Press Releases

30 April 2020
30-04-2020
30 April 2020

  • Chandigarh, April 30: Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal has thanked the senior political leaders of the State for expressing full solidarity with the Haryana Government in all its ongoing and future steps to fight the Corona virus in a 2-hour long video conference held under his Chairmanship earlier today in which former Chief Minister, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Deputy Chief Minister Mr Dushyant Chautala, Health Minister Mr Anil Vij and MLA Mr Abhay Singh Chautala participated.
  • It was informed in the meeting that the procurement of wheat and mustard was in full swing. About 30 lakh metric tonnes wheat and over 2.90 lakh metric tonnes mustard has been procured till yesterday. Payment of about Rs 591 crores for mustard has already been remitted in the accounts of 52,645 farmers. Apart from this, payment of Rs 700 crores for wheat is being released today and shall reach the account of farmers in the next 3-4 days.
  • There was complete support for the recent decision of putting strictest curbs on daily travel across borders of Jhajjar, Sonipat, Gurugram and Faridabad. It was also decided to refer the inquiry of suicide case of an inspector of the Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Department, Kurukshetra to Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
  • Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda said that the Government should feel free to take as much loan as it wanted to meet the fiscal crunch.
  • Mr Dushyant Chautala urged everyone to inspire the big farmers to delay bringing of wheat in mandis to ease the anxieties of small farmers even as he assured 100 per cent procurement by May 15, 2020.
  • Health Minister Mr Anil Vij expressed hope that with the curbs on inter-state movement, Haryana would soon become Corona free.
  • Among those present in the meeting included Chief Secretary Mrs Keshni Anand Arora, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Mr Rajesh Khullar, Additional Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Mr V.Umashankar, Additional Chief Secretary Revenue Mr Dhanpat Singh, Additional Chief Secretary Home Mr Vijai Vardhan, Additional Chief Secretary Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Mr Sanjeev Kaushal, Additional Chief Secretary Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Mr P.K Das, Additional Chief Secretary Health Mr Rajeev Arora, Additional Chief Secretary Finance Mr T.V.S.N. Prasad, Additional Chief Secretary Medical Education and Research Mr Alok Nigam and other senior officers of the State Government.
     
  • Chandigarh, April 30- Haryana Government has decided to put a complete ban on the purchase of new vehicles including cars and jeeps except buses for public transport and vehicles used for emergency responses including ambulances, fire tenders during the current financial year.
  • A decision in this regard was taken in the Haryana Cabinet which met under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal here today.
  • Cabinet has also decided that even in case of very urgent need of a new car or jeep, outsourcing/ hiring of the vehicles should be resorted to rather than outright purchase.
  • Chandigarh, April 30- Haryana Cabinet which met under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal here today approved the proposal of allotment of 18.0 acres of Municipal Corporation, Faridabad land to J.C. Bose University of Science and Technology (YMCA), Faridabad at present collector rates i.e. Rs. 3.00 crore per acre and development charge at Rs 120.00 per square yards, yielding the Municipal Corporation about Rs. 56.00 crore.
  • Chandigarh, April 30- With an aim to provide adequate, accessible, equitable quality health care services to the common man, Haryana Government has accorded ex- post facto approval to the proposal to purchase of Gold Field Institute of Medical Sciences and Research in village Chhainsa, Tehsil Ballabhgarh, District Faridabad run by Gold Field Shiksha Sanstha Faridabad through the e-auction sale process and running it as Government Medical College in larger public interest.
  • A decision to this effect was taken in the Haryana Cabinet which met under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal here today.
  • To work out the feasibility of taking over the Infrastructure, State Government had constituted a Committee under the chairpersonship of Chief Secretary. The State Government, with the valuation base of Rs. 126.04 crore, State Government decided to participate in the e-auction with price ranging between Rs. 126.00 crore to Rs 128.00 crore and authorized a Committee led by Director, Medical Education and Research. Gold Field Institute of Medical Sciences and Research was purchased by this committee on March 13, 2020 at a valuation of Rs 128 crore.
