On the occasion of 'Haryana Veer Evm Shaheedi Diwas', Haryana Governor, Mr. Satyadeo Narain Arya and Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal paid homage to martyrs.

Chandigarh September 23: On the occasion of 'Haryana Veer Evm Shaheedi Diwas', Haryana Governor, Mr. Satyadeo Narain Arya and Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal paid homage to martyrs.

While, paying homage to all the known and unknown martyrs of the country, the Governor said that because of the supreme sacrifices made by these martyrs we are breathing freely today. Every citizen should fulfill the dreams of the martyrs as only then the nation will progress.

On this occasion, Chief Minister, Manohar Lal said that Haryana has been the land of warriors and patriots since ancient times. The history of Haryana is full of sacrifices made by brave freedom fighters.

He said that if we look at the military tradition of this state, then we get to know that after country’s independence, the story of the valor of the heroes of this small state in the wars of 1962, 1965, 1971 and Kargil is indescribable.

Even today every tenth soldier in country's army is from Haryana, said Chief Minister.

The Chief Minister paid tributes to the known and unknown martyrs of the country and heroes who fought the first freedom struggle.

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Haryana State Higher Education Council will organize a one-day seminar on September 25 to discuss and formulate plans on the subject of self-reliant Haryana

Chandigarh, September 23 - Haryana State Higher Education Council will organize a one-day seminar on September 25 to discuss and formulate plans on the subject of self-reliant Haryana. In the final session of the discussion the key points and action plan emerging from detailed discussions will be presented before the Haryana Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal and the seminar will end with the Chief Minister's address.

Giving information in this regard, Chairman of the Council Prof. Brij Kishore Kuthiala informed that this seminar is being organized under the joint aegis of Haryana State Higher Education Council and 'Swavlamban se Atmnirbhar' Trust through digital platform.

Sharing more details he said that the programme will be carried out in three sessions and Vice-Chancellors and Principals of educational institutes of Haryana will participate in it other than academicians, scholars, representatives from industry and business from across the country. He informed that nine individuals and organizations who have achieved notable business earnings through innovative methods or have generated large number of jobs will be honoured at the seminar. In view of the present changing relations with China and prevailing conditions across the globe, a campaign is required to shift Indian society towards self-sufficiency through self-reliance, he added. Academicians have an important role in formulating a policy in this regard. This is the maiden attempt of the Council to choose the direction and analyse the conditions for self-reliant Haryana and the Higher Education Council will continue to discuss the implementation and evaluation of the plan for self-reliance.

The Council spokesperson said that the theme of the first session will be in the context of "Self-reliant India-Haryana" which will be presided over by renowned industrialist of the state, Mr. Pawan Jindal. Vice-Chancellor of Gautam Buddha University, Greater Noida will initiate the topic. In the first session, known thinker, writer and activist, Dr. Manmohan Singh, will make the foremost presentation. In the second session, internationally renowned scholar, Mr. Dattatreya Hosabale will be the keynote speaker in the context of the overall vision of self-reliant India. Last session will be centred on Haryana, in which discussions for making the state self sufficient through agriculture, industry, trade and education will be held.

He informed that Additional Chief Secretary, Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Department, Mr. Sanjeev Kaushal and Principal Secretary, Industries and Commerce Department, Mr. Apoorva Kumar Singh will give presentations concerning their Departments. Director General of Higher Education Mr. Ajit Balaji Joshi will give a presentation on ‘How Education can contribute to self-reliant Haryana’. Three entrepreneurs will be honoured by the Chief Minister in this session. The programme will be concluded by Mr. Kashmiri Lal wherein he will present his views on the subject ‘Swadeshi and self-reliance’, he said.

The spokesperson of the Council said that a chain of meetings will be held soon to formulate the conclusions drawn on the basis of the discussions in this seminar in which experts from Haryana will contribute and national and international scholars will participate in the discussions, if required.

