October 23, 2017 08:04 PM

Chandigarh (Face2News)

The Haryana Vidhan Sabha today  paid tributes to those who lost their lives during violence in Panchkula and Sirsa. paid tributes to prominent personalities who have expired between the period from the end of the previous session and the beginning of the current winter session, which commenced here today. The members of the House also observed a two-minute silence to pay homage to the departed souls.

The Chief Minister Mr Manohar Lal, who is also the Leader of the House, paid tributes to Union Minister of State, Mr Anil Madhav Dave, Member of Parliament, Mahant  Chand Nath Yogi, former Member of Parliament, Mr Narain Singh, former Chief Parliamentary Secretary, Mr Jaleb Khan, former Member of Haryana Legislative Assembly, Dr Brij Mohan Gupta, Marshal of the Indian Air Force, Mr Arjan Singh, freedom fighters and martyrs of the state, who sacrificed their lives while safeguarding the unity and integrity of the country.

Vidhan Sabha Speaker, Mr Kanwar Pal also read out obituary resolutions and paid tribute to the departed souls. Congress Legislature Party leader, Mrs Kiran Choudhry and Mr Jaswinder Singh Sandhu of INLD also read obituary resolutions on the behalf of their parties.

The freedom fighters who have been paid homage in the House are Mr Khubi Ram of village Nakhdola, Gurugram, Mr Prabhati Lal of village Dohar Kalan, Mahendragarh, Mr Desh Ram of village Chhawa of district Rewari, Mr Ram Jas of village Phoolan, Faridabad, Mr Kundan Lal of village Dhani Dadi Jakhal, Fatehabad, Mr Deshraj Pardesi of Panchkula, Mr Kartar Singh of village Gledwa, Kurukshetra and Mr Chuhar Singh of Ambala Cantt.

The House also paid homage to martyrs of the state who have showed indomitable courage and sacrificed their lives while safeguarding and protecting the unity and integrity of the country. They included Colonel Manu Tandon, Sub-Lieutenant Atul Kumar, Subedar Dharmender Singh, Subedar Vikram Singh, Naib Subedar Anil Kumar, Havildar Balraj Singh, Havildar Satyanarayan, Havildar Satender Singh, Lance Naik Vinod Kumar, Lance Naik Suresh Singh, lance Naik Devender Singh, Depoy Ashok Kumar, Sepoy Hari Parkash, Sepoy Mahesh Kumar, Sepoy Jaswant Singh, Sepoy Pradeep, Sepoy Hanuman Singh, Sepoy Rajesh Sharma, Sepoy Pradeep Kumar and Havildar Manjit  Singh

The House also placed on record its deep sense of sorrow on the sad demise of Mr Rohsan Lal Sharma, brother of Education Minister, Mr Ram Bilas Sharma, Mr Atul Aggarwal, niece’s husband of Industry Minister Mr Vipul Goel, Mr Devi Lal, cousin of Mr Kuldeep Bishnoi, MLA and brother of former CPS, Mr Dura Ram, Mrs Ahilyawati, sister of Mr Subhash Barala, Mrs Raj Rani, aunty of Mr Subhash Sudha, MLA, Mrs Sunita Khera, sister of Mrs Krishan Gehlawat, former Minister, Mrs Saroj, aunt of Prof. Chattar Pal Singh, former Minister, Mrs Hajra Begam, aunt of Mr Aftab Ahmed, former Minister, Mr Ishwar Singh, brother of Mr Somvir Singh, former MLA, Mrs Shyama Devi, wife of Mr Jai Parkash Gupta, former MLA, Mrs Santara Devi, wife of Mr Jai Narayan Khuriya, former MLA, Mr Sandeep Gambhir, son of Dr Malik Chand Gambhir former MLA and Mrs Shakuntala Ahlawat, daughter-in-law of Mr Fateh Singh, former MLA. 


Haryana Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Minister, Mr O.P. Dhankar today said that road from Anaj Mandi, Kalayat to village Kharak Pandwa would be got constructed through the Haryana State Agricultural Marketing Board.

Mr Dhankar, was replying to a question asked by MLA Mr Jai Parkash during first day of ongoing winter session of Haryana Vidhan Sabha here today.

The Minister also gave assurance to consider a request for the construction of another road from Anaj Mandi, Kalayat to Industrial Training Institute.

