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Cong to blame for lack of basic facilities: Vij; Is four years for BJP to fulfil its promises?

Ambala : Health Minister Anil Vij has hit out at the Congress for “befooling” people in the name of development and said even after 70 years people lack basic amenities.
He said this while addressing a gathering in the district’s Bada village on the occasion of Ayushman Bharat Divas.

The day is named after the Ayushman Bharat Yojana, the public health programme of the Centre. It aims to provide underprivileged and economically backward people access to government as well as private healthcare facilities.

“Haryana is the first state in the country to start the implementation of the Ayushman Bharat Yojana. Under the scheme, the Health Department has invited online tenders from insurance companies. Soon, panels of hospitals will be prepared by selecting insurance companies,” Vij said.

According to the socio-economic census of 2011, 131 families of Bada village would be included in the scheme in the first phase, the Health Minister said. “All needy families will be covered in a phased manner.”

“The BJP government at the Centre and in the state works at the grass-roots level. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is aware of the problems related to the health of the poor. This is the reason he has provided 10 crore families with medical facilities up to Rs 5 lakh,” Vij said.

He distributed approval letters for LPG connections to three beneficiaries under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana.Civil Surgeon Dr Vinod Gupta informed the people about the National Health Mission and the Ayushman Bharat Yojana.

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States collect Rs 37K-crore labour cess, 75% unspent; Does the State Government take more tax and reduces expenditure?

Chandigarh : The state governments in the country collected more than Rs 37,000 crore as cess for welfare of construction workers over the years. But when it came to its spending, most of the states seem to have shied away.

According to an RTI information obtained by a Ropar-based activist, Dinesh Chadha, till June 2017, all 29 states and seven union territories had collected Rs 37,482 crore as cess under the Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Act. However, only Rs 9,491 crore was spent on workers’ welfare.

Under the Act, the state governments have to constitute boards for welfare of construction workers, which collect the cess and then spend on various schemes related to workers’ welfare. As per the Act, any individual constructing a building is liable to pay cess at the rate of one per cent of the total cost of construction to the board. There are 2.77 crore workers enrolled with various state boards in the country.
As far as performance of individual states and UTs is concerned, only West Bengal, Mizoram, Manipur, Kerala and Puducherry seem to have taken the welfare of workers seriously. All these states spent more than 50 per cent of the cess collected for the purpose.

Kerala is the only state to spend more than 100 per cent of the collections. The state spent Rs 1,579 crore on workers’ welfare against the collection of Rs 1,535 crore.
Chadha, who is campaigning for labour rights, said it was ironical that on the one hand, workers were dying in absence of basic needs while on the other, a lot of money collected for their welfare remained unspent. “It shows how sensitive our governments are for the welfare of the workers,” he said.

About the scheme

In the event of accidental death, a registered beneficiary’s family is given Rs 4 lakh while Rs 3 lakh is given if it is a natural death

In the event of 100 per cent disability, the beneficiary is provided with a relief of Rs 4 lakh. In case of partial disability, the compensation is proportionate to the disability of the beneficiary

Besides, children of registered construction workers are given uniform allowance/education allowance. A shagun of Rs 31,000 each is given for the marriage of two daughters

Punjab an average performer

Punjab collected Rs 1,029 crore as cess for workers’ welfare, but spent just Rs 496 crore, which is even less 50 per cent of the total collection. Nearly 6.1 lakh workers were enrolled with the board. Though the state is better than others, a report prepared by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India two years ago had revealed that Punjab’s performance was poor when it came to spending funds on the welfare of workers.

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HSSC cancels process to fill 8,000 Group C posts; Has HSSC managed to give employment to the youths?

Chandigarh : More than five lakh applicants will have to wait longer for Group C jobs, as the Haryana Staff Selection Commission (HSSC) has cancelled the selection process and decided to call applications afresh.

This is because the state government has revised the selection criterion, dispensing with interview for recruitment in Group C and D posts, sources say.

As per the new criterion, the selection will be on the basis of a written exam, and applicants’ experience and socio-economic background.
Sources said the HSSC was to hold written tests for more than 8,000 Group C posts as per the old criterion and the dates for the tests were yet to be announced.
The posts included about 2,000 in Skill Development and Industrial Training Department, 600 in Health, 1,000 in Irrigation, 500 in Panchayat, 600 in police and 2,000 in Public Health Engineering.

