The decision of Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal to promote crop diversification and encouraging the farmers to shift from water-guzzling crops to water efficient crops

Chandigarh, July 10: The decision of Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal to promote crop diversification and encouraging the farmers to shift from water-guzzling crops to water efficient crops today got a major boost when, the Punjab and Haryana High Court not only declined to grant interim relief in a writ petition filed against crop diversification scheme but also lauded the steps taken by Haryana Government for crop diversification.

In its judgment in the case which was taken up for hearing through video conferencing today, the High Court has also asked the State Government to ensure that all the water bodies in the State are revived, preserved, conserved and protected besides boosting the re-charge mechanism.

The Court held that according to available data, millions of cubic meters of groundwater is extracted annually for irrigation in India. There is over exploitation of ground water leading to grave threat to aquifers of Indo-Gangetic plains due to excessive/intensive pumping of water. There would be rapid diversification of fertile land leading to dust storms blowing away the topsoil. Moreover, the excessive exploitation of groundwater is a threat to the environment and ecology. We are extracting more water than is replenished, it asserted.

The Court appreciated the Haryana Government saying that the steps taken by the State Government are laudable for diversification of the crops. The aquifers are “over stressed/extremely stressed” and in case the remedial measures are not taken, it would lead to classification of certain over exploited blocks/zones as “dark zones”, the Court further observed.

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State Government is practicing complete transparency in carrying out development works and is moving towards Social Auditing System so as to ensure judicious utilization of the tax-payers’ money: Manohar Lal.

Chandigarh, July 10: Haryana Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal said that the State Government is practicing complete transparency in carrying out development works and is moving towards Social Auditing System so as to ensure judicious utilization of the tax-payers’ money.

The Chief Minister said this while addressing a press conference in Rohtak today. He said that the activities which were disrupted due to the COVID-19 pandemic have now slowly come back on track up to 85 percent. Several steps have been taken by the State Government to deal with COVID-19. During Unlock-2, all activities have picked up speed. He said that in the last financial year 2019-20, from April to June, Rs 16,009 crore were received by the State Government in the form of revenue, whereas in the current financial year, Rs 11,098 crore has been received during this period. He said that about Rs 3,000 crore have been spent so far by the State Government during the COVID-19 pandemic. During the month of June, 80 percent of electricity consumption has been recorded and 80 percent work is also being done in the industrial sector.

He said that Rs. 290 crore has been received in Haryana Corona Relief Fund to help the needy people during the pandemic. New arrangements have also been made to ensure that the public does not suffer. He said that out of the Haryana Corona Relief Fund, an amount of Rs 700 crore has been given to 16 lakh people as financial assistance ranging from Rs 3,000 to Rs 5,000. Free ration was distributed by the State Government during April, May, and June, on which an amount of Rs. 107 crore has been spent. An amount of Rs 75 crore has been received from pension holders and employees of the state in the Haryana Corona Relief Fund and there are about 300 such employees who have donated their entire one month’s salary. He said that all the MLAs of the state have donated one month's salary in this fund and for one year, they have decided to donate 30 percent of their salary to this fund. Farmers have also donated to this fund.

The Chief Minister said that Rs 35 crores have been spent for the welfare of workers of the unorganized sector, Rs 6.72 crores have been spent under the AYUSH mission and an amount of Rs 10 crores has been reserved for Ex-gratia. Apart from this, an amount of Rs 504 crore has been spent under the Disaster Management in the state. Arrangements were made for the migrant workers to return to their home states via buses and Special Shramik Trains. He said that he is sensitive towards the welfare of every person of society.

Mr. Manohar Lal said that under the Mukhyamantri Parivar Samridhi Yojana, the State Government has collected complete data of each family and according to eligibility, the benefit of welfare schemes will be provided to the concerned families. He clarified that the benefit of the Bhavantar Bharpai Yojana being implemented by the State Government is being given to the farmers who are registering for the scheme. He said that the State Government procures each grain of bajra, mustard etc. from farmers.

On this occasion, Lok Sabha MP from Karnal, Mr. Sanjay Bhatia, Lok Sabha MP from Sonepat, Mr. Ramesh Kaushik, Rajya Sabha MP Mr. Ramchandra Jangra, and other dignitaries were present.

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Haryana Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal after ensuring the implementation of ‘Mera Pani-Meri Virasat’ Scheme, has now directed to constitute ‘Micro Irrigation Mission Authority’ and further prepare a plan for ground water management at district and state level.

