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  • Press Release 16-05-2018

    • Chandigarh May 16: Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal said that ten Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) have been signed with United Kingdom (UK) for various projects and  initiatives that would not only catalyze investment worth Rs 1500 crore to the State but also provide direct employment to about 1000 persons.
    • Mr Manohar Lal disclosed this while addressing a press conference here today. The high level delegation led by Mr Manohar Lal arrived here yesterday after their visit to Israel and UK.
    • The Chief Minister said that six MoUs were signed during a meeting with Lord Raj Loomba at the House of Lords. These included MoUs with Pontaq (UK India Innovation Fund): focusing on Fintech, Smart Cities and Emerging Technologies, UK India Global Business Limited for promoting technology transfer, support services and establishing UK/European Companies especially focused on Aerospace and Defence Sectors; Xelba Limited and AU Capital Partners Limited for undertaking Internet of Things (IOT) initiative and setting up a Development Centre at Gurugram with an investment of 10 million pound sterling and manufacture of IoT hardware with an investment of 50 million pound sterling (Rs.550 crore); GoodBox for outsourcing of manufacturing and services, Technology operations and development and Service and Tech Call Centre to Haryana,  ZapGo for transfer of Technology for Energy Storage devices and setting up of manufacturing facility in India and RelmaTech for Technology development of Remote ID and Tracking Systems for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and contract manufacturing of UAS. 
    • Mr Manohar Lal said that a MoU has also been signed with WKCIC Group for undertaking collaboration in skill development in Haryana.  The Central City College Group in London runs an array of academic and vocational courses for 16-18 year-olds and adult learners, such as A-Levels, BTECs, Apprenticeships, Foundation Degrees, Access to Higher Education, employability training and short courses. It also offers bespoke training for employers and specialist programmes delivered in conjunction with the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy. The College would share its expertise by taking over it is and undertaking skill development programs in Haryana. Apart from this, a MoU has been signed with the University of Birmingham for promoting research and collaborative activity in the area of Agriculture including cold energy through exchange programs, academic workshops and seminars, education and training. The MOU seeks a collaboration to develop centres of excellence for clean cold chains and two special clean cold workshops would take place over the summer – one in India and one in UK – that would help to map out a blueprint and delivery plan for sustainable cooling across Haryana.
    • He said that during the visit, the delegation has explored the possibility of collaboration with the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre at Sheffield for setting up a facility in Haryana which would lead to influx of major players like Rolls Royce, Metaltech, Mclaren and Boeing. He said that for the first time ever any State delegation has travelled beyond London and reached out to manufacturing centres like Leeds, Sheffield, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Birmingham.           
    • He said that the State would adopt best practices from the National Health Scheme of UK and the Transport for London besides collaborating with the Universities and Colleges for skill development programs. He said that there is a huge investment possibility of Johnson Matthey and India UK Health Institutes. The Managing Director, Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (HSIIDC), Mr T L Satyaprakash, has been designated as the Nodal Officer for taking forward the Haryana Leeds Gateway initiative for all intents and purposes.
    • He said that the delegation also held a meeting with Transport for London (TfL) which provided a broader perspective for implementation of a successful City Transport System for a growing city like Gurugram. A team from Haryana led by the Transport Minister or Transport Secretary would be tasked to visit UK to understand the principles and seek collaboration with TfL for developing a comprehensive Transport System for Gurugram, Faridabad and other urban areas in Haryana. Similarly, pproposal for setting up multi-super specialty tertiary care hospital and other services in Haryana was discussed in a meeting with Indo UK Institute of Health. Options for various sites for their project and related matters were discussed and clarified. The issue regarding the final site would be settled by June end, he added.
