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Ready to reply to any notice, Dushyant tells aides in Hisar

Hisar :
Amid the reported feud within the INLD after the Gohana rally, Hisar MP Dushyant Chautala stated that he was ready to reply to any notice and face the consequences even as he assured supporters that he would take any decision as per their wishes.

In an interaction at the party office, Dushyant looked confident but cautious in his eight-minute address to workers, mostly youths, who received him with slogans projecting him as the chief ministerial candidate.

Giving all credit to workers for rejuvenating the party after supremo Om Prakash Chautala and his father Ajay Chautala went to jail in 2013, Dushyant urged supporters not to comment on Chautala regarding his decisions about the party.

Stating that he was a true soldier of the party and would continue to strengthen the party, Dushyant stated that he was pained at the circumstances emerging after the Gohana rally.

“When a tsunami occurs, you cannot hold one drop of water guilty. If a notice is served, I will respond to it. If I am held guilty, I will face the action. I request you to keep up the struggle. In the event of any decision, we will leave the next course of action to Ajay Chautala and will tell you his decision,” he said.

“I consider Hisar my karam bhoomi and will again contest from here if the party gives me the opportunity. Persons trying to sabotage the organisation should know that Ajay Chautala has given 40 years to the party. We will not let them weaken the party. Their efforts to sabotage the party will not succeed,” he said.

He asserted that Chautala was the only chief ministerial candidate for them. He pointed out that some colleagues had been finding fault with him.

“I request them to fathom the intensity of the tsunami before making up their minds. You were among those who give impetus to this tsunami. I will put every fact and evidence on record. I request you to honour Chautala as it is our responsibility to strengthen his hands,” he said.

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Govt delaying girdawari to benefit insurance firms: Cong

Chandigarh :
Randeep Surjewala, communication in charge of the Congress, has alleged that the BJP government was delaying special girdawari of loss suffered by sugarcane, paddy, cotton and bajra farmers to ‘benefit’ the private companies operating the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY).

Addressing a press conference here , Surjewala alleged that on one hand, farmers were being deprived of even minimum support price (MSP) and, on the other, untimely rains and hailstorm had destroyed 25 to 40 per cent of crops.

“The farmer is facing insurmountable misery and exploitation as the Khattar government has become a mute spectator. Not conducting a special girdawari has exposed the anti-farmer face of Khattar government,” he asserted.

He alleged that even today, thousands of acres in Dadri, Badhra, Mundhal, Jhajjar, Meham, Julana, Safidon, Jind and Kaithal were waterlogged but the Khattar government was in deep slumber. Extensive damage had been caused to bajra and cotton crops in Narnaul, Mahendergarh, Kanina, Bawal, Rewari, Haily Mandi and Farukhnagar in Southern Haryana by untimely rains. Similarly, unexpected hailstorms on October 11 and 12 had caused extensive damage to rice and sugarcane crops in Ambala, Yamunanagar and Panchkula districts, he claimed.

He asserted that the MSP of paddy was Rs 1,770 per quintal but in almost all grain markets, farmers were being duped and deceived because PR paddy was being sold at Rs 150 to Rs 200 per quintal below the MSP.

“The fraud in purchase of Bajra crop is even bigger. The MSP of millet is Rs 1,950 per quintal but more than 70 per cent of farmers got only Rs 1,300-1,350 per quintal. The stringent condition imposed for the purchase of bajra at MSP has forced a majority of the farmers to sell bajra at much lower prices than the MSP, he alleged.

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Traders bring paddy in trucks from other states

Farmers in Karnal cry foul, allege nexus between officials, traders

Karnal :
Even as farmers in the grain market here are waiting for their produce to be procured for the past several days, traders, allegedly in connivance with officials, are bringing paddy from other states in the Karnal grain market in trucks.

Farmers claimed it to be a nexus between officials and  traders due to which paddy in trucks from other states was being procured quickly, while they had to wait for two to three days to sell their produce.

Harbhajan Singh, a farmer, alleged that he had been in the grain market for the past two days, but his paddy was not procured, while several traders had brought paddy in trucks that was procured quickly.

Surinder Kumar, another farmer, said farmers had been harassed on the pretext of moisture in their paddy, while traders were bringing paddy in trucks and there was no check on it. He said farmers could not afford to bring paddy in trucks to the grain market.

