Haryana moves SC seeking early hearing of SYL row; Is SYL big issue in Haryana?
New Delhi :
The Haryana government on Wednesday moved the Supreme Court seeking early hearing in the matter related to its row with Punjab over the Satluj-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal.
The matter was mentioned before a Bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud.
The Bench asked Haryana's counsel to approach the apex court registry for listing of the matter before an appropriate Bench.
The apex court had earlier granted the Centre time to explore the possibility of an amicable solution to the SYL canal row between Punjab and Haryana.
On July 11, the apex court said it was obligatory for Punjab and Haryana to respect and execute its orders on the SYL canal issue.
The controversial 1981 water-sharing agreement came into being after Haryana was carved out of Punjab in 1966. For effective allocation of water, the SYL canal link was conceptualised and both states were required to construct their portions within their territories.
Haryana constructed the portion of SYL canal in its territory. However, Punjab, after the initial phase, stopped the work, leading to a spate of litigations.
In 2004, the Congress government in the state came out with the Punjab Termination of Agreement Act with the intention to terminate the 1981 agreement and all other pacts relating to sharing waters of the Ravi and Beas rivers.
The apex court had first decreed Haryana's suit in 2002 asking Punjab to honour its commitments with regard to water sharing in the case.
Punjab had challenged the verdict by filing an original suit that was rejected in 2004 by the Supreme Court which asked the Centre to take over the remaining infrastructure work of the SYL canal project.
Durga Shakti app launched in Rewari; Will this increase the security of women?
Rewari SP Rajesh Duggal on Tuesday launched Durga Shakti mobile app at a programme held in Government Women College in Sector 18 here.
Women would be able to seek immediate police help through this app, that could be downloaded from Google play store. The SP also flagged off Durga Shakti riders and PCRs on the occasion.
“A total of 74 women and men have been deputed at Durga Shakti vehicles, that will patrol main markets and areas outside educational institutes to ensure the security of girls and women,” said Duggal.
He added that the police would make girls and women aware about the app so that they could use it for getting police help at the time of a crisis.
Khullar gets lion’s share in CMO reshuffle; Will this increase faster in development works?
The Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) witnessed another reshuffle, second in the past one year, with Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar’s Principal Secretary Rajesh Khullar getting the lion’s share as before with 19 departments.
Khattar’s Additional Principal Secretary Rakesh Gupta comes next with charge of 11 departments.
In the re-allocation of departments, which comes within almost four months of the last reshuffle held on March 19, Khullar will handle all matters related to legislative business, development and panchayats, ayush, excise and taxation, finance, power, food and civil supplies, forests and wildlife, general administration and personnel, health, home, criminal investigation and administration of justice, industry and mines, medical education, PWD (Buildings and Roads), revenue, rehabilitation and consolidation, higher education, school education, technical education and town and country planning.
Khullar will also be overall in charge of the CMO, CMO establishment and also look after subjects not allotted to anyone else.
Gupta will handle cooperation, electronics and IT, industrial training and vocational education, public health engineering, renewable energy, social justice and empowerment, labour and employment, welfare of SCs and STs, women and child development, cultural affairs and agriculture.
Gupta gets labour and employment from CM’s OSD Amarender Singh and cultural affairs from another OSD Capt Bhupinder who has since been appointed chairman of Confed.
Mandeep Singh Brar, Deputy Principal Secretary to the CM, will handle elections, architecture, environment, housing, irrigation, science and technology, fisheries, animal husbandry and urban local bodies.
Brar gets urban local bodies from Gupta, while animal husbandry is also a new addition to his departments.
Rajneesh Garg, Aide De Camp (Tours), will look after the jails and transport, while IFS officer Alok Verma, another ADC, will look after sports and youth affairs, and tourism as before.
OSD Amarjit Singh will deal with matters related to the CM Relief Fund, the CM’s announcements, Waqf and the Haryana Rural Development Fund.
