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ASHA workers flay govt, court arrest; Should the Haryana Government fulfill the demand of the Asha Workers?

22,000 workers on strike | Say demands accepted, not implemented | Resume duties, says Vij

Ambala :
A large number of ASHA workers protested outside the Deputy Commissioner’s office in Ambala City and offered court arrest in support of their long-pending demands. The agitating workers gathered at the city park and took out a protest march. They raised slogans against the state government and reached the DC office.

As per information, nearly 300 workers courted arrest and were taken to the police lines ground where they were released later. Roadways buses and mini-buses were arranged for the protesting workers. 

Meanwhile, a few ASHA workers fell ill due to the hot weather conditions and were taken to the Civil Hospital in Ambala City.

Anju Verma, district president of the ASHA Workers’ Union, said: “The state government has agreed to our demands, including enhancing honorarium, but has not implemented it. There is a lot of difference between the agreement and the notification issued. There are nearly 22,000 ASHA workers who are on strike. The government on the other hand claims that it has fulfilled our demands. We demand a meeting with the Chief Minister.”

The Sarva Karamchari Sangh has extended its support to ASHA workers. The sangh has threatened to stage a 24-hour dharna at the Chief Minister’s residence in Karnal on June 22. 

The government employees under the banner of the Sarva Karmchari Sangh will offer court arrest on June 28 and if their demands are not met, they will move towards the Haryana Assembly.

Abhay warns of bigger stir

Sonepat : Abhay Singh Chautala, Leader of Opposition in Haryana Assembly and senior Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) leader, on Friday blamed the BJP at the Centre and in the state for finding lame excuses to delay the completion of canals required for bringing water to Haryana fields.

He was addressing a gathering of participants for the Jail Bharo Andolan launched by the INLD and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) here at the new anaj mandi. 

Prakash Bharati, state president of the BSP, lambasted the state government for increasing atrocities against Dalit women and alleged that instead of controlling crime against Dalits, the state government pursued hypocritical policy of having food at Dalit homes. 

‘Khattar govt anti-women’

Panipat : ASHA workers’ union affiliated to CITU and supported by Sarva Karamchari Sangh courted mass arrest in support of the state-level ‘Jail Bharo Andolan’ at the Mini-Secretariat on Friday. They gathered at the general hospital complex and staged a dharna at the Civil Surgeon office for the consecutive ninth day. 

No drinking waterfor protesters

Kaithal : Over 750 ASHA workers courted arrest and were taken to a temporary Jail at the Jat school ground. They were not provided with drinking water which further agitated the workers and they came out on roads and disrupted traffic. DSP Ram Kumar reached the spot and persuaded the protesters. All were taken in to custody and were released later. The officials of the administration, including DSP and Tehsildar Ravinder Malik, asked workers to go to a temporary Jail set up at the Jat school ground, but the workers were adamant on going to the district jail or police lines. 

Fix Rs 18,000 as minimum wages

Karnal : ASHA workers courted arrest in front of the Mini-Secretariat. They are demanding same work, same wages scheme or fix Rs 18,000 as their minimum wages till the implementation of the scheme. Sudesh Rana, district president of the Karnal ASHA workers’ union, criticised the government for ignoring their demands. “The government has even failed to fulfil its poll promises. The February 1 meeting with the Health Minister and officials of the department regarding the enhancement of their wages, have also not been implemented,” she said. “We are demanding to fix Rs 18,000 as our minimum wages and the government should fulfil it,” she said. 

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Farmers forced to sell maize below MSP, says Hooda; Are these alligations right?

Kurukshetra :
Former Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Wednesday blamed the BJP government for its inability to procure maize at the minimum support price (MSP).

Hooda said farmers were forced to sell maize for up to Rs 900 per quintal whereas the MSP was fixed at Rs 1,430 per quintal.

He said ensuring payment as per the MSP was the duty of the state authorities on which they failed miserably.

“The BJP government has proved to be insensitive to farmers’ issues. Cane growers are awaiting payment to the tune of Rs 747 crore and the government has done nothing to expedite the payments. Similarly, mustard growers also suffered acute difficulty in selling their produce this season,” said Hooda.

He dared the Haryana Government to make public the entire report of Prakash Singh Committee on violence during the Jat agitation.

“The report is a dossier of the state government’s failure in maintaining law and order. “The state government is withholding the report as it is well aware that the official document will expose its dismal functioning,” he said.

To a question on the possibility of an alliance with the BSP, Hooda said the Congress was capable enough to contest on its own in Haryana.

