Development Department and five officers from the Vietnam Embassy in Delhi.
Terming the meeting as cordial and beneficial for the State, Mr. Dhankar said that the State Government was making efforts to promote horticulture, pisciculture and floriculture as alternatives to cultivation of traditional crops, which were not proving to be very profitable. This is being done to ensure increase in income of farmers.
He added that Vietnam was quite advanced in the fields of horticulture and floriculture, and Haryana could benefit from its technology and assistance. The Agriculture Minister added that the water in district Jhajjar was saline, and provided endless possibilities for rearing saltwater fish. Besides a Centre of Excellence for shrimp culture, a Skill Development Centre would also be established in the district so that training could be imparted to those interested in pisciculture. Private agency Rurban Skills has also expressed interest in imparting agro-based technical skills in Haryana, in collaboration with Vietnam.
The Haryana Agriculture Minister added that Mr. Tam had invited a delegation from Haryana to visit Vietnam so that they could gather information about horticulture, pisciculture and floriculture.
On this occasion, Haryana Fisheries Department gave a presentation regarding their excellent works.
         Ambassador of Socialist Republic of Vietnam, Mr. Ton Sinh Thanh and Deputy Director General of International Cooperation Department, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr. Viet Chau were part of the delegation.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Haryana Govt to provide big relief to entrepreneurs

The Haryana Government is going to provide big relief to entrepreneurs of the State, as announced earlier in the Enterprise Promotion Policy-2015. As per this move, the validity period of clearances being given by State Pollution Control Board to entrepreneurs for setting up industries has been more than doubled.
While giving this information, Industries and Commerce Minister, Capt. Abhimanyu, said that the State Government has taken this decision to provide relief to entrepreneurs. The aim of government is to promote ‘Ease of Doing Business’. With this decision, the entrepreneurs would not have to visit State Pollution Control Board at short intervals.
He said that the Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal had recently launched the Enterprise Promotion Policy-2015. The aim of policy is to promote growth of industries in the state, generate employment for youth and attract foreign investment. In its policy, the Government has made efforts to provide more facilities to entrepreneurs.
Capt. Abhimanyu added that entrepreneurs of the State have to take clearance from the State Pollution Control Board for setting up industries. So far, the industries falling in the red category get clearance of two years, whereas those in the orange category get clearance for three years. The State Government has decided to increase the duration of both categories. He said that the government was going to increase the clearance period of industries falling in red category from two years to five years and that of orange category from three years to 10 years.
The Technical Advisory Committee of Haryana State Pollution Control Board had given approval for this and this draft would now be presented in the meeting of the Haryana State Pollution Control Board to be held on September 29, and after that it would be implemented. In compliance with the directions of the Chief Minister, the Government was not only working on the policy of providing maximum facilities to entrepreneurs, but had also adopted zero tolerance policy towards corruption. With the increase in clearance period of industries, check would be imposed on corruption in this sector. Earlier, the Government had provided big relief to industrial units using boilers by allowing self certification. This decision benefitted about 2,000 industrial units which were using boilers. Besides, the Government also made C-Form available online for the convenience of the businessmen.
The Minister said that Government was working in the State with the principle of ‘Ease of Doing Business’, under which more facilities were being provided to entrepreneurs and businessmen so that they may not face any difficulty.

