Haryana would have an all-woman police station in each district in by August this year to ensure women's security and safety in the state, chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar said here on Friday.
Addressing mediapersons on the completion of six months of his government in office, Khattar said these police stations would be made functional by Raksha Bandhan festival which falls on August 29. He said that around 500 woman constables were being recruited for the purpose.
Besides, 5,000 vacant posts in the police department would also be filled this year, he said and added that 'Harsamay', a 24x7 portal of the Haryana police, had already been started where anybody could lodge a complaint online by sitting at home. He said that approval had been accorded for 500 new bikes for the police department to facilitate greater mobility and effective patrolling.
Khattar held that complete transparency would be ensured in all the recruitment processes and recruitment would be made solely on meritorious basis. He said that Haryana Staff Selection Commission (HSSC) had been constituted and all the departments asked to send their requisition within 15 days so that the recruitment process could be started soon.
Apart from the government sector, special emphasis would be given on providing employment to youth in industrial sector also, he further added.
Spelling out his government's achievements during its six-month rule, Khattar said that besides several unprecedented relief measures for farmers, his government had started giving highest ever financial assistance to farmers whose crops were damaged due to unseasonal rains and hailstorm, with Rs 500 being the minimum and Rs 97,000, Rs 9,500 and Rs 12,000 to farmers whose crops were damaged to an extent between 26% and 50%, 51% and 75% and 76% and 100%, respectively.
He said besides giving several incentives for cow breeding, his government had brought a stringent Act against cow slaughter. Besides starting repairs of all rivers and canals, steps had been taken for monsoon preparedness.
Also, apart from launching various portals of police and other official departments for the convenience of public, his government had handed over 30 corruption cases to vigilance bureau, he said and added that while previous governments faced plethora of allegations in giving change of land use (CLU) grants and other licences to colonisers, his government had brought in complete transparency in this regard.
Khattar, who also highlighted his government's initiative in building power, railways and highways infrastructure, said that agreements with the central government had already been reached.
The government had given fillip to sports, health and Ayurveda, he said and added that not only all the schools in the state would have toilets for girls in the next two months, his government had set up a special fund for their maintenance.
Lows of Khattar govt
Though Khattar evaded questions pertaining to the challenges his government faced during the past six months, HT takes a look at them:
The Khattar government mishandled the crisis when Satlok dera head Ram Pal defied law hiding in his fort like ashram in Hisar district with his supporters and the state police drew flak for its poor handling of the situation besides beating up journalists covering the event
The BJP government faced massive embarrassment for the dearth of urea right in the initial period of their government; though it harped on stocks on the way and lack of it because of previous Congress government's failure to store it for days to come, it faced flak.
Despite having been highlighting controversial land deals, especially the one between Congress president Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra and reality giant DLF, Khattar government has been criticised for its soft-peddling on the issue
The BJP, which hailed senior IAS officer Ashok Khemka as a crusader against corruption and criticised the Congress for his frequent transfers, unceremoniously ousted him from the transport department to a low-key archeology department
The Khattar government has also been under fire because of the suicides and deaths of farmers after the recent unseasonal rains and hailstorm while it has still not got a clear and firm stand on the matter.