Chandigarh, July 10- Haryana Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal after ensuring the implementation of ‘Mera Pani-Meri Virasat’ Scheme, has now directed to constitute ‘Micro Irrigation Mission Authority’ and further prepare a plan for ground water management at district and state level. While converting COVID-19 crisis into an opportunity, Chief Minister, has held various meetings with Union Minister of Jal Shakti, Mr. Gajendra Singh Shekhawat through webinar and even personally and has got an approval for an amount of Rs 1000 crore for Haryana.

While sharing more information here today, an official spokesperson said that as per the directions of Chief Minister, Haryana Pond and Waste Water Management Authority has adopted three and five pond-systems to treat water in rural areas in the state so that the treated pond water can be used for irrigation and other works. Besides this, the Authority is also swiftly working towards chalking out various other plans for the same.

He informed that the funds received from the Jal Shakti Ministry will be utilized for treating water in 14,000 ponds in Haryana. A Pond Atlas has been prepared by GIS mapping of all the ponds. In its first phase, 20 ponds are being developed as model ponds.

The spokesman said that to treat water of polluted ponds, the State will be using ‘Constructed Wetland System’ technology as that used by the former Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Delhi University and Environmental Scientist, Professor CR Babu to treat wastewater into clean water at the Neela Hauz Bio-diversity Park situated in New Delhi. Under this technology, water is treated with the help of aquatic plant species of special kind.

The spokesperson said that Chief Minister is of the view that it should be ensured that every pond is emptied at least once a year and is refilled with canal water, rain and other sources so that water does not stagnate.

He informed that on the basis of this technique, work of the pond situated in Keorak village in Kaithal district is almost complete. He said that as far as possible, solar pump system for the drainage of every pond should be installed so that electricity can be saved.

The spokesman said that upcoming meeting of Haryana Pond and Waste Water Management Authority will be held on July 25, 2020 in which Chief Minister will review the project of all ponds.

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Haryana Cooperation Minister, Dr. Banwari Lal said that the 'Pashu Kisan Credit Card' would be issued according to the number of livestock owned by farmers

Chandigarh, July 10- Haryana Cooperation Minister, Dr. Banwari Lal said that the 'Pashu Kisan Credit Card' would be issued according to the number of livestock owned by farmers. Under this, a loan of Rs 40,783 for a cow, Rs 60,249 for buffalo, Rs 4,063 for sheep-goat will be provided. Besides this, a loan of Rs 16,337 for pig, Rs 720 for hen (for egg-laying) and Rs 161 for broiler hen will be provided.

He delivered this information today after inaugurating the 'Pashu Kisan Credit Card' Scheme at the Government Veterinary Hospital in Bawal of district Rewari.

On this occasion, he urged the farmers to promote livestock business along with farming to further strengthen their economic condition. On the same pattern, the State Government has implemented various schemes to promote animal husbandry in the State including 'Pashu Kisan Credit Card' (PKCC) Scheme, by which farmers can become self-reliant by strengthening their economic condition.

The Cooperation Minister said that the 'Pashu Kisan Credit Card' Scheme launched by the State Government is an important step towards empowering livestock farmers. He emphasized the livestock farmers to avail maximum benefit of this scheme. Apart from cow and buffalo, a provision of providing collateral-free loan up to Rs 1.60 lakh has been made for sheep, goat and poultry farming.

Dr. Banwari Lal said that banks have been instructed to provide collateral-free loan up to Rs 1.60 lakh and a collateral loan up to Rs 3 lakh in a convenient manner to the livestock owners. He said that the candidate will have to provide Aadhaar card, PAN card, Voter card, latest passport photo for KYC on behalf of the bank to get the 'Pashu Kisan Credit Card issued.

Notably, about 1400 applications for Pashu Kisan Credit Card from veterinary hospitals of Bawal subdivision including Bagthala, Bawal, Nangli Parasapur and Ranoli have been received at a camp organized at Bawal. On this occasion, the Minister distributed the scheme related certificates to the farmers. The Cooperation Minister also planted saplings in the hospital premises.

The Cooperative Minister inaugurated voluntary blood donation camp-

Today, he also inaugurated the voluntary blood donation camp at Bawal, organized by the Bharat Vikas Parishad. On this occasion, he said that voluntary blood donation is a noble gesture and the importance of blood donation has been increased during the Covid-19 crisis.

While encouraging the blood donors by presenting badges and citations, he said that blood donation is a noble cause which helps to save lives of the needy, so everyone should come forward to donate blood.