World Tourism Day celebrations special signification for Haryana

The World Tourism Day celebrations across Haryana today held special significance for the Haryana Tourism Department, which has added another feather in its cap with the inclusion of its ‘e-tourism’ project amongst the top eight such projects in the country this year.
Giving information here today, Principal Secretary Tourism, Dr. Sumita Misra, said that in recognition of its innovative efforts to facilitate tourists in the State by offering Information Technology-based solutions, the Skoch Order of Merit Award-2015 was conferred upon the Haryana Tourism Department at the recently-concluded 41st Skoch Summit held at New Delhi. This award was given in the category of innovative use of Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) by state government Public Sector Undertakings, cooperatives, federations and societies.
She added that a jury of eminent experts rated the Department’s e-tourism project as one of the top eight projects in India for the year 2015 after scanning a large number of nominations and more than 300 presentations.
The e-tourism project entails the development of the Department’s mobile-responsive website as per the W3C Guidelines. It offers integrated solutions to customers, corporate office and registered travel agents to book rooms at any of the 42 tourist resorts of Haryana Tourism across the State online. This system was launched in January, 2014. As a part of this project, e-ticketing for Surajkund International Crafts Mela was also integrated with the payment gateway and mobile app of the Mela, making it convenient for visitors to book their Mela ticket in advance at the click of a mouse button.
An effective Content Management System has also been established by Haryana Tourism through its portal for publication of news items, tenders, events and fairs and festivals, apart from grievances redressal system and feedback of tourists, and linking it with social sites to ensure lucid and transparent flow of information. User registration for newsletters, opinion poll, May I Help You and Smart Distance Calculator are among other novel features being offered on the Haryana Tourism portal.
Dr. Misra said that it was an honour to be lauded for technological accomplishments by Skoch, which recognised the top performing government organisations for imbibing best practices and models of governance for excellent and efficient implementation of programmes and services delivery.
She added that Haryana Tourism had made strenuous efforts to reach out to people with its interactive and mobile-responsive website that showcased the tourism potential in Haryana to the world and successfully offered online booking of rooms at all its Tourist Complexes.
Moving with times and in consonance with the changing technology, Haryana Tourism took an innovative leap by extending a facility to customers to make online booking of rooms for the Haryana Tourism Tourist Complexes using credit cards, she added. It spells convenience for customers to book the room as per availability in a transparent and easy manner. An SMS is sent to the customer regarding confirmation of the booking. The booking can also be cancelled online and the refund goes in the customer’s account automatically. Real time details of rooms with photos are also available in the booking platform so that the customer sees the exact room that one is booking. Many other state tourism departments are also replicating this online model. This facility has been developed by National Informatics Centre (NIC), Haryana, and is being maintained by them too.
Haryana Tourism, a trailblazer in highway tourism, operates 42 tourist complexes equipped with 838 air-conditioned rooms, 42 multi-cuisine restaurants, 53 convention centres, conference halls, banquets and porta cabins. It also organises the much-acclaimed Surajkund International Crafts Mela every year from February 1 to 15 at Faridabad.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Jaggu was an able administrator: Inderjit Bindra

The 1996 World Cup introduced many elements of global marketing to Indian cricket. Jaggu's passion, energy and dedication was instrumental in achieving this all. These views have been expressed by former president of the Board of Cricket in India while paying tribune to Jagmohan Dalmia.
Elaborating on his tweet earlier today, former BCCI President and principal advisor to ICC, who is traveling overseas, said: "I remember today my long innings with Jagmohan Dalmiya from 1980-1996 when we worked together to lay the solid foundations of Indian cricket and built it into a global powerhouse.! In 1984 under the leadership of NKP Salve we moved the World Cup out of England giving South Asian cricket fans the excitement and glory of the 1987 Reliance World Cup. We succeeded in eliminating the English and Australian stranglehold on global cricket and made the ICC a truly representative and democratic global polity.
In 1984 under the leadership of NKP Salve we moved the World Cup out of England giving South Asian cricket fans the excitement and glory of the 1987 Reliance World Cup. We succeeded in eliminating the English and Australian stranglehold on global cricket and made the ICC a truly representative and democratic global polity. Those were also the days when we earnestly laid the foundations of making Indian cricket the commercial force it is today by breaking the monopoly of Doordarshan as the sole broadcaster of Indian cricket. This was not as easy as it looks today. It took patience, perseverance and mental strength to fight the monopoly all the way up to the Supreme Court of India.
The Court issued a landmark judgement in 1994 which catalyzed the satellite broadcasting industry in India. Indian cricket was further strengthened in 1994 when we successfully won the right to host the second World Cup in the subcontinent. The 1996 World Cup introduced many elements of global marketing to Indian cricket. As such it set the stage for what is a given in this day and age of Indian cricket.
Jaggu's passion, energy and dedication was instrumental in achieving this all. He was an able cricket administrator and I, along with millions of cricket lovers around the world, salute his commitment and dedication to the game."
Mr. M.P. Pandove Honorary Secretary General, PCA condoled the sad and sudden demise of . Jagmohan Dalmiya, President, BCCI in Kolkata yesterday. Mr. Pandove fondly recalled his long association with Mr. Dalmiya who was fondly called "Jaggu Dada".
Mr. Pandove said that he enjoyed a very cordial working relationship with Mr. Dalmiya for a very long time in BCCI. He further asserted that Mr. Dalmiya would be remember for the financial turnaround in the BCCI. He stated that the members of the Punjab Cricket Association join him in conveying their heartfelt condolences to the family of Mr. Dalmiya.
"On behalf of Mr. Anurag Thakur and the entire HPCA family, we express our heartfelt condolences on the sudden demise of BCCI President Mr Jagmohan Dalmiya .
Mr Thakur cherished a long association with Mr Dalmiya. Back in 2000, when Mr Thakur took over as President HPCA, Mr Dalmiya who was president BCCI was instrumental in getting things done to help HPCA in achieving greater heights," said Mohit Sood of HPCA.
This grave loss will remain in our hearts for years to come. We will keep Mr Dalmiya alive in our memories and always remember him for his unmatched contribution in the world of cricket as it was under his guidance at the helm that transformed the BCCI into the most powerful cricketing boards in the world and also saw the trasformation of the indian cricket team into a cricketing powerhouse.
"Bearing in mind his ideals and vision, we shall strive to keep up the good work and achieve greater heights.' said Mr Sood.