  • Chandigarh, April 30 – Haryana Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal launched Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) Dashboard for the General Public which is available on the website of Public Health Engineering Department at https://phedharyana.gov.in/PHED-Dashboard/Index.html. The dashboard will be used by the Chief Minister, Ministers, MLAs and elected representatives for reviewing and monitoring of Jal Jeevan Mission.
  • While launching this website late last evening, the Chief Minister said that in order to monitor the progress under Jal Jeevan Mission various online dashboards suitable for department officials, Deputy Commissioners and General Public have been developed. It will be very useful as Haryana has fixed the target to achieve the objectives of JJM by year 2022 i.e. much ahead of the National Target of the year 2024, he added.
  • It is noteworthy that the dashboard depicts performance under Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), namely total number of Households in which survey completed; total Households in which Functional Household Tap Connection (FHTC) provided until now; target FHTC to be provided in year 2020-21; district-wise, block-wise, constituency-wise, Gram Panchayat and Habitation-wise status of Households, FHTC provided until now, balance FHTC; district-wise, constituency-wise, Gram Panchayat and Habitation-wise ranking on the basis of the percentage coverage or pendency of FHTC; detail report of Habitation with current status of pending FHTC, status of ongoing works, category and target completion date of work under JJM, list of existing drinking water sources, List of member of VWSC (Village Water and Sewerage Committee) etc.
  • On August 15, 2019 Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi announced the new scheme of Jal Jeevan Mission with the aim of providing one Functional Household Tap Connection (FHTC) to all the rural households by 2024. After completion of works under Jal Jeevan Mission all the households will be covered with FHTC, which means that citizens will be ensured with 55 Litres Per Capita Day (LPCD) water supply meeting prescribed quality as per IS 10500:2012 Standards. Haryana is contemplating to achieving this goal by the year 2022 i.e. much ahead of the National target date.
  • For ensuring timely completion of the scheme, realistic and pragmatic milestones have been identified and formulated, and all PHE officials have been directed to comply with stipulated timelines which have been broadly divided in two phases. In the first phase, the existing non-regular water connections will be regularized after completing the household survey and as on date 8.09 Lakh connections have been regularized. In second phase, the works will be undertaken in habitations which have been divided in three categories. Category I includes such villages where there is no problem of water source, Category II encompasses those villages which experience water problem in summers and Category III covers such villages which have perennial source water problems. The timelines for completion of works are September 30, 2020, June 30, 2021 and December 31, 2022 in category I, II and III respectively.
  • Simultaneously, a systematic household survey is being carried out by PHED with the help from Saksham Yuva to bring out an accurate, comprehensive and reliable survey report which would provide a platform for accessing the number of households in which FHTC is to be provided under JJM. Out of approximately 29.90 lakh rural households, as many as 28.75 Lakh households have been surveyed till date and the remaining households are likely to be surveyed by next week.
  • Chandigarh, April 30- Haryana Government has decided to increase the Bus Fare in Haryana for Ordinary, Luxury, and Super Luxury buses from 85 paisa per passenger per km to Rs 1 per passenger per km to partially meet the increased cost of operation of buses from Rs 37.48 per km in June, 2016 to Rs 52.23 per km in December, 2019. This increase is much below the 25 per cent increase carried out in 2010-11 and 20 per cent increase carried out in 2012-13.
  • A decision to this effect was taken in the meeting of State Cabinet which met under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal here today.
  • As per the decision, the ordinary/Standard Bus fare in the State would be increased from 85 paisa per kilometre to 100 paisa per kilometre upto a distance of 100 kilometres and 105 paisa per Kilometre for travel of more than 100 kilometres.
  • Even after this increase, the bus fare in Haryana shall continue to be less as compared to the neighbouring states of Punjab, Uttrakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh where the bus fare per passenger per km of ordinary buses are 116 paisa, 116 paisa (plain)/180 paisa (Hilly), 112 paisa (Plain)/175 Paisa (Hilly), 106 paisa and 105 paisa respectively.
