Outstanding sports persons of Haryana, the State Government has decided to enhance the daily diet allowance from Rs 150 to Rs 250.

Chandigarh February 28: With a view to motivate the outstanding sports persons of Haryana, the State Government has decided to enhance the daily diet allowance from Rs 150 to Rs 250. This decision would benefit 4000 sports person in the State.

This was informed by Chief Minister Mr Manohar Lal who is also holding the portfolio of Finance Minister while presenting the State Budget for the year 2020-21 during the ongoing Budget session of Haryana Vidhan Sabha here today. He announced outlay of Rs 394.09 crores for the Department of Sports and Youth Affairs in the Budget Estimates for the year 2020-21, which shows an increase of 12.83 per cent over the Revised Estimates of 2019-20.

He said that the Haryana Outstanding Sports Person (Recruitment and Conditions) of Service Rules 2018 has been enacted to provide jobs in a transparent manner. He said that in case of direct recruitment, a provision of 3 percent reservation has been made for eligible sports person in jobs of first, second and third category and 10 per cent reservation in case of class IV jobs.

He said that High-Performance Training Center would be opened to ensure outstanding performance of players in various sports competitions. Appropriate number of hostels will also be constructed for the them, he added.

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State Government has prepared a Road Maintenance Policy-2016 for all the 90 assembly constituencies to maintain the roads.

Chandigarh, February 28 - Haryana Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal said that the State Government has prepared a Road Maintenance Policy-2016 for all the 90 assembly constituencies to maintain the roads. Besides this, he said that for the convenience of travellers, the government has improved 19,318 km of roads between 2014 and 2019, out of which 4,635 km of roads have been widened across Haryana.

The Chief Minister informed this while presenting the budget of the state for the year 2020-21 as Finance Minister, during the budget session of Haryana Legislative Assembly here today. A budget of Rs 3541.32 crore has been proposed for the Public Works (Building and Roads) Department in the year 2020-21.

He said that under Pradhan Mantri Gramin Sadak Yojana- phase-II, about 1000 km of roads are expected to be improved during the year 2020-21. He said that in 2019-20, 40 projects of worth Rs 138.33 crore were approved under NABARD scheme. He said that a proposal has been sent to NABARD, to improve 81 roads in 2020-21 at a cost of Rs 232.76 crore.

He said that five projects to construct four-lane NH-148B from Bhiwani to Charkhi Dadri and NH-709E from Kharak to Bhiwani including Bhiwani bypass, bypass at Pinjore on Pinjore-Baddi-Nalagarh National Highway-21A, to construct four lane National Highway-65 from Kaithal to Ambala, to construct four lane National Highway-71 from Punjab border to Jind via Narwana and to construct four lane NH -73 Panchkula to Yamunanagar has been approved by the Government of India.

He said that the Government of India has announced 17 new national highways for Haryana since November 2014, with a total length of 1069.82 km. These include two main green field corridors of Ismailabad to Narnaul (National Highway-152D) and Sohna-Vadodara (National Highway-148N). The construction work for them has been allocated, said the Chief Minister.

He said that for the expansion of rail infrastructure and rail connectivity across the areas where there is no rail facilities, the Haryana government in collaboration with the Ministry of Railways, a joint venture company, Haryana Rail Infrastructure Development Corporation (H.R.I.D.C) has been formed. H.R.I.D.C. has initiated several important rail infrastructure projects across the state. The Haryana Orbital Rail Corridor project has been approved by the Ministry of Railways, at a cost of Rs 5600 crores. Besides this, the detailed project report of 150 km long Jind-Hansi new railway line and 61 km long Karnal-Yamunanagar new railway lines have also been finalized and the report has been sent to the Ministry of Railways, he added.

He said that he would meet the Union Minister of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways for advance approval of all these projects. He said that several projects have been included in the Union Budget for 2020-21 as our government has consistently requested the Union Ministry of Railways for the overall development of railways across Haryana.

Chief Minister Mr. Manohar Lal said that about 4.5 km, a project of long elevated railway line in Kaithal city has been prepared and it would be soon send for approval to the Ministry of Railways. He said that this project will free the city of Kaithal from three railway crossings (Devigarh Road, Karnal Road, Old Ambala-Hisar bypass), which will smoothly regulate the traffic in the City. Similarly, the four railway lines of Jind city (Jind-Panipat, Jind-Rohtak, Jind-Sonipat, proposed Jind-Hansi) are being analysed to construct a new junction near Pandu Pindara. He said that this project will facilitate smooth regulation of traffic in Jind city. He said that in public interest, he will also meet the Union Railway Minister in Delhi to start all these projects soon and proposal would be made to stop Hisar to Haridwar trains at Kalanaur and Gohana railway stations and also to stop Kisan Express (Bathinda-Delhi train) at Bawani Khera railway station.

He said that from the year 1966 to 2014, 64 ROB / RUB in Haryana. was constructed while the work of 83 ROB / RUB from year 2014 to 2019 has been started, 43 ROB / RUB is completed while work of 40 ROB / RUB has been under construction. Six ROBs under Setu Bharatam programme to make railway crossings free of national highways is being constructed and the remaining two R.O.B will also be constructed soon, said the Chief Minister.

He said that the Haryana government will construct a road over bridge / road under bridge in place of railway crossings located on all national highways, state highways, main district roads, under a special programme of the year 2020-21. An administrative approval of Rs 905.67 crore has been given by the government for the construction of the bypass of 10 different cities. These bypasses are proposed in Tohana, Kosli, Hathin, Punahana, Pingwana, Chuchakwas, Bahadurgarh, Gohana, Uchana and Sonipat cities. Apart from these, the bypass work for Pinjore and Bhiwani cities is in progress and the work is expected to be completed in the year 2020 itself, the Chief Minister added.

The Chief Minister said that from 2014 to 2019, 259 new roads of about 538.36 km have been constructed at a cost of Rs 437.93 crore. Additionally, in 2019-20, 182 new roads of about 438 km have been constructed at a cost of Rs 382.29 crore. 1566 km of roads at a cost of Rs 1130 crore and the work of converting all 530 dirt roads into paved roads will be done soon, he added.

He said that after this, no six-way or more dirt road will remain in the entire state of Haryana. He said that the government has allocated the work of repairing patches and pits through state-of-the-art Jetpatcher machines to ensure timely repair of roads. The information of the pits on the roads is being uploaded by the department officials and general public on the 'Harpath App' and the contractor has to repair the pits in 96 hours. He said that there is a provision for automatic fine of Rs 1000 per pit on the contractor for not repairing within this time limit, the Chief Minister added.

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Haryana Government has taken several innovative steps and increased the allocation for agriculture and farmer welfare activities to Rs 6,481.48 crore in 2020-21 as compared to Rs 5,230.54 crore in the budget estimates 2019-20

Chandigarh, February 28 - Committed to realizing the national goal of making agriculture futuristic and doubling the farmer’s income, the Haryana Government has taken several innovative steps and increased the allocation for agriculture and farmer welfare activities to Rs 6,481.48 crore in 2020-21 as compared to Rs 5,230.54 crore in the budget estimates 2019-20, which represents an increase of 23.92 percent.

This includes an outlay of Rs 3,364.90 crore for agriculture, Rs 1,157.41 crore for animal husbandry, Rs 492.82 crore for horticulture, and Rs 122.42 crore for fisheries.

This was stated by the Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal, who also holds the Finance portfolio, while presenting his maiden budget and first of the BJP-JJP alliance Government for 2020-21, in the Haryana Assembly today.

Mentioning the 11 specific steps proposed to sustain agriculture development for which he had made provision in the Budget, he said it is very important to increase the area of organic and natural farming in the State. In the next three years, organic and natural farming will be expanded in an area of one lakh acres, for which provision of appropriate funds have been made.

In all major mandis of the state, crop dryers will be installed so that farmers do not face any problem in drying crop products and they can get the full price of crops without any cut.

He said separate 10 percent seats would be reserved for women farmers in all vegetable mandis of Haryana. And to promote women empowerment, a special women cell will be set up in the Kisan Kalyan Pradhikaran.

CCTV cameras would be installed in all warehouses of the Haryana State Warehousing Corporation, HAFED, Food and Supplies Department, etc., to prevent the problem of theft. A target has been set to install cameras in 52 warehouses this year. The remaining warehouses will be taken up in the next phases.