In reply to another question, Mr Dhankar said that detail project report of Mewat feeder canal is under appraisal of Central Water Commission. It would benefit 20,965 hectares of land during kharif and 26,302 hectares during Rabi falling in the districts of Nuh and Palwal. With a view to avoid acquisition of land, the government is considering to lay pipeline of about 300 cusec capacity, feasibility of which is being examined by Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi.  


said that appointment letters to newly recruited 554 doctors has already been issued and they will soon join their duties. Mr Vij was replying to a question during first day of ongoing winter session of Haryana Vidhan Sabha here today.  He said that foundation stone of Medical College in Jind town was laid in the month of September 2016. The concept plan for establishment of medical college at Jind has been approved by government. He said that the government has also notified a high powered committee for seeking the project implementation agency or consultant for the entire upcoming project. The committee will invite bids by floating expression of interest amongst the central government undertaking having capacity and expertise to undertake such projects. The selection of project implementation agency is under process and the construction was likely to commence after finalization of the agency, he added. The Minister said that budget provision of Rs25 crore had been made under the state outlay for construction of this medical college at Jind in financial year 2017-18. Apart from this, Union Health and Family Welfare Minister, Mr JP Nadda has also been requested to include the case of Jind Medical College under phase –II of centrally sponsored schemes of establishment of new medical colleges.

FIVE YEAR PLAN OF 1601 CRORES TO CENTRAL GOVT. OUT OF WHICH 45 CRORES RECEIVED:  Haryana Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Minister, Mr O.P Dhankar said that the Department has submitted a five year plan of Rs. 1601.57 Crores to the Central Government. The Central Government has released Rs. 45 Crores for providing straw management machines on subsidy to the farmers of the State for crop residue management in the year 2017-18. Mr Dhankar was replying to a calling attention motion on the first day of Session of Haryana Vidhan Sabha here today.

Mr Dhankar said that the State Government is acutely aware of the issue of crop residue burning and the problems of the farmers in this regard. Given the large scale pollution caused by the crop residue burning and the ill effects on human health particularly in the National Capital Region (NCR) Region, National Institutions like National Green Tribunal (NGT) and Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) are regularly monitoring the issue over the last few years.

He said that in pursuance to the order of the NGT, the Haryana Government has already issued notification dated September 16, 2003 prohibiting the burning of left over straw in whole of State and complying with the order of NGT from time to time. Coordinated efforts have been made by the Department of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Environment Department and New and Renewable Energy Department (HAREDA) to solve the problem of the farmers with both short term and long term measures, he added.

The Minister said that the Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Department has identified 11 category of straw management implements for which it has received 5,162 number of applications (online). The disbursal of subsidy to the farmers is under process and 944 numbers of straw management implements have already been distributed to the farmers as on October 16, 2017. Also the Department has initiated steps to provide subsidy of 40 per cent to group of farmers like PACs, FPOs, Cooperative Societies and Self Help Groups (SHGs) for projects of Custom Hiring Centre (CHC) up to Rs. 25 Lakh. The straw management implements would be given to the farmers by CHC's on a very nominal rate on hiring basis, he further added.

He said that the Department at present possesses 65 Zero Till Seed cum Fertilizer Drill, 26 Happy Seeders and 2 Straw Balers which are being made available to the farmers on hiring basis on nominal rates. He said that the Zero Till Seed cum Fertilizer Drill and Happy Seeder are being made available to the farmers at the rate of Rs 1000 per day for 10 hours with minimum Rs 75 as Transportation Charges upto 25 kilometers and at the rate of Rs 3 per kilometer for extra distance, if any. The Straw Baler is made available to the farmers at Rs 500 per day for five hours with minimum Rs 75 as Transportation Charges upto 25 kilometers and at the rate of Rs 3 per kilometer for extra distance, if any.

Mr Dhankar said that the Department is also providing incentives under Sub-.Mission on Agriculture Mechanization (SMAM) on demonstration at the rate of Rs 4,000 per hectare to the farmers who have purchased the machinery on subsidy and want to run it for straw management demonstration purpose. A total of 18,000 hectares of land would be covered for demonstration of crop residue management covering 15 major paddy growing districts for practical knowledge of the farmers regarding the use of straw management implements for which Rs. 7.2 Crore would be spent during this crop harvesting season. He said that the Department is going to purchase straw management machines of Rs. 28 Crore under Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojna (RKVY) scheme for providing to the farmers on custom hiring basis on nominal rate or free of cost.

