Ink thrown at CM in Hisar; Is this method of protest right?
A man hurled ink at Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar here, creating a commotion at a public event and revealing chinks in the politician’s security. Khattar was in the city for a raodshow.
Security personnel accompanying the Chief Minister grappled with the man as he raised slogans and then handed him over to the local police.
Most of the ink fell on the security personnel, but some landed on Khattar’s clothes, face and hair. He pulled out a handkerchief from his pocket and was seen wiping the ink off.
The incident took place moments after the Chief Minister stepped out of his car on reaching a temple before starting his roadshow.
The man, identified as Praveen of Jakhod Khera village in the Adampur Assembly segment, raised slogans in favour of Jat reservation and Devi Lal before being taken into custody.
He claimed to be an INLD activist, but party spokesperson Satish Beniwal denied he was a member. “He (Praveen) is an aide of Congress’ Adampur MLA Kuldeep Bishnoi,” Beniwal claimed.
The INLD posted on social media a picture of Praveen with Bishnoi.
Later, the Chief Minister said frustrated people would continue with their acts, but the BJP government would continue with its development agenda.
The incident has left the security staff and the district police red-faced. The police had been making security arrangements for two days by diverting routes causing inconvenience to local residents.
Inspector General of Police (Hisar Range) Sanjay Kumar said prima facie, it appeared Praveen threw oil on the Chief Minister. “He is in police custody,” he said.
Police officers said the reason behind his action was being investigated.
Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Maneesh Chaudhary, incharge of the CM’s security, took charge of the spot and reviewed the arrangements in the temple and the 3.7-km route designated for the roadshow.
Sources said the CM was irked and summoned Superintendent of Police Manisha Chaudhary and Deputy Commissioner Ashok Kumar Meena in the temple. The CM reportedly reprimanded them for the security breach.
Meanwhile, Youth Congress activist Manoj Tank showed black flags to the Chief Minister during the roadshow. He was arrested.
Was it mobil oil?
Some police officers said it appeared the man, identified as Praveen, threw mobil oil on Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar. He carried mobil oil in a bottle. Initially, it appeared ink was thrown on the CM. None of senior police officials, including the SSP, DSP and SHO, could be contacted for a version. Sources said the police were planning to book register Praveen.
Mustard not purchased, farmer on fast; Will the farmer's hunger strike bring color?
A farmer of Karontha village in Rohtak district launched an indefinite fast at the local grain market in protest against non-procurement of mustard. The farmer, Pardeep, claimed he would not end his fast till the government re-started procurement of the produce. Government agencies have stopped procuring mustard; May 10 was the last day of procurement. "Farmers are making rounds of the mandi to sell their crop, but the agencies are not procuring mustard. How the farmers will make ends meet if their produce will not be purchased? I am raising the voice of distressed farmers," Pradeep said.
10 MoUs signed with UK firms: CM; Will foreign investment lead to prosperity in Haryana?
Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has said that 10 memorandums of understanding (MoUs) have been signed with the UK for various projects that would bring in investment worth Rs 1500 crore to the state and provide direct employment to about 1,000 persons.
Khattar stated this while addressing a press conference here on Wednesday. The delegation led by Khattar arrived here on Tuesday after visiting Israel and UK. He said six MoUs were signed during a meeting with Lord Raj Loomba at the House of Lords.
He said that during the visit, the delegation explored the possibility of collaboration with the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre at Sheffield for setting up a facility in Haryana.
The CM said the state would adopt best practices from the National Health Scheme of UK besides collaborating with universities and colleges for skill development programmes. TL Satyaprakash, Managing Director, Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (HSIIDC), has been designated as the Nodal Officer for Haryana Leeds Gateway initiative.
He said the delegation also visited the POD car facility at Terminal 5 of the Heathrow Airport, London. He said it was the only Personal Rapid Transport system operational in the world and had been mooted by the Centre for Delhi and Gurugram.
Now, FM slams HSSC over ‘casteist’ question; Should the HSSC Chairman resign after this incident?
Chandigarh : After drawing flak from Opposition parties for a controversial question on Brahmins in a written test, the Haryana Staff Selection Commission (HSSC) is in for criticism from the ruling BJP.
Finance Minister Capt Abhimanyu has written a letter to HSSC Chairman Bharat Bhushan Bharti, expressing his “distress and concern” on the matter and has demanded action against those responsible for the question.
The question in the written examination for the post of Junior Engineer (Civil) held on April 10 sought to know from the candidates what is not considered a bad omen in Haryana. Of the four options, two were “sight of a Brahmin girl” and “meeting with a black Brahmin”.
In his May 11 letter that went viral on social media on Wednesday, Capt Abhimanyu described the matter as “very sensitive” and said it warranted an investigation.
“It is not only one section of society (Brahmins) who have been hurt by the question, but it has also dealt a blow to the social fabric of society,” the minister said in the letter.
He said it was evident that no single person had framed the questions. “It was a job of several persons. It is surprising and shocking that none could note that such a question had been included in the test.”
“How can we expect our society to march ahead in the positive direction if a government institution such as the HSSC start asking questions that denigrate a particular caste during its recruitment process?” the minister said.
With record purchase, state faces problem of plenty; Is Haryana the right system for grain storage?
Cramped for space in warehouses, Haryana on Wednesday asked the Food Corporation of India (FCI) to speed up the movement of stocked rice and wheat to make way for this year’s bumper production.
The state is facing a problem of plenty. Sources said Additional Chief Secretary (Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs) Ram Niwas has written to FCI Chairman and Managing Director Yogendra Tripathi, requesting him to ensure speedy movement of about 22 lakh metric tonnes (MT) of custom-milled rice and 20 lakh MT of last year’s wheat stocked in warehouses.
In another letter to Ravi Kant, Secretary to the Centre in the Food and Public Distribution Department, Niwas has said the state should be allowed to construct warehouses with 15-lakh-MT capacity under the Private Entrepreneur Guarantee (PEG) scheme.
“Under the PEG scheme, the Centre had allotted godowns with a capacity of 35.03 lakh MT to Haryana. Of that, 34.05-lakh-MT-capacity godowns were constructed. After the construction, the FCI had assured the state that no stock will be stored on open plinths. It then assured that there was no storage gap (difference between storage capacity and stock) except for 9.5-lakh-MT-capacity silos which are to be constructed. However, 19 lakh MT of wheat was stored in the open last year and nearly 40 lakh MT of wheat will have to be stocked in the open this year,” Ram Niwas reportedly said in his letter to the Centre.
Sources say procurement agencies have a storage capacity for 120 lakh MT of grains in the state — 89 lakh MT in warehouses and 31 lakh MT on open plinths. In warehouses, about 22-lakh-MT rice is stored, 20 lakh MT wheat, and 8 lakh MT gunny bags and fertilisers.
This leaves space for about 40 lakh MT of wheat out of 87.27 lakh MT procured till Tuesday, the last day for purchase. The rest of the stock will have to be stacked on open plinths.
“The government has placed orders for 4,000 polythene covers, as at least 40 lakh MT of wheat has to be stored on open plinths,” Niwas said, adding the department was expecting 80 to 82 lakh MT of wheat this time and had made arrangements for it.
“We have arranged additional gunny bags for 25 lakh quintals from the Jute Commissioner’s office and also sought permission to use last year’s bags with a capacity of 25 to 30 lakh quintals to meet the requirement,” he added.