Progressive farmers who have adopted crop diversification will be identified as Master Trainers. These trainers will be rewarded for successfully encouraging other farmers for crop diversification.

The Chief Minister said at present, the interest-free loan facility is available only on loans taken from cooperative institutions and the limit is Rs 1.5 lakh. He has proposed that the facility of interest-free loans will also be available to those farmers who take a crop loan of an amount of Rs 60,000 up to maximum 3 lakh per acre from any Nationalized Banks or Cooperative Banks, subject to three conditions.

The first condition is that the farmer should repay the loan within the stipulated time; the second condition is that the farmer should declare the details of all the cooperative loans taken by him on “Meri Fasal Mera Byora" portal and the third condition is that the payment of the purchased crop directly will be deposited by the purchase agency in the account of the institution from which the farmer has taken a loan.

Besides, a mobile app will be created by the Kisan Kalyan Pradhikaran to enable a farmer to use the agricultural equipment of other farmers such as tractors, rotavators, combine and Harvester etc.

Science students studying in the schools and colleges of Haryana will be trained in soil and water testing and they will be given certificates so that they can do soil and water testing as a certified professional.

The Chief Minister said under the Agricultural Mechanization Scheme, the department is providing grants on agricultural machinery to promote agricultural mechanization. “We will ensure that subsidy on machines and agricultural machinery is available to all eligible small and marginal farmers without lottery till the year 2021-22. Also, small agricultural equipment manufacturers will also be subsidized to encourage the manufacture of agricultural equipment”, he added.

A comprehensive management plan has been prepared for the management of the crop residue at the site and other locations. Under this, Parali procurement centers will be set up in every block of all affected districts.

The Chief Minster said efforts were being made to procure maximum quantity of crops at minimum support price. The process of pre-registration of farmers on the e-procurement portal of “Meri Fasal Mera Byora" is becoming quite popular. As many as 54 mandis have also been linked with the National Agriculture Market (eNAM) scheme with a view to making the system linkage for marketing of agricultural produces smooth, transparent and farmer-friendly in the state.

The commodity-specific markets like Apple Mandi at Pinjore, Flower Market at Gurugram and Masala (Spices) Mandi at Sonipat are being developed by Haryana State Agricultural Marketing Board.

To reduce the risk of farmers and encourage them to adopt new and modern farming practices, Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana is being run in the state. Under the scheme, an amount of Rs 2,097.93 crore has been disbursed to the farmers in the last three years as claim, which is more than the premium of Rs 1672.03 crore paid to the insurance companies.

It is a matter of happiness that the Central Government has now volunteered this scheme for the farmers. With the increased authority of the State in implementation of this scheme, this scheme will prove more effective.

“From 2020-21, our government will ensure the availability of representatives of insurance companies under the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana in every block office of the Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Department so that all the work of farmers related to the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana can be completed at the block level”, he said.

A new scheme called " Atal Bhujal Yojana” has been launched by the Government of India with the objective of improving ground water management and conservation activities. 36 water scarcity blocks have been identified by the State to implement ground water management and conservation activities. Along with this, a new legal framework will also be created soon to run this work smoothly.

With the objective of ensuring remunerative prices for the crops to the farmers, the state government has launched a scheme called "Bhavantar Bharpai Yojana". It includes 10 vegetables namely, Tomato, Onion, Potato and Cauliflower, Carrot, Pea, Brinjal, Guava, Capsicum, Kinnu and Mustard and Millet.

Aiming to set up soil testing laboratories in all mandis of the State, a total of 111 soil testing laboratories are being set up in various government buildings and mandis in 2019-20. Now the Soil Health Card will also be linked to the “Meri Fasal Mera Byora" portal. Based on the recommendations given in the soil health card, by the farmers, the crop will be sown.

With a view to protecting the environment; the government has launched a comprehensive campaign for the management of crop residues through new farming methods and machinery. About 1,637 custom hiring centers have been established, through which this year, 5,225 farmers were provided agricultural machinery at subsidized rates.

With the active support of farmers, the incidence of burning of crop residues has come down in the state. The incidence of crop residue burning has decreased by 35.32 percent as compared to the year 2018-19. Now the State Government has started giving additional incentive of Rs 100 per quintal to the farmers for managing crop residues in the field, he added.

For sustainable consumption and production, two more centers of excellence are being set up through demonstrative technologies in horticulture, in which one for dry land horticulture and the other for post harvest management.

“To increase employment opportunities, on the lines of Vita and HAFED, we will set up 2,000 modern sales centers at identified locations across the State for selling the food items with packing and branding. To further increase this work, a separate institution will be set up soon”, he added.

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The Haryana government proposed an allocation of Rs 847.97 crore for the Skill Development and Industrial Training Department and Rs 416.02 crore for the employment department for the financial year 2020-21.

Chandigarh, February 28: The Haryana government proposed an allocation of Rs 847.97 crore for the Skill Development and Industrial Training Department and Rs 416.02 crore for the employment department for the financial year 2020-21.

Haryana Chief Minister Mr. Manohar Lal gave this information while presenting the budget of the state for the year 2020-21 as the Finance Minister during the budget session of Haryana Vidhan Sabha here today.

He said that in the year 2020-21, 24 new model industrial training institutes with solar energy backup, dual system of training, latest equipment, fully trained staff, internet connection, and all facilities will be established. He said that in order to provide employment to the trainees passing out from the industrial training institutes in the state, the curriculum of industrial training institutes has been completely changed to provide training according to the requirements of the industries and for tandem with the industries.

From the session 2019-20, 4 new state industrial training institutes and 4 new private industrial training institutes have been started. In addition, construction work of 22 new state industrial training institutes is under progress. Three new industrial training institutes will start in Sikarona, Indri and Jiwan Nagar in the coming session. A total of 11485 state and private establishments have been registered and 76426 trainees have been appointed under the National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme since 2016. Haryana had achieved the first position in the country in the year 2017-18 in appointing maximum trainees per lakh population and is still in the forefront in this field.

An MoU has been signed between the Haryana government and the industries with 71 units for dual system of training. Trainees pursuing course of 6 months to one year will be given 3 to 6 months of on-site training in related industries and 6 months to 12 months of workplace training in courses of up to two years. Shri Vishwakarma Kaushal Vishwavidyalaya has also established a strong link with industries and has signed 69 MoUs. The University is in the process of signing an MoU with the British Government's Department for International Development through the National Open College Network to strengthen international connectivity. The university will introduce 31 new courses of diploma / undergraduate / postgraduate level during the academic session 2020-21. The university has started the process of affiliating other institutions for vocational education programs. Skill development training of 12000 students will be done in the campus and 40,000 students in the affiliate systems.

To encourage children to take up skill based education, the university will also start a feeder school for admission to the 9th grade from the academic session 2020-21 in CBSE affiliated schools. The Haryana Skill Development Mission is planning to strengthen the skill ecology of the state under skill acquisition and knowledge awareness for livelihood promotion. A total of one lakh additional youths, including those registered on the Saksham portal, will be trained and their skills will be developed to enable employment in the respective industries. In the year 2020-21, Haryana Skill Development Mission will set up a very modern Model Skills Center in Government Engineering College, Panniwala Mota, Sirsa in collaboration with industry / partner / foreign agency.

The Chief Minister said that all the women industrial training institutes run by the government would be given the option of training through English medium. It will also be ensured that every graduate of all industrial training institutes is given a free passport before leaving the institute. He said that the government has also decided that the Department of Skill Development and Industrial Training will provide the services of graduates of industrial training institutes to the general public through a mobile app to avail the services of civilian plumber, electrician, carpenter, hardware repair etc.

Mr. Manohar Lal said that solving the problem of unemployment has been the priority of the State Government. Continuing the efforts made in the last tenure in this direction, new initiatives will also be taken. A new employment portal will be launched on Baisakhi day, which will feature the youth of Haryana who have received any kind of long-term training and skills in the last 3-5 years. This will include candidates registered in employment offices as well as ITI, polytechnics, higher education colleges, technical education colleges, and short-term skilled candidates. The government will partner with employers and job aggregators to provide employment opportunities to all such candidates, who will be relevant sources of providing gainful employment to our youth.

