CM asks BJP to join govt
Plea to reconstitute Haryana Cong
connections for 30,000 planned
MP lauds role of Sikhs in wars
Bitta against mercy for Nalini
Jat body to construct old-age home
MC ex-chairman killed in accident
455 cases settled in Lok Adalat
JBT aspirants hold rally
'Kachha banian' gangsters held
CM asks BJP to join govt
KAITHAL, Nov 28 Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala appealed to the BJP to join his government and said he was prepared to step down if the BJP wished to form a government on its own. He was talking to mediapersons here today. In reply to a question, Mr Chautala said his government would last its term.
The Chief Minister asked the people to pay power bills on time so that the government could muster enough financial resources and provide them with sufficient power. He said if the public did not pay government dues in time the development process would suffer.
He said since his was a welfare government, he wished to run it with public support. He said his government was trying hard to provide quality power to all sectors, including the farm sector, and new connections could be released if the public co-operated and paid the bills on time.
Mr Chautala said the government would take steps to preserve historical and cultural sites in the state.
He said the process for recruiting 13000 teachers was in progress and five marks would be given to candidates who had applied for these posts and were working on an ad hoc basis. All surplus municipal employees would be adjusted in other government departments and nobody would be retrenched.
Addressing public grievances in his constituency, he said the government had decided to shift electric wires passing over roofs schools and ponds. The government would also replace damaged poles.
Mr Chautala said canals, distributories and minors would be desilted and their banks strengthened.
The Chief Minister directed the Deputy Commissioner to launch a special drive to remove encroachments on government land. He also directed the Deputy Commissioner to provide drainage in localities where water remained stagnant.
Mr Narender Sharma,
Minister of State for Irrigation, Mr Ram Pal Majra,
Chairman, public enterprises bureau, Mr Makhan Singh, Mr
Amar Singh Dhanday, Mr Lila Ram, I.G. Ambala Range, Mr
H.S. Ahlawat, Deputy Commissioner, Dr Mahavir Singh and
S.P. K.K. Sharma were present on the occasion.
Plea to reconstitute Haryana
SONEPAT, Nov 28 Former Haryana minister and senior Congress leader Krishan Murti Hooda today made a fervent appeal to all office-bearers of the Haryana Pradesh Congress (I) committee (HPCC) to resign from their respective posts on moral grounds in the wake of the party's defeat in the recent Lok Sabha elections and ask the AICC President Mrs Sonia Gandhi, to revamp the state unit so that the party could fulfil the aspirations and expectations of the people in the state.
Talking to mediapersons here, he said the masses of Haryana were disillusioned with the style of functioning of INLD supremo and Chief Minister Om Parkash Chautala since he had failed to fulfil the election promises of providing free power and water to them. He said this was time to revamp the state party unit so that the challenge posed by the INLD-BJP alliance could be met in the forthcoming assembly elections.
He said the main reason for the party's debacle in Haryana was that the state Congress leadership, especially Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, was hand in glove with the erstwhile Chief Minister, Mr Bansi Lal, who had lost confidence of the people in general and the party's legislators in particular. Secondly, the state leadership could not take advantage of AICC President Sonia Gandhi and HPCC leaders had failed to properly project the image and personality of Mrs Gandhi. On the other hand, the INLD-BJP alliance had taken advantage of the infighting among the state party leaders.
Mr Hooda said BJP and INLD leaders were not trying to exploit the situation created by infighting among Congress leaders as their eyes were on the forthcoming on the forthcoming Assembly elections. The real aim of the BJP in organising "Shakti sammelan" at Rohtak was to woo the traditional vote-bank of the Congress.
He appealed to
Congressmen in Haryana to pressure HPCC President
B.S.Hooda to submit his resignation and pave the way for
reconstitution of the state unit in a bid to end
factionalism. He also asked them to back Mrs Sonia Gandhi
at this critical juncture.
Tubewell connections for 30,000
FATEHABAD, Nov 28 The Haryana Government will issue 30,000 new tubewell connections in the state with the cooperation of Rural Electrification Corporation to strengthen the irrigation facilities in the state.
Addressing rural meetings during his two-day visit to this district, the Haryana Finance Minister, Mr Sampat Singh, said the power situation in the state had improved considerably after 100 MW power was received from the Northern Grid. "The state is also getting 27 per cent power from Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan pool", he said and added that the Punjab Government had assured to supply an additional 15 to 30 lakh units of power per day if a need arose. He said through untiring efforts of the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, the state government had succeeded in getting power from Anta Power Grid (Rajasthan) too. He said the state government had initiated move to increase the power production capacity of its thermal plants by improving the existing thermal plants.