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Some people are misleading farmers regarding Agriculture Bills: Rao Inderjit Singh.

Chandigarh, 23 September – Minister of State for Statistics and Programme Implementation, Mr. Rao Inderjit Singh said that some people are misleading farmers regarding Agriculture Bills. He said that the government is trying its best to make the farmers understand that the present arrangement of procuring crops on Minimum Support Price (MSP) will not be discontinued at any cost.

The Minister said this today while paying tribute to the statue of Rao Tula Ram, great freedom fighter of the first freedom struggle, on the occasion of ‘Haryana Veer Evm Shaheedi Diwas’ in Rewari at Rao Tula Ram Park. The Minister said that those who are falling prey to misunderstandings created regarding agriculture bills will also understood that these bills are in their favour only.

Recalling the martyrdom of Rao Tula Ram, he said that martyrs are not only for one particular caste but are an inspiration for all. Taking inspiration from their sacrifices, we should come forward to serve the country. Brave martyrs are always a source of inspiration for us and we should maintain the tradition of love and brotherhood by following the footsteps, said that Minister.

The Minister said that Haryana has been the land of warriors, patriots and warriors since ancient times. The history of Haryana is full of sacrifices made by brave freedom fighters. If we look at the military tradition of this state, then we get to know that after country’s independence, the story of the valor of the heroes of this small state in the wars of 1962, 1965 and 1971 is indescribable. I pay homage to all known and unknown martyrs, because of whose supreme sacrifices we are breathing freely today, said the Minister.

Rao Tula Ram made a significant contribution in the first freedom struggle of 1857 fought for the country, due to which people of Haryana celebrate September 23 as ‘Shaheedi Diwas’.

The Minister said that from last six months, COVID-19 outbreak is ongoing, usually some programmes are organized on the ‘Shaheedi Diwas’ but due to COVID-19 outbreak, no big programme has been organized so as to ensure that virus spread is contained. The Minister also paid rich tributes to those martyrs who had scarified their lives in the wars fought since independence.

Co-operation Minister, Dr. Banwari Lal also paid tributes to the statue of Rao Tularam. On this occasion, Dr. Banwari Lal said that martyrs are a source of inspiration for all of us and we should maintain the tradition of patriotism and brotherhood, while walking on their footsteps.

On this occasion, Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Mr. Om Prakash Yadav also reached Rewari and paid obeisance at the statue of Shaheed Rao Tula Ram and said that the martyrs will always remain a source of inspiration for us.

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State Government has set a target to appoint 20,000 apprentices in Government sector and 25,000 apprentices in private sector under National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme (NAPS) under Apprentices Act, 1961: Mool Chand Sharma

Chandigarh, September 23 - Haryana Skill Development and Industrial Training Minister, Mr. Mool Chand Sharma said that the State Government has set a target to appoint 20,000 apprentices in Government sector and 25,000 apprentices in private sector under National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme (NAPS) under Apprentices Act, 1961. All such apprentices will be appointed through the online portal www.apprenticeshipindia.org.

Mr. Mool Chand Sharma said that the present state government under the leadership of Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal has been showing deep concern to enhance skill development among the youth. Moving in this direction, a district-wise target has been set to appoint apprentices in the private sector. A target has been set to appoint 10920 apprentices in all 22 districts across the state by March 31, 2021. He said that intensive efforts will be made to achieve this goal so that by this time period, the target of 400 apprentices per one lakh population of the state can be achieved. At present, about 312 apprentices have been appointed per one lakh population, which is highest in the country.

He said that in districts where there is less possibility of appointment of apprentices due to low number of private establishments, the Assistant Apprenticeship Advisor (AAA) of such districts and their team will make efforts to select their candidates in private establishments located in other districts with more number of industries.

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Haryana's Ayushman Bharat has a bagfull of achievements in its 2 years feat

Chandigarh, September 23 - From being the first in the country to launch the Ayushman Bharat Scheme to being the fastest claim processing state, the Ayushman Bharat Haryana Health Protection Authority (AB-HHPA) has achieved numerous milestones in its two years journey.

