Haryana is the first state in the country where the country's first 6-km long elevated railway line is being constructed in Rohtak, whose construction work will be completed by January, 2020.

Chandigarh, July 21 – Haryana Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal said that Haryana is the first state in the country where the country's first 6-km long elevated railway line is being constructed in Rohtak, whose construction work will be completed by January, 2020. Apart from this, a railway line will be laid from Palwal to Kundli alongwith the Kundli-Manesar-Palwal road.

The Chief Minister was speaking at the 64th National Awards Ceremony of the Railway Department and inauguration of the Rail Mela 2019 at the SD College Ambala Cantt today. This function was presided over by Union Minister of State for Railways, Mr. Suresh C. Angadi.

On this occasion, Chief Minister Manohar Lal and Union Minister of State for Railways, Mr. Suresh C. Angadi also honored the best working officials and employees working in the railway by giving them mementos. A book titled Kalka Shimla Heritage Mountain Rail was also released by the Chief Guest and other guests. The Chief Minister and other guests also took a round of the exhibition organized by the railway and appreciated it.

The Chief Minister said that for constructing railway infrastructures and new railway line in the state, a joint venture of Haryana Government and Railway namely Haryana Railway Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited has been constituted, which has 51 percent share of Haryana and 49 percent of Railways. He said that where the elevated railway line is being established in Haryana, 81 km new railway line was established there in the last five years. Work has been done to double and electrification of about 100 km railway line. He said that the Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi has inaugurated a Rail Coach Factory in Bari of district Sonepat. He said that 37 under bridges and over bridges were established in the tenure of previous government whereas from 2014 to 2019, more than 125 under bridges and over bridges have so far been constructed. He said that now the demand for elevated railway line has also been received from Ambala, Kurukshetra, Kaithal and Jind.

Appreciating the works being done by the Railways Department across the country, the Chief Minister said that 165 years ago, the British started the railway in the country. In 1863, the first train in Haryana started from Delhi to Kalka and the railway network, which was established by the British before Independence, 40 percent of it went to Pakistan after independence.

Union Minister of State for Railways, Mr. Suresh C. Angadi said that following the principle of Sabka Sath, Sabka Vikas aur Sabka Vishwas of the Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi, all out efforts are being made to bring the Railways to the first place. At present, the Indian Railways is at fourth place in the world, but in the coming times, it will be number one and for this, about 13 lakh officers and employees of the Railway Department are working day and night. He said that former Prime Minister, Late Mr. Atal Bihari Vajpayee had done the work of connecting the country through roads and the same work is being done by the Railways Department. The railway network is growing constantly. He said that while there has been special provision for railways in the general budget, such a policy is being formulated through which investment of Rs 50 lakh crore could be invested in the Railway in the next 10 years. He said that the main objectives of the Ministry of Railways are to increase the railway safety, movement of trains on time, increase in women coaches, wifi and further expansion of railways. He said that railways has several employment opportunities and the increasing railway network will create further employment opportunities. He said that the way Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi did the work of connecting the world through yoga, the railway is working to connect the countrymen through the rail network.

On this occasion, Haryana Health Minister, Mr. Anil Vij lauded the Rail Mela in the Ambala Cantt. Assembly Constituency and said that the country is moving forward in every field under the leadership of Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi. New dimensions have also been established in the Railways. He also said that honouring the railway officials and employees for the works done by them for the expansion of the railways is also very commendable. He said that the separate provision made in the budget for the Railways will inevitably accelerate the rail expansion.

He said that the revolution of 1857 was started from Ambala Cantonment and ‘Shahidi Samarak’ is being constructed at the cost of Rs. 192 crore in memory of those martyrs. After completion of this construction, tourism will get boost. Under the leadership of Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal, unprecedented development has taken place in Ambala Cantt. in last about five years, he added.

Union Minister of State for Jal Shakti and Social Justice and Empowerment, Mr. Rattan Lal Kataria said that the Railway Department has arranged a good exhibition in Ambala. Congratulating the officers and staff of the Railway Department, who were honoured today, he said that with their help, cleanliness is visible on railway stations and in railways. He said that two lakh bio toilets have been constructed by the Railway Department to promote cleanliness. He said that the way Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi introduced the Swachhta Abhiyan as a mass campaign, in the same way the Prime Minister has associated with the Jal Shakti Abhiyan and made it a mass movement, which has been effectively launched in Haryana by the Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal. He said that the population of India is 18 per cent in the world whereas the share of water is only 4 per cent. Only 8 percent of rainwater is harvested. He said that the Prime Minister has also written letter to the village panchayats and public representatives to make the Jal Shakti Abhiyan a mass movement so that the ‘Har Ghar, Nal Se Jal Abhiyan’ will be completed by 2024.

On this occasion, Chairman, Railway Board, Mr. Vinod Yadav also briefed the Chief Minister and other guests in detail about the improvements made in the railway. He said last year, the least damage and accidents happened in the history of Indian Railways. Digitization and modernization of railway network is being done. Facilities and arrangements are being improved at railway stations. Chandigarh Railway Station and Ambala Railway Station are also being integrated with modern facilities.