HRE Dept invites applications for Energy Conservation Award

Haryana Renewable Energy Department has invited applications for State Level Energy Conservation Award for the year 2014-15 latest by October 15, 2015.
While giving this information today, Minister of State for Renewable Energy, Mr. Nayab Singh Saini said that the Department has invited applications in categories like large scale industries, small scale industries, buildings of government and semi government, municipal committee, municipal corporations, government hospitals, educational institutions and commercial buildings like hotels, shopping malls, plazas etc.
He said that the Large Scale Industries having connected load more than 1 MW, would get Rs two lakh as first prize. Similarly, second prize winner would get Rs one lakh and third prize winner would get Rs 50,000. He said that Small Scale Industries having connected load upto one MW would get Rs one lakh as first prize and Rs 50,000 as second prize. Apart from this, buildings of government and semi government, municipal committee, municipal corporations, government hospitals would get first prize of Rs two lakh, second prize of Rs one lakh and third prize of Rs 50,000.
Mr. Saini said that first prize for educational institutions would be Rs one lakh, second prize would be Rs 50,000 and third prize would be Rs 25,000. Similarly, the first, second and third prize for commercial buildings category would be Rs two lakh, Rs one lakh and Rs 50,000 respectively. All prize winners in these categories would also a certificate and shield, he added.
He said that those promoting Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) Star rated buildings would also be awarded. They would get Rs five lakh as first prize, Rs four lakh as second prize and Rs three lakh as third prize. Also, certificates would be given to each of them. He said that there are two prizes of Rs 50,000 each for individuals who have made New Innovation or Technology Augmentation in Renewable Energy or Energy Conservation and demonstrated the same.
Only those applications which would be duly verified from the concerned Additional Deputy Commissioner would be considered. The award performa can also be downloaded from website and further information in this regard is also available on the website, he added.

