05HR01A.qxd 11/4/2013 6:44 PM Page 1 Page-1 c m y b Hisar 28 18 DEFAULTERS 3 Power arrears stand at 2,844 crore in state PUBLIC HEALTH CAMPAIGN Medical college lounches drive to treat patients on doorsteps 4 The Tribune VOICE OF THE PEOPLE Haryana Plus Chandigarh Tuesday, November 5, 2013 Bid to bring anti-Cong forces under umbrella coalition www.tribuneindia.com Namaste, heart of India Compulsions may force BJP, INLD to sink differences Parkash Singh Badal GURGAON, NOVEMBER 4 Jailed INLD chief and former Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala may have exhibited his inclination towards the formation of a third front as a viable political alternative in Haryana, yet his party seems to be inching closer to the BJP-led NDA fold. Disgruntled Congress MP and former Union minister Rao Inderjit Singh had recently given sufficient indication of the efforts being made to bring all major Opposition parties in the state under an umbrella coalition. The coming together of several anti-Congress forces, including BJP vice-president Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, veteran Congressman Rao Inderjit and former BSP leader and Mewat stalwart Rao Inderjit Singh Narendra Modi “ A section of the BJP leadership still feels that if the party repeats the ‘mistake’ of forging an alliance with the INLD yet again, it will not be able to mark its presence on Haryana’s political horizon in the foreseeable future. “ SUNIT DHAWAN/TNS Zakir Hussain on a common platform during the recent INLD rally at Kurukshetra cemented the proposition. Political pundits say the INLD does not have many options in the given situation. Due to the leadership crisis in the family party following the imprisonment of its top leaders, their mass support base seems to be eroding. On top of it, the INLD leadership is well aware that if they lose the coming elections in Haryana, they may not be able to keep their party intact thereafter. Hence, everything is at stake for the green brigade. The saffron party, on the Cong gears up to make Gohana rally a success SUSHIL MANAV/TNS SIRSA, NOVEMBER 4 Congress leaders and workers owing allegiance to Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda have launched an intensive campaign to mobilise people for the November 10 rally at Gohana. Although the Indian National Lok Dal put up an impressive show at Kurukshetra where leaders like Prakash Singh Badal, Abhay Singh Chautala and others gave a call to oust the Congress, the Chief Minister's supporters are confident that the Gohana rally would pave way for Hooda's victory. Rohtak MP Deepender Singh Hooda claimed that there would be a record gathering at the Shakti rally on November 10. "Today, Haryana is among the most developed states in India. The state has progressed in every spheres . By adopting welfare policies and programmes under the guidance of UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the Chief Minister had strengthened the infrastructure in the state," Deepender Singh Hooda claimed. Prof Virender Singh, political adviser to the Chief Minister, maintained that due to the implementation of innovative schemes and new welfare initiatives despite having only 1.3 per cent of the total area of the country, the state contributes 3.4 per cent to the total national Gross Domestic Product (GDP). "The sate is at the top in terms of per capita income, per capita plan budget and mobilisation of resources. Haryana is one of the states that pay the highest minimum wages to labourers and is the first to introduce Health Insurance Scheme for construction workers and provide free water connection to SC households . The state is also emerging as an education hub and sports power," Prof Virender Singh said. Sunil Parti, additional media adviser to the Chief Minister claimed that the government had witnessed all round development and the Congress would apprise people of this and announce a slew of welfare schemes at the rally. Parti said the government had launched schemes to benefit the farmers right from sowing to the sale of their produce. "Rate of interest on crop loans has been reduced from 11 to four per cent and stamp duty on agricultural loans has been abolished. The state achieved a record production of 162.25 lakh tonnes of foodgrains during 2012-13. Also, for the crushing season 2013-14, the highest ever rate of Rs 301 per quintal has been fixed for the early variety of sugarcane, Rs 295 per quintal for mid variety and Rs 290 per quintal for late variety," he said. Parti said when Hooda assumed the office of the Chief Minister in 2005 the installed power generation capacity from state's own resources was merely 1587.7 MW. He said the present government had set up new power plants, raising the installed generation capacity to 5300.50 MW. In addition to this, the power generation capacity from other sources was also increased, resulting in total installed generation capacity of 9920.51 MW," he added. other hand, may be riding high on the Modi wave, but the BJP think-tank also feels that the party may not be able to translate the people’s craze for Modi into votes due to lack of a sound-base network of grassroots workers. Nonetheless, a section of the BJP leadership remains adamant on having no truck with the Chautalas after the bitter alliance experience in the past. It feels that if the party repeats the “mistake” of joining hands with the Chautala party yet again, it will not be able to mark its presence on Haryana’s political horizon in the foreseeable future. It was apparently to mollify Om Prakash Chautala this group of BJP leaders that Naqvi was invited to the INLD rally and Punjab Chief Minister and SAD leader Parkash Singh Badal appealed to the leaderships of the BJP and INLD to sink their differences and put up a united front to combat the Congress in the coming elections. Political observers also point out that the BJP wants at least the tacit support of the INLD as well as SAD in the elections to the Delhi Assembly being held shortly. In the given circumstances, political air will be clear only after the Delhi elections are over and the court verdict on the Chautalas’ plea is out. However, till the time a plausible political equation emerges in Haryana, the fate of BJP’s present-day partner and Haryana Janhit Congress (BL) leader Kuldeep Bishnoi