Chandigarh, July 3— The Union Defence Minister, Mr Manohar Parrikar, has assured the Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal, that a military medical college on the pattern of AFMC Pune would be constructed on the 30 acres of land in Panchkula available with the state government.
He has also held out the assurance that the demand regarding relaxation in the recruitment of soldiers from Morni area would be fulfilled. Mr Parrikar gave his in-principal approval for setting up a medical college and other projects when Mr Manohar Lal called on him at his residence in New Delhi today to discuss construction of the proposed Army airport and Maintenance Repairing Overhaul (MRO) hub in Hisar.
The procedure for completing the projects would soon be initiated and the Defence Minister has directed officials concerned in the ministry to start working on it, the Chief Minister said. He also talked about setting up of MRO hub for aeroplanes in Hisar. This facility would be of great importance because of the Army Cantonment in Hisar, and would also benefit the people of Haryana, Rajasthan and Punjab by providing them air connectivity. Mr Manohar Lal also demanded relaxation in recruitment of soldiers of Morni area in the Army as given to the soldiers from hilly areas so that more and more youth from Morni could join the Army.
After getting this relaxation, Haryana would more actively participate in the service of the nation. The Defence Minister assured that the demand would be fulfilled. The Chief Minister also met the Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Ms Uma Bharti, and the Union Finance Minister, Mr Arun Jaitley, to take up the issue of construction of Lakhwar Dam.
The Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation has given approval for the dam and the Finance Ministry too has given okay, he said, expressing the hope that work onLakhwar Dam would start soon. Fifty per cent water of Lakhwar Dam would be given to Haryana which would be used for irrigation purposes. The dam would improve the quality of agriculture products and give the economy of Haryana a decisive push. Those present on the occasion included the Principal Resident Commissioner, Mr Anand Mohan Sharan, and the Additional Resident Commissioner, Mr Vivek Saxena.