To increase green cover, govt ropes in students; Will the Government's Paudhagiri Campaign be successful?
To increase the green cover in Haryana, the state government has initiated a “Paudhagiri” campaign, roping in students from Class VI to XII for planting saplings in their vicinity. The government expects of them to tend to the saplings for at least three years.
The government has set a target to rope in about 22 lakh students in three months. Every student will plant a sapling each.
Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said this on the launch of the campaign at a grain market here.
He distributed saplings to students, urging them to plant the saplings, name them and take care of them for three years.
He also planted a sapling and flagged off 25 tractor-trailers of saplings for the district. Khattar also distributed certificates among students. About 2,000 students participated in the initiative.
On the reason for roping in students, Khattar said, “Children love plants that they plant and take care of them. I urge students to plant saplings either in houses, parks, schools and open spaces.”
The student is also required to upload a selfie with the plant in every six months on the Paudhagiri app. The state government will give an incentive of Rs 50 to each student after six months by if the plant is safe.
“Though the amount does not matter for students, their effort will contribute to making the Earth green,” Khattar added.
Rahul Gandhi’s hug termed a ‘nautanki’
On Congress president Rahul Gandhi hugging Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Parliament, Chief Minister was it was a “nautanki” (drama). “If the Congress president continues with such drama, it will damage the party,” he added.
CM lays stone of power project
Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Monday laid the foundation stone of an integrated power development scheme, an initiative of the Union Government. Once the project is complete, about 1.05 lakh consumers of Indri, Nilokheri, Nissing, Taraori and Assandh towns would get uninterrupted power supply. A sum of Rs 25 crore will be incurred on the project and it would be completed in 11 months. Khattar also laid the foundation stone of a road connecting Nidana-Shamgarh-Jamba and Aibla Jagir villages. The road will be constructed at the cost of around Rs 3 crore.
State Congress kicks off LS poll preparations; Will Congress be successful in Lok Sabha elections?
New Delhi :
The Haryana Congress has begun preparations, including electoral strategy and campaign issues, for the 2019 General Elections, in each of the 10 parliamentary constituencies in the state.
The state Congress vice-president, Subhash Chaudhary, confirmed that a common formwas issued by the officeof the Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee (HPCC) seeking details of the constituencies.
Each of the constituency was assigned to a leader with regard filling up the form. The deadline for submission of the forms to the HPCC would be in the middle of the last week.
The form had a column enquiring the overallpercentage of votes cast in favour of Congress nominees in the constituencies, as also in the Assembly segments located in itduring the 2014 LokSabha elections.
Also, it sought demographic numbers of castes and communities. The BJP would receive“huge reverses” in the coming Lok Sabha and the subsequent Assembly elections in Haryana, claimed Chaudhary.
“People are fed up of the BJP government’s misrule,” Chaudhary said.
He alleged that the law and order situation had deteriorated during the BJP rule. He said incidents of atrocities against women, minorities and Dalits had increased.
The gang rape of a 21-year-old woman in Morni was the recent example of poor law and order situation in the state, he said. The Congress would raise the issue in the Assembly’s monsoon session.
While the BJP MLAsand senior leaders spar with the Chief Minister and ministers on their neglect by officers, the state government has gone on a “sabbatical”.
Supply of erratic power had been affecting all sections of the society.
Considered to be close to the camp headed by state president Ashok Tanwar, Chaudhary denied factionalism in the party.
Minister takes admn to task over potholes, slush on roads; Does the government fail to repair the roads?
Irked over potholes and slush on roads, Minister of State for Public Health Engineering Banwari Lal took the district administration to task during a meeting of the Public Relations and Grievances Committee here.
Immediately on reaching the meeting venue, the minister said, “Potholes dot the roads which are filled with rainwater and slush. Even the road in front of the Mini-Secretariat is in dilapidated condition.”
“I visited several places since Sunday and spotted poor condition of roads all over the town,” he complaint to Deputy Commissioner Ashok Kumar Meena.
Members of the grievances committee, too, echoed similar sentiments while complaining that they had been taking up the issue of broken roads and streets and lack of rainwater drainage system for long.
Finding himself in a spot, the DC sought to turn the heat on Municipal Commissioner Ashok Bansal, asking him for clarification on the minister’s remarks. Bansal, however, stated that most of the city areas were not under the purview of the Municipal Corporation (MC).
When asked about the roads in HUDA sectors, the Commissioner stated that the MC had floated tenders for repair of the roads which would begin in next 3-4 months, after the rainy season. Bansal said over Rs 7 crore had been sanctioned for repair of roads in various sectors.
Former professor KL Rinwa, a member of the grievances committee, pointed out that many places within the Mini-Secretariat were flooded with rainwater due to lack of drainage. “I have to wade through standing water after parking my car in the Mini-Secretariat. The poor condition of roads has led to utter chaos and filth in the town,” he added.
Cong activists plant paddy on waterlogged road
Youth Congress activists on Monday planted paddy saplings on the waterlogged Hisar-Gangwa road in the town. Yesterday's rain had flooded the road in the absence of proper drainage system in the city. Manoj Taank, youth Congress leader from the Nalwa Assembly segment, said the activists noticed damaged portion of the approach road on the Bhagana-Satrod road during their tour of these villages. "Flash flood has washed the road. But there is nobody to repair the road or even to divert the traffic to avoid any mishap,"he alleged.
Will halve power tariff: Hooda to voters; Are Hooda impressing Voters?