He said that the Bharat Vikas Parishad has done a commendable job by organizing a blood donation camp during the Corona crisis, which will help to meet the blood deficiency. On this occasion, Dr. Banwari Lal also honoured various individuals, organizations who have been involved in works related to the prevention of Covid-19 infection.

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Haryana, Chief Secretary, Mrs. Keshni Anand Arora has directed Lala Lajpat Rai University of Veterinary & Animal Sciences (LUVAS) in Hisar to devise a robust mechanism to redress the problem of flies arising due to Poultry Farms.

Chandigarh, July 10– To ensure better hygiene in the poultry farms across the state, Haryana, Chief Secretary, Mrs. Keshni Anand Arora has directed Lala Lajpat Rai University of Veterinary & Animal Sciences (LUVAS) in Hisar to devise a robust mechanism to redress the problem of flies arising due to Poultry Farms.

The Chief Secretary gave these instructions while presiding over the 26th meeting of the Board of Management, LUVAS, Hisar through video conferencing.

She said that to redress the problem of flies, a WhatsApp group should be created for Poultry Farmers so that information related to Poultry can be made available from time to time to the farmers. It was also decided at the meeting that the instructions issued by the Government to LUVAS should be incorporated in the statutes of LUVAS for ensuring transparency in the working of the University.

It was informed in the meeting that LUVAS has already created a helpline number (9300000857) which caters to the need of farmers and provides advise/services regarding animal health management, feeding, telemedicine, preliminary treatment of animals, poultry etc. by expert scientists of the university.

She was also informed that services of expert, scientists were also being made available to the farmers during training and animal health camps are being organized from time to time at various Haryana Pashu Vigyan Kendras.

The meeting was attended by Additional Chief Secretary, Finance and Planning Departments, Mr. TVSN Prasad and Principal Secretary, Animal Husbandry and Dairying Department, Mr. Raja Sekhar Vundru, Vice-Chancellor LUVAS, Dr. Gurdial Singh and Deputy Director General (Animal Sciences), ICAR, New Delhi, Dr. B.N. Tripathi, and other officers.

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Board of School Education Haryana today declared the results of the Secondary (Regular and Re-Appear) examination conducted in March 2020.

Chandigarh, July 10 - Board of School Education Haryana today declared the results of the Secondary (Regular and Re-Appear) examination conducted in March 2020. The pass percentage of regular candidates was 64.59 percent. In this examination, the pass percentage of girls was 69.86 percent and that of boys was 60.27 percent. In this way, girls gained an edge by obtaining a pass percentage of 09.59 percent more than boys. Apart from this, the result of self-study candidates was 62.38 percent.

Giving this information, an official spokesperson said that examination of only four subjects of secondary examination could be conducted before lockdown due to COVID-19 pandemic. According to the marking policy adopted by the Central Board of Secondary Education, the Board of School Education Haryana, Bhiwani has also considered marks based on the average marks of the examination conducted in the subjects and the result has been tabulated accordingly. Candidates can check their exam results on the website of the board www.bseh.org.in.

He said that if a candidate is not satisfied with the declared result, he can improve the partial marks in the upcoming examination of the board, for which the candidate will be given two opportunities. He said that in the Secondary (Regular) Examination, first place was bagged by Ms. Rishita of Tagore Senior Secondary School in Narnaund, Hisar, second place was bagged by Ms. Uma, Ms. Sneh, and Ms. Kalpana of Tagore Senior Secondary School in Narnaund, Hisar, Ms. Nikita Maruti Sawant of GNJN Goenka Girls High School in Hisar, and Ms. Ankita of DN High School in Khanda Kheri, Hisar. He said that the third place was bagged by Ms. Chehek of Navyug High School in Narnaund (Hisar), Mr. Rohit of Geeta Vidya Mandir High School in Uchana Mandi, Jind, Ms. Kiran Kumawat of Government Senior Secondary School in Masani, Rewari, Ms. Himanshi of Tagore Senior Secondary School in Narnaund, Hisar, Ms. Anshu of KCM Public Senior Secondary School in Nindana, Rohtak, Ms. Manu of Saraswati Vihar Senior Secondary School in Damalka, Rewari, Ms. Bhumika of Rao Dinaram Vidhya Vihar Senior Secondary School in Haluhera, Rewari, Ms. Saloni of Tagore Senior Secondary School in Mataur, Kaithal and Ms. Garvita of Tagore Senior Secondary School in Narnaund, Hisar.

