Chandigarh, December 10—The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal, has announced that honorarium of representatives of Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) would be increased in keeping with their qualifications under the new Haryana Panchayati Raj (Amendment) Act, 2015.
While hailing the decision of the Supreme Court which upheld the amendments made by Haryana Government to the Act during a press conference held here today, Mr Manohar Lal said that the honorarium would be increased and the hike would be announced later. The Chief Minister said that since elections to the Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) were be held for 42 municipalities out of the 79, the state government has also decided to fix educational qualification for the candidates contesting the elections by bringing an ordinance. The educational qualification in case of ULBs would not be less than the qualifications fixed for the candidates contesting elections to PRIs.
He announced that as many as 200 Gram Sachivalayas would be inaugurated on the occasion of Good Governance Day on December 25, 2015 to ensure that various people-centric services reached every door-step. Besides, 60 citizen-centric services of 15 departments, boards and corporations would also be launched the same day. The facility of Common Service Centres (CSCs) would also be provided in about 2500 villages by March, 2016. Presently, 23 e-services are being provided through the CSCs and more services would be added on December 25. As many as 52 new schemes have been launched by the state government during its first year. It has been decided the social security pension for the month of January, 2016 would be directly deposited into the bank accounts of the beneficiaries.
So far, 20.5 lakh out of 22 lakh beneficiaries have opened their bank accounts. Those who could not, have been asked to do so to enable them to get their pension into their account. Urban Local Bodies Minister, Mrs. Kavita Jain, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Mr. R.K. Khullar, Political Advisor to Chief Minister, Mr. Jagdish Chopra, Director General Information, Public Relations and Cultural Affairs, Dr. Abhilaksh Likhi, Media Advisor to Chief Minister, Mr. Amit Arya, and other senior officers were also present on the occasion.