Mr. Manohar Lal, Haryana State Vigilance Bureau has submitted a report about inquiries registered in the month of June, 2020, on the directions of the state government and 19 inquiries which were completed.

Chandigarh, August 10 – While adhering to the zero-tolerance policy of the Haryana Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal, Haryana State Vigilance Bureau has submitted a report about inquiries registered in the month of June, 2020, on the directions of the state government and 19 inquiries which were completed. The State Vigilance Bureau had started a campaign to curtail the tendency of government employees to indulge in corruption and these inquiries were initiated under this campaign.

Giving information in this regard an official spokesperson of the Bureau said that during the month of June this year three government employees were caught red-handed while accepting bribe money starting from Rs 8,000 to Rs 13,000 and separate cases were registered against them under Prevention of Corruption Act.

He revealed that the employees against whom the cases have been registered include, Idrish of Hodal, working as Forester, for accepting a bribe of Rs 13,000, Harbhawan Chopra, working as Assistant in Haryana State Pollution Control Board, Panchkula for accepting a bribe of Rs. 11,000 and Surender, working as Senior Shift Attendant UHBVN, Sonepat for accepting a bribe of Rs 8,000.

The spokesperson said that out of nine inquiries, a departmental inquiry has been recommended against six gazetted officers and 22 non-gazetted officers and the Bureau has recovered Rs. 5,61,603 from three private persons. In another inquiry, an amount of Rs 8,83,443 has been recovered from six private persons. Besides this, in another inquiry it has been recommended to file a criminal case against a gazetted officer and it has been recommended to recover Rs 1,52,565 as well. In addition, in one more inquiry, a criminal case has been recommended against a gazetted officer while in six inquiries the charges could not be proved.

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Haryana Government has decided to start the process of e-Appointments for registration of agricultural land in Rural Areas from August 11, 2020.

Chandigarh August 10: Haryana Government has decided to start the process of e-Appointments for registration of agricultural land in Rural Areas from August 11, 2020. However, the registration of agricultural land deeds will start from August 17, 2020. Likewise, the process of taking e-Appointments for the registration of land deeds in Urban Areas will also begin from August 17, 2020 and fresh dates regarding the re-starting of registration of deeds will be shared soon.

A decision to this regard was taken in a meeting held under the chairmanship of Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal to review the linkages of various departments with e-Registration system of Revenue Department held here today. Deputy Chief Minister, Mr. Dushyant Chautala was also present in the meeting.

The Chief Minister was apprised that the module for e-registration of deeds of the agricultural land in rural areas has been prepared by the Revenue Department. Testing of the same has been completed and it will start from August 11, 2020, enabling the people of the state to take e-appointments.

The Chief Minister directed that the decision regarding no registration of transfer of deeds of land in respect of lands situated in Urban Areas, as declared/notified under Section 7-A of the Haryana Development and Regulation of Urban Areas Act, 1975 (as amended from time to time) and villages where the jamabandis are currently offline and not available on web-HALRIS will remain unchanged. Besides, this no registration of transfer of deeds of land will be done in Controlled Areas for the time being.

During the meeting, the Chief Minister was apprised that as per his directions to keep a check on the irregularities in the registering deeds under Haryana Development and Regulation of Urban Areas Act, 1975, the period of stoppage of registrations is being utilised to build technology-based checks for preventing such registrations in violation of the Law by interfacing the web HALRIS application with TCP, ULBs, HSVP, HSIIDC, Urban Estates, Police, Forests, litigation matters etc on priority basis.

It was informed that there are a total of 32 lakh properties in Urban Areas across the State, out of which 18 lakh properties are integrated with the department portal. However, rest of the properties will also be brought on a single digital platform by October 31, 2020.

It was informed that there are around 3.48 lakh properties of Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (HSIIDC) and since 2009 data of all these properties had been digitalized. Out of the 58,000 acquired lands, data of around 26,000 lands is uploaded on the portal.

Chief Secretary, Mrs. Keshni Anand Arora, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Mr. Rajesh Khullar, Additional Chief Secretary and Financial Commissioner, Revenue and Disaster Management Department, Mr. Vijai Vardhan, Additional Chief Secretary, Medical Education and Research Department, Mr. Alok Nigam, Additional Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Mr. V. Umashankar, Principal Secretary, Development and Panchayats Department, Mr. Sudhir Rajpal, Principal Secretary, Town and Country Planning and Urban Estates Department, Mr. Apoorva Kumar Singh, Director General of Police, Mr. Manoj Yadava and ADGP/Administration, Mr. Arshinder Singh Chawla were present in the meeting.

