Press Releases 17-01-2017
- Chandigarh, Jan 17 - With a view to realize the vision of “Gram Swaraj” in its true spirit, the Haryana Government has decided to further empower Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) by transferring various kinds of activities including developmental, upkeep and maintenance to them in a phased manner.
- The Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal presided over a meeting with the Administrative Secretaries of different Departments here today and reviewed and discussed the activities pertaining to their departments which can be transferred to the PRIs.
- The Chief Minister directed them to make a provision so that Zila Parishads could function like autonomous bodies in the districts. He also suggested to appoint independent Chief Executive Officers and Deputy Chief Executive Officers in all Zila Parishads as the representatives of the people are much closer to public rather than government functionaries. This would be a significant move in devolution of power to PRIs, he added.
- While reviewing the structure of Panchayat Samitis, the Chief Minister said that an independent Gram Sachiv should be appointed in every big village. He said that funds for developmental purposes should be transferred to PRIs in relative terms rather than absolute. Also, percentage should be fixed which can be automatically increased with the passage of time.
- He also sought a detailed list of works alongwith the funds which could be handed over to Zila Parishads and Block Samitis. All steps should be taken at the earliest so that necessary provisions in this direction could be implemented before April 1, 2017, he added.
- The Chief Minister also reviewed the works and activities of various departments like Mid-Day Meal, Anganwadis, schools, sanitation arrangements, pensions and sub health centres.
- Development and Panchayats Minister Mr O.P. Dhankar, Chief Secretary Mr D.S.Dhesi, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Mr Rajesh Khullar and other Administrative Secretaries were also present in the meeting.
- Chandigarh, Jan 17 – With a view to encourage community participation in the “Swachhta Abhiyaan”, the Haryana Government has decided to observe second Saturday of every month as ‘Samudayik Swachhta Diwas’ in the state.
- A decision to this effect was taken in a meeting of Governing Body of Haryana State Swachh Bharat Mission Society held under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Mr Manohar Lal here today. Development and Panchayats Minister Mr O.P. Dhankar was also present in the meeting.
- It was decided to voluntarily devote an hour on that day for cleanliness in all government offices, educational institutions and other public places. The active participation of school students would also be ensured under this cleanliness drive.
- The Chief Minister directed the officers to make separate toilets for girls in all schools, especially in rural areas. It was informed that the school Education Department has made a comprehensive plan to construct toilets for girls in all schools depending upon the number of girl students. It was also informed that instructions have also been issued to all schools that toilets meant for students should not be diverted for the use of staff. Besides, the schools have also been directed to submit certificate that all the toilets are functional.
- It was also informed that about 3000 new toilets have been constructed in Anganwadis in the state from September 30, 2016 to till date. Efforts are being made to provide toilet facility in all anganwadis in the state.
- It was informed in the meeting that eight districts namely Panchkula, Sirsa, Panipat, Gurgaon, Faridabad, Fatehabad, Yamunanagar and Kurukshetra have already been declared Open Defecation Free (ODF). The four more districts of Bhiwani, Hisar, Jhajjar and Rewari are likely to achieve ODF status by the end of this month.
- Additional Chief Secretary, Development and Panchayats Mrs Navraj Sandhu said that the ODF campaign has gained momentum in the state with the appeal and consistent efforts made by the Chief Minister.
- Those present in the meeting included Chief Secretary Mr D.S.Dhesi, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Mr Rajesh Khullar, Additional Chief Secretary Finance, Mr P. Raghvendra Rao, Additional Chief Secretary Public Health Engineering Mr Sanjeev Kaushal, Additional Chief Secretary, School Education Mr P.K. Das, Additional Chief Secretary, Health Mr Rajan Gupta, Additional Chief Secretary, Women and Child Development Mr P.K. Mahapatra, Principal Secretary Urban Local Bodies Mr Anand Mohan Sharan and other senior officers.