Haryana Public Works Minister, Rao Narbir Singh today inspected the drain along the Delhi-Jaipur National Highway and drain on both sides of Behrampur Road, Gurugram

Chandigarh, June 17– Haryana Public Works Minister, Rao Narbir Singh today inspected the drain along the Delhi-Jaipur National Highway and drain on both sides of Behrampur Road, Gurugram and directed the officials of Municipal Corporation to get those drains cleaned by June 20, 2019. On that day, he would again inspect the cleanliness of those drains.

During the inspection, the Minister directed the owners of Cement-Concrete Remix Plants located on Behrampur Road that they should only make use treated water from Bahrampur sewerage treatment plant in their Plants and should not use clean drinking water. He also warned them, if in future it’s found that clean drinking water is being used in the remix Plant then the Plant would be challaned and sealed. There are four or five remix plants on this road. He also urged the owners of other industrial units on this road to use treated water for factory works in their units and save the clean drinking water in the public interest.

Rao Narbir Singh today first inspected the drain of Delhi-Jaipur Highway and also sought information about the drainage from the officials of Public Works Department present on the spot. The minister was informed that the water of drains made on both sides of Behrampur Road falls into the drain of National Highway. He walked to Baharmpur Road from the National Highway, and on seeing the drains on both sides of this road filled with polythene, garbage and silt, he directed the officials of Municipal Corporation to ensure the cleaning of the drains within three says through cleaning contractors and he would inspect the drains again on June 20. He said that the officials of Public Works Department would get removed the cement covers constructed above the drains would through JCB and after that the Municipal Corporation would get conducted the cleaning work of drains. He also said that after the cleaning work, the silt should not be lying around the drain rather it should be taken far away from drain as during rains the silt could again flow into the drains. The drains should be covered after he inspects and after he feels satisfied with the cleaning work conducted.

On this road, there are also some weighing scales for heavy weights, he also asked the owners of heavy weight weighing scales to ensure that the drain is clean flowing in front of their place, and do not flow soil. Similarly, he also requested the Dhaba owners and other shopkeepers on this road, not to flow waste garbage in the drain and ensure that the water flows in the drain. If in case any garbage flows into the drain then, it should be their responsibility to clean it. He also directed the officers of Public Works Department to fix the connectivity of the road going to Behrampur Road and Begum Khatola, where the road was broken.

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The Saksham Haryana, a state-wide educational transformation program being implemented in the state

Chandigarh, June 17 – The Saksham Haryana, a state-wide educational transformation program being implemented in the state for the last five years under the able leadership and guidance of Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal has started yielding positive results as 86 per cent students in the State are now Saksham or grade level competent.

While stating this here today, Project Director, Chief Minister’s Good Governance Associates Programme, Dr Rakesh Gupta said that 13 more blocks have been announced Saksham taking the total number of such blocks to 107 after eight rounds of assessment. He said that 14 districts in the State are 100 per cent Saksham after eight rounds of assessment over 18 months.

He said that multiple state level initiatives have been adopted including focus on remedial education through a Learning Enhancement Program, strengthening the academic review and monitoring mechanism in the state and improving the technology systems (Management Information System and Academic Monitoring System) of the Education Department. Assessment reforms are being carried out by administering centralised exams, improving data collection and data analysis and reducing cheating, he added.

He said that the State aims to become Saksham that is to achieve grade level competencies for 80 per cent students in the state. Grade level competencies means that a student in a particular grade knows all the competencies or skills defined for that grade. He said that for a block to be Saksham, more than 80 per cent of its students need to be grade level competent and for a district to become Saksham, all its blocks need to become Saksham. Similarly, for Haryana to become Saksham, all its districts need to become Saksham.

He said that if a block is confident that 80 per cent of its students have achieved grade level competency, it nominates itself to be assessed under ‘Saksham Ghoshna’. The state verifies their nomination through an independent third party assessment administered by testing agency Gray Matters India. It tests the syllabus as prescribed by national and SCERT Haryana and adheres to the standards of the curriculum designed by SCERT and NCERT.

He said that between December 2017 and May 2019, eight rounds of assessments have been conducted. Till February 2019, seven rounds of Saksham Ghoshna had been conducted and 94 blocks were announced Saksham. He said that on May 17, as many as 84,981 students from 1,105 schools were tested in 25 blocks across 13 districts. The results were announced on June 13, 2019 and 13 more blocks declared Saksham/grade level competent in Hindi and Math. Apart from this, eight blocks are very close to becoming Saksham. After eight rounds of Saksham Ghoshna, 90 per cent of blocks, that is 107 out of 119 blocks in Haryana, are now Saksham and 14 out of 22 districts have become fully Saksham. With the culmination of this round, 86 per cent of students of Haryana are grade level competent in Hindi and Math, he further added.

He said that 14 districts which are now fully Saksham included Jhajjar, Charkhi Dadri, Kaithal, Bhiwani, Panchkula, Mahendragarh, Karnal, Sonipat, Panipat, Gurugram, Sirsa, Rewari, Hisar and Jind. The 13 new blocks which have been declared Saksham today included Agroha, Babain, Barwala, Behal, Jagadhri, Kalanaur, Mustafabad, Pinjore, Raipur Rani, Ratia, Siwan and Siwani. Similarly, the eight nearly Saksham blocks are Barara, Ballabgarh, Ferozepur Jhirka, Ladwa, Nagina, Punhana, Rohtak and Tohana. Apart from this, four non Saksham blocks are Ambala - I (City), Ambala - II (Cantt), Chhachhrauli and Hathin.

