IPS officer, who skipped Haryana health minister's meeting, transferred again; Whether this woman's honor has hurt the government's move?
Kalia had a spat with Vij two years ago after which she was shifted from Fatehabad
Two years after IPS officer Sangeeta Kalia was given marching orders from Fatehabad after a spat at a grievance redressal meeting with Health Minister Anil Vij, she has been handed the same treatment again for skipping his meeting in Panipat where she was presently posted as SP.
Issuing transfer orders, the Haryana government today posted her as Commandant, 1st IRB, Bhondsi (Gurugram). Her transfer is one of the eight transfers of IPS officers effected by the Haryana government, here today. Manbir Singh has been posted as Superintendent of Police, Panipat.
Kalia found herself in the centre of a controversy recently when she decided to give Vij's grievance committee meeting in Panipat a miss on June 30, choosing to stay away rather than coming face-to-face with the minister. Consequently, complaints pertaining to her department could not be taken up at the meeting where Vij pointed out her absence.
Sources said Vij later complained to Chief Minister Manohar lal Khattar, who assured him of action into the matter. In 2015, the officer was moved from Fatehabad after an issue pertaining to illegal sale of liquor ended up in a public spat between her and Vij.
The minister, peeved at Kalia's response of shouting at the complainant for complaining to the minister, asked her to leave the venue of the meeting. However, she chose to stay put as an agitated Vij stormed out after a round of heated exchanges with the officer.
After this incident, the minister and the officer have had no dealing till she was posted as SP, Panipat, where Vij is the chairman of the district grievances committee. For the second time in the present BJP government, Kalia has been shifted out of a district on Vij's complaint.
Meanwhile, the others officers transferred by the Haryana government, today, are K.K. Mishra who has been posted DG, Headquarters, Panchkula, while P.K. Agrawal goes as ADG, Crime.
Hardeep Singh Doon has been posted IGP, Administration Haryana, Panchkula, and will also look be the IGP, HAP, Madhuban. B. Sathesh Balan has been posted DIG, STF,Bhondsi.
Partiksha Godara has been given additional charge of SP, Hansi while Rajesh Duggal, SP,Rewari has been given additional charge of Commandant, 3rd Battalion, HAP, Hisar.
Flight ops from Hisar not likely from August 15: MP; Is it far to become international airport in Hissar?
Rajya Sabha MP Subhash Chandra said that flights from Hisar airport would start soon but added that these are unlikely to begin from August 15, a deadline set by the state government.
Interacting with mediapersons here, Chandra, a media baron, claimed that he was instrumental in roping in an airline to start operations from Hisar.
“The airline has committed that it would start operations within 30 days after completion of the renovation work on the airstrip at the airport in Hisar. As the work is under way, it is not likely that the flights can begin from August 15,” he said.
The state government had announced to start flights to Chandigarh and Delhi from Hisar from August 15 after a meeting in this regard was chaired by Chief Secretary DS Dhesi on June 15.
The government stated that Pinnacle Airlines would render its services under the regional connectivity scheme, also known as UDAN (Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik), and the required infrastructure is likely to be in place by that deadline.
“Those who set this deadline apparently misguided the Chief Minister and the state government. I urged the airlines to take the contract after nobody came forward on two previous occasions,” Chandra said, adding that it would take more time to ready the airstrip for the flights.
Regarding the success of the flights from Hisar, he said that he has urged the airline owner to provide transport to the passengers to their local destination after reaching Chandigarh or Delhi on flight. “If such facilities are provided, passengers might take to flying. Once, it gets going, the flights can be extended to other cities like Mumbai and Kolkata,” Chandra said.
Sources said that infrastructure was still lacking at the airport. The construction of hangars for the parking of the planes, airstrip, terminal area and other buildings is going on. “Work is on at a fast pace, but we cannot fix a deadline,” said an administrative official.
BJP workers part of my family: Khattar; Whether the Khattar has reached the public with a surprise?
Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Thursday reached Saha block in Ambala district for his “chai pe charcha” session and interacted with local BJP leaders and workers.
He called upon party workers to propagate government’s public welfare and self-employment schmes. “The Centre has made the highest increase in the minimum support price of crops. The economy depends on agriculture and the prosperity of farmers will strengthen the economy. Haryana’s farmers would gain by Rs 1,400 crore from the Centre’s decision,” he said.
On Mullana MLA Santosh Sarwan’s demand that Saha gram panchayat would be upgraded to a municipality, the Chief Minister said if the panchayat fulfilled the norms, it would be given the status of a municipality.
Khattar also visited Patarehri village and Magharpura villages under his campaign.
He told the media, “Party workers are part of my family and meeting them is my job. In the past three-and-a-half years, policies for the state’s development were framed and implemented. Now is the time to take feedback from party workers and the public about the schemes.”
Kurukshetra: Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar held meetings with BJP sympathisers in the district on Thursday. At Jalbehra and Jorasi villages, he said the BJP government had fulfilled its electoral promises of initiating pro-farmer polices. “The increase in MSP of crops will improve the financial position of farmers,” he said, adding transparency in governance and appointments were the major achievements of the BJP government in Haryana.
Villagers block rail track over water shortage; Is there a hazard in Haryana for water?
Residents of Ghilor Kalan village in the district blocked the Rohtak-Panipat railway track passing through the village to protest against water shortage.
The villagers said that the electric motor installed at the village waterworks had been damaged. It was not being repaired despite repeated requests. As a result, proper supply of water was not being made to the village.
The protesting residents first locked the local waterworks office. Then, they intensified their protest as they did not get a satisfactory response from the officials concerned.
Sarpanch Balwan Ranga said they had not been getting water supply for the past 15 days. “The officials concerned keep on giving excuses,” he said.
As the villagers locked the waterworks office, police officials came to pacify the protesters. But an altercation took place between the villagers and the police officials. After that, the villagers blocked the railway track. This delayed the Rohtak-Panipat passenger train by about two hours on Wednesday night.
The villagers ended their dharna after the local SDM assured that the water supply would be resumed within 24 hours.
Meanwhile, the Railway Police Force has registered a case against the protesting villagers for blocking the railway track.
Teachers’ selection by pvt firms put on hold; Is Haryana Government promoting privatization?
Move follows complaints of corruption in recruitment
Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has put on hold the process of recruitment of employees in the Haryana School Shiksha Parishad Pariyojana (HSSPP) through private firms after complaints of corruption in the process.
Hisar INLD MP Dushyant Chautala had recently alleged that the state government had handed over the task of recruiting primary teachers in the Education Department to 19 private firms — 18 from Gujarat and one from Haryana.
The MP had also alleged that besides taking 2.01 per cent commission from the government, the companies were also charging from the candidates.
The MP provided copies of orders of empanelment of agencies issued by HSSPP State Project Director SS Phulia, a list of district-wise vacancies of JBT/PRT teachers handed over to the agencies and also copies of “appointment letters” issued by the agencies to individual candidates.
The parishad had empanelled 19 private companies for providing human resources (HR) services to the government at the rate of 2.01 per cent.
Eyebrows were also raised after recruitment letters issued by these private agencies directed District Education Officers to facilitate the joining of particular candidates recruited by them and issue them joining report.
“This has never happened in the state in the past. Though outsourcing of employees is not a new phenomenon, but it has never happened that the district-level officers are being directed by private firms to employee people recruited by them. In the past, the government advertised the posts, the agencies searched people for the government, who after proper interviews employed them on the rolls of the outsourcing agencies,” said a senior bureaucrat.
Confirming that the process has been put on hold by the Chief Minister, his Media Adviser Rajiv Jain said that an unnecessary hue and cry had been raised over the issue.
Jain maintained that the private agencies had been assigned the task of appointing multipurpose workers alone and there was no plan to appoint JBT/PRT teachers.