The Haryana cabinet on Wednesday accorded approval for issuance of an ordinance for setting up the state’s first horticulture university at Karnal, along with three regional research stations at Ambala, Jind and Jhajjar.
The central government in its 2014-15 budget had announced one horticulture university for Haryana with a provision of Rs 50 crore.
The main campus of the state horticulture university would be at Uchani in Karnal. The other three research stations would be opened at Bakhtawar Raiyya village in Jhajjar district, Dera village near Kala Amb in Ambala district and at the government garden and nursery in Jind.
The research campus of the university will be established at Munak village in Karnal district. It has also been decided to transfer 97 acres of land belonging to regional research station, CCSHAU to the horticulture department.
The state government has set up a working group comprising additional chief secretary, agriculture, vice-chancellor, CCSHAU, Hisar, vice-chancellor or his representative, University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni, Solan (Himachal Pradesh), head of horticulture department, CCSHAU, Hisar and director general, horticulture.
The draft bill of the horticulture university has been prepared in consultation with the working group after studying the Acts of CCSHAU, Hisar, Lala Lajpat Rai University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (LUVAS), Hisar, Horticulture Universities of Himachal Pradesh and Karnataka and other private universities of the state.
Other decisions taken at cabinet meeting
Jobs to martyrs’ kin
The Cabinet also decided to provide compassionate appointments to the kin of deceased service personnel. It decided to provide appointment to Raksha, daughter of inspector Mannu Ram of Border Security Force, Satish Kumar, younger brother of army jawan Pankaj Kumar and Santosh Kumari, daughter-in-law of jawan Randhir Singh. All these appointments required relaxation in policy which provides for employment in Class 3 and 4 jobs to one dependent of every Haryana domicile martyr of armed or paramilitary forces. Inspector Mannu Ram was killed in a terrorist attack during Tripura assembly elections on February 26, 2003 whereas Pankaj Kumar was killed due to enemy’s heavy artillery shelling while performing operational duty along the line of control in Jammu and Kashmir on May 28, 2002. Randhir Singh was killed in terrorist attack at Darjeeling on April 13, 1987.
Approves power dept’s loan proposal
In another decision, the cabinet gave ex-post facto approval to a proposal of the power department for providing government guarantee in favour of Indian Overseas Bank (IOB) for obtaining a term loan of Rs 1,085 crore for repayment of the outstanding term loan of the Power Finance Corporation (PFC) for Deenbandhu Chhotu Ram Thermal Power Plant, Yamunanagar.
Okays loan for flats
It also gave ex-post facto approval to sanction of raising of loan from the National Housing Bank, New Delhi, and furnishing of state government guarantee in respect of the loan of Rs 150 crore for construction of 7,602 flats for weaker sections at 16 locations in the state.
Soft loan to sugar mill
Besides, the cabinet gave approval to a proposal of providing soft loan of Rs 45 crore on government guarantee to Naraingarh sugar mill for payment of outstanding amount to sugarcane growers for 2014-15. Agriculture minister Om Prakash Dhankar said that the decision on the pending payments of cane growers of Naraingarh for the last crushing season will be cleared soon.