Haryana Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal today congratulated and extended warm wishes to the people of the state on the auspicious occasion of Sri Krishna Janmashtami.

Chandigarh August 11: Haryana Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal today congratulated and extended warm wishes to the people of the state on the auspicious occasion of Sri Krishna Janmashtami.

In a message issued here today on the eve of Janmashtami, the Chief Minister said that the divine message given by Lord Shri Krishna to Arjuna on the battlefield of Kurukshetra, have been mentioned in the Holy Book Shrimad Bhagavad Gita. He said that this Holy Scripture, Gita is a philosophical tradition and an inspiration for all humanity.

The Chief Minister said that Lord Krishna’s teachings give us cosmic and spiritual education. He said that in Gita, Lord Shri Krishna himself said ‘Karmanye Vadhikaraste Ma Phaleshu Kada Chana’ meaning that ‘One should perform one’s duties and not expect the results.’

The Chief Minister said that for the last nearly six years, he has been selflessly serving the people of the State by imbibing these values. He said that the teachings and philosophy of Lord Shri Krishna are still relevant today and we must follow them to live a successful life.

He said that amid COVID-19 Pandemic, everyone should celebrate the festivals and religious events, while following social distancing norms.

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The meeting of Haryana Cabinet, will be held under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal

Chandigarh, August 11 – The meeting of Haryana Cabinet, will be held under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal at 5 pm on August 13, 2020, at Haryana Civil Secretariat, Chandigarh.

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ADDITIONAL CHARGE

Chandigarh, August 11: Haryana Government has appointed Mr. Satish Kumar, Officer on Special Duty to Chief Minister, Haryana as Secretary, Rohnat Freedom Trust in addition to his present duties, with immediate effect.

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Haryana Deputy Chief Minister, Mr. Dushyant Chautala has extended his heartfelt greetings and best wishes to the people of the State on the auspicious occasion of Shri Krishna Janmashtami.

Chandigarh, August 11: Haryana Deputy Chief Minister, Mr. Dushyant Chautala has extended his heartfelt greetings and best wishes to the people of the State on the auspicious occasion of Shri Krishna Janmashtami.

In a message issued here today, the Deputy Chief Minister said that the festival of Shri Krishna Janmashtami is full of reverence and faith and has held special importance in human life since time immemorial. The knowledge of Karmayoga given by Lord Shri Krishna through the Gita is still relevant in our lives.

Deputy CM has expressed the hope that this festival of Janmashtami will further strengthen harmony, brotherhood and unity in the state. He has urged the people of the country to avoid mass gatherings in view of the COVID-19 pandemic and observe Janmashtami festival with enthusiasm by staying in their homes while following social distancing norms.

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Haryana Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal said that providing good governance to the people of the state is one of the top-most priorities of the present State Government

Chandigarh August 11: Haryana Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal said that providing good governance to the people of the state is one of the top-most priorities of the present State Government and for this, in the year 2016, a flagship programme named Chief Minister's Good Governance Associates (CMGGA) was started in Haryana. It is a matter of great pride that from past four years, and this year too, Associates from all across the country have joined this flagship programme, which is an example of National Integration, he said.

The Chief Minister said this while addressing the fifth batch of the Chief Minister's Good Governance Associates (CMGGA) here today.

While, encouraging the new batch of CMGGA to work dedicatedly towards resolving the grievances of the people at grassroot level, Mr. Manohar Lal said, “It is the duty of each CMGGA to ensure that along with working with the system they should also work for the betterment of the society. The path of good governance comes through e-governance, therefore connecting people with the government schemes is the most important task of every Associate.”

He said that as we have already announced that 2020 will be observed as Susashan Sankalp Varsh, therefore despite the COVID-19 Pandemic, no stone was left unturned to convert this crisis into an opportunity. During this period many IT initiatives have been taken so as to ensure that people of the state get a corruption-free and transparent system and benefits of welfare schemes reach down to the grassroot levels.