will continue to hang in balance. Students of Adarsh Public School perform to celebrate their annual function in Karnal. Tribune photo: Ravi Kumar Haryana leading state in promoting sports, says Governor BS MALIK SONEPAT, NOVEMBER 4 Haryana Governor Jagannath Pahadia has said that sports were equally important for developing qualities of leadership, hard work, healthy competition, mutual cooperation and team work among the youth. He was addressing the annual day function of Motilal Nehru School of Sports, Rai, recently. Haryana was one of the leading states in the country which had given equal importance to promoting sports by way of extending infrastructural facilities, cash incentives and reservation in government services, he added. “The new sports policy of the Haryana Government has helped the state sportspersons to achieve record success in international sports events and it has become popular as a dark horse in the sports arena in the country,” he remarked. The Governor stressed the need to take care of education and sports at the primary stages particularly in rural areas and praised the Rai sports school for grooming children in these fields. Haryana Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs Sukhbir Kataria and the Jagannath Pahadia Principal Secretary and Financial Commissioner of the Sports and Youth Welfare Department, Amit Jha, also spoke on the occasion. The Principal and Director of the school, VK Verma, presented the annual progress report of the school. Later, the Governor inaugurated a Rs 7.20-crore girls hostel and laid the foundation stone of the Centre for Sustainable Development at the Deenbandhu Chhotu Ram University of Science and Technology, Murthal. The university’s ViceChancellor, HS Chahal, Vice-Chancellor of the newly opened Meerpur university, Mohinder Kumar, Deputy Commissioner, Dr Chander Shekhar, SP Arun Singh and Murthal university’s Registrar RK Arora were also present on the occasion. VC Chahal said a threestoreyed girls hostel had been constructed in a covered area of 15,000 square feet and the Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment had provided a financial grant of Rs two crore under its scheme of hostels for the scheduled caste and scheduled tribe girls. There was a provision of 141 rooms, 83 dorm-treys, residence for hostel warden, dining hall, common room, study centre, indoor facility for basketball and badminton games. Chahal said that the Centre for Sustainable Development would be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 3.53 crore with the provisions of solar energy system and the rain harvesting in the centre premises. Besides having accommodation for the centre’s Director and other staff members, the complex would be equipped with the facilities of a seminar hall, a conference hall, a meeting room, an exhibition space for visitors, a lecture theatre and open air theatre, etc, he added. c m y b Gorakhpur N-power plant to destroy region's economy: CPI (M) TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE HISAR, NOVEMBER 4 Urging the people and social organisations to step up their campaign against setting up of the nuclear power plant in Gorakhpur in Fatehabad district, activists of the Parmanu Urja Virodhi Morcha maintained that the power plant would adversely affect around 1.5 lakh acres agricultural land around the plant. The general secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) CPI (ML), K Ramchandran, while speaking at a seminar here recently stated that a nuclear power plant would have a disastrous effect on the economy of the region as it would render large tracts of fertile land barren. “People are being lured in the name of development and opportunities for employment generation. But opposite to this, the plant would render people jobless as they would not only be stripped off the land but would also lose opportunities in other subsidiary sectors in the region,” he maintained. SUCI leader Comrade Jaikaran termed the nuclear plants as threats to the humanity and stressed on spreading awareness among people to intensify the campaign against the setting up of these plants. Another speaker Dr Anil Panikar said it was impossible to set up and run the power plant due to scarcity of canal water here. M O D E L L I N G, D A N C E C O M P E T I T I O N S Soni crowned Mr North India, Bhavana Ms North India OUR CORRESPONDENT REWARI, NOVEMBER 4 As many as 70 youth ( boys and girls) from Hisar, Rohtak, Panipat, Fatehabad, Sirsa (all districts of Haryana), Jaipur (Rajasthan), Nabha and Ludhiana (Punjab) participated in the finale of the zonal Modelling and Dancing competitions held under the joint auspices of Event Company Meef and Raah Group, both prominent voluntary organisations of Haryana, in the Shiv Om Conference Hall at Hisar, recently. Naresh Selpar, chairman of the Raah Group, said that Anil Farmana, managing director of Bala Ji Movie Production, Ravikant Sardana, chief of the Advance Cut Saloon, Praveen Tyagi, chairman of Global Advertising, Ramesh Juglan, prominent film producer-cum-director, Sudesh Sangwan, Event Coordinator of the Raah Group, and doyens of other companies graced the function. Thus while young contestants' fascinating display of modeling on the ramp regaled the spectators, Harsh Soni (Hisar) and Bhavana (Hisar) were crowned as Mr North India and Ms North India respectively. Besides, the second and third positions went to Sushil Kumar (Hisar), Sachin Arora (Panipat) and Monika (Rohtak), Vandana (Rohtak) respectively. Similarly Kajal (Hisar), Krantik (Rohtak), Tanisha (Rohtak ) in the sub junior group, Niketa (Rohtak), Deepak (Panipat ), Monika (Hisar) in the junior category and Vikky (Sirsa), Saurabh ( Fatehabad), Lalta ( Hisar) in the senior grade were respectively adjudged as the title holders of the first, second and third positions in the dancing competitions. Addressing the gathering while Anil Farmana announced that winners of the above contests would be assigned roles in their prospective Haryanvi films, he also urged the Haryana Government to provide adequate encouragement to producers of Haryanvi films, on the pattern of other states to enable local youths to display their artistic competence at the national as well as at the international level.
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