MLA meets Khattar over toll exemption for locals; Is there a huge problem for the people of Haryana because of tolls?
Half-day Gharaunda bandh today
Harvinder Kalyan, Hafed chairman and Gharaunda MLA, approached Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar seeking relief from toll for Gharaunda commuters.
This comes amid opposition by local residents against the new directives of the toll authorities that don’t give toll exemption to local commuters.
Kalyan urged the CM that toll exemption should be given to local commuters as Bastara toll plaza, situated between Karnal district headquarters and Gharaunda, is leading to extra financial burden on the locals.
“I have apprised the CM about the problems being faced by local commuters due to the new directives of toll authorities. I have urged the CM to give relief to them,” Kalyan told The Tribune.
Earlier, Kalyan had written to Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari for toll exemption for local commuters or for shifting the Bastara toll plaza outside Gharaunda block.
Three days ago, Karnal MP Ashwini Chopra had also directed the toll authorities not to charge toll from locals. He had also talked of raising the issue with the higher authorities, but despite that, no relief has been extended to locals.
“The toll authorities should respect the words of public representatives as they represent a large number of people,” Kalyan said.
Meanwhile, sarpanches, panches and residents of various villages held a meeting at Gharaunda grain market and called for a half-day Gharaunda bandh on Thursday in this regard. Residents led by Rajiv Kumar and Satpal assembled at the grain market and constituted a 31-member committee to decide the future course of action. Committee members will meet the CM on June 29 during his ‘khula darbar’ at Karnal grain market.
Cane growers protest outside minister’s office; Should the Government pay the timely payment to the farmers?
Farmers’ dues around Rs 400 crore, says kisan sabha
Sugarcane growers staged a demonstration under the banner of the All-India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) outside the office of Minister of State for Cooperatives Manish Grover here on Wednesday.
The protesting farmers, led by AIKS local unit president Preet Singh and general secretary Balwan Singh, demanded payment of their dues by the Department of Cooperatives. They raised slogans against the department and state government.
State AIKS vice-president Inderjit Singh said dues amounting to nearly Rs400 crore were pending towards sugarcane growers at cooperative sugar mills in the state, of which payment of about Rs100 crore was to be made to Rohtak farmers alone.
Addressing the protesters, Inderjit asked why the government should not be declared a defaulter as it had failed to make payment to sugarcane and mustard growers, due to which they were unable to repay their loans taken from banks.
He appealed to farmers to take part in the forthcoming nationwide agitation of peasants in August to demand reversal of anti-farmer policies.
The government functionaries present at the minister’s office tried to pacify the farmers by assuring that the payment would be made soon, but the protesters insisted on a specific date for making final payment.
Finally, officials talked to the minister over the phone and assured the farmers that their dues would be made in 15 days, following which the protesters dispersed.
Sugarfed cane adviser Roshan Lal Yadav and financial adviser Virander Dhull admitted payments due to sugarcane farmers were to the tune of Rs400 crore.
The officials said they had written to the authorities in this regard and the matter was under consideration.
Rain boosts paddy sowing in Karnal; Will the country's economy benefit from good monsoon?
With the widespread rain that lashed the district on Thursday, paddy transplantation has picked up pace in Karnal district, known as rice bowl of the country.
Almost the entire district witnessed a downpour and around 35 mm rainfall was reported from the district on Tuesday.
The showers brought cheer to the farmers who had been waiting for pre-monsoon rain due to unprecedented electricity cuts. Besides, the rain also gave much-needed relief to the residents from the scorching heat by giving a 5°C dip in temperature.
Farmers are hopeful that if the rain continues in the coming days, a bumper paddy crop would be produced. Paddy transplantation had started on June 15, but a large number of farmers were waiting for rain. With fresh rainfall, paddy transplantation has picked up pace.
Experts from the Meteorological Department of Central Soil Salinity Research Institute (CSSRI) are predicting the arrival of monsoon on June 30 in Haryana.
Officials of the Agriculture Department are expecting that paddy would be sown in around 1.68 lakh hectares compared to 1.72 lakh hectares last year.
