Govt takes U-turn on regular jobs
To file special leave petition in apex court against High Court order
After preparing a draft Bill on regularising the services of 4,654 employees adversely affected by a recent judgment of the Punjab and High Court, the state government has taken a U-turn on the matter by deciding to file a special leave petition (SLP) in the Supreme Court against the HC verdict.
On May 31, the HC had quashed four policies framed by the Haryana Government in 2014 to regularise the services of contractual and ad hoc employees.
The decision to file the SLP was taken at a meeting presided over by Advocate General Baldev Raj Mahajan and attended by former Advocate General Hawa Singh Hooda, INLD’s representative Naresh Singh Shekhawat and Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh’s (BMS) representative Parvinder Chauhan.
Official sources claimed it was decided unanimously that the state government and the BMS would file the SLP.
State INLD president Ashok Arora, however, disputed the government’s claim the decision was taken unanimously. “At no point during the meeting did the INLD representative concur with the government’s changed stance about employees affected by the HC order,” he said.
“The INLD is not aware of the reason behind the government changing its stand from bringing a Bill in the Vidhan Sabha to filing the SLP,” Arora said.
Recently, after meetings with the Sarv Karamchari Sangh, the state government prepared the Haryana Regularisation of Services Bill, 2018. It was to be brought in the forthcoming monsoon session of the Assembly.
The draft Bill sought to regularise the services of Class ‘C’ and ‘D’ contractual employees of the Haryana Government affected by the May 31 judgment.
Point & counter-point
It has been decided unanimously that the state government and the Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh will file a special leave petition in the Supreme Court against the High Court decision on the regularisation policy. — Government spokesman
At no point during the meeting did the INLD representative concur with the government’s changed stance about employees affected by the HC order. The government’s claim is mischievous and a distortion of facts. — Ashok Arora, State INLD Chief
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Haryana minister Vij attacks Sidhu for attending Imran Khan’s swearing-in
Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij lambasted cricketer-turned-politician and Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu on Saturday for attending the swearing-in of former cricketer Imran Khan as the prime minister of Pakistan.
Khan, who famously captained the national cricket team to World Cup glory in 1992, had invited some of his former team mates and friends to witness his formal accession to the top ministerial job in the country.
Wearing a dark blue suit and a purple turban, Sidhu was among the special guests present at the oath-taking ceremony at the Aiwan-e-Sadr (the President House) in Islamabad today.
Vij termed Sidhu’s participation in the ceremony as an “act of disloyalty” towards India which “will not be endorsed by any patriotic citizen” of the country.
Speaking to media persons, the Haryana minister also lashed out at Sidhu for “ignoring the sentimental and grieved occasion of his country” which is observing mourning following the demise of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
“The Union Government has announced a seven-day national mourning following the death of former Prime Minister Vajpayee, but Sidhu preferred to join the swearing-in ceremony of Khan in Pakistan, ignoring the sentimental and grieved occasion of his country,” Vij said.
He said it was beyond doubt that Sidhu has friendly relation with Khan but “friendship was not bigger than the country”.
Vij said that at a time when most of the leaders of the ruling as well as opposition parties were present in Delhi to pay their tributes to Vajpayee, Sidhu was “enjoying Khan’s celebration” in Islamabad.
He demanded that the Punjab chief minister should take up the matter seriously and initiate “strict action” against Sidhu for his alleged “anti-national” act.
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BJP and INLD secret allies, says Surjewala
Congress goes all out in offensive against government as party leaders draw crowds in show of discontent
All India Congress Committee media incharge Randeep Singh Surjewala on Sunday alleged that the BJP and the INLD had a secret political alliance.
Speaking during the ‘Jan Chetna Rally’ at Babain village in Kurukshetra district, he claimed that the INLD had been extending unconditional support to Narendra Modi government at the Centre.
He said the INLD had stood up with BJP government at Centre in various elections, including those of the President, Vice-President and Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairperson.
The rally was organised by former Thanesar MLA Ramesh Gupta and the district Congress leaders considered close to Surjewala faction were present on the occasion.
The Kaithal MLA said the BJP government in the Centre and in the state had both failed miserably on the governance front. He said the BJP leaders had failed on all fronts and no section of society was happy with their policies.
