Chandigarh, Oct 10 – Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal today said that the Khatik Samaj is the symbol of pride and bravery and urged progressive and leading people of the Samaj to follow the spirit of Antyodaya and take the initiative to bring the people in the mainstream, who have socially and economically lagged behind.

The Chief Minister was interacting with people of Khatik Samaj who had come from all over the state, here today. The people of this community had exhibited great valor during the attacks made by invaders in past on our country, he added.

The Chief Minister accepted their demand for naming a roundabout of any city or a block of any educational institution, in the name of their spiritual guru, Sant Shiromani Durbal Nath. He also assured to provide proper representation to the people of the community in District Grievances Redressal Committee.

The Chief Minister urged the people of the community to give better education to their children along with skill development training. He said that the state government has established Haryana Vishwakarma Skill University in Palwal, in which over 800 short term certified courses would be run to increase the employability skills of the youth.

He said that in the present government only meritorious candidates are getting jobs. He said that in the last recruitment of about 4,500 police personnel, more than fifty per cent of the candidates were qualified more than the required educational qualifications. He said that recently, about 19,000 group D posts have been advertised and the recruitment of Group C and D posts were being made without conducting any interview.

The people of the community expressed gratitude to the Chief Minister for inviting them.

The Chief Minister also sought suggestions for improvement in school education. He said that where ever, there is shortage of teachers or infrastructure in schools, they should bring it to the notice of government. He asked the parents of Khatik Samaj to actively participate in Parents Teacher Meeting in schools of their wards.

Those present included, Media Advisor to Chief Minister, Mr Rajiv Jain, Officer on Special Duty, Mr Bupeshwar Dayal, Chairman, Haryana Vimukta-Ghumantu Jati Vikas Board, Dr Balwan Singh and others.