Haryana Education and Forests Minister, Mr. Kanwar Pal said that in the next financial year, as many as two crore saplings will be planted in 2200 villages of Haryana.

Chandigarh, January 13: Haryana Education and Forests Minister, Mr. Kanwar Pal said that in the next financial year, as many as two crore saplings will be planted in 2200 villages of Haryana.

Mr. Kanwar Pal said this while addressing the second consultation workshop for the project entitled ‘Forest Landscape Restoration Based on IUCN’s “Restoration Opportunities Assessment Methodology (ROAM)” held through Video Conferencing in Gurugram. Senior officials from the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC), State Forest Department and other line Departments that are key stakeholders for land restoration in Haryana attended the workshop.

Mr. Kanwar Pal said that despite the global crisis of COVID-19 Pandemic, till now, in the year 2020-21 more than 96 lakh saplings were planted in 5833 hectare area in 1126 villages in Haryana under Intensive afforestation scheme. Taking this scheme further, intensive afforestation will be done in 2200 villages in the coming financial year. A target has been set to plant 2 crore saplings in Haryana under this scheme.

Mr. Kanwar Pal congratulated the participants from the forest department, line departments, IUCN and IORA Ecological Solutions for taking on Land Restoration Initiatives in Haryana. He emphasized that the COVID-19 pandemic is a reminder to all of us that we need to urgently work towards conserving nature. He mentioned that many native and indigenous tree species are on the verge of extinction and these need to be saved. He mentioned that Haryana supports the global and national target under the Bonn Challenge and the state government has taken on a target to increase its green cover to 20 percent of its total geographic area.

The state is planning intensive afforestation in 2200 villages to achieve this goal. He said that in the current financial year, eight forest gardens have been developed on 35 hectare of land under the scheme to plant fruitful saplings on Panchayati land. More forest gardens will be developed in the coming year as well.

The ROAM project entails IUCN supporting MoEFCC with coordination, planning, monitoring and reporting of land restoration in India in a pilot phase of 3.5 years. In order to develop and adapt best practices and monitoring protocols, and build capacity. IUCN and MoEFCC have identified five states in this pilot phase - Haryana, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh Maharashtra, and Nagaland. IUCN has engaged IORA Ecological Solutions Pvt. Ltd. (IORA), an environmental advisory group with expertise in forestry, landscape management and climate change mitigation and adaptation to carry out an analysis of land restoration opportunities in the five states to tackle the challenge of land degradation. This was the second stakeholder consultation for the project in Haryana undertaken by IUCN and IORA in close collaboration with the State Forest Department.

The purpose of this workshop was to get feedback and to validate preliminary findings with officials who work in different landscapes in Haryana. The workshop began with remarks by the dignitaries present who all stressed on the importance of land restoration in Haryana to support India’s efforts towards achieving Land Degradation Neutrality.

Dr. Vivek Saxena, Country Representative, IUCN India, thanked Mr. Kanwar Pal and Education and the Forest Department for supporting IUCN in the implementation of the ROAM project. He highlighted the ongoing Pandemic due to COVID19, which is a resultant on forest degradation which brings humans in closer contact with wildlife. He further highlighted how restoring land is possible through stakeholder engagements. He emphasized on how ROAM methodology is a futuristic approach on Forest Landscape Restoration.

Mr. Pankaj Asthana, IG National Afforestation and Eco-Development Board congratulated the officers from Haryana on participating in the second consultation meeting under the IUCN ROAM project in the state, and emphasized Haryana’s important role in the project.

Mr. V.S. Tanwar, PCCF and HOFF, Haryana Forest Department highlighted the use of RS/GIS techniques to monitor forest cover by the Forest department. He expressed a desire to carry this out in even more detail with IUCNs support. He assured the cooperation of the department on ROAM initiative.

Principal Secretary, Forest and Wildlife Department, Mrs. G. Anupama noted that the remaining natural forests in the state were primarily in the Aravalli hills. Given the challenges of population pressure and conserving and increasing vegetation cover, she stressed the importance of community participation in achieving goals of restoration.

