'Haryana to launch campaign urging people to donate land'

A campaign urging the people of Haryana to donate land for undertaking various development works and social causes, will be launched soon in the state, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said on Thursday.

PTI| Updated: Aug 06, 2015, 22:25 PM IST

Kurukshetra: A campaign urging the people of Haryana to donate land for undertaking various development works and social causes, will be launched soon in the state, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said on Thursday.

Khattar noted that there are large number of people who want to donate land for social causes like construction of Dharamshalas, Gaushalas, educational institutes and construction of girls hostels.

"There is no shortage of land in the state and people are ready to give land for development works," he said.

While addressing the concluding session of the two-day Pt Deen Dayal Upadhyay Prashikshan Mahaabhiyan here, the Chief Minister said a similar campaign was launched by Vinoba Bhave as a result of which thousands of acres of land had been donated by the people throughout the country.

Khattar said that a "mega highway" would be constructed from Delhi to Amritsar via Gohana, Pundari, Kaithal, Guhla Cheeka and Ludhiana in Punjab, to strengthen road network and boost industrialisation in the state.

The proposed highway has already been discussed with Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari, he said.

The Chief Minister said that during the 15 months of BJP government at the Centre, Haryana has got nine National Highways as compared to only one during the last ten years rule of Congress government.

"The work on these Highways would start soon as a result of which, Haryana would have a huge network of roads. Apart from this, an international airport would be developed in Hisar which would place it on the international map. Also, more districts of the state would be linked with Metro rail," Khattar said.

The state government has approved construction of 136 km long Kundli-Manesar-Palwal Expressway which had been lying pending for about ten years and tenders for 83.32 km six-laned Kundli-Manesar section had been allotted, he said.

We have impressed upon the construction firm to get this section completed in one year and nine months, he added. Stressing that his government is committed to ensure the

supply of water up to the tail ends of the state, the Haryana CM said he has met his Punjab counterpart to resolve the issue of Hansi-Butana canal.

"The state government is making efforts for early hearing of Sutlej Yamuna Link (SYL) canal case, which has been lying pending for Presidential Reference," Khattar said, adding the counsels of the state have been asked to strongly plead the case in the court of law.

He said that Delhi is demanding more water from Haryana "due to increasing pressure of population from Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Haryana side".

Haryana is ready to give its share of water to Delhi but the other states should also contribute to meet the capital's water requirement from Sutlej, Beas and Ganga rivers, the CM asserted.

Khattar also said that a new industrial policy would soon be announced with focus on Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) and the state government would create a corpus of Rs 1,000 crore to provide credit to MSME sector without collateral.

Also, two new Food Parks would be set up in Sonepat and Panipat, he added.

Khattar said that he has demanded separate High Court for Haryana and raised a call that judges in Punjab and Haryana HC should be in the ratio of 50:50 instead of 60:40 at present.

On the issue of setting up of a separate HC Bench for South-west Haryana, a Committee of Judges from Haryana has been constituted to look into this aspect, the CM said.

Khattar said that teachings from Bhagwad Gita, Bible and Kuran would be taught in schools to infuse moral values among the children.

The CM said that directions have been issued to prepare district wise list of families "who suffered during days of Emergency" by August 15 and they would be provided with free bus facility from October 2 and honoured on January 26, 2016 by presenting them with 'Tamra Patra'.

Khattar also stressed that the priority of his government is to provide transparent and graft-free administration in the state. Giving credit to the BJP workers for the party's victory in 2014 Haryana Assembly polls, Khattar said his government has achieved many milestones in its nine months and 10 days tenure.

Hitting out at people who had called the BJP government in the state as "inexperienced", the Chief Minister said, "There is no doubt that we do not have the experience of corruption, favouritism and nepotism. But have the experience to serve the people of the country and state."

Khattar also emphasised the need to change the mindset of people to deal with challenges like casteism and exhorted party men to work with the spirit of 'Haryana Ek Haryanvi Ek' to usher in an era of prosperity.

Describing the workers as strength of the party, he said that the number of party members in the state have reached between 25 to 30 lakh.