Union Minister chairs high-level meeting with States, ahead of the approaching winter season when incidences of stubble burning tend to increase leading to dangerous rise in the levels of air pollution

Center lauds steps taken by Haryana for improving air quality, decreasing pollution levels and stubble management

Haryana Chief Minister shares State's action plan for improvement of air quality in NCR

Formaldehyde Industries should be re-opened, urges Chief Minister

The total area under paddy in Haryana has been reduced upto 10.7 percent, compared to last year, Manohar Lal

Villages categorized into Red, Yellow and Green zones in terms of incidences of crop residue burning, Manohar Lal

Chandigarh, September 23- Haryana is fully geared up to handle the issue of agricultural crop residue burning and air pollution issues ahead of the winter season in the State.

This was stated by Haryana Chief Minister, Sh. Manohar Lal while speaking during a high-level meeting chaired by Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Sh. Bhupender Yadav to discuss the implementation of an action plan for improvement of air quality in NCR ahead of the approaching winter season, when the incidences of stubble burning tend to increase leading to dangerous rise in levels of air pollution.

The meeting which was held through video conferencing was attended by Ministers and higher officials of various departments from Delhi, Punjab, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.

Lauding the dedicated steps taken by Haryana for improving air quality, Sh. Bhupender Yadav said that the Haryana Government's decision to use bio-decomposer technology on one lakh acres of area is certainly a pivotal step for stubble burning management. He also appreciated the work done by State Government for switching industries to CNG and PNG.

"Haryana Government has done remarkable work in the field of stubble management as a result of which decline has been seen in the number of stubble burning incidences in the State," said Sh. Bhupender Yadav.

Formaldehyde Industries should be re-opened

The Chief Minister urged the Centre Government for the re-opening of Formaldehyde Industries in Yamunanagar. Urging the Union Minister, Sh. Bhupender Yadav, Sh. Manohar Lal said that due to some objection these industries were closed but then later the registration for their refunctioning was started but then again these units were closed due to court orders.

"I urge Centre government to intervene in this matter so as to give some relief to the industrialists running these units," said Manohar Lal.

Work of laying CNG-PNG pipelines should be expedited

The Chief Minister while urging the Union Minister, Sh. Bhupender Yadav to expedite the work of laying CNG and PNG pipelines in the pending areas of the State said that because of the non-availability of these pipelines many industries might shut down. On the places where the pipelines are available switching the industrial units to CNG and PNG has already been done in a phased manner, informed Sh. Manohar Lal.

The Chief Minister also urged the Union Minister to allow the implementation of pollution control provisions as district specified rather than entire NCR specified as sometimes difficulty is being faced while implementing these provisions.

"At present around 47 percent area of Haryana comes under NCR region. Therefore it is urged that all such provisions should be implemented within the radius of 10 km of NCT and Delhi or within the 10 km radius of cities having10 lakh population or these provisions should be implemented as per district specified, not as NCR," said Sh. Manohar Lal.

The total area under paddy in Haryana has been reduced upto 10.7 percent, compared to last year

Sh. Manohar Lal informed that the total area under paddy in Haryana is 34.10 lakh acres (57 percent Basmati and 43 percent Non-Basmati). The area has been reduced upto 10.7 percent in comparison to the previous year with the efforts of the State.

As many as 34,372 machines (besides 19,353 Rotavators which are removed from the list of Crop Residue Management (CRM) implements by the Government of India are available in Haryana with individual farmers in 4,224 Custom Hiring Centers.

Villages categorized into Red, Yellow and Green zones in terms of incidences of crop residue burning

In a bid to ensure efficient management of stubble burning, the villages of the State have been categorized into Red, Yellow and Green Zones in terms of incidences of crop residue burning based on the data provided by the Haryana Space Applications Centre (HARSAC) to the Agriculture and Farmers' Welfare Department.

A detailed action plan has been prepared for the prevention of crop residue burning in the current season and the same has been discussed at length with the Commission for Air Quality Management in NCR and Adjoining Areas (CAQM).

