Haryana CM bats for minimum education for MPs, MLAs

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Jan 14, 2016 10:36 IST
Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar (HT File Photo)

Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Wednesday said he would support any move by the Central government to fix minimum educational qualifications for contesting Lok Sabha and assembly elections.

Addressing a press conference at Chandigarh on Wednesday, Khattar said 50% farmers in Haryana would get covered under the newly-introduced Pradhan Mantri Bima Fasal Yojana.

He said that scope of calamities has also been increased under this crop insurance scheme.

Regarding the arrest of comedian Kiku Sharda, the chief minister said his arrest was a matter of law and order. “Whatever is appropriate as per the law will be done. No one will be harassed unnecessarily,’’ he said.

He said recommendations for holding civic body elections would be made as soon as the work of revision of electoral rolls was completed. “It is expected that this exercise would take about two months,” he said.

Khattar said the State Flood Control Board on Wednesday approved 107 new schemes worth `129 crore for strengthening the flood control system in the state. Khattar assured that all these schemes would be completed well before the onset of monsoon season in July. The board has also approved `256 crore for 140 ongoing schemes. ROHTAK: Education minister Ram Bilas ShEducation minister Ram Bilas Sharma has said that introducing minimum educational qualifications for candidates fighting the panchayat polls brought about positive results.

“As many as 16,000 panches were elected unanimously and 70% elected representatives were youth,” said Ram Bilas Sharma, after inaugurating CBSE’s national basketball championship at Sonepat on Wednesday.

He said Congress was losing popularity in the state, which was evident from the victory of a BJP-backed candidate as sarpanch from former CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda’s native village, Sanghi. On the murder of a sarpanch in Jind village, he said the incident was tragic and people should not take poll rivalry this far.

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