Haryana, North India

Haryana extends Power Department’s Surcharge Waiver Scheme

Haryana Government extends Surcharge Waiver Scheme-2022

North India Kaleidoscope Bureau


The Surcharge Waiver Scheme-2022, launched by the Haryana Government to solve the problem of outstanding electricity bills, has been extended till December 31.

  An official spokesperson said that consumers of urban and rural areas whose bills were outstanding on December 31, 2021, can avail of the benefit of this scheme.

This scheme is applicable to both connected and disconnected customers. Along with this, benefits will also be given to government offices and departments paying pending bills.

He further disclosed that electricity connections related to domestic, agricultural consumers and government, gram panchayat, and the municipal corporation will freeze the entire surcharge so far and the consumers will have to pay only the basic amount till now. The consumer can deposit the principal amount either in a lump sum or along with the next three bills. Consumers will also be given an additional discount of 5 percent on the principal amount on a lump sum deposit.

The surcharge will be waived in proportion to the payment of the next 6 bills. If the consumer does not deposit his principal amount in a lump sum or in fixed installments and does not deposit six consecutive bills, then his waived surcharge will be added back to the bill. After that, the consumer will not get the benefit of the scheme.

The surcharge on the outstanding principal amount of the consumers will be recalculated and instead of the present interest rate of 1.5 percent per month, interest will have to be paid at the rate of 10 percent per annum.

Consumers can pay the original amount and the recalculated surcharge in a lump sum or along with the next three bills. The freeze surcharge will be waived in proportion to the continuous payment of the next 6 bills. Wrong bills made to all types of consumers will be rectified as per the terms and conditions of the Department.


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PM Narendra Modi congratulates Droupadi Murmu on being elected President

From Rajesh Ahuja

North India Kaleidoscope Bureau


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has congratulated Smt. Droupadi Murmu on being elected as President of India.

In a series of tweets, the Prime Minister said:

“India scripts history. At a time when 1.3 billion Indians are marking Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, a daughter of India hailing from a tribal community born in a remote part of eastern India has been elected our President!

Congratulations to Smt. Droupadi Murmu Ji on this feat.”

“Smt. Droupadi Murmu Ji’s life, her early struggles, her rich service, and her exemplary success motivates each and every Indian. She has emerged as a ray of hope for our citizens, especially the poor, marginalized and the downtrodden.”

“Smt. Droupadi Murmu Ji has been an outstanding MLA and Minister. She had an excellent tenure as Jharkhand Governor. I am certain she will be an outstanding President who will lead from the front and strengthen India’s development journey.”

“I would like to thank all those MPs and MLAs across party lines who have supported the candidature of Smt. Droupadi Murmu Ji. Her record victory augurs well for our democracy.”

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India, Telangana

Vice President calls for credibility in media organisations, suggests media ‘should not mix news with views’

North India Kaleidoscope Bureau


Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday said that media ‘should not mix news with views’ and maintain objectivity in bringing facts to the people.

Releasing a collection of editorials titled ‘Mutnuri Krishna Rao Sampadakeeyalu’ here, he observed that people take the content of the news and broadcast media to be credible and media organizations should live up to their expectations. ‘

‘Journalism should be treated as a mission’, he said.

Mr.Naidu highlighted the critical role of media as the ‘fourth pillar’ in protecting and preserving democracy. “Media is the vital channel of communication that can take the issues of the people to the government and the schemes and policies of the government to the people”.

He emphasized that the media has the right and responsibility to question and criticize the government and suggest alternative solutions. At the same time, he observed, media organizations should not rake up trivial issues and spread panic among the people.

Observing the tremendous impact the media has on people, the Vice President said journalists should weigh the consequences of each word they print and broadcast on society. “They must remember that they are a part of society too”, he added.

He lauded journalists for their resilience and courage during the pandemic and said they have shown great grit and resolve in bringing out reports from the ground.

On this occasion, Mr.Naidu paid rich tributes to Mutnuri Krishna Rao, the pioneering Telugu journalist and editor of the nationalist newspaper ‘Krishna Patrika’ from 1907 to 1945. He noted the lasting impact of both Shri Krishna Rao’s work and Krishna Patrika in inculcating patriotism in the Telugu youth and in setting high standards in journalism during that time.

Referring to the role of newspapers in the freedom movement, he said they played a vital role in taking the spirit of the freedom struggle to the grassroots and keeping people abreast of the changes happening around the country.

The Vice President appreciated Shri Marumamula Dattatreya Sharma for bringing out the book and hoped that it would make the present generation aware of the high standards of journalistic values set by Shri Krishna Rao.

Dr. KV Ramanachary, Advisor to the Government of Telangana, Dr. Varaprasad Reddy, Chairman, Shantha Biotech, Tummala Narendra Chowdary, Founder Chairman, Rachana Television Pvt Limited,  K Ramachandra Murthy, senior journalist,  Valleswar, senior journalist,  Dattatreya Sharma, author, MVR Sarma, Editor, Darsanam, and others participated in the event.


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Haryana, North India

Haryana Cabinet approves formation of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur, Lohgarh Foundation (Trust)

Rajesh Ahuja

North India Kaleidoscope Bureau


The Haryana Cabinet which met here on Monday under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister Manohar Lal has given approval for the formation of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur, Lohgarh Foundation (Trust) with headquarter in the office of Deputy Commissioner Yamunanagar.

This was decided in pursuance of the announcement of Chief Minister on November 12, 2017 that a trust would be set up to support a coordinated effort and to take forward various initiatives promoting research, preservation, and development of various sites relating to Baba Banda Singh Bahadur.

It may be recalled that recent pieces of evidence at Lohgarh, have highlighted the need for putting in place a robust mechanism, with the help of domain experts, to preserve the rich legacy and values embodied by Baba Banda Singh Bahadur.

The Trust would strive to promote research, archeological discoveries, development of museums, memorials as well as literature on Lohgarh and Baba Banda Singh Bahadur and his ideals and philosophy. All these activities would be aimed towards fulfilling the objectives set forth by the revered Sikh Guru Sahibans as the vision for the entire humanity at large.

The trustees of the Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Lohgarh Foundation (Trust) will include Mr. Manohar Lal, as the Settlor-Author of the Trust. While, Mr. Gurvinder Singh Dhamija, resident, Model Town, Karnal (Haryana), Mr. Kanwar Pal resident of Bahadur Pur, Yamunanagar (Haryana), Mr. Shiv Shankar Pahwa resident of Kaithal (Haryana), Mr. Sanjay Bhatia resident of Model Town Panipat (Haryana), Divisional Commissioner, Ambala Division, Ambala (ex-officio), Director, Information, Public Relations and Languages, Haryana(ex-officio), Deputy Commissioner, Yamunanagar(ex-officio), Chief Executive Officer, Zila Parishad, Yamunanagar (ex-officio), District Development and Panchayat Officer, Yamunanagar(ex-officio), would be the founder governing trustees.

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