It was further informed that Haryana is providing assistance on Crop Residue Management (CRM) machines that is 50 percent for individuals and 80 percent for Custom Hiring Centers. An amount of Rs. 198.53 crore is available under the scheme. Further, the funds released under Sub Mission on Agricultural Mechanization (SMAM) scheme will also be utilized for providing CRM machinery.

It was informed that applications invited in the first phase have been processed by Deputy Commissioners concerned, and all the applicants in Red and Yellow zone village have been allowed to purchase the machines.

In the second phase applications from Red and Yellow zone villages have been invited till September 25, 2021, and the same will be processed on September 28, 2021, by Deputy Commissioners who are the Chairmen of the Committee constituted for the purpose. Besides this, an App called FARM has been developed for the booking of equipment by farmers.

The Nodal officers are being deployed at district, sub-division, block, village level and mapping of the available panchayat common land is being made for storage of baled residue for ex-situ use.

Initiatives for crop management

As a unique initiative of its own kind, Haryana is implementing a State scheme for providing an incentive rate of Rs. 1000 per acre on paddy straw by product for the management of crop residue for baled paddy. A provision of rate of Rs. 200 crore has been made during the current year.

A control room has been established at the Directorate of Agriculture and Farmers' Welfare for monitoring of actions taken to curb the crop residue burning in the State on a day to day basis. Similar control rooms have also been established at the District level for monitoring and preventing fire incidents.

Haryana has also launched a flagship scheme namely ‘Mera Pani Meri Virasat’ (MPMV) for diversification of paddy area to other alternative crops under which a provision of giving incentive of Rs. 7000 per acre is being given to the farmers for adopting crop diversification.

Monitoring of Active Fire Locations (AFLs) has already been started from September 15, 2021, by Haryana State Pollution Control Board through HARSAC, following the standard protocol approved by the CAQM. Till date, not even a single incident of farm fire has been identified in Haryana.

Bio Mass Power Projects started for paddy straw management

The State has set up Bio Mass Power Projects to the tune of 64.3 MW consuming 2.37 lakh MT of paddy straw and another 2.41 lakh MT of paddy straw is being used by other industries.

Another six Bio Mass Power Projects of 60.35 MW production capacity, with a capacity to utilize 6.4 lakh MT of paddy straw and one Compressed Bio Gas Plant of 12.5 Tonnes per Day capacity which can use 40,000 MT of paddy straw are under installation.

Further a project on Ethanol Production has also been under installation, with a production capacity of 100 KLPD and a utilization capacity of 2 Lakh MT of paddy straw.

The State is initiating many IEC activities and programmes through Agriculture Department, to prevent crop residue burning.

The matter is being reviewed regularly at the level of the Chief Secretary and Additional Chief Secretary Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Department.

"With all these efforts, we are hopeful that we will be able to prevent the crop residue burning in this season. Besides the crop residue burning issue, the State is also preparing itself to handle the air pollution issues arising during every winter season," said Sh. Manohar Lal.

The Haryana State Pollution Control Board (HSPCB) has constituted special teams to check the industrial areas to prevent the illegal use of unapproved fuel in factories and is conducting regular drives in the NCR districts of Haryana.

Conversion of Brick Kilns to Zig-Zag Technology

The Chief Minister said that of 3228 Brick kilns in the State of Haryana, 2137 are located in NCR and 1762 have been converted to Zig-Zag Technology. No brick kiln is allowed to operate if they are not converted. 1091 brick kiln units located in Non-NCR have also been converted to zig-zag technology. Besides this in a bid to provide clean fuel several industries in NCR have been converted to PNG in NCR Districts of Haryana, he added.

The Chief Minister informed that State Pollution Control Board has banned the establishment of new Pyrolysis units and existing units are subjected to stricter SOP norms.

Haryana State Pollution Control Board has established a control room in Gurugram for the redressal of air Pollution related complaints 24X7 during the GRAP period, he added.

Additional Chief Secretary, Environment and Climate Change Department, Sh. S.N Roy, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Sh. V. Umashankar, Deputy Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Smt. Ashima Brar, Director General, Agriculture, Sh. Hardeep Singh and Member Secretary, Haryana State Pollution Control Board, Sh. S. Narayana also remained present on this occasion.

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Sh. Manohar Lal today launched the Haryana Bee Keeping Policy-2021 and Action Plan 2021-2030.

Chandigarh, September 23- With an aim to promote Bee Keeping in the State, Haryana Chief Minister, Sh. Manohar Lal today launched the Haryana Bee Keeping Policy-2021 and Action Plan 2021-2030. Haryana Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Minister, Sh. JP Dalal was also present during the launch.

Sh. Manohar Lal directed the officers to aim to enhance the production of honey by 10 times by 2030. He also directed officers to motivate the farmers to start bee keeping and get 5000 new farmers to take up the initiative for which the State will provide help.

He said that with the farmers involved in bee keeping they will be encouraged to sow alternative crops like sunflower and mustard. He said that sale of honey and its by-products like Royal Jelly, Beewax, Propolis, Bee Pollen and Bee Venom will enhance the income of the farmers many times over. He also directed the officers to ensure to focus on small farmers to help increase their income through bee keeping. He said that private entrepreneurs should be encouraged to start businesses for manufacturing bee boxes and the department to monitor the quality of the boxes.

Additional Chief Secretary, Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Department, Dr Sumita Mishra said that if we focus on by-products of beekeeping there will be significant growth in the income of farmers. She also informed that Integrated Bee Development Centre (IBDC), Ramnagar, Kurukshetra is the one of a kind institute and we aim to make it a centre of excellence.

Director General, Horticulture Department, Dr. Arjun Singh Saini gave a comprehensive presentation on Haryana Bee Keeping Policy-2021 and Action Plan 2021-2030. During the presentation he informed that Haryana stands at 7th place in honey production in the country and 4800 MT of honey is produced in Haryana. The country produced about 1 lakh MT of honey in 2019-2020. 60 percent of the honey produced in country worth Rs 600 crore is exported.

The Chief Minister was apprised that various initiatives will be undertaken by the Department to promote Bee Keeping like establishing Honey Trade Centre, Village of Excellence, Testing Lab, etc.

Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Sh. V Umashankar, Vice Chancellor, Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University, Dr. BR Kamboj and Vice Chancellor, Maharana Pratap Horticultural University, Dr. Samar Singh were also present during the launch.

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Haryana Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, Animal Husbandry and Dairying Minister, Sh. J.P. Dalal said that State Government has directed the concerned Department to conduct special Girdawari to access crop damage caused due to ongoing rain showers in some parts of the State.

Chandigarh, September 23- Haryana Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, Animal Husbandry and Dairying Minister, Sh. J.P. Dalal said that State Government has directed the concerned Department to conduct special Girdawari to access crop damage caused due to ongoing rain showers in some parts of the State. To compensate the farmers on time, he said that the officials have been directed to complete the process of Girdawari at the earliest.

While interacting with media persons here at his residence today, he said that Mukhyamantri Bagwani Bima Yojana is the first scheme across the country which will provide insurance cover for horticulture crops in the State. The insurance scheme is applicable only for apple farmers in Himachal Pradesh, he added.

He expressed his gratitude to the Chief Minister, Sh. Manohar Lal for approving such a scheme in the State. He said that the State government has been making sterling efforts to take welfare decisions for farmers and to encourage the farmers to work under risk free conditions. Moreover efforts have been made to connect the youth with the business of beekeeping, mushroom, milk processing, fisheries etc.

He said that 8 to 10 percent area is under cultivation of horticulture crops in the state and earlier there was no insurance scheme for horticulture crops. A total of 21 vegetables, fruits and spice crops will be covered under the scheme. Sometimes, farmers growing horticulture crops have to bear huge financial losses due to various factors. This scheme will compensate the farmer who will suffer the crop damage caused due to sudden outbreak of crop diseases, insect-pests infestation, unseasonal rainfall, hailstorms, drought and frost, etc.

