Chandigarh, August 14 –The Haryana Government has decided to develop 50 new lakes to conserve rain water in the state. This was stated by the Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal, while interacting with media persons after addressing a public meeting at Gohana in Sonepat district, today.
Consistent efforts are being made to conserve rainwater. Fifty sites would be selected where rainwater usually collects, and lakes would be developed at these sites. This would help recharge the groundwater table, and the water would be used for irrigation purposes. Old and dried up water sources and ponds would also be restored, he said.
Replying to a question, the Chief Minister said that while only 10,000 government jobs were generated every year, the number of job-seeking youths was much larger. Therefore, industrialists have been asked to set up skill development centres to generate employment opportunities. Emphasis is being laid on skill development of the youth at the Industrial Training Institutes and technical education institutions in the state, he added.
Replying to a question raised by leaders of other parties over the expenditure being made on the Sports and Youth Affairs Minister, Mr. Anil Vij’s tour to Rio Olympics, the Chief Minister said that the state government was spending Rs 200 crore on the development of sports and sportspersons every year. Players from the state winning gold medal would be given Rs 6 crore, those bagging silver would get Rs 4 crore and bronze medal winners would be given Rs 2.5 crore. Therefore, it was necessary for the minister to attend the Rio Olympics and offer encouragement to the participants from the state, he added.
Earlier, while addressing the public meeting, the Chief Minister announced a slew of development projects for the Gohana Assembly constituency, including Rs 22 crore for laying sewer pipeline and other works at Gohana; Rs 1.6 crore for widening of the mini-bypass from Jind road to Meham road, including Gurha minor adjoining the bypass; and Rs 12 crore for preparing drain number 8 for passage of the vehicular traffic by making it ‘pucca’ up to village Mehmoodpur and installing lights alongside.
He announced to give Rs 8 crore for the construction of a four-lane road from the bridge on the Sonepat Chowk drain number 8 to the bypass on Panipat-Rohtak highway; Rs 22 lakh for renovation of the government veterinary hospital; Rs 30 lakh for setting up a sub-health centre at village Hullaheri; and Rs 2 crore for upgrading the sub-health centre in Mohana village to the level of Primary Health Centre.
The other announcements include Rs 2 crore for government ayurvedic bhawan at village Sitawali; Rs 30 lakh for re-construction of the sub-health centre at village Jauli; Rs 13.25 crore for the construction of various roads, besides Rs 12 crore for the construction of sports stadia at villages Mohana, Salarpur Majra, Badwasni, Badhahpur Machhri, Guhna, Mahra, Kasanda, Nyat, Gamdi, Dubheta, Moi and Bhadi.
The Chief MInister announced more than Rs 2 crore for tackling the shortage of drinking water in the villages of Mahra, Guhna, Machhri and Gamdi. The other projects include those for increasing the power supply to villages, treatment of dirty and wastewater in ponds, and making it potable for animals.
Mr Manohar Lal made the announcement about the change of the name of Rohta Park to Shaheed Madan Lal Dhingra Park and said that the adjoining six acres would be developed at a cost of Rs 3 crore. He announced to give Rs 35 crore for widening and strengthening of the Gohana-Julana road through NABARD.
Paying glowing tributes to freedom fighter Madan Lal Dhingra and social reformer Bhagat Phool Singh, the Chief Minister said that these illustrious personalities had played an important role in the freedom struggle and in ensuring betterment of the society. During the last two years of its reign, the state government has adopted the policy of zero tolerance towards corruption and won the hearts of the people, he added.
Member of Parliament, Mr. Ramesh Chander Kaushik, Minister of State for Cooperation, Mr. Manish Kumar Grover, Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Mr. Nayab Singh, State BJP media in-charge, Mr. Rajiv Jain, and Chairman, Haryana Backward Classes and Economically Weaker Sections Kalyan Nigam, Mr. Ram Chander Jangra also spoke on the occasion.
Earlier, the Chief Minister inaugurated 33kv sub-stations in the villages of Bhainswal Kalan, Madina and Khanpur Khurd.