With this rainfall, it is expected that around 50 per cent paddy sowing would be completed in the 2-3 days. “This spell of rain will help farmers in paddy sowing and also in recharging the water table. This rain is a boon for paddy as after these showers, the crop will not require water for around 4-5 days,” said Aditya Dabas, Deputy Director Agriculture (DDA). “We are hopeful that the coming days will also witness rain in the region,” he said.
About the expected decline in area under paddy, he said that paddy transplantation has just started and they have fixed a target of 1.68 lakh hectares of paddy transplantation.
“We were waiting for the rain and the heavy rain that lashed the district yesterday has made us happy. I have started sowing paddy in my fields,” said Surinder Doda, a farmer of Nigdhu village. Another farmer from Karsa village, Rajesh Kumar, said the monsoon would help them in paddy sowing.
Volleyball player shot dead in Hisar district; Is there bad law and order in Haryana?
A district-level volleyball player was shot dead by armed assailants at Siswal village of Hisar district, police said here on Wednesday.
The incident took place around 10 pm on Tuesday under Adampur police station area when Kuldeep (25) was returning to his house in the village on a bike from the community centre’s volleyball ground, police said.
Before he could reach home, unidentified people came and opened several rounds of fire at Kuldeep, killing him on the spot, they said.
There was no streetlight when the firing incident took place and the accused managed to flee from the spot, the victim’s kin said.
After receiving information, the police and a forensic team reached the spot and started investigation.
The police have sent the body to civil hospital here for post-mortem examination.
A case had been registered and investigation was on, the police said.
Cabinet meeting: Nod to VAT cut on aviation turbine fuel; Will this be a cheap ride?
The Haryana Cabinet, which met under the chairmanship of the Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar here on Tuesday, gave its approval for the reduction in VAT rate from 20 per cent to 1 per cent on the sale of aviation turbine fuel (ATF) under the Regional Connectivity Scheme at the RCS airports and for the RCS flights from other airports located within the state.
The RCS-UDAN was launched by the Union Ministry of Civil Aviation with a view to facilitating regional connectivity by making it affordable.
An MoU was signed by the Haryana Government with the Ministry of Civil Aviation, Government of India, Chairman, Airports Authority of India. Under the MoU, VAT would be reduced to 1 per cent or less on the ATF at the RCS airports (as notified by the government) and for the RCS flights from other airports located within the state for three years.
In another decision, the cabinet gave approval for the setting up of a special purpose vehicle (SPV), that is, Haryana International Horticultural Marketing Corporation Limited (HIHMCL), incorporated under the Companies Act, 2013, to facilitate work of the international terminal market within a fixed time-frame.
Approval was also accorded to a proposal to amend the Deen Dayal Jan Awas Yojna— Affordable Plotted Housing Policy, 2016.
As per the amendments, applications for licence under the Deen Dayal Jan Awas Yojna, 2016, would now be allowed for up to 40 per cent of the net planned area of sectors and applications shall continue to be received after the expiry of the opening window of 90 days.
Some other Cabinet decisions
In view of geographic contiguity and administrative convenience, the government has decided the shifting of three villages Jaitpur Shekhpur, Noorpur and Chillar under the area of Patwar circle from sub-tehsil Palhawas to Rewari tehsil in Rewari district and five villages Margain, Manglaura, Ganjogarhi, Naglamegha and Ranwar from tehsil and sub-division Gharaunda to tehsil and sub-division Karnal in Karnal district
It was decided to grant sanction for the engagement of additional 1,000 ex-servicemen from the Army as special police officers (SPOs) for performing night duty in the Police Commissionerate, Gurugram
The Cabinet gave its approval for increasing the retirement age of regular medical officers working in HVPNL and HPGCL from 58 to 65, for performing clinical duties as consultant and senior consultant
It was decided to construct a road from Bandholi to Kidaner up to the Rajasthan border in Nuh district at an estimated cost of over Rs 81.63 lakh. With the construction of this road, the distance between Bandholi (Haryana) and Kidaner (Rajasthan) would be reduced by about 20 km
The Cabinet decided to sell 50 per cent of the total carved-out plots in the timber market, Manakpur in Jagadhari by open auction amongst the timber traders of the notified market area of Market Committee, Jagadhari only.