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Ahead of Modi's visit to Gurugram, Haryana CM Khattar announces sops for youth, ex-servicemen

Chandigarh: With Haryana's year-long golden jubilee celebrations starting on Tuesday, the BJP government in the state on Monday announced welfare measures for various sections of the society including unemployed post-graduates, ex-servicemen, Home Guard jawans and those drawing social security pension.

Making these announcements in Chandigarh, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said, "the golden jubilee year is an important year for the state, and our government will also complete half its term during the year. During five years term, the mid-term is the most crucial period, this is the year when most work is done."

The government is preparing a scheme to grant special remission to the prisoners during the State's golden jubilee year celebrations, Khattar informed.

File image of Manohar Lal Khattar. PTI

File image of Manohar Lal Khattar. PTI

The year-long celebrations start from Gurugram on Tuesday, where Prime Minister Modi will be the chief guest at the inaugural function.

Haryana was carved out as a separate state on 1 November, 1966 and the state is celebrating 50 years of its inception.

Making the announcement for the unemployed post-graduate youth of the State who are registered with the employment exchange, Khattar said, "we have formed a scheme that for 100 hours of work per month, they will get an honororium of Rs 9,000."

"This is not any salary, but those unemployed post-graduates who are looking for job, various government departments will give them some work. We have also asked private sector to see if these youths can be given work or hired for a job," the Chief Minister told reporters.

"This scheme named 'Shikshit Yuva Sammanit Huva' will start from tomorrow. At present, the number of post-graduates who are registered with the employment exchange is 1100. However, their (fresh) registration will start from tomorrow. This scheme will be open for Haryana domicile people," he further said.

Khattar said though only 1100 unemployed post-graduates are registered with employment exchange at present, according to estimates, there are 30,000 unemployed post-graduate youth who have not registered.

"If we include these too for the monthly honorarium to be given to them, then it will put a burden of Rs 324 crore per year on the state ex-chequer," Khattar informed.

Giving benefit to the Home Guard jawans, Khattar said that their per day pay has been hiked from Rs 300 at present to Rs 572 per day, making it at par with police constables from the state are given.

"This will benefit 14,025 Home Guard jawans and will entail a financial implication of nearly Rs 50 crore per year," he said.

For ex-servicemen, Khattar said a Rajya Sainik Board already exists for their welfare and looks into problems faced by them.

"Still, we felt that since Haryana contributes nearly 10 per cent to the number of defence forces of our country, a decision has been taken to have a separate Department for the ex-servicemen. This Department will have a Minister-incharge as head," he said.

Khattar said Haryana government gives monthly pension to various categories of people including old age, widow pension, pension to physically challenged persons, besides others.

He said that instead of 1 January, 2017 as announced earlier, the benefit of enhanced pension of Rs 1600 from present Rs 1400 per month will be given to these people with effect from Tuesday.

Twenty two lakh people of various categories are getting this monthly pension at present, he informed.

Khattar also said that earlier physically challenged people having 70 percent disability were given pension, now decision has been taken that people having 60 percent disability too will be entitled to get this pension.

"According to our estimates, 30,000 people fall in this range of 60-70 per cent disability," he said.

Speaking about the destitute children, he said their financial assistance of Rs 500 per month has been enhanced to Rs 700. These children get this assitance till age 21.

Village chowkidars will now get a bicycle and an umbrella in addition to the torch which they used to already get during a five-year period, entailing an expenditure of Rs 2 crore, Khattar further said.

About Gurugram Development Authority, whose announcement was made recently, Khattar said it will start functioning with effect from tomorrow and IAS officer V Umashankar, who was on deputation in Delhi, he has been made OSD of the GDA.

Earlier, Khattar said that during past two years since the first-ever BJP Government was formed in Haryana, "to understand the system, making announcements and preparing schemes, all this has been going on. Works have also been done. Out of 2200 announcements made so far, work on 1300 of these has either been completed or is under progress."

"In addition, 800-900 announcements are in pipeline on which we will work in the coming year," he said.

He also said of our of 90 assembly segments, "I have covered 78 constituencies and hope to tour the remaining ones by the end of December this year."

Meanwhile, on being asked if honorarium for unemployed post-graduate youths came with a rider that beneficiaries must clear electricity dues to avail the scheme, Khattar, without conforming, said, "There is nothing wrong if people are asked to clear their dues."

"Financial assistance to non-school going differently-abled children will be increased from Rs 700 to Rs 1,000 per month," he announced, adding special camps will be held to distribute artificial aids and appliances to one lakh "Divyangs".

"A Rs 3,000 per month financial assistance will be given to ex-servicemen who are 60 years or above, including those who are physically disabled or paraplegic. Their war-widows and orphan children will also benefit. It is also for war-widows of 1962, 1965 and 1971 wars," Khattar announced, adding the assistance is now between Rs 1,500 and Rs 2,000.

"Scholarship to cadets from Haryana at the Rashtriya Indian Military College in Dehradun will be increased from Rs 35,000 to Rs 50,000 per year," he said, adding police personnel will wear a 'Haryana Swarna Jayanti Medal' on their uniform.

"Strength of village sanitation workers will be increased from 11,300 and their monthly honorarium from Rs 8,100 to Rs 10,000. It has a financial implication of around Rs 25 crore," he said.

The under construction Haryana Vishwakarma Kaushal Vikas Vishwavidyalaya (HVKVV) at Dudhola will start operating out of a HUDA building tomorrow with Raj Nehru as Vice-Chancellor, he said.

On inter-state water and territory issues with Punjab, Khattar said, "The State has effectively pursued Sutlej-Yamuna Link canal issue in Supreme Court."

"For the first time in the last five decades water has reached some tail ends of Southern Haryana," he said, adding the State has a Rs 2,000 crore scheme to strengthen irrigation system.

"I have also taken up the construction of Lakhwar dam with the Centre. Some other states are also involved in the national project," he said, adding construction of Renuka and Kishau dams will improve availability of water.

On funds for implementing projects in the Golden Jubilee year and 7th Central Pay Commission, he said,"Steps would be taken to mobilise additional resources."

"With revenue leakage checked, receipts have increased. There is no dearth of funds," he assured, adding "losses of PSUs and Power Utilities will be reduced."

Khattar said the Golden Jubilee celebration's inaugural function at Gurugram tomorrow will not cost Rs 1,700 crore as projected in "some media reports".

"The amount is for various projects and schemes during the year-long celebrations. However, this amount could exceed the announced funds," he said.

Updated Date: Nov 01, 2016 09:15 AM

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