Sh. Dalal said that the aim of this scheme is to encourage farmers to cultivate high-risk Horticulture Crops. This scheme covers insurance of Rs 30,000 for vegetables & spices and an insurance cover of Rs 40,000 for fruits. For this scheme, farmers will have to pay only 2.5 percent premium under which Rs 750 and Rs 1000 will be paid.

The Agriculture Minister said that the compensation survey and crop damage claim have been divided into four categories i.e. 25, 50, 75 and 100 percent. Farmers have to register their crop and area under crop cultivation on Meri Fasal Mera Byora portal. The benefits of compensation will be provided after conducting a survey, he added.

Sh. Dalal said that the government has also decided to provide modern laboratory, advance training, branding of honey etc. to the honey producing farmers and about 1000-1500 honey producing farmers will be encouraged for this business.

The Agriculture Minister said that the State Government has been planning to set up 5000 Har-Hith retail stores to encourage youth towards self-employment in the State. Stores will be set up over a space of 150 feet in rural areas. For this, a loan of Rs 3 lakh will be provided under the Mudra scheme, he added.

He said that youth will get 10 percent profit on sale and consumers will get best quality daily-needs products at reasonable prices. To set up these stores, around 1250 applications have been received so far and agreements have been signed with 150 applicants. 71 Har-Hith stores will be opened on October 7, 2021, he added.

He said that soon around 2500 to 3000 farmers would be connected with fisheries in the state. This will create self employment opportunities for 8000 youth. Besides this, subsidy is also being provided to the youth for opening poultry farms, fodder blocks, etc, he added.

The Agriculture Minister said that the government has prepared a plan to convert one lakh acres into cultivable land every year by draining the waterlogged areas. In this scheme, proper use of water will be ensured by draining out water with the help of pipeline. In this way, the government has set a target to make 10 lakh acres of land free from water logging. Besides this, emphasis is being laid on encouraging farmers from crop diversification to pulses, oilseeds and horticulture crops.

Sh. Dalal said that schemes like Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana, Crop Residue Management, Soil Health Card, Pond Irrigation Scheme, Food Security Scheme, Biogas Gaushala Yojana, sprinkler irrigation are being implemented. Farmers are getting direct benefits of these schemes.

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HEALTH DEPARTMENT GOVERNMENT OF HARYANA

Website: haryanahealth.nic.in Email: dhs.idspdatam@hry.nic.in

Media Bulletin on COVID–19, Dated- 23/09/2021

The Detailed Status of Surveillance Activity for COVID-19 as on 23rd September, 2021 is given below:

Total No. of Sample Taken Today

23880

Total No. of Positive Cases Detected Today

14

Total Positive Cases under Home Isolation (22-09-2021)

54

Total No. of Samples Sent till date

12275668

Total No. of Samples found Positive till date

770784 (M: 471028

F: 299739

Transgender: 17)

Total Positive COVID-19 Patients Recovered / Discharged till date

760639

Total Active COVID-19 Patients

106

No. of Deaths

9809

Total No. of People Vaccinated today

141618

(1st Dose: 88814,

2nd Dose: 52804)

Cumulative Coverage of Vaccination

21779655

COVID-19 Today (23-09-2021) Positivity Rate

0.05%

COVID-19 Cumulative Positivity Rate

6.29%

Recovery Rate

98.68%

Fatality Rate

1.27%

Tests Per Million Population

484247


District Wise Details:

Sr

No

Name of District

Positive Cases Today

Cumulative Positive Cases

Cumulative Recovered/ Discharged Cases

Recovery Rate (%)

No. of Deaths

No of Active Cases

COVID-19, Vaccination Status

(NHM, Haryana)

Coverage of

Vaccination on

23-09-2021

Cumulative Coverage of

Vaccination

Dose 1st

Dose 2nd

1

Gurugram

7

181181

180223[5]