OSD Amarendra Singh, who lost labour and employment to Gupta, will now look after printing and stationery and archaeology and museum, while Bhupeshwar Dayal will look after archive and grievances.
Before March 19 reshuffle, the CMO had witnessed re-distribution of departments on August 19 last year.
Sources in the CMO said that it was a routine reshuffle necessitated largely due to exit of Capt Bhupinder in May this year.
Disaster control force to be set up on NDRF pattern; Will people's life be safe from this?
Following in the footsteps of several states, including Bihar, Uttarakhand and Tamil Nadu, Haryana is set to launch the Haryana State Disaster Response Force (HSDRF) on the pattern of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) to deal with natural and man-made disasters.
The proposal of the Revenue and Disaster Management Department to have one battalion of the HSDRF (about 1,000 personnel) has been sent to the Finance Department following nod from Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar. “After approval from the Finance Department, the proposal will be sent to the Central Government for final approval,” a senior functionary of the Haryana Government told The Tribune here on Tuesday.
The proposal of the HSDRF is the offshoot of Central Government’s directive to the state governments to have the disaster response teams in their respective states. The directive was considered at a high-level meeting chaired by Additional Chief Secretary (Revenue and Disaster Management) Keshni Anand Arora and attended by Additional Chief Secretary (Home) SS Prasad and DGP BS Sandhu.
Following deliberations at the meeting, a project report was prepared under which it was proposed to have one battalion of the HSDRF in the first phase, besides equipment, vehicles and other modern gadgets for relief and rescue operations during natural and man-made disasters, including earthquake, floods, fire, industrial mishaps and road, rail and air accidents.
Currently 8th Battalion of the NDRF, located at Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh, is responsible for undertaking relief operations in Haryana. “In the event of natural calamity, it takes time to mobilise the NDRF personnel and that is the reason why Haryana wanted to have a dedicated disaster management team,” the functionary asserted.
Chief Minister’s Media Adviser Rajiv Jain said the Haryana Government had promptly acted on Central Government’s directive to have the HSDRF. “Once the proposal is approved by the Central Government, the HSDRF would start functioning in the state,” Jain added.
Recently, the NDRF has also decided to set up a new regional response centre in Panchkula with around 50 personnel to oversee and coordinate deployment of its units in times of calamity.
Hooda attacks BJP on MSP, also targets INLD; Is Hooda right?
Ratia (Fatehabad) :
Former Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda said that he had started his Rath Yatra to oust the BJP government and the wheels of his chariot would stop only after the Congress formed government in the state.
The fourth leg of the Hooda’s Jankranti Yatra entered the Ratia Assembly segment today, with the former CM addressing meetings in Bothan Kalan, Bhirdana, Ratia and some other villages on the way.
The former CM launched an all-out attack on the BJP and the INLD, saying the state government had left no stone unturned to push farmers into despair. “The farmers are not getting a fair price for their produce and getting MSP remains a distant dream. We have tried to wake the government from its deep slumber, but it refuses to take any action. The farmer has had enough of lies and loot of this government. Their speeches are only thing they do in the name of governance which start with a lie and end with a lie,” he said.
“The BJP claims it has reduced the prices of fertilisers, but in June this year, it has increased the rate of DAP from Rs 1,076 to Rs 1,290 per bag, while on urea, the government has reduced the weight of the bag from 50 kg to 45 kg. The government needs to tell the farmers on what they have gained from the rise in prices,” the ex-CM said.
Talking about the MSP, Hooda said the government was trying to mislead the farmers by announcing an MSP based on part costs, not the comprehensive costs. The government also did not factor in the cost the additional burden on farmers after the imposition of the GST on tractor parts and pesticides.
He launched an attack on the INLD and said it was a unique opposition party which stands with the ruling BJP whenever it faces any problems. Hooda said the identity of the INLD would be wiped out in the next Vidhan Sabha elections as it was more interested in the welfare of the BJP than the people of the state.