An official of the Haryana State Agricultural Marketing Board (HSAMB) says farmers usually bring their produce in tractor-trailers. Trucks are used to bring a huge produce to the grain market from other states. He admitted that paddy was being brought from neighbouring states. “If a farmer brings paddy in a truck, he must have the documents of his land. With the size of landholdings reduced now, a farmer could not afford a truck,” he said.

Surinder Singh, secretary, market committee, Karnal, said they had been making efforts to stop this practice.

The farmers also alleged that they had not been given the payment of their produce since the first day of the procurement.

“I had sold paddy worth around Rs 2.5 lakh on the first day of government procurement, but no payment has been released to me so far,” said Puran Singh, a farmer from Dhakwala village.

Randhir Singh, another farmer, said his payment of more than Rs 80,000 was pending. “My paddy was procured on October 1, but despite several visits, no payment has been made,” he added.

Kushal Boora, DFSC, admitted that due to some technical reasons, the payment could not be released, but now the problem had been solved and it would be released to farmers.

Aditya Dahiya, DC, said, “We have approached the department regarding the release of the payment and they had assured to release it. Regarding bringing paddy in trucks, I have directed all secretaries to increase the vigil and not to allow paddy in trucks. I will get Karnal grain market checked.”

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Smog in NCR: State not to blame, CS writes to Centre

Chandigarh :
Unwarranted criticism over stubble burning prompted the Haryana Government to emphatically refute these charges, while stressing that the state was in no way responsible for the pollution resulting in deterioration of air quality in the National Capital Region (NCR).

In a letter to CK Mishra, Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Haryana Chief Secretary DS Dhesi, quoting facts and figures, said stubble burning in Haryana was only confined to 0.3 per cent of the area where harvesting was over and that the number of incidents in districts adjoining Delhi were even less.

According to the information available, 28.12 lakh meteric tonnes of paddy had arrived in the mandis till date and harvesting was over in 5.62 lakh hectares. So far in Haryana, 875 incidents of fire had been reported and stubble had been burnt in 1,750 hectares, meaning thereby that fire incidents were restricted to only .3 per cent of the total area harvested. These figures, the letter maintained, were based on the reporting of fire incidents identified through satellite monitoring by HARSAC.

Sources said it was further specified that the number of incidents in the districts around Delhi were even fewer. While Palwal saw the highest instances of stubble burning, 26, Panipat had 14 such cases, followed by Sonepat with nine, Jhajjar with three and Faridabad with two cases.

The letter took note of the fact that the falling air quality was being attributed to Punjab and Haryana in the media and mentioned that this vilification of farmers was contrary to the facts since Haryana had successfully checked straw burning. It went on to explain that 871 custom hiring centres had been set up at a cost of Rs 102.54 crore and the Deputy Commissioners and the SDMs were actively involved in the campaign to prevent paddy straw burning.

While maintaining that the farmers, too, had taken to technology and understood the adverse impact of burning stubble, the government would continue its strict vigil and monitoring round the season through the district administrations, the letter added.

State’s claim 

28.12 lakh meteric tonnes of paddy had arrived in the mandis and harvesting was over in 5.62 lakh hectares. So far, 875 incidents of fire had been reported and stubble had been burnt in 1,750 hectares, meaning thereby that fire incidents were restricted to only .3 per cent of the total area harvested

While Palwal saw the highest instances of stubble burning, 26, Panipat had 14 such cases, followed by Sonepat with nine, Jhajjar with three and Faridabad with two cases

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Public will judge them: CM on INLD dispute

Karnal :
Taking a dig at the alleged dispute within the INLD, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Sunday claimed it to be a “domestic dangal” and said, “The feud within the INLD is ‘gharelu dangal’ and political parties have some accountability towards the public. They should avoid it. If they have done so, then the public is the best referee to judge them.”

The CM was at the Ramlila ground here to attend the 70th annual wrestling competition organised by Shri Jagdamba Devi Pankha Dangal Committee.

While interacting with mediapersons, the CM said that there must be healthy competition in games as well as in politics.

On the issue of firing at the wife and son of a judge by his gunman in Gurugram, Khattar said that he has asked for the counselling of gunmen involved in VIP security. He advocated the counselling of all the persons occupying responsible positions.

While addressing the gathering, Khattar emphasised on the significance of wrestling and exhorted the players to take part with dedication and honesty.

The CM lauded the efforts of players from Haryana who brought laurels by winning medals in various games. Khattar also praised the sports policy of the state.

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