Chandigarh, Feb 20 - The Haryana Governor, Mr Satyadeo Narain Arya, has lauded the state government, led by the Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal, for various achievements, and for ushering in bold governance reforms to answer the growing aspirations of the young and the aged, the kisans and the jawans, and of one and all.

Delivering his Address on the opening day of the fifth Budget Session of the State Assembly here today, Mr Arya said he was delighted at the ubiquitous graft-free, transparent and responsive citizen interface of his government which has been universally appreciated.

Reiterating the commitment of the state government to follow the principles of Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas and Haryana Ek Haryanvi Ek in its pursuit of prosperity for all, he said, “Solid vindication of these by the common man is evident in the results of the recently concluded elections for Mayors and members of five municipal corporations, as well as for member of the Legislative Assembly from Jind constituency”.

This year we are celebrating 150th birth anniversary of the Father of our Nation. “As a mark of true tribute to Mahatma Gandhi, I am proud to announce my government’s resolve to achieve ODF++ status, after having successfully achieved the Open Defecation Free status in both rural and urban areas in 2017 and top rank in the country in Rural Sanitation Survey in 2018”, Mr Arya said.

Underscoring the resolve of the state government to better the economic lot of farmers and listing some of the measures taken in this regard, Mr Arya said his government was well on way to achieving the distinction of becoming the first state to disburse first quarterly installment of Rs 2000 to each of the ten-and-a-half lakh small and marginal farmer families under the newly launched Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojna. Last year, Haryana became the first state in the country to set up a dedicated authority for the welfare of famers namely, Kisan Kalyan Pradhikaran, to electronically pay into the bank accounts of millet farmers Rs 1950 per quintal, and to set the highest price of sugarcane at Rs 340 per quintal.

Referring to the transparent manner in which recruitments have been made, Mr Arya said, people are agog at the parchi-freeand sifarish-free manner in which more than 56,000 young men and women have been selected for government jobs. The recruitment process for close to 17,000 posts is in the final phase. Doing away with interviews, providing 10 per cent weightage to members of families without a government job, widows, orphans and the denotified tribes neither covered under Scheduled Castes nor under Scheduled Tribes have enlivened the hopes of the meritorious and the deprived alike after decades of frustration. “Our Hon’ble High Court has also praised the thought behind these steps. The recent decision of making 10 per cent reservation in government jobs for candidates of families of economically weaker sections is most laudable”, he added.

Referring to the laurels won by the sportspersons from the state, the Governor said, it is a matter of great pride that our sportspersons won 22 medals, including 9 Gold, 6 Silver and 7 Bronze medals, in the 21st Commonwealth Games held in Gold Coast, Australia, achieving one of the highest tallies in the country. Our players also won a total of 17 medals including 5 Gold, 5 Silver and 7 Bronze medals in the 18th Asian Games held in Indonesia. During this year, cash awards of Rs 33.31 crore have been given to 1,166 sportspersons for their achievements. Most significantly, recruitment rules have been notified for outstanding sportspersons to provide them directly government jobs, including to the post of HCS.

Reaffirming the commitment of the government to provide nutritional and health benefits to the poorest of poor, he said Haryana had become the first to implement the ambitious scheme of “Ayushmaan Bharat” which provides for medical benefits up to Rs 5 lakh to the poor families. Over 5 lakh citizens have been registered under this scheme and 357 hospitals have been empanelled and claims of an amount of about Rs 7 crore have been paid till now. Haryana provides 2 litres of mustard oil to 10.54 lakh BPL families along with 1 kg of sugar every month to over 8.04 lakh BPL families at subsidised rates. Over 13.84 lakh LPG connections have been provided under the ‘Pardhan Mantri Ujjawala Yojna”. Antodaya Aahar Yojna has also been launched to address the problems of malnutrition among the poor and labourers in the state. Subsidized Food Canteens have been set up at Sonipat, Gurugram, Faridabad, Hisar, Yamunanagar, Panchkula, Ambala, Karnal and Bhiwani. Fourteen more such canteens are being established.

On the issue of strengthening infrastructure in the villages, Mr Arya said, the 7-Star Gram Panchayat Inderdhanush Yojna had been started under which 1,122 gram panchayats had been categorised.

Referring to the “Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao” campaign, launched by the Prime Minister, Mr Narendra Modi, from Haryana, he said it had started bearing fruits and the gender ratio had increased to 914 in 2018. “I am happy that in 48 villages, gender ratio has reached between 953 and 1,000. Our state has been honoured with four national awards for successfully implementing this National Programme.”