  • The Bus Fare in the State was last revised on June 30, 2016, raising the gross ordinary (standard) fare from 75.00 paisa/Passenger/km to 85.00 paisa /Passenger/km. Earlier, the bus fare had been revised on October 4, 2010 from 50 paisa per passenger per kilometre to 62.50 paisa per passenger per kilometre and again on December 13, 2012 from 60 paisa per passenger per kilometre to 75 paisa per passenger per kilometre.
  • Since the last revision of bus fare in Haryana, the operational expenditure has increased substantially especially on account of expenditure towards staff, diesel, spare parts, tyre-tubes, lubricants, Bus Chassis, bus fabrication cost, and insurance, etc. The expenditure per Kilometer has gone up from Rs.37.48 in June 2015 to Rs 52.23 in December 2019.
  • The increase in cost of operation is roughly to the extent of 40 percent. As a result of the increased costs, Haryana Roadways is operating with heavy losses and the loss in the current financial year has been to the tune of Rs. 726.21 Crore up to the month of January 2020 itself.
  • The State has also expanded the scope of welfare activities and there are 41 categories which are traveling on a free and concessional basis. Around Rs.375 crore is incurred to provide free/concessional traveling to the notified categories.
  • The Bus fare of other types of services includes Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning Buses (new Class of vehicle type of service to be added in fleet of Haryana Roadways) would be increased to 150 paisa per passenger per kilometer, Intra-State Luxury Air-Conditioned Buses (The old Volvo/Mercedes buses are proposed to be plied intra-State long routes connecting Delhi and Chandigarh) Volvo / Mercedes would be increased to 175 paisa per passenger per kilometer and lastly Super Luxury Air Conditioned Buses. Volvo/Mercedes (Operating on Chandigarh-Delhi- Gurugram route) would be increased to 250 paisa per passenger per kilometer.
  • The minimum chargeable standard bus fare (including Passenger Tax) shall be Rupees Five. Freight for personal luggage shall be half of the standard/ordinary bus fare per Kilometer per 40 Kg. No freight shall be charged for personal luggage upto 40 Kg of weight. Fare for different stages of bus routes shall be rounded off to the nearest rupee.
  • Haryana Roadways is amongst the best run State Road Transport Undertakings in the country. At present, it has a fleet of around 4294 buses including 485 buses of Kilometer scheme, which is being operated from 24 depots and 13 sub-depots. Haryana Roadways buses operate around 10.38 lakh Kilometers on a daily basis and 9.65 lakh number of people commute on a daily basis.
  • Chandigarh, April 30- To facilitate industrial units in Haryana in retaining their employees in times of financial duress brought in by COVID-19 Pandemic, Haryana Government has formulated "Haryana MSME revival Interest Benefit Scheme" to provide interest benefit on loans to MSME units so that they could pay wages to all their employees including permanent/contractual staff and workers.
  • A decision to this effect was taken in the Haryana Cabinet which met under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal here today.
  • Under this scheme, all the MSME units working in Haryana as on or before March 15, 2020, will be eligible to 100 percent interest benefit on loans availed for payment of the wages of employees or other expenses upto a maximum of Rs. 20,000 per employee for a period of six months.
  • The interest benefit shall be limited to the interest paid by the unit to the bank / financial institution up-to a period of six months. The interest benefit shall be calculated at the interest rate of maximum 8 percent per annum or actual interest rate charged by the bank / financial institution on Term loan/ working capital loan whichever is lower.
  • To avail the benefits of this scheme, the Industrial Unit should be in commercial production for at least 80 percent of days between February 1, 2020 and March 15, 2020 . The Unit should have filed IEM/EM/UAM after coming into commercial production, and should obtain or have obtained term loan / working capital loan from bank / financial institution during lockdown period within one month from the date of getting permission to restart or till June 30th whichever is later.
