Chief Minister Manohar Lal pays homage to Saint Shiromani Shri Guru Ravidas Ji

Rise above caste and creed for increasing social harmony, says Sh. Manohar Lal

Chandigarh, February 27- Haryana Chief Minister, Sh. Manohar Lal said that teachings of revered Saint Shiromani Guru Ravidas Ji are still relevant today and everyone while rising above caste, creed, class and community should take inspiration from the life and teachings of such great personalities for ensuring brotherhood and social harmony in society.

“On this auspicious day, I bow to the great Saint Guru Ravidas Ji. I urge everyone to come forward and strengthen the bonds of society by following the path of reverence, devotion, equality and compassion shown by him,” said Sh. Manohar Lal.

The Chief Minister was speaking during a state level programme organized on the occasion of 644th Birth Anniversary of great Saint Shiromani Guru Ravidas Ji held at his residence here today. Power and Jails Minister, Sh. Ranjit Singh and BJP leader, Smt. Banto Kataria were also present on this occasion. District level programmes were also organized simultaneously in 22 districts and the dignitaries present in these programmes also participated in the programme held at Chandigarh through video conferencing.

Speaking on the occasion, Sh. Manohar Lal said that Saint Shiromani Guru Ravidas Ji was a great Saint, philosopher, poet, social reformer, and follower of God who was born in the 15th century. He said that Saint Shiromani Guru Ravidas Ji had devoted his entire life to bring about social reforms in the society and ensure upliftment of every needy person.

“Saint Shiromani Guru Ravidas Ji did not belong to any particular caste or community but always worked for the wellbeing of the entire humanity therefore let us take a pledge for imbibing the teachings and messages of such great personalities in our lives so that the sense of disharmony in the society ends and the spirit of equality, love, and brotherhood prevails,” said the Chief Minister.

Sharing Saint Shiromani Guru Ravidas Ji’s, 'Mann Changa Toh Kathauti Mein Ganga', anecdote, the Chief Minister said this anecdote still holds great relevance. He said that our body needs to be holy by soul not by just taking bath in the holy river, if our soul and heart is pure and happy then we are completely holy. Hence everyone should always work with the spirit of communal harmony to serve the society and country.

While quoting Shiromani Guru Ravidas Ji’s Shloka against caste discrimination, “ Jati-jati Mai Jati hai, Jo Ketan Ke Paat, Redas Manush na Jud Sake, Jab Tak Jati na Jaat”, meaning that the caste is like banana leaves, wherein there are leaves within the leaves. There are also many castes within the castes, Sh. Manohar Lal said that Saint Shiromani Guru Ravidas Ji was against casteism and he always believed that social evils like discrimination based on caste, class, or community should be completely eradicated from society.

“It is really unfortunate that the society today has not been completely freed from the atrocities based on caste. Therefore we must all come forward to establish social unity and equality in the society so as to ensure that all the atrocities based on caste, creed, class and community do not prevail in the society and the State and the Country swiftly moves on the development path,” said the Chief Minister.

Political Secretary to Chief Minister, Sh. Krishan Kumar Bedi, Principal Secretary, Welfare of Scheduled Castes and Backward Classes Department, Sh. Vineet Garg, Additional Principal Secretary to Chief Minister and Director General, Information, Public Relations and Languages Department, Dr. Amit Agrawal, Managing Director, Haryana Scheduled Castes, Finance and Development Corporation, Ms. Amneet P. Kumar and other dignitaries were present on this occasion.

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Mukhyamantri Antyodaya Parivar Utthan Yojana to be implemented soon: Sh. Manohar Lal

Financial assistance under Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Awas Navinikarn Yojna increased to 80,000

Benefits of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Awas Navinikarn Yojna extended to all BPL families

Legal Aid given to Scheduled Castes increased to 21,000

Sant Mahapurush Vichar Samman and Prasaar Yojana launched announced Chief Minister

Chandigarh, February 27- Haryana Chief Minister, Sh. Manohar Lal, while again reiterating, State Government’s commitment to uplift the poorest of poor in the spirit of Antyodaya announced four public welfare schemes during a state level programme organized on the occasion of 644th Birth Anniversary of great Saint Shiromani Guru Ravidas Ji held at his residence here today.