99.47

922

36

3459

7122

2971586

2

Faridabad

1

99850

99123[1]

99.27

716

11

20701

10967

2044922

3

Hisar

0

53991

52855

97.90

1131

5

5215

1218

1149625

4

Sonepat

0

47134

46880

99.46

254

0

4735

2414

1187538

5

Karnal

1

40031

39476

98.61

551

4

9072

5522

1232869

6

Panipat

0

31143

30505

97.95

566

1

3107

879

904226

7

Panchkula

4

30726

30327

98.70

377

22

575

1022

653580

8

Ambala

1

30139

29619[4]

98.27

509

11

749

1671

1269028

9

Sirsa

0

29273

28765

98.26

468

0

1856

692

933470

10

Rohtak

0

25893

25342

97.87

500

0

2407

1045

787636

11

Yamunanagar

0

24609

24194

98.31

412

2

914

586

993642

12

Bhiwani

0

22407

21759

97.11

608

1

4295

1906

883790

13

Kurukshetra

0

22134

21772

98.36

356

6

1696

1037

742259

14

Mahindergarh

0

21689

21534

99.29

155

0

1306

1051

727857

15

Jind

0

21205

20672

97.49

533

0

4923

1751

731109

16

Rewari

0

20315

20095

98.92

209

2

2376

2221

815112

17

Jhajjar

0

18848

18514

98.23

328

0

8042

5008

793792

18

Fatehabad

0

17874

17402

97.36

465

2

3187

1792

691607

19

Kaithal

0

11236

10890

96.92

340

0

2130

977

709923

20

Palwal

0

11021

10867

98.60

153

1

6195

3072

692914

21

Charkhi Dadri

0

5072

4937

97.34

133

0

172

298

540908

22

Nuh

0

5013

4888

97.51

123

2

1702

553

322262

Total

14

770784

760639[10]

98.68

9809

106

88814

52804

21779655


Major Activities undertaken by the State of Haryana to control the spread of COVID-19

• Department of Health fixed the per day upper cap of COVID treatment charges in all private hospitals through order dated 25.06.2020. The rates for isolation beds (Rs. 8, 000 per day for Non- NABH Hospitals, Rs. 10, 000 per day for JCI/ NABH Hospitals), ICU Beds without Ventilators (Rs. 13, 000 per day for Non- NABH Hospitals, Rs. 15, 000 per day for JCI/ NABH Hospitals), ICU Beds with Ventilators (Rs. 15, 000 per day for Non- NABH Hospitals, Rs. 18, 000 per day for JCI/ NABH Hospitals).

• State Government has fixed the Rates/ Charges for different type of COVID 19 testing as below:-

1. CBNAAT testing- 2400/-.

2. True NAT Testing- 1250/-

3. RTPCR Samples collected at private hospitals/ labs and their designated collection centers - 299/-

4. RTPCR Samples collected through home visits - 499/-

5. Rapid Antigen Testing-350/-

6. IgG based ELISA Testing-250/-

Sr. No.

Investigation

Maximum Charges in Rs.

1

CT/HRCT Chest

2100

2

IL -6

1000

3

D- Dimer

400

4

LDH

250

5

CRP

350

6

Procalcitonin

1500

7

Ferritin

300

• The Government of Haryana has fixed the upper limited of lab test in patients of COVID-19/ post-COVID sequelae, as tabulated below:-

• Haryana Village General Health Checkup Scheme: The scheme was initiated from May 15, 2021 & villages with high

COVID load were taken on priority and Rapid Antigen Testing (RAT) was the main stay of screening. Till date, total

1,73,79,228 were screened and 1,10,928 cases of ILI were detected and 5,164 positive cases were diagnosed, isolated and treated to prevent the spread of disease. The villages with positivity more than 5% were re-screened. Out of 13,22,058 people re-screened, 90 positive cases were detected and treated to effectively curtail the spread.