    • Mr Manohar Lal said that he also met the Government and Business Leaders from Leeds City Region and discussed a bilateral collaboration arrangement between Haryana and Leeds City Region through a Twinning Arrangement. Leeds is one of the most industrialized regions in UK in the areas of Data Analytics, Fintech, Advance Manufacturing and healthcare. He said that he stressed upon the need to intensify the trade relationships and to create living bridge as envisioned by the Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi during his recent visit to UK.  He said that emphasis was laid on the opportunity for collaboration in the areas of manufacturing particularly SMEs, BPOs, Fintech, Pharma, Aerospace and Defence. He has invited the Business persons for setting up their enterprises in Haryana and assured them of complete Government support. This would pave way for a Twinning/ Sister State relation between Haryana and Leeds as a next step, he said adding that it was decided that in order to take the matter forward, the two sides would be in touch with each other through Video Conferencing on monthly basis.  MD, HSIIDC was designated as the Nodal Officer for the purpose.
    • The Chief Minister said that he also visited the Advanced Manufacturing Park Sheffield. The Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) was established in 2001 as a Rs 15 million collaboration between the University of Sheffield and aerospace giant Boeing. The AMRC helps manufacturers of any size to become more competitive by introducing advanced techniques, technologies and processes. It has specialist expertise in machining, casting, welding, additive manufacturing, composites, designing for manufacturing. We have mooted a proposal with the AMRC for setting up an Advanced Manufacturing Park in Haryana with a parallel Advanced Manufacturing Research centre (AMRC) which could provide the necessary eco-system enabling the Companies like Boeing, Rolls Royce and Mclaren to set up their plants, he added. Apart from this, he also visited the POD car facility at Terminal 5. He said that this is the only operational Personal Rapid Transport system operation in the world and has been mooted by the Union Minister for Road Transport between Delhi and Gurugram.
    • While referring to his visit to Israel, the Chief Minister said  that he visited the headquarter of Hatzalah at Jerusalem which provides emergency medical services through operation of  Ambu-Bikes and a dedicated group of trained volunteers ready to provide emergency medical aid using latest technology within 90 second of the call made by any distressed citizen residing in Israel any time 24x7. The officials of the Hatzalah explained the operational details of the entire procedure adopted by the Organization for saving precious lives of the Israeli citizens and demonstrated the technology involved in the entire process through operation of Ambu-Bikes fully equipped to deal with emergency medical calls. He said that the potential adoption of such emergency response system in addition to the existing ambulance system in Haryana was explored and deliberated.
    • He said that he also visited some farmers’ fields to understand the water efficient technologies system that is Micro Irrigation Systems which have been extensively adopted by the farmers of Israel. Besides, he also visited the Headquarter of NaaNDan JAIN to understand the contribution of the biggest Micro Irrigation Implement manufacturing company to the Israel agriculture in terms of promotion of micro irrigation system. Also, he visited the Tel Aviv Convention Centre hosting 20th International Agro Technology Exhibition and Conference (Agri-Tech Israel-2018) and participated in the Panel Discussion on the Theme “Small Holders Farming Combating the Desert”.
    • The Chief Minister said that he also held a meeting with the Israel Agriculture Ministerial delegation headed by Mr. M.K. Uri Ariel, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development and discussed possible areas of cooperation in the field of agriculture, horticulture, animal husbandry and dairy, recycling of water for use in agriculture, conservation of water, promotion of micro irrigation and establishment of more centre of excellence. Apart from this, he also visited the exhibition halls and inspected stalls of various companies demonstrating latest technology in agriculture and horticulture besides the water conservation and efficient systems which includes recycling of water for agriculture purpose.
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    • Chandigarh May 16: Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal said that consensus has been reached on some demands of Safai Karamcharis. He was hopeful that they would call off their strike.
    • Mr Manohar Lal who was addressing a press conference here today was asked to comment on the ongoing strike of Safai Karamcharis in the State.  Earlier in the day, he held a meeting with different employees unions.
    • The Chief Minister said that we have assured the Unions that all their genuine issues would be sorted out within next eight days. As agreement has already been reached between the government and the Safai Karamchari Unions on some demands, they have sought time till the evening to inform the State government about their decision. He hoped that the Safai Karamchari would call off their strike in public interest.
    • Later while interacting with the media persons, Haryana Urban Local Bodies Minister, Mrs. Kavita Jain said that the meeting with employee leaders was held under the chairmanship of Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal and the Safai Karamchari Union affiliated with Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh has agreed to call off their strike.