Power and Jails Minister, Sh. Ranjit Singh and BJP leader, Smt Banto Kataria were also present on this occasion. District level programmes were also organized simultaneously in 22 district and the dignitaries present in these programmes also participated in the programme held at Chandigarh through video conferencing.

Speaking on the occasion, Sh. Manohar Lal said that the teachings of great personalities like Guru Ravidas are still relevant today and while taking inspiration from their life and teachings, the State Government is dedicatedly working to ensure welfare of every needy person.

Mukhyamantri Antyodaya Parivar Utthan Yojana

Sh. Manohar Lal said that soon a unique scheme called Mukhyamantri Antyodaya Parivar Utthan Yojana would be implemented in the State, under which selection of as many as One lakh poor families who are residing in Haryana and are having lowest family income would be done through Parivar Pehchan Patra Portal. Work of making Parivar Pehchan Patra (PPPs) cards has been accelerated and till now out of 65 lakh families PPP cards of 54 lakh families have been made and those pending will soon be completed so that the benefits of various welfare schemes being run by the Government reach grassroot levels, said Sh. Manohar Lal.

“Every possible effort will be made to increase the family income of such families’ to atleast Rs 8000 to Rs 9000 per month. For this, the State Government will emphasize on the skill development of members of such families, providing employment opportunities to the unemployed members and also providing financial assistance. Besides this, employment avenues will also be explored to generate employment,” asserted the Chief Minister.

Financial assistance under Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Awas Navinikarn Yojna increased to 80,000

The Chief Minister announced that the financial assistance of Rs, 50,000 being given under Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Awas Navinikarn Yojna for the repair of the house to Scheduled Castes families living below poverty line has now been increased to Rs. 80,000.

All category BPL families to get benefits of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Awas Navinikarn Yojna

Sh. Manohar Lal also announced that BPL families belonging to any category will be able to avail the benefits of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Awas Navinikarn Yojna, While, till now this scheme was limited to BPL families belonging to Scheduled Castes. He said that from April 1, 2021, the annual income slab of BPL families would be increased from Rs 1.20 lakh to Rs 1.80 lakh

Legal Aid given to Scheduled Castes increased to 21,000

The Chief Mistier also announced that the legal aid given to the members belonging to the Scheduled Castes, who became victim of atrocities under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, has been increased from Rs.11, 000 to Rs. 21,000.

Sant Mahapurush Vichar Samman and Prasaar Yojana

Sh. Manohar Lal said that in a bid to spread the message of social harmony, brotherhood, and removing the evils of casteism being given by these great saints, an amount of Rs. 11 crore has been allocated under the Sant Mahapurush Vichar Samman and Prasaar Yojana. Under this scheme, financial assistance of minimum of Rs. 50,000 and maximum of Rs One lakh will be provided to the social and religious organizations for organizing programmes on the birth anniversaries of these great men at the Block and Gram levels.

Political Secretary to Chief Minister, Sh. Krishan Kumar Bedi, Principal Secretary, Welfare of Scheduled Castes and Backward Classes Department, Sh. Vineet Garg, Additional Principal Secretary to Chief Minister and Director General, Information, Public Relations and Languages Department, Dr. Amit Agrawal, Managing Director, Haryana Scheduled Castes, Finance and Development Corporation, Ms. Amneet P. Kumar and other dignitaries were present on this occasion.

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Sh. Krishan Pal Gurjar and Haryana Transport Minister, Sh. Mool Chand Sharma today flagged off CNG city buses plying for Faridabad city.

Chandigarh, February 27- To expand public transport facility in Faridabad, Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Sh. Krishan Pal Gurjar and Haryana Transport Minister, Sh. Mool Chand Sharma today flagged off CNG city buses plying for Faridabad city.

He said that under the leadership of Prime Minister, Sh. Narendra Modi, the Chief Minister, Sh Manohar Lal has been making consistent efforts for all-round development in the state for the last 6 years. Besides focusing on development in every field, the State Government has left no stone unturned to empower common people. He said that this city bus service to Faridabad will be pollution-free and environment-friendly. This initiative will be effective in saving money and time, he added.