Scholarship amount doubled for Sainik Schools cadets

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal has doubled the scholarship amount being given to cadets of Sainik Schools at Kunjpura and Rewari. Now, they would get Rs 50,000 annually as scholarship instead of Rs 25,000. Also, he gave approval to increase their diet allowance from Rs 25 to Rs 75 per day. With this decision, the cadets of both schools would get benefit of more than Rs 3.62 crore every year.
The Chief Minister was presiding over a review meeting of functioning of Sainik Schools here today. Principal of Sainik School, Kunjpura, Col. Y.S. Parmar and Principal of Sainik School, Rewari, Gp. Capt. Rajiv Sharma gave presentation of the activities being undertaken by their respective schools.
The Chief Minister said that it was the priority of the government to provide quality education, be it in government schools or private schools. He said that the Sainik Schools could act as inspiration to other schools. Therefore, the Sainik Schools should also invite government schools for visiting their campus as the learning methodology and environment there was different and more disciplined.
In the meeting, a sum of Rs 2.5 crore has been approved for completing the pending works of first phase of Sainik School, Rewari and Rs 10.17 crore for second phase. Apart from this, approval of Rs 23 crore has also been given for construction of hostel building. The Chief Minister said that the hostel should have been set up at the time when administrative block was set up.
The Chief Minister also directed the Public Works (Building and Roads) Department to explore possibilities of alternative systems based on modular design for construction of hostel building.
In the meeting, approval was also given to fix the income limit of parents for providing scholarships to students. The income limit should be 1.60 lakh, two lakh, 2.5 lakh and three lakh. It was also informed in the meeting that 656 students were studying in Sainik School, Kunjpura and 468 students in Sainik School, Rewari.
Chief Secretary, Mr. D.S. Dhesi, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Mr. Sanjeev Kaushal, Additional Chief Secretary, Finance, Mr. P.K. Das, Secretary, Rajya Sainik Board, Brig. S.C. Rangi, Wing Commander S.K. Rai and other officers were also present in the meeting.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Scrutiny of nomination papers on Sept 22

Haryana State Election Commission has changed the date of scrutiny of nomination papers in respect of Zila Parishads and for the first phase of Panches, Sarpanches and Member Panchayat Samitis from September 21, 2015 to September 22, 2015.
While stating this here today, State Election Commissioner, Mr. Rajeev Sharma said that now security of nomination papers would be held on September 22 from 10 a.m. onwards. All the Deputy Commissioners-cum-District Election Officers (Panchayat) in the State have been directed to this effect.  Rest of the conditions mentioned in the earlier notification for conduct of elections to Panchayati Raj Institutions would remain the same, he added.

Goverment shows flexibility on Land Acquisition Bill

The government showed flexibility on Land Acquisition Bill in order to protect farmers’ interests, said   Mr Birender Singh, Union Minister for Rural Development, Panchayati Raj, Sanitation & Drinking Water.  He was addressing a press conference in Chandigarh today.  The Minister said that the Bill has been referred to the Join Parliamentary Committee and the government has an open mind on the issue. Referring to Haryana, Shri Singh said that 37 Special Economic Zones (SEZs) were floated in the state and land acquired for them by the previous government, but only 6 are functional. He demanded that the erstwhile government should explain on the issue.
          Elaborating on the Shayama Prasad Mukherjee Rurban Mission (SPMRM) to drive economic social and infrastructure development in rural areas, the Minister said that 300 clusters of villages are planned to be developed across the country for providing the rural folk all urban amenities and facilities. The scheme has a total outlay of Rs. 5142.08 corres. Around Rs. 55 crores will be spent on each cluster for promoting economic activity and ensuring value addition to the local produce. 14 components have been suggested as desirable for the cluster, which include skill development training linked to economic activities, agro processing/agri services/ storage and warehousing, digital literacy, sanitation, provision of piped water supply, solid and liquid waste management etc.
The Minister said that each cluster will cover a population of 25000 to 50000.  Each state will have at least one such cluster while bigger states can have several such clusters. This is expected to promote Smart Villages and check migration towards cities.  Of these, 100 clusters will be launched this year.  The Minister also gave a brief on the Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana and said that 690 MPs have given their consent for adoption of villages under SAGY. By October 2016, first phase of village under SAGY would be developed, he said.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Practical exams for D Ed course from Sept 18