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New National Education Policy-2020 released by the Central Government is promoting skill development: DUSHYANT

Chandigarh, August 10: Haryana Deputy Chief Minister, Mr. Dushyant Singh Chautala said that the new National Education Policy-2020 released by the Central Government is promoting skill development which will benefit the younger generation in future, and will inspire the youth to become self-reliant.

The Deputy Chief Minister said this while interacting with media persons after offering his condolences to Dr. Jaswinder Khaira, a senior leader of Jannayak Janta Party in village Lukhi, Kurukshetra on the demise of his father, late Mr. Rawail Singh. He said that the State Government will also implement the new education policy, adopting the guidelines and rules of the new education policy as issued by the Central Government. This Education Policy will bring about a significant change in the country and the state.

While responding to another query, the Deputy CM said that the State Government would not allow corruption in any department. In the first nine months of its tenure, the present State Government has thrust the campaign against corruption to its final stage starting from the Revenue Department, he added. He said that complaints received in the case of land registries are being investigated by the Commissioner of Gurugram. The State Government will take strict action against the officers and employees involved in corruption based on the facts of this report, he added.

Mr. Dushyant Chautala said that new software is being developed for the registries, and registries will start from next week if the situation remains favourable.

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Haryana Health Minister, Mr. Anil Vij today said that a Sero-Survey is being carried out with an aim to identify the penetration of COVID-19 and to monitor its transmission trends.

Chandigarh, August 10 – Haryana Government is all set to carry out a Sero-Survey and the blueprint for it is ready.

Haryana Health Minister, Mr. Anil Vij today said that a Sero-Survey is being carried out with an aim to identify the penetration of COVID-19 and to monitor its transmission trends. The Health Minister reviewed the Sero Survey meeting through video conferencing.

Sharing details of the purpose of the survey, Additional Chief Secretary, Health, Mr. Rajeev Arora said that the findings of the study will be useful in designing and implementing appropriate containment measures in Haryana. “A Sero-Survey is testing of a group of individuals to monitor trends in prevalence of COVID-19 as it helps in understanding the number of people affected by the disease. The study will help us to determine the burden of COVID-19 at the community level in the state and monitor the trends of transmission of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) infection,” he added.

As per the blueprint, the sample size has been estimated at district-level. Thus, from each district 850 participants will be covered. Revealing further details Mr. Arora said, “A stratified multistage random sampling will be done. The sample size of 850 will be divided into two parts – Rural and Urban.” A total of 88 samples from rural cluster and 44 samples from each urban cluster will be taken.

Divulging further details the Health Minister said that the survey has already started in Panchkula and Ambala in association with Department of Community Medicine and School of Public Health, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) Chandigarh and the Health Department aims to complete it by the end of August, 2020. “It is an antibody test and it will be conducted in every district on 850 persons from both urban and rural population of respective districts. A nodal officer has been designated in every district to monitor and supervise the sero-survey activity. The health department will be able to gauge the number of people affected by COVID-19 through this survey,” he added.

While appreciating the efforts of the Health Department, Mr. Anil Vij said, “The health department has been on its toes for the last four to five months. The work of the Health Department at State HQ and at the District level, to draw the blueprint for conducting the Sero-Survey in such a short span of time is indeed commendable.”

The team conducting the survey will consist of three members, one Medical Officer (MO), one auxiliary nurse midwife (ANM), and one laboratory technician.

Dr Usha Gupta Director IDSP gave a detailed presentation about the future roadmap regarding sero-survey study to be conducted in the entire State in collaboration with School of Public Health, PGIMER, Chandigarh.

“Existing and ongoing data of laboratory results will be used to calibrate the positivity rate among tests of RC-PCR in all districts for ongoing pandemic control and mitigation,” added Mr. Arora.

Among others present in the meeting included Additional Chief Secretary Health, Mr. Rajeev Arora, Managing Director HMSCL, Mr. Saket Kumar, Commissioner, Food & Drugs Administration, Mr. Ashok Kumar Meena, Mission Director, National Health Mission, Mr. Prabhjot Singh, DGHS, Director Health Services Dr. S.B. Kamboj all Civil Surgeons with their teams and other senior officers of the Health Department.

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Dr Banwari Lal said that under the schemes being run in Agriculture and Allied Sectors by the Government, a financial assistance of Rs 143.20 lakh has been provided to 254 beneficiaries under the Dairy Farming Scheme, including a subsidy of Rs 12.91 lakh.

Chandigarh, August 10 - Haryana Scheduled Caste Finance and Development Corporation has provided financial assistance of Rs 322.27 lakh to 445 beneficiaries till July 2020 during the year 2020-2021, out of which Rs 29.24 lakh has been included in subsidy.

