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Rs 8,000 to acid attack victims every month; Is this a good decision of Haryana Govt.?

Chandigarh :
Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has approved a scheme for providing a monthly financial assistance of Rs8,000 to acid attack victims.
Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Krishan Kumar Bedi said on Monday that the Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Department would give preference to women and girls, who had suffered acid attacks, in the allotment of fair price shops if they apply for them after recovering.
He said that the financial assistance would be given to the victims who are covered under the definition of disability under Section 2(i) of the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights of Full Participation) Act, 1995.

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Molestation victim takes poison, critical; Is Haryana safe for girls?

Hisar :
A 13-year-old girl tried to end her life over repeated molestation and harassment by a man of her village in the district.

The girl, a Class VIII student, was alone at her home after returning from the fields when she took a poisonous substance to commit suicide. She was rushed to a private hospital where her condition continues to be critical.

A police spokesperson said a case under Sections 354 A (sexual harassment) and 354D (stalking) of the IPC and Section 12 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act was registered against the accused, identified as Praveen, on Monday.

Sources said fed up with the trauma and passing of lewd remarks against her, the girl started living with her grandfather at ‘dhani’ located in the fields. She refused to return home in the village and did not reveal the reason for it.

About 15 days ago, she broke down when her mother counselled her. She revealed to her mother that one of their neighbours, who is married and father of a child, had been harassing her for about four months. He used to harass the victim on finding her alone on her way to school. To avoid him, she shifted out of the village.

The victim’s family said the girl was extremely disturbed over harassment. They took up the matter with the Gram Panchayat, which summoned the man and his family.
In the meantime, the girl took poison on Saturday in an attempt to end her life.
The investigating officer in the case, Ashok Kumar, said they had started an investigation into the case.

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NGO to honour Good Samaritans with award; Is it a good step?

Ambala :
In order to motivate people to help roadside accident victims, an NGO has instituted an award to honour people who help accident victims.

After losing their 18-year-old son in a car accident in 2015, a family had set up an NGO named Sunny Ahluwalia Charitable Foundation to impart awareness regarding road safety among the masses.

Superintendent of Police Abhishek Jorwal said, “The foundation in association with the police has been making people aware of the road safety.”

Preet Mohinder Pal Singh, Sunny’s father, said, “People in India don’t take action to save accident victims as they are afraid of legal hassles. To motivate people to help accident victims, the foundation has decided to honour people with a Good Samaritan Award.”
Initially, the foundation would honour five people in 2018-19 with the award which would carry a cash prize of Rs 2,000 and a certificate.

Residents of Haryana and Chandigarh can apply with newspaper clippings to prove their noble acts or letter of recommendation from the police or hospital.
On July 6, 2015, four youths, including Sunny, had died when the car they were travelling in rammed into a parked truck near Kuldeep Nagar on the NH-1.

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Farmers suffer in pvt hands; Should the government buy all the produce of the farmer?

Pipli (Kurukshetra) :
Despite getting a bumper crop of maize this season, 46-year-old farmer Moti Ram of Kohlapur village is a dissatisfied man these days. The reason: There is no government agency in the mandis to pay the minimum support price (MSP).

At the Pipli grain market on Friday, Moti Ram said he would not get the remunerative MSP of Rs 1,425 per quintal as announced by the government.

“There is no government agency in the mandi and private buyers are paying only between Rs 1,100 and Rs 1,150 per quintal for dried grains. There is no use of fixing the assured price when no official agency is going to implement it,” he said. Moti Ram has been sowing maize for the past several years.

This year, he sowed maize on 15 acres at his native village after harvesting potatoes. Last year, he sold the maize – sown in spring — for Rs 1,200 per quintal to private players — a price less than the MSP in the previous season.

Another maize grower Anoop Singh said that after dismal potato harvests for three consecutive years, he was hoping to earn better from maize this season.

“A maize grower can earn more than Rs 50,000 per acre if the rates are ensured as per the MSP. Middlemen reap huge benefits without investing in the crop, but farmers are even deprived of even a fair price,” he said.

Another farmer at the local mandi said that traders were paying a lowly Rs 800 per quintal, citing moisture content in the produce.

“As no government agency oversees the sale of maize, we are at the mercy of traders at daily auctions of the crop. As there is no transparent mechanism to challenge the claim of moisture content, we have to sell our produce at the price that is quoted in the mandi,” he said.

Deputy Director, Agriculture, Dr Karamchand said the state was yet to release the order on maize procurement. However, official sources said the state government was contemplating buying 10,000 tonnes of the maize sown in summer and harvested in October.

“Maize sown after harvesting potatoes is preferred by farmers in Yamunanagar, Panchkula, Kurukshetra, Ambala and Karnal. The spring period is ideal for high yield. But as per the procurement plan, the state has proposed to buy the maize sown in summer,” said the official.

Another farm expert said the government might explore the possibility of a tie-up with a private corn starch unit in Yamunanagar district that has a significant requirement for maize.

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Schools can pay fee for affiliation till July 6; Should the board also pay attention to illegal schools running in Haryana?

Chandigarh :
The Haryana Board of School Education has announced that the last date for the submission of continuation fee or affiliation form for the permanent recognised secondary and senior secondary schools for the academic session 2018-19 would be July 6 without any late fee and July 9 to July 20 with late fee.

While stating this here the chairman of the board, Dr Jagbir Singh, said that continuation fee or affiliation form could be sent to the board office either through registered post or delivered personally.

He said that the continuation fee could be deposited through bank draft or in cash at the counter of the board headquarter. He made it clear that affiliation form or fee would not be accepted online. The affiliation form is to be deposited along with the continuation fee. The draft of affiliation form is available on the board website, he added.

He said only permanent recognised schools were required to submit their affiliation form and fee in the board office well in time.

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