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HUDA gets Rs 137.76 crore as enhancement dues; Is the enhancement right?

Panipat :
The state-level dharna against enhancement dues by members of the All-Haryana Sectors Welfare Association (AHSWA) at the HUDA office complex in Sector 18 entered its 17th day on Thursday. The members from Rewari and Panipat sat on hunger strike.
Meanwhile, HUDA has collected Rs 137.76 crore as enhancement dues till Wednesday.
According to sources in HUDA, residents of HUDA sectors have deposited Rs 137,76,85,838 under the one-time settlement scheme for enhancement dues.
While the department got the least amount in Kurukshetra district, the maximum amount was deposited in Gurugram-2.

The state-level protest against enhancement continued at the HUDA office complex and the protesters from various districts came here and sat on hunger strike according to their turn.

Yashbir Malik, convener of Haryana Sectors’ Confederation, said, “We have been fighting for our rights for the past two months and 17 days.”

The government had given enhancement notices of around Rs 17,000 crore to 53 sectors in various districts, but the government did not serve enhancement notices to 135 sectors after we had started the protest, he claimed.

Malik claimed the people who had deposited the amount are only those who had outstanding dues in their accounts. Now, they have taken the benefit of one-time settlement.

The HUDA officials are trying to befool the people by saying that Rs 137.76 crore has been deposited so that more people would deposit the amount, he alleged.
Members of the state co-ordination committee would gather at Panipat on June 17 to make the strategy for the ‘Jail Bharo Andolan’ on June 20 in Jind. More than 20,000 people would gather there against the government and would readily go to jail for their rights, Malik maintained.

J Ganeshan, Chief Administrator, HUDA, said the people are depositing their enhancement outstanding amount under the one-time settlement scheme.
The government has given option to the people to deposit their enhancement amount under one-time scheme till July 15 with 40 per cent discount.

If they want to recalculate the dues, it would be done after July 15, the Chief Administrator said.

Amount deposited
District     Amount (in Rs) 
Ambala     3,00,48,391
Bahadurgarh     5,44,34,951 
Bhiwani     1,11,521
Faridabad     11,47,17,381\
Fatehabad     66,15,375
Gurugram     10119992
Gurugram-2     87,07,25,103
Hansi     35,40,839 
Hisar     1,35,75,206 
Jhajjar     34,86,837 
Jind     78,79,946 
Karnal     17,450,322 
Kurukshetra     9,298 
Narnaul     11,41,331 
Palwal     23,54,024 
Panchkula     14,10,16,500 
Panipat     1,50,06,112 
Rewari     1,40,48,600 
Rohtak     4,56,47,698 
Sirsa     10,57,418 
Sonepat     2,46,98,99

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Four years on, Karnal agro mall fails to serve purpose; Should these agro malls be handed over to the general public?

Karnal :
The Karnal agro mall, constructed by the previous Congress government in 2014, has turned into an abode for bats.

The mall was built to the tune of crores with an aim to provide agriculture related goods to farmers under one roof.

The previous Congress government had announced construction of four agro malls in Karnal, Panipat, Panchkula and Rohtak in 2008 and these were completed in 2014, but no activities have been started in these malls.

The present government has planned to lease out all four of these.

Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar had announced in Karnal last month that these malls would be leased out for exhibition purposes at a lower rate, but nothing has been done in this regard.

Saurabh Singh, a resident, said the agro mall should be made properly functional, so that farmers could avail the benefits of the project.

Sumit Choudhary, a commission agent of Karnal grain market, said these malls were built adjacent to the grain market, so that the farming community does not face any problem.
“I demand the government to develop this building as a shopping place for farmers, where they could get all kind of agriculture related items, including machinery, seed, pesticides and fertilisers, on subsidised rates,” he said.

Aditya Dahiya, Deputy Commissioner, said, “The mall is being maintained by the Haryana State Agricultural Marketing Board. The authorities have been told to improve its condition,” he said.

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Asha workers protest near Vij’s house; Are there Protest fair?

Ambala :
A large number of Asha workers on Wednesday held a protest near Health Minister Anil Vij’s residence at Shastri Colony in Ambala Cantonment, in support of their long-pending demands.

Anju Verma, district president of the Asha Workers Union, said: “The government has been doing injustice with us. It had agreed to our demands including enhancing honorarium but has not been implementing it.”

Meanwhile, four Asha workers got unconscious due to hot weather conditions. They were rushed to Civil Hospital, Ambala Cantonment, where they were provided medical attention.
Vij was not present at his residence during the protest.

Anju said, “We will continue to raise our demands and offer court arrest.”

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