Haryana retirement age stays at 58; Is this the right decision?
Not enhancing the retirement age of government employees from 58 to 60 years, the Haryana Cabinet, which met under Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar here on Wednesday, decided to offer re-employment to those working in certain departments.
Significantly, ahead of elections in Haryana, the Cabinet gave its nod to increasing MLAs’petty grant from Rs 3 lakh to Rs 15 lakh per annum from this current financial year.
While no head of department (HoD) will now have a tenure of more than three years, accepting the recommendations of a Cabinet sub-committee, the Council of Ministers decided that officials in key departments would be given extension beyond retirement.
Re-employment beyond the retirement age would be allowed only in case of departments looking after law and order, work of administrative importance, infrastructure development and basic public service.
The Administrative Department would assess the level and class of officials whose services needed to be retained beyond their retirement. Such a proposal would be approved by a committee chaired by the Haryana Chief Secretary.
The Cabinet also approved one-time relief to unauthorised commercial constructions and gave its nod to a comprehensive affordable housing policy in all municipalities.
A decision was taken to revise water rates for “irrigation purposes” and “other than irrigation purposes” with the amendment of the Haryana Canal and Drainage Rules, 1976, and to transfer land measuring 446 acres of the total 846.43 acres with HMT Ltd, Pinjore, back to the state. It will be handed over to the HSIIDC for setting up an industrial estate.
Haryana to buy HMT land for industrial hub; Is it a good decision?
The Haryana Government is set to purchase the vacant land of the now-shut tractor unit of Hindustan Machine Tools (HMT) Limited, located in Pinjore, and then develop it into an industrial estate.
The move comes after an out-of-court settlement in a case pertaining to the resumption of the land.
A proposal in this regard will reportedly be tabled in the Cabinet meeting scheduled for Wednesday.
Under an agreement between the Union Ministry of Heavy Industries and the state, over 440 acres of the tractor unit will be purchased at two rates. The land usable for setting up the industrial estate would be purchased at the prevailing collector rate, while the undulating terrain would be bought at a notional price, sources said.
In 1962, Punjab had gifted 839 acres in Pinjore to the Centre for setting up an HMT unit to manufacture machine tools and allied products on an understanding that the land would be returned once the factory was shut or moved out.
However, the HMT unit came up only on a part of that land. An area of around 446 acres was left vacant. Of these 446 acres, only 306 acres is usable land. Over the years, the “ailing” unit began to crumble due to recurring losses, making it difficult to break even or pay salaries.
With the Centre announcing closure of the watches and tractor units, the state issued a notice seeking the land back. This was challenged in court. Under an out-of-court settlement, the state would pay for the land and the money would be utilised to take care of salaries.
Woman held for pushing girls into prostitution; Does the Rohtak police is unable to stop such incidents?
A team of the West Bengal Police have arrested a woman on the charge of involvement in a child-trafficking-cum-prostitution racket in a joint operation with the Rohtak police.
The woman, identified as Geeta Saroj, had been residing in Rohtak and allegedly running the racket for about nine years.
The woman was arrested from the Asthal Bohar area in Rohtak on Monday. She was taken on transit remand by the West Bengal Police.
Haryana State Commission for Protection of Child Rights member BK Goel, who was present at the time of the operation, said no girl had been rescued from Rohtak and efforts were on to get details.
“Girls were sent from West Bengal in the name of jobs as domestic help or nurse through agents. The matter came to light when a trafficked girl managed to escape, returned to West Bengal and lodged a complaint in this regard,” Goel said on Tuesday.
A case had been registered at the Lake Town police station in Kolkata and some persons arrested from West Bengal. On the basis of information extracted from them, the police got to know about Geeta, based in Rohtak.
“She used to supply girls, mainly to university and college students. Several contact numbers were recovered from her. This was a big lead for us,” said Goel.
Rishi Kant, a representative of the NGO Shakti Vahini, said many cases had surfaced wherein minors were being brought to Haryana, Delhi and the NCR in the name of arranging jobs as domestic help and later pushed into prostitution.
Urban Estate police station SHO Parveen Kumar said the West Bengal Police had taken Geeta on transit remand. “If she reveals any information pertaining to our area during interrogation, we will take action accordingly,” he said.
G’gram gets 2 toppers in CBSE Class X exams; Whether the result of Haryana children's in CBSE exams are satisfactory?
After a disappointing performance in Haryana board results, the city stands proud with two national toppers in CBSE Class X examinations, the results of which were announced.
Prakhar Mittal, a student of Delhi Public School here, has topped in the country by scoring 499 marks out of 500 (99.8 per cent). He shares the top position with Rimzhim Agarwal from Bijnor (UP), Nandini Garg from Shamli (UP), and Sreelakshmi G from Cochin (Kerala).
In the differently abled category, city girl Anushka Panda from Suncity School has topped. She scored 489 marks (97.8 per cent), sharing the spot with Sanya Gandhi from Ghaziabad (UP).
Prakhar aspires to be an engineer. “The result is a surprise for me. I had expected to top the district or may be the state. But bagging the top position in the country is overwhelming. When I learnt about it, I was numb for some time. It took a lot of time for the feeling to settle in,” he said.
He was excited to be the centre of social media jokes and memes. “Topper memes and jokes are fun. I have been reading about others till now. I am eager to see what they come up with for me,” he added.
Anushka, for her part, is “super excited” to have beat the odds. She is suffering from Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), a genetic disease that robs people of physical strength by affecting the motor nerve cells in the spinal cord, affecting the ability to walk. Notwithstanding her disability, she worked hard to fulfil her dreams.
“I want to be a software engineer and I know I will become one. I am not just happy but super excited with my result. It is true joy to win when all, including a part of you, believe you can’t. It takes a spirited heart, not body, to dream and achieve. I am happy I exemplified it,” Anushka said.
Water woes hit Rohtak residents; Should the government manage the water immediately?
Residents of the town and villages in the district have been facing much inconvenience due to shortage of water. The erratic supply of electricity has intensified the problem.
While residents of several villages have been forced to use hand-pump water or even buy water from private suppliers, residents of HUDA sectors are also facing scarcity of water due to reduction in period of water supply.
While HUDA officials claim that water is being supplied for two hours, residents maintain that that the supply time has been reduced in the recent days.
Residents of Jassia village have been using hand-pump water as the storage tanks of the local waterworks have become dry, while residents of Sundana village complain that they have to buy drinking water due to the supply of contaminated water from the waterworks.
Residents of certain localities in Rohtak have also held protests against the scarcity of drinking water in their areas during the recent days.
Superintending Engineer, Public Health and Engineering, Ishwar Jain said rationing of water had to be done in view of the fact that the Rohtak area, which used to get canal water supply after every 24 days, now gets supply after 32 days.
Jain asserted that the supply of drinking water to the residential colonies in the old Rohtak town had been normalised and water tankers are being sent to the areas in which there was some hindrance in the piped water supply.