“Many new initiatives including Antyodaya Saral, Saksham Haryana, CM Window, Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao etc were introduced to bring about a change for the betterment in the society,” he said.

He added that the mandate of the State Government is to provide ease of living, bringing transparency, Zero tolerance to corruption, and providing an efficient public delivery system.

Speaking on this occasion, the Project Director of Chief Minister’s Good Governance Associates Programme, Dr. Rakesh Gupta that after selecting the new batch of CMGGA to work in the year 2020-21, the programme’s knowledge partner Ashoka University have provided training to the new batch and now the batch has been allocated various districts.

He said that this time more than 2500 applications were received for the new batch, which is higher as compared to last year and out of which Associates have been selected from 13 states, including Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Kerala, Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan, West Bengal, Telangana, Bihar, Karnataka, Punjab, Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh.

He said that all the CMGGA are well qualified, having the academic qualifications in economics, law, social sectors and all of them have working experience of one and half years with different governments and social institutions in various states.

He informed that this year, the CMGGA will work exclusively on Saksham Haryana, Antyodaya Saral Project, Women Safety, Skilling and Employment, research, e-office and COVID-19 support.

During the interaction the Chief Minister shared his life experiences with the Associates to motivate them to perform better. All the Good Governance Associates also shared their experiences gained by them during their training period. They expressed gratitude to the Chief Minister for providing them with an opportunity to be a part of his team and contribute to the development of the state. They also thanked the Chief Minister for his efficient guidance.

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Haryana Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal has directed the officers to immediately inform about the feasibility of Chief Minister’s announcements.

Chandigarh, August 11 – Haryana Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal has directed the officers to immediately inform about the feasibility of Chief Minister’s announcements. He further asked to provide the details of administrative approval of such announcements and to invite tenders for them along with uploading information about the said announcement on the portal.

This information came to light during a review meeting regarding pending matters related to the Chief Minister's announcements which was presided over by the Chief Minister here today.

During the meeting, the Chief Minister further specified that when the work of formulation of the schemes commences after the announcements have been made, the Administrative Secretaries should step out in the field to review the progress and inform the local public representatives about it.

Disclosing further details, he said that the Central Government has included projects related to Indian National Highways and Railways in infrastructure development plans, hence, land can be acquired for these projects under the new Land Acquisition Act. He further added that land should be acquired for the projects where 70 per cent of the land is available while the remaining 30 per cent should be acquired in the adjoining area so that it can be substituted with private land in future. Its main goal is to complete infrastructure projects. The Chief Minister said that projects of public use should be given priority.

Additional Chief Secretary, Mr. T.C. Gupta, who is looking after the tasks related to implementation of C.M. Announcements, apprised the Chief Minister in the meeting that a total of 8,111 Chief Minister's announcements have been made between 2014-20, out of which 4,398 announcements have been completed and 2,388 are still in progress. Also, there were 315 declarations, and 1,032 declarations were still pending.

He also informed that 95 per cent of announcements related to Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Department have been completed, while 93 per cent of Public Health Engineering Department and 77.7 per cent of Health Department have been completed. Similarly, the work of announcements related to school education, transport, electricity, public works, development and panchayat, urban local bodies will also be completed within the stipulated time.

In the meeting, Chief Secretary, Mrs. Keshni Anand Arora, Additional Chief Secretary of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Department, Mr. Sanjeev Kaushal, Additional Chief Secretary of Finance Department, Mr. TVSN Prasad, Additional Chief Secretary of Urban Local Bodies Department, Mr. S.N. Roy, Additional Chief Secretary of Health Department, Mr. Rajeev Arora, Additional Chief Secretary of Public Health Department, Mr. Devender Singh, Principal Secretary of Development and Panchayats Department, Mr. Sudhir Rajpal, Principal Secretary, Town and Country Planning Department Mr. A.K. Singh and other senior officers were also present.

