Chandigarh, Jan 16- Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal today said that he would lead an official and 6-member business delegation to Japan and China to invite foreign direct investment to the State and would be back on January 23.
The Chief Minister, who was replying to the questions of media persons at a press conference here today, said that the foreign his tour has been curtailed by two days as Prime Minister Mr Narender Modi would be in Chandigarh on January 24 to receive the French President Mr Francois Hollande. In reply to a question concerning opening of women police stations in each district of the State, the Chief Minister said that the Union Women and Child Development Minister Mrs Maneka Gandhi has appreciated this initiative of the State Government and she has suggested the need for more such efforts to ensure security of women. When asked about strength of women constables in Haryana, he said that the process to recruit 1000 more women constables has been started. The Government would increase their percentage to 10 in the State police force.
When asked whether the State Government would reward those who have conducted raids in neighbouring States under a special drive to check female foeticide, the Chief Minister replied in affirmative adding that a scheme was being prepared for all departments to reward all those who would render outstand service. In reply to a question concerning a low intensity blast in a bogie of a passenger train at railway station in Panipat the other day, the Chief Minister said that the incident was being investigated. When asked if the State Government would consider making outstanding sports women of Haryana as brand ambassadors instead of bollywood actresses, the Chief Minister replied in affirmative adding that the State Government has not spent money on any such brand ambassadors as their services were voluntary and in future too such services would be sought on voluntary basis. In reply to another question concerning the suggestion made by Haryana Health Minister Mr Anil Vij that instead of Lion, Cow should be declared as the national animal, the Chief Minister said that the suggestion was good. While referring to education of girls,he replied to a question saying that his Government has got mapping of girls colleges done and wherever required new colleges would be opened.He said it was announced to open about 25 new colleges and most of these are for women. There was a plan to open eight such colleges next year and more would also be opened. When his attention was drawn towards the Lokayukta who is retiring, the Chief Minister said that the new Lokayukta would be chosen after consultation with concerned persons and that too after his return from China and Japan.