Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar announces Populist moves ahead of Lok Sabha and State Polls

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Friday announced many populist schemes in Haryana Assembly. Chief Minister while replying to a debate on the Governor’s address in the ongoing Budget Session of Haryana State Assembly made various announcements.

CM announced that in case a government employee dies before the age of 48, his dependent can opt for either government job or the amount of salary that the employee would have received till the age of 58 years, the age of retirement in the state. In case the employee dies after the age of 48 years, his/her family would get full salary the employee would have received till retirement.

Chief Minister added that the dependent family member of the deceased employee could be given a government job in any government department.

Chief Minister also announced to change the name of Collector Rate to Fair Value Rate. Collector Rate is the minimum value at which the sale or transfer of property including a plot, built-up house, commercial property etc can take place. Chief Minister said, ‘the name “collector rate” is in practice from the time of British but now it has been decided to change it to Fair Value Rate.

The chief minister also spoke in details about steps taken for the welfare of farmers.

Asserting that the BJP government in the state has ensured transparency in jobs, CM Khattar said that number of jobs given during the four-and-a-half year tenure of the present regime is more than the number of jobs given during last 15 years.

With opposition parties targeting the government on recent recruitments made for Group ‘D’ posts, Khattar said that of the newly-recruited Class IV staff, 15,071 come from the rural areas while only about 3,200 hailed from the urban areas.

Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar who was cornered in the assembly over also sought to assure the House on PLPA (the Punjab Land Preservation Act) issue. Chief Minister said the legislation had been brought for striking a balance between development and environmental preservation. He said amendments in the PLPA are the need of the hour as it was a very old Act and much has changed over the period of time.

Notably, the PLPA legislation was enacted to save soil erosion. It is applicable in Punjab and Haryana.

However, Congress questioned the ‘undue haste’ in bringing the legislation. Former Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda led Opposition sought a committee of the state assembly to study the proposed Bill before it was introduced. However, as the ruling benches did not agree to this demand, the Congress MLAs staged a walkout.

Most Importantly ending speculations about a dissolution of the premature assembly,  Khattar ruled out the possibility of holding the state assembly elections, which are due in October 2019, simultaneously with the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.

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