Khattar vows to do away with Habitual Offenders Act

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Karnal
  • Updated: Aug 31, 2015 10:59 IST
Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar laying the foundation stone of Agarsen Bhawan in Rewari on Sunday. (Manoj Dhaka/HT)

Chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Sunday announced to repeal alleged discriminatory Habitual Offenders Act in Haryana.

At a public function held in Panipat on Sunday, Khattar said that repealing the discretionary law which works on the basis of caste would end the era of undue police harassment. He also stressed the need to rehabilitate the denotified and nomadic tribes.

On the occasion, he announced formation of Vimukt Ghumantu Jati Vikas Board’ to bring denotified tribes (DNTs) in the social mainstream.

Bawaria, Sanshi, Bajigar (Banjara), Spela (Nath), Hedi (Nayak), Deha, Odh, Sikligar, Gadia Lohar, Doom/Mirasi, Singikat, Jogi, Nut, Bhatt, Sorgar/ Shergar, Palgadaria and Ram Sik are listed as DNTs.

He also announced construction of student hostels to benefit member of these castes. Also, he assured to make available plots for the construction of community centres in different districts of the state as per the demand.

Khattar said that ‘Vimukt Ghumantu Jati Vikas Board’ would comprise representatives of both the government and the community. “An advisory committee would also be constituted to study number of people belonging to DNTs living in different parts of the state. On the basis of this survey, socially backward DNTs will be given housing facilities under various schemes of the housing department,” he said.

He said nomads would get the maximum benefit of the scheme ‘Housing for All’ announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which aims to provide houses to all families in the country by 2022.

CM urges communities to ‘unite’ for state’s development

Chandigarh: Chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Sunday urged members of various communities in Haryana to ‘come together’ in a bid to accelerate the pace of development in the state.

Khattar was addressing ‘Pratibha Protsahan Evam Samman Samaroh’ organised by Yadav Kalyan Sabha in Haryana’s Rewari district.

Referring to the Yadav community, the CM said a platform should be provided to the youths so that they could study well and become a reason of pride for the country.

“Following the path of ‘Haryana Ek, Haryanvi Ek’, the members belonging to all communities should walk together on the path of development and brotherhood,” he said.

The chief minister said during his recent tour to the United States and Canada, he saw that foreigners were now expressing interest in investing in India.

“If all people of Haryana together create an environment of healthy competition, NRIs as well as foreigners will also invest here,” he said.

The chief minister also honoured outstanding performers from various fields on the occasion. They included meritorious students of Classes 10 and 12, as well as those selected for IIT, IIM, IAS and IPS.

With PTI Inputs

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