Haryana Agriculture and Farmers' Welfare Minister Mr. J.P Dalal has welcomed the decision of Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi for approving the Ordinance to promote barrier-free inter-state and intra-state trade in agriculture produce.

Chandigarh, June 3 – Haryana Agriculture and Farmers' Welfare Minister Mr. J.P Dalal has welcomed the decision of Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi for approving the Ordinance to promote barrier-free inter-state and intra-state trade in agriculture produce. He said that the ordinance would certainly pave the way for creating ‘One India, One Agriculture Market’ and this would enable farmers to sell their produce anywhere in the country.

In a statement issued here today, the Agriculture Minister said that the Cabinet has also approved the recommendations proposed of Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices for declaring the Minimum Support Price for Kharif crops, which is also a welcome step.

The Agriculture Minister said that the NDA government led by Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi is the first Government which has implemented a formula for fixing the Minimum Support Price (MSP) of crops every year, and the MSP is announced before the sowing season starts. Thus helping the farmers to make up their minds in advance to take decision regarding sowing of their crops as per the prices.

He said that while the Union Cabinet decision would ensure beneficial prices for the farmers produce, the income of the farmers would also increase. He said that Haryana is among those states which makes certain to give MSP as per the recommendations of the Commission. He said that achieving Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi’s target of doubling the farmers’ income by the year 2022 is Haryana's priority.

He said that on one hand, Haryana is swiftly moving ahead towards the concept Peri-urban, while on the other it is also making sure to meet the daily demands of products including milk, fruits, vegetables, flowers and poultry required for about 5 crore population residing in the National Capital Region.

The Minister said that farmers' interest is the topmost priority of both the Central and State Government and in the past, many farmer-friendly decisions have been taken.

He said that despite the lockdown, due to the efficient procurement management by Haryana Government, there has been a record purchase of mustard, wheat, and other rabi crops and now procurement of sunflower would also be started from June 5, 2020.

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State Government has proposed to build an Industrial-Park in 400 acres of land in Sohna for electronic goods industrial units and in 800 acres of land in Panipat for units of Bulk Drug:Anurag Agarwal .

Chandigarh, June 3: Haryana State Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (HSIIDC), Managing Director, Mr. Anurag Agarwal has said that the State Government has proposed to build an Industrial-Park in 400 acres of land in Sohna for electronic goods industrial units and in 800 acres of land in Panipat for units of Bulk Drug. Apart from this the State Government’s priority is to build a Medical-Park in Haryana.

Giving this information here today, he said that the Haryana Government is taking several steps to invite foreign investments in the state. The Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal has recently invited investors of the United States and Japan through video conferencing to set up their industrial units in Haryana. As per the directions of the Chief Minister, the officers of HSIIDC are interacting one-to-one with the companies which are willing to invest in Haryana in order to know about their requirements and attract them for investment.

Mr. Aggarwal informed that in view of the announcements made by the Government of India for industrial units, there is a possibility of huge investment in Haryana in the field of electronic components and medical equipment. He said that India wants to become more self-reliant in the medical field so that any disaster can be dealt with easily in future. He said that the Haryana Government is willing to make auxiliary materials used in making medicines and for this the Chief Minister has also written a letter to the Central Government.

He also informed that the Haryana Government has formulated a new policy under which any company who would like to take land on lease in Haryana to test or use its product, that company will be given land on lease initially for ten years and then renew it after every ten years for a maximum of 99 years. For this, the condition will be that the concerned company should start production by setting up its unit within the stipulated time. He said that due to the large share of Haryana in the NCR, many warehousing companies are also willing to invest here and today one-to-one interaction was done with three such companies namely Flipkart, Savills, and Indospace.

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A one-day international online seminar on the topic of 'Sanskrit, Culture and Health Protection' was jointly organized by Haryana Sanskrit Academy and Shri Krishna AYUSH University, Kurukshetra, in which around 500 people participated.

Chandigarh, June 3 - A one-day international online seminar on the topic of 'Sanskrit, Culture and Health Protection' was jointly organized by Haryana Sanskrit Academy and Shri Krishna AYUSH University, Kurukshetra, in which around 500 people participated.

Vice-Chancellor of the University, Dr. Baldev Dhiman, attended the seminar as the chief guest, while Academy Director, Dr. Someshwar Dutt Sharma presided over the seminar.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Dhiman shared his views about Sanskrit, culture and health protection in the present scenario and said that culture and health are strongly correlated.

Meanwhile, Dr. Someshwar Dutt Sharma, Director of the Academy, while discussing the related subject said that at the present time the World is suffering from COVID-19 Pandemic. He said that through many healthy measures like yoga and a balanced diet, one can increase his immunity.

Registrar of Maharshi Valmiki Sanskrit University, Kaithal, Professor Yashbir Singh, who had participated as a Saraswat guest highlighted the importance of Sanskrit language. Dr. Sukhbir Singh Shastri, Head of Sanskrit Department, Rajiv Gandhi Government College, Saha, and Ambala delivered the keynote.

