Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar has sought the cooperation of people to "wash out the stigma" of skewed sex ratio from the face of Haryana, by ending the age-old tradition of preferring the male offspring.
"It is ironical that girls are still considered as a liability in our state. I want to ask you from where will you bring a bride if the girls will not allowed to take birth", said Khattar while addressing his first Kisan Rally at hail-hit Badhra assembly constituency in Bhiwani district.
"We have launched several welfare schemes for girls, especially for their education. I will like to reassure you that your daughter is my daughter and I am ready to extend all support for the education of girls. You need to treat girls as equivalent to boys," he said.
'Will bring Ram Raj as Ravan Raj is over'
Terming former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda's regime as 'Ravan Raj', Khattar said, "The former CM calls us inexperienced, but I want to tell him that we have the experience of serving people and we will bring 'Ram Raj' by helping every Haryanvi without any bias as they have voted for Ram Raj by ending Ravan Raj".
He said, "Congress leaders ruled the state and enjoyed luxury, but we are servants and know how to serve. I promise to the people of the state that we will bring Ram Raj in Haryana", he added.
'I am also son of a farmer'
Reacting to charges of being 'anti-farmer', Khattar said that he is also son of a farmer and is very well aware about the problems of the farming community. "We have announced highest ever compensation for the crop loss due to rain and hailstorm and cheques will reach farmers by May 15", he said while adding that the government agencies would procure every single grain produced by state farmers.
'Announces sops for Badhra'
In response to demands made by local MLA Surinder Sheoran, the chief minister announced upgradation of the girls high school to Class 12 at Badhra, another girls school in Dhingawa, construction of the already approved women college at Badhra, shed for the Badhra grain market, two purchase centres in Jhojju Kalan and Bhadwana villages and a bus-stand in Jhojju Kalan. Regarding the demand for upgradation of Dadri as district and Bhadhra as sub-division, he said that a three-member committee, headed by Agriculture Minister OP Dhankar, has been formed to look into the demands. He also announced that Dadri will be created as a new block by separating Jhojju Kalan and Bond from it. He also announced setting up of cow sheds in every district and a cow research centre in the state..
'Asks people to pay power bill'
Khattar also made an appeal to people to pay their pending electricity bills. "We have waived off electricity bills of farmers whose crop has been damaged, but I request to those whose crop are unaffected to pay their pending electricity bills,", he said Khattar.
He added, "Due to wrong policies of the previous government, loss to the electricity department is around `5.5 crore per annum. Please pay your bills as we are purchasing electricity and selling it to you".
'Dharmbir accuses Hooda of discrimination'
Speaking on the occasion, Bhiwani MP Dharmbir accused the previous Hooda government of being biased against the people of Bhiwani district.
"Due to infighting in the Congress, the people of Bhiwani had faced discrimination and it is my request to the CM to bring us at par with the other districts, as we are lagging far behind", he added.
He also accused Hooda of acquiring farmers' land on throwaway prices and said the Modi government's land bill promises four times more compensation than the previous government.
'Don't take lift in vehicle carrying cows'
Patting his back for the strict law against cow slaughtering, agriculture minister OP Dhankar cautioned not to take lift in vehicles carrying cows. "Please avoid taking lift in vehicles laden with cows. If caught, you may land in jail for seven years, as we have passed a strict law against cow slaughter," he added.