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Haryana Home and Health Minister, Mr. Anil Vij has extended greetings to the people of the state for Sri Krishna Janmashtami.

Chandigarh, August 11 – Haryana Home and Health Minister, Mr. Anil Vij has extended greetings to the people of the state for Sri Krishna Janmashtami.

He said that in view of the COVID-19 pandemic people of the state should be conscious and celebrate festivals at home to ensure safety.

He said that Lord Krishna has given us the message to always do good deeds through ‘Shrimad Bhagavad Gita’ and to inspire humanity for eternity.

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On the initiative of Haryana Government, the declaration of the minimum support price of crops before the sowing season by the Central Government since 2017 have started showing positive results: JP GALAL.

CHANDIGARH,August 11: Haryana Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Minister, Mr. J.P. Dalal said that on the initiative of Haryana Government, the declaration of the minimum support price of crops before the sowing season by the Central Government since 2017 have started showing positive results. As a result, not only the prices of crops are increasing by more than 50 percent every year, but the area under crops is also increasing continuously.

Mr. Dalal said that during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Centre and the State Government announced several new schemes for the welfare of farmer, turning the nationwide lockdown period into an opportunity.

He said that with the Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Department has now been attached with Co-operation Department and the Government of India has named it the Agriculture, Co-operation and Farmers’ Welfare Department. Haryana Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal has announced the opening of 2000 outlets under the Brand Harit in the State, on which Haryana Agro Industries is working fast.

Mr. JP Dalal said that the Government is encouraging farmers to become entrepreneurs along with pursuing farming, farmers should also become entrepreneurs. For this, the Central Government had recently brought the Farmers' Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Ordinance, 2020and the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Ordinance, 2020 to allow farmers to sell their produce, not only in the mandis of Haryana, but also in mandis of other states as per their wish. Similarly, under contract farming, they can enter into an e-contract with any person or bank for their produce. Now they will not be required to mortgage their land with the bank for crop loans.

He said that Devlali to Danapur 'Kisan Rail' is a good initiative to make agricultural products of perishable fruits and vegetables directly accessible to consumers. Under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana, the sixth installment of Rs 17,000 crore has been added to the accounts of 8.50 crore farmers of the country. He said that during COVID-19, the State Government provided financial assistance ranging from Rs 4000 – Rs 5000 to about 16 lakh families; whether it was under Mukhyamantri Parivar Samridhi Yojana or was made available through the Haryana Building and other Construction Workers’ Welfare Board.

He said that the area under kharif crops like rice, pulses, coarse cereals, oilseeds, sugarcane, cotton, etc. is continuously increasing in the country, which shows that if we analyze this increase from the year 2017 to 2022 every year, then we may conclude that Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi’s goal to double the income of farmers will be attained by the year 2020.

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Stating that the National Education Policy will lay the foundation stone of the ‘New India’ of 21st century:Kanwar Pal

Chandigarh, August 11 – Stating that the National Education Policy will lay the foundation stone of the ‘New India’ of 21st century, Haryana Education Minister, Mr. Kanwar Pal said that the policy focuses on imparting ideal education and polishes the skills as per the need of the youth. Under the New Education Policy, student from any class, be it nursery or college can play a constructive role in nation building as he or she will be studying in a scientific manner.

The Education Minister said that the Officers of the Education Department have started implementing the Policy and changes will be made wherever there is a scope for improvement. He said that the process of opening 1,000 new English Medium Schools is presently going on. In addition, 104 state schools are being upgraded as Adarsh Sanskriti Model Schools while 32 Adarsh Sanskriti Model Schools are already functional.

The Education Minister said that this Policy has been formulated by reforming it according to the national objectives and values. Sharing the various steps adopted by the Government before framing the new Education Policy the Education Minister said that it is for the first time that written suggestions were taken from Panchayati Raj Institutions, public representatives, academicians and other stakeholders before preparing the Education Policy. The policy makers had included lakhs of suggestions which reflects that people wanted a change in the ongoing education system which has been followed and is visible in this new Policy, he added.

