Uplifting the poorest of the poor makes R-Day celebrations more meaningful: Khattar

SGT Times Reporter

Chandigarh, January 26

On the auspicious occasion of Republic Day, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar called upon the people of the State to work unitedly to make Haryana clean, healthy and happy while adhering to its great cultural traditions and moral values.  The CM resolved to make Haryana unemployment-free by providing employment to every youth by 2024.

The Chief Minister was addressing the citizens at the 73rd Republic Day celebrations held at Police Lines Ground in Ambala today. Khattar first paid homage to the martyrs at the War Memorial in Ambala city. After this, he unfurled the National Flag at the Police Lines Ground and took the salute of the parade.

Congratulating the people of the state, Khattar said, “Today we are celebrating 73rd Republic Day.  On this holy festival, we bow to the known and unknown martyrs who made the supreme sacrifices in the freedom movement.”

        “On this day in the year 1950, our Constitution came into effect and India got the distinction of becoming the largest democratic country in the world.  Indian Constitution is the voice of every Indian citizen.  Today we are celebrating the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, highlighting our remarkable progress,” added the Chief Minister.

He said that Haryana is not only the land of the holy Gita, but this land also has a special passion for patriotism and service to the country. The display of this passion of Haryana was today seen at the national level in the State’s tableau displayed at Rajpath during Republic Day celebrations today, he added.

The CM said that an initiative has been taken to celebrate the birth anniversary of immortal freedom fighter Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose as Parakram Diwas. Along with this, a historic decision has also been taken to celebrate the martyrdom day of the tenth Patshahi of Sikhs Shri Guru Gobind Singh Ji, the martyrdom day of Zorawar Singh and Fateh Singh falling on December 26, as Veer Bal Diwas.

Honour and respect is given to freedom fighters and martyrs

The Chief Minister said that the State Government is giving full respect to the freedom fighters, martyrs and their dependents. Ensuring this, alongwith giving a monthly pension of Rs. 25,000 to the freedom fighters and their widows, the ex-gratia amount given to the families of martyr soldiers and para soldiers has been increased from Rs 20 lakh to Rs 50 lakh. The government has provided government jobs to 345 dependents of martyrs. He said that the families of the brave sons of Haryana who sacrificed for the country would be honoured in the Amrit Mahotsav. In this, till August 15, 2023, around 2000 programmes are being organized with public participation.

Sabka Saath-Sabka Vikas is the government’s goal

The Haryana CM said that the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi has given the basic mantra of Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas and Sabka Prayas as per the spirit of the Republic. Haryana government is serving every countryman following this basic mantra. Equitable development of every region and class is being done with the spirit of Haryana Ek-Haryanvi Ek, he added. He said that 17 new National Highways are being built to connect every district with the National Highway. Besides this, a college has been opened in every 20 km radius to promote education. Clusters are being set up at the block level for small and medium scale industries.

Uplifting the poorest of the poor makes R-Day celebrations more meaningful

The Chief Minister said that uplifting the poorest of the poor in the spirit of Antyodaya makes the R-Day more meaningful. A Republic is not one in which people have to demand but is one in which they get their rights without demanding. Parivar Pehchan Patra Scheme has been started to fulfill this classification. In this, 611 government services have been added, under which the eligible person will be able to get the benefit of services sitting at home.  Along with this, Mukhyamantri Antyodaya Parivar Utthan Yojana is also being implemented. Along with celebrating this year as Antyodaya Utthan Varsh, the target is to identify 1 lakh poorest families and ensure an annual income of Rs 1.80 lakh for them. Under the Mukhyamantri Parivar Samridhi Yojana, annual assistance of Rs. 6000 was also being provided to the poor families, added Khattar.

Setting up of Kaushal Rozar Nigam

The Chief Minister said that Haryana Kaushal Rozgar Nigam has been constituted to stop the old age outsourcing requirement system. Under this, preference is being given to experienced youth. Haryana is the first state to implement the new National Education Policy-2020 to provide skill and cultured education to the future generation.  138 new Model Sanskriti Schools have been opened in the state and the Super-100 programme has been implemented to provide coaching to promising students at government expense.

To make the youth of the state employable, the policy of 75 percent reservation has been implemented in the private sector. Under the Haryana Enterprise and Employment Policy, the target is to create 5 lakh new jobs, mobilize investment of more than Rs 1 lakh crore and double the exports. Provision has been made for a single registration facility and common eligibility test to get rid of repeated applications and fees in government jobs. The Foreign Cooperation Department has been created to provide education and employment to youth abroad and to attract investment.

Apart from education, the youth of the state have also achieved achievements in sports. Today Haryana is the hub of sports. So far 12 players have been appointed as deputy directors and 36 players have been appointed coaches by creating 550 posts up to the first class in the sports department. To provide world-class training to the youth, 5 Sports Centers of Excellence are being opened in the state.

Haryana the only state to buy 14 crops at MSP

The Chief Minister said that all possible efforts were being made to improve the agriculture system and to double the income of the farmers. Today Haryana is the only state in the country to procure 14 crops at MSP. The State is also giving Rs. 362, the highest price of sugarcane in the country. Compensation is being given for crop damage due to natural calamity and crops are being purchased through Meri Fasal Mera Byora Portal, informed the CM.

He said that Bhavantar Bharpayee Yojana has been started to give the protected price of horticulture crops and to compensate for the loss of natural calamity, Mukhyamantri Bagwani Bima Yojana has been started. About 85,000 farmers have been connected with 639 FPOs for grading, storage and marketing of fruits and vegetables. On the similar lines of Kisan Credit Cards, Pashudhan Kisan Credit cars are being made for livestock farmers. Mera Pani-Meri Virasat scheme has been launched to promote crops consuming less water.

Shahar Darshan Portal to start on the lines of Gram Darshan

The Chief Minister said that in order to digitize rural areas, digital data of 6197 Gram Panchayats has been made available on the Gram Darshan Portal. On the same lines, Shahar Darshan Portal is also being started soon to solve the problems of cities. SVAMITVA scheme has been started to make the villages Lal Dora free and give ownership of the property. About 90 percent of the work has been completed under the Har Ghar Nal Se Jal Yojana in rural areas.  Haryana Smart Gram Development Authority has been formed to develop facilities in the villages at par with the cities. Haryana Gram Uday Yojana has been implemented in villages having a population of more than 10,000.  Under the Mhara Gaon-Jagmag Gaon scheme, 24 hours electricity is being provided in about 77 percent of the state’s 5,487 villages. From today onwards 85 more villages have been added to this scheme.

Chief Minister urges to administer both doses of COVID-19 vaccination

Khattar said that under the Har Ghar Dastak programme, COVID-19 vaccination is being administered.  He called upon all the citizens of the state to get both doses of COVID-19 vaccination to stop virus spread. Besides this, the citizens who are eligible for booster dose should also get their vaccination done.

On this occasion, the Chief Minister inspected the tableau displayed in the Republic Day parade and also honoured the officers and citizens who did excellent and commendable work in various fields.  Various cultural performances were also given by school and college students in the programme.

MLA Ambala, Aseem Goyal, Mayor, Shakti Rani Sharma, ADGP, CID, Alok Mittal, Divisional Commissioner, Renu S Phulia, Deputy Commissioner, Vikram Singh, Superintendent of Police, Jashandeep Singh Randhawa also remained present on this occasion.

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