Chandigarh, March 3: While adding a yet another chapter in the history of development of State, Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal inaugurated and laid the foundation stone of 211 development projects of different departments costing Rs 4106 crore simultaneously in all districts of the State through video conferencing here today. These included inauguration of 63 projects at a cost of Rs 408 crore and foundation stone of 148 projects at a cost of Rs 3,698 crore.
On the occasion of World Wildlife Day today, the Chief Minister urged the people to take resolve for the conservation and protection of wildlife resources. He also greeted the people of the State on the auspicious occasion of Mahashivratri on March 4.
Congratulating the Ministers, MLAs, Officers and people present in their respective districts on this occasion, Mr Manohar Lal said that inauguration and laying foundation stone of development projects in such a large number and that too in a single day would usher a new era of development in the State. He said that earlier also, he had laid foundation stone of 22 government college’s simultaneously in different districts of the State through video conferencing which was a huge step. Now, taking a step further, today he dedicated several development projects to the people which would prove to be a milestone in ensuring uniform development of the State, he added.
The Chief Minister said that the present State Government has also set a new record in terms of Chief Minister (CM) announcements. Quoting figures in support of his claim, he said that during the tenure of four-and-a-half year of present government so far, he has made 7,916 announcements pertaining to various development works according to the area requirement. Contrary to this, only 6500 CM announcements were made during ten years tenure of previous Congress government in the State. He urged the Secretaries to complete the ongoing work of CM announcements of their departments at the earliest so that the pace of development in the State could be further accelerated. He assured that there is no dearth of fund with the State Government for the development works.
Mr Manohar Lal said that lot of development has taken place so far in the State and this pace would continue in future also. The State Government has taken steps to further strengthen the Panchayati Raj Instiitutions (PRIs) in the State and decided to get small works done through gram panchayats, panchayat samitis and zila parishads so as to empower them and to ensure that the government could concentrate more on big development projects. The setting up of Inter District Council for decentralization of powers at local level is also a another big step in this direction, he said adding that the government also plans to introduce an audit system at the local level to ensure more transparency in the implementation of various development projects of the government.
He said that apart from the development, the State Government has made several schemes for the progress and prosperity of farmers, poor and labourers. To ensure that the people get the benefit of various schemes of State and Centre Government under one roof, Saral Kendras and Antyodaya Kendras have been established at Sub Division and Block level and at district headquarters. Apart from this, these services could also be availed at village level through Common Service Centres, said the Chief Minister.
Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal said that the Prime Minister, Mr Narendra Modi will launch a new scheme namely Pradhan Mantri Shramyogi Maandhan Yojana on March 5, 2019.
He said that all eligible beneficiaries under the scheme could get their registration done in the Common Service Centres. He said that under this scheme, the beneficiary would have to contribute monthly premium of only Rs 55 or Rs 200 and they would be entitled for monthly pension of Rs 3000 after the age of 60 years. He said that this premium would be deposited in the month of June 2019 from the pension of Rs 500 to be given under the Mukhyamnatri Parivar Samridhi Yojana started by the State Government recently under this scheme. For this, the work to prepare Parivar Pehchan Patra (Family IDs) in the state is in progress.
The Chief Minister said that the State Government has prepared a new scheme for the small and marginal farmers of the State on the lines of the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana of the centre government. Under this scheme, annual financial assistance of Rs 6000 would be provided to the small and marginal farmers of the State, he added.
Among those present on this occasion included Chief Secretary Mr D.S Dhesi, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Mr Rajesh Khullar, Additional Chief Secretary Revenue and Disaster Management Department Mrs Keshni Anand Arora and Additional Chief Secretaries and Principal Secretaries of various departments.