October 31, 2017 05:31 PM

Hiked financial assistance to veterans of the Second World War and their widows, and provide ten-hour power supply to the agriculture sector from Nov.1

Chandigarh (Face2News)

Haryana would give lifetime monthly pension to the Hindi ‘satyagrahis’ and those from Haryana who were jailed during the Emergency, hiked financial assistance to veterans of the Second World War and their widows, and provide ten-hour power supply to the agriculture sector from tomorrow (Wednesday).

These were among the many announcements made by the Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal, while speaking at the closing ceremony of the year-long Swarna Jayanti celebrations of the state at a grand ceremony organised at Mahabir Stadium in Hisar, today. The Vice-President, Mr M. Venkaiah Naidu, was the chief guest on the occasion.

Welcoming the Vice-President, the Chief Minister said from tomorrow, the agriculture sector in the state would start getting ten hours of electricity daily. Faridabad rural has become the fourth district in the state to start getting 24-hour electricity supply in the rural areas, he added.

He rued the fact that despite Haryana being a product of the language agitation, the ‘satyagrahis’ for mother tongue had been ignored for 47 long years. Having honoured them and given the facility of travel concession in state-run buses on August 15, the state government has now decided to give them lifetime monthly pension of Rs 10,000, which would be paid to their widows after their death.

Recalling the fact that Mr M. Venkaiah Naidu had himself been jailed during the dark days of Emergency, Mr Manohar Lal said under a programme named “Shubrajyotsana”, the state government had identified the people who had been jailed during that period and given them the facility of free medical treatment and free travel in state-run buses. Now, it has also been decided to give them lifetime monthly pension of Rs 10,000, which would be given to their widows after their death.

The Chief Minister also announced enhanced monthly financial assistance of soldiers from Haryana who took part in the Second World War, and their widows, from Rs 4,500 to Rs 10,000.
Lauding the indomitable spirit of the people of Haryana, he said every other family in the state had either sent a son to protect the country’s frontiers, or produced medal winning sportspersons, or contributed to the food pool of the country.

Highlighting the extraordinary work his government has been able to do during its three-year term in office which other governments could not, the Chief Minister said government jobs had been provided to 156 next of kin of heroes from the state who had laid down their lives in post-Independence wars and while doing internal security by engaging terrorists.

These include 130 from the armed forces, 12 from BSF and 14 from CRPF. “We have also given jobs to the next of kin of two martyrs of the 1971 war. Among those who got government jobs are 31 war widows, 27 daughters, 89 sons, one daughter-in-law and eight brothers of the martyrs”, the Chief Minister added
Speaking on the occasion, the Governor, Prof. Kaptan Singh Solanki, said that during the Swarna Jayanti Year of the state, welfare works for each section of the society have been done which has laid a strong foundation for the development of Haryana.

He said it was a matter of pride for him to become the Governor of Haryana during the Swarna Jayanti year and join in the celebrations of the state. Exhorting the people to follow the mantra of “Haryana Ek Haryanvi Ek”, he asked them to contribute to making the state more prosperous.

The Prime Minister, Mr Narendra Modi, has resolved to end six evils from the society by 2022 when the country would be celebrating its 75 years of Independence. These include dirtiness, poverty, corruption, violence, casteism and communalism. He hoped that Haryana would be further glorified in the world in the times to come and would again be recognized as Jagatguru in 2047.
The Governor also congratulated the people on the occasion of the birth anniversary of the Iron Man of India Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel. Sardar Patel had played a vital role in the unity and integrity of the country, he added.

NAIDU LAUDED RAPID STRIDES MADE BY HARYANA: The Vice-President of India, Mr M. Venkaiah Naidu, today lauded the rapid strides made by Haryana, the sacred land of Upanishads and Bhagvad Gita, in various fields, especially agriculture, sports and information technology.

“It is no mean achievement for a state having mere 1.5 per cent of the country's population producing 15 per cent of total foodgrains in the country”, he said while speaking at the closing ceremony of the year-long Swarna Jayanti celebrations at Mahabir Stadium, in Hisar today.

Mr Naidu hailed Haryana's achievement in making all rural and urban areas of the state open defecation-free and expressed the hope that the state government and the people of the state would make the national Swachhta Abhiyan a part of their lives.

Mr Naidu had a special word of praise for the womenfolk of the state who had defied the odds to achieve remarkable success in various fields, especially sports.
Exhorting the people to cherish, imbibe and protect the rich 'sanskriti' of the country and the concept of Bharatiyata, he expressed his happiness that Gita Jayanti celebrations in Kurukshetra this year and an international seminar on Gita to be hosted by Kurukshetra University, would be inaugurated by the President of India on November 25.

He said that it is a matter of pride that the central government has selected two districts of Haryana namely Karnal and Faridabad under the smart city scheme. Apart from this, the State Government is also developing Gurugram as smart city from its own resources. He hoped that the development of these cities under the smart city scheme would inspire other districts also to take benefit of this scheme. He said that the IT related export of Haryana has played a significant role in developing the country as a super power in the field of Information Technology.

He also expressed happiness over the increasing use of IT in Panchayats as this would help in ensuring transparency in speedy implementation of various government schemes. He hoped that the State Government would launch a comprehensive campaign to encourage the farmers to adopt the facility of e-marketing in their interest.

Earlier, Vice President of India, Mr M. Vankaiah Naidu and Chief Minister Mr Manohar Lal released two books entitled Haryana Police Journal and Haryana – A Sporting Power House.

The event showcased some amazing cultural performances by folk artistes. Sonu Nigam‘s performance turned out to be a crowd puller. The youngsters contributed as chorus while the singing sensation of India rendered one melody after another. Beginning from Mera Rang De Basanti Chola and ending with Kal Ho Na Ho, the atmosphere in Mahabir Stadium turned electric.

The highlight of the show was Bike Stunt Act performed by Haryana Police Commandos. One after another, the courageous men showed their prowess on bike, driving hands-free or doing Headstand on the bike while driving. Even Randeep Hooda, the Master of the Ceremony also took a round of the stadium holding National Flag seared on a bike driven by a Commando.

Among those present on the occasion included Education Minister, Mr Ram Bilas Sharma, Urban Local Bodies Minister, Mrs Kavita Jain, Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Minister, Mr O.P. Dhankar, Minister of State for Food and Supplies, Mr Karan Dev Kamboj, Minister of State for Public Health and Engineering, Dr Banwari Lal, Minister of State for Cooperation, Mr Manish Kumar Grover, MP Rajya Sabha, Mr Subhash Chandra, MLAs namely Mr Kamal Gupta, Mr Subhash Barala, Mrs Seema Trikha, Mr Mahipal Dhanda, Chairperson of Scheduled Castes Finance Development Corporation, Mrs Sunita Duggal, Chief Secretary, Mr D.S. Dhesi, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Mr Rajesh Khullar, Additional Chief Secretary, Sports and Youth Affairs Department, Dr K.K. Khandelwal, renowned Bollywood actor, Mr Randeep Hooda and renowned singer, Mr Sonu Nigam and other senior officers of the State Government and District Administration.

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