He said that along with the employment portal, a call center will also be set up, which will collect information regarding the current status of employment of the candidates and make them aware of employment opportunities. In the year 2020-21, 25000 candidates will be linked with employment opportunities in the private sector. Meritorious youth will be identified and special coaching to enable them to pass competitive examinations for jobs in Haryana government as well as central paramilitary forces including Central Government Staff Selection Commission, Public Sector Banks, Indian Railways. And training will be given. In the next two years, the government aims to connect at least one lakh candidates with government jobs in Haryana and outside the state.

He said that more employment opportunities will be provided to able young candidates in government departments as well as private organizations. A special placements cell will also be established for able youth, which will create special employment and skill opportunities for them. A single portal for all types of short-term skills will be started in the state so that the candidate can get the right skill training and training center information with a single click.

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Haryana Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal reiterated the Government's commitment to make a sincere and concerted effort to construct the Satluj-Yamuna Link Canal to provide a fair share of Haryana from the waters of the Ravi-Beas rivers

Chandigarh, February 28- Haryana Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal reiterated the Government's commitment to make a sincere and concerted effort to construct the Satluj-Yamuna Link Canal to provide a fair share of Haryana from the waters of the Ravi-Beas rivers and for it has been proposed to allocate an outlay of Rs 100 crore in the year 2020-21.

While presenting the State Budget for the year 2020-21 during the budget session of Haryana Vidhan Sabha here today, the Chief Minister Mr. Manohar Lal proposed Rs. 4960.48 crore for the Irrigation and Water Resources Department which is 65.65 percent more than the outlay of Rs. 2994.63 crore for the year 2019-20.

He said that micro irrigation technology has been given top priority for efficient use of water for agricultural purposes. He said that emphasis has been laid on identified 36 over-waterlogged and critical blocks to be brought under micro irrigation systems. In addition, under the 'Per Drop More Crop' -Micro Irrigation Scheme, the State Government has prepared four projects worth Rs 1,200 crore, which will be funded under the Micro Irrigation Fund of NABARD. To provide drinking water in the Mewat region, the Government has decided to construct the Mewat Feeder Canal near Badali parallel to the KMP expressway to supply water from the Gurugram Water Supply Channel to Gurugram River through a pipeline. Along with this, the GWS channel with a capacity of 450 cusecs will be rebuilt from Kakroi Head to Badli. He said that supply is being strengthened in the Assembly constituency by the rehabilitation of Umra Minor and Shadipur Minor at an estimated cost of Rs. 5 crores for which necessary budget has been provisioned.`

The Chief Minister said that under the major policy change in the area of irrigation, aims to achieve the goal of ‘Har khet ko pani’, the decision has been taken to increase the length of paving waterways e from 24 feet per acre to 40 feet per acre in line with Agriculture Command area. Paving of raw waterways and rehabilitation of old waterways will be done through a nine-inch thick wall, which will result in increased irrigation density in the State. For rehabilitation, where the farmer would like, the present period of 20 years will be reduced to 15 years.

He said that to promote a micro irrigation system in farmers' fields, a project costing Rs. 189.46 crore for 22555 acres of land in 13 districts have been sent to NABARD under Micro Irrigation Fund. In addition, another project with an estimated cost of Rs. 399.97 crore has been sent to NABARD under Micro Irrigation Fund to promote micro irrigation system in 57352 acres area of Hisar, Fatehabad and Sirsa districts through PPP mode. Under both projects, about 160 tanks with an average depth of 10 feet will be constructed for storage of canal water with a storage capacity of 16 million cubic feet. In this way, the micro irrigation facility will be started on about 80 thousand acres of land in the state.

The Chief Minister said that water has been delivered to most of the tails through the continuous and tireless efforts of the government. There are few remaining tails remaining, to which water could not be transported due to poor and dilapidated condition of the channels. A special campaign has been launched to provide water to them. He said that according to the use of the field instead of open canals, the pipeline is already working in the construction of canals. He said that automatic electronic gauges are being installed at various canals at a cost of four crore rupees for obtaining real time discharge data. This system will be helpful in detecting the use and theft of excess water from outlets. Apart from this, the smart mobile application is also being prepared, so that farmers will get information about rotational programs of canals and availability of water at the end.

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Haryana Chief Minister Mr. Manohar Lal proposed an allocation of Rs. 8770.18 crore for Social Justice and Empowerment Department and Rs. 519.34 crore for Welfare of Schedule Castes & Backward Classes Department in the year 2020-21.

Chandigarh, February 28 - Haryana Chief Minister Mr. Manohar Lal proposed an allocation of Rs. 8770.18 crore for Social Justice and Empowerment Department and Rs. 519.34 crore for Welfare of Schedule Castes & Backward Classes Department in the year 2020-21. The Government is committed to the welfare of Scheduled Castes and Backward Classes, for effective implementation of various schemes regarding their socio-economic and educational development.

The Chief Minister was presenting the budget for the year 2020-21 as the Finance Minister during the budget session of the Haryana Legislative Assembly here today.

He said that under the Mukhya Mantri Vivah Shagun Yojna, it would be simplified to give benefits of the scheme to the beneficiaries before the wedding or on the wedding day itself. He said that under the Legal Aid Scheme "Protection of Civil Rights Act, 1955", the amount of legal aid will be increased from Rs 11000 to Rs 22000 for the Scheduled Castes to prosecute cases regarding various atrocities. For the promotion of this scheme, 10 seminars / awareness campaigns will be organized by Lok Sabha members of reserved constituencies and 5 seminars will be organized by the members of legislative assembly of reserved constituencies.

He said that in the year 2020-21, under the provision of Financial Assistance Scheme for the Scheduled Castes and Backward Classes, the candidates who hails from Scheduled Castes and Backward Classes can prepare for Competitive Examinations through the selected institutions. Under the Scheme Rs 1 lakh or 75 percent of the total amount is proposed to be paid by the Government.

He said that a new scheme has also been proposed to provide coaching facilities to meritorious students who hail from economically weaker sections for the preparation of competitive exams for higher education. Under this scheme, 5000 school students across Haryana will be provided financial assistance for coaching in prestigious institutions every year.

He said that the state government is committed to uplift them by providing social security to the elderly, widows, disabled, destitute children and other needy people of the society. The Social Justice and Empowerment Department is providing pension, allowance, financial assistance etc. to more than 28 lakh beneficiaries on monthly basis. The amount of monthly pension under Old Age Allowance, Widow and Destitute Women Pension, Disability Pension, Dwarf Allowance, Transgender Allowance, and Ladli Social Security Allowance has been increased from Rs 2000 to Rs 2250 from January 2020 by the government. Similarly, financial assistance to destitute children has also been increased from Rs 1100 per month to Rs 1350 per month, said the Chief Minister.

He said that the financial assistance to disabled children who do not go to schools, has been increased from Rs 1400 per month to Rs 1650 per month. Under the "Financial Assistance to Kashmiri Migrant Families" scheme, the amount of Rs 1000 per month per member has been increased to Rs. 1250 per month per member. Under the scheme the maximum amount limit has been increased from Rs 5000 per month per family to Rs 6250 per month per family.

With the collaboration with non-governmental organizations, in the year 2020-21, old age homes will be set up in all districts across Haryana, he added.

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Haryana Chief Minister Mr. Manohar Lal said that the state government has decided to provide clean drinking water in all households under the 'Jal Jeevan Mission' Scheme announced by the Prime Minister.

Chandigarh, February 28 - Haryana Chief Minister Mr. Manohar Lal said that the state government has decided to provide clean drinking water in all households under the 'Jal Jeevan Mission' Scheme announced by the Prime Minister.

The 50 percent of the cost for implementing the scheme will be released by the Government of India and the remaining will be borne by the Haryana government. Chief Minister Mr. Manohar Lal, while presenting the budget of the state for the year 2020-21 allocated Rs 3,591.27 crore for the Public Health Engineering Department in the year 2020-21. Haryana is the fourth state to work on this scheme.

Giving information, he said that although the target of providing drinking water connections to all households by the Centre government has been set by 2024, the state government has set a target of completing this work by the year 2022. There are around 32.88 lakh households in rural areas of Haryana and currently, 17.58 lakh households in the state have drinking water connections. Out of the remaining 15.30 lakh households, 6.50 lakh households have been shortlisted to provide drinking water connections in the year 2020-21. The scheme was launched in the state from December 1, 2019, till February 23, 2020, 3.62 lakh drinking water connections have been given under this scheme.