This was followed by a technical workshop where the IUCN-IORA team presented detailed findings and analysis of degradation trends and drives across six Aravalli districts of Haryana facilitated by Dr. PP Bhojvaid, Retd. PCCF Haryana Forest Department. The exercise revealed that mining and pressure on peri-urban forests were the key drivers of degradation in the region. It was agreed that the participating departments will work closely with the project team as they move forward towards developing restoration action plans for the region.

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A team of officers and employees of the Union Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports and Sports Authority of India met with Haryana Minister of State for Sports and Youth Affairs, Mr. Sandeep Singh and the Principal Secretary, Sports and Youth Affairs Department, Mr. Yogendra Chaudhary.

Chandigarh, January 13: In view of the Khelo India Youth Games -2021 to be held in Haryana, a team of officers and employees of the Union Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports and Sports Authority of India met with Haryana Minister of State for Sports and Youth Affairs, Mr. Sandeep Singh and the Principal Secretary, Sports and Youth Affairs Department, Mr. Yogendra Chaudhary.

It was informed during the meeting that the Khelo India Youth Games -2021 is being considered to be organized in November 2021, in which there will be a total of 25 sports competitions including five indigenous games.

During this meeting, Mr. Sandeep Singh apprised the team about the steps being taken to raise the level of the Games and said that the best arrangements will be made by the Haryana Government for Khelo India Youth Games -2021. He said that at the request of Haryana Government, handball has been included in these games instead of lawn ball. The final decision regarding the competition venues will be taken after consulting the competition managers of the respective sports.

The team inspected the proposed venues of the state for Khelo India Youth Games -2021. Officers of the Haryana Sports and Youth Affairs Department apprised the team of the preparations being made by the Haryana Government for this competition, during their visit to the sports grounds of Karnal, Kurukshetra, Shahbad Markanda, Ambala, Panchkula, and Chandigarh. The team also held a meeting with Director General, Haryana Director, Sports, and Youth Affairs, Department, Dr. SS Phulia, and other officers of the department.

The Central Government team included Senior Director Khelo India, Mr. Satya Narayan Meena, President GTCC (KIYG-2021), Mr. Rajinder Singh, Assistant Director (Khelo India), Mr. Sibananda Mishra, Assistant Director (Competition and Events), Mr. Prashant Singh, Director-in-Charge, Regional Centre, Sports Authority of India, Zirakpur, Mr. P.K. Mattu, Junior Advisor, Mr. Varun Sachdev, Junior Advisor, Mr. Rohan Vassal, Young Professional, Mr. Gopal Kandpal, Young Professional, Mr. Bhanupratap Singh Rathore, and Advisor (E&Y), Ms. Sakina Kamal.

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Haryana Health Department is all set to start the process of administering COVID-19 vaccine from January 16, 2021 as the Department received 2,41,500 doses of Covishield Vaccine today as a part of COVID-19 vaccine roll out.

Chandigarh, January 13 – Haryana Health Department is all set to start the process of administering COVID-19 vaccine from January 16, 2021 as the Department received 2,41,500 doses of Covishield Vaccine today as a part of COVID-19 vaccine roll out.

The vaccine reached here from Pune and Deputy Commissioner, Panchkula, Mr. Mukesh Kumar Ahuja, Haryana, National Health Mission, Director Administration, Dr. B.K. Rajora and SEPIO, Dr. Virender Ahlawat were present to receive it.

Sharing more details in this regard, Additional Chief Secretary, Health, Mr. Rajeev Arora said that the Health Department received 2,41,500 doses of Covishield Vaccine at Chandigarh International Airport today. The vaccine was soon taken to the State Vaccine Store in Kurukshetra where it was handed over to Civil Surgeon Kurukshetra, Mr. Sukhbir Singh and DIO (District Immunization Officer), Dr Anupama Singh, he added.

Divulging more details Mr. Arora said that around 113 Immunization Session Sites have been identified across the state and the Health Care Workers (HCWs) will be administered the vaccine first. “Each Session Site will administer vaccine to 100 beneficiaries by the Vaccinators. The information in this regard has already been uploaded on the CoWIN portal. Soon messages will be sent to the beneficiaries regarding the administration of vaccine,” said Mr. Arora.