These facts came to light during a digital press conference of the Ayushman Bharat Haryana Health Protection Authority (AB-HHPA) under the chairmanship of its Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Mr. Ashok Kumar Meena along with Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Ayushman Bharat Haryana, Dr. Ravi Vimal. The digital press conference was held as a part of Aarogya Manthan 2.0, an event organised to mark the completion of two years of implementation of AB-HHPA, from September 22, 2020 to September 25, 2020 by National Health Authority (NHA), Government of India.

Mr. Ashok Kumar Meena said that the Scheme has been operational in the state for the last two years under the able guidance of Haryana Health Minister, Mr. Anil Vij and Additional Chief Secretary, Health Mr. Rajeev Arora whose unconditional support has helped in ensuring better and pocket-friendly health services for the people of the state.

While enumerating the long list of achievements of the Ayushman Bharat Haryana Health Protection Authority (AB-HHPA), Mr. Meena said that Haryana was among the first states to launch the Scheme on August 15, 2018. Besides, the state has 0.77 per cent claim overdue with the hospitals, hence, the Haryana Ayushman Bharat has paid a claim amount of Rs 1,690,677,990 (Rs 169.06 crore approximately) in two years which reflects that Haryana is the fastest claim processing state. “The Ayushman Bharat is a flagship scheme of Government of India and was carefully designed to change the approach of health service delivery from segmented to a comprehensive need-based approach,” he added.

Sharing the main objectives of the Ayushman Bharat he said that the Haryana Ayushman Bharat worked consistently to improve the delivery of health care services across the state other than formulating a strategy by empanelling public and private hospitals to align quality measures and quality improvement activities along with strategising to provide better health, better care, at a nominal cost. He said that Haryana being a Greenfield State (Aayushman Bharat – Haryana Health Protection Mission - AB-HHPM) started as a brand new scheme) faced a lot of challenges during its implementation and the State Health Authority (SHA) played a prominent role in strengthening and implementation of Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY) in the state within a short span of time.

The Haryana Ayushman Bharat has verified 22,48,476 (22.46 lakh approximately) beneficiaries in two years, other than empanelling 545 hospitals, including both State and NHA DHCPs. He further asserted that there were around 1,74,341 admissions in the hospitals under the Ayushman Bharat Scheme.

Elaborating on it further he said that to ensure complete transparency 100 per cent Aadhaar seeding of Golden Cards along with 100 per cent Biometric Authentication at the time of hospitalization (Except in neonates and emergencies) was done.

Sharing more details on steps taken to ensure enhanced health services, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Ayushman Bharat Haryana, Dr. Ravi Vimal asserted that there are 163 Quality Council of India (QCI) accredited hospitals in the country of which Haryana has grabbed the highest number 75 hospitals. He stated that of the 75 QCI accredited hospitals 33 hospitals have received Gold certificate, 39 have received silver certificate and 3 have received bronze certificate.

Furthermore, the state had laid emphasis on working in close proximity with NHA on Pilot Projects like Additional Data Collection Drive (ADCD), Beneficiary Awareness and Verification Drive, Standard Treatment Guideline (STG) for Management of Respiratory failure due to any cause (Pneumonia, asthma, COPD, ARDS, foreign body, poisoning, head injury etc.) and Capacity Development Need Assessment for State Health Agencies: Pilot – Haryana, he added.

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Haryana Forest Minister, Mr. Kanwar Pal has appealed the departmental officers as well as people of the state to actively participate to achieve the target given by Central Government to the states

Chandigarh September 23- Haryana Forest Minister, Mr. Kanwar Pal has appealed the departmental officers as well as people of the state to actively participate to achieve the target given by Central Government to the states for increasing the total area under forest and trees in the country by year 2024-25.

