Congress left a debt of Rs. 98,000 crore: Haryana Chief Minister

Bhupinder Singh Hooda always misses to count debt of Rs. 27,860 crore during his tenure, says Manohar Lal

In Congress term State GDP was Rs 3.99 lakh crore, which is now increased to Rs 8.58 lakh crore

Chandigarh, March 2: Haryana Chief Minister, Sh. Manohar Lal while addressing a press conference here today took a dig at Congress Leader Sh. Bhupinder Singh Hooda for raising questions regarding State Government’s debt liability. Mocking at Sh. Hooda for having poor knowledge about debt figures, Sh. Manohar Lal said that when Congress government had left, State Government had a debt liability of Rs 98,000 crore.

While counting debt during Hooda’s tenure, Sh. Manohar Lal said, “Bhupinder Singh Hooda always says that when his tenure ended, then the debt liability of State Government was Rs. 60,000 crore. When BJP came to power in the year 2014-15, under the Ujjwal Discom Assurance Yojana (UDAY) scheme, debt amount of Rs. 27,860 crore taken by Power Discoms was included in the government's debt, so that the Power Discoms were not overburdened. Due to this, the total debt of the government was increased. He said that by November, 2014-15, when the Congress tenure ended debt liability was of Rs 70,900 crore and if the loan amount of Rs. 27,860 crore taken by Power Discoms is added to this then the total debt comes to Rs 98,000 crore. In this way, the Opposition actually gives wrong figures by not including Rs 38,000 crore in the entire debt left by them.

State Domestic Product (GSDP) has also doubled

Divulging details about State GDP graph, Sh. Manohar Lal said that in last six years, GSDP has increased two-fold. When the Congress tenure ended in the year 2014-15, Haryana’s GDP was Rs 3.99 lakh crore. Now it has increased to Rs 8.58 lakh crore. Therefore the State debt is within the limit of 25 per cent of GSDP as mandated. At present, State Government’s debt is 22.8 percent. Under Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management Act, loans up to three per cent can be taken and this year the Centre Government had raised it to five per cent, but Haryana has taken loans within its limits, shared Sh. Manohar Lal. The Chief Minister said that at the time of Congress, debt liability was in proportion to GSDP and even now the State Government’s debt is within the same proportion.

An amount of Rs 7,000 crore Revenue collected from Liquor

The Chief Minister said that Excise Revenue has doubled in BJP Government’s regime. In the year 2013-14, an amount of Rs. 3,697 crore was collected from Excise Duty. In 2014-15 the revenue was increased to Rs. 3,470 crore, in 2015-16 Rs. 4,300 crore was collected, in 2016-17 Rs. 4,600 crore was collected, in 2017-18 an amount of Rs. 4,900 crore was collected and in 2018-19 Rs 6,000 crore was collected. While in the year 2019-20 an amount of Rs 6,343crore was collected and in the current year, whooping revenue of Rs. 7,000 crore has been collected so far. These figures clearly show that State revenue has steadily increased and doubled in past six years.

An amount of Rs 36,000 crore collected from GST-VAT

The Chief Minister said that in the year 2013-14 the GST-VAT collection was Rs. 16,700 crore, Rs. 18,900 crore in 2014-15, Rs. 21,000 crore in 2015-16, Rs. 23,400 crore in 2016-17, Rs. 26,400 crore in 2017-18, Rs. 27,800 crore in 2018-19, Rs. 32,600 crore in 2019-20 and Rs. 36,000 crore in 2020-21.

Destroying produce will bring losses to farmers only

While urging the farmers not to destroy their crops and also not to sell milk at inflated prices, Chief Minister said that in a democracy holding a peaceful protest is everyone’s right but right now the farmers are being misguided to take such kind of drastic steps, which are eventually going to push them on the receiving end. I urge my farmer brothers to refrain from taking such decisions which will not only affect the common man but will also, bring a bad name to them as well.

Chief Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Sh. D.S Dhesi, Additional Chief Secretary, Finance, Sh. T.V.S.N Prasad, Additional Principal Secretary to Chief Minister and Director General, Information Public Relations and Languages Department, Dr. Amit Agrawal, Adviser, Public Safety, Grievances, Good Governance and overall incharge, CM Window, Sh. Anil Rao, Media Adviser to Chief Minister, Sh. Amit Arya and other senior officials were present on this occasion.