Stating that the entire exercise of conducting the dry run proved to be beneficial Mr. Arora said that after conducting the dry run it came to light that one vaccinator can administer the vaccine to 100 beneficiaries. Thus, at each session site a five-member team of vaccinator officers will be deputed, who will ensure that social distancing norms are adhered to. “The messages of each beneficiary will be checked before giving the vaccine. The beneficiary will wait after the administration of the vaccine and will be guided on the precautions to be taken,” he added.

On the care to be taken after the vaccine is administered, Mr. Arora said that the beneficiaries will ensure adherence of social distancing norms, respiratory hygiene, hand hygiene after the vaccine is administered.”

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Sustained efforts of the government to boost technical education in the state of Haryana have yielded results at last.

Chandigarh, January 13: Sustained efforts of the government to boost technical education in the state of Haryana have yielded results at last. Unlike past years despite devastating effects of the pandemic, a remarkable increase of 16 percent in enrolment in Government Polytechnics in the state has been recorded this session.

An official spokesperson said that Government technical institutions in the state, including 37 Government Polytechnics and 4 Government Aided Polytechnics, have managed to make around 90 percent admissions for the session 2020-21. In order to encourage these efforts and maintain this tempo, the department has decided to reward 17 Principals of the Government technical institutions and 14 officers or officials of the Haryana State Technical Education Society (HSTES) with letters of appreciation.

In total, there is approximately 16 percent increase in enrolment in Government Polytechnics and 8 percent increase in Government Aided Polytechnics for the current session as compared to last year. There are at least 17 Government Technical Institutions that have recorded more than 90 percent admissions including those two who have recorded 100 percent admissions for this session.

He said that while in the academic session 2015-16, 8005 students took admission in Government Polytechnics; in 2016-17 a total number of 7522 students took admission. In 2017-18 a total of 9017 students took admission, in 2018-19 a total of 10607, in 2019-20 a total of 9165 and in 2020-21 a total of 12007 students took admission

Department, under the leadership of Principal Secretary, Haryana Technical Education, Mr. Ankur Gupta and Director General, Haryana Technical Education, Mr. Ajit Balaji Joshi, took a host of initiatives to improve the situation and boosted the quality of technical education in the state, he added. He said that they organized a series of meetings and webinars with the Principals of Technical Institutions and motivated them to ensure 100 percent admissions in their institutions. Obviously, this increase in admissions is the result of their relentless efforts, he added.

He said that in the Session 2020-21, Department of Technical Education took an extraordinary initiative for differently abled students (Speech and Hearing Impaired) to study various Polytechnic courses at Government Polytechnic, Sector 26, Panchkula. For the benefit of these students, no admission and tuition fee has been charged and facility of interpreter in Indian Sign Language has been provided for better understanding of the curriculum. Diploma in Computer Engineering And Architectural Assistantship has been started with 15 seats in each branch and 100 percent admissions have been achieved.

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The Chairman Consumer Grievances Redressal Forum (CGRF) of Uttar Haryana BijliVitran Nigam along with the members of the Forum would take the proceedings of the forum in the office of XEN ‘OP’ Division Panchkula to redress the grievances / to hear the complaint of the consumers.

Chandigarh, January 13 - The Chairman Consumer Grievances Redressal Forum (CGRF) of Uttar Haryana BijliVitran Nigam along with the members of the Forum would take the proceedings of the forum in the office of XEN ‘OP’ Division Panchkula to redress the grievances / to hear the complaint of the consumers and to entertain new complaints from 11 am to 1 pm on January 18, 2021.

Giving more information in this regard, an official spokesperson said that the CGRF shall take all grievances/complaints of consumers like billing problem, voltage complaints, problems in metering, disconnection and reconnection of power supply, interruptions, failure of power supply, efficiency, safety, reliability, noncompliance of Haryana Electricity Regulatory Commission orders etc. However, the cases of theft and unauthorized use of electricity, offences and penalties as specified under section 126 and section 135 to 139 of Electricity Act, accidents and inquiries as under section 161 of the Act would not be considered by the Forum.

All the consumers are requested to avail the opportunity for the redressal of their grievances.