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  • Press Releases 10-09-2017

    • Chandigarh, Sept 10—The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal, today announced a host of incentives, including the facility of permanent houses, ration card, voter card and Aadhaar Card, for nomadic people to bring the Vimukt, Ghumantu, Ardh-Ghumantu and Tapriwas Jati people into the mainstream.
    • Making this announcement at the largely attended 66th State level Vimukti Diwas programme, organised in Fatehabad today, the Chief Minister said the post of “Antodaya Officer” would be created in all tehsils to ensure that the benefits of various welfare schemes and programmes reached them.
    • Mr Manohar Lal said, based on primary survey, all the 9,920 nomadic familes would be given the facility of permanent housing under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana. For this, maximum amount would be paid by the state government and the beneficiaries would have to pay very little, that too, in monthly installments.
    • These houses would be given on priority basis. The housing board has launched a scheme to construct 30,000 houses in the next two years. Such nomadic families as have annual income of less than Rs 1 lakh, would be eligible to take benefit of the scheme.
    • The Chief Minister said that Jogi, Jangam, Raibari, Bhat, Maniyar and Banajra people would be included in the Tapriwas list. A recommendation to this effect is being sent to the Centre.
    • Besides, steps would be taken to implement the CRRID report for bringing Gadia Lohar, Shorgar and Singikar, already included in the list of backward classes, in the Scheduled Castes category.
    • Mr Manohar Lal said special camps would be organised in the    areas inhabited by nomadic people to give them the facility of voter cards, Aadhaar cards and ration cards so that they could avail themselves of the facility of free gas connection.
    • He announced the construction of permanent hostels for the students belonging to nomads in Jind, Hisar, Karnal and Fatehabad districts, and said that they would be provided 25 per cent reservation in other hostels meant for Scheduled Castes and Backwad Classes to enable them to get higher studies while being lodged in hostel.
    • Reacting to the demand for providing space for constructing a building for nomads at Panchkula, Mr Manohar Lal said that HUDA would be asked to give a plot at reasonable rates for the stay of nomadic people.
    • On the basis of the census survey in state, to be conducted from October to December, caste-based survey would also be conducted for social, economic, educational development of all castes, including nomads. Apart from this, roads and chowks would be named after dignitaries belonging to nomads provided proposals are sent to the department concerned through Vimukt Ghumantu Jati Vikas Board.
    • Describing himself as akin to nomadic people, the Chief Minister said  since he had visited the entire state and country since 1980 to serve the masses, he could easily understand their problems and pain. After 70 years of Independence, it is the present BJP government that took the initiative to give honour and and respect to them by denotifying the Habitual Offence Act in 2016.
    • First, the state government constituted Vimukt Ghumantu Jati Vikas Board headed by Mr Balwan Singh. Later, an advisory committee headed by Mr Rajiv Jain was set up to provide permanent settlement to the shelterless nomadic people. It has already submitted its report. Many recommendations require  Constitutional amendment which can be done by the Centre. All issues related to the state government would be dealt with promptly to ameliorate their socio-economic status, he added.
    • The Chief Minister listed various schemes meant for the welfare for people belonging to SCs and BCs, including the Vivah Shagun Yojana, Mukhyamantri Samajik Samarsta Antarjatiya Vivah Yojna and Post Matric Scholarship scheme and urged the nomadic people to take benefit of such schemes.
    • The government would provide all kind of information to them through the office of District Social Welfare Officer. Prior to 2016, as many as 11 castes were included in Tapriwas. We have got included Gadia Lohar into this category.            
    • In the birth centenary year of Pt. Deen Dayal Upadhyaya, the government would ensure that nomadic people have the first right over various welfare schemes and programmes to be framed and implemented in the state, the Chief Minister added.
    • Speaking on this occasion, Chairman, National Commission on Denotified and Nomadic Tribes, Dada Bhiku Ramji Idate said that nomadic people had significantly contributed in the freedom struggle. These people had never been assisted Britishers, thus they had declared nomadic people criminal by enacting Criminal Act. He said that Mr Manohar Lal is the first Chief Minister in the country which had constituted State Vimukt Ghumantu Jati Vikas Board. He is the first ever Chief Minister who himself reached in such a grand function. Such other example had never seen in the country.
    • State BJP President Mr Subhash Barala thanked the Chief Minister for given a single platform to all nomadic people and added that this is a big start of change in their lives. Earlier, nomadic people were used as vote bank by political parties. BJP government has changed this concept and trying to bring them in mainstream.
    • Finance Minister, Capt. Abhimanyu said that present government is working for their welfare in real terms. The government under the leadership of Chief Minister Mr Manohar Lal is committed to revive their due honor and respect in the society. He urged them to educate their wards so that their next generations could live a respectful life. The government would provide all kind of support for this purpose.
    • Chairman, Advisory Committee on permanent settlement of shelter-less nomadic people, Mr Rajiv Jain said the interest of nomadic people were safe with the present government.  All the previous government had never taken care nomadic, rather they only grabbed votes from them during elections. He also thanked the Chief Minister for various initiatives to bring these people in the mainstream.
    • Urban Local Bodies Minister, Mrs Kavita Jain, Transport and Housing Minister Mr Krishan Lal Panwar and Chairman, Vimukt Ghumantu Jati Vikas Board, Mr Balwan Singh also spoke on this occasion.
    • Among prominent others presnet on this occason included MLA Mr Kulwant Bazigar, Chairperson, State Scheduled Castes Finance Development Corporation Mrs Sunita Duggal,  Chairman, Tourism  Corporation Mr Jagdish Chopra, Mr Rajesh Jodha, Dr Ramniwas, Mr Rajesh and Mr Jasmer Banjara.

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