Chandigarh, July 13- Haryana Chief Minister, Mr. Bhupinder  Singh Hooda today said, “ The Old Age Allowance, which was merely Rs 200 per month during the  tenure of INLD in the State, has been raised by his Government to Rs 500 and Rs 700 per month. If given an opportunity, it will be further enhanced.”

 

          The Chief Minister, who was addressing a mammoth public meeting at  Bawani Khera, near Bhiwani today, got tremendous applause from the audience. He was speaking after inaugurating and laying   foundation stones of 27 developmental projects involving an investment of more than Rs.116.38 crore in the area.

 

          Mr Hooda reiterated his commitment for equitable distribution of available canal water and added that he would ensure due share of Bhakhra canal water to the people of the area.

 

            The Chief Minister said that he was quite aware that the available water was not equally shared which resulted in shortage of irrigation water in some parts of the state. He criticized the previous Government for such a situation. There were some forces which do not want the equitable distribution of water as a result of which the matter is pending in the court. He said that we had constructed Bhakhra Main Line Hansi-Butana Link Canal for equitable distribution of available water and he would ensure the same, he added.

 

            Mr Hooda, who appeared very happy with the massive gathering, also announced setting up of an Industrial Training Institute under public private partnership mode at village Kharak Kalan, establishment of Rajiv Gandhi Town Park at Bawani Khera, construction of yard sheds at grain market of Dhana and Chang villages. He also announced to give Rs.10 crore from HRDF for pavement of streets of Bawani Khera assembly constituency and Rs.one crore for developmental works of Municipal Committee, Bawani Khera. He also announced a discretionary grant of Rs.10 lakh for Gaushala. On this occasion, he also accepted various demands concerning   upgradation of schools, improvement of roads, drinking water facilities, construction of stadia, water works and canals and boosting station in the assembly segment.

 

            While referring to the Food Security Bill brought by Central Government, Mr. Hooda described it as a biggest scheme for the welfare of the poor people which would ensure foodgrain to about 52 per cent rural and 51 per cent urban population at a very nominal rate. Under the scheme, rice, wheat and cereals would be given to all eligible beneficiaries at a rate of Rs.three, Rs. two and Rs.one respectively. He said that UPA Chairperson today held a meeting with all Congress Chief Ministers for implementation of this ambitious scheme and Haryana Government would launch the same on August 20 on birth anniversary of former Prime Minister of India Mr. Rajiv Gandhi.

 

            The Chief Minister said that with a view to ensure food security to the poor, State government has also decided to provide 2.5 kilogram pulses per month at the subsidized rate of Rs 20 per kilogram to about 12.84 lakh BPL families to meet their nutritional needs.

 

            He said that State government had ensured all round development in the state and had implemented a number of schemes for the welfare of people belonging to all sections of the society including farmers, poor, members belonging to the Scheduled Castes, Backward Classes, woman, children, employees, traders and for urban and rural people. He said that remunerative prices had been ensured to farmers for their produce. Apart from this scholarships and free plots of 100 square yard each were being provided to the poor.

 

            While quoting statistics, Mr. Hooda said that the present government had spent a sum of Rs.632.73 crore on various development programmes in the Bawani Khera constituency during last eight years whereas only Rs.85.53 crore were spent during six year rule of INLD  in the state. Similarly, Rs.4429.84 crore had been incurred by the present government from year 2005 to the present on development schemes of Bhiwani district, but the INLD government had merely spent Rs.280.71 crore from year 1999 to 2005, even when son of former Chief Minister represented Bhiwani in Parliament.

 

            The Chief Minister also invited the people of Bawani Khera assembly constituency on July 28 to attend a public meeting scheduled to be held at Hansi where foundation stone of prestigious Hansi-Meham-Rohtak railway line is to be laid. He said that the same day, foundation stone of six lane of Rohtak-Hisar part of National Highway 10 would also be laid.

 

            Speaking on this occasion, President, Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee Mr. Phool Chand Mullana said that all round development is being ensured in the state. Welfare schemes and programmes were being implemented for people belonging to all sections of the society. He cautioned the people to remain vigilant from leaders who are misleading them on false grounds.

 

            Public Health Engineering Minister Mrs. Kiran Choudhry said that family of former Chief Minster Ch. Bansi Lal had a close relation with people of Bawani Khera constituency. She said that she would always be indebted for the support of residents of Bawani Khera. She thanked the UPA Chairperson Mrs. Sonia Gandhi, Haryana Government and Chief Minister for inclusion of Bhiwani and Mahendergarh districts in National Capital Region. She demanded that state government should prepare projects for these districts so that maximum fund could be sought from NCR Planning Board for development.

 

            Chief Parliamentary Secretary, Mr. Ram Kishan Fouji thanked the Chief Minister for extending support for the new developmental projects and added that today’s programme would be written in golden letters as never before 27 developmental projects have   been dedicated to the people of the area in a single day.

 

            Others who also spoke on the occasion included Cooperation Minister, Mr. Satpal Sangwan and former Chief Minister Master Hukam  Singh.

 

            Those present on this occasion included Chief Parliamentary Secretary Mr. Vinod Bhayana, Political Advisor to Chief Minister Prof. Virender Singh, former Minster, Mr. Attar Singh Saini, former Haryana Vidhan Sabha Speaker, Prof Chatar Singh Chauhan, Chairman Haryana Mati Kala Board, Mr. Bhupinder Gangwa, former MLA Major Narpender Sangwan and Dr. Shiv Shankar Bhardwaj and Jagjit Sangwan and other prominent personalities.