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Star-cast of Hindi film 'Mera Fauji Calling' including Actors, Sh. Sharman Joshi, Sh. Ranjha Vikram Singh, Producer, Sh. Jimmy Satish Asija and others METR C.M. MANOHAR LAL.

Chandigarh, March 2: Haryana Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal today met with the star-cast of Hindi film 'Mera Fauji Calling' including Actors, Sh. Sharman Joshi, Sh. Ranjha Vikram Singh, Producer, Sh. Jimmy Satish Asija and others. This film is based on valour of an Indian soldier and his family.

While welcoming the star-cast, Sh. Manohar Lal said that it is a matter of pleasure that this film is based on the bravery and sacrifice of a soldier. He hoped that this inspiring film will awaken the spirit of patriotism in the younger generation. Haryana is the land of 'Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan and Jai Pehalwan', which is why this film is bound to be close to the hearts of the people of the state, he added. The Chief Minister also expressed his keenness to watch this film.

The Chief Minister said that the Haryana Government has formulated its own film-policy in which special grant is given for the films made with the background of Haryana. He also invited film producers to shoot their films at historical and tourist places of Haryana.

Sh. Sharman Joshi said that the film 'Mera Fauji Calling', based on the life of an army soldier, will resonate with the land of Haryana, because the entire nation is aware of the enthusiasm of the Haryana youth to be recruited in the Indian army.

On this occasion, Additional Principal Secretary to Chief Minister and Director General, Information, Public Relations and Languages Department, Dr. Amit Kumar Agrawal, Media Advisor to the Chief Minister, Sh. Amit Arya, were also present.

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Developmental taxes, charges reduced in Panchkula, announces Chief Minister Manohar Lal

New External Development Charges and Infrastructure Development Charges slashed by almost one-third: Manohar Lal

New Developmental taxes charges now fixed at par with Mohali and Zirakpur, announced the Chief Minister

Chandigarh, March 2: While ensuring holistic development of Panchkula and in a bid to woo Real Estate Investors for making potential investment in Panchkula district, Haryana Chief Minister, Sh. Manohar Lal today announced that various developmental charges and taxes have been reduced by almost one-third in Panchkula district, bringing them at par with Mohali and Zirakpur.

Sh. Manohar Lal while addressing a Press Conference here today said, "The decision to bring down External Development Charges (EDC) and Infrastructure Development Charges (IDC) at par with Mohali and Zirakpur has been taken to ensure overall development of Panchkula and to develop Panchkula as a Smart City, Tourist Destination and Education Hub" said the Chief Minister.

As per the decision, EDC/IDC rates for the Residential Plots Colony have now been reduced from Rs.1.24 crore per acre to Rs. 43.72 lakh per acre. Likewise, EDC/IDC rates for the Residential Group Housing Colony are reduced from Rs. 3.46 crore per acre to Rs. 1.17 crore per acre.

The Chief Minister announced that EDC/IDC rates for the Commercial Colonies have been reduced from Rs. 5.88 crore per acre to Rs. 1.52 crore per acre. EDC/IDC rates for Deen Dayal Jan Awas Yojna have been reduced from Rs. 93.44 lakh per acre to Rs. 32.89 lakh per acre, announced Sh. Manohar Lal.

The Chief Minister further announced that EDC/IDC rates for Affordable Group Housing Colony have been reduced from Rs. 89.11 lakh per acre to Rs. 38.87 lakh per acre.

“EDC/IDC rates for Warehouse/ Cold storage are now fixed at Rs.14.30 lakh per acre, while earlier the same were Rs. 2.96 crore per acre. Similarly, EDC/IDC rates for Industry have been fixed at Rs. 14.30 lakh per acre, while earlier the same was Rs. 2.94 crore per acre, shared the Chief Minister.

“EDC/IDC rates for Institutions have been reduced from Rs. 77 lakh per acre to 8.68 lakh per acre. EDC/IDC rates for Marriage Palaces/Banquet halls/ Hotels have been reduced to Rs. 25.26 lakh per acre, while earlier the same was Rs. 3.17 crore per acre,” announced the Chief Minister.

The EDC/IDC rates for petroleum pumps have been reduced from Rs. 3.42 crore per acre to Rs. 43.29 lakh per acre. The EDC/IDC rates for Hospitals have been fixed at Rs. 17.31 lakh per acre, while earlier the same was Rs. 77 lakh per acre, informed Sh. Manohar Lal.

Chief Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Sh. D.S Dhesi, Media Adviser to Chief Minister, Sh. Amit Arya, Additional Chief Secretary, Finance Department, Sh. T.V.S.N Prasad, Additional Principal Secretary to Chief Minister and Director General, Information Public Relations and Languages Department, Dr. Amit Agrawal, Adviser, Public Safety, Grievances, Good Governance and overall Incharge, CM Window, Sh. Anil Rao, and other senior officials were present on this occasion.

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Haryana Chief Minister, Sh. Manohar Lal today said that a one-member committee of Chief Secretary, Sh. Vijai Vardhan has been constituted to do the analysis of recommendations submitted by various committees

Chandigarh, March 2: Haryana Chief Minister, Sh. Manohar Lal today said that a one-member committee of Chief Secretary, Sh. Vijai Vardhan has been constituted to do the analysis of recommendations submitted by various committees constituted to probe various liquor complaints including the issue of deaths on account of consumption of spurious liquor across Haryana, smuggling and illegal stocking, etc.

Chief Minister, while addressing a Press Conference here today said that while taking cognizance of complaints received regarding liquor, Special Investigation Team (SIT), Special Enquiry Team (SET) were formed to investigate these complaints.

“The members of these committees have separately submitted their recommendations to the Government and now Chief Secretary after analyzing these recommendations would take strict action against those found guilty” said the Chief Minister.

Sh. Manohar Lal said that constant efforts have been made to curb the liquor smuggling. This is a very serious matter and a close vigil has been kept by the offices concerned. However, smuggling and other liquor offences were increased during the lockdown period but even then the Government left no stone unturned to take strict action against those found guilty.

The Chief Minister said that the State Government has adopted a zero-tolerance policy against corruption. Be it registration of land, starting e-RAVANA and other digital reforms have been brought in every sector to ensure Minimum Government and Maximum Governance.

“A recent raid for power thefts in the big industries running in the State is the latest example. For the first time in the history of Haryana, this kind of biggest action has been taken to curb power theft and because of this, in last two days, checking of as many as 7728 Power connections in Industry, Domestic and Commerical was done on February 27 and 28, 2021 out of which 2733 power thefts have been caught. More than 5900 kW of power theft was caught in this raid, which would bring down the line loss. With these raids, the Electricity Board would be collecting huge revenue of around Rs. 100 crore,” said the Chief Minister.

Chief Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Sh. D.S Dhesi, Additional Chief Secretary, Finance, Sh. T.V.S.N Prasad, Director General, Information Public Relations and Languages Department, Dr. Amit Agrawal, Adviser, Public Safety, Grievances, Good Governance and overall incharge, CM Window, Sh. Anil Rao, Media Adviser to Chief Minister, Sh. Amit Arya and other senior officials were present on this occasion.

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Haryana's Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSME) department will help in promoting the toy industries of the state, whereby the artisans of the state will get an opportunity to showcase their skills, while their financial status will also improve.

Chandigarh, March 2: Haryana Deputy Chief Mnister, Sh. Dushyant Chautala said that Haryana's Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSME) department will help in promoting the toy industries of the state, whereby the artisans of the state will get an opportunity to showcase their skills, while their financial status will also improve.

Mr. Dushyant Chautala, who also holds the portfolio of the Industries and Commerce Department, said this at the concluding day of India's first 'Toy Fair-2021'. He said that with the help of the MSME Department every small toy-maker and artisan living across the state will be benefitted. He said that till now toy industries in Bahadurgarh, Sonipat and Manesar which mainly manufacture toys from wood, clay, leather, stuffed, cloth etc., however, he wished that this 'Toy Fair-2021' will help establishing toy industries in other parts of the state as well. This fair is an important step towards India becoming self-reliant, he added.

Sh. Dushyant Chautala said that the State Government had recently signed MoUs with three well-known companies in the field of e-commerce 'eBay', 'Power2SME', ' Tradeindia.com', which will benefit the artisans and entrepreneurs of the toy industry. Through these companies, their products will now be able to be purchased in any corner of the world; this will also increase the export of our country, he added. He said that the State Government’s primary focus is to promote entrepreneurship, to enhance inclusive and balanced regional development in the state. The reach of traditional artisans living in the remote parts of the state will no longer be limited, this will even give a boost to their sales in the international market and to their income as well, he added. He said that e-commerce has the potential to take MSMEs to new markets.

