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HUDA Enhancement : One-time settlement scheme put off; Will this scheme be successful?

Chandigarh : 
The Haryana Shehari Vikas Pradhikaran (HSVP), earlier know as HUDA, deferred the launch of the one-time settlement scheme (OTSS) in respect of recovery of additional price on account of enhancement from its allottees till May 15.

J Ganesan, Chief Administrator, HSVP, confirmed that the OTSS, including rebate of 40 per cent on payment of outstanding dues as announced by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on May 4 after his meeting with representatives of Residents Welfare Associations (RWAs) from across the state, would now be launched on May 15.
The scheme would remain in force for two months, after which the allottees would have to make complete payment of the outstanding amount.

He said that a rebate of 40 per cent on the amount outstanding on account of additional price, including the delay interest as shown pending in the account of the plot, would be allowed in respect of full amount.

As a precondition to availing benefit of the scheme, the allottees would withdraw the litigation initiated by him or her individually or through the RWAs etc, assailing the demand of additional price by the HSVP, if any, pending in court.

Ganesan said by accepting the scheme, the allottees would be deemed to have consented to settle the litigation in this regard.

“We have sent SMS to all the 3.25 lakh allottees of the HSVP with a link of the OTSS posted on our official website. All the Deputy Commissioners, Administrators and Estate Officers of the HSVP have been requested to hold meetings of the allottees and persuade them for accepting this scheme, since it was the best the government could have offered,” he said.

Sources said the decision had been taken in view of the protests being held by RWAs across the state against the policy.

Representatives of the RWAs alleged the HSVP had sent them notices for excessive amounts by charging hefty interest on the “less conveyed” amount of enhancements that were announced a decade or two decades back and paid by them. “The 40 per cent rebate being offered to us is nothing as the HSVP is already charging four times the amount it actually deserves,” said Baldev Bajaj, president, RWA, Fatehabad.

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4,151 units without power: DHBVN; Will the Prime Minister's dream of light be true to every house?

Hisar :

Contrary to the data composed under the Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana ‘Saubhagya’ claiming 100 per cent household electrification in Hisar district, the Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DBVN) has admitted that 4,151 units are still un-electrified (five to 10 ‘dhanis’ in one unit).

The household electrification status progress report, which was compiled in October 2017 after the launch of Saubhagya scheme, indicated that 96.56 per cent houses in state are electrified. The district-wise data uploaded on the website revealed that except Mewat (61.78 per cent), Kaithal (83.23 per cent), Yamunanagar (92.51 per cent) and Ambala (99.58 per cent), all the other districts had achieved 100 per cent electrification.

The DHBVN officials claim that ‘dhanis’ were excluded from the household electrification survey as these were neither part of urban nor rural areas. “Dhanis are separate dwelling units located in remote and isolated places,” stated RK Jain, Chief Engineer, Planning Designing and Construction, DHBVN.

He stated the DHBVN was planning to install off grid solar panel system in 4,151 dhanis in the district. “The ‘dhanis’ cannot be connected to the conventional system for electrification. We have submitted the proposal with the Rural Electrification Corporation (REC) and Renewable Energy Department, which are the funding agencies. We are yet to get a response from them,” he said.

However, sources claimed the the number of ‘dhanis’ without electricity was much higher as the power utility had identified clusters of ‘dhanis’ having five to 10 houses in each unit.

“There are thousands of ‘dhanis’ which function as a single household. These ‘dhanis’ are scattered in remote areas of the district. They are forced to live like nomads. Politicians contact us only before the elections. Though we participate in panchayat poll, but these have little role in providing basic facilities like water and electricity”, said Rohtash, who lives in a ‘dhani’ near Kinala village.

Officials admit the situation is grim in Mewat district where over 60,000 households (38.22 per cent) do not have power connection. “The DHBVN has taken up the issue of providing electricity in Mewat and ‘dhanis’ in Hisar with the REC. We will hold awareness camps in ‘dhanis’ urging them to opt for solar power,” he said.

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Procurement of wheat breaks last year’s record; Is this the result of the hard work of farmers of Haryana?

Chandigarh :
Wheat procurement in the state has surpassed last year’s purchase. A total of 84.39 lakhMT wheat has been procured by the state agencies till now against 74.25 lakhMT last year.

While stating this here, a spokesman of the Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Department said while state agencies had procured over 84.39 lakhMT wheat, the traders had procured 884MT.

Giving details of the wheat procured by government agencies, he said over 33.77 lakhMT had been procured by the Haryana State Co-operative Supply and Marketing Federation Limited (HAFED), whereas Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Department had purchased more than 25.33 lakhMT wheat. He said the Food Corporation of India had purchased over 10.32 lakhMT wheat and Haryana Warehousing Corporation over 14.95MT. The spokesman Sirsa district was leading in wheat arrival where over 11.56 lakh MT crop had been procured followed by Karnal district, which recorded 8.99 lakhMT arrival.

