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Small hydro projects on canals to be set up in Haryana:ML Khattar

PTI 02 Jun 2015, 19:45:35 IST

Panchkula:  Haryana government is mulling setting up small hydro projects on canals in the state and power generated from it would be supplied to local areas, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said here today.

"Help of the private sector would be sought in setting up such projects which would be encouraged," he said.

The Chief Minister further said that electricity wires would be changed at a cost of Rs 3,000 crore.

"These would be changed on a priority basis in those villages which pay their pending electricity bills along with regular bills, to provide 16 to 24 hours of power supply," he said while addressing a rally here.

On the occasion, he also announced projects worth Rs 100 crore for Tohana.

Attacking the previous Congress government, he said, "the youth of the state were worried because of the wrong policies of the previous government, which resorted to nepotism and carried out recruitment of employees from the back door."

Referring to youths, he said that better education would be provided to them followed by employment.

Khattar said, about 50,000 posts were lying vacant in the state. "It would be filled in the near future and recruitment would be done on merit basis."

About 5,000 constables would be recruited in the Police Department. Apart from this, 500 women police personnel and 1,000 retired soldiers would be recruited in police, he said.

Further hitting out at the previous governments in the State, he said "they had cheated the people by adopting caste based politics and regionalism."

"The former chief minister (B S Hooda) was making false publicity about making Haryana number one (when Hooda was CM), but the state ranks 11th in the country. We will work hard with the support of the people, and the day is not far off when Haryana will actually be number one state in the country," he added.

Khattar further said during the last seven months, "I have attended 100 programmes across the state and come to know about the problems faced by the people".

Referring to the farmers, Khattar said that the state government would provide them other options besides farming.

"A detailed framework was being prepared so that they earn profit of Rs 1 lakh on every acre of land, they would get seeds, fertilizers and organic manure. Since increasing population and reducing landholding poses a serious problem, efforts are being made to encourage the farmers to shift to micro and small industries. They would be imparted special training to enable them to make the switch," he added.