Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Sunday called upon farmers in the state to switch over from the traditional farming to the cultivation of flowers, fruits and vegetables by using the latest technology.
Speaking at the platinum jubilee function of ‘Saini Samaj’ here, he also said that the need of the hour was cooperative farming.
He said the government would advance loans up to rs 5 crore for cooperative farming to societies, which would include Rs 1 crore as grant-in-aid.
The CM said for crop diversification, the farmers would be afforded loans up to Rs 5 lakh without any guarantee. Lauding the contribution of the Saini community in trade, army, services and agriculture, he said due to shrinking land holdings, the cooperative farming was the best option.
The CM said for the promotion of women’s education, a survey was underway in the state and women’s colleges would be set up on priority, wherever the need be.
He said a recruitment drive would be launched next year to fill the vacant posts of teachers in schools and colleges. Releasing a book on the history of Saini Samaj, he said it was creditable that the society had completed 75 years of its existence. He also announced a grant of Rs 51 lakh to the Saini Sabha, Ambala.
Praising the CM, health minister Anil Vij said that the Khattar government was bringing about all-round development of the state, without any discrimination of region.
He said during the previous Congress government, the development had remained confined to a particular region. He also announced a grant of Rs 11 lakh for the Saini Samaj from his discretionary fund.