North India Kaleidoscope Bureau
Haryana Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki on Monday announced that a Cooperative Election Authority would be set up in the state for superintendence, direction and control of the election process in the cooperative organizations.
Addressing the Haryana Vidhan Sabha on the first day of the Budget Session, Prof.Kaptan Singh Solanki said, “My government believes in strengthening the cooperative sector to enable people to capitalise on their collective strength of human and economic resources. The government has taken a historic step by approving the establishment of a Cooperative Election Authority for superintendence, direction and control of the election process in the cooperative organizations.”
He said that during this year, cooperative banks had extended loans amounting to Rs. 5,414.01 crore to the farmers of the state up to January 2018. For the benefit of farmers, 12.37 lakh Kisan Credit Cards have been issued till December 2017.
The state government is giving the highest price of Rs. 330 per quintal for sugarcane in the country. A new Sugar Mill of 3,500 TCD with the latest technology for co-generation and production of refined sugar at an estimated cost of Rs. 225 crore is being established at Karnal. It will be completed within two years.
The dairy cooperatives in Haryana procured an average of 5.5 lakh litres of milk per day from April 2017 to February 2018. Under the ‘Mukhya Mantri Dugdh Utpadak Protsahan Yojana’, the government provided Rs. 5 per litre in addition to existing rate to milk pourers of Cooperative Milk Societies during the lean period of ‘April to September’.
In another first, the price difference of Rs. 1.5 per litre has been paid to the milk pourers by the Haryana Dairy Development Federation from its profit during the same period. The total annual milk production for the year 2016-17 reached 89.75 lakh tonnes, thus raising per capita per day availability of the milk to 878 grams, which is the second highest in the country whereas the availability at the national level is 329 grams, he added.
The Haryana Government now provides a guarantee to the farmers cultivating potato, onion, tomato and cauliflower that they will never ever incur any loss whatever be the selling price for their produce. Besides, HAFED will set up of a Mega Food Project at IMT, Rohtak at an estimated cost of Rs 181 crore, he added.
Prof Solanki said the government had implemented ‘Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojna (PMFBY)’ to mitigate losses in the farm sector and provide financial support to the farmers in the event of failure of notified crops namely, paddy, bajra, maize and cotton in Kharif and wheat, barley, gram and mustard in the Rabi.
The government will soon set up a Haryana Kisan Kalyan Pradhikaran to undertake all possible measures to make agriculture remunerative and enhance agricultural productivity to mitigate the physical, financial and psychological distress of farm household and landless workers.
The Governor said Haryana aimed to become the first state of the country to realize the target set by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to double the income of the farmers before 2022. Water has successfully been taken to the parched fields of hard-working farmers of southern Haryana at over 300 tails of almost all minors and distributaries after a long and dry span of over 30 years.
The concerted efforts of the government have resulted in a favourable verdict from the Supreme Court of India on the Presidential Reference and since then it is vigorously pursuing the matter for initiation of the long-pending construction work on the remaining portion of the Satluj Yamuna Link Canal.
Prof.Solanki said a Gokul Gram would be established at Government Livestock Farm, Hisar. The existing herds of Hariana, Sahiwal and Tharparkar breeds and the available infrastructure will be suitably strengthened to achieve the objectives of the Gokul Gram.
He further said that the Haryana Government is committed to rolling out Government of India’s National Health Protection Scheme (NHPS) in the state by August 15, 2018. The scheme announced by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley while presenting the Union Budget to Parliament on February 1, will benefit 10 crore families at the national level by providing a medical cover of Rs. 5 lakh per year for every family.
Haryana has been reckoned among the fastest-growing states of India up to the year 2017, based on three key macroeconomic parameters, i.e. growth, inflation and fiscal health, and has done exceedingly well on GST compliance front.
Citing CRISIL Report titled ‘States of growth’, Prof Solanki said according to advance estimates, the per capita income of Haryana in real terms in 2017-18 was Rs. 1,54,587 as compared to Rs. 1,45,163 in 2016-17, thereby registering a growth of 6.5 percent. At current prices, the per capita income of Haryana in 2017-18 is Rs. 1,96,982.
Prof. Solanki said Haryana had done exceedingly well in terms of return-filing compliance and tax collection under the GST. It is gratifying to note that Haryana though being a small state, ranked 5th in terms of tax collection below only Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Gujarat.
He added, “Haryana is the only state of India which is kerosene-free, where no member of any Panchayati Raj Institution is uneducated or a defaulter of a bank loan or electricity bill, which assures 100 hours of paid work to educated unemployed youth and guarantees that no farmer will ever incur any loss if he grows potato, onion, tomato or cauliflower, whatever be the selling price for his produce.”
Besides, Haryana has won national acclaim for its efforts to curb the evil practice of female foeticide and remove the blemish of open defecation. The government has achieved notable success in implementation of the ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ programme and registered a quantum jump in sex ratio at birth to the highest ever level of 914 in December 2017 as compared to 833 in 2011 and 871 in December 2014.
Prof. Solanki said currently, 106 services were being delivered on the Simple All Inclusive Realtime Action Oriented Long-lasting (SARAL) platform, a unified platform to provide citizen services at one place. Come April 14, 2018, the birth anniversary of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar, and all the 387 citizen-centric services notified under the Right to Services Act and schemes pertaining to 31 departments would be launched on the SARAL portal.
He further said that the Government was giving final touches to a comprehensive State Action Plan on Sexual and Gender-Based Violence to address all major components of crime afflicting women and children.The action plan would clearly delineate the responsibilities of various stakeholders on the steps to be taken by them in a time-bound manner. The government is committed to empowering women so that they may live with dignity and contribute as equal partners in the development process in an environment free from violence and discrimination.
It has been proposed that persons committing rape of women up to 12 years of age may now be punished with death. One thousand posts of Special Police Officers have been created exclusively for night patrolling, he added.