He said that the people who have been using other transport facilities will now travel through this city bus service. Besides saving money and time, it will also lead to environmental protection. These 10 CNG buses will operate on different routes in Ballabhgarh, Greater Faridabad, Old Faridabad, NIT Metro, Railway stations and other public places across Faridabad city.

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On the occasion of the birth anniversary of Saint Shiromani Guru Ravidas ji, several programmes were organised across the state today in which various dignitaries, including ministers of Haryana paid homage to Guru Ravidas Ji and enlightened the people of the state about his teachings.

Chandigarh, February 27- On the occasion of the birth anniversary of Saint Shiromani Guru Ravidas ji, several programmes were organised across the state today in which various dignitaries, including ministers of Haryana paid homage to Guru Ravidas Ji and enlightened the people of the state about his teachings.

In the celebrations held in Faridabad, Haryana Transport Minister, Sh. Mool Chand Sharma said that saints have inborn devotion, not for a particular class but for public welfare and world peace and we all must follow the path shown by them.

Agriculture and Animal Husbandry Minister, Sh. Jai Prakash Dalal said that Saint Shiromani Guru Ravidas Ji gave the message of egalitarian society. He was against any kind of discrimination in humans and used to strongly oppose caste system and exploitation, he added.

In Karnal, Cooperation Minister, Sh. Banwari Lal announced an amount of Rs 11 lakh for Ambedkar Bhavan and said that saints and their teachings are not for any particular caste, but for the entire humanity. About 650 years ago, the Saint Shiromani Guru Ravidas gave a message of harmony to a society divided in caste and poverty and it is still relevant today.

In Narnaul, the Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Sh. Om Prakash Yadav said that Saint Shiromani Guru Ravidas gave the message of unity and brotherhood. We all should imbibe his message, he added.

In Rajaund town of Kaithal district, the Minister of State for Women and Child Development, Smt. Kamlesh Dhanda said that Saint Shiromani Guru Ravidas spread the message of harmony among mankind to overcome social evils.

In Hisar, Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Sh. Anoop Dhanak said that the teachings given by Guru Ravidas ji are the right way of living for the people of the society. He offered floral tributes on the picture of Sant Ravidas ji and also informed about the welfare announcements made by Chief Minister Sh. Manohar Lal.

In the programme organised in Kurukshetra, Minister of State for Sports and Youth Affairs, Sh. Sandeep Singh said that Saint Shiromani Guru Ravidas ji is counted among great saints across the world and translations of his speech are found in various languages of the world.

In Fatehabad, Deputy Speaker of the Assembly Sh. Ranbir Gangwa paid tributes to the statue of Sant Ravidas ji and lit the traditional lamp. He also announced Rs 11 lakh for a Hall in Ravidas Dharamshala and other developmental works.

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Haryana Power Minister, Sh. Ranjit Singh while addressing a press conference

Chandigarh, February 27- Haryana Power Minister, Sh. Ranjit Singh while addressing a press conference here today said that since 4.30 am this morning as many as 236 teams comprising of more than 1000 officers have been conducting raids for power thefts in the big industries running in the State.

"During the raids, more than 1100 cases of industrial power thefts have been caught. With these raids, the Electricity Board would be collecting a huge revenue of around Rs. 100 crores," informed Sh. Ranjit Singh.

The Minister said that the teams who have carried out raids along with doing close monitoring include, two directors of the power department, six SCs, Chief Engineer and XEN, JE and other officers and employees.

Sh. Ranjit Singh said that the raids have been carried out in industries running in five big cities including Gurugram, Dharuhera, Faridabad, Rewari and Hisar.

He said that large-scale raids have been conducted to catch power theft in the industries. Through these raids, the government wants to give strong a message to the people of the State that power thefts will not be tolerated at any cost.

The Minister said that in today's raids many cases of power thefts through 'Kundi connections', irregularities in meter connections etc. have been reported. The officers have also been found involved in these power thefts. Strict action would be taken against them, said the Minister.

He said that more than 3000 kW of power theft was caught in this raid, which would bring down the line loss. Reducing line losses will improve power efficiency and consumers will get even cheaper electricity.

The Minister said that for the first time in the history of Haryana, this kind of biggest action has been taken to curb power theft. This raid has been conducted based on long input received by the Government so that power theft can be stopped completely.

