Chandigarh, November 1 - While giving a bonanza to the labourers in the State on the occasion of Haryana Day today, Haryana Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal, announced to increase the monthly minimum wages of unskilled labourers from Rs 5,900 to Rs 7,600 and of that of Skilled Labourers from Rs 6,536 to Rs 9,699. Besides, he also announced that the Social Welfare Department would set up its centres at block and sub-divisional level so that the people do not have to visit the district headquarters to get themselves enrolled for various social security pension schemes.
Mr. Manohar Lal was addressing the gathering at a function organised in Yamunanagar today. He also greeted the people of the State on the occasion of ‘Haryana Day’ and announced that a new scheme of social audit would be implemented at village level to ensure transparency in the development works and keep a check on corruption. He said that the State government is committed towards the welfare of government employees and announced that their salaries could also be increased.
The Chief Minister said that during the previous government, the beneficiaries of various social security pensions did not get their pension on time. During an audit in Karnal alone, a scam of Rs five crore in the distribution of old age allowance had been unearthed. He said that in order to streamline the pension distribution system, the present state government has decided to disburse the social security pensions through banks and post offices and in some cases through Business Correspondents of banks. A survey has been got conducted in which about two lakh accounts in the State have been found to be fake and added that this would save Rs 24 crore of the government at the rate of Rs 1,200 per month.
He said that under the Social Audit Scheme, village level Social Audit Committees would be set up in the State. He said that payment of only those bills would be made which would be approved by these committees. This system would help in eradicating the menace of corruption and discourage the commission agents. Calling upon the people to give their cooperation to root out corruption at all levels, he said that former Prime Minister late Mr. Rajiv Gandhi used to say that out of the one rupee only 15 paisa reaches to the people. But if the entire one rupee is spent, the development could be increased by seven times, he added. He said that we all are the trustee of government money and we have to ensure that it is fully utilized for the State’s development and welfare of people.
Conceding almost all the demands of Yamunanagar MLA, Mr. Ghanshyam Dass Arora, the Chief Minister announced a slew of incentives to the tune of Rs 129 crore for the people of Yamunanagar assembly constituency. These include construction of a big underpass from Kail to Kalanaur at a cost of Rs 15 crore, construction of bypass from village Fatehpur to Yamunanagar at a cost of Rs 20 crore, extension of Kail-Chachrauli road alongwith Dadupur Nalvi at a cost of Rs 16 crore, Rs 20 crore for the building of Muncipal Corporation and Rs six crore for building of Zila Parishad, upgradation of 66-KV Sub Station at Chandpur at a cost of Rs 2.50 crore, construction of road from Shadipur to Pansra at a cost of Rs three crore, Rs 15 crore for construction of bridge and Ghat at Badhimajra, widening of road from Fountain Chowk to Agarsain Chowk at a cost of Rs 6.50 crore, strengthening of drainage system near Sita Mandir on Western Yamuna Canal at a cost of Rs five crore and a sum of Rs five crore for strengthening of drainage system in villages of the district. He also announced Rs 10 crore for Municipal Corporation, Yamunanagar for development works and Rs five crore for rural areas out of Haryana Rural Development Fund (HRDF). Apart from this, he also announced a RCC Box type passage on Railway Over Bridge at Vijay Colony and construction of road from Hamida Head to Panjupur.
On this occasion, the Chief Minister also announced that a memorial of Banda Bairagi would be constructed at village Lohgarh near Bhagwanpur. Besides, Adi Badri, the origin point of sacred river Saraswati would be developed as huge centre of cultural tourism. He said that the State government has prepared a comprehensive plan for the development of Shivalik foothills which have abundance of natural resources and added that if these resources are exploited properly, districts Yamunanagar, Ambala and Panchkula would benefit greatly terms of tourism and generation of employment opportunities for the local youth. He said to ensure the optimum utilization of water during the rainy season, the departments of Forest and Irrigation have been asked to prepare a plan to store water at the Shivalik foothills by constructing check dams so that the stored water could be utilized for irrigation purposes.
While giving assurance to the sugarcane growers in the State, he said that sugarcane of each and every farmer would be purchased. The Saraswati Sugar Mill, Yamunanagar would be operational from December 1. He said on his initiative, the Sugar Mill authorities have agreed to shift the Mill to 10 kilometers away from the city. This would not only prove to be beneficial for the farmers but also decongest the traffic. He said that though this season the prices of sugar were low, but it was for the first time that the any government has provided loan to three private sugar mills so that the farmers do not suffer for the want of payment of their produce.
While congratulating the people of the state on the occasion of Haryana Day, the Chief Minister said that from today we are entering into the 50th year of the state’s existence and the State government has decided to observe this year as the Golden Jubilee year. With the end of this golden jubilee year on November 1, 2016, the present state government would be completing its second year in the office. On this occasion he also listed various welfare and developmental schemes launched by the government during its first year.
Earlier, the Chief Minister took a round of the exhibition put up at the venue by various departments, Boards and Corporation highlighting the government schemes and programmes.
On this occasion, he also laid the foundation stone of eight projects. These included upgradtion of Khajuri Road at a cost of Rs 11.50 crore, sewerage project near toll plaza on Shadipur-S.K. road on Khajuri road at a cost of Rs 8.50 crore, Khijrabad-Bilaspur road at a cost of Rs 23.50 crore, Bus Stand, Radaur and Bilaspur at a cost of Rs 2.10 crore each, District Panchayat Resource Centre at a cost of Rs 2.10 crore, four-laning of road from Madhu Chowk to Kanhaiya Chowk at a cost of Rs 3.46 crore and Government Polytechnic Institute village Rajpura, block Sadhora under S.S.D.P. Minority Scheme at a cost of Rs 8.51 crore.
Speaking on this occasion, Haryana Vidhan Sabha Speaker, Mr. Kanwar Pal Gujjar, said that the present State government under the leadership of Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal, is working with the motto of ‘Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas’. He said that the Chief Minister is working with an aim to ensure uniform development of the State and creating maximum employment avenues for the youth. While referring to mining, he said that the State government is making persistent efforts to restart mining in the State as this would not only provide employment to the local youth but also benefit the consumers.
Chief Parliamentary Secretaries, Mr. Shyam Singh Rana and Mr. Bakhshish Singh Virk and MLAs, Mr. Ghanshyam Dass Arora and Mr. Balwant Sadhaura also spoke on this occasion.