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Aadhaar seeding ‘scam’ in Food Dept; Are the scams being taken from the Aadhar Card?

Chandigarh :
A huge “scam” involving Aadhaar seeding of a large number of ration cards with unique identity (UID) numbers of those not entitled to subsidised ration has come to light in the Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Department.

Department Director Sanjeev Verma has requested the National Informatics Centre (NIC) to block the e-KYC functionality issued in user IDs of all Assistant Food and Supplies Officers (AFSOs) and Inspectors as their complicity is being suspected.
Sources said the Sirsa DFSC flagged the matter when he stated in a letter dated April 30 that ration had been drawn against a large number of ration cards not seeded with Aadhaar by mentioning wrong UID numbers allegedly in connivance with officials.
The revelation put under the scanner nearly 15.11 lakh beneficiaries who had been added in the past one year. The state government had claimed that after Aadhaar seeding of ration cards, 42 lakh of the 1.37 crore beneficiaries had been eliminated.
The department feared that many of the 15.11 lakh beneficiaries added after May 12 last year could be fake, using the Aadhaar numbers of some other persons not eligible for subsidised ration.

Elaborating the modus operandi, the sources said the state had 26.64 lakh cardholders with 1.37 crore beneficiaries. As on May 12 last, 41.99 lakh beneficiaries were termed as eliminated as they did not get Aadhaar seeding of their ration cards.
However, data of these beneficiaries was not removed from the system, leaving it up to junior officials to include any eliminated ration card in the list by mentioning an Aadhaar number against it.

The sources said the Sirsa DSFC had revealed that certain officials, in connivance with junior programmers and fair price shop owners, had given Aadhaar seeding to a large number of unseeded ration cards by mentioning UID numbers of other persons to siphon off subsidised wheat.

The demand for subsided wheat came down from 6.6 lakh quintal per month to 4.9 lakh quintal on May 12 last. However, the demand had gone up to 5.3 lakh quintal per month after seeding.

Verma said that he had taken the matter very seriously and asked the Sirsa DFSC to provide specific details and lodge an FIR against those involved in the “scam”.
“I have constituted a committee comprising Guru Prasad, Senior Technical Director, NIC, Haryana, and Subhash Sharma, consultant in the department, to look into the matter and suggest whether bulk authentication of ration cards was needed,” he said.
Verma said the government would come down heavily on the guilty if any irregularity was proved, but could not stop Aadhaar seeding to genuine beneficiaries who had been left out due to some reason. He was not certain at this stage whether there was a “scam” or all 15.11 beneficiaries were genuine.

15.11 lakh beneficiaries under scanner

  • On May 12 last year, 41.99 lakh subsidised ration beneficiaries termed as eliminated for not getting Aadhaar seeding of their ration cards
  • Data not removed from the system, leaving it up to junior officials to include eliminated ration cards by mentioning Aadhaar numbers
  • Certain officials, junior programmers, fair price shop owners give Aadhaar seeding to many ration cards with UID numbers of others
  • Demand for subsided wheat, down from 6.6 lakh quintal per month to 4.9 lakh quintal on May 12 last, now 5.3 lakh quintal a month

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On poll mode, BJP leaders to make field visits; Will the field visit of BJP leaders be successful?

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New Delhi :

The Haryana BJP will rope in ministers from the state to propagate among masses “people-oriented” policies and measures undertaken by the Narendra Modi government at the Centre and Manohar Lal Khattar government in the state.
State BJP president Subhash Barala told The Tribune: “The ministers will make field visits and propagate policies and administrative decisions of the two governments. The BJP is preparing their tour and campaign programme.”

He said the party had expanded its base till the booth level. “A team of local BJP workers at each polling booth — 17,000 in all (as per the last Assembly elections in Haryana) — has been constituted. They have been briefed about governments’ policies.”

Khattar will also tour the state to reach out to the masses.

All this points to BJP’s preparations for the Assembly elections due in October 2019. The parliamentary polls are scheduled for April next year.

Barala said, “Senior BJP leaders are getting a good response during their camps in villages dominated by Scheduled Castes. Gram sabhas are convened during the visits to identify area-specific development plans and projects.”

On whether BJP’s campaign during the Assembly elections would hinge on the Modi factor, he said: “The BJP is fortunate to have a charismatic leader in Modi. Khattar, too, has an unblemished record.”

On the INLD-BSP tie-up, Barala said: “The INLD is facing an existential crisis, while the Congress is a divided house. It is not in a position to challenge the BJP.”

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