Mr. Kanwar Pal after presiding over a review meeting held at Van Bhawan Panchkula with the department officers, after attending a meeting recently held under the chairmanship of Union Minister for Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Mr. Prakash Javadekar with forest ministers of all the states and Union Territories held through video conferencing.

The Forest Minister was apprised that the Central Government in its vision has targeted six projects, in which setting up city forests in cities, school nursery schemes, plantation under Twenty-point programme, Conservation of 13 rivers in the country though forest, use of LIDAR technology for soil moisture conservation and giving national transit permit for farmers to save timber.

Mr. Kanwar Pal said that this is an important programme of Atmanirbhar Bharat campaign. A target has already been set to increase the total area of forest and trees in the state from 7 percent to 20 percent in the next three years. On the basis of the pilot project, ‘COVID Vatika’will be set up in 1100 villages of the state and every year, the same number of villages will be taken under plantation. The target of planting 1.30 crore saplings has been set during this year's Van Mahotsav and more than 80 percent target has been achieved, which is also a significant achievement of the department.

Mr. Kanwar Pal said that now it is the responsibility of the department to make this programme successful and Haryana should work on all these schemes on priority basis and ensure its completion before time.

It was also informed that this time plantation as well as fencing of Panchayati land has been started by the department and 1,34,600 saplings have been planted in 272.5 hectare area during the year 2020-21 and in the coming years, this area will be increased to 1000 hectares.

The Forest Minister said that though the river Yamuna and Ghaggar are two major rivers in the state under river conservation, a target of planting 7.40 lakh saplings on their banks has been set, which is a commendable initiative of the department. Under this programme mainly Yamunanagar, Karnal, Panipat, Sonipat, Faridabad and Palwal districts will be covered in Yamuna river while along the Ghaggar River saplings will be planted in Morni Hills, Panchkula, Ambala, Kaithal, Fatehabad, and Sirsa. Similarly, under the school nursery scheme, Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal had already started a plan to motivate school children to take care of the saplings planted from the year 2016 and now an app has also been launched, wherein students can upload their photographs along with the planted sapling and after every six months an incentive is also given to them.

He informed that under the Urban Forest Scheme, one city forest has been developed at Sadhaura in Yamunanagar district and Murthal in Sonipat district. Now a detailed project report has been prepared to develop Urban Forest in an area of 397 hectares in the cities of Gurugram, Faridabad, Sonipat, Palwal, and Yamunanagar. He said that under bio-diversification schemes, work is going on in Kasan, Badkhal, and Murthal. This time during the Van Mahotsav, sowing was also done through drone, said Mr. Kanwar Pal.

The Forest Minister said that due to increase in pollution levels, conservation and promotion of wild animals has become very essential. Therefore it is very important that the forest area should be increased, along with ensuring wildlife conservation so as to maintain the natural balance. The Forest Department organizes Van Mahotsav and Wildlife Safety Week every year to make people aware of the importance of forests. He said that during the Van Mahotsav, which is being celebrated during the monsoon every year, people should pledge to plant at least two saplings.

It was also informed in the meeting that plantation will be done in 7246 Hectare area under the Twenty-point programme. Under soil moisture conservation, 125 check dams have been made in Shivalik forest area and 8 check dams are in progress, he said.

The Minister informed that concrete steps are being taken by the department towards conservation of wild animals. Peacock and Chinkara Breeding Centre have been set up in Jhabua, Rewari. Similarly, to stop the decreasing number of vultures and to increase their population, India's first vulture conservation and breeding centre has been set up at Pinjore.

Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Dr. Amarinder Kaur, Principal Conservator of Forests, Mr. VS Tanwar, and other officers were present at the meeting.

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Union Home Secretary, Mr. Ajay Kumar Bhalla has said that Haryana has performed outstandingly in COVID-19 management

Chandigarh, September 23 - Union Home Secretary, Mr. Ajay Kumar Bhalla has said that Haryana has performed outstandingly in COVID-19 management, however, the officers concerned need to be cautious owing to the upcoming festive season.

