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Anganwari food is now a women’s affair
Chandigarh, December 16
Nutrition supplements served in anganwaris of Haryana are shortly going to be an affair-of the women, for the women and by the women. In the backdrop of complaints of unappetising food served in the anganwaris, the Women and Child Development Department of the state has planned a complete reorientation of its nutrition programme.

MP honoured for doing bounden duty
Rohtak, December 16
Congress MP Deepender Singh Hooda was accorded a civic reception here today for bringing in Central development projects worth Rs 2,800 crore for the Rohtak Lok Sabha constituency during the first year of his tenure.

Students say college fleecing them
Fatehabad, December 16
Students of the Tirupati College of Education and Pharmacy at Rattia today boycotted classes and raised slogans against the college management. They alleged that the college management had charged Rs 34,000 from each of them on account of course fee but had issued receipts for Rs 30,000 each.

Chand Ram takes up Dalit issues with Hooda
Chandigarh, December 16
Mr Chand Ram, president of the Reservation Implementation Forum and former Union Minister, today said the Haryana Government must take steps to hasten the empowerment of Dalits and backward classes in the state.

INLD executive to meet in Delhi
Chandigarh, December 16
The newly constituted Haryana state executive of the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) will hold a meeting on December 22 in Delhi. Mr Om Parkash Chautala, will preside over the meeting.

Yellow lines painted to control traffic
Ambala, December 16
Red-coloured traffic cones have been set up and yellow lines have been painted in Ambala Sadar to control traffic. The traffic cones had been put on the main DC road a few days ago and yesterday, the cones were put up on the Nicholson Road. Yellow lines have also been painted on both sides of the roads in Sadar Bazar area. TNS


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Anganwari food is now a women’s affair
Geetanjali Gayatri
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 16
Nutrition supplements served in anganwaris of Haryana are shortly going to be an affair-of the women, for the women and by the women. In the backdrop of complaints of unappetising food served in the anganwaris, the Women and Child Development Department of the state has planned a complete reorientation of its nutrition programme.

From January 1 next year, the government has decided to discontinue with supplying centrally procured raw material and has, instead, given its nod to adoption of "culturally appropriate foods" for expecting and lactating mothers of the state. With this decision, food to be served in anganwaris will no more be dictated by recipes finalised by government employees sitting in the head office but by the beneficiaries 
themselves.

In a move aimed at greater freedom of choice to the anganwaris and promote greater democratic functioning, the department has delegated the responsibility of procuring and getting savoury food items prepared to the 7000-odd women-managed village sub-committees.

While a handbook containing nutritious recipes has been provided to these committees constituted as an arm of the Gram Panchayat, they have also been allocated funds to enable greater freedom of choice in preparation of food.

"The sub-committee comprising women panches and sarpanches, educated village girls, representatives of self-help groups besides ANMs and ASHAs, will run the show and get food prepared from women's groups most of which are mothers' groups. We are expecting nearly 75000 women to get employment through this food preparation scheme," says the Secretary, Ms Anuradha Gupta.

Earlier, the department had sought a feedback from the women consuming the "nutritious diet" at these anganwaris and most of them had expressed their unhappiness with the food. From labelling it as "distasteful" to maintaining that it led to an upset stomach in case of children, they all agreed that they did not relish the food served in anganwaris.

This prompted the development to do a rethink in the matter and it came out with a scheme where the mothers consuming the diet would be made the decision-makers.

"We wanted a sustainable intervention which would encourage healthy cooking at homes also well after women discontinued the anganwari visits. So, in our bank of recipes, we have also suggested various permutations and combinations as also recommending foods easily available in a particular area. We have also recommended a hike in the nutrition charges per head," Ms Gupta stated.

So, at the heart of this nutrition scheme is women empowerment as also helping them steer their own health and development agenda besides catapulting them into the decision-making process.

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MP honoured for doing bounden duty
Tribune News Service

Rohtak, December 16
Congress MP Deepender Singh Hooda was accorded a civic reception here today for bringing in Central development projects worth Rs 2,800 crore for the Rohtak Lok Sabha constituency during the first year of his tenure.

This is the first time in the history of Haryana that a politician has been honoured by his voters for his contribution to the development of his constituency.

Mr Shadi Lal Batra, MLA from Rohtak, presented him a roll of honour on behalf of Congress legislators representing constituencies falling in the Rohtak Lok Sabha segment, chairpersons of Zila Parishads and municipal bodies and elected members of all municipal and panchayati raj bodies of the constituency.

The party MLAs also jointly presented him a memento for his achievements during the very first year of his tenure. Mementos were also presented on behalf of chairpersons of municipal bodies and panchayati raj institutions.

Mr Hooda scored another first at the function by giving a power point presentation before he accepted the roll of honour. In a hi-tech presentation before a jam-packed auditorium he outlined the projects he had got sanctioned and what his focus would be in the coming years.

He said the Centre had approved six-laning of the Delhi-Rohtak section of the National Highway No. 10 at a cost of Rs 498 crore. The project also included construction of Rohtak bypass. Likewise, he said the Panipat-Bawal section of the national highway would also be completed at a cost of Rs 900 crore. Land acquisition was in progress for the project.

The Railways Ministry had approved the laying of the Rohtak-Rewari rail line via Jhajjar. The Central contribution to this project would be Rs 215 crore. The rail link would boost business and industrial activity in the Rohtak and Jhajjar areas, he said.

As many as 11 rail overhead bridges were under construction already and three of these were in Rohtak. Tenders had been called for four other bridges in Gurgaon district and one in Rohtak. As many as 18 more were in the pipeline and funds would be released shortly. The combined cost of these was Rs 300 crore.

The widening of Rohtak-Jhajjar and Badli-Jhajjar sections of the highway had been completed already while work was in progress on Bahadurgarh-Jhajjar and Jhajjar-Rewari sections.

Mr Hooda said the proposal for the electrification of the Rohtak-Delhi railway line had been accepted and the sanctioned project had been forwarded to the Planning Commission for release of funds.

He said he would now focus on education, health and development of villages. Efforts would be to bring in projects that could generate employment in the rural areas of his constituency. While thanking his voters for appreciating his efforts, he said he would welcome their suggestions for improving his functioning as a parliamentarian.

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Students say college fleecing them
Our Correspondent

Fatehabad, December 16
Students of the Tirupati College of Education and Pharmacy at Rattia today boycotted classes and raised slogans against the college management. They alleged that the college management had charged Rs 34,000 from each of them on account of course fee but had issued receipts for Rs 30,000 each.

Though they had demanded the receipt for the remaining amount time and again, the college management had been postponing it on one excuse or the other.

They alleged they were made to pay Rs 50 per class skipped due to illness or any urgent work.

The college management, they alleged, had now displayed a notice that those who failed to produce their migration certificate by December 31 would have to pay Rs 4000 as fine.

The college management had been charging Rs 600 as late fee for examination forms of B.Ed students.

The students demanded that the government should cancel recognition granted to the college and they be ‘adjusted’ in some other college.

The college principal, Mr Parveen Goyal denied the allegations and said the matter would be sorted out soon.

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Chand Ram takes up Dalit issues with Hooda
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 16
Mr Chand Ram, president of the Reservation Implementation Forum and former Union Minister, today said the Haryana Government must take steps to hasten the empowerment of Dalits and backward classes in the state.

Addressing a press conference here, Mr Chand Ram, a native of Rohtak district of Haryana, said he met the Chief Minister, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, yesterday and urged him to implement the guidelines in the 85th Amendment to the Constitution with retrospective effect. He said the state government had implemented the amendment to pave the way for the accelerated promotion of Dalit employees with prospective effect. The policy should have been implemented with effect from June, 1995, Mr Chand Ram said.

He said he also urged the Chief Minister to fill the backlog in vacancies meant for Dalits and backward classes.

Mr Chand Ram said he also sought the proper implemention of the component plan aimed at benefitting the Dalits.

He said he also urged the Chief Minister to help build a college at Rohtak named after “socialist saint” Ravidas. Mr Hooda assured him of cooperation in building a college and a girls’ hostel at Rohtak, Mr Chand Ram said.

He added that listing the Dalits in Haryana under two categories for official purposes should be abolished in view of the Supreme Court’s order to the Andhra Pradesh Government to abolish a similar system existing in the southern state.

He said he also requested the Chief Minister to offer reservation to poorer sections of Hindu upper castes also “to put an end to jealousies and heartburning and to complete the cycle of social justice”.

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INLD executive to meet in Delhi
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 16
The newly constituted Haryana state executive of the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) will hold a meeting on December 22 in Delhi. Mr Om Parkash Chautala, will preside over the meeting.

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