Additional Director, MSME Department, Sh. Shashi Kant said that in the last four days of 'Toy Fair-2021', more than 50 big toy-makers have visited the state's online pavilion. Sh. Shashi Kant, who is constantly keeping an eye on this pavilion, responded to queries asked by these visitors and resolved their doubts.

He said that Haryana-Pavilion has attracted the attention of many stakeholders, domestic and foreign.

It is noteworthy that Prime Minister, Sh. Narendra Modi, inaugurated India's first 'Toy Fair-2021' virtually on 27 February due to COVID-19. Around 1,000 toy-makers from 10 states displayed their own toys at this four-day fair.

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Haryana Deputy Chief Minister, Sh. Dushyant Chautala said that despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the State is developing rapidly.

Chandigarh, March 2: Haryana Deputy Chief Minister, Sh. Dushyant Chautala said that despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the State is developing rapidly. In the next financial year, the State Government is going to take a historic step towards the Panchgram project being developed all around Delhi.

The Deputy Chief Minister said this while interacting with mediapersons after meeting of District Public Relations and Grievances Committee in Faridabad today.

In reply to a question, the Deputy Chief Minister said that despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the state has done excellent work in all kinds of tax collection including GST, revenue, excise in the last financial year. Some projects were stalled due to COVID-19 pandemic which will be completed in the coming financial year, he added.

Regarding the procurement of crops in the state, he said that the present State Government is committed towards farmer’s welfare and is working continuously for their benefit. Six crops will be procured at Minimum Support Price (MSP) in the upcoming procurement season and directions have been given to start procurement of mustard soon while wheat procurement will also be started from April 1, 2021.

Regarding the Agricultural laws, he said that the Central Government is ready to make changes in the laws. He said that the farmers’ leaders should come forward for the discussions regarding their issues. There have been more than 200 amendments in the GST law and if there is any problem in the Agricultural laws, then it can be resolved, he added. He said that we all have to emphasize on strengthening the agriculture rather than politics.

Regarding the development of sports in the state, Sh. Dushyant Chautala said that the State Government is constantly working to promote sports. Basic facilities are being developed under Khelo India in the state which will be further enhanced.

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Haryana Home Minister, Sh. Anil Vij said that the football sports stadium, equipped with FIFA approved state-of-the-art facilities at Ambala Cantonment, will be ready soon at a cost of Rs 115 crore.

Chandigarh, March 2: Haryana Home Minister, Sh. Anil Vij said that the football sports stadium, equipped with FIFA approved state-of-the-art facilities at Ambala Cantonment, will be ready soon at a cost of Rs 115 crore.

Sh. Vij said that there used to be a time when Haryana stood out in its performance in the sport of football in the country, however, with the passage of time there was a decline in the game. With the completion of this stadium, the sport of football will be revived in the state, he added.

Sh. Anil Vij today reviewed the construction works at the Football Stadium of War Heroes Memorial Stadium, Ambala Cantonment and held a meeting with old and new sportspersons related to football. The team from Ambala district, who had just defeated Mohun Bagan Athletic Club, was also present during the meeting and shared their memories with Sh. Vij as well.

Mr. Vij said that all facilities will be available in the Football Sports Stadium. The sportspersons gave their suggestions for the construction of the football stadium which will further enhance the grandeur and beauty of the Football Sports Stadium, he added.

On this occasion, the sportspersons appreciated the Home Minister for providing the football stadium, warm-up swimming pool and other sports facilities with international facilities being built at the War Heroes Stadium. The sportspersons said that this will give aspiring athletes excellent facilities related to the sports world, while the sportspersons will also work to make Ambala proud. Sh. Vij also said that work is being done to establish a good academy here as well.

Sh. Vij said that in addition to this, a grand martyr memorial is being built on 22 acres along the Ambala-Delhi road at a cost of more than Rs 220 crores. He said that he had been demanding the construction of this memorial in the Vidhan Sabha for the last 21 years, i.e. from the year 2000. In the previous governments, mere declarations were made to build the martyr's memorial; dates were announced however, nothing was done apart from this, he added. He said that the present State Government has started the construction work of this memorial as soon as it came to power.

On this occasion, Mr. Vij also extended his good wishes to the new athletes emerging in the field of sports. After this, he visited the entire stadium and gave directions to the officers while reviewing the ongoing preparations.