Under the Scheme Apki Beti Hamari Beti, an amount of Rs 21,000/- on birth of a girl child has been deposited in the account of each of 34,130 beneficiaries who will be paid Rs 1 lakh on maturity. To ensure safety of women, “Durga Shakti App”, “Durga Shakti Vahini” and a special force of “Durga Rapid Action Force” have been set up. A new monthly pension for women and girl acid attacked victims has been instituted with a maximum of 4.5 times of Divyang pension, he added.

Mr Arya said Haryana had become the choice destination for investors, as per investors’ feedback report shared by Govt. of India. The state has been ranked amongst the top in implementation of reforms relating to environment, labour and Haryana Enterprise Promotion Centre. “In providing investor-friendly environment, the State government has exceeded best global standards and has risen from 14th rank in 2015 to 3rd rank in the ease of doing business ranking released by Govt. of India and is positioned first amongst the north Indian states”, he added.

Five Centres of Excellence have been set up in collaboration with Major Corporates like Maruti, Herocorp, National Thermal Power Corporation Ltd., Power Grid Corporation of India and Deffodil India for providing specialized training to the students for making them job- ready and enhancing their employability.

Referring to the creation of infrastructure in the state, the Governor said, the long pending project of Kundli-Manesar-Palwal Expressway which was languishing for many years had been completed and opened for traffic. Two new Metro Rail Services viz. Bahadurgarh-Mundka and Ballabgarh-Faridabad, have been started. Besides, the government is working on a strategic action plan for phased development of international aviation hub in Hisar covering 4,200 acres. “My government is thankful to Union Government for the recent Budget announcement for establishment of the first AIIMS in Haryana which shall be set up in village Manethi of district Rewari. People of Haryana thank the Prime Minister, Mr Narendra Modi, for having recently inaugurated the National Cancer Institute in village Badhsa, District Jhajjar, the ESI hospital and Medical college at Faridabad, and for having laid the foundation stones of Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhaya Medical University at Kutail in district Karnal, ‘Shri Krishna Ayush University’ at Kurukshetra and the National Institution of Auyrveda at Panchkula”, he added.

While reiterating firm commitment of his government to the construction of SYL Canal, he said the government was simultaneously pursuing for the construction of up-stream storage dams namely, Renuka, Kishau and Lakhwar on river Yamuna, for getting assured water supply to Haryana by better utilization of flood waters of river Yamuna and its tributaries. “Our State will get 47.81 per cent share of total water storage from these Dam projects after their completion”, he added.

Referring to power supply, Mr Arya said realizing the vision of providing 24 x 7 quality power, all villages in the Districts of Panchkula, Ambala, Gurugram, Faridabad, Sirsa and Fatehabad had been provided round-the-clock power supply under “Mhara Gaon, Jagmag Gaon” Scheme. The AT&C losses of the distribution companies have been reduced from 30.02 per cent to 20.29 per cent in the last three years. “Passing on the benefit on this account, my government has facilitated reduction in the tariff by approximately half for the domestic consumers up to consumption of 200 units per month from October1, 2018. Giving relief to the agriculture farmers, more than 92,000 agricultural tube well connections have decided to be released”, he added.

With a view to addressing the problem of pending electricity dues, a bill settlement scheme was launched on September 20, 2018, under which all pending bills before June, 2005 have been waived off. As many as 11.15 lakh consumers have opted for the scheme and deposited Rs 368.63 crore, Rs 2,932.58 crore have been waived off, and Rs 3,301.21 crore have been settled.

With a view to redefining urban living and making it an experience, Mr Arya said, after the formation of Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority, my government has set up Faridabad Metropolitan Development Authority to take up comprehensive planning and development in the mega city of Faridabad. For providing basic amenities of roads, sewerage and drinking water supply, 671 colonies in the state have been regularised. Under the Affordable Housing Policy, “Deen Dayal Jan Aawas Yojna”, more than 135 licences aggregating an area of over 1,331 acres have been granted during the year 2018-19.

Resolving the long pending issues of huge enhancement payable by HSVP plot holders, the state government launched the “One Time Settlement Scheme (OTSS)” and “Full and final Payment Settlement Scheme (FFTS)” under which the allottees were given the facility to pay only 60 per cent and 62.5 per cent respectively of pending enhancement dues with the benefit that

balance 40 per cent and 37.5 per cent respectively shall stand waived-off. A total of over 29,000 allottees applied and availed benefits of nearly Rs 654 crore by paying only Rs 981 crore to the HSVP.

Mr Arya said recognizing the sufferings and struggles of our freedom-loving people, the state government had started monthly pension of Rs10,000 per month for Hindi Mother Tongue Satyagrahis and their widows. Emergency victims, Matribhasha Hindi satyagrahis, would also get free medical treatment upto Rs 5 lakh. The state government has also enhanced all types of social pensions like Old-age Honour Allowance, Pension of Widow and Destitutes etc. to Rs 2,000 per month”, he added.