He accused the BJP of betraying farmers, the youth and the underprivileged by not honouring its pre-poll promises of providing 50 per cent profit on their farm production costs for produce and creating two crore job opportunities every year.
Criticising the BJP for not waiving farm loans despite the farmers’ distress, Surjewala questioned as to how the huge loans towards a few industrialists had been waived.
“Due to the imposition of huge taxes, the farming cost has increased. But the government has no mechanism to ensure the profitability for farmers,” said the Congress MLA.
Surjewala described the denotification of the Dadupur-Nalvi canal project as injustice meted out to the farmers of Kurukshetra, Yamunanagar and other adjoining districts. He said the decision had invited a sharp reaction from the farmers.
He said while the farmers had not been paid due compensation for their land as per court decision for the canal project, they would have to repay the compensation they had received along with interest.
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Will win all 10 LS seats from state, says Tanwar
The Congress will win all 10 Lok Sabha seats from Haryana without any alliance in the Lok Sabha poll next year as people in the state are fed up with the ‘anti-people policies’ and ‘misrule’ of the BJP.
This was stated by HPCC president Ashok Tanwar while addressing a ‘Mazdoor Kisan Ekta Rally’ organised by Eklavvya Group at Kalayat in Kaithal district on Sunday.
Tanwar said Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Scheme had been diluted by the NDA government, depriving lakhs of 100 days of guaranteed employment.
He said the government had levied GST ranging from 18 per cent to 24 per cent on variousagricultural implements, fertilisers and pesticides used by farmers, increasing their input costs.
He said the implementation of Swaminathan Commission report was a distant dream for farmers and they felt cheated by the BJP government.
He said Prime Minister Narendra Modi had patted his own back for marginally increasing the MSP of some crops, which would not meet long-standing demands of farmers.
Saying the government had taken credit for opening bank accounts, he asked how it could bring prosperity as most accounts had zero or meagre balance while people awaited the Rs 15 lakh promised by the BJP.
Tanwar pointed out that the government had not waived the bank loans of farmers, who were still reeling under debt with many of them having committed suicide.
He termed the slogan of providing jobs to the unemployed youth as a hoax. He said loans worth lakhs of big industrial houses had been written off, proving that the BJP was anti-farmer and anti-poor.
Taking the BJP to task for dividing society on caste lines, he said it was a very dangerous trend for society and the nation as a whole.
Later, during a press conference, Tanwar said there was complete unity in Congress cadres and everybody wanted to see the BJP out of power both at the Centre and in the state.
He called upon Congress workers to remain united and strengthen the party. He said the Congress was the only party which had roots in all corners of the country and was acceptable to people in all regions.
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MSP to be double input cost by 2022: CM
Farmers’ welfare is one of the top priorities of the BJP governments both at the Centre and in the state, said Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar during a ‘Kisan Dhanyawad Rally’ at Gohana in Sonepat district.
He said the state government was taking steps to ensure that the MSP was double the input cost by 2022. He said the BJP government had increased MSP by 50 per cent according to Swaminathan Commission.
Accusing the Opposition of levelling baseless allegations, he said the government had given employment to around 28,000 youths and about 30,000 more would be given jobs within six months.
He stated that skill development programmes for the youth had been started so that they could get employment in the private sector as well.
He said Haryana was a small state, but exports from the state were more than those from Uttar Pradesh. “It is third in the country after Maharashtra and Gujarat,” he asserted.
Referring to demands from the area, Khattar announced various development projects for the Gohana Assembly segment involving an investment of around Rs 56 crore.
He announced development grants worth Rs 10 crore for rural areas of the constituency and Rs 5 crore for the Gohana Municipal Council.
Agriculture Minister Om Prakash Dhankar, Transport Minister Krishan Lal Panwar, Women and Child Development Minister Kavita Jain, Minister of State for Cooperation Manish Grover, Sonepat MP Ramesh Kaushik, MLA Mahi Pal Dhanda and CM’s media adviser Rajiv Jain also spoke on the occasion.
Earlier, Khattar launched six development projects estimated to cost around Rs 53.11 crore.