Mahasangh lends support to striking roadways staff
Services of two drivers on probation terminated
Employees of various government departments on Monday came out in support of the protesting Haryana Roadways employees who have extended their strike by three more days. Meanwhile, the Haryana Roadways authorities terminated the services of two drivers on probation.
The employees under the banner of the Haryana Karamchari Mahasangh announced to join the strike. Vishvanath Sharma, state president of the mahasangh, stated this while addressing supporters outside the Manav Sewa Sangh. “Around one lakh employees of various departments associated with the mahasangh have extended their support to the protesting roadways employees,” he added. Employees of the UHBVN also protested outside their office in support of the striking roadways employees.
Meanwhile, commuters had a tough time. As schools reopened on Monday, school buses were used to ferry children only. The department claimed that 137 buses, including private, had been started.
Is this a right decision?
Combined exam to be held for Group B, C posts
With a view to increasing the efficiency of recruitments with minimum procedural and financial burden on candidates, the Haryana Government has decided to conduct combined group-based examination for various posts in Group B (non-gazetted) and Group C that come under the purview of the Haryana Staff Selection Commission (HSSC).
While giving this information here on Monday, an official spokesman said that to initiate this process, all Administrative Departments, Boards and Corporations were required to provide information of various posts for Group B and Group C through an online form within 15 days.
He said that this combined group-based examination system would also minimise the operational expenditure incurred by the HSSC while conducting recruitment examinations.
Will this method be right?
17 IAS, 11 HCS officers shifted
V Umashankar replaces Rakesh Gupta as Addl PS to CM
The Haryana Government has issued transfer and posting orders of 17 IAS and 11 HCS officers. The government inducted V Umashankar as Additional Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister and dropped Rakesh Gupta and also brought in Ashima Brar as Deputy PSCM.
Gupta, who was dropped from the CMO, has had the longest tenure of four years and had introduced the concept of Good Governance Associates and was also handling the Central Government’s flagship ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ programme. Another crucial transfer of TL Satyaprakash from the HSIIDC has also raised eyebrows.
Vivek Joshi has been posted as CEO, Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority, Gurugram, Principal Secretary, Monitoring and Coordination Department, Chief Administrator, Trade Fair Authority of Haryana, Director, Swaran Jayanti Haryana Institute for Fiscal Management, Principal Resident Commissioner, Haryana Bhawan, New Delhi, and Designated CEO, Kundli Manesar Palwal Authority.
V Umashankar has been posted as Additional Principal Secretary to the CM in place of Rakesh Gupta. Deepti Umashankar has been given the additional charge of Commissioner, Ambala Division, Ambala, relieving Vivek Joshi of the said charge.
Rakesh Gupta, moved out of the CMO, will be Director General, Secondary Education and Secretary, School Education Department. Apart from this, he will also be State Project Director, Haryana School Shiksha Pariyojna Parishad.
Vijay Singh Dahiya has been posted as Secretary to the Governor. He will also be Labour Commissioner and Secretary, Labour Department.
Praveen Kumar has been posted as DG and Secretary, Welfare of Scheduled Castes and Backward Classes Department. He will also be MD, Haryana Scheduled Castes Development Corporation, and MD, Haryana Backward Classes and Economically Weaker Sections Kalyan Nigam Ltd.
TL Satyaprakash has been posted as DG, Industrial Training and Employment and Special Secretary, Skill Development and Industrial Training and Employment Departments. Sanjay Joon has been posted as MD, Haryana Medical Services Corporation Ltd, relieving Amneet P Kumar of the said charge.
Amit Kumar Agrawal is Excise and Taxation Commissioner, and Special Secretary, Excise and Taxation Department. He will also be Director, Elementary Education and Special Secretary, School Education. Apart from this, he will also be Nodal Officer, International Gita Mahotsav-2018, against a vacant post.
Ashima Brar goes as Deputy Principal Secretary to CM. She will also be Nodal Officer, ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ against a vacant post.
Ramesh Chander Bidhan has been posted as Director and Special Secretary, State Transport Department. Geeta Bharti is Special Secretary, Public Works (Building and Roads), Public Health Engineering Departments and Secretary, Traders Welfare Board.
Ravi Prakash Gupta will be Director and Special Secretary, Archaeology and Museums. He will also be Chief Vigilance Officer, Haryana Shahari Vikas Pradhikaran, and Chief Vigilance Officer, Urban Estates Departments.
Rajiv Rattan will be Special Secretary, Home-II Department, Commissioner, Gurdwara Elections. He will also be Director and Special Secretary, Mines and Geology Department vice Sanjay Joon.
