Manohar Lal Khattar is a politician from the Bhartiya Janta Party coming from the folds of RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh). Presently, he is serving as the 10th Chief Minister of Haryana state since 2014. He represents the constituency of the Karnal region.
Manohar Lal Khattar began his career towards political step by joining RSS in 1977. The leader then became a full-time Pracharak for 14 years before joining the saffron party in 1994.
After his elevation into the ranks of BJP, he served as the Organizational General Secretary of BJP in Haryana state from 2000–2014. He was also the Chairman of the BJP’s Election Campaign Committee in the state during the Lok Sabha elections of 2014. In the elections, he secured a remarkable win over other candidates and was nominated as the party’s choice for the candidature of Chief Minister.
Subsequently, due to the good support of party workers and senior leaders, he was made the Chief Minister of Haryana on 26 October 2014. The leader is credit with the feat of becoming the first BJP Chief Minister in the Haryana state.
Major reforms carried by the Khattar government-
1. Women welfare
The state in recent years has picked up its thread to address the issue of safety and security of women. Being infamous for heinous crimes against women, the state has now transformed itself into an example of “women empowerment” model now.
In this regard, Haryana holds the distinction of being the first state to adopt the initiative of Mahila Police Volunteer at Karnal and Mahindergarh District on a pilot basis under the Nirbhaya Fund. Mahila Police Volunteer is a collaborative effort of the Ministry of Women & Child Development and the Ministry of Home Affairs. It is a voluntary service under which Mahila Police Volunteers (Gram Sakhi) will be inducted to bridge the gap between Police and civil society for the safety of women.
The state has also been lauded for its active participation in the “Beti Bachao, Beti Padhaao” initiative. Owing to it, the sex-ratio of the state saw considerable improvement in the past few years.
2. Police Reforms
For improving the responsiveness of the policing system, Khattar started a 24×7 portal called Harsamay through which anybody can register their complaints online. The concept of Zero FIR was also started by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar.
3. Promoting agriculture and sustainable development
The state government has brought many reforms to improve farm productivity and make agriculture profitable. For this, the government rolled out many programs such as-
Meri Fasal, Mera Byora– This scheme aims to encompass all farmers to enroll themselves compulsorily on a portal to ensure end-to-end government support. The schemes integrate the whole chain of farming, right from the cultivation to the smooth procurement of crops.
Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar had also inaugurated the portal “www.fasalhry.in” on which the farmers can feed their data. The portal will serve as a platform of a database for the farm landowners, cultivators and commission agents. It is also expected that the dataset will contain elaborative details of every square inch of land under cultivation, including the crop sown area.
Considering the farmer’s welfare, the Khattar government had launched “Kishi Kiosk” at Panchkula which will disseminate information about government schemes to farmers. It can also be used for filing claims under the ‘Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana’.
The government had also launched its ‘Suchana Rath’ facility to educate farmers for not burning the crop residue. Promoting sustainable conservation, they will be taught how to sow it in the fields by using a scientific method.
‘Kisan Haryana App’ for providing an integrated platform for all the government services to the farmers.
For increasing the efforts of conservation, Manohar Lal Khattar introduced a scheme under which an incentive of Rs 50 will be given to schoolchildren for planting live trees. The scheme is for the students from Classes 6 to 12 of both government and private schools.
In a bid to reduce the wastage of water in villages, CM started ‘Tooti lagaao, Paani Bachao’ program to install water taps in all houses.
Haryana government has been very upfront in bringing out the schemes to expand the ambit of its social security cover.
Mukhya Mantri Parivar Samridhi Yojna- Manohar Lal Khattar launched this family welfare scheme, which aims to provide for a grant of Rs 6,000 per year to families having an annual income below Rs 1.80 lakh. It hopes to provide a social security cover to the economically weaker sections of the society.
Widow pension scheme– The state rolled out its scheme to provide destitute or deserted women and widow of 18 years of age or above with a decent pension of Rs.1800 per month.
The State has also issued Parivar Pehchan Patra that was made to link with the birth and death registration database. It will be updated on a real-time basis.
5. E-governance initiatives
Khattar government has also worked hard to ensure the promotion of “E-governance” in the state. To achieve the same, 485 schemes and services of 37 departments were launched under the ‘Digital Haryana’ initiative.
Under the umbrella program of this initiative, all kinds of Antyodaya services, schemes meant for weaker sections of the society has been made under the one roof at Antyodya Saral Kendras. Manohar Lal Khattar has also inaugurated a toll-free Antyodaya Helpline number for the same purpose.
6. Ensuring inclusive development
Allowances to Eunuchs– State will provide the Eunuchs (not less than 18 years) with an allowance of Rs. 1800 per month if they are able to obtain a genuine certificate from the Civil Surgeon in support of being a Eunuch.
Allowances to Disabled– It is a State scheme under which disabled individuals carrying the state domicile of Haryana with a minimum 60% disability will be given a pension of Rs. 1800 per month. These individuals have to be above 18 years of age and adhere to the other provisions stated in the government’s guidelines.
Old Age Samman Allowance- This state scheme provides senior citizens of the state with a pension of Rs. 1800 monthly. For this, the person has to meet the following criteria-
i) The person should be above 60 years of age
ii) The person should have the domicile of Haryana State
iii) His/her income from all sources together with that of his/her spouse should not exceed Rs. 2,00,000 per annum.
7. Creating a conducive investment eco-system
Haryana state has over the years reiterated its commitment to transform the state into a vibrant economy. Due to his continuous efforts, the Haryana government is now ranked 3rd on the Ease of doing business platform.
For this, the state has also carved out its own MSME policy in 2019 to encourage small-scale industries. This not only shows the strong commitment of the Khattar government to boost the growth in the state but also iterates the vision of Sabka Sath Sabka Vikas.
From all of the above-mentioned points, it can be easily concluded that the state has really set itself on a path of progress and made sure that it becomes an example for the other states to follow. In a nutshell, strong points of Haryana can be seen below-