Chandigarh, Feb 22 –The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal, said today that the state government had decided to provide job to a dependent of an employee in case of death below the age of 48 years, or full salary will be provided till the age of 58 years. He also announced the decision to change the name of Collector Rate to Fair Value Rate.
He made these announcements while replying to the debate on the Governor’s Address in the Budget session of the Vidhan Sabha, here today.
The Chief Minister said earlier job was given in the same department where the employee was working. But now in case of death below 48 years of age, job would be provided in any department of the deceased employee on the pattern on jobs being provided to dependents of martyrs. About 13,000 jobs under Group-D were given to those who had no member of family in government job.
He said there was no provision to regularize the contractual employees working under Central Government’s project. If the employees would not agree to resume their duties, they would be terminated. He requested leaders of opposition parties to make these employees understand as most of them were engaged during their tenure.
Mr Manohar Lal said the State Government had made appointment to 18,000 posts on merit basis, which is more than the government jobs given during the ten-year tenure of the previous government. About 25,000 more jobs would be provided in the coming time.
Steps are being taken to create good environment for the employment of youth. We have decided to give instant No Objection Certificate to such youth as are employed in a job for which they are overqualified, in view of their progress.
In Group D posts, 8,000 Class XII passed candidates and 3,000 Class X passed candidates have been recruited. In rural areas, 15,000 youth have been given jobs and 3,200 youth in urban areas.
The Chief Minister said under the ‘Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana’ (PMKSN), the Haryana Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Department had uploaded data of eight lakh farmers to whom the first instalment of payment would be released by the Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi, on February 24. Haryana could be first state to effectively work on the ‘PMKSN’ Scheme.
The State Government was making concerted efforts to double the income of farmers by 2022. In case of damage caused to the crops due to natural calamities, the Central Government pays compensation at the rate of Rs 5,400 per acre whereas the State Government gives compensation at the rate of Rs 12,000 per acre.
Mr. Manohar Lal said the farmers would get big relief if the share of the country’s water going to Pakistan is utilized. Work on Shahpur Kandi project is under progress and it will benefit Haryana. MoUs have been signed for Lakhwar and Renuka Projects, and one for Kisau would be signed soon.
He said during the debate on the Governor’s Address, opposition leaders had appreciated various schemes of the present State Government. During the last four-and-a-half years, people have extended cooperation to the State Government in the elections held to panchayats, municipal elections, municipal corporations of Gurugram and Faridabad, students union and the Jind bye-election.
“We can learn good things from people sitting in the Opposition, and by learning from their shortcomings, we can improve”, he added.
The Chief Minister said that Lok Sabha elections would be held on time and even the Vidhan Sabha elections would be held on time.
He said that eight acre rider has been imposed so that farmers could benefit from the ‘Bhavantar Bharpayee Yojana’. It would be ensured that bajra from the neighbouring state of Rajasthan does not get sold in Haryana.
The State Government has been taking all decisions in the interest of farmers. About 11.5 crore food grains were sold in 54 mandis and payment of about Rs 26,823 crore was made to the farmers.
Under the Bhavantar Bharpayee Yojana, last year Rs 4.26 crore was given to farmers producing potato, onion, tomato and cauliflower. Subsidy of 85 per cent is being given in the dark zone and 65 per cent in other zones. Subsidy amounting to Rs 30 crore has been released and another Rs 13 crore would be released soon.
The Chief Minister said Haryana is paying the highest price for sugarcane in Asia. There is no pending payment of sugarcane for last year. At present, an amount of Rs 397 crore of 14 sugar mills is pending. The gap has increased due to increase in the rate of sugar, but the state government is committed to making all payment. Soon, a formula would be developed and payment would be released to the farmers.
The Chief Minister said revenue of between Rs 700 crore and Rs 800 crore was being generated through Market Fee. With Market Fee, the scheme for construction of 3 to 4 karam roads in each Assembly constituency would be accelerated.
Haryana has been making efforts to put a check on the burning of crop stubble. In this direction, the State Government has given 80 per cent subsidy for not burning crop stubble. An MoU has been signed with Indian Oil and 50 acres of land has been provided in Panipat. Crop stubble of the districts of Panipat and Karnal and the neighbouring districts would be collected there.
Speaking on drug abuse, Mr. Manohar Lal said, “We all will find a solution to this and it is our duty to bring youth on the right track”. There are about 25,000 persons registered in 61 Anti Addiction Centres in the state. Rahgiri and Marathon are the measures to channelize the energies of youth in the right direction. About 50,000 youth participated in marathon held at Sirsa.
He said that with the assistance of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Ji, Drug Free India Programme was organised at Hisar recently. Those who supply drugs promote terrorist activities. For this, the State Government would take some serious steps, he added.
Speaking on health services, he said the benefit under the Clinical Establishment Act would not be given to below50-bedded hospitals. It is being considered to bring labs under this Act. With Ayushmaan Bharat Yojana, people would be able to get better treatment facilities in big hospitals.
The Chief Minister said the National Cancer Institute at Jhajjar is an extension of Delhi block. The academic block on cancer disease has been started. Hundred acres of land has been received from panchayat in Manethi, Rewari for the AIIMS.
While taking a dig at the former Chief Minister, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Mr Manohar Lal said for Mr Hooda, it is easy to dream, but it is difficult to fulfill the dream. The Kundli Manesar Palwal Expressway and National Cancer Institute are projects which have been completed by the present State Government.
He said the Satluj-Yamuna Link (SYL) Canal issue is with the Supreme Court to decide.