Chandigarh, October 21 – The Haryana Chief Minister Mr Manohar Lal today stressed upon need of doing water management and said that the rain water must be harvested for recharging the water table.
Mr Manohar Lal was addressing a largely attended public meeting at Narnaul today where he launched the rejuvenation of Lift Irrigation Project costing Rs 143 crore. The project would benefit district Mahendergarh, Rewari, Bhiwani and Jhajjar. The Chief Minister said that the project would be completed in three different phases in two and a half years time. Once completed, it will serve as lifeline for South Haryana. He said that since the surface level of Southern part of Haryana is higher, the canal water could not reach the tail end, so it has to be lifted and poured into the canal. This lift irrigation system was implemented about 40 years ago, he said, since then nobody cared to repair the system and it went out of order. Now, under the project of NABARD, all the machines and pumps would be replaced with new ones.
He said that from today the state government has launched a special publicity campaign for telling the people about the achievements of Haryana Government. The campaign has been initiated from Narnaul and it will culminate on 5th November when Prime Minister Narender Modi would be coming to Kundli in district Sonepat for laying foundation of ambitious projects. The Chief Minister also laid foundation of BDPO office building for Seehma Block, to be constructed a cost of Rs 72.43 lakh in Narnaul.
Foreseeing the demand of water during the Rabi sowing season and accepting the demand of Agriculture Minister Sh Om Prakash Dhankhar, Mr Manohar Lal announced that the farmers will get power supply for 10 hours daily instead of 8 hours. This means during the sowing season, the farmers will get 2 hours extra power supply which will help the farmers in tube well irrigated area to sow their rabi crops in time. Praying that no natural calamity grips the farmers like before, he assured that the state government would be with them in the hour of distress and provide all possible help in future also, if required, as it had done earlier when the hailstorms and untimely rains caused havoc on standing crops. He said that the last one year was really a period of challenges for the government. He appealed the people to make judicious use of electricity and said that the consumers will have to pay for electricity they consume. He said that the BJP government inherited a loss of Rs 28000 crore in power sector from the previous government. “we have to overcome those losses and plan for future also,” Mr Manohar Lal asserted.
Giving his governments report card before the people, he said that 22 new schemes were implemented during last one year by the BJP government, which means one scheme every week. He said, “we haven’t forget our priorities, our focus is on the poorest of poor people, the most backward one and will curb corruption, in which help and cooperation of general public is required.” Without naming former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi who had once said that out of one rupee released from top, only 15 paise reached to the beneficiary, the Chief Minister said that now whole of amount will reach down, which means that the government would be able to do seven times more works with the same amount. He said that we are trustees of the public money. He said that the payment to the contractors would be made only after social audit, that is, a committee of ex-soldiers, ex-employees, former and present sarpanches etc in the village. He said let the opposition parties ask us questions but we will answer to the public and it will evaluate our performance.
Elaborating on the welfare policies and programmes implemented by the BJP government, he said that the old age pension was being delivered through banks to curb chances of corruption. The Chief Minister said that the old age pension beneficiaries will get Rs 1400 as their pension for the month of January 2016. He also said that presently the government was running 23 services online and from next year, the number of these services will be increased to 150.
Listing various schemes, the Chief Minister said that a rebate for 5 years would be given to those entrepreneurs who set up industry in remote areas where there is no industry till now. He said that the Vyayamshalas would be opened in villages, for which the government has planned to appoint 600 coaches.
Referring to demands put up by the local MLA, he announced to get Bye Pass constructed on the eastern side of Narnaul town by requesting the NHAI to make it part of the NH from Nangal Chaudhary to Hansi. He also announced a grant of Rs 10 crore for repair of 15 roads, desilting of canals at a cost of Rs 13 crore under Prime Minister Irrigation Scheme, sanctioned Rs 3.5 crore for 35 Anganwari Centres and said that a total of 190 centers needed building in district Mahendergarh, government would sanction amount at the rate of Rs 10 lakh per center as and when land is made available for it. He said that the government has planned to open a driving school in every district with the help of private partners like Maruti, Tata, Hero Motor Corp, Eicher, Escorts, Honda etc. These schools would become functional within a year. Similarly, the government has taken a considerate decision that no student should have to go beyond 20 kilometers for studying in a college. The government is also doing mapping of all government schools and where ever needed the schools would be upgraded. Every Block would have an ITI.
On the occasion, Union Minister Rao Inderjeet, Education Minister Prof Ram Bilas Sharma, Agriculture Minister OP Dhankhar, MP Dharambir, MLA Om Prakash and Dr Abhey Singh Yadav also addressed the gathering. Deputy Speaker of Haryana Assembly Santosh Yadav, Minister Vikram Yadav, MLAs Dr Banwari Lal, Randhir Kapriwas, MLA from Rajasthan Jhabar Singh and Ramhit Yadav were also present among others.