    • The Minister said that the State Government has decided to constitute a committee on Equal Pay for Equal Work under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary. The Committee would submit its report before May 31, 2018.
    • She said that it has been decided to enhance the safai vishesh bhatta from Rs 300 to Rs 1,000. It was also decided that no new outsourcing contracts on supply of safai karamcharis or sewermen would be done in future by any ULB and also the present outsourcing policy contracts would continue till the date of its expiry and thereupon, the outsourced manpower would be shifted to the municipal rolls. From now onward, the PF and ESI would be directly deposited by the ULBs in the accounts of the individual employees and a vigilance enquiry be conducted on the non-description of PF and ESI in the accounts of various employees by the concerned contractors.
    • Mrs. Jain said that regarding the issue of outsourced fire staff, there are 1366 drivers and firemen at present in the outsource category, of which 365 are drivers and 1001 are firemen. Under the new service rules, fire operators have to have three qualifications including ten plus two pass, heavy duty driving license and basic course of fire fighting. Out of 1355, 559 have all these three basic qualifications and qualify for applying to HSSC which has advertised 1646 posts of fire operators. The remaining 807 do not fulfil the requisite qualifications on at least one of the three grounds.
    • Accordingly, it was decided that HSSC may be requested to re-advertise the posts carrying the amendments that if anyone provides an affidavit that they would clear the ten plus two standard within two years of the appointment and would obtain the heavy duty driving license and pass the basic course of fire fighting within one year of the appointment, then subject to this affidavit, they may be made eligible for applying to the post. Also for experience, one mark for every one year of completed service or experience would be given. Till the fulfilment of these conditions, these employees would be on probation, she added.
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    • Chandigarh May 16 - The Union Cabinet has given its nod for the development of Trunk Infrastructure Components for Integrated Multi Modal Logistics Hub known as "Freight Village" at Nangal Chaudhary in district Mahendergarh under Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor Project.
    • This was disclosed by Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal while addressing a press conference here today. The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister, Mr Narendra Modi has given its approval to this proposal of the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion. 
    • The development of Freight Village, an Integrated Multi Modal Logistics Hub (IMLH), Nangal Chaudhary, Haryana on 886.78 acres of land to be implemented by the project Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) in two phases. Financial sanction of Rs. 1029.49 crore has been given for development of Phase I and in principle approval for development of Phase II of the project. Expenditure on Phase I comprises cost of entire land at Rs. 266 crore including cost of the land to be used for development of Phase II. The investment of Rs. 763.49 crore would be made by National Industrial Corridor Development and Implementation Trust (NICDIT) which includes of Rs. 266 crore as equity and Rs. 497.49 crore as debt in the SPV. The   Bidding for trunk infrastructure development would be made by SPV on Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) basis.
    • The project has enormous economic value in terms of direct and indirect benefits and multiplier effects on the economy. The economic benefits of the project will include creation of employment, reduction in fuel costs, boosts to exports, reduction in vehicle (trucks) operating cost, reduction in accident related costs, increase in collection of taxes by the State Government and reduction in pollution.
    • The proposed development of a Freight Village as Multi Modal Logistics Hub is estimated to generate over 4000 direct and 6000 indirect employment.   Job creation will not be limited to core logistics facilities but would also entail opportunities for entire logistics supply chain.
    • The construction of trunk infrastructure will be undertaken in two phases. Phase I will be implemented by financial year 2020-21. The award of various construction packages will be made in a manner so that the entire construction of trunk infrastructure gets completed simultaneously.
    • Phase-ll of the project will be reappraised in 2028 or earlier, if so required, for suitable financial sanctions.
    • For the implementation of proposed Freight Village, an SPV has been incorporated as a 50:50 Joint Venture of Government of India through National Industrial Corridor Development and Implementation Trust (NICDIT) and Government of Haryana through HSIIDC under the name "DMIC Haryana Multi Modal Logistic Hub Project Limited".