The Union Home Secretary was holding a review meeting to tackle the COVID-19 crisis in the National Capital Region today.

In the meeting, Haryana Chief Secretary, Mrs. Keshni Anand Arora apprised that the Haryana Government is closely monitoring the cases of corona virus. She specified that the state has been emphasizing on RT-PCR testing and rapid antigen testing to deal with the corona virus crisis, as a result of which the condition of the districts falling under the National Capital Region is improving. Divulging details on testing she said that the ratio of RT-PCR testing and rapid antigen testing in the state is 65:35 respectively. All the corona symptomatic patients are undergoing RT-PCR testing. The state has focussed on contact tracing and clinical management besides conducting several public awareness activities and providing testing facilities for COVID-19 management. She further informed that active contact tracing within a span of 72 hours is being done through a special cells in the districts.

Elaborating on it further she said that the state is ensuring strict adherence of social distancing norms, wearing of masks during Corona crisis along with compliance of standard operating procedures (SOP). She said that due to increase in economic activities, return of labourers and farmer agitation in the state, cases of corona virus are expected to rise. She further added that the condition of patients with home isolation is also being continuously monitored.

Additional Chief Secretary, Health Department, Mr. Rajeev Arora informed that the rate of testing in the state is 68,244 per million while the rate of testing in districts falling in the National Capital Region of the state is 1,04,423 per million. Likewise, in the National Capital Region, the positivity rate of corona cases is 6.31 and the recovery rate is 84.52 per cent while the fatality rate of corona infected patients is 0.91 percent. It was also informed at the meeting that door-to-door surveys are being meticulously conducted to control the spread of corona virus along with surveillance by mobile health teams.

Sharing the steps taken to augment sample testing, he said that the number of flu clinics have been increased other than engaging Ayush doctors for collecting samples of patients. He said that a protocol has been developed according to which the patients with mild symptoms shall remain in Home Isolation while the health of such patients is being monitored by the Department on the phone and by teams visiting the patients on every alternate day. Moreover, oxygen cylinder facility is being provided along with other facilities in medical colleges and Covid Care Centres. A weekly strategy is being prepared to deal with cases of corona virus.

In the meeting, Additional Chief Secretary of Home and Revenue and Disaster Management Department, Mr. Vijai Vardhan, Additional Chief Secretary, Department of Medical Education and Research, Mr. Alok Nigam, Deputy Commissioner of five districts falling in the National Capital Region, Chief Executive Officer of Ayushman Bharat Haryana Health Protection Authority, Mr. Ashok Kumar Meena and other senior officers were present.

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Haryana Police’s Anti Human Traffic Unit (AHTU) has reunited three missing children and a woman with their families in the month of September, this year.

Chandigarh, Sept 23 - Haryana Police’s Anti Human Traffic Unit (AHTU) has reunited three missing children and a woman with their families in the month of September, this year. These missing kids and the woman hail from the states of Rajasthan, West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh.

While giving this information today, a spokesman of Haryana Police said that the AHTU team got information about the missing children and woman who were living in shelter homes and juvenile homes of Jhajjar, Panchkula and Karnal. Working on the counselling and other evidence with the help of Rajasthan, West Bengal and UP Police, all three missing children and a woman were handed over to their families after completing the required formalities.

Of these, two real sisters aged 18 years and 16 years, who went missing for the last 8 years and hails from district Alipurduar in West Bengal, were reunited on September 6, 2020.

One girl, who went missing for the last 10 years from district Jhalawar, Rajasthan, reunited with parents on September 22. Being merely 6 years old at the time of missing, she was clueless about her whereabouts.

A woman, aged about 30 years, who went missing from Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh was reunited on September 17, 2020.

Meanwhile, Director General of Police, Crime, Mohd Akil praised the efforts being made by the AHTU team in reuniting the missing children with their family members.