The Haryana School Education Board will conduct the practical examination of the fourth semester of D.Ed course (regular) from September 18 to 26 in their respective educational institutions.
While giving this information today, a spokesman of the Board said that the respective candidates of practical exams could get their instructions letter and pre- printed marks list from their Head of the institutions or their designated officers by September 17, 2015 at 11am from the office of District Education Officer in their respective districts.
AGRICULTURE OFFICERS WORKSHOP: Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agriculture University (CCSHAU), Hisar will hold a two-day state level Agriculture Officers Workshop-Rabi on September 18 and September 19, 2015 at Hisar. During the workshop, recommendations which are to be implemented on the crops in the coming Rabi season will be finalized.
While giving this information, a spokesman of the University said that the vice-chancellor of the University, Dr K S Khokhar would be the chief guest of the workshop while Additional Chief Secretary, Agriculture, Mr Dhanpat Singh would preside over the inauguration function of the workshop. As many as 450 Agriculture scientists and officers of Agriculture Department and workers will participate in the workshop.
BPSGMC TOPS: The Bhagat Phool Singh Government Medical College (BPSGMC) for Women, Sonepat has topped with 96 per cent in the result of MBBS (first profession) recently declared by Pt. B. D. Sharma University of Health Sciences, Rohtak. Neha, student of the BPSGMC has topped in the university by securing 76 per cent.
Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij congratulated the topper of the exam, Neha and others for their outstanding performance. He said that in future also this college would give tough competition to other colleges and improve the level of education.
Giving information in this regard, Director, BPS Government Medical College for Women, Dr R. C. Siwach said that the first five positions have also been secured by the girls of BPSGMC, Sonepat. Not only this, nine students of the college have secured more than 70 per cent and about 65 per cent of students have secured more than 60 per cent marks, he added.

For free and fair panchayta elections, 21 observers appoint

With a view to conducting free, fair and peaceful Panchayat General Elections 2015, the Haryana State Election Commission has appointed 21 Election Observers for all the districts of the state.
While disclosing the names of IAS officers appointed Election Observers, the state election commissioner, Mr Rajiv Sharma said that Mr Vijender Kumar has been appointed Election Observer for Bhiwani while Mr Chander Prakash for Rewari. Similarly, Mr Shyamal Mishra has been appointed Election Observer for Hisar, Mr Vijay Singh Dahiya for Yamunanagar, Mrs Amaneet P Kumar for Kaithal, Mr M L Kaushik for Karnal, Mr R S Kharab for Sirsa, Mr W S Galot for Gurgaon, Mr Vikas Yadav for Mewat, Mrs Ashima Brar for Panchkula, Mr Shekhar Vidhyarthi for Jind, Mrs Renuka S Phulia for Kurukshetra, Mr Sanjay Joon for Faridabad, Mr Sanjeev Verma for Ambala, Mr Jagdeep Singh for Narnaul, Mrs Anita Yadav for Jhajjar, and Mr Rajnarayan Kaushik for Fatehabad.
Among the HCS officers who have been appointed Election observers included Mr Narhari Singh Bagar for Palwal, Mr Hardeep Singh for Panipat, Mr Pradeep Godara for Rohtak and Mr Shakti Singh for Sonipat, he added.
He said that all the Election Observers have been issued directions to visit their allotted districts respectively, four times during the elections procedure. First time, before the last date of filling of nominations, second time, during the screening of nomination papers and allotment of election symbol, third time, during the election campaigning and fourth time, during the counting of votes and declaration of election results.
He said that during their visits they would be able to take the stock of the situation in their respective allotted districts and if need be, they could hold a meeting regarding it with the related officer, Returning Officer, Police Officers and any other officer.
Mr Rajiv Sharma further said that the state election commission has increased the expenditure limit for the candidates who are contesting for various positions in the election. The expenditure limit of Panch or member of Gram Panchayat has been increased to Rs 10,000 from Rs 5,000 earlier; the expenditure limit of Sarpanch Gram Panchayat up to 15 ward has been increased to Rs 30,000 from Rs 15,000 earlier; the expenditure limit of Sarpanch Gram Panchayat (more than 15 ward) has been increased to Rs 50,000 from Rs 25,000 earlier; the expenditure limit of Panchayat Samiti member has been increased to Rs one lakh from Rs 50,000 earlier; and the expenditure limit of Zila Parishad member has been increased to Rs two lakh from Rs one lakh earlier.
He said that in order to stop misuse of money by the candidates and to keep vigil on the expenditure during the elections of Panchayati Raj Institutions, in every district, Election Expenditure Observer has also been appointed. Deputy Commissioner of Excise and Taxation Sales Tax, Mr Narender Singh has been appointed Election Expenditure Observer in Ambala. Similarly, Mr. Narender Singla has been appointed Election Expenditure Observer for Bhiwani, Mr. Krishan Kumar for Faridabad, Mr. VK Babbar for Fatehabad, Mr. Rohit Kumar Sharma for Gurgaon, Mr. Sunil Kumar for Hisar, Mr. Anil Malik for Jhajjar, Mr. Devender Kumar for Jind, Mr. V. K. Baniwal for Kaithal, Mr. Rakesh Verma for Karnal, Mr. Ashok Setia for Kurukshetra, Mr. Kamal Nain for Mewat, Mr. Jitender Raghav for Narnaul, Mrs. Geetanjali Mor for Palwal, Mr. Jagdeep for Panchkula, Mr. Shiv Kumar for Panipat, Mr. Harish Dahiya for Rewari, Mr. Jagbir Singh Jhakhar for Rohtak, Mr. Rakesh Batra for Sirsa, Mr. NK Grewal for Sonipat, Mr. Alok Pasi for Yamuna Nagar.
The Election Expenditure Observers would keep vigil on everyday expenditure of candidates from the date of withdrawal of nomination till the completion of the election and if need arises, they can check the expenditure register of any candidate at any time. Mr. Sharma said that it is important for every candidate to maintain the expenditure register along with receipts from the date of filing of nomination to the date of declaration of elections. On the demand of Election Expenditure Observer, the candidates would have to show their expenditure register and candidates would also follow any guideline given by the Election Observer. The candidates should have to submit their expenditure registers to the concerned District Election Officer, Panchayat or any other officer designated by him, within the 30 days of the declaration of Election results. If any candidate failed to do so, then he could be declared disqualified for contesting in elections for the next three years from the date of issue of the order under Haryana Panchyati Raj Rules 1966.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