    • The Freight Village will be connected through Western Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC) at Dabla, which is at a distance of approximately 10 kms. This logistics hub integrated with the DFC would have the components like high speed connectivity to key ports and industrial centres, lower cost of supplying goods, faster freight operations and removal of multiple handling costs, improved service quality, real time freight tracking and data analysis, single-point   solution   to   all   logistics   need   like   loading, aggregation, packaging and storage, speedy access to ports from hinterland, economy of scale in supply chain operations with reduced cost and time of operations, last mile gateway port connectivity from the hinterland and contain unorganized growth of container freight stations.
    • The Government of India (Gol) is developing the Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor, as a global manufacturing and investment destination around 1,504 km long Western Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC) as the backbone. Investment Regions and Industrial Areas have been identified for development in this corridor, across six States namely Gujarat, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.
    • Haryana is a major industrial and trading hub in North India. Potentially high rate of industrial development has to be supported through additional infrastructure to handle the transport of raw material and manufactured goods. Haryana is expected to witness container traffic of about 10 Million Twenty Foot Equivalent Unit (TEUs) by 2025. Hence, development of a Freight Village in Mahendragarh district of Haryana has been considered necessary to achieve various objectives.
    • These objectives included improving efficiency of operations of existing industries in the region as well as attractiveness of the region as an investment destination for various categories of industries, warehousing and logistics operators and  tapping potential traffic along the Western DFC and of Northern states which is likely to galvanise rail-based freight movement with high-end operational features of faster and high-capacity freight trains. It will serve as a world-class multi modal facility that provides for efficient storage or transitioning of goods to and from DFC, thereby catering to the escalated freight traffic and offering an attractive destination to freight companies and customers to boost industrial development in the region and creating economic opportunities. The facility will not only house standard container handling activities but will create various value added service.
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    • Chandigarh May 16—The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal, has said that taking a stringent view of the issue regarding a question on Brahmins in one of its examinations, the Haryana Staff Selection Commission (HSSC) has not only debarred the examiner who set the question paper from all future assignments, but also withdrawn the question.
    • Mr Manohar Lal disclosed this while answering a question by a newsman during a press conference here today. The question was not appropriate and he would talk to representatives of the Brahmin community tomorrow on this issue.
    • The Chief Minister said he had himself has talked to Chairman of the Commission on this issue. He told him that the examiner had been disqualified by the Commission for all future assignments. Apart from this, the controversial question has also been withdrawn. The Commission has the right to withdraw any question, the answer of which is inappropriate in any manner.
    • Mr Manohar Lal said usually three to four examiners were entrusted with the responsibility of setting the paper. No one is allowed to read the question paper till it is opened just before the examination. If anyone is found involved in paper leak, strict action would be taken against him, he added.
    • Asked about the letter written to the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt. Amrinder Singh, on the need to stop wasteful flow of Ravi waters into Pakistan, the Chief Minister said this issue was common to both states. The Central Water Commission has asked the states to evolve a system for the construction of dams so that the states concerned could utilize the water.
    • “I have come to know that Capt. Amrinder Singh has got a study conducted which found the construction of dams not feasible. In the wake of these circumstances, the Haryana Government would now decide its future course of action. Let me make it clear that Haryana has no conflict with Punjab. As the issue is of common interest, Punjab should take lead in this matter,” he added.
    • In reply to a question regarding the Kundli-Manesar-Palwal Expressway, the Chief Minister said the Kundli-Manesar-Palwal (KMP) and Kundli-Ghaziabad-Palwal (KGP) Expressways were likely to be completed by June-end.
    • Asked about the quantum of investment the state is expecting from foreign investors, the Chief Minister said 21 MoUs had been singed during his earlier visits to the USA, Canada, Japan, China, Singapore, Hong Kong and Dubai, and investment worth Rs 1.26 lakh crore is in the pipeline.
    • Projects of 14 companies involving investment of Rs 5,134 crore are in progress. These would provide employment opportunities to about 8,000 people. Apart from this, 350 MoUs were signed during the Happening Haryana Global Investors Summit-2016 held at Gurugram which are at different stages of implementation, he added.

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