Chandigarh July 5: While taking a step forward to realize the commitment of the State towards the 2030 agenda for Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), Haryana Chief Minister Mr Manohar Lal exhorted all the Administrative Secretaries in the State to ensure effective implementation of schemes pertaining to their respective departments so as to achieve 17 new SDGs and 169 targets identified by United Nations on issues critical to the humanity and the planet.
Mr Manohar Lal was addressing the inaugural session of Briefing Workshop on Sustainable Development Goals-Implementing Sustainable Development Goals in Haryana: 2030 Action Plan here today. UN Resident Coordinator and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative in India, Mr Yuri Afanasiev was present in the workshop.
The Chief Minister said that the objective of SDGs was to produce a set of universally applicable goals that balances the three dimensions of sustainable development that is environmental, social and economic through proper planning and integration of schemes. He said that the State aims to align its existing schemes and programmes with the SDGs target and prepare a vision 2030 document as well as an Action Plan for achieving the goals. He appreciated that UN agencies have agreed to provide technological assistance to Haryana in this regard.He said that the State Government is actively working towards the 17 new SDGs and hoped that the goals would be achieved well before the scheduled time. These SDGs would eliminate poverty in all its forms everywhere, end hunger, achieve food security, and improve nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture, ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages. These would also ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote life-long learning opportunities for all, achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. These would also ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all, ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all. Also, these would promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all, build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization. Apart from this, these would foster innovation, reduce inequality within and among countries, make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable, ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns, take urgent action to combat climate change and its impact. Also, these would conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development, protect restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development. Apart from this, these would also strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.
Mr Manohar Lal directed the Additional Chief Secretaries to create such a mechanism so that each and every beneficiary gets the benefit of various welfare schemes being implemented by the State Government. He said that the 25 Good Governance Associates have been appointed with the objective to ensure good governance and transparency in the working of Government. These Good Governance Associates would be in the field from July 18, 2016 to see whether the people at grass root level are getting the benefit of government schemes and would report to the State Government. Besides, they would also assist in the implementation of various programmes of the State Government. This, he said would tremendously help in improving the efficiency of the Government. He said that Chief Minister (CM) Window has been set up to promptly resolve the grievances of the people. About 1.50 lakh complaints have so far been received on the CM Window out of which maximum complaints have been disposed off, he added.
He said that special emphasis has been laid on the use of Information Technology (IT) in all government departments of the State. The State has reached number one position in the country in terms of Aadhar registration. He said that Aadhar enabled biometric attendance system has been implemented in the offices of the State Government to enable the employees to mark their attendance. Apart from this, social security pensions including old age pension, post matric scholarship schemes for students have also been linked with Aadhar.
He said that on the call given by the Prime Minister, Mr Narendra Modi the State Government is actively working on various programmes like Make in India, Skilled India, and Startup India. A Skill Development University is also being set up in Faridabad to make the youth employable.
He said that with a view to improve gender ratio in the State, the Prime Minister had launched the Beti-Bachao-Beti Padhao Programme from Panipat in Haryana. As a result of efforts made by the State Government and cooperation of people, the sex ratio in the State has increased from 837 girls per 1000 boys to 900 girls per 1000 boys . Efforts were being made to further increase it to 950, he added. On this occasion, the Chief Minister also higlighed various other achievements of the State Government in the areas of education, health, infrastructure, environment, water and sanitation, housing and women empowerment.
Earlier, Finance Minister Capt Abhimanyu assured that Haryana would not only be able to achieve SDGs, but would also go beyond that by improving the overall quality of life of people in the State. He said that today most of the benefits under various social security schemes were being provided through the use of Information Technology. He said that achieving SDGs has become more important for Haryana as it is a leading State in the country in many spheres adding that achieving these goals would translate the vision of Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi into reality.
UN Resident Coordinator and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative in India, Mr Yuri Afanasiev assured the Chief Minister that with the cooperation of the State administration, the draft of the Action Plan for achieving the target of sustainable development in Haryana would be prepared in four months that is by November, 2016.Mr Yuri Afanasiev was all praise for the Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi and said that without the participation of India, the Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) would not have been successful. He also appreciated the Chief Minister Manohar Lal saying that he was working with the principle to leave no one behind.
Haryana Chief Secretary Mr D.S. Dehsi and Additional Chief Secretary Finance Mr Sanjeev Kaushal also spoke on this occasion.
Haryana Health Minister Mr Anil Vij, Public Works (Building and Roads) Minister Rao Narbir Singh, Haryana Social Justice and Empowerment Department Minister Mrs Kavita Jain, Transport Minister Mr Krishan Lal Panwar, Minister of State for Mines and Geology Mr Naib Singh Saini, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Mr Rajesh Khullar, Additional Chief Secretaries, Principal Secretaries of various departments and team members of UNDP were also present on this occasion.