The Education Minister called upon all the parents, academicians and officials and employees of the Department who will be playing an important role in the implementation of this Policy, to consider its implementation as an important task for which all have to show strong determination.

===============================================Cotton growers in 17 districts of Haryana, who had diversified from paddy under the ‘Mera Pani – Meri Virasat’ scheme during Kharif 2020, will soon receive their first installment of incentive at the rate of Rs. 2,000 per acre, directly into their bank accounts:SANJEEV KAUSHAL.

Chandigarh, August 11: Cotton growers in 17 districts of Haryana, who had diversified from paddy under the ‘Mera Pani – Meri Virasat’ scheme during Kharif 2020, will soon receive their first installment of incentive at the rate of Rs. 2,000 per acre, directly into their bank accounts. A total of Rs. 10.21 lakh will be disbursed to such farmers as the first installment.

While stating this here today, Additional Chief Secretary, Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Department, Mr. Sanjeev Kaushal, said that the installment was being disbursed to farmers through Direct Benefits Transfer mode after completion of physical verification process by officials of the Department. A total of 20,420 hectares was verified to have been diversified from paddy to cotton in districts Sirsa, Fatehabad, Jind, Hisar, Kaithal, Jhajjar, Bhiwani, Charkhi Dadri, Sonepat, Rohtak, Faridabad, Palwal, Rewari, Mewat, Gurugram, Panipat and Karnal.

He said that cotton growers in district Sirsa would be the biggest beneficiaries under the scheme, with more than Rs. 2.26 crore to be distributed amongst them for opting to sow the cash crop in 4,523 hectares. Farmers in districts Fatehabad and Jind would also get incentives totaling more than Rs. 1.98 crore and Rs. 1.97 crore, respectively, for cultivating cotton in 3,966 hectares and 3,945 hectares, respectively.

Mr. Kaushal said that the ‘Mera Pani – Meri Virasat’ scheme had been implemented in an effort to conserve the depleting groundwater table in the State. Farmers in water-stressed blocks Ratia (district Fatehabad), Siwan and Guhla (district Kaithal), Pipli, Shahabad, Babain and Ismailabad (district Kurukshetra) and Sirsa (district Sirsa), where the groundwater level is below 40 metres, were being encouraged to cultivate alternate crops, including, maize, bajra, cotton, pulses, and horticultural crops, he added. The State Government had promised to pay Rs. 7,000 per acre for diversified crop, of which the first installment of Rs. 2,000 per acre would be paid after verification and the remaining Rs. 5,000 per acre when the crop is in the maturing stage.

He said that to facilitate the farmers, all diversified crops such as maize, bajra, and pulses would be procured by the Haryana Government at Minimum Support Price (MSP). The Gram Panchayats would not permit paddy growing in agricultural lands owned by them, and applicable financial benefits in lieu of diversification from paddy to alternate crops would be provided to the respective Panchayats.

He said that the State Government would also install Maize Dryer in related grain markets for reducing the moisture content of maize grain produced by the farmers. Farmers would also be provided 85 per cent subsidy for installation of Drip Irrigation System in the alternate diversified crops, he added. The Department would promote mechanisation by providing pneumatic or normal maize seed planter for the sowing of maize in the targeted blocks for diversification of paddy through its schemes and Custom Hiring Centres (CHCs).

He said that apart from this, information regarding the implementation of Crop Diversification Programme would be provided through IEC (Information, Education and Communication) activities in the field for the awareness of the farmers. A dedicated web portal has been launched for the convenience of the farmers. As many as 41 demonstration plots have been established in the targeted blocks for showing best agriculture practices to the farmers for getting a good yield of their crop, he added.

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Special care will be taken to prevent spread of COVID-19 during the Independence Day celebrations organized in Haryana

Chandigarh, August 11 – Special care will be taken to prevent spread of COVID-19 during the Independence Day celebrations organized in Haryana. For this guidelines issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs will be followed.