Mr. Manohar Lal said that under the rural water supply enhancement program, existing water supply facilities will be improved and strengthened to increase the level of water supply in villages to 55-70 liters per person per day. Improvements will be made by adding additional tube wells in villages, augmenting existing canal-based schemes, building new canal-based waterways, building boosting stations, strengthening the existing distribution system. He said that if the quality of groundwater has deteriorated, then either other ground water-based sources are arranged or surface-based water supply scheme is made. He said that funds are also being taken from NABARD under various projects to speed up the implementation of rural drinking water supply schemes.

At present, the work of 12 projects approved by NABARD in district Rewari, Mahendragarh, Hisar, Jind, and Nuh is in progress at a cost of Rs 954.92 crore. Chief Minister Mr. Manohar Lal said that 128 villages have been identified so far that the Mahagram Yojana has been launched to increase water supply and laying sewerage system at the rate of 135 liters per person per day. The work of 20 villages in the first phase will be completed by March 31, 2021, in the second phase the work of 37 villages will be completed by December 31, 2023 and in the last third phase the work of the remaining 71 villages will be completed by December 31, 2024.

In urban areas also, the government is determined to provide water at 135 liters per person per day. Drinking water facility has been provided in 87 cities of the state, which are being looked after by Public Health Engineering Department. The work of providing drinking water facility is going on in all the new colonies of Gharaunda, Nissing, Taraori and Samalkha which have developed due to increase in population, which will be completed this year. He said that out of total 87 cities, more than 75 percent sewer lines have been completed in 78 cities and in the remaining nine cities, the work of laying sewer lines in Bhuna, Barara, Ismailabad, and Sadhaura is in progress. The work of laying sewer lines in Bass, Nangal Choudhary, Rajaund, Jakhal and Sisai towns will be started in the financial year 2020-21. Apart from this, the work of laying the sewerage line is also going on in Kalanwali, Mandi Dabwali, Naraingarh, Pinjore, Ratia, Sirsa, Nilokheri, Nissing, Ismailabad, Gohana, Tarawadi, Ferozepur Jhirka, Punhana, Hasanpur, Hodal and Gharaunda, which will be completed this year.

The target is to set up about 100 km of new sewer lines in the financial year 2020-21. He said that till now an important task of setting up 124 sewage treatment plants in 80 cities has been done by the government. A new sewage treatment plant will be set up at Bhuna by June 2020 and the work of installing treatment plants in the remaining 6 cities namely Nangal Choudhary, Rajaund, Ismailabad, Sisai, Bas and Sadhaura will be started in the next financial year 2020-21. New sewage treatment plants will be replaced by existing sewage treatment plants at Indri, Palwal, and Yumananagar and in addition upgraded existing sewage treatment plants of Kaithal, Pundri, Ellenabad, Fatehabad, Ratia, Tohana, Sirsa, Rohtak, Tosham, Asandh, and Sewani.

The government has formulated a policy to use treated wastewater as non-drinking water. The treated wastewater will be used mainly by power plants, industries, irrigation and municipalities for non-drinking water work. A target has been set to use 25 percent treated wastewater by the year 2022. Also, the 30-year-old drinking water lines will be replaced in a phased manner. He said that under the National Capital Region Planning Board, construction of sewerage lines in Gannaur, Sohna, Beri, Jhajjar, Kalanaur, Sampala, Kharkhoda, Hodal and Samalkha and upgrading and renovation of sewage treatment plant etc. will be done in the year 2020-21.

He said that works are going on in Ambala City, Bhiwani, Sewani, Beri, Jhajjar, Pundari, Hodal, Palwal, Rewari, Rohtak and Ganaur cities for drainage of rain water, which were completed in the year 2020-21. New works for the city of Hisar and Rohtak will be started in the year 2020-21. He said that the Ghaggar River is getting contaminated with chemicals from various industrial units and urban and rural sewage, which is causing deadly diseases like Hepatitis and Cancer. To overcome this problem, a new scheme for the purification and conservation of various small rivers and drains flowing in this area is being made.

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Haryana’s economy is on the uptick. The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is growing; per capita income is almost twice that of all-India level; fiscal deficit has been confined to the limits of 3 per cent of GDP; exports are booming; and the trend of increasing revenue deficit has been reversed.

Chandigarh, February 28—Haryana’s economy is on the uptick. The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is growing; per capita income is almost twice that of all-India level; fiscal deficit has been confined to the limits of 3 per cent of GDP; exports are booming; and the trend of increasing revenue deficit has been reversed.

This was stated by the Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal, who also holds the Finance portfolio, while presenting his maiden and first of the BJP-JJP alliance Government for 2020-21 in the Haryana Assembly today. It is for the first time in the history of the state that the Budget was preceded by two-month-long detailed discussions with various stakeholders, including MPs, MLAs from across the political aisle, and representatives of various sectors of the economy, he said.

Presenting his Budget proposals, the Chief Minister said as per advance estimates for 2019-20, Haryana’s GDP would be Rs 8.31 lakh crore at current value which means that despite having 1.34% geographical area and accounting for 2.09% of the total population of the country, Haryana contributes 4% to the national GDP.

Similarly, during the year 2019-20 India’s economic growth rate will be 5% on current value whereas Haryana’s economic growth rate will be 7.75%. It is a matter of pride that today this small State of ours is proving to be a major engine for growth of India's economy, he said.

Referring to the Per Capita Income, the Chief Minister said that between 2014-15 and 2018-19, Haryana’s Per Capita Income recorded a growth of 35.49%. During 2019-20 it is estimated to rise to Rs. 1, 80,026, as compared to Rs. 1, 69,409 at static value during 2018-19, which shows a growth of 6.2%. According to advance estimates, during the year 2019-20 on current prices, it is estimated at Rs 2,64,207 which is almost twice that of All India’s Rs 1,35,050.

On fiscal deficit, he said it is a matter of great pride that we are able to keep the fiscal deficit within the 3% limit of GDP as recommended by the 14th Finance Commission. Our fiscal deficit in the year 2017-18 was 2.62% of the State's GDP. In 2018-19, it was 2.69% (without UDAY) and 2.98% with UDAY. As per the 2019-20 revised estimates, it will remain 2.82% with UDAY and 2.56% without UDAY.

Our total debt has also remained within the prescribed limit of 25% of GDP. In 2018-19 it was 15.50% without UDAY and it is estimated to be 16.11% in 2019-20 revised estimates. In 2018-19, with UDAY this ratio was 19.03% and in 2019-20 revised estimate, it is estimated at 19.23%.

The state government has also succeeded in reversing the trend of increasing revenue deficit. This is evident from the fact that the revenue deficit was 2.83% of GSDP in 2016-17, in the year 2017-18 it was 1.63% and is estimated to be 1.54% in 2018-19.

The effective revenue deficit in 2016-17 was 2.81%, which was reduced to 1.01 % in 2018-19. This clearly shows that the government has laid more emphasis on the creation of capital assets in the economy.

Since the expenditure incurred under Capital Heads has a direct impact on economic development, it is a matter of great pride that we doubled capital expenditure to Rs 33,246.59 crore in 2018-19 as compared to the capital expenditure of Rs 16,654.76 crore in 2016-17, he said.

The State's performance on the export front is commendable. Starting with exports of Rs 4.5 crores during 1967-68, the state's exports increased to about Rs 98,570.24 crores in 2018-19. We are ranked fifth in the country in terms of export volume, he said.

“It is clear that if we continue walking the path of reforms and fiscal discipline in this manner, Haryana will make a unique and effective contribution in achieving the Honorable Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi’s goal of increasing the size of India's economy to $ 5 trillion i.e. Rs 3,58,54,500 lakh crore, which will be written in golden letters in the Nation’s economic history. I am confident that today's State Budget will make this path easy and expansive”, he added.

The Chief Minister said he was happy that he had succeeded in fulfilling his resolve to make the State Budget only after holding comprehensive discussions with representatives of all sections of the society, representatives of organizations of the economic sector of Haryana, as well as MPs and MLAs having different political ideologies who were elected by the people in the General Elections of 2019.

“For two consecutive months, I held eight pre-budget consultation sessions. It will be apt to say that some of the suggestions were similar and others were related to the general working of the government. Overall, more than 300 different suggestions were directly related to the budget”, he said.