Ex-CM launches 4th phase of rath yatra | Concerned over crime against women
Tohana (Fatehabad) :
Former Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda launched the fourth phase of his Jan Kranti Rath Yatra from Tohana with the promise of 50 per cent cut in electricity tariff if the Congress returned to power in the state.
“Karenge ek khaas kaam, poori bijli aadha daam (will perform special task, full electricity at half rate),” said Hooda atop his makeshift rath made by fabrication work on a minibus.
Interestingly, the announcement came within days of Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar’s statement that his government was contemplating reduction in power tariff in the state as power discoms had started earning profit after a long time.
Hooda castigated the BJP on what he termed as its attempts to mislead farmers on remunerative prices for agricultural commodities.
“The government claims to have implemented recommendations of the Swaminathan Commission and is patting itself on the back after raising the MSP of paddy to Rs 1,750 per quintal and cotton to Rs 5,150 per quintal, saying farmers are being given 50 per cent profit,” he said.
“Farmers know that they were getting Rs 5,000 per quintal for paddy and Rs 7,500 per quintal for cotton during the Congress regime,” he said.
He alleged that the revised MSP was based only on part of input costs and not comprehensive costs, as suggested by the Swaminathan Commission. He promised that the Congress would provide 50 per cent profit to farmers.
The former Chief Minister said the Congress had always stood with farmers and Congress president Rahul Gandhi had asked them raise issues concerning farmers after the death of farmers in police firing in Mandsaur, Madhya Pradesh.
“We started kisan mazdoor panchayats after the meeting as sought to highlight the problems of the farming community in the state,” he said.
He attacked the government for its failure to deliver on its promises to the youth of the state. He repeated his promise of raising old-age pension to Rs 3,000 per month. “We wish our elderly a long and healthy life and we hope to give them whatever we can,” he said.
“In 2014, Haryana was number one in per capita income, per capita investment, agriculture, sports and other fields. The BJP has pushed the state into despair. If people vote the Congress back, we will bring the state to its old glory and make Haryana the number one state in progress and development,” he added.
He took on the state government for its failure to maintain law and order in the state. He said it was a matter of shame that Haryana had become number one in cases of crime against women.
“The situation has become so bad that the police have stopped registering cases with the horrible incident in Panchkula being the latest example,” he said.
The former Chief Minister took on the INLD, accusing it of being hand in glove with the BJP government and indulging in shadow-boxing. He said the INLD’s agitation against the BJP was a sham and it would not make any impact even if it continued to agitate for 50 years.
Former state Congress president Phool Chand Mullana, former Speaker Raghubir Singh Kadyan, former minister Sampat Singh and former Chief Parliamentary Secretary Prahlad Singh Gillankhera also addressed the rally.
The choice of Tohana for the launch of this phase of Hooda’s yatra was significant because state BJP president Subhash Barala represented this constituency.
It formed a part of Sirsa parliamentary constituency, considered a stronghold of the INLD. Barring Tohana, the INLD had won eight Assembly seats in the Sirsa parliamentary seat in 2014.
‘Stay away from drugs’
Former Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Sunday raised the issue of drug addiction and called on the youth to stay away from drugs. Mentioning the news item “For Rs 500, get drugs at de-addiction centre in Fatehabad within minutes” published in these columns on Sunday, Hooda said the report showed the enormity of the situation. He attacked the government for failing to control the rise of the epidemic. “There was a time when Punjab was way ahead of Haryana, but 10 years of SAD-BJP rule pushed the state back by several years because of drugs that ruined the lives of the youth,” he said.
Khattar for crop diversification, assures ‘no-loss’ in farming; Is he right?
Shahabad Markanda (Kurukshetra) :
Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said the present agriculture reforms were conducive for crop diversification.
At ‘Surajmukhi Dhan Kisan Dhanyawad Rally’ organised to laud the Central Government’s farm reforms, Khattar said the government had floated a policy to ensure no-loss in the agriculture sector. He laid stress on optimum use of natural resources in the farm sector.
“Now, we have a programme where a farmer will get assured 50 per cent extra on the cost of production on all crops, including pulses. Farmers sow water-guzzling paddy due to assured profit due to the minimum support price (MSP). Whereas, the south Haryana is facing a chronic problem of water shortage. Farmers in the paddy belt should now switch over to horticulture or other crops as the government scheme rules out of losses under any condition,” said the CM.
Khattar said the state government had decided to procure entire crop of sunflower seeds as a permanent policy.
He said the government procured oilseed on behalf of the Central Government but the growers would get better prices even the Centre had a limited requirement.
“Processing units will be established in Haryana to use every grain of sunflower purchased in the state on the MSP. Assured sunflower purchase will continue in the state,” said the CM.
Quoting the World Bank-backed ‘Ease of Doing Business’ ratings, Khattar said Haryana had emerged as the most preferred choice for the investors in north India.
He said the good governance and transparency in the government functioning was major success of the BJP regime in the state.
“More than 26,000 persons have been given jobs during our regime in the complete transparent manner. Let anyone produce any evidence of bribery in securing government jobs, I assure action against the erring person,” said Khattar.
He claimed as the BJP had ended casteism in the electoral politics in Haryana, the opposition parties were indulged in levelling baseless allegations against the state government, including neglecting farmers’ issues and promoting caste politics.
Police detain BKU activists
Kurukshetra : The district police on Sunday rounded up more than 60 activists of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Haryana). The organisation had threatened to hold a protest during the CM’s public rally at Shahabad town. Sources said the BKU activists were taken into preventive custody at the Babain police station. The BKU has been protesting against the delay in due clearances of sugarcane growers. The organisation had announced to boycott Khattar’s rally by showing him black flags in protest.