Rajnarayan Kaushik will be Special Secretary, Irrigation Department, and MD, Haryana State Minor Irrigation and Tubewells Corporation, against a vacant post. He will also be Director and Special Secretary, Medical Education and Research Department.
Vijay Kumar Siddappa Bhavikatti has been given the additional charge of Director, Rural Development, against a vacant post.
Whether these transfers will increase the efficiency of the government?
Talks between govt, roadways’ union fail
Principal Secy to CM assures striking employees of meeting with Khattar
There seems to be no end to the woes of bus commuters in Haryana as the talks between the Haryana Roadways employees unions and the Haryana Government failed on Sunday.
After over five-hour talks between a delegation of the Haryana Roadways Talmel Committee and a team of senior officials of Haryana, Rajesh Khullar, Principal Secretary to CM, assured the union leaders that a meeting between the committee and the Chief Minister would be arranged soon to arrive at a solution.
In all five rounds of the talks today, the union leaders wanted the state government to scrap the kilometre scheme under which the state government wanted to run 700 buses by private players.
Preliminary talks were held between a team of officials led by Pankaj Aggarwal, State Transport Commissioner, and agitating employees led by Sarbat Singh Punia and Hari Narayan Sharma, members of the Haryana Roadways Talmel Committee. Later, the government delegation was joined by Rajesh Khullar, Principal Secretary to CM, and Dhanpat Singh, Additional Chief Secretary (Transport).
A proposal by the government delegation that the Transport Department was being converted into a corporation to cut down losses was strongly opposed by the union leaders, triggering a walk-out by the union leaders. They were later persuaded by the government officials to come back and the talks resumed.
Sources said the committee alleged that there were large-scale irregularities in the kilometer scheme to which the government delegation assured an impartial inquiry. The union leaders were adamant that the state government first scrapped the kilometer scheme, a demand which was not acceded to by the government delegation.
The committee asserted that the transport employees were ready to pool their five days’ salaries per month for the purchase of new buses provided the state government scrapped the kilometer scheme first. In view of the stalemate, Khullar promised that a meeting of the committee would be arranged with the CM.
Meanwhile, the Haryana Sahkari Parivahan Samiti Kalyan Sangh refuted reports that it had extended support to the strike by the Haryana Roadways staff. “We have nothing to do with the Roadways strike and 1,059 buses of the cooperative societies were running as per the schedule,” sangh president Sunil Kumar asserted.
Are the people facing the roadways strike?
Next move after Diwali, says Dushyant
With the possibility of expulsion from his party staring at him, Hisar MP Dushyant Chautala on Sunday said that he would announce his future moves after Diwali.
Dushyant, who came to his Sirsa residence for the first time after his suspension from the party in the wake of ruckus created by his supporters during INLD’s Gohana rally on October 7, said Diwali would mark the dawn of a new era for his supporters.
“I was served a show-cause-notice and I have given my reply. From the language of the notice, I could easily make out that the draft was not of Chautala ‘saab’ (former CM Om Prakash Chautala). All allegations in the notice are baseless. However, I have clarified my position. If the party’s disciplinary committee calls me, I will go and explain my position. I will wait and watch and will announce my next move after Diwali because Chaudhary Ajay Singh Chautala (Dushyant’s father) is to come out of jail on parole and I will announce my moves only after consulting him,” Dushyant said addressing a well-attended meeting on the lawns of his residence.
However, no office-bearer of the INLD, nor any MLA and MP of the party attended Dushyant’s meeting.
In his 20-minute speech, Dushyant left no one in doubt about intentions to have control over the 22-year-old party as he said that one has to snatch one’s rights as these cannot be got by begging.
When journalist asked him about the contents of his reply, Dushyant clarified that he had not given any written reply to the notice as he had already demanded evidence of the charges levelled against him in the notice.
“When I met Chautala ‘saab’ in Delhi a day before he was to return to jail, I had clarified my position and told him that all allegations levelled against me in the notice were baseless. I believe that also amounts to my reply,” he said.
Asked about the move he was planning after Diwali, Dushyant said, “Wait for a few days. The entire Haryana will come to know.”
Ever since Dushyant has been served show-cause notice and suspended from the INLD by Chautala following ruckus at Gohana rally, where his supporters allegedly booed his uncle Abhay Singh Chautala during his speech and raised slogans in his favour, Dushyant has been seen adopting defiant postures.
In a meeting of the working committee of the INLD at Gurugram on October 18, Chautala had hinted that he would take a call on Dushyant’s expulsion from the party on October 25 when he is to come out of Tihar for medical check-up.