All MLAs of this House deserve special applaud for not only appreciating my intention and limiting themselves to the problems of their respective Assembly constituencies, but also for making suggestions regarding the shortcomings of the statewide schemes, and the need for launching new public welfare schemes.

“I have weighed each and every suggestion and I am happy that in the budget I am going to present today, I am able to make provision for more than 70% of the suggestions I had received. One of the reasons for my happiness is that our government, formed after public mandate in October, 2019, will start the implementation of majority of the promises made in the ’Sankalp Patra’ of both the ruling parties and many other will be completed through this first budget”, the Chief Minster added.

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Haryana a preferred global investment destination

Chandigarh, February 28 - Haryana Chief Minister, Mr.Manohar Lal said that to make Haryana a preferred global investment destination, the state has initiated major regulatory reforms through simplification of procedures, resulting in that Haryana today is ranked at the third position on All India level in the Ease of Doing Business Rankings and ranks first in North India.

Speaking during the budget session of Haryana Vidhan Sabha here today, the Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal said an amount of Rs 349.30 crore for Industry and Commerce, Rs 173.07 crore for Civil Aviation Department and Rs.1522.35 crore for Revenue and Disaster Management Department has been proposed in the budget estimate 2020-21. He said that with a view to provide excellent incentives to investors, last year, the State Government has introduced five sector-specific policies for agribusiness and food processing, textile, warehousing -logistics retail, pharmaceutical, and MSMEs.

He further said that in order to attract investment and to ensure employment for the people of Haryana, this year, special attention will be paid to the ground implementation of these policies. Also, the State Government will work expeditiously on the framing of a data center policy and electric vehicle policy. He said that despite the scarcity of natural resources and the State's distance from seaports, The state's performance on the export front is commendable. He said that the State'sexports have increased from about Rs. 4.5 crore during 1967-68 to about Rs.98,570.24 crore in 2018-19. While, in this context, the State is at the fifth position in the country, he added.

Referring to the Civil Aviation sector, the Chief Minister said that the work on the expansion of existing airstrips at Bhiwani, Narnaul, Karnal, Pinjore and integrated aviation hubs at Hisar is under progress. As part of the initiative to promote the aviation sector, aerial sports activities have been started at the Narnaul airstrip. He said that under the phase-I of the plan to develop an integrated aviation hub at Hisar, the DGCA license was acquired for the aerodrome. An air shuttle service was launched under the RegionalConnectivity Scheme and a memorandum of understanding has been signed for the launch of Flight Training Organization in August 2019. An additional 4200 acres of land adjoining the existing airstrip has been earmarked for the establishment of an integrated aviation hub. He said that the work on Aerospace Manufacturing, AviationTraining Center and Aviation University, International Airport, Commercial and residential Aerotropolis is also in progress. As part of the future plan, itis also proposed to increase the length of all airstrips to 5000 feet on PPP mode in an airport at Karnal and another flight training school at Bhiwani.

While proposing Rs 1522.35 crore for revenue and disaster management, the Chief Minister said that Haryana has developed a cloud-based Integrated Property Registration and LandRecords Management System, Web-Halaris, for registration of deeds in tehsils /sub-tehsils, e- registration, e-stamping, jamabandi, mutation e-Girdawar, and integrating e-appointments for issuing copies of rights records through a single web portal and digital repository of registered deeds. Web-Halaris has been implemented in 91 tehsils / sub-tehsils and it will be implemented across the State by June 2020. He said that this will be further strengthened by making e-registration more user-friendly and providing all services through a single portal. Efforts will be made to make online certified copies of records of Jamabandi, Mutations, Khasra Girdawari, etc, he added.

The Chief Minister said that the modern revenue-record room the project has been started in seven districts namely Karnal, Palwal, Rewari, Panchkula, Yamunanagar, Faridabad, and Gurugram for the digitization of centuries-old revenue records and preservation of record room. During the year 2020-21, this project will also be started in the remaining districts. He said that in collaboration with the Survey of India, a large-scale GIS mapping project for the entire rural, urban and population body area has been initiated. He said that on25 December 2019, a pilot project of Lal Dora Mukti was launched from the village Sirsi in Karnal district. Drones flying have been done in the 75 villages in 15districts, covering 5-5 villages in these districts. In the first phase, the work of complete mapping of Sonipat, Karnal and Jind districts will start in the year 2020-21. Like Sirsi village of Karnal district, it is proposed to villages free from Lal Dora.

He said that it is a matter of pride that till 2014, the practice of forcible land acquisition of farmers has been completely stopped. For the rest of the development works except the National or State Highways only, the purchase of land is being done voluntarily and completely transparently by the e-Bhoomi portal, he added.


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Government has achieved the goal of providing 24 hours electricity, seven days a week to every citizen by fulfilling their commitment to improve the electricity situation in rural areas

Chandigarh, February 28: Haryana Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal said that the government has achieved the goal of providing 24 hours electricity, seven days a week to every citizen by fulfilling their commitment to improve the electricity situation in rural areas through, the 'Mhara Gaon Jagmag Gaon' scheme which was launched in 2015, under which 1048 feeders covering about 4500 villages have already received 24 hours of electricity.

Haryana Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal gave this information while proposing an allocation of Rs 7302.86 crore for the Electricity Department and Rs 256.54 crore for the New and Renewable Energy Department during the budget session of Haryana Vidhan Sabha here today.

The Chief Minister said that all the villages of nine districts namely Panchkula, Ambala, Kurukshetra, Gurugram, Faridabad, Sirsa, Fatehabad, Rewari, and Yamunanagar are being supplied electricity 24 hours a day on all seven days of the week. Much work has been done to reduce the gross technical and commercial losses of corporations, he added.

He also informed that technical and commercial losses have come down to 17.45 percent in the year 2018-19. Apart from this, the electricity distribution corporations have achieved their financial target two years ahead of the targeted year 2019-20 by earning a net profit of Rs 412.34 crore in the year 2017-18 and Rs 280.94 crore in the year 2018-19, he added.

Talking about the Bill Settlement Scheme, he said that, 13.61 lakh consumers adopted the Bill Settlement Scheme and deposited Rs 437.52 crore, while arrears of Rs 3806.04 crore were waived. In this way, a total amount of Rs 4243.56 crore was settled under this scheme, he added.

Mr. Manohar Lal said that Haryana is the first state in the country to bear the merchant discount rate charge for online payment of electricity bills and that currently, more than 60 percent of the revenue of electricity distribution corporations is being collected through digital means.

He said that to give big relief to the farmers, the State Government has decided to approve tube well connections for pending applications received till December 31, 2018. Under the new policy, applicants up to 10 BHP will have the option of taking grid-connected power connections from electricity distribution corporations or off-grid solar power connections from Haryana Renewable Energy Development Agency, he added.

Further, to address the issue of excessive exploitation of ground water and heavy burden of RE subsidy for the agriculture sector, then Chief Minister said that we have decided that the new tube well connections should be essentially based on micro irrigation / underground pipeline system and by power distribution corporations with the use of 5-star rated energy efficient pump sets provided at subsidized rates.

The Chief Minister said that in order to give relief to the consumers of agricultural pump sets, the surcharge waiver scheme-2019 has been started by the power distribution corporations, under which the surcharge of the defaulter agricultural pumpset consumers has been waived till 31 March 2019. The scheme was adopted by 1,11,817 consumers and by February 15, 2020, the principal amount of Rs 61.66 crore was recovered and surcharge of Rs 23.79 crore was waived. He said that the government is committed to providing clean and environment friendly electricity to all. In this regard, Haryana Vidyut Utpadan Nigam Limited plans to set up 77 MW of solar power plants on its land at Faridabad and Yamunanagar and 16 MW on Panchayat land in Jhajjar and Faridabad, he added.

He said that I want to clarify that there has been no shortage of electricity in the state and will not be allowed to happen. During the last five years, 42 new sub-stations have been installed to strengthen the power transmission system and capacity of 350 existing sub-stations has been increased. 15,497 MVA transmission capacity has been increased and 1,477 km communication lines have been added at a cost of 2,697 crore, he added.

The Chief Minister further informed that there are plans to build 28 new sub-stations, increase the capacity of 57 existing sub-stations, and lay 1,657 kilometers long lines to make the power infrastructure more robust in the financial year 2020-21.