PM announces extension of Metro Rail connectivity up to Ballabhgarh

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today announced that Metro rail connectivity would be extended up to Ballabhgarh in the days to come which would connect the important part of Haryana with National Capital Delhi. A sum of Rs.700 crore would be spent on this ambitious project.
The Prime Minister was addressing a largely attended ‘Gati Pragati’ rally after inaugurating Badarpur-Mujesar Metro Rail Link Project at Faridabad today. The 13.8 kilometre Metro line project has cost about Rs 2500 crore and has nine stations in Haryana territory. This would facilitate about 2 lakh daily passengers commuting from Delhi. Mr. Modi travelled in metro from Delhi to Bata Chowk in Faridabad. He symbolically flagged off the metro train from the rally site and both the scenes-the running of metro train and flagging off by PM on the LCD screens displayed at the site. He also unveiled the plaque about the inauguration of the project by pressing the remote button.
While congratulating the people on this occasion, he said that metro is not only a mode of transport but it gives pace to economic development. With this facility of metro, Haryana would be able to attract weekend tourists which will provide employment opportunities to the local populace.
He said that the auxiliary electricity requirement of the metro stations would be met by solar energy, the panels of which have been erected at the stations. It will be producing about 2 MW electricity. Mr. Modi said that besides laying railway tracks, the DMRC is also contributing in the green revolution as the metro stations are green and environment friendly. With this facility,
While describing his association with the Haryana State, the Prime Minister said that Haryana was his ‘second home’ as he had spent most of time in Haryana after Gujarat. It is the affection of people of Haryana which attract him to visit the state repeatedly. He assured to repay with interest for the affection shown to him by way of ushering development here. He also mentioned that Faridabad is not new to him and he has been travelling in the streets of this city on scooter. He said that Faridabad is ninth industrial estate of Asia and now people from various parts of the country were residing here which has made this city look like ‘mini India’. The development of this city needed to be geared up and the commissioning of metro gives boost to development.

Mr. Modi said that name of Faridabad has figured into the list of Smart cities. But this is entry into the race and the people of this city would have to resolve to fulfill all the parameters required for a smart city. He said this is a difficult task to achieve and people will have to accept the challenge.

Amidst thunderous applause, the Prime Minister patted the back of Haryana Chief Minister Mr. Manohar Lal and his entire team for making the ‘Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao’ campaign a great success and added that earlier Haryana got a bad name for female foeticide but now with the efforts of Chief Minister, the State is known for saving the girl child. Political leaders of the state have initiated significant steps in this direction. The national campaign to save the girl child was also started from this land, he recollected. He said that Mr. Manohar Lal is very hardworking leader and hoped that under his leadership the Haryana state will touch new heights.