He stated that 3,37,691 candidates had appeared in the Secondary (Regular) Examination, out of which 2,18,120 passed and 32,501 candidates have got compartment and 87,070 candidates failed. Around 1,85,429 boys candidates appeared in Secondary (Re-appear) Examination, of which 1,11,751 passed and 1,52,262 girl candidates appeared of which 1,06,369 passed.

The spokesperson further said that in this examination, the pass percentage of government schools was 59.74% and the pass percentage of private schools was 69.51%. In this examination, the pass percentage of students from rural area has been 64.39%, while the pass percentage of students from urban area has been 65%.

He further informed that this result can also be downloaded by the concerned schools / institutions on July 10, 2020 by visiting the Board's website and login with their user ID and password. The school will be responsible for being unable to get the result on time.

He said that the facility of getting online results is available, along with helpline numbers and mobile app etc. for the convenience of candidates. The Board office will not be responsible for any technical lapse in it. He informed that the result of self-study candidates as well as regular candidates can be accessed on the basis of serial number.

He further said that on the basis of these examination results, the candidates who wish to re-examine or re-evaluate their answer sheets can apply online. The re-examination / re-evaluation can be applied online within 20 days from the date of declaration of results after submitting the prescribed fee.

Haryana Education Minister Mr. Kanwar Pal congratulated all the candidates, parents and teachers for their excellent performance in the Secondary Examination, March-2020.

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A three-week online refresher course on 'Statistical Tools and Techniques for Analysis of Agricultural Data' has commenced at the Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University.

Chandigarh, July 10- A three-week online refresher course on 'Statistical Tools and Techniques for Analysis of Agricultural Data' has commenced at the Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University.

Giving information in this regard, an official spokesperson said that 160 scientists, teachers and extension specialists are participating in the course simultaneously. He said that a hundred participants in the refresher course from Gujarat, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Telangana, Himachal Pradesh, and Rajasthan are participating in the refresher course while the remaining participants are from the university's external centres at Bawal, Bhiwani and Mahendragarh. In this refresher course, participants will be given seven modules related to the topic 'Statistical Tools and Techniques for Analysis of Agricultural Data' through online training, he added.

He said that these modules include introductory and basic statistics, basic statistical techniques, advance statistical modeling, statistical packages, design of experiments, statistical genetics and optimization techniques. In this course, experts from renowned universities of the country including Banaras Hindu University, Central University of Rajasthan, Lucknow University, Lucknow, Jammu University, Jammu, University of Delhi, Delhi and Indian Agricultural Statistics Research Institute will deliver lectures to participants, he added.

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Haryana, Chief Secretary, Mrs. Keshni Anand Arora has directed Lala Lajpat Rai University of Veterinary & Animal Sciences (LUVAS) in Hisar to devise a robust mechanism to redress the problem of flies arising due to Poultry Farms.

Chandigarh, July 10– To ensure better hygiene in the poultry farms across the state, Haryana, Chief Secretary, Mrs. Keshni Anand Arora has directed Lala Lajpat Rai University of Veterinary & Animal Sciences (LUVAS) in Hisar to devise a robust mechanism to redress the problem of flies arising due to Poultry Farms.

The Chief Secretary gave these instructions while presiding over the 26th meeting of the Board of Management, LUVAS, Hisar through video conferencing.

She said that to redress the problem of flies, a WhatsApp group should be created for Poultry Farmers so that information related to Poultry can be made available from time to time to the farmers. It was also decided at the meeting that the instructions issued by the Government to LUVAS should be incorporated in the statutes of LUVAS for ensuring transparency in the working of the University.

It was informed in the meeting that LUVAS has already created a helpline number (9300000857) which caters to the need of farmers and provides advise/services regarding animal health management, feeding, telemedicine, preliminary treatment of animals, poultry etc. by expert scientists of the university.

She was also informed that services of expert, scientists were also being made available to the farmers during training and animal health camps are being organized from time to time at various Haryana Pashu Vigyan Kendras.

The meeting was attended by Additional Chief Secretary, Finance and Planning Departments, Mr. TVSN Prasad and Principal Secretary, Animal Husbandry and Dairying Department, Mr. Raja Sekhar Vundru, Vice-Chancellor LUVAS, Dr. Gurdial Singh and Deputy Director General (Animal Sciences), ICAR, New Delhi, Dr. B.N. Tripathi, and other officers.

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Vice Chancellor, Chaudhary Charan Singh, Haryana Agricultural University, Professor KP Singh said that due to deficiency of essential nutrients in the plants, their yield is less.

