Chandigarh

JUSTICE JITENDRA CHAUHAN BEREAVED, FATHER EX MINISTER HARYANA SHYAM CHAND PASSES AWAY

May 08, 2018 09:50 PM

Chandigarh (Subhash Jindal)

Mr. Shyam Chand, former Haryana minister and father of judge, Punjab and Haryana High Court, Mr Justice Jitendra Chauhan, today left for his heavenly abode. He was 86. The cremation will be held at the cremation ground in Sector 25 at 5 pm on May 9. 

In a condolence message issued here today, the Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal, other ministers and senior officers of the state government have expressed grief over the sad demise of Mr. Shyam Chand.

On becoming minister, Mr. Shyam Chand donated his entire land to the poor. He started an English medium public school for students of all castes and religions belonging to BPL families. He had visited various countries, including UK, USA, Canada, Switzerland, erstwhile U.S.S.R, Germany, Italy, Austria and Mauritius.

Mr. Shyam Chand was born in the village of Lath district in Sonipat on March 9, 1932. He did his Post Graduation in Economics and qualified IAS Examination in 1960, but resigned and went to the UK. He worked as an Executive at BHEL London branch and later joined British Civil Service.

He was elected MLA from Baroda in 1968 and re-elected in 1972 and was appointed Cabinet Minister. He held the portfolios of Excise and Taxation, Food and Civil Supplies, Urban Development, Town and Country Planning, Colonization, Social Welfare and Welfare of Scheduled Castes and Backward Classes.

Some of his achievements include drafting the present Haryana General Sales Tax Act, three-fold increase in the revenues and formed Haryana Beopar Mandal to oust Haryana Beopar Sangh. He set a precedent by giving bonus to all its employees. He also gave benefit of Rs 5 crore to the farmers by changing the procurement policy in 1974 to counter J.P’s agitation.

Mr Shyam Chand streamlined the entire Public Distribution System, created Haryana Shahari Vikas Pradhikaran as its founder-chairman, took leading part in the creation of NCR along with Mr. H.K.L Bhagat and got enacted the Haryana Anti-Dowry Act, 1976.

He also introduced various schemes for the welfare of Scheduled Castes and Backward Classes. These included introduction of the scheme of reservation for Scheduled Castes in medical, engineering, law and B.Ed. colleges in 1972, setting up of financial corporation for Scheduled Castes which other states and the Centre followed, pension scheme for the aged helpless, grants for chaupals, reservation of Scheduled Castes in HUDA plots and reservation in government jobs and educational institutions for the backward classes, first in north India.

Mr. Shyam Chand was also member of the Panjab University Senate, Member, Kurukshetra University Senate, and founder-president, Dr. Ambedkar Hostel, Sonepat. He had also been President of the Haryana United Nations Association, Vice-President, Indian Federation of United Nations Association, Member, Executive Committee, World Federation of United Nations Association, Geneva. He participated in various seminars and functions at national and international level. He also wrote books, articles and research papers.

On becoming minister, Mr. Shyam Chand donated his entire land to the poor. He started an English medium public school for students of all castes and religions belonging to BPL families. He had visited various countries, including UK, USA, Canada, Switzerland, erstwhile U.S.S.R, Germany, Italy, Austria and Mauritius.

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