Chandigarh May 16—The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal, has said that taking a stringent view of the issue regarding a question on Brahmins in one of its examinations, the Haryana Staff Selection Commission (HSSC) has not only debarred the examiner who set the question paper from all future assignments, but also withdrawn the question.

                   Mr Manohar Lal disclosed this while answering a question by a newsman during a press conference here today. The question was not appropriate and he would talk to representatives of the Brahmin community tomorrow on this issue.

                   The Chief Minister said he had himself has talked to Chairman of the Commission on this issue. He told him that the examiner had been disqualified by the Commission for all future assignments. Apart from this, the controversial question has also been withdrawn. The Commission has the right to withdraw any question, the answer of which is inappropriate in any manner.

                   Mr Manohar Lal said usually three to four examiners were entrusted with the responsibility of setting the paper. No one is allowed to read the question paper till it is opened just before the examination. If anyone is found involved in paper leak, strict action would be taken against him, he added.

           Asked about the letter written to the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt. Amrinder Singh, on the need to stop wasteful flow of Ravi waters into Pakistan, the Chief Minister said this issue was common to both states. The Central Water Commission has asked the states to evolve a system for the construction of dams so that the states concerned could utilize the water.

“I have come to know that Capt. Amrinder Singh has got a study conducted which found the construction of dams not feasible. In the wake of these circumstances, the Haryana Government would now decide its future course of action. Let me make it clear that Haryana has no conflict with Punjab. As the issue is of common interest, Punjab should take lead in this matter,” he added.

            In reply to a question regarding the Kundli-Manesar-Palwal Expressway, the Chief Minister said the Kundli-Manesar-Palwal (KMP) and Kundli-Ghaziabad-Palwal (KGP) Expressways were likely to be completed by June-end.

           Asked about the quantum of investment the state is expecting from foreign investors, the Chief Minister said 21 MoUs had been singed during his earlier visits to the USA, Canada, Japan, China, Singapore, Hong Kong and Dubai, and investment worth Rs 1.26 lakh crore is in the pipeline.

   Projects of 14 companies involving investment of Rs 5,134 crore are in progress. These would provide employment opportunities to about 8,000 people. Apart from this, 350 MoUs were signed during the Happening Haryana Global Investors Summit-2016 held at Gurugram which are at different stages of implementation, he added.