Chandigarh, July 10- Vice Chancellor, Chaudhary Charan Singh, Haryana Agricultural University, Professor KP Singh said that due to deficiency of essential nutrients in the plants, their yield is less. Therefore, if there is a deficiency of any element in the soil, it should be replenished by fertilizers and manure. While determining the amount of fertilizers, it is necessary to take into account the fertility of the soil and the amount of nutrients absorbed by the crop.

He said that the farmers plant orchards of fruit-bearing plants, but due to lack of information, they are unable to get proper yield from the orchard. Therefore, it is very important to check the soil before planting orchards so that it can be determined whether the soil is right for planting the orchard or not. Tests also detect the composition and nature of the soil like acidicity, alkalinity and salinity, and if the soil is not favourable for sowing, improvements can be made to it accordingly.

He advised the farmers that if there is a difference in the soil of the field, then the soil sample should be taken from different fields. Do not take the soil sample from the place where the dung manure has just been poured or where the dung manure has previously been piled, he added. He said that farmers should not take samples from areas where chemicals or fertilizers have been recently used. Also, do not allow samples to come in contact with manure, ash, or dung and do not place samples on fertilizer bags. He said that samples should be air-dried in the shade. Many farmers heat the samples or dry them in the sun, which is incorrect, he added.

Head of the Department, Soil Science Department, Dr. Manoj Kumar Sharma, said that soil samples should be collected from the field properly for soil testing. The method of soil sampling for the orchard differs from the method of sampling for crops, he added. He said that first a two-meter-deep pit should be dug. After that, depths should be marked at 15, 30, 60, 90, 120, 150 and 180 centimeters from the surface to make the samples easy to collect. He said that the first sample should be at a depth of 15 cm from the ground surface, the second at a depth of between 15 to 30 cm, the third between 30 to 60 cm, the fourth between 60 to 90 cm, the fifth from 90 to 120 cm, sixth from 120 to 150 cm, and the seventh from 150 to 180 cm. Each sample should be approximately half a kilogram and all the samples should be stored separately.

He said that if any hard or rough layer is found in the ground, then its sample should be taken separately and the depth and thickness of the layer should be noted. Put all the samples in a clean cloth or polythene bag and label each sample carefully, he added. He said that the depth of the sample must be mentioned on the label and one label should be placed inside the bag and one pasted outside. Dr. Manoj Kumar said that the name of the farmer, the khasra number or name of the farm, the date of sampling, the means of irrigation, any problem of the field if any, complete correspondence address, the slope of the land and what type of plants are in the field or need to be planted should be mentioned on the information sheet to be sent along with the soil sample.

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The e-Sachivalaya aims to bring Government and its functionaries under one roof for better functioning, coordination and ensuring effectiveness in citizen interface especially in times of COVID-19 Pandemic:Mrs. Keshni Anand Arora .

Chandigarh, July 10- Taking a step further towards using e-governance to make delivery of citizen-centric services to the common man in a time-bound manner, Haryana is all set to soon launch e-Sachivalaya a digital platform, where the general public would have an easy facility of seeking appointment for meeting Ministers and various officers.

The e-Sachivalaya aims to bring Government and its functionaries under one roof for better functioning, coordination and ensuring effectiveness in citizen interface especially in times of COVID-19 Pandemic.

This was shared in a meeting held under the Chairpersonship of Haryana Chief Secretary Mrs. Keshni Anand Arora to review implementation of e-Sachivalaya and updation of data on Human Resource Management System (HRMS) and Litigation Management System (LMS) with all Administrative Secretaries held here today though video conferencing. The Chief Secretary directed the officers to swiftly ramp up their preparations for ensuring the timely implementation of the work related to these projects.

During the meeting, Chief Secretary informed that this e-Sachivalaya system, will allow a functionary to schedule virtual meetings with public through a video link. The necessary training to the concerned employees for operationalizing e-Sachivalaya would be conducted soon and the required infrastructure and personnel would also be arranged, she added.

The HRMS is a digital platform which provides compilation of all the data pertaining to service and conduct of employees in Government Departments, Boards, Corporations, Societies and Universities. Nodal Officers for each of these would ensure smooth streamlining of the operations on the HRMS, she added. The LMS is another digital platform which provides one-stop access to Government Departments for litigation and arbitration cases. Instructions were given by the Chief Secretary to carry out necessary updation of data on the HRMS and LMS.

In the meeting, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Mr. Rajesh Khullar and Administrative Secretaries were present and other senior officers also attended the meeting through video conferencing.