With a view to strengthening the power distribution system, a sum of Rs 3,000 crore would be spent next year: CM 15-03-2015
Chandigarh, March 15- The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal, has ruled out power shortage in the state and said that round-the-clock power supply facility will be extended only to such villages as paid their bills, and whose line losses were within limits. Speaking to media persons at Meet the Press programme organized by the Chandigarh Press Club here today, he said that steps would be taken to encourage people to pay their power bills. Additional burden in the form of hefty fines would not be imposed on the defaulters but no scheme to waive off power bills will be entertained. In fact, the government would make effort to bring the defaulters back into the mainstream by encouraging them to pay their bills. The state is suffering a loss of Rs 5,500 crore annually on account of non-payment of power bills which it can’t afford. With a view to strengthening the power distribution system, a sum of Rs 3,000 crore would be spent next year, he added. With a view to making more power available, the state government has set the target to generate 400 MW power through solar energy. Rooftop solar power generation to the tune of 150 MW is a priority area, he said. The Chief Minister said that a new industrial policy would be announced next month. During the recent Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas held at Gandhinagar in Gujarat, investors evinced keen interest to invest in Haryana. The government is committed to providing conducive atmosphere to them by introducing single-window systems. In reply to query on the issue of Sutlej Yamuna Link (SYL) Canal, he said that the matter was sub judice. He, however, said that the government would construct SYL so that southern Haryana's water problems come to an end. Internet connectivity would be provided in 4,000 villages by September, 2015. In police recruitment, there will be no interview system and the only method will be written and physical test for the selection of candidates. In other jobs as well, minimum marks will be kept for interviews, he added. While refuting reports of dissension within the ruling party and its leaders, Mr. Manohar Lal said, “The BJP is a party of collective leadership. The entire party is united in the state and there are no differences with anyone.” Referring to the social media like Facebook and Twitter, he said that stories were created just for entertainment. Asked to comment on land acquisition, the Chief Minister said that Haryana would follow the Central Act but clarified that land of any farmer will not be acquired without his consent. He said that the state government would teach Bhagwad Gita Shlokas in schools from the ensuing academic session to inculcate high values among the children.