Giving information in this regard, an official spokesperson said that it is imperative to follow certain preventive measures like avoiding large congregations during Independence Day celebrations. Besides this, there would be no P.T. Show, vulnerable person like children below the age of 10 years should not participate in various activities and in March Past as per the COVID-19 related guidelines issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs.

He further added that other preventive measures such as maintaining social distancing, wearing of masks, proper sanitization will be adhered to. Sharing the details he said that as per the programme, the State-level flag hoisting programme will be held at Haryana Raj Bhavan, Chandigarh where Governor, Mr. Satyadeo Narain Arya will hoist the National flag. However, in view of COVID-19 Pandemic, the ‘At Home’ programme has been cancelled this time. Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal would hoist the National Flag at Panchkula. Deputy Chief Minister, Mr. Dushyant Chautala will hoist the National Flag at Gurugram.

Haryana Vidhan Sabha, Speaker, Mr. Gian Chand Gupta will hoist the National Flag at Ambala and Deputy Speaker, Mr Ranbir Gangwa at Bhiwani. Education Minister, Mr. Kanwar Pal will hoist the National Flag at Faridabad. Transport Minister, Mr. Mool Chand Sharma at Palwal.

Likewise the Power Minister, Mr. Ranjit Singh will hoist the National Flag at Hisar. Agriculture and Farmers' Welfare Minister Mr. J.P Dalal will hoist the National Flag at Narnaul and Co-operation Minister, Dr. Banwari Lal will hoist the National Flag at Kurukshetra.

Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Mr. O.P Yadav will hoist the National Flag at Rewari. Minister of State for Women and Child Development, Mrs. Kamlesh Dhanda, will hoist the National Flag at Jind.

Similarly, the Minister of State for Archaeology & Museums and Labour & Employment, Mr. Anoop Dhanak will hoist the National Flag at Rothak. Minister of State for Sports and Youth Affairs, Mr. Sandeep Singh will hoist the National Flag at Karnal.

The spokesperson said that Divisional Commissioner, Ambala will hoist National Flag at Yamunanagar, Divisional Commissioner, Karnal will hoist National Flag at Panipat, Divisional Commissioner, Rohtak will hoist National Flag at Jhajjar, Divisional Commissioner, Faridabad will hoist National Flag at Nuh, Divisional Commissioner, Hisar will hoist National Flag at Sirsa, Deputy Commissioner, Fatehabad at Fatehabad, Deputy Commissioner, Kaithal at Kaithal, Deputy Commissioner, Sonipat at Sonipat, Deputy Commissioner, Charkhi Dadri at Charkhi Dadri.

Apart from this, the above mentioned ceremony will be organized at district Level/Sub-Divisional Level/Block Level/Panchayat Headquarters/Bigger Villages in the morning after 9 am. It would also be appropriate that COVID-19 warriors like doctors, health workers, sanitation workers, etc. are invited in the ceremony as recognition of their noble service in fight against COVID-19 pandemic. Some persons cured from COVID-19 infection may also be invited.

Other functions of the day may include activities like planting of saplings, inter-school/inter-college debates on digital platforms: online quiz contests/patriotic essay writing and poetry competitions; launching of any important scheme.

Apart from this, other innovative ways of celebrating Independence Day may be considered like propagating patriotic or national integration messages and songs through digital and social media platforms, sound shows/lighting of important public buildings, waving of National Flags by people at rooftops/balconies, etc.

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IAS OFFICERS TRANSFERS & POSTINGS

Chandigarh, August 11: Haryana Government has posted four IAS officers of 2018 batch on completion of their training as Sub Divisional Officers. Besides this, two IAS officers of 2016 batch have been posted as Additional Deputy Commissioners upon completion of their tenure as Sub Divisional Magistrates.