He said that during the last five years 185 new substations of 33 KV have been installed for proper distribution of power, capacity of 403 existing sub-stations has been increased, and 1879 circuit kilometers of 33 KV new lines have been laid. During the year 2020-21, there are plans to establish 97 new sub-stations, increase the capacity of 85 existing substations of 33 KV and 776 km of new lines of 33 KV, he added.

He said that he is very happy to state that Haryana has maintained overall ranking as well as in its group in the State Energy Efficiency Index-2019 released by the Government of India, which monitors energy efficiency and energy conservation initiatives.

Referring to the new and renewable energy, the Chief Minister said that during the year 2019-20, a project has been started for the installation of 1A 606 KW solar power plants in 334 gaushalas. In the year 2020-21, such power plants will be set up in 200 other gaushalas.

To reduce dependence on conventional energy and to promote green and clean energy, the government is implementing a scheme of solar inverter charger, under which, during the year 2020-21, about 33,000 solar inverter charger systems will be provided.

He said that the Government made a scheme to install 50000 off-grid solar water pumps of 3 HP to 10 HP capacity. In the first phase, 15000 pumps are being installed during the year 2019-20 and the remaining 35000 pumps will be installed in the second phase during the year 2020-21.

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Chief Minister Mr. Manohar Lal, on one hand, laid stress on education and self-reliance, to utilize the energy of the youth and on the other hand, he also shown government’s seriousness on the health of the people of the state.

Chandigarh, February 28 –While presenting his first budget as a Finance Minister Haryana Chief Minister Mr. Manohar Lal, on one hand, laid stress on education and self-reliance, to utilize the energy of the youth and on the other hand, he also shown government’s seriousness on the health of the people of the state.

To take forward the vision of “Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan, Jai Vigyan” by the Late Prime Minister Mr. Atal Bhari Vajpayee, the government has laid stress on promoting education in the field of science and technology.

Around 15 percent of the budget has been allocated to the education sector. The Chief Minister Mr. Manohar Lal has hoped that with the government investing in the education sector the private sector is also likely to invest in it and the aim of spending the 6 per cent of the GDP on education will be achieved.

The government has also decided to open 4,000 playway schools for children of 3 to 5 years. It has also been decided to start 500 new crèches for children of the working woman across the state. With a view to improving the quality of education and learning, the government has decided to set up a new Adarsh Sanskrit Senior Secondary School in the year 2020-21, block-wise, in 98 blocks. In this way, 119 government model Sanskrit schools will be available in the state for the students who want to study in English medium in the year 2020-21. At present, there are 418 primary schools which are "Bag-free (no school bags) and are English medium". The government has decided to establish 1,000 more such new schools in those villages where more than two government primary schools are functioning. In order to increase the educational level and learning, the government has decided to conduct a board examination for Class 8th from academic session 2020-21.

In addition to promoting science subjects in colleges, soil testing will be encouraged in all government colleges and polytechnics to connect science with agriculture so that a society with a better scientific temperament is developed and more job opportunities are generated. From the next academic session, ten more state-level science classes will be started in government colleges. New courses related to emerging areas of science will be started in all colleges and universities. In the year 2020-21, under a new scheme, it is proposed to recruit science promoters to increase the interest of students in the subject after Class 10. Similarly, with a view to increasing interest in science among students, it has been decided to convert all 1,487 Government Senior Secondary Schools, where Faculty of Science is available, into smart schools in the year 2020-21.

To promote technical education and skill development, 24 new model industrial training institutes will be set up in the year 2020-21 with solar energy backup, dual system of training, latest equipment, fully trained staff, internet connection and all facilities. In all, 31 new courses of diploma/undergraduate/postgraduate level will be started by Shri Vishwakarma Kaushal University during the academic session 2020-21. In order to provide employment to the trainees from the industrial training institutes in the state, the curriculum of these institutes has been changed to provide training according to the needs of the industries.

In order to provide more employment opportunities to the competent youth in government departments as well as private organizations, a special placement cell will also be set up for competent youth, which will create special employment and skill opportunities for them. A single portal for all types of short-term skills will be launched so that the information about the appropriate skill and the concerned training center is a click away. With this, the government will also get a consolidated database of all the skilled youth, which can later be linked to the new employment portal. To increase employment opportunities, 2,000 modern sales centers will be set up at identified locations across the state on the lines of VITA and Hafed for the sale of food items along with packing and branding.

In order to develop Haryana as a sports hub of the country, sports infrastructure has also been augmented in the state. In this series, the first sports university of any state is being established in Rai, Sonepat. To motivate and encourage excellent sportspersons, it has been decided to increase their daily dose allowance from Rs 150 to 250, which will benefit 4,000 players. The Haryana Excellent Players (Recruitment and Service Conditions) Rules, 2018 have been enacted to provide jobs in a transparent manner. The sportspersons will be given reservation of three percent in first, second and third class posts and 10 percent in fourth class posts through direct recruitment for eligible players. High Performance Training Center will be opened to ensure the excellent performance of the players in various sports competitions. Sufficient number of hostels will also be constructed for the players. In addition, to increase the capacities of youth and harness their energy in nation-building, the number of youth boards and the activities of registered youth circles are appropriate in the budget.

With a view to strengthen the spirit of "Haryana Ek-Haryanvi Ek", on the basis of "Ek Bharat-Shreshtha Bharat", different districts of Haryana combine and interconnect at least 4,000 children every year on a reciprocal basis. A new scheme for visiting the culture, heritage and historical sites of the districts will also be started from the year 2020-21.

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‘Housing for All” NEW DEPARTMENT TO BE ADDED

Chandigarh, Feb 28 – Haryana Government has decided to set up a new department namely ‘Housing for All” so as to bring all housing schemes being implemented by different departments, boards and corporations under one roof.

This was announced by Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal who is also holding the portfolio of Finance Department while presenting the State Budget for the year 2020-21 during the ongoing Budget session of Haryana Vidhan Sabha here today.

He said that under the Pradhanmantri Awas Yojan-Rural, 4549 house has been constructed in the year 2019-20 and 5,860 houses are under construction. A total amount of Rs 43.67 crore has been spent on it. He said that for the year 2020-21, an outlay of Rs. 32 crores has been proposed under the scheme. Similarly, an outlay of Rs. 255 crores has been proposed for the Pradhanmantri Awas Yojan-Urban.

The Chief Minister said that housing schemes being run by various departments like BPL / EWS category by Housing Board Haryana, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Urban of Urban Local Bodies Department, Rajiv Awas Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana- Rural of Rural Development Department, Awas Agrim Yojana for Haryana Building Construction and other Construction Workers registered by Haryana Building Construction and other construction Welfare Boards, Ashiana Scheme of Haryana Shehari Vikas Pradhikaran and various other schemes like Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Navinikarnal Scheme for the repair of houses would be brought under the purview of the Department of Housing for all.

He said that the government would also overcome the difficulties in the allocation of 100 yards plot to the beneficiaries of Mahatma Gandhi Grameen Basti Yojana. With a view to facilitate the beneficiaries in construction of their houses, they would be linked with the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Rural, he added.

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Increase the number of super luxury air-conditioned buses in the State,

Chandigarh February 28: Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal who is also holding the portfolio of Finance Department said that to increase the number of super luxury air-conditioned buses in the State, the State Government is in the process of purchasing 18 super luxury AC multi-axle buses by March 31, 2020.

Mr Manohar Lal disclosed this, while presenting the State Budget for the year 2020-21 during the ongoing Budget session of Haryana Vidhan Sabha here today. He announced an outlay of Rs 2307.44 crore for the Transport Sector in the budget estimates for the year 2020-21.

He said that the purchase of 867 standard non-AC buses meeting BS-VI emission standards is in the pipeline. Apart from this, on online bidding system basis, the department has also included hundred of buses in the fleet under the kilometer scheme.

The Chief Minister said that transport system of Haryana is one of the best transport systems in the country, which is committed to provide safe, affordable, efficient and reliable transport services to its people. He said that our existing fleet of 3602 buses including 38 Volvo/ Mercedes Super Luxury Air Conditioned Buses provide transportation facility to about 9.66 lakh passengers by covering a distance of about 10.5 lakh kilometers daily.