Giving information in this regard, Haryana Scheduled Castes and Backward Classes Welfare Minister, Dr Banwari Lal said that under the schemes being run in Agriculture and Allied Sectors by the Government, a financial assistance of Rs 143.20 lakh has been provided to 254 beneficiaries under the Dairy Farming Scheme, including a subsidy of Rs 12.91 lakh.

He informed that under Sheep Rearing, a financial assistance of Rs 2.40 lakh has been provided to 3 beneficiaries including subsidy of Rs 30,000. Similarly, a financial assistance of Rs 1.70 lakh has been provided to 3 beneficiaries under Pig farming, which includes subsidy of Rs 30,000. He informed that financial assistance of Rs. 2.20 lakh has been provided to 3 beneficiaries under the scheme for Jhota Buggi, Camel Cart and Mule Cart etc. which includes subsidy of Rs. 30,000.

The Minister informed that financial assistance of Rs 7.20 lakh has been provided to 9 beneficiaries in the Industrial Sector, including subsidy of Rs 90,000. Similarly, 157 beneficiaries in Trade and Business Sector have been provided financial assistance of Rs 116.38 lakh including subsidy of Rs 14.13 lakh.

He informed that under National Scheduled Castes Finance and Development Corporation (NSFDC) assisted schemes, financial assistance of Rs 41.20 lakh has been provided to 15 beneficiaries under Laghu Vyavasay Yojana, including subsidy of Rs 40,000. Similarly, under the National Safai Karamcharis Finance & Development Corporation (NSKFDC) assisted schemes, financial assistance of Rs 8 lakh has been provided to one beneficiary.

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Centres are being opened in nine districts for testing and hallmarking of gold jewellery in Haryana.

Chandigarh, August 10: Centres are being opened in nine districts for testing and hallmarking of gold jewellery in Haryana. The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) has invited an expression of interest for this. After opening these centers, goldsmiths will not have to go far for hallmarking. It is noteworthy that from 15 January 2021, hallmarking on gold jewellery will become mandatory.

Giving information in this regard here today, an official spokesperson said that at present, BIS has recognized 919 such centres. At present these centres are not available in 489 districts of the country. Of these, expressions of interest have been invited for nine districts of Haryana. People from the private sector, government organizations and enterprises can apply for these.

He said that 30 to 75 percent financial assistance is made available by the Central Government for the establishment of these centres. He said that the applications should reach the BIS Office Head Hallmarking, Room No. 555, 9 Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, New Delhi-110002 by September 15, 2020. Apart from this, one can also visit the website: www.bis.gov.in.

He said that financial assistance will be provided for installing machinery and other equipment in these centers which will be 50 percent of the total cost to the private sector in rural areas, north eastern states and special status states and 75 percent to public sector undertakings, while in general areas it will be 30 and 50 percent.

He said that with the opening of these 919 centres across the country, the number of jewellers is expected to increase to five lakh and the number of jewellery for hallmarking will increase to 10 crore.

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Inter-state Drug Secretariat set up to effectively tackle the drug menace in country’s northern region has started cracking down on drug-peddlers

Chandigarh, Aug 10 – Inter-state Drug Secretariat set up to effectively tackle the drug menace in country’s northern region has started cracking down on drug-peddlers as it has helped field units in recovery of 119 kg and 202 gram of narcotics and over 35,500 banned tablets/capsules during the first 7 months of this year.

Giving this information here today, a Haryana Police spokesperson informed that secretariat helpline numbers had received 216 tip-offs against the persons involved in drug peddling and possession of drugs between January and July 2020. On this basis of these tip-offs shared by the general public, 22 cases were registered resulting in recovery of 118 kg 952 gram ganja, 208 gram 137 mg heroin, 42 gram smack and 35,785 tablets and capsules, which fell under the category of banned drugs.

In addition, police have also seized 23 kg 982 gram of drugs including heroin, ganja, smack, charas as well as 36,610 banned tablets and capsules on the basis of 299 tip-offs shared by general public about drug peddlers through helpline numbers between May and December, last year.

It is worthwhile to mention that country’s six northern states – Haryana, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh and Delhi and the Union Territory of Chandigarh have jointly set up centralized secretariat at Panchkula for sharing intelligence and information to effectively deal and eradicate the menace of drugs from the society.

The spokesperson urged the people to come forward and share information about sale, purchase and consumption of drugs and narcotic substances with the police at helpline number 1800-180-1314. In addition, information can also be given on mobile number 7087089947 and landline number 01733-253023. The identity of the informant will be kept confidential, he added.