The PM said, "Our Government is working on one mantra of development of the nation. As long as railways, roads are not constructed, the fruits of development cannot reach the people at lower strata. The country needs development and we are utilizing our energy in this direction, criticizing the previous government will not serve the purpose." He pointed out that it was better if such initiatives were taken during last 60 years. It is the responsibility of the government to find out new methods of progress, so as to put the country on fast track of development. Referring to the recent economic meltdown, Mr Modi said that when the big economies crashed, the Economists were of the view that even in such diverse conditions, only India economy stands unaffected. It clearly indicates that the steps taken by the BJP government during last 13 months were in the right direction.
Earlier, the Haryana Chief Minister Mr. Manohar Lal said that this is the third tour of the PM in Haryana in 13 months and he is scheduled to visit the state two more times during this month. This shows that Mr. Modi has adopted Haryana as he has in his team seven Ministers-four directly from Haryana and three indirectly belong to Haryana. Mr. Manohar Lal said that the visit of PM to Faridabad is after 23 years, earlier visit of PM was in 1992. He also mentioned Faridabad and Gurgaon are two main cities of state which needed to be connected through Metro. Referring to new Enterprise Promotion Policy 2015, he said that State government will organize investment summit in January next with an aim to attract investment of Rs one lakh crore besides employment opportunities to four lakh people.
Earlier, Union Urban Development Minister Mr. Venkaiah Naidu elaborated about the schemes taken up by his ministry. He said that Modi means ‘Maker of Developed India’. He said that out of 300 km metro rail network, about 200 km network has been completed in Delhi alone and work on 610 km metro line was in progress. Besides, laying of new lines measuring 620 km was in planning stage. He said that Faridabad has been included into smart city and inclusion of Gurgaon was also being considered. He said that under Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation, 20 towns of Haryana would be developed with the assistance of Union Government.
Those present on this occasion included Haryana Governor Prof. Kaptan Singh Solanki, Union Ministers Ch. Birender Singh, Rao Inderjit Singh, Mr. Krishan Pal Gujjar, Mr. Babul Supriyo, State BJP President Mr. Subhash Barala, CPS Mrs. Seema Trikha, MLAs Mr. Vipul Goyal, Mr. Mool Chand Sharma, Mr. Tek Chand Sharma and other Ministers, MPs and MLAs of Haryana.

Promotion of Science Education Scholarship Scheme

Haryana State Council for Science and Technology has invited applications for the Promotion of Science Education (POSE) Scholarship Scheme for students of under-graduate and post-graduate science courses in the State for the year 2015-16. Applications would be accepted till 5PM on October 16, 2015.
Giving this information, a spokesman of the Haryana Department of Science and Technology said here today that the scholarship scheme had been started by the Haryana Government in order to encourage meritorious students to take up science education and to support them for continuation of their science education up to higher level. Under-graduate B.Sc. (General) and post-graduate students opting for basic science subjects, namely Physics, Chemistry, Botany, Zoology, Mathematics and Geology, can apply for scholarship under this scheme.
Applications are invited from first-year students of B.Sc. General (Medical and Non-medical) enrolled in colleges and universities located within Haryana. While B.Sc. (Non-medical) students must have chosen any two subjects out of Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Geology, B.Sc. (Medical) students must have chosen any two subjects out of Botany, Zoology, Chemistry and Geology. To be eligible for the scholarship, these students must have obtained minimum 85 per cent marks or equivalent grade in Class 10 plus two, he said.
The spokesman added that the selected under-graduate students would get scholarship amounting to Rs 4,000 per month, plus contingency stipend of Rs 4,000 once a year.
Similarly, students enrolled in M.Sc. (Previous) with any one of the basic science subjects out of Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Botany, Zoology and Geology in the colleges and universities in Haryana can apply for scholarship. Only the students who have obtained minimum 75 per cent marks or equivalent grade in B.Sc. (or B.A. in case of M.Sc. Mathematics) would be eligible. The selected students would get Rs 6,000 per month, apart from a contingency stipend of Rs 5,000 once a year.
The spokesman added that more details and forms were available for download on the Department’s official website