He said that as a social responsibility, free / concessional travel facility is being provided to the people of 41 different categories in the ordinary buses of the State Government. This also includes free travel up to 150 km for girl students from their residence to educational institutions and for this 36 buses are plying on 20 routes in Karnal, Kurukshetra, Yamunanagar, Ambala and Panchkula districts. Apart from this, we have also started 181 special bus services on 163 routes for the convenience and safety of girls / women.

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Haryana a preferred global investment destination

Chandigarh, February 28 - Haryana Chief Minister, Mr.Manohar Lal said that to make Haryana a preferred global investment destination, the state has initiated major regulatory reforms through simplification of procedures, resulting in that Haryana today is ranked at the third position on All India level in the Ease of Doing Business Rankings and ranks first in North India.

Speaking during the budget session of Haryana Vidhan Sabha here today, the Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal said an amount of Rs 349.30 crore for Industry and Commerce, Rs 173.07 crore for Civil Aviation Department and Rs.1522.35 crore for Revenue and Disaster Management Department has been proposed in the budget estimate 2020-21. He said that with a view to provide excellent incentives to investors, last year, the State Government has introduced five sector-specific policies for agribusiness and food processing, textile, warehousing -logistics retail, pharmaceutical, and MSMEs.

He further said that in order to attract investment and to ensure employment for the people of Haryana, this year, special attention will be paid to the ground implementation of these policies. Also, the State Government will work expeditiously on the framing of a data center policy and electric vehicle policy. He said that despite the scarcity of natural resources and the State's distance from seaports, The state's performance on the export front is commendable. He said that the State'sexports have increased from about Rs. 4.5 crore during 1967-68 to about Rs.98,570.24 crore in 2018-19. While, in this context, the State is at the fifth position in the country, he added.

Referring to the Civil Aviation sector, the Chief Minister said that the work on the expansion of existing airstrips at Bhiwani, Narnaul, Karnal, Pinjore and integrated aviation hubs at Hisar is under progress. As part of the initiative to promote the aviation sector, aerial sports activities have been started at the Narnaul airstrip. He said that under the phase-I of the plan to develop an integrated aviation hub at Hisar, the DGCA license was acquired for the aerodrome. An air shuttle service was launched under the RegionalConnectivity Scheme and a memorandum of understanding has been signed for the launch of Flight Training Organization in August 2019. An additional 4200 acres of land adjoining the existing airstrip has been earmarked for the establishment of an integrated aviation hub. He said that the work on Aerospace Manufacturing, AviationTraining Center and Aviation University, International Airport, Commercial and residential Aerotropolis is also in progress. As part of the future plan, itis also proposed to increase the length of all airstrips to 5000 feet on PPP mode in an airport at Karnal and another flight training school at Bhiwani.

While proposing Rs 1522.35 crore for revenue and disaster management, the Chief Minister said that Haryana has developed a cloud-based Integrated Property Registration and LandRecords Management System, Web-Halaris, for registration of deeds in tehsils /sub-tehsils, e- registration, e-stamping, jamabandi, mutation e-Girdawar, and integrating e-appointments for issuing copies of rights records through a single web portal and digital repository of registered deeds. Web-Halaris has been implemented in 91 tehsils / sub-tehsils and it will be implemented across the State by June 2020. He said that this will be further strengthened by making e-registration more user-friendly and providing all services through a single portal. Efforts will be made to make online certified copies of records of Jamabandi, Mutations, Khasra Girdawari, etc, he added.

The Chief Minister said that the modern revenue-record room the project has been started in seven districts namely Karnal, Palwal, Rewari, Panchkula, Yamunanagar, Faridabad, and Gurugram for the digitization of centuries-old revenue records and preservation of record room. During the year 2020-21, this project will also be started in the remaining districts. He said that in collaboration with the Survey of India, a large-scale GIS mapping project for the entire rural, urban and population body area has been initiated. He said that on25 December 2019, a pilot project of Lal Dora Mukti was launched from the village Sirsi in Karnal district. Drones flying have been done in the 75 villages in 15districts, covering 5-5 villages in these districts. In the first phase, the work of complete mapping of Sonipat, Karnal and Jind districts will start in the year 2020-21. Like Sirsi village of Karnal district, it is proposed to villages free from Lal Dora.

He said that it is a matter of pride that till 2014, the practice of forcible land acquisition of farmers has been completely stopped. For the rest of the development works except the National or State Highways only, the purchase of land is being done voluntarily and completely transparently by the e-Bhoomi portal, he added.


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Government has achieved the goal of providing 24 hours electricity, seven days a week to every citizen by fulfilling their commitment to improve the electricity situation in rural areas: C.M.

Chandigarh, February 28: Haryana Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal said that the government has achieved the goal of providing 24 hours electricity, seven days a week to every citizen by fulfilling their commitment to improve the electricity situation in rural areas through, the 'Mhara Gaon Jagmag Gaon' scheme which was launched in 2015, under which 1048 feeders covering about 4500 villages have already received 24 hours of electricity.

Haryana Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal gave this information while proposing an allocation of Rs 7302.86 crore for the Electricity Department and Rs 256.54 crore for the New and Renewable Energy Department during the budget session of Haryana Vidhan Sabha here today.

The Chief Minister said that all the villages of nine districts namely Panchkula, Ambala, Kurukshetra, Gurugram, Faridabad, Sirsa, Fatehabad, Rewari, and Yamunanagar are being supplied electricity 24 hours a day on all seven days of the week. Much work has been done to reduce the gross technical and commercial losses of corporations, he added.

He also informed that technical and commercial losses have come down to 17.45 percent in the year 2018-19. Apart from this, the electricity distribution corporations have achieved their financial target two years ahead of the targeted year 2019-20 by earning a net profit of Rs 412.34 crore in the year 2017-18 and Rs 280.94 crore in the year 2018-19, he added.

Talking about the Bill Settlement Scheme, he said that, 13.61 lakh consumers adopted the Bill Settlement Scheme and deposited Rs 437.52 crore, while arrears of Rs 3806.04 crore were waived. In this way, a total amount of Rs 4243.56 crore was settled under this scheme, he added.

Mr. Manohar Lal said that Haryana is the first state in the country to bear the merchant discount rate charge for online payment of electricity bills and that currently, more than 60 percent of the revenue of electricity distribution corporations is being collected through digital means.

He said that to give big relief to the farmers, the State Government has decided to approve tube well connections for pending applications received till December 31, 2018. Under the new policy, applicants up to 10 BHP will have the option of taking grid-connected power connections from electricity distribution corporations or off-grid solar power connections from Haryana Renewable Energy Development Agency, he added.

Further, to address the issue of excessive exploitation of ground water and heavy burden of RE subsidy for the agriculture sector, then Chief Minister said that we have decided that the new tube well connections should be essentially based on micro irrigation / underground pipeline system and by power distribution corporations with the use of 5-star rated energy efficient pump sets provided at subsidized rates.

The Chief Minister said that in order to give relief to the consumers of agricultural pump sets, the surcharge waiver scheme-2019 has been started by the power distribution corporations, under which the surcharge of the defaulter agricultural pumpset consumers has been waived till 31 March 2019. The scheme was adopted by 1,11,817 consumers and by February 15, 2020, the principal amount of Rs 61.66 crore was recovered and surcharge of Rs 23.79 crore was waived. He said that the government is committed to providing clean and environment friendly electricity to all. In this regard, Haryana Vidyut Utpadan Nigam Limited plans to set up 77 MW of solar power plants on its land at Faridabad and Yamunanagar and 16 MW on Panchayat land in Jhajjar and Faridabad, he added.

He said that I want to clarify that there has been no shortage of electricity in the state and will not be allowed to happen. During the last five years, 42 new sub-stations have been installed to strengthen the power transmission system and capacity of 350 existing sub-stations has been increased. 15,497 MVA transmission capacity has been increased and 1,477 km communication lines have been added at a cost of 2,697 crore, he added.

The Chief Minister further informed that there are plans to build 28 new sub-stations, increase the capacity of 57 existing sub-stations, and lay 1,657 kilometers long lines to make the power infrastructure more robust in the financial year 2020-21.

He said that during the last five years 185 new substations of 33 KV have been installed for proper distribution of power, capacity of 403 existing sub-stations has been increased, and 1879 circuit kilometers of 33 KV new lines have been laid. During the year 2020-21, there are plans to establish 97 new sub-stations, increase the capacity of 85 existing substations of 33 KV and 776 km of new lines of 33 KV, he added.