The minister also revealed that the state government had set up a cabinet sub-committee to improve traffic in the state and under a new policy framed by the government, all 6,745 villages in the state would be linked by bus service and it would be ensured that at least one bus should leave from each village for the adjoining town in the morning. He said at present, there were 3,000 buses in the Haryana Roadways fleet and the government would need another 6,500 buses to implement the new policy. He said the government had decided to purchase new buses according to its financial capacity and bus permits would be issued to cooperative societies to ensure proper bus service. He said the government had also framed a policy for making the maxi-cab service more effective. Under this the maxi-cab owners would be asked to pay one time tax depending upon the length of their routes. The maximum numbers of passengers on the maxi- cabs would also be regulated to avoid any accidents.
The Finance Minister said the state government had taken up the task of filling the potholes on the roads and it would be completed by November 30, 1999. The repair of the roads would be completed by June 30, 2000. The laying of new roads, he added, would be taken up later in phases.
Mr Sampat Singh alleged that the Bansi Lal government had upgraded 384 schools but had not approved a single post of teacher for those schools. The present government, had decided to fill 3,700 vacancies of teachers. The new teachers, he said, would start working by the start of next academic session.
The minister added that the state government had made a policy under which all licensed traders would be allotted shops in the new mandis of the state at a reserve price while the rest of shops of that mandi would be sold through open auction. He assured that the shops in the new vegetable market would be allotted to the licensed traders of the old vegetable market very soon.
The minister further
announced that a master plan had been made to free the
Tohana, Rattian Jakhal and Bhuna areas of this district
from floods in future. Under this plan, the flood water
would be directed in the Ghaggar river and would be used
for irrigation purposes. The two-day tour of the minister
NARWANA, Nov 28 (UNI) The Haryana Government has decided to allot plots at reserve price in areas like 'mandis' and automobile markets to all those who have a licence for practising their trade.
This was announced by the Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, while addressing a largely-attended Aggarwal Sammelan here today. A resolution was passed at the sammelan that Bharat Ratan should be conferred on Chaudhary Devi Lal in recognition of his services to the masses.
He said it was Chaudhary Devi Lal who first introduced the system of allotting plots on reserve price to such licence-holders in new grain markets. The practice was discontinued by other governments, he added.
Mr Chautala, said his government was considering reducing the cess on foodgrain from 4 per cent to 2 per cent. While referring to a high-powered committee, constituted under the chairmanship of Finance Minister Sampat Singh, to rationalise the tax-structure, he assured that traders' cases would be considered sympathetically. He strongly favoured uniformity in the rate of taxes in adjoining states, saying that it would be in the larger interest of the traders as well as the farmers.
Mr Chautala said an MoU had been signed with a Japanese company to set up a unit involving an investment of Rs 500 crore, in Gurgaon. Two more MoUs, each involving an investment of Rs 150 crore, would also be signed shortly to set up units in the state. He said having announced a new industrial policy, he would now visit other states to urge entrepreneurs to set up units in Haryana. He would start the drive by visiting Bombay on December 8, he informed.
Paying rich tributes to Maharaja Aggarsain, he said by restoring the grant to Agroha Medical College, he had not shown any undue favour to the community.
He urged the people to
pay the arrears of their electricity bills within a
fortnight or face stringent action. He said the
government was taking steps to improve the availability
of power in the state. He said he had spoken to the Chief
Ministers of Punjab and Himachal Pradesh to get power
from them. The government was purchasing power at high
rates, but supplying it at low rates so that people might
be spared hardship.
MP lauds role of Sikhs in
YAMUNANAGAR, Nov 28 Guru Nanak advocated secularism, world peace and brotherhood of mankind, said Ms Kailasho Saini, MP, while addressing a congregation at Guru Nanak Khalsa College here today. She lauded the role of Sikhs in the independence struggle and in the wars against the enemy forces in the post-independence era.
She praised the achievements of the college in academics and sports. She lauded the services rendered by Sardar Bhupinder Singh Jauhar, Chairman of the college, in disseminating knowledge.
Ms Saini extolled the performance of the Chautala government in bringing all communities together to participate in the development and the growth of the state.
Dr Darshan Singh, Chairman of the Department of Guru Nanak Studies, Panjab University, elaborated on the universality of the message of Guru Nanak and his role in galvanising society to come out of the decay caused by only a formal observance of religion.
Dr Amrik Singh, Principal of the college, read out the annual report of the college and gave details of a programme to vocationalise education for making it more meaningful.
Earlier, Mr Rajeev
Sharma, Deputy Commissioner, inaugurated an exhibition of
pictures and paintings depicting the life, philosophy and
history of the Sikh gurus and the culture and ethos of
Punjab and its people. A painting competition, in which
more than 500 students from different institutions
participated was also organised on the occasion.
Bitta against mercy for Nalini
AMBALA, Nov 28 Chairman of the All-India Anti-Terrorist Front Maninderjit Singh Bitta today urged the Sri Lankan Government to arrest LTTE chief V. Prabhakaran without further delay.
Talking to mediapersons here today, he demanded that Prabhakaran be handed over to India since he was the main conspirator in the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi.