He said that the Department of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare in compliance with the direction of NGT organized a One day Workshop at Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University (CCSHAU), Hisar to discuss the various measures and solutions for the disposal of agriculture or crop residue wherein the eminent scientist, entrepreneurs and various government authorities participated. The conclusions and outcomes of the said workshop are being followed by the Agriculture and other related Departments. He said that one of the major findings is "Conversion of crop residues into biochar is also a viable alternative as organic manure which is rich in nutrients, and it should be promoted ."

Mr Dhankar said that the Department is promoting the agriculture implements "Happy seeders" which help in the In Situ incorporation of crop residue in the soil thereby increasing its fertility. The number of Happy Seeders provisioned to be given to the farmers on the basis of demand or number of online applications received in the year 2017- 18 is 231 which is significant jump in demand as compared to 68 number of happy seeders distributed to the farmers in the last financial year 2016-17 and proves the acceptance of the Happy Seeder. Apart from this, the Department launched a massive awareness programme to educate the farmers about the ill effects of the crop residue burning. Till date 3453 awareness camps / events have been organised in the State since April this year. To popularize the straw management machines amongst the farmers "Krishi Yantra Melas" are being organized in all districts starting from Ambala on September 20, 2017.

He said that the Haryana Renewable Energy Development Agency (HAREDA) (Department of New and Renewable Energy Haryana) is promoting Biomass Power Projects under the State Government Renewable Energy Power Policy. Presently, Biomass Power Project of 79.91 MW Capacity have been installed in the State out of which three projects of about 25 MW are selling power to the State Grid on preferential tariff fixed by the Haryana Electricity Regulatory Commission (HERC). HAREDA has created the capacity to consume 1.75 lakh ton of paddy straw in the existing power plants of the State.
Mr Dhankar said that further, to tackle the issue of straw burning and to promote paddy straw based biomass power projects in the State, HAREDA has floated a Request for Proposal (RFP) for setting up of paddy straw based biomass power projects in six paddy dominant districts of the State that is Karnal, Kurukshetra, Ambala, Kaithal, Jind and Fatehabad on pilot basis. This would consume about 5.5 lakh ton of paddy straw as fuel. The capacity of paddy straw consumption is targeted to be increased by about 11 lakh ton in the 2nd phase.

He said that HAREDA is further in the process of formulating a biomass Policy 2017 for the State with an objective to harness biomass based power, biogas, bio-CNG, bio-manure and bio-fuels. HAREDA has planned to promote Biogas based power generation in the State by inviting proposals from independent power producers on Build, Own and Operate (BOO) basis. Initially projects of 500 kW to 5 MW capacities would be allowed to be set up in the State on pilot basis. Besides, efforts are being made to set up other factories producing different end products like organic manure, ethanol, card board using paddy, wheat straw as raw material through Indian Oil Corporation, National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC), HAREDA and Industries Department.

The Minister said that the State Government has issued directions to the District Magistrates of the respective districts for enforcement of the order of the NGT in this regard. The District Magistrates have constituted enforcement teams to check crop residue burning and recover penalty from the farmers who resort to crop residue burning in violation of the orders of the NGT, he added. 

TO PURCHASE EVERY SINGLE GRAIN OF BAJRA: Mr. O.P. Dhankar said that the State Government would procure every single grain of Bajra in the state. About 19,656 Metric Tonnes (MT) of Bajra has so far been procured during current procurement season whereas 6,300 MT had been procured last year and more than 5,000 MT of Bajra had been procured during 2014-15. Mr. Dhankar claimed that the present State Government had, during last three years, worked better as compared to other 28 states for farmer’s welfare. As compare to ten year’s tenure of Congress Government and five-and-a-half year’s tenure of INLD Government, the present State Government had taken better decisions for farmers during its three years tenure. He assured the house that the State Government was committed towards resolving the issue of crop residue and making the farmer prosperous in a phased manner.

1600 CRORES PROVIDED TO FARMERS : Haryana Minister of State for Cooperation, Mr Manish Kumar Grover said that from 2007 onwards, a sum of about Rs 1,600 crore has so far been paid to farmers by cooperative sugarmills in the state for buying cane, out of which Rs 1,088 crore was paid by the present government during its last three years.  Mr Grover was replying to a question during first day of ongoing winter session of Haryana Vidhan Sabha here today. He said that under the able leadership of Chief Minister Mr Manohar Lal, the present government is working to ensure welfare of farming community. The sugar mills in the state have been started 15 to 20 days earlier.

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