The HSSC Chairman, Bharat Bhushan Bharti, said those who had already paid the fees would not have to pay it again and nor would they be considered overage. “Earlier, the applications were invited on the basis of the old criterion. So, it was necessary to cancel the process and seek applications afresh.”

The HSSC was recently in the news after Chief Minister’s flying squad arrested five of its employees for allegedly duping candidates by demanding money for jobs.
The commission is also in the process to fill 7,000 posts in the Haryana Police and 34,000 posts of Group D.

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Politics over SYL canal set to hot up again; Is SYL a big election issue for Haryana?

Chandigarh : Politics over the SYL canal, which has been a big political issue in Haryana for the past over five decades, is set to hot up again as the INLD will launch a campaign of court arrests from Bhiwani.

Under the campaign named as “Jail Bharo Andolan”, the INLD has already announced a schedule of programmes to be held in the month of May.
As per the programme, the INLD will hold a rally at Bhiwani on May 1, following which thousands of workers will court arrest, said sources in the party.

“After Bhiwani, our workers will court arrest at Yamunanagar on May 4, Nuh on May 8, Sirsa on May 11, Narnaul on May 15, Kurukshetra on May 18, Fatehabad on May 22, Palwal on May 25 and Kaithal on May 29,” said Leader of the Opposition in State Assembly Abhay Singh Chautala.

Chautala alleged that the present BJP government in the state and at the Centre was not interested in constructing the SYL canal, which is a lifeline for farmers in the state.
He claimed that ever since Haryana was carved out as a separate state in 1966 and was allotted its share of waters, the INLD was the only party that had sincerely tried to build the SYL canal.

“The Congress remained in power from 1966 to 1976, but it did nothing to construct the canal. Devi Lal took over in 1977 and released Rs 1 crore to Punjab for the acquisition of land and Rs 2 crore for the construction. But then Bhajan Lal, who remained in power from 1980 to 1986, did nothing and the matter went to courts. On June 16, 2002 when the Supreme Court gave its verdict in favour of Haryana, it was the Congress government in Punjab that promulgated the Punjab Termination of Water Agreement Act, 2004, which was challenged by the Haryana Government headed by Om Prakash Chautala at that time. For the next 10 years, the Congress government also did not make any efforts for early hearing of the case in the court. Now when the SC has ordered to construct the canal, the BJP government is not showing any interest,” he said.

He said the party has given time to the government to start the construction of the canal by May 1 or face agitation.

Ever since the INLD launched its Jal Andolan in February last year, the party “digged” canal at Shambhu on February 23, ‘Sansad Gherao’ on March 16 last, dharna at Jantar Mantar from April 1 to 8, blocked roads from Punjab on July 29 and organised a rally at Ramlila Maidan on March 7.

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Engg students will develop ponds : CM; Is the Haryana government providing employment to the youth?

Panipat : Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said that the government was planning to engage the youth in engineering colleges among the state under the Prime Minister’s ‘Swachh Bharat’ summer internship project.

He said the Haryana Government would inaugurate 401 ‘vyayamshalas’ in the state on May 5 with a single click so that the youth of the state got advanced facilities for games and yoga.

The Chief Minister was addressing the gathering after listening to ‘Mann ki Baat’ of Prime Minister Narendra Modi with the general public in Babail village of the district.
He said the Prime Minister had praised youth of the state who had won laurels for the state and the country in the recent Commonwealth Games.

Appealing to the youth not to waste their time during the two-month vacation, he said the government was planning to engage engineering students in the creative work of development of ponds.

A scheme for pond development and water conservation would be prepared through the Haryana Pond Development Authority under this project, he added.

He said the ‘Swachh Bharat’ summer internship initiative of the Prime Minister would provide direction to the youth in the country and they would get training through skill development and other schemes.

Making mention of gold medallist Anish Bhanwala in his speech, the Chief Minister said the youth of the state were capable of achieving all their goals. He praised the youth who had cracked the civil services examination.

He asked women present in the gathering about the success of the Ujjawala scheme. After Ramrati pointed out that she did not have an LPG connection. He directed officials to provide her an LPG connection at the earliest.

The Chief Minister announced a shed for the grain market in Babail and Rs 2 crore for all development works sought by sarpanch Rakesh Kumar.

Transport Minister Krishan Lal Panwar, MLAs Rohita Rewri and Mahipal Dhanda and media adviser to CM Rajiv Jain were present during the event.

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