He said the Centre should built pressure on the Sri Lankan Government so that it took special steps to nab Prabhakaran. "We are planning to meet the Sri Lankan High Commissioner to impress upon him the need for speedy arrest of Prabhakaran," he said.
Mr Bitta said mercy should not be granted to Nalini who had been sentenced to death in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case. He opined that extremist forces in general and the LTTE in particular would be strengthened if mercy was shown to Nalini. On Pakistan, Mr Bitta said India should not sympathise with the deposed Prime Minister, Mr Nawaz Sharif as he betrayed our country during the Kargil crisis". He said Pakistan should be declared a terrorist state. The military ruler, Gen Parvez Musharraf, has been working to strengthen the Inter Services Intelligence which is bound to create security problems for us," he said.
He favoured an all-party meeting before any policy decision regarding Pakistan. "Such a meeting is necessary since it is the question of the whole country."
Mr Bitta said in February, 2000, an international meeting should be organised by AIATF countries hit by terrorism would participate. The meeting would be held in Delhi where deliberations on various aspects of terrorism would take place.
Replying to a question,
Mr Bitta said to strengthen the Congress in Haryana, its
leadership should be given to Mr Bhajan Lal. "The
Congress must take action against all those who were
instrumental in supporting the Bansi Lal
government", he added.
Jat body to construct
ROHTAK, Nov 28 An amount of Rs 75 lakh granted by the Haryana Samaj Kalyan Vibhag to the local Jat Education Society will be utilised for the construction of an orphanage, old people's home and a hostel for girls belonging to the Scheduled Castes and economically weaker sections.
Addressing the mediapersons here today Mr Raj Singh Nandal, newly elected president of the society said a sum of Rs 50 lakh would be spent on constructing shelters for destitute and old people. The foundation stone for these homes would be laid by Mr Devi Lal.
Mr Nandal said the foundation stone of an engineering college would also be laid the same day.
He said he would meet the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, on November 30 and discuss the construction of dental and engineering colleges. The classes for various postgraduate courses, computers and electronics would be started from the next academic session at Jat College while those for JBT, would commence at CR College of Education here, he added.
MC ex-chairman killed in
AMBALA, Nov 28 Former chairman of Ambala Cantonment Municipal Council, Satish Mittal, died in a car accident near Kaithal late last night.
Mr Mittal, 65, who was also the former Chairman of the Haryana Khadi Board and a well-known Arya Samaji, is survived by a son and a daughter.
The accident reportedly took place at about 9.30 pm when Mittal along with the Ambala Cantonment unit president of the INLD, Mr Kirpal Singh Arora and three others were returning form Kaithal after meeting the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala.
The tyre of the car in which they were travelling burst leading to the accident.
The Deputy Speaker of
Haryana Vidhan Sabha, Mr Faqir Chand Aggarwal, local MLA,
Mr Anil Vij, BJP Ambala unit president, Mr K D Sharma and
educationist, Mrs Reena Nagrath expressed their
condolences on the demise of Mittal.
455 cases settled in Lok
SONEPAT, Nov 28 As many as 455 cases were settled in the 60th Lok Adalat held by Mr V.P.Choudhary, District and Sessions Judge, here yesterday.
Mr Virender Singh and Mr R.S.Bahamani, both Additional Sessions Judges, Mr S.K.Kaushik, Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr D.K.Sharma, Mr O.P.Verma, Mrs Poonam Suneja, Mr J.B.Gupta, and Mr A.K.Aggarwal acted as Lok Adalat judges,
Prof P.M.Gaur, a member of the Lok Adalat, said here today that 23 of the settled cases pertained to the Hindu Marriage Act following which the couples were re-united.
JBT aspirants hold rally
FATEHABAD, Nov 28 A harassed lot of aspirants for the posts of primary teachers held a demonstration here today and raised anti-government slogans. The aspirants holding bachelor's or master's degrees had come from different parts of Haryana to appear in an interview for the posts of JBT teachers, but they got agitated when they were told that they could not be considered for these posts.
The Education Department
had issued an advertisement stating that interviews for
more than 300 posts of JBT teachers would be held here
today. The advertisement said those holding a bachelor's
or master's degree in any discipline would be considered
if enough JBT candidate were not available. Hundreds of
aspirants from different parts of the state had reached
here in the morning. But when they found that the
organisers had put a notice outside the interview venue,
that their names could not be considered, they held a
demonstration and raised anti-government slogans.
'Kachha banian' gangsters held
ROHTAK, Nov 28 The Rohtak zone police, which covers the four districts of Rohtak, Jhajjar, Sonepat and Panipat, claims to have solved two major cases of crime committed by the 'kachha banian' gang.
According to a press note issued by the zone police headquarter here, a majority of members of the dreaded gang have been arrested. They had been responsible for the killing of several innocent persons at Jhajjar and Panipat in October this year.
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