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Haryana, Minister of State for Women and Child Development, Smt. Kamlesh Dhanda said that the state government has formulated a plan to provide clean drinking water in 52 villages of Kalayat Vidhan Sabha at a cost of Rs 35 crore.

Chandigarh, March 2– Haryana, Minister of State for Women and Child Development, Smt. Kamlesh Dhanda said that the state government has formulated a plan to provide clean drinking water in 52 villages of Kalayat Vidhan Sabha at a cost of Rs 35 crore. The State Government aims to provide clean drinking water to 100 per cent households by December 2022 under the Jal Jeevan Mission.

A meeting in this regard was held today by the officers of the Department of Public Health Engineering Department of Kalayat Assembly Constituency to monitor the progress of Jal Jeevan Mission, an ambitious scheme of the Haryana government launched to provide tap water in every household.

Minister of State Smt. Kamlesh Dhanda said the officers are working diligently so as to fulfill the ambitious plan of the Chief Minister, Sh. Manohar Lal, under Jal Jeevan Mission which aims to deliver 55 litres of water per person in every house in the Kalayat Vidhan Sabha.

Elaborating on it further he said that a proposal for the remaining 14 villages has been formulated, which will be approved soon and the water supply will be available in Kalayat Assembly. In the meeting, the Superintending Engineer of the Department in Kaithal, Sh. Ashok Kumar Khanduja, Executive Engineer Sh. Mahendra Singh Rana and the Departmental Team gave a PPT (power point presentation) of the Detailed Action Plan (DPR) approved for 52 villages out of 66 villages of Kalayat Vidhan Sabha. Sharing details he said that all the preparations to construct new water works, new boosting stations and laying a 40-km long pipeline to ensure tap water in every household have been made. He informed that the process of issuing tender in this regard will also be completed soon.

In the meeting, Minister of State Smt. Kamlesh Dhanda said that there should be no delay in the implementation of the plan at the grassroots level. She said that Chief Minister, Sh. Manohar Lal is monitoring the Jal Jeevan Mission through Dashboard so as to ensure that every village gets clean water. She said that this scheme will directly benefit thousands of families in Kalayat Vidhan Sabha and will resolve their water woes permanently.

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Haryana Minister of State for Sports and Youth Affairs Sh. Sandeep Singh said that the State Government is making continuous efforts to bring river Saraswati to surface and for this, farmers of three villages in Yamunanagar district have decided to give land within the radius of three kilometers of Dadupur Nalvi village to the State Government.

Chandigarh March 2: Haryana Minister of State for Sports and Youth Affairs Sh. Sandeep Singh said that the State Government is making continuous efforts to bring river Saraswati to surface and for this, farmers of three villages in Yamunanagar district have decided to give land within the radius of three kilometers of Dadupur Nalvi village to the State Government.

In this regard, a delegation of farmers from Yamunanagar district met Sh. Sandeep Singh at his residence in Chandigarh today.

Divulging more details in this regard, the Sports Minister said that the Stream of Saraswati River should flow continuously in Haryana throughout the year and farmers should get its benefits. For this, farmers of three villages, including Sialba, Jhar Chandna and Uncha Chandana have come forward and taken the initiative to give their land to government. While assuring the farmers, Sh. Sandeep Singh said that he would discuss the legitimate demands of farmers with the Chief Minister, Sh. Manohar Lal.

The Sports Minister said that the farmers’ faith is strongly connected with the Saraswati River. But this river is not flowing in about three kilometers area of Dadupur Nalvi village. He said that it is a matter of great pride for the government that the farmers have themselves came forward to give their land.

The Chief Minister also has a vision that the Saraswati River should flow continuously on the surface. He said that if the water of Dadupur-Nalvi canal is connected to the Saraswati River, then the water level in this area will also increase, said Sh. Sandeep Singh.

The delegation of farmers said that the flow of Saraswati River was being obstructed on nearly 60 acres of land because of the absence of a link channel to be constructed on the land of these three villages of Yamunanagar. Therefore, the farmers have shown interest in giving their land and this area of Dadupur Nalvi canal will be connected to the Saraswati River and now there will be no obstruction in the flow of the Saraswati River.

Farmers said that to ensure the availability of water to their upcoming generations, they are ready for any kind of sacrifice. With the flow of the Saraswati River coming to the surface, the water shortage problem in their area along with other districts of Haryana will be resolved, said the delegation.