February 28, 2020 07:17 PM

Chandigarh (Face2News)

Haryana Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal said that the government has achieved the goal of providing 24 hours electricity, seven days a week to every citizen by fulfilling their commitment to improve the electricity situation in rural areas through, the 'Mhara Gaon Jagmag Gaon' scheme which was launched in 2015, under which 1048 feeders covering about 4500 villages have already received 24 hours of electricity.

Haryana Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal gave this information while proposing an allocation of Rs 7302.86 crore for the Electricity Department and Rs 256.54 crore for the New and Renewable Energy Department during the budget session of Haryana Legislative Assembly here today.

 The Chief Minister said that all the villages of nine districts namely Panchkula, Ambala, Kurukshetra, Gurugram, Faridabad, Sirsa, Fatehabad, Rewari, and Yamunanagar are being supplied electricity 24 hours a day on all seven days of the week. Much work has been done to reduce the gross technical and commercial losses of corporations, he added.

He also informed that technical and commercial losses have come down to 17.45 percent in the year 2018-19. Apart from this, the electricity distribution corporations have achieved their financial target two years ahead of the targeted year 2019-20 by earning a net profit of Rs 412.34 crore in the year 2017-18 and Rs 280.94 crore in the year 2018-19, he added.

Talking about the Bill Settlement Scheme, he said that, 13.61 lakh consumers adopted the Bill Settlement Scheme and deposited Rs 437.52 crore, while arrears of Rs 3806.04 crore were waived. In this way, a total amount of Rs 4243.56 crore was settled under this scheme, he added.

The government has also decided to open 4,000 playway schools for children of 3 to 5 years. It has also been decided to start 500 new crèches for children of the working woman across the state. With a view to improving the quality of education and learning, the government has decided to set up a new Adarsh Sanskrit Senior Secondary School in the year 2020-21, block-wise, in 98 blocks. In this way, 119 government model Sanskrit schools will be available in the state for the students who want to study in English medium in the year 2020-21. 

Mr. Manohar Lal said that Haryana is the first state in the country to bear the merchant discount rate charge for online payment of electricity bills and that currently, more than 60 percent of the revenue of electricity distribution corporations is being collected through digital means.

He said that to give big relief to the farmers, the State Government has decided to approve tube well connections for pending applications received till December 31, 2018. Under the new policy, applicants up to 10 BHP will have the option of taking grid-connected power connections from electricity distribution corporations or off-grid solar power connections from Haryana Renewable Energy Development Agency, he added.

Further, to address the issue of excessive exploitation of ground water and heavy burden of RE subsidy for the agriculture sector, then Chief Minister said that we have decided that the new tube well connections should be essentially based on micro irrigation / underground pipeline system and by power distribution corporations with the use of 5-star rated energy efficient pump sets provided at subsidized rates.

The Chief Minister said that in order to give relief to the consumers of agricultural pump sets, the surcharge waiver scheme-2019 has been started by the power distribution corporations, under which the surcharge of the defaulter agricultural pumpset consumers has been waived till 31 March 2019. The scheme was adopted by 1,11,817 consumers and by February 15, 2020, the principal amount of Rs 61.66 crore was recovered and surcharge of Rs 23.79 crore was waived. He said that the government is committed to providing clean and environment friendly electricity to all. In this regard, Haryana Vidyut Utpadan Nigam Limited plans to set up 77 MW of solar power plants on its land at Faridabad and Yamunanagar and 16 MW on Panchayat land in Jhajjar and Faridabad, he added.

He said that I want to clarify that there has been no shortage of electricity in the state and will not be allowed to happen. During the last five years, 42 new sub-stations have been installed to strengthen the power transmission system and capacity of 350 existing sub-stations has been increased. 15,497 MVA transmission capacity has been increased and 1,477 km communication lines have been added at a cost of 2,697 crore, he added.

The Chief Minister further informed that there are plans to build 28 new sub-stations, increase the capacity of 57 existing sub-stations, and lay 1,657 kilometers long lines to make the power infrastructure more robust in the financial year 2020-21.

He said that during the last five years 185 new substations of 33 KV have been installed for proper distribution of power, capacity of 403 existing sub-stations has been increased, and 1879 circuit kilometers of 33 KV new lines have been laid. During the year 2020-21, there are plans to establish 97 new sub-stations, increase the capacity of 85 existing substations of 33 KV and 776 km of new lines of 33 KV, he added.

He said that he is very happy to state that Haryana has maintained overall ranking as well as in its group in the State Energy Efficiency Index-2019 released by the Government of India, which monitors energy efficiency and energy conservation initiatives.

Referring to the new and renewable energy, the Chief Minister said that during the year 2019-20, a project has been started for the installation of 1A 606 KW solar power plants in 334 gaushalas. In the year 2020-21, such power plants will be set up in 200 other gaushalas.

To reduce dependence on conventional energy and to promote green and clean energy, the government is implementing a scheme of solar inverter charger, under which, during the year 2020-21, about 33,000 solar inverter charger systems will be provided.

He said that the Government made a scheme to install 50000 off-grid solar water pumps of 3 HP to 10 HP capacity. In the first phase, 15000 pumps are being installed during the year 2019-20 and the remaining 35000 pumps will be installed in the second phase during the year 2020-21.

While presenting his first budget as a Finance Minister Haryana Chief Minister Mr. Manohar Lal, on one hand, laid stress on education and self-reliance, to utilize the energy of the youth and on the other hand, he also shown government’s seriousness on the health of the people of the state.

To take forward the vision of “Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan, Jai Vigyan” by the Late Prime Minister Mr. Atal Bhari Vajpayee, the government has laid stress on promoting education in the field of science and technology.

Around 15 percent of the budget has been allocated to the education sector. The Chief Minister Mr. Manohar Lal has hoped that with the government investing in the education sector the private sector is also likely to invest in it and the aim of spending the 6 per cent of the GDP on education will be achieved.

The government has also decided to open 4,000 playway schools for children of 3 to 5 years. It has also been decided to start 500 new crèches for children of the working woman across the state. With a view to improving the quality of education and learning, the government has decided to set up a new Adarsh Sanskrit Senior Secondary School in the year 2020-21, block-wise, in 98 blocks. In this way, 119 government model Sanskrit schools will be available in the state for the students who want to study in English medium in the year 2020-21.

At present, there are 418 primary schools which are "Bag-free (no school bags) and are English medium". The government has decided to establish 1,000 more such new schools in those villages where more than two government primary schools are functioning. In order to increase the educational level and learning, the government has decided to conduct a board examination for Class 8th from academic session 2020-21.

In addition to promoting science subjects in colleges, soil testing will be encouraged in all government colleges and polytechnics to connect science with agriculture so that a society with a better scientific temperament is developed and more job opportunities are generated. From the next academic session, ten more state-level science classes will be started in government colleges. New courses related to emerging areas of science will be started in all colleges and universities. In the year 2020-21, under a new scheme, it is proposed to recruit science promoters to increase the interest of students in the subject after Class 10. Similarly, with a view to increasing interest in science among students, it has been decided to convert all 1,487 Government Senior Secondary Schools, where Faculty of Science is available, into smart schools in the year 2020-21.

To promote technical education and skill development, 24 new model industrial training institutes will be set up in the year 2020-21 with solar energy backup, dual system of training, latest equipment, fully trained staff, internet connection and all facilities. In all, 31 new courses of diploma/undergraduate/postgraduate level will be started by Shri Vishwakarma Kaushal University during the academic session 2020-21. In order to provide employment to the trainees from the industrial training institutes in the state, the curriculum of these institutes has been changed to provide training according to the needs of the industries.

In order to provide more employment opportunities to the competent youth in government departments as well as private organizations, a special placement cell will also be set up for competent youth, which will create special employment and skill opportunities for them. A single portal for all types of short-term skills will be launched so that the information about the appropriate skill and the concerned training center is a click away. With this, the government will also get a consolidated database of all the skilled youth, which can later be linked to the new employment portal. To increase employment opportunities, 2,000 modern sales centers will be set up at identified locations across the state on the lines of VITA and Hafed for the sale of food items along with packing and branding.

In order to develop Haryana as a sports hub of the country, sports infrastructure has also been augmented in the state. In this series, the first sports university of any state is being established in Rai, Sonepat. To motivate and encourage excellent sportspersons, it has been decided to increase their daily dose allowance from Rs 150 to 250, which will benefit 4,000 players. The Haryana Excellent Players (Recruitment and Service Conditions) Rules, 2018 have been enacted to provide jobs in a transparent manner. The sportspersons will be given reservation of three percent in first, second and third class posts and 10 percent in fourth class posts through direct recruitment for eligible players. High Performance Training Center will be opened to ensure the excellent performance of the players in various sports competitions. Sufficient number of hostels will also be constructed for the players. In addition, to increase the capacities of youth and harness their energy in nation-building, the number of youth boards and the activities of registered youth circles are appropriate in the budget.

With a view to strengthen the spirit of "Haryana Ek-Haryanvi Ek", on the basis of "Ek Bharat-Shreshtha Bharat", different districts of Haryana combine and interconnect at least 4,000 children every year on a reciprocal basis. A new scheme for visiting the culture, heritage and historical sites of the districts will also be started from the year 2020-21. 

New department namely ‘Housing for All” 

Haryana Government has decided to set up a new department namely ‘Housing for All” so as to bring all housing schemes being implemented by different departments, boards and corporations under one roof.

This was announced by Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal who is also holding the portfolio of Finance Department while presenting the State Budget for the year 2020-21 during the ongoing Budget session of Haryana Vidhan Sabha here today.

He said that under the Pradhanmantri Awas Yojan-Rural, 4549 house has been constructed in the year 2019-20 and 5,860 houses are under construction. A total amount of Rs 43.67 crore has been spent on it. He said that for the year 2020-21, an outlay of Rs. 32 crores has been proposed under the scheme. Similarly, an outlay of Rs. 255 crores has been proposed for the Pradhanmantri Awas Yojan-Urban.

The Chief Minister said that housing schemes being run by various departments like BPL / EWS category by Housing Board Haryana, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Urban of Urban Local Bodies Department, Rajiv Awas Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana- Rural of Rural Development Department, Awas Agrim Yojana for Haryana Building Construction and other Construction Workers registered by Haryana Building Construction and other construction Welfare Boards, Ashiana Scheme of Haryana Shehari Vikas Pradhikaran and various other schemes like Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Navinikarnal Scheme for the repair of houses would be brought under the purview of the Department of Housing for all.

He said that the government would also overcome the difficulties in the allocation of 100 yards plot to the beneficiaries of Mahatma Gandhi Grameen Basti Yojana. With a view to facilitate the beneficiaries in construction of their houses, they would be linked with the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Rural, he added.

To  increase the number of super luxury air-conditioned buses 

Haryana Chief Minister said that to increase the number of super luxury air-conditioned buses in the State, the State Government is in the process of purchasing 18 super luxury AC multi-axle buses by March 31, 2020.

Mr Manohar Lal disclosed this, while presenting the State Budget for the year 2020-21 during the ongoing Budget session of Haryana Vidhan Sabha here today. He announced an outlay of Rs 2307.44 crore for the Transport Sector in the budget estimates for the year 2020-21.

He said that the purchase of 867 standard non-AC buses meeting BS-VI emission standards is in the pipeline. Apart from this, on online bidding system basis, the department has also included hundred of buses in the fleet under the kilometer scheme.

The Chief Minister said that transport system of Haryana is one of the best transport systems in the country, which is committed to provide safe, affordable, efficient and reliable transport services to its people. He said that our existing fleet of 3602 buses including 38 Volvo/ Mercedes Super Luxury Air Conditioned Buses provide transportation facility to about 9.66 lakh passengers by covering a distance of about 10.5 lakh kilometers daily.

He said that as a social responsibility, free / concessional travel facility is being provided to the people of 41 different categories in the ordinary buses of the State Government. This also includes free travel up to 150 km for girl students from their residence to educational institutions and for this 36 buses are plying on 20 routes in Karnal, Kurukshetra, Yamunanagar, Ambala and Panchkula districts. Apart from this, we have also started 181 special bus services on 163 routes for the convenience and safety of girls / women. 

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