Mr. Naresh Bhargava Professor, Bhagat Phool Singh Mahila Vishwavidyalaya shared his views on Ayurveda. Mr. Ravidutt Sharma research scholar, Kurukshetra University, inaugurated the seminar with Vedic Mangalacharan.

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Launch of ‘Haryana Udhyam Sahyog’- Platform for capturing credit-related grievances of Haryana’s MSMEs

Chandigarh, June 3- Haryana Government has launched a dedicated portal, ‘Haryana Udhyam Sahyog’, to capture the Micro, Small and Medium (MSME) grievances in obtaining loans. The portal aims to enable MSMEs in Haryana to take maximum benefits under the ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan’ economic package.

Sharing more details about the same, a spokesman of Industries and Commerce Department said that while understanding the severity of challenges posed by COVID-19 Pandemic, this portal aims to help the MSMEs in facing financial duress due to this Pandemic.

The spokesman said that for registering a grievance, an entrepreneur has to Log on to Saral Haryana Portal (https://saralharyana.gov.in) and fill up the grievance form available on the portal and submit the same.

He said that all the entrepreneurs in the State should come forward and take maximum possible benefits of the Government of India programmes and report the credit related challenges faced through the portal. All grievances reported would be followed with the banks on a daily basis and will be resolved in an expedited manner.

The Spokesman said that economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in India has been largely disruptive. MSMEs across the nation are facing financial duress due to the pandemic. The Government of India launched an ambitious ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan’ economic package to provide credit facilities to industries. Economic package covers all the MSMEs as per the revised definitions as well as retailers, traders, shops etc, while understanding and acknowledges the severity of challenges posed by this pandemic, Haryana Government has also launched this portal.

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Haryana Government has allowed sports training and other related activities in sports complex and stadiums across the State,

Chandigarh, June 3- Haryana Government has allowed sports training and other related activities in sports complex and stadiums across the State, while strictly adhering to the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) issued by Central Government for the containment of COVID-19.

Sharing more information in this regard, a spokesman of Sports and Youth Affairs department said that as movement of individuals shall remain strictly prohibited between 9.00 Pm to 5.00 Am because of night curfew, trainees shall be allowed to train/ practice only after 5.00 Am and before 9.00 Pm.

He informed that the gymnasium and swimming pool would not be allowed to open under any circumstances. Trainers need to take heat conditions into account when designing a training program. He said that coaches shall keep in mind the heat conditions prevailing while designing training program. Besides this, it would also be ensured that the immune system of the trainees / trainers is also strengthened.

The spokesman said that spectators will not be allowed in sports stadium/ complexes. No event or function shall be allowed in sports stadium/ complexes till further.

He said that all the District Sports and Youth Affairs Officers would ensure that social distancing is followed during this period. Sanitizers should be made available at every place as per requirements and all officers, trainers and trainees are wearing masks. He said that officers concerned have been asked for strict compliance of these guidelines.

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Haryana Government has issued Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) in accordance to the guidelines issued by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs regarding inter-state travel in buses of Haryana Roadways.

Chandigarh, June 3– Haryana Government has issued Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) in accordance to the guidelines issued by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs regarding inter-state travel in buses of Haryana Roadways. The passengers intending to undertake inter-state travel must carry their identity proofs and tickets, in either electronic mode or physical form. Apart from this, the bus staff as well as passengers must have aarogya setu app downloaded in their mobile phones while they travel with all relevant details filled in.

Giving details in this regard an official spokesperson said that it must be ensured that the staff and passengers are free of any NCOVID symptoms. If any such person is aboard, he or she must immediately be de-boarded and sent home and the people in contact with him must be home quarantined for 14 days. He said that the number of passengers aboard one bus shall not exceed 30-35. The buses being employed for ferrying passengers should be fully sanitized inside out. In addition, sanitizer bottles must be kept inside the buses at all times and must be used by the bus staff from time to time at regular intervals. He said that the wearing of masks by everyone aboard the bus and on bus stands must be strictly adhered to by all and every passenger should carry sanitizers with them.

He said that the strict adherence of SOPs issued by the Transport Department for inter-state travel by the Haryana Roadways buses should be ensured. He said that the passengers shall ensure following NCOVID protocol and shall maintain physical distancing at bus stands and in the bus, not spit inside the bus or outside and at bus stands and other public places, cover their faces while sneezing and coughing.

He said that while passengers are boarding, their thermal screening must be ensured by the staff deployed there. No passenger should be allowed to board if he or she is running high temperature. The staff doing thermal screening must be wearing PPE kit while doing the screening and should sanitize themselves properly and adequately.

He said that for smooth movement of passengers, the interstate and intrastate routes being operated from time to time will be widely publicized through the departmental website and print media.

