Republic Day 2018: Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar announces seven rail projects, 7-star village scheme for gram panchayats

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Chandigarh | Published: January 26, 2018 9:48:10 PM

With seven new rail projects and an ambitious '7-star Village' scheme for gram panchayats announced by the Haryana government today, the 69th Republic Day brought many presents for the people of the state.

manohar lal khattar, manohar lal khattar scheme announcements, haryana new rail projects, haryana new scheme for village developmentHaryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar unfurled the National Flag on the occasion of 69th Republic Day celebration at Rohtak. (ANI)

With seven new rail projects and an ambitious ‘7-star Village’ scheme for gram panchayats announced by the Haryana government today, the 69th Republic Day brought many presents for the people of the state. Addressing the gathering during a Republic Day function at Rohtak, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar announced seven new rail projects. The seven new rail-projects, he said includes Yamunanagar-Chandigarh via Naraingarh and Sadhaura, Delhi-Sohna-Nuh-Ferozpur Zhirka-Alwar, Farrukhnagar-Jhajjar-Charkhi Dadri, Jind-Hisar, Bhiwani-Loharu, Karnal-Yamunanagar and railway sliding project in Manesar for Maruti Udyog. The state government has, in collaboration with Railway Ministry, constituted Haryana Rail Infrastructure Development Corporation to further develop rail infrastructure in the state, the chief minister said. “The corporation would prepare feasibility report of new railway lines within next 10 months. Feasibility report of all these projects, having a total length of 439 kms, would be prepared at a cost of Rs 20 crore,” Khattar said.

Expressing concern over some unfortunate incidents that occurred in the state recently, the chief minister said the incidents, especially those occurred against women, had hurt him. He noted that the culprits involved in such incidents have been nabbed. “The government will introduce a stringent law in the next session of the state Assembly to deal with such incidents. “In this law, a provision of death penalty for the rape of a child below 12 years of age will be made,” he added.

Two minor Dalit girls were allegedly raped and killed in separate incidents in Haryana recently, barely a month after a similar case involving a six-year-old girl shook the state. One of the girls, a 15-year-old school student, had been brutally assaulted and her private parts mutilated.

Also, speaking at Republic Day celebrations in Rewari today, Haryana Development and Panchayats Minister O P Dhankar announced to introduce a ‘7-Star Village Scheme’ to strengthen and improve working of gram panchayats in the state. The minister said under the scheme, best performing gram panchayats in each district would be identified in a systematic manner and would be awarded and given incentives.

Also, gram panchayats scoring maximum in all parameters would be recognized as ‘Indradhanush Gram Panchayats’ and would get special grants for development works from the Development and Panchayats Department, Dhankar said. Under this scheme, he said, stars of different colours would be awarded to panchayats. Like, pink star would be awarded to those panchayats that would make outstanding performance in improving sex ratio, green star for protection of environment and white star for cleanliness. “Saffron star is for crime-free villages, sky colour star would be awarded to the village that will have no drop out, golden star for good governance and silver star would be awarded for participation in development of villages,” the minister further added.

The villages receiving different star ratings would be honoured by the department on March 23, 2018, the minister informed.

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