Member of Parliament from Kurukshetra, Mr. Nayab Singh Saini said that the railway is providing facilities to a very large section of the country. A special provision has been made in the budget for the Railways, which will make it the largest rail network in the world.

Others present on the occasion included Director General of Police, Mr. Manoj Yadava, Deputy Commissioner, Mrs. Sharandeep Kaur Brar, Superintendent of Police, Mr. Abhishek Jorwal and other dignitaries.

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Haryana Government has reallocated the District Public Relations and Grievances Committees of Karnal and Fatehabad to the Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Mr. Krishan Bedi.

Chandigarh, July 21 – Haryana Government has reallocated the District Public Relations and Grievances Committees of Karnal and Fatehabad to the Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Mr. Krishan Bedi.

While stating this here today, an official spokesman said that similarly, Minister of State for Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs, Mr. Karan Dev Kamboj has been allocated District Public Relations and Grievances Committees of Kurukshetra and Sirsa.

He said that the monthly meetings of the Committees will now be presided over by these Ministers as Chairperson in the respective districts allocated to them.

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Haryana Government has started various initiatives to make the youth of the state efficient and employable through the Saksham Haryana scheme

Chandigarh, July 21 – Haryana Government has started various initiatives to make the youth of the state efficient and employable through the Saksham Haryana scheme, which will prove to be a milestone in the coming time. In this series, a state-wide system is being developed for skillful changes in the youth, which will make the youth of Haryana to get employment by preparing them for the needs of the industries at the earliest.

While stating this here today, a spokesman of the Skill Development and Industrial Training Department said that achieving the mission of Kaushal Bharat (Skill India), which is to train a minimum of 30 crore people across the country by 2022, is an uphill task across states. While the Central Government has taken crucial steps to ease regulatory compliance and information flow, certain endemic challenges, such as information asymmetry, quality of training, and industry relevance have to be effectively addressed.

The Haryana Skill Development and Industrial Training (SDIT) Department is attempting to solve the skilling challenge through a systemic, state-wide transformation programme, Saksham Haryana. A flagship programme of the Haryana Government, Saksham Haryana aims to ensure career advancement of students, who enter Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) and who take up short-term training. This involves the transformation of two key components of skilling, which included ITIs and short-term schemes. It also includes the tying together all efforts in this domain under one umbrella for a coordinated effort. Michael and Susan Dell Foundation (MSDF) and Samagra, a governance consulting firm, are helping the Department in this endeavor.

Over the last four years, Haryana has been at the forefront of solving a lot of skilling issues on the supply and demand side. Beginning with the Shri Vishwakarma Skill University (SVSU), the India’s first government skills university, the Department anchored the skilling ecosystem in a strong institutional and academic framework. More than 10 top industries such as Bikanervala, HDFC and Concentrix participated in this transformation across 15 courses. Subsequently, the formation of Haryana Skill Development Mission (HSDM) ensured effective delivery of short-term training programmes.

He said that one of the interventions is building a common platform through HSDM to act as a publicly accessible repository of all the short-term skilling courses in Haryana. Similarly, a public star-rating of all government ITIs on three outcome categories, viz., career advancement, quality of training and industry exposure is planned. A version of this star-rating was launched by the Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal in Rohtak. The Department will link this to the counselling portal for admission into ITIs. This, coupled with our already live ITI assessment dashboard, will ensure that students seeking admission into ITIs are making an informed choice for the best available ITI/trade (the mentioned links can be found on website – itiharyana.gov.in).

The Department is introducing new academic pathways for students to increase their career opportunities. Academic equivalence, for instance, has been provided through a notification by Haryana Board of Secondary Education this year. Now, ITI students can be treated at par with their peers graduating from 10th or 12thgrades. Haryana is the first and only state to introduce a comprehensive academic equivalence policy. Until recently, the only option for passing out ITI students was to join the workforce or take up a diploma course in polytechnic colleges. Similarly, Shri Vishwakarma Skill University (SVSU) has embarked on a journey to develop a credit framework policy for the state. Once implemented, a student under any institution (ITI, College, Polytechnic, Vocational course or Short-term training) across the state will earn credits for every subject/course they study. A combination of these credits will lead to a certificate, diploma, bachelors’ degree, master’s degree or relevant qualification.

In the past few months, the Department has made efforts in addressing the quality of training in ITIs. The Department has begun procuring more than Rs.150 crore worth of equipment and machinery for every ITI. It has addressed the issue of availability of trainers partly through rationalization of their postings and partly through contractual recruitment. As a long-term solution, the Department has initiated recruitment of more than 2,500 permanent staff. By creating a central assessment cell and placement cell in the department, the Department has streamlined work on the quality evaluation of a student’s skills and their linkage to livelihood. While these efforts are underway across all government run ITIs, 23 model ITIs are being developed to act as a proof point of success. To track, monitor and guide these efforts, a robust ERP solution has been deployed to capture data in detail and to make informed decisions.

Apprenticeship is yet another focus area for the Department under Saksham Haryana. With more than 260 apprentices per lakh of population, Haryana is a pioneer in the country in this aspect. The Department has been closely working with the Union Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship to share the Department’s learning around the implementation of the Apprenticeship Act, 1961. States like Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan have been interacting with Haryana to take back some of these learnings to their states.