• Total 2234 number of Plasma Units collected from COVID 19 recovered patients till date and 1380 COVID 19 Patients given Plasma Therapy treatment till date.

• Control Room –cum- Helpline of 30 lines has been made operational at Panchkula. Services of tele-medicines are being provided through helpline. The helpline nos. are 8558893911, 1075 and 108 (Ambulance Services) available for 24 X 7.

• The State Government notified ‘The Haryana Government Epidemic, COVID-19 Regulations, 2020’ under the Epidemic

Disease Act 1897 on 11th March 2020.

• Nineteen Government Labs, one each at PGIMS, Rohtak (capacity 3000 sample per day) and BPS Khanpur Kalan (2000 sample per day), ESIC Medical College Faridabad (2000 sample per day), Kalpna Chawla Medical College Karnal (2000 sample per day), Civil Hospital, Gurugram (1800 sample per day), Civil Hospital, Panchkula (2000 sample per day), Command Hospital (150 sample per day), SHKMGMC, Nalhar (2000 samples per day), TRANSATIONAL Lab, Faridabad (500 sample per day), Civil Hospital, Ambala (2500 sample per day), MAMC Agroha, Hisar (1500 sample per day), Civil Hospital, Sirsa (1500 sample per day), Civil Hospital Rewari (1500 sample per day), CHC UCHANA JIND (900 sample per day), Civil Hospital, Panipat (1500 sample per day), IMTECH, CSIR, Chandigarh (200 sample per day), Civil Hospital, Yamunanagar (2500 sample per day) and Civil Hospital, Bhiwani (1000 sample per day) District Molecular Lab, Faridabad(900 sample per day) are for doing test for COVID-19 and Nineteen Private Labs at CORE Diagnostics (5000 sample per day), Modern Diagnostic & Research Centre Lab, Gurugram (2500 sample per day), Dr. Lal Path Lab (3000 sample per day), SGT Gurugram (1500 sample per day), MolQ lab, Gurugram (1200 sample per day), Molecular Lab, Adesh Medical College and Hospital, Kurukshetra (2500 sample per day), AAL Research and Solution Pvt. Ltd., Panchkula (1500 sample per day), Spice Healthcare Pvt. Ltd., Gurugram (25000 sample per day), Pathline Labs Privat e Limited, Sec-63, Noida, UP (3500 sample per day), Life Cell International Pvt. Ltd., Gurugram (3000 sample per day), Hindustan Wellness Lab, Gurugram (6000 sample per day), CNC Pathlab Jhandewalla, Delhi (2500 sample per day), NC Medical College, Israna, Paniath (750 sample per day), AL FALAH Medical College Faridabad (400 sample per day) and Genestrings Diagnostic Centre, Delhi (4000 sample per day), Genestore Lab, Gurugram (40000 sample per day), THS Diagnostics, Okhla, New Delhi, Delhi(1000 sample per day), NKV Path Lab, Gurugram (2000 sample per day), Molecular Lab, Sarvodaya Hospital, Faridabad (1000 sample per day), are doing test for COVID-19.

• More than 88.70 lac persons have already downloaded AarogyaSetu App in Haryana.

• More than 20 Mobile Health Teams have already been formed to check health status regarding SARI, ILI etc.

• Haryana has 41,412 bedded quarantine facilities in Dedicated COVID Care Centers and 23,780 Beds are available in

Dedicated COVID Hospitals and in Dedicated COVID Health Centers.

• Department of Ayush has distributed immunity boosting medicines to more than 12.19 lac persons in containment zones.

• Monitoring of Home Isolation Kits Distributed as on 22nd September 2021: 37314 (Details provided by National Health

Mission, Haryana).

• Outcome of certain COVID-19 positive cases is under investigation with State COVID-19 Review Committee.

State Nodal Officer – IDSP

24x7 State Control Room-nCoV number: 8558893911(Panchkula, Gurugram and Faridabad district)1075 & 108

MoHFW, GoI 24x7 Control Room Number: +91-11-23978046

Website:www.mohfw.gov.in