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Haryana Government has issued Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for ensuring social distancing in the market areas within the Municipal limits up to June 30, 2020.

Chandigarh, June 3 – Haryana Government has issued Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for ensuring social distancing in the market areas within the Municipal limits up to June 30, 2020.

Giving details in this regard an official spokesperson said that all permitted shops other than essential goods can open from 9 am to 7 pm to ensure the compliance of Night Curfew regarding movement of individuals between 9 pm to 5 am. Social distancing (2 gazkidoori) should be strictly maintained in all such market areas by all concerned i.e. shopkeepers as well as visitors or customers visiting these market areas. He said that the shopkeepers should wear gloves and masks to avoid hand contact and shall ensure frequent sanitization of all points which come into human contact for example, door, handles etc.

He said that that the shopkeepers shall ensure deployment of minimum required staff in their shops to avoid overcrowding and they can alternatively call the staff in shifts. The security guards at large entry points and AC shops should be provided with sanitizers and thermal scanner. He further added that the shopkeepers and salesmen shall invariably wear masks while attending the customers and shall ensure that no customer enter the shop without thermal scanning, sanitization and mask. It shall also be ensured that not more than 5 persons, including shopkeeper, helpers & customers are present at a time in any shop.

The spokesperson said that the customers or visitors should wear masks and be asked to stand in queue at a distance of minimum six feet. Proper marking of circles at the required distance should be done on regular basis so that customers or visitors shall wait for their turn.

He further said that temporary barriers with thermal scanning system should be provided at the entry and exit points of these market places so as to maintain the flow of customers or visitors for ensuring social distancing.

He specified that the municipal staff shall ensure proper cleanliness and sanitization of such market places or areas at regular intervals during day as well as night. In addition, challaning should be strictly enforced against spitting in open or market areas. Furthermore, shopkeepers or street vendors shall display a Public Notice regarding downloading of “AarogyaSetu Mobile App” for public or customer awareness and motivate them to install the same and regularly update their health status on this app. He added that the shopkeepers shall ensure that all the employees must install AarogyaSetu Mobile App and use the same regularly.

The spokesperson said that in the areas falling under the jurisdiction of any Municipal Corporation, if it is not possible to enforce the social distancing norms set out by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India in congested markets, then Deputy Commissioner concerned in consultations with Commissioner, Municipal Corporation concerned shall take essential measures to notify the protocol for operating shops such as 50% opening of the markets, etc. He said that the principle of social distancing as well as standard of hygiene are to be followed in all the Municipal areas (Municipal Corporations/Councils/Committees) during the opening of markets.

He stated that the food restaurants and food aggregators like Zomato, Swiggy etc. are permitted to operate kitchens for home delivery of food items. The upper time limit for operation of kitchen will be 8.pm and home delivery, by all means, will be completed before 8.30 pm or earlier to ensure that no delivery boy will be out on roads beyond 9.pm. All standards of hygiene like wearing of masks, gloves, caps etc are being followed while cooking food in such kitchens. It shall be ensured that kitchen staff or delivery boys are not having any illness or symptoms of cold and cough etc. He said that the thermal scanning of the staff on a daily basis and regular medical checkup of all such staff be ensured by the owner. He further added that the delivery boys shall wear gloves and masks during home delivery. Also, no signature or thumb impression of the customer shall be taken by them while delivering items. Preferably online electronic mode of payment shall be ensured to avoid contact and to maintain social distancing. Besides, Municipalities should also endeavour to publicize these guidelines amongst the shopkeepers or rehriwalas or fruit & vegetable vendors etc. for their awareness about maintaining social distancing.

He said that the joint teams constituted by the Deputy Commissioner for enforcing the above instructions or directions should ensure extensive checking and challan the violators as per directions issued. Municipalities shall forward daily consolidated reports at e-mail suda.haryana@yahoo.co.in.

The spokesperson said that the directions regarding barber shops, sweet shops and banquet or marriage halls will remain in force as already circulated. In such markets where there is no restriction on opening of shops on daily basis, weekly off system as prevailing prior to lockdown shall be resorted. However, congested markets where there is restriction on daily opening of shops the condition of weekly off as included in instructions dated May 22, 2020 shall apply.

He said the directions of Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India regarding lockdown guidelines May 30, 2020 should not be diluted in any manner, whatsoever, while complying with the SOPs. All municipalities shall ensure to arrange wide publicity by MUNADI on its own vehicles being used for door-to-door garbage collection having Public Address System (PAS) facility by hiring vehicles for this purpose today itself on priority basis. He added that these instructions in so far as they relate to opening of shops and its duration shall not apply on the shops dispensing essential goods.

The spokesperson further added that the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India has extended the lockdown period in the Containment Zone upto June 30, 2020 and to re-open prohibited activities in a phased manner (Unlock 1) in areas outside Containment Zones. Also, the restrictions imposed in containment zones including closure of shops etc as decided by District Administration shall continue to remain in force till further orders.