Giving more information in this regard an official spokesman said that the 2018 Batch IAS officers who have been posted as Sub Divisional Officers include Mr. Akhil Pilani who has been posted as Sub Divisional Officer (Civil) Thanesar, besides, Ms. Aprajita has been posted as Sub Divisional Officer (Civil) Ballabgarh, Mr. Ayush Sinha has been posted as Sub Divisional Officer (Civil) Karnal and Mr. Sachin Gupta has been posted as Sub Divisional Officer (Civil), Ambala.

The 2016 batch officers who have been assigned new postings include Mr. Rahul Narwal, Sub Divisional Officer (Civil) Beri who has been posted as Additional Deputy Commissioner and Secretary, RTA, Bhiwani and Mr. Abhishek Meena, Sub Divisional Officer (Civil) Meham who has been posted as Additional Deputy Commissioner and Secretary, RTA, Mahendragarh.

Similarly, Ms. Preeti, 2015 batch IAS officer who is currently posted as Additional Deputy Commissioner Bhiwani and Secretary RTA Bhiwani has been posted as Additional Deputy Commissioner and Secretary RTA Ambala.

Four HCS officers including Mr. Ravinder Yadav, 2013 batch officer who is currently posted as Sub Divisional Officer(Civil) Rewari has now been posted as Sub Divisional Officer (Civil) Beri. Ms. Belina, 2016 batch officer, who is currently posted as Sub Divisional Officer (Civil) Ballabgarh has now been posted as Sub Divisional Officer (Civil) Hansi. Mr. Jitender Singh, 2019 batch officer who is currently posted as Sub Divisional Officer (Civil), Hansi, has been now posted as Sub Divisional Officer (Civil), Meham and Mr. Manoj Kumar, 2019 batch officer has been posted as Sub Divisional Officer (Civil), Rewari.

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11 IAS AND HCS OFFICERS POSTINGS

Chandigarh August, 11: Haryana Government has posted 11 IAS and HCS officers as District Municipal Commissioners against newly created posts with the aim of speeding up the work of all Municipal Committees and Councils in the state.

The three IAS officers who have been so posted include Mr. Jai Krishan Abhir as District Municipal Commissioner, Mahendragarh, Ms. Sangeeta Tetarwal, Managing Director Haryana Women Development Corporation Limited as District Municipal Commissioner, Sirsa and Ms. Monika Gupta, Additional Chief Executive Officer, Smart City Faridabad and Chief Executive Officer, Faridabad City Transport Service Limited as District Municipal Commissioner, Palwal.

Similarly 8 HCS officer who have been so posted include, Mr. Dinesh Singh Yadav, Additional Director ( Admn.), Higher Education, Nodal Officer, Grievances as District Municipal Commissioner Rewari, Mr. Munish Nagpal, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Mahendragarh and Secretary, RTA, Mahendragarh as District Municipal Commissioner, Nuh, Mr. Kuldhir Singh, Additional Director (Admn.) Agriculture and Special Secretary, Agriculture and Farmers' Welfare Department as District Municipal Commissioner Kaithal, Ms. Ashima Sangwan, Joint Chief Executive Officer, Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority, Gurugram as District Municipal Commissioner, Jhajjar, Ms. Amrita Singh, Additional Director(Admn.) Health Services as District Municipal Commissioner, Bhiwani, Mr. Samwartak Singh Khangwal, Additional Transport Commissioner as District Municipal Commissioner, Fatehabad, Dr. Sushil Kumar, Zonal Administrator, HSAMB, Karnal as District Municipal Commissioner Jind and Mr. Narender Pal Malik, Sub Divisional Officer, Karnal has been posted as District Municipal Commissioner, Kurukshetra.

These District Municipal Commissioners have been bestowed with many powers currently being exercised by the Deputy Commissioners And Director Urban Local Bodies Department over the Municipal Committees and Councils .

In the remaining 10 districts the commissioners of the Municipal Corporations will act as the District Municipal Commissioners in addition to their present duties .