He said that the government plans to completely curb power thefts therefore consumers should pay their bills honestly. This will increase the revenue of the department and will provide good facilities to consumers, said Sh. Ranjit Singh.

He said that large scale raids against electricity theft in industries will reduce power theft cases significantly.

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Haryana Additional Chief Secretary, Home, Sh. Rajeev Arora inaugurated the third ‘Jail-Radio’ of the state of Haryana in the Central Jail, Ambala.

Chandigarh, February 27– Haryana Additional Chief Secretary, Home, Sh. Rajeev Arora inaugurated the third ‘Jail-Radio’ of the state of Haryana in the Central Jail, Ambala.

Sharing the main purpose of starting such radio, Sh. Arora, said in his address that the main objective of starting Jail-Radio is to promote art, creativity and harmony among the inmates.

On this occasion, DGP (Jails) Sh. K.K. Selvaraj was also present. Earlier, jail-radios have also been started in Panipat and Faridabad in collaboration with ‘Tinka-Tinka Foundation’.

Sh. Rajeev Arora said that the Central Jail at Ambala is considered as a historic jail in India and is among the three Central Jails of the state. He said that though a Jail has a restricted environment but with the introduction of radio, its inmates will be interacting with the outside world. He said that there are a total of 19 jails in Haryana and the state government plans to start Jail-radio in almost all the jails in order to initiate the process of Jail reforms for inmates. He also shared that the authorities concerned have been in dialogue with the founders and office-bearers of various NGOs regarding introducing more Jail reforms.

On this occasion, DGP (Jails) Sh. K. Selvaraj said that the first phase of installation of Jail-Radio in Jails has been completed with the introduction of radio in Ambala Jail and now Jail-Radio will be started in four other jails of the state under the second phase. Sh. Selvaraj said that he was satisfied with the improvement in behaviour of inmates in state jails. Jail Superintendent, Sh. Lakhbir Singh said that the introduction of Jail Radio has helped in transforming frustration in inmates towards positive thinking and is like a ray of hope for the inmates and will further enhance creativity in them.”

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Haryana State Higher Education Council, Chairman, Prof. Brij Kishore Kuthiala said that efforts are being made to introduce ‘Self Learning e-study course module’ soon for the teachers of Higher Education Department in the state.

Chandigarh, February 27- Haryana State Higher Education Council, Chairman, Prof. Brij Kishore Kuthiala said that efforts are being made to introduce ‘Self Learning e-study course module’ soon for the teachers of Higher Education Department in the state.

He was speaking as the Chief Guest at the concluding ceremony of 10-day Pilot Project ‘E-Adhyan Self Learning Courseware for Digital Teaching of TOT in Haryana’, organized by Haryana State Higher Education Council and Shri Vishwakarma Skill University, Palwal.

Expressing satisfaction over the successful operation, evaluation and feedback of the participants, he said a target has been set i.e. to authenticate all the professors of the state by connecting them with this project by December 2021. The Self-Learning e-adhyan course module designed is lecturer-oriented. Prof. Kuthiala said that after this training, professors should train other professors in the state. Teachers who have received training can form their own team and help in improving the module by brain storming.

In the concluding session, Vice Chancellor of Shri Vishwakarma Skill University, Palwal, Prof. Raj Nehru said that the project has been started to make the professors aware of the new technologies and the necessary skills needed to operate new techniques. If the participants of the training conduct classes in their colleges with the help of these techniques, then the acceptance of online education among the students will increase. Director of the programme, Dr. Anshu Bhardwaj, Advisor to Haryana State Higher Education Council, Sh. K. K. Agnihotri, Assistant Professor, Sh. Amarendra Kumar Arya, Assistant Professor, Radhika Prajapati, Dean of Sri Vishwakarma University Academic, Sh. Siddharth Sarkar and Training Officer, Dr. Chanchal Bhardwaj also expressed their views on the occasion.

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Haryana Government has issued transfer and posting orders of two IAS officers

Chandigarh, February 27– Haryana Government has issued transfer and posting orders of two IAS officers with immediate effect.

Mahavir Singh, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Kurukshetra has been posted as Director and Additional Secretary, Archaeology & Museums Haryana and Director and Additional Secretary, Archives Department.

Preeti, awaiting orders of posting has been posted as Additional Deputy Commissioner, Kurukshetra.