Dr. Rakesh Gupta said that for blocks that have become Saksham/grade level competent in Hindi and Math, an assessment in English was conducted to vie for Saksham plus title. Five blocks were tested in February 2019 of which one turned Saksham plus. In May 2019, 26 more blocks were tested and four have become Saksham plus.

He said that in order to make the blocks Saksham and Saksham plus, the blocks in co-ordination with the districts implemented several reforms. Detailed district level as well as micro block-level planning and implementation was also carried out. From March to May, all the non-Saksham blocks implemented block transformation plans containing academic and leadership interventions. The District and block officials came together and everyone including DEO, DEEO, BEO, DIET principals, DIET lecturers, DPCs, APCs, CMGGAs and teachers were engaged in the preparation exercise. Apart from this, regular mentoring and monitoring visits were made to ensure competency based teaching and Limited English Proficiency (LEP) compliance. Similarly, regular pre-assessments were conducted and rigorous data analysis at the block and school level was performed to ensure that all steps were targeted towards weak students, competencies and schools. District Institutes of Education and Training (DIETs) and teachers also made micro-level plans to teach students at the right level based on their grade level competence. Regular reviews were done at cluster level, he added.

Dr. Gupta said that the state now aims to make all classes from 3 to 8, Saksham across all blocks, sustain the Saksham status of all blocks and improve quality of education in secondary classes. The next round of assessments would be conducted in August 2019. The NITI Aayog on national level is also recognising the learning from the state so that other states can also improve their learning levels.

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Haryana Government has decided to provide funds to all the Deputy Commissioners of the State from the Contingency Fund to meet out the emergent requirements of funds for timely payment of wages and honorarium to the employees or workers

Chandigarh June 17: Haryana Government has decided to provide funds to all the Deputy Commissioners of the State from the Contingency Fund to meet out the emergent requirements of funds for timely payment of wages and honorarium to the employees or workers engaged on contract basis in districts (field level) under centrally sponsored or State schemes.

While stating this here, a spokesman of Finance and Planning Department said that detailed guidelines have been issued in this regard. The Deputy Commissioners concerned would not be granted advance more than Rs one crore, to meet out the emergent requirement of payment of wages and honorarium to such employees.

The spokesman said that funds would be provided to the Deputy Commissioners from the contingency fund of the State for the payment of wages and honorarium to persons engaged on contractual basis such as Anganwadi workers, Asha workers and workers engaged under Mid Day Meal scheme, whose wages are partly paid by the State Government and to employees of Authorities, Missions and registered Societies which are fully or partially funded by the state government.

He said that payment of wages not below 50 per cent and not exceeding 75 per cent, would be made in advance in the month, depending on the judgment of the Deputy Commissioners. All such payments, out of the fund, would be paid into the Employee’s Aadhar seeded Bank account only. He said that whenever this benefit given to one or more employees of any organization by a Deputy Commissioner, the same would immediately be communicated to the Head of the Department along with a request to ensure that the fund is replenished as early as possible (preferably within the same month). Reuse of amount from fund would only be allowed once the earlier amount drawn is replenished, he added.

The spokesman said that for grant of benefit of this advance, Deputy Commissioner must obtain from the district head of the organization, a confirmation of the emergent situation, requiring release of amounts from the Fund, on temporary basis. He said that the fund may be used only up to the month of February of the financial year or up to the month in which 2nd Supplementary Estimates or Revised Estimates are being finalized. This fund would strictly be used for payment of salary or wages only and not for any other purpose under any circumstances.

He said that all the Deputy Commissioners would report the expenditure incurred from Contingency Fund to the Finance Department at the end of every month through Additional Chief Secretary-cum- Financial Commissioner, Revenue and Disaster Management Department. Apart from this, they would submit the complete report of the expenditure incurred from Contingency Fund under various schemes of the departments through Additional Chief Secretary-cum- Financial Commissioner, Revenue and Disaster Management Department, to recoup the Contingency Fund at the time of 1st and 2nd Supplementary Estimates in a given Financial Year. The Scheme would be implemented from the Financial Year 2019-20.

He said that the Revenue Department would be the Nodal Department for granting advance from the Contingency Fund at District Level. He said that as per the procedure, the Deputy Commissioner concerned would submit the proposal in Finance Department through Additional Chief Secretary and Financial Commissioner, Revenue and Disaster Management Department through Minister-in-charge for providing the fund as per emergent actual requirement from Contingency Fund on priority basis.

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Haryana Public Works Minister, Rao Narbir Singh said that interlocking tiles would be laid in the streets of Ram Vihar Colony falling in Gurugram Municipal Corporation area, at the cost of about Rs 1.40 crore.

Chandigarh, June 17: Haryana Public Works Minister, Rao Narbir Singh said that interlocking tiles would be laid in the streets of Ram Vihar Colony falling in Gurugram Municipal Corporation area, at the cost of about Rs 1.40 crore. On the demand raised by local residents, he also directed the officers of Municipal Corporation to construct athletics track and basketball ground in Ajeet stadium located near the colony.

The Minister was interacting with the people after laying the foundation stone of construction work of roads in Ram Vihar colony in Gurugram today.

He also directed the officers to put up sign boards in all the colonies of municipal area so that no person faces any problem in locating the address. He said that for development works in Gurugram, there is no dearth of funds with Municipal Corporation Gurugram. Generally, development works get interrupted either for shortage of funds or for lack of interest by the State Government. But, our government has both funds and interest for development. He said that in the last about four and a half years of present government, the people would have that the present government is committed to development and did not discriminate with any area in the field of development. Under the abled leadership of Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal, there has been equitable development across Haryana while working with spirit of Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas.