Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar addresses a press conference at Chandigarh on Monday

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, while addressing a press conference informed that the Common Eligibility Test (CET) has been conducted for the recruitment of Group C posts, the result of which is going to be declared soon. The recruitment of around 40,000 Group C posts will be advertised once the results are declared. Besides this, the CET exam will also be conducted soon for the recruitment of Group-D posts, and about 17,000 to 20,000 posts will be recruited, said CM.

He said that the CET examination is valid for 3 years. Although the CET exam will be conducted every year, any candidate who wants to improve his/her score can re-appear in the exam.

Describing the CMIE unemployment figures as baseless and beyond facts, the Chief Minister said that these figures are based on a very small survey sample. Earlier, the same agency had shown Haryana’s unemployment rate of 2 percent.

CM said that in the last 8 years, 50,000 MSME industries have been set up in Haryana. Besides this, 33,06,635 people have got employment opportunities through the private sector and self-employment opportunities.

“Loans have been provided to 16.85 lakh youths under Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana and 38,000 youths have got self-employment opportunities under Pradhan Mantri Swanidhi Yojana. Similarly, more than 12.64 lakh youth have got employment in several industrial units,” the CM said.

He further shared that through Antyodaya Utthan Melas, loan applications of around 34,000 applicants have been sanctioned.

Besides this, around 27,516 applicants have got employment through Rozgar Melas. Also, more than 1 lakh youth have got government jobs on merit basis.

He also announced the decentralization of the powers of Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) and giving more autonomy to these small governments to speed up the development works being done in rural areas.

He further announced that from now onwards, the Sarpanches, and Chairman of Panchayat Samitis and Zilla Parishads can accord administrative approval for the development works up to Rs. 2 lakh at their level only. No tenders will be floated for all such works.

The Chief Minister informed that Junior Engineers can give technical approval for works up to Rs 2 lakh. Similarly, SDO can give technical approval for works ranging from Rs 2 lakh to Rs 25 lakh. Short-term tenders will be floated for these works through Haryana Engineering Works Portal.

Likewise, XEN will give technical approval for works ranging from Rs 25 lakh to Rs 1 crore. The technical approval for the works ranging from Rs 1 crore to Rs 2.5 crore will be given by the Superintending Engineer and the approval of the works above Rs 2.5 crore will be given by the Chief Engineer.

He said that Gram Panchayats also have fixed deposits. Out of these deposits, up to Rs 50 lakh in a year or 10 percent of the deposits, whichever is higher, can be released by the Deputy Commissioner, for any required developmental works to be executed in the villages.

Additional Principal Secretary to Chief Minister and Director General, Information, Public Relations and Languages Department, Dr. Amit Agarwal, Additional Director, Information, Public Relations and Languages Department, Vivek Kalia also remained present on this occasion.

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