218 new schemes costing Rs. 245 crore and six schemes costing Rs. 49.27 crore of Public Health Engineering Department were approved in the 52nd meeting of Haryana State Drought Relief and Flood Control Board held under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister Mr. Manohar Lal

Chandigarh, January 16: As many as 218 new schemes costing Rs. 245 crore and six schemes costing Rs. 49.27 crore of Public Health Engineering Department were approved in the 52nd meeting of Haryana State Drought Relief and Flood Control Board held under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister Mr. Manohar Lal here today. Deputy Chief Minister, Mr. Dushyant Chautala and Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Minister, Mr. J.P. Dalal were also present in the meeting.

During the meeting, the Chief Minister directed the Deputy Commissioners in the State and Superintending Engineers (SEs) of line departments to ensure speedy implementations of these schemes with target to complete all short term schemes by June 30, 2021.

The Chief Minister also directed the officers of Public Health Engineering Department to coordinate with the Deputy Commissioners and District Municipal Commissioners to draft separate dewatering plans for those areas which have not been included in the schemes approved in today’s meeting so as to deal with the problem of water logging in such areas.

During the meeting, Additional Chief Secretary, Irrigation and Water Resources Department, Mr. Devender Singh said that the Irrigation Department by taking further the State Government’s vision of water conservation has laid more thrust on water conservation and land reclamation in addition to its mandate to save the state from fury of floods. He informed that the 218 schemes approved in today’s meeting include water conservation, reclamation, protection of Abadi/Agriculture Land, Procurement of Flood Machinery and Repair/Reconstruction of Bridges/Structures etc.

He informed that last year no flood situation along River Yamuna though some districts like Hisar, Sonipat, Ambala, Jhajjar Jind, Julana experienced water logging due to localized heavy rains. He said that all the flood protection schemes proposed were reviewed and recommended by the Haryana State Advisory Committee in the meeting held on January 6, 2021 under the Chairmanship of Additional Chief Secretary and Financial Commissioner, Revenue and Disaster Management, Mr. Sanjeev Kaushal.

He further intimated the success of last year's executed land/soil reclamation pilot schemes and said that the same have been proposed to be replicated on a wider scale to other districts to reclaim the submerged areas whereby saving crops and increasing agriculture produce.

During the meeting, the Chief Minister also launched a web portal for “Micro Irrigation Initiative” on web site https://cadaharyana.nic.in for inviting application from the farmers/WUA. The launch is with motto “Suksham Sinchai Se Har Khet Mein Pani” which is a step towards automation. A project, inclusive of watercourse for installation of Community Based Solar/Grid Powered Integrated Micro Irrigation with subsidy at the rate of 95 percent on Micro Irrigation (MI) system will be taken up through the portal.

Farmers or group of farmers have to come forward with the chak of minimum 25 acres to adopt MI in their fields. Further 100 percent consent of stakeholders (Farmers) for adaptation of MI system with 5 percent MI cost contribution and free land for tank at the rate of 2 kanal for 25 acres chak will be main requirement from farmers end. Therefore construction of storage tanks, solar pumps and on farm micro irrigation components like drip and sprinkler shall be provided by Government on subsidized rates in a transparent manner through this web portal.

While addressing the media persons after the meeting, Deputy Chief Minister, Mr. Dushyant Chautala shared the details about the decision taken in the meeting. He said that the District Municipal Commissioners along with Deputy Commissioners have already been directed by the Chief Minister to gear up their arrangements to deal with water logging problem much before the upcoming monsoon season.

Those who were present in the meeting included, Chief Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Mr. D. S. Dhesi, Additional Chief Secretary and Financial Commissioner, Revenue and Disaster Management and Consolidation Department, Mr. Sanjeev Kaushal, Additional Chief Secretary, Public Works (B&R) and Architecture Department, Mr. Alok Nigam, Additional Chief Secretary, Urban Local Bodies Department, Mr. S. N. Roy, Additional Chief Secretary, Finance and Planning Departments, Mr. T.V. S.N. Prasad, Principal Secretary, Forests and Wildlife Department, Ms. G. Anupama, Principal Secretary, Town and Country Planning and Urban Estates Department, Mr. A. K. Singh, Additional Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Mr. Amit Kumar Agrawal, Deputy Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Ms. Ashima Brar and other senior officers.