  • In case a similar incentive is extended by Government of India (Gol) to the MSME units, then under this scheme only incremental benefit shall be provided to MSME units only up-to a limit to make the total interest benefit to 8 percent per annum on term loan / Working Capital loan.
  • This Scheme shall come into effect on the date of its notification in the Government of Haryana official gazette and shall remain in force until three months of the notification of the scheme.
  • Chandigarh, April 30- Haryana Government has accorded approval to partially restore the VAT rate on sale of Diesel and Petrol in view of the decrease in price of nearly Rs 15 per litre compared with their prices in October 2018.
  • A decision to this effect was taken in the Haryana Cabinet which met under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal here today. The increase in rate of tax would be Re.1 per litre in case of Petrol and Re. 1.1 per litre in case of Diesel.
  • It may be recalled that in October 2018, Haryana had reduced rate of VAT on diesel and petrol by Rs 2.50 per litre in view of the fact that the rate of diesel and petrol had gone as high as Rs 76.11 per litre and Rs 84.19 per litre respectively. Now, when the rate has come down by nearly Rs 15 per litre in case of both diesel and petrol, the State has decided to partly restore the VAT rate.
  • As the proposed amendments, the rate of tax will be restored to 25 percent (effective rate 26.25 percent including surcharge) on Petrol and 16.40 percent (effective rate 17.22 percent including surcharge) on Diesel, that is pre-October, 4, 2018 levels and fixed rate of tax per litre may be increased from Rs.8.15 (effective rate Rs. 8.56 including surcharge) per litre to Rs. 9.20 per litre (effective rate Rs.9.66 including surcharge) in case of Diesel and from Rs.14.25 (effective rate Rs. 14.96 including surcharge) per litre to Rs. 15.20 per litre (effective rate Rs. 15.96 including surcharge) in case of Petrol. It is also proposed that the condition of legal notice of 10 days may also be dispensed with as huge financial implications are involved.
  • As per proposed amendments, the ad valorem rate of 17.22 percent will trigger, when Retail Sale Price is more than Rs. 65.75 in case of Diesel and ad valorem rate of 26.25 percent will trigger, when Retail Sale Price (RSP) is more than Rs.76.76 in case of Petrol.
  • With the proposed increase, the State will be able to garner additional tax of Rs.49 crore per month from Diesel and Rs. 12 crore per month from Petrol making it approximately Rs. 61 crore per month, presuming that the present volume of sales will remain unaffected.
     
  • Chandigarh, April 30- Haryana Government has accorded approval for declaring Swarna Jayanti Haryana Institute for Fiscal Management (SJHIFM) of the Finance and Planning Department as the nodal agency for the implementation of Mukhya Mantri Parivar Samridhi Yojana (MMPSY).
  • A decision to this effect was taken in the Haryana Cabinet which met under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal here today.
  • With this, the Cabinet has also approved the proposal and the redressal mechanism, ex-post-facto approval of the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) of the scheme, determining the eligibility of family on the basis of self declaration, and authorizing the nodal agencies for taking all necessary steps as required.
  • Initially Director General, Treasuries, and Accounts Department, Haryana or any other officer nominated in this behalf by the Government will be the Nodal Agency for redressal of grievance, if any, under the Scheme. The Administrative Secretary of Finance Department, Government of Haryana or such other officer nominated in this behalf by Government will be the Appellate Authority.
  • The MMPSY covers such families who are in ownership of land of 5 acres (i.e. 2 hectares) or less and having family income from all sources less than or equal to Rs. 1.80 lakh per annum and have a Parivar Pehchan Patra (PPP). Under the scheme Rs. 6000 per annum will be provided to each beneficiary family which would also include the payment of the beneficiary contribution towards various insurance and social security pension schemes of the Central Government such as PMJJY, PMSBY, PMFBY, PMSYMY, PMKMY, PMLVMY etc. and the balance amount if any, in cash or investment in Family Provident Fund as the beneficiary may opt.