He said that he is very happy to state that Haryana has maintained overall ranking as well as in its group in the State Energy Efficiency Index-2019 released by the Government of India, which monitors energy efficiency and energy conservation initiatives.

Referring to the new and renewable energy, the Chief Minister said that during the year 2019-20, a project has been started for the installation of 1A 606 KW solar power plants in 334 gaushalas. In the year 2020-21, such power plants will be set up in 200 other gaushalas.

To reduce dependence on conventional energy and to promote green and clean energy, the government is implementing a scheme of solar inverter charger, under which, during the year 2020-21, about 33,000 solar inverter charger systems will be provided.

He said that the Government made a scheme to install 50000 off-grid solar water pumps of 3 HP to 10 HP capacity. In the first phase, 15000 pumps are being installed during the year 2019-20 and the remaining 35000 pumps will be installed in the second phase during the year 2020-21.

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While presenting his first budget as a Finance Minister Haryana Chief Minister Mr. Manohar Lal, on one hand, laid stress on education and self-reliance, to utilize the energy of the youth and on the other hand, he also shown government’s seriousness on the health of the people of the state.

Chandigarh, February 28 –While presenting his first budget as a Finance Minister Haryana Chief Minister Mr. Manohar Lal, on one hand, laid stress on education and self-reliance, to utilize the energy of the youth and on the other hand, he also shown government’s seriousness on the health of the people of the state.

To take forward the vision of “Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan, Jai Vigyan” by the Late Prime Minister Mr. Atal Bhari Vajpayee, the government has laid stress on promoting education in the field of science and technology.

Around 15 percent of the budget has been allocated to the education sector. The Chief Minister Mr. Manohar Lal has hoped that with the government investing in the education sector the private sector is also likely to invest in it and the aim of spending the 6 per cent of the GDP on education will be achieved.

The government has also decided to open 4,000 playway schools for children of 3 to 5 years. It has also been decided to start 500 new crèches for children of the working woman across the state. With a view to improving the quality of education and learning, the government has decided to set up a new Adarsh Sanskrit Senior Secondary School in the year 2020-21, block-wise, in 98 blocks. In this way, 119 government model Sanskrit schools will be available in the state for the students who want to study in English medium in the year 2020-21. At present, there are 418 primary schools which are "Bag-free (no school bags) and are English medium". The government has decided to establish 1,000 more such new schools in those villages where more than two government primary schools are functioning. In order to increase the educational level and learning, the government has decided to conduct a board examination for Class 8th from academic session 2020-21.

In addition to promoting science subjects in colleges, soil testing will be encouraged in all government colleges and polytechnics to connect science with agriculture so that a society with a better scientific temperament is developed and more job opportunities are generated. From the next academic session, ten more state-level science classes will be started in government colleges. New courses related to emerging areas of science will be started in all colleges and universities. In the year 2020-21, under a new scheme, it is proposed to recruit science promoters to increase the interest of students in the subject after Class 10. Similarly, with a view to increasing interest in science among students, it has been decided to convert all 1,487 Government Senior Secondary Schools, where Faculty of Science is available, into smart schools in the year 2020-21.

To promote technical education and skill development, 24 new model industrial training institutes will be set up in the year 2020-21 with solar energy backup, dual system of training, latest equipment, fully trained staff, internet connection and all facilities. In all, 31 new courses of diploma/undergraduate/postgraduate level will be started by Shri Vishwakarma Kaushal University during the academic session 2020-21. In order to provide employment to the trainees from the industrial training institutes in the state, the curriculum of these institutes has been changed to provide training according to the needs of the industries.

In order to provide more employment opportunities to the competent youth in government departments as well as private organizations, a special placement cell will also be set up for competent youth, which will create special employment and skill opportunities for them. A single portal for all types of short-term skills will be launched so that the information about the appropriate skill and the concerned training center is a click away. With this, the government will also get a consolidated database of all the skilled youth, which can later be linked to the new employment portal. To increase employment opportunities, 2,000 modern sales centers will be set up at identified locations across the state on the lines of VITA and Hafed for the sale of food items along with packing and branding.

In order to develop Haryana as a sports hub of the country, sports infrastructure has also been augmented in the state. In this series, the first sports university of any state is being established in Rai, Sonepat. To motivate and encourage excellent sportspersons, it has been decided to increase their daily dose allowance from Rs 150 to 250, which will benefit 4,000 players. The Haryana Excellent Players (Recruitment and Service Conditions) Rules, 2018 have been enacted to provide jobs in a transparent manner. The sportspersons will be given reservation of three percent in first, second and third class posts and 10 percent in fourth class posts through direct recruitment for eligible players. High Performance Training Center will be opened to ensure the excellent performance of the players in various sports competitions. Sufficient number of hostels will also be constructed for the players. In addition, to increase the capacities of youth and harness their energy in nation-building, the number of youth boards and the activities of registered youth circles are appropriate in the budget.

With a view to strengthen the spirit of "Haryana Ek-Haryanvi Ek", on the basis of "Ek Bharat-Shreshtha Bharat", different districts of Haryana combine and interconnect at least 4,000 children every year on a reciprocal basis. A new scheme for visiting the culture, heritage and historical sites of the districts will also be started from the year 2020-21.

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‘Housing for All” NEW DEPARTMENT IN HARYANA STATE

Chandigarh, Feb 28 – Haryana Government has decided to set up a new department namely ‘Housing for All” so as to bring all housing schemes being implemented by different departments, boards and corporations under one roof.

This was announced by Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal who is also holding the portfolio of Finance Department while presenting the State Budget for the year 2020-21 during the ongoing Budget session of Haryana Vidhan Sabha here today.

He said that under the Pradhanmantri Awas Yojan-Rural, 4549 house has been constructed in the year 2019-20 and 5,860 houses are under construction. A total amount of Rs 43.67 crore has been spent on it. He said that for the year 2020-21, an outlay of Rs. 32 crores has been proposed under the scheme. Similarly, an outlay of Rs. 255 crores has been proposed for the Pradhanmantri Awas Yojan-Urban.

The Chief Minister said that housing schemes being run by various departments like BPL / EWS category by Housing Board Haryana, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Urban of Urban Local Bodies Department, Rajiv Awas Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana- Rural of Rural Development Department, Awas Agrim Yojana for Haryana Building Construction and other Construction Workers registered by Haryana Building Construction and other construction Welfare Boards, Ashiana Scheme of Haryana Shehari Vikas Pradhikaran and various other schemes like Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Navinikarnal Scheme for the repair of houses would be brought under the purview of the Department of Housing for all.

He said that the government would also overcome the difficulties in the allocation of 100 yards plot to the beneficiaries of Mahatma Gandhi Grameen Basti Yojana. With a view to facilitate the beneficiaries in construction of their houses, they would be linked with the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Rural, he added.

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Increase the number of super luxury air-conditioned buses in the State; C.M.

Chandigarh February 28: Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal who is also holding the portfolio of Finance Department said that to increase the number of super luxury air-conditioned buses in the State, the State Government is in the process of purchasing 18 super luxury AC multi-axle buses by March 31, 2020.

Mr Manohar Lal disclosed this, while presenting the State Budget for the year 2020-21 during the ongoing Budget session of Haryana Vidhan Sabha here today. He announced an outlay of Rs 2307.44 crore for the Transport Sector in the budget estimates for the year 2020-21.

He said that the purchase of 867 standard non-AC buses meeting BS-VI emission standards is in the pipeline. Apart from this, on online bidding system basis, the department has also included hundred of buses in the fleet under the kilometer scheme.

The Chief Minister said that transport system of Haryana is one of the best transport systems in the country, which is committed to provide safe, affordable, efficient and reliable transport services to its people. He said that our existing fleet of 3602 buses including 38 Volvo/ Mercedes Super Luxury Air Conditioned Buses provide transportation facility to about 9.66 lakh passengers by covering a distance of about 10.5 lakh kilometers daily.

He said that as a social responsibility, free / concessional travel facility is being provided to the people of 41 different categories in the ordinary buses of the State Government. This also includes free travel up to 150 km for girl students from their residence to educational institutions and for this 36 buses are plying on 20 routes in Karnal, Kurukshetra, Yamunanagar, Ambala and Panchkula districts. Apart from this, we have also started 181 special bus services on 163 routes for the convenience and safety of girls / women.

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