The Department has also begun to achieve the required reforms in short-term skilling by strengthening HSDM. Currently, ministries in Government of India and departments in the Haryana Government run skilling schemes with varying objectives, funding patterns, and quality control. To reform the ecosystem, the Department has begun to standardize basic aspects of managing a short-term training course across all Haryana Government run schemes. Additionally, HSDM has undertaken a massive exercise to transform the implementation of its short-term skilling schemes. This will become a proof point of success for other schemes to follow suit.

Through Udyog Mitra, the Department is planning to pivot the short-term ecosystem around industries to help build an industry owned model to produce higher quality outcomes. The Department will be working with industries directly to help source and skill youth in job roles of their requirement. To incentivize placements, the government will bear a portion of the EPF of the placed youth. The Department will also be providing a one-time bulk financial incentive for those, who hire youth through this scheme. A psychometric and aptitude test of youth will be conducted to enable them to make an informed choice about their career.

Envisioned first in the Haryana Enterprise Promotion Policy (HEPP), 2015, the Department has opened up the campuses and facilities of our polytechnics and ITIs to the wider sector of training providers and industry training partners. The Department hope that these organizations will leverage the existing infrastructure during the weekends or holidays to run their training programmes.

While all of these interventions are underway, the Department believes that a fundamental shift in the skilling ecosystem is required. The curriculum is often not insync with emerging industry needs because every year or so, newer technology, tools and organizations are seizing market opportunities. Procuring new machinery to match industry trends is a costly affair. Furthermore, professional skills such as leadership and communication are becoming ever more crucial for industries to operate at their optimum efficiency. Thus, the Department is pivoting towards a Dual System of Training (DST), which allows for students’ to spend most of their time working in the industry while enriching this through classroom learning. Through this, students can acquire technical knowledge in theclassroom and acquire training and professional skills in the industry.

The Department has signed signed over 70 MoUs with various leading industries to support it in piloting DST this academic year. The objective is to make this model scalable and sustainable for a state-wide rollout. DST courses will be structured in a way to ensure students benefit from training with relevant equipment in an industry setting. Industry partners will benefit from the ready manpower that students provide. Industries may also absorb students after two years since the students will have been skilled as per the needs of the industry. The relaxation of DST norms by Government of India in response to the feedback from the field is a welcome step towards encouraging industries to partner with ITIs across the country.

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Haryana Government has been honoured once again for its achievement and this honour was given to the Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal at his residence here today.

Chandigarh, July 21 – Haryana Government has been honoured once again for its achievement and this honour was given to the Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal at his residence here today.

The Kurukshetra Development Board (KDB), running under the State Government, has been awarded the certificate by World Book of Records (WBR), London for organizing the event of simultaneous recital of Geeta Shloka Path (Ashtadash Shloki) for 6 minutes from 12.00 p.m. to 12.06 p.m. by 18,000 students on December 18, 2018 on the occasion of International Geeta Mahotsav. This award was received by the Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal today in the presence of Chairman of KDB, Mr. Madan Mohan Chhabra.

On this occasion, Mr Manohar Lal said that the International Geeta Festival will be held this year in the United Kingdom from August 9 to 11. He said that even in Canada, the Indians will celebrate the International Geeta Festival, for which Haryana Government will provide full cooperation. The Chief Minister said that recently, the International Geeta Festival was also celebrated in Mauritius. He said that Swami Gyananand ji Maharaj had said that the International Geeta Festival should be celebrated globally and for this, Haryana Government is making all out efforts to ensure that the International Geeta Mahotsav would be organized across the world.

He said that a temple of Bharat Mata will be built on 5 acres of area in Kurukshetra. He said that the light and sound system installed in Jyotisar will be inaugurated in the month of August. The Chief Minister said that for organizing the aarti on Brahmasarovar, the devotees will have to pay for the slip as a ‘Yajmaan’ so that they could get their activities done. On this occasion, the Chief Minister himself got the slip by paying Rs 5,100.

On this occasion, he also launched website and mobile app of 48 Kos. This mobile app has detailed information of 134 pilgrimages of Kaithal, Kurukshetra, Jind and Karnal. Apart from this, it also has information of activities of the International Geeta Mahotsav and Kurukshetra Development Board, along with the information of local tourism and pilgrimages. Through the app, pilgrims will be able to see real-time or virtual routes of pilgrimage places.

Others present on the occasion included MLA, Mr. Subhash Sudha, Chairman, Kurukshetra Development Board, Mr. Madan Mohan Chhabra, Deputy Commissioner, Kurukshetra, Mr. S.S. Phulia, Chief Executive Officer of KDB, Mr. Sanyam Garg and Members, Mr. Upendra and Mr. Vijay along with Mr. Sandeep, Mr. Ravi Kant, Mr. Naresh Solanki and Mr. Sanjay Adaspurkar from World Book of Records.

It is worth mentioning here that WBR, UK is a globally authorized and certified body for recognition, verification and scrutiny of setting or breaking of world records as well as honours those who are excelling in their respective fields.