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Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal said that the State Government has made all necessary arrangements for the successful implementation of COVID-19 vaccination programme commencing today at 77 sites in the State.

Chandigarh, January 16: While reiterating his commitment to provide quality health care facilities to the people, Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal said that the State Government has made all necessary arrangements for the successful implementation of COVID-19 vaccination programme commencing today at 77 sites in the State. He said that two vaccines namely Covishield of Serum Institute of India and Covaxin of India Biotech are authorized for emergency use in Haryana. He said that on January 13, 2021, the State has received more than 2.4 lakh doses of Covishield vaccine and the first supply of 20,000 doses of Covaxin.

Mr Manohar Lal was interacting with the Covid vaccination beneficiaries and service providers of Medanta-The Medicity, Gurugram and other government and private health institutions in the State through video conferencing here today. The address of Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal was telecast live at all 77 sites in the State including two-way connectivity at Civil Dispensary, Sector-4, Panchkula and Government Primary School, Wazirabad, Gurugram.

While congratulating the people of Haryana on the roll out of COVID-19 vaccination programme by Prime Minister, Mr Narendra Modi today, the Chief Minister said that this vaccination programme would prove to be an effective step in overcoming this global Pandemic. He said that the health workers would be vaccinated at 3000 session sites across the country today. According to Dr. Paul, Member NITI Ayog both these vaccines are safe and everyone should take it, he added.

Mr Manohar Lal said that the population has been prioritized in view of the high demand of vaccines initially. He said that several groups have been included in the vaccination of Covid-19 and the vaccine would be administered sequentially starting from Health Care Workers. He said that those who have been included in Group 1 include health workers (doctors, nurse, ANM, pharmacists, sweeper, lab technician, helper, ASHA, Anganwadi workers, etc). Similarly, those who have been included in Group-2 include frontline workers such as municipal and sanitation workers, state and central police forces, civil security, prison staff and armed forces like armed line workers. Now the revenue staff has been added to it. He said that the population above 50 years of age and Population below 50 years with co-morbidities have been included in Group-3.

The Chief Minister said that with a view to ensure smooth, effective and target based implementation of vaccination programme, beneficiaries have been enrolled in the digital platform (CoWIN software). He said that for the successful implementation of the vaccination programme, health care workers and health facilities have been registered on the CoWIN platform. This includes about two lakh health workers, 5044 vaccinators, 765 Public Health facilities, 3634 Private health facilities, 18921 session sites and 1005 observers.

He said that Haryana has adequate cold chain space to store the Covid-19 vaccine. A State Level Vaccine Store has been set up in Kurukshetra. Apart from this, four regional level stores have been set up in Hisar, Rohtak, Kurukshetra and Gurugram. Also, 22 vaccine stores (one in each district) have also been set up. Apart from this, arrangement of 22 insulated vaccine vans has been made for the transportation of vaccine to 659 cold chain points across Haryana.

The Chief Minister said that Haryana had enough Covid hospitals to treat Corona patients and all the hospitals are equipped with oxygen beds, ICU beds and ventilators. He said that the Health Department has also set up a 1075 helpline for the assistance of citizens of the State. Today the recovery rate in Haryana is more than 98 percent and the mortality rate is about 1 percent which is much lower than most states, he asserted.

He said that however, cases of Corona virus are decreasing and the Covid-19 vaccine has also come up, the people still need to be vigilant to prevent the further spread of CoronaVirus by following precautionary measures like wearing a mask, maintaining hand hygiene and a physical distance of two yards. He also urged the people not to panic from Corona as it is completely curable. Citing his own example, the Chief Minister said that he remained admitted in Medanta, Gurugram for 17 days due to Corona. As a result of strong will power and dedication of doctors, he successfully recovered from Covid.

Additional Chief Secretary, Health and Family Welfare, Mr Rajeev Arora said that Ms. Saroj Bala was the first Healthcare worker to have been successfully vaccinated at Government Dispensary, Sector-4, Panchkula. He said that Director General Health Services Mr Suraj Bhan Kamboj, Additional Director General Health Services, Dr Veena Singh, Director, National Health Mission, Haryana Dr V.K Bansal, Civil Surgeon, Panchkula Dr Jasjeet Kaur, State Immunization Officer Dr. Virender Ahlawat, were among the few who came forward and got themselves vaccinated so as to infuse confidence among other people of the State towards the vaccination.

Dr Naresh Trehan of Medanta-The Medicity Gurugram who was also among the doctors of Medanta that got vaccinated today told the Chief Minister that Covid vaccination is necessary for the safety of people, their family and the society. He said that mild fever and body pain after the vaccination is normal and people should not worry about these symptoms.

Among those present on this occasion included Chief Secretary Mr Vijai Vardhan, Chief Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Mr D.S Dhesi, Additional Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Mr Amit Kumar Agrawal, Mission Director, National Health Mission, Haryana Mr Prabhjot Singh, Additional Director (Admn.), Information, Public Relations and Languages Department Mrs Varsha Khangwal, Additional Director General Health Services, Dr Veena Singh and other senior officers of the State Government.

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Haryana Deputy Chief Minister, Mr. Dushyant Chautala launched a prototype of 'GST-PV' app for Excise and Taxation Department.

Chandigarh, 16 January: Haryana Deputy Chief Minister, Mr. Dushyant Chautala launched a prototype of 'GST-PV' app for Excise and Taxation Department. Through this app, all the Tax Inspectors of the Excise and Taxation Department will conduct physical verification of the premises of taxpayers with their smartphones.

On this occasion, Additional Chief Secretary, Excise and Taxation Department, Mr. Anurag Rastogi, Commissioner, Excise and Taxation Department, Mr. Shekhar Vidyarthi and other senior officers of the department were present.

After launching the app, the Deputy Chief Minister who also holds the portfolio of the Excise and Taxation Department said that this app will help in quick detection of fake firms that are involved in passing inaccurate input tax-credits. Apart from this, this app will be helpful in registration of tax, which will save the time and resources of the department.

He said that at present, tax-inspectors have to visit the firms and manually record the entries after taking the documents, which often leads to complaints of incorrect and inconsistent data filling, while the whole process will be automated through this app and the tax-inspector can feed their data directly.

The Deputy Chief Minister said that the tax inspectors will have the option to save cases for verification before visiting the premises in the field, so that verification can be done after the actual inspection.

He said that earlier some tax-inspectors used to fill the taxpayer's entries by sitting in their offices instead of going to the spot, but now they will have to go to the firm to fill it through this app. The App will automatically take GPS coordinates of the location and photographs of the premises at the time of physical verification and these details will not be required to be manually fed in the system, he added.

Mr. Dushyant Chautala said that the tax inspectors will be able to view registration particulars of any firm and can contact the authorized representatives through the mobile App. Tax inspectors will be able to use their mobile camera to capture both photographs of the premises and relevant documentary evidence, he added.

He said that the tax inspectors will be able to view and verify the documents uploaded on the common portal at the time of physical verification itself. He said that this app will bring transparency in the works of the department along with saving time and money.

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New year has brought joy for the inmates of Haryana Prisons. Prison Radio has been launched in District Jail, Panipat today by Jail Minister, Mr. Ranjit Singh.

Chandigarh, January 16: New year has brought joy for the inmates of Haryana Prisons. Prison Radio has been launched in District Jail, Panipat today by Jail Minister, Mr. Ranjit Singh.

Earlier in December, 2020, six inmates of Central Jail, Ambala, five inmates of District Jail Panipat and 10 inmates including five female inmates of District Jail Faridabad were provided Radio Jockey training by Dr. Vartika Nanda, Founder of Tinka Tinka Foundation.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Ranjit Singh said that this initiative will help in converting Prisons into Correctional Homes.

Additional Chief Secretary, Home and Jails Department, Mr. Rajeev Arora, said that jail radio is a unique initiative for positive engagement which will facilitate better communication among prison inmates and help in bringing out their positivity and creativity.

Director General of Police/ Prisons, Mr. K. Selvaraj said that new radio stations at Faridabad and Ambala jails will be launched shortly.

Dr. Vartika Nanda said that the jail radio which is a model of Tinka Tinka Prison reforms, will broadcast an hourly programme daily and will